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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

Smuggling pot into jail

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two women for attempting to smuggle contraband into the county jail. Rochelle Gibson, 26, and Shula Robinson, 33, both of Monticello, were arrested on August 30, after they dropped off a pair of Reebok sneakers for an inmate.  Read more

Berlin Twp roads, properties

BEACH LAKE, PA — “Thank you for joining us tonight. We’re glad you could make it. If you have questions or comments, jump right in.” Chairman Paul Henry’s opening remarks at the August 19 meeting of the Berlin township board of supervisors set an interactive tone for the evening.  Read more

Ice bucket challenge in Sullivan; Community leaders get a cold shower

MONTICELLO, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther is a nurse and has long been interested in issues related to health, so when the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral, it was only natural that Gunther would want to be involved. What might be a bit more surprising is that she convinced about 30 community leaders to take the plunge with her.  Read more

No facility for prisoner; Tusten man convicted in standoff still in prison

NARROWSBURG, NY — William “Chris” Morris, who was convicted in February 2002 of shooting at a police officer, whom he missed by only a few inches, was due to be released to a residence on August 28. But a spokesperson for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said the residence he applied for did not meet the conditions of his parole.  Read more

Sawmill application tabled

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten planning board tabled consideration of an application for a special use permit for the operation of a sawmill at a meeting on August 18. The Big Dog Sawmill has been in operation for a couple of years at a location on Route 97 north of Narrowsburg. But the operator did not obtain a special-use permit, which is required for a sawmill in the Recreational River District in which the property is located.  Read more

A portrait of the air in Delaware; ‘Before’ picture sets the stage for assessing drilling impacts

CALLICOON, NY — Does horizontal hydrofracking for natural gas cause methane to migrate from geological substrates into the surrounding air? The only way to know for sure is to test areas potentially subject to natural gas development before such activity happens, so there is a basis for comparison afterward—and that’s just what Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) is undertaking to do in our area. The results of its latest baseline test for ambient methane, in the Town of Delaware, were unveiled in a meeting on Sunday, August 24 at the Delaware Youth Center.  Read more

Sullivan West Board of Education: no comment

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — If anyone who attended the August 21 meeting of the Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education expected the board to make a public statement about its decision to sell the unused Narrowsburg School building and the related lawsuit that has been filed by disgruntled residents, they were disappointed. A considerable number of Narrowsburg Organized for Responsible School Usage (NORSU) members and other school district residents were present, and made their interest in the issue clear during the public comment period—but the answers consisted largely of “no comment.”  Read more

Hawley stop signs and classic cars

HAWLEY, PA — After a summer full of activity, the Hawley Borough was able to settle down to general business and housekeeping, with stop signs being one topic at the August 18 meeting. Stop-sign replacements have been designated within the township in multiple areas. The repainting of all the crosswalks has been completed. Discussion on meter usage was debated as well, with some individuals questioning the free parking after 5 p.m. that is the current standard. No final decision has been made as yet as to whether this will change, but the financial impact of such a change was discussed.  Read more

No mutual aid deal for Lumberland highways

GLEN SPEY, NY — Revisiting a thorny discussion from earlier this year, the Lumberland Town Board on August 13 considered a resolution to allow mutual aid agreements between various town highway departments.  Read more

Woodloch Pines drenched with record rainfall; Still open for business

HAWLEY, PA — Woodloch Pines Resort, the largest employer in Wayne and Pike counties, is still open for business and full of families despite suffering flooding of epic proportions on August 22.  Read more

Report slams Narrowsburg school sale

NARROWSBURG, NY — “There is no justification for variances on established town use laws and its legally adopted 2007 Comprehensive Plan and 2013 Narrowsburg Master Plan to accommodate [a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center] at the Narrowsburg school building when it could be situated elsewhere in the town.”  Read more

Fix sought for PA minimum sentences

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania Rep. Todd Stephens on August 25 called on the legislature to act to correct what he called a weakness in the Crimes Code following a Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling that declared many of the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing provisions unconstitutional.  Read more

Current NY fishing regs extended

ALBANY, NY — The current 2013-14 freshwater fishing regulations will extend through March 31, 2015, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced on August 25. New freshwater fishing regulations will take effect April 1, 2015 and a new regulations guide will be available from all license sale vendors at that time.  Read more

Delaware councilman moved to PA?

HORTONVILLE, NY — A resident of the Town of Delaware claims that Councilperson Harold Roeder is believed to have sold his house in early July and moved to a home in Pennsylvania, but has yet to resign from the town board. Jerry Smith, a concerned resident, told The River Reporter that if Roeder holds off on a resignation, that will have an impact on who might hold the council seat through 2015.  Read more

Swim-in at Toronto

SMALLWOOD, NY — A group of mostly younger swimmers came to swim at the Toronto Reservoir’s east access point on Sunday, August 24, asserting what they say is their right to do so, although recently, the owner of the reservoir, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, had filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reverse its earlier decision to allow swimming.  Read more

No Woodstock experience for Highland

ELDRED, NY — Forty-five years ago this month, Woodstock descended on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel and Sullivan County has never been quite the same since.  Read more

IDA announces casinos tax breaks

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) on August 25 announced that proposed agreements had been reached with each of the two organizations seeking to open casinos in the Town of Thompson.  Read more

Tube riders picked up from river; resident wonders ‘Where’s the adult supervision?’

It’s not unusual to see large numbers of people floating down the Upper Delaware River on a summer’s day, but some in the group that were floating through Skinner’s Falls on August 14 were clearly distressed.  Read more

Narrowsburg deck needs replacing; board votes to move forward

The Tusten town board voted four to one to commit to replacing the deck along Main Street, and as a result may receive a $106,000 grant from the state.  Read more

Tusten officials weigh action; seek second legal opinion in Narrowsburg school matter

The Tusten town board voted three to two to get a second legal opinion about whether it is advisable for the town to file an amicus brief to support the lawsuit brought by Brendan and Kathy Weiden and 12 other residents against the board of the Sullivan West Central School District, and also to determine if the town had any claim against the school board.  Read more