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October 23, 2016
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REGION — As the chlorophyll in green leaves breaks down letting reds, yellows and oranges shine through, the autumn show begins.

This information from Environmental Learning Resources from SUNY: “As the fall colors appear, other changes are taking place. At the point where the stem of the leaf is attached to the tree, a special layer of cells develops and gradually severs the tissues that support the leaf. At the same time, the tree seals the cut, so that when the leaf is finally blown off by the wind or falls from its own weight, it leaves behind a leaf scar.

Ruffalo’s new film to screen in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The newest film from actor Mark Ruffalo, “Begin Again”, will have a special screening at the Callicoon Movie Theater running from Friday, July 25 through Thursday July 31.  Read more

Hanson fundraiser, ‘great event’

YULAN, NY — Neighbors and friends from around the river valley turned out for the July 5 Community Day, which was organized to provide financial support Town of Highland native James “J.J.” Hanson, who is fighting cancer.  Read more

Manslaughter charges in Dyberry death

PLEASANT MOUNT, PA — Involuntary manslaughter charges have been brought against two men in the death of a Waymart man. Ryan Clemo, 31, died at Wayne Memorial Hospital on March 29 after drinking heavily.  Read more

Port Jervis, pharmacy and ambulance discussed

PORT JERVIS, NY — The new Rite Aid store in Port Jervis opened its doors on July 21, bringing with it some new traffic issues for the town.  Read more

Celebrating the river

NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment take center stage at Riverfest on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Narrowsburg, overlooking the Upper Delaware River.
At 12:30 p.m., festival-goers will have an opportunity to bid live on about five dozen original works of art created especially for the occasion at the Riverfest poster auction. The posters can be previewed at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) gallery on Main Street and online at www.artsalliancesite.org.
For more information on Riverfest, turn to page 20.

Liberty skate park supported by county; Sullivan legislature approves $36,000

MONTICELLO, NY — It was a vote that would probably not have happened a year or two ago, but with the economy slowly improving, Sullivan legislators voted five to four to give $36,000 to the Liberty Community Development Corporation (CDC) to help complete the funding for the construction of a skate park that has been on the drawing board for 10 years.  Read more

Turmoil in Sullivan Family Services; legal battle escalates

The battle that has been brewing for nearly two years in the Sullivan County Department of Family Services (DFS) boiled into the open on July 22, with a lawyer for DFS commissioner Randy Parker issuing a press release that harshly criticizes an investigation that targeted Parker.

The legislature in June passed a resolution to spend $175,000 to pay for an investigation into various complaints within DFS.  Read more

Sullivan redistricting plan adopted; criticism leveled over transparency

The Sullivan County Legislature on July 17 considered new election districts during two lengthy meetings and a public hearing. With little time to make a decision, Legislator Cindy Gieger asked, “With one public hearing and then a vote, at what time do we consider constituents' concerns?”  Read more

Flooding compounds drainage problems in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — During the highway department report at the Town of Liberty department head meeting on July 7, Pat Lubin, a member of the Loomis Committee, reported on ongoing drainage and culvert problems on Old Loomis Road that have been exacerbated by recent storms. “With all due respect,” said Lubin, “I certainly understand this latest rainfall and the damage we’ve suffered… but we have been going over and over and over and over this… the situation we have on our road with the drainage and the ditches. The drainage has to be fixed and addressed. Our whole culvert and ditch area is clogged and that has been going on for years.”  Read more

Honesdale opposes proposed pension funding legislation

HONESDALE, PA — At its July 14 monthly meeting, Honesdale Borough Council grappled with one issue that it shares with municipalities nationwide and several that are peculiar to Honesdale.  Read more

Cochecton debates highway superintendent term change

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — How long does it take to master the highway superintendent’s job, put a personal stamp on the position and demonstrate competency to voters? Those were the questions at issue during the July 9 public hearing before the Cochecton Town Board as it considers changing the Cochecton highway superintendent’s term of office from two years to four years.  Read more

Honoring a public health nurse

MONTICELLO, NY — By all accounts, the late Gladys Olmsted was a force at the center of the creation of the Sullivan County Public Health Services, which lists a dozen programs to promote the health of county residents.  Read more

Tornado warning in Sullivan County

Town of Bethel, NY — The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for a large swath of Sullivan County on the afternoon of July 13.

While no tornado was officially declared, strong winds in the area of suspected tornadic activity took down a number of mature trees at a property on Jim Stephenson Road a few miles north of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Read more

Get rid of eyesore for $68,500; Town seeks new bids

SMALLWOOD, NY — Bethel supervisor Dan Sturm says the owner of a destroyed house on Taconic Trail in Smallwood has been “uncooperative” regarding taking care of the property in the wake of a fire; therefore the town has been taking steps to remedy the situation.  Read more

Beach Lake man killed in crash

BEACH LAKE, PA — Charles Gabriel, 62, of Beach Lake, was killed on July 11 near 12 midnight in a two-car collision on Route 652. Garbiel was in a 1988 Ford pickup driving east, and according to Pennsylvania State Police he failed to negotiate a curve and headed into the path of an oncoming vehicle.  Read more

Location of Audubon Arts & Crafts Festival moved

HAWLEY, PA — The location of the Audubon Arts & Crafts Festival, scheduled for July 19 and 20, has been changed. The festival was to have been held at the Wallenpaupack School Complex on Route 6 in Hawley; it will now be held instead at the Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School and Wallenpaupack North Primary School Complex at 187 Atlantic Ave., Hawley.  Read more

Bicyclist killed in collision on DeBruce Road

DeBRUCE, NY — State Police in Liberty investigated a fatal motor vehicle and bicycle accident that occurred on July 13 on DeBruce Road in the Town of Rockland in which an 18-year-old man from New York City was killed.  Read more

Towns ‘not happy’ about re-districting plan

ELDRED, NY — Former River Reporter editor Glenn Pontier used to commonly describe the river valley as “the last stop on everyone’s delivery route.” Sullivan County apparently would lend truth to that opinion with its proposed realignment of county legislative districts.  Read more

Sullivan West Board of Education asked to reconsider sale of Narrowsburg School

No sooner had the Sullivan West School District Board of Education convened its July 10 reorganization meeting, sworn in its newly elected and re-elected members (Mary Scheutzow, Kathleen Meckle and Trevor Peachey), elected and sworn in a president and vice president (Scheutzow and Rose Joyce-Turner, respectively) than it was confronted by over 100 representatives of the newly-formed Narrowsburg Organization for Responsible School Use (NORSU).  Read more

LaBuda honored as Korean War veteran

MIDDLETOWN, NY — On Sunday, June 22, the Korean War Veterans (KWVA), Chapter 202, in conjunction with the Korean American Foundation (KAF), USA, remembered and celebrated the sacrifices made by American and Korean veterans 64 years ago to preserve peace and democracy on the Korean peninsula.  Read more