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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.

Making history in Wayne County; three-way collaboration on

For the first time in recent memory, three neighboring Wayne County municipalities are making plans together to improve parks and recreation programs in the region.  Read more

Farm youth work directive reversed; opponents say decision is bad for young migrant workers

CAMP HILL, PA — The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) joined other state farm bureaus in a campaign that successfully reversed a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) directive that would have placed limits on the ability of youth to work on family farms. The DOL regulation would have also jeopardized the role of parents in teaching their children the value of on-the-farm work, PFB officials said.  Read more

Leeward workers begin repairs to the Honesdale municipal pool

Workers from the Leeward Company are doing repair work at the Honesdale pool free of charge. “We want to see the pool open for the community so we are donating all the concrete work at the site,” said Eric Linde, owner of the company. Some other businesses have joined the effort and Linde encourages more to come on board.

No going to the YMCA in Monticello, for now; Carbon Harvest project at closed landfill is still a go

Ira Besdanski, CEO of YMCA Middletown, which includes facilities in Monroe and Monticello, made an appearance at the Sullivan County Government Center on May 3 to help lawmakers get a clearer picture of the nature of the organization.  Read more

Barbara Yeaman garners statewide award; Conservancy founder honored for lifetime achievement

POCONO MANOR, PA — “She’s the stealth bomber of conservation causes,” declared Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) board president Greg Belcamino as he invited DHC founder Barbara Yeaman to the podium at the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association’s (PALTA) annual conference on May 4. Before a large crowd, Yeaman was presented with the organization’s Lifetime Conservation Leadership Award.  Read more

Foreclosure mobile visits Monticello

Four years into the Great Recession, the outlook for homeowners facing foreclosure has not improved. In fact, according to a report from the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP), “In 2011, more than 345,000 mortgages were in default or delinquent in New York State. This staggering number is based on 90-day pre-foreclosure notices that New York now requires servicers to send to homeowners.”  Read more

Foodstock a hit for WJFF

There were a total of 62 vendors at Foodstock this year, offering a wide array of locally produced culinary delights ranging from cheeses to produce to locally made wine and spirits. The offerings drew a crowd of over 500 people to the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center in the Beechwoods.  Read more

‘Wayne Mountain Men’ win Envirothon

For 26 years, a local educational competition has been held which tests student knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities related to the earth’s natural resources. This year, the top prize for the Pike/Wayne Envirothon went to the Wayne Mountain Men from Western Wayne High School.  Read more

Live webcast of peregrine banding on May 9

Two peregrine chicks that hatched in a nest on the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg, PA will be banded during a live webcast of the event at 1 p.m. on May 9, according to the PA Department of Environmental Protection, which hosts the webcam with which the nest has been monitored.

The nestlings will be weighed, examined and the sex will be determined before leg bands are attached. The bands will provide for an individual signature that identifies the birds when they fledge, disperse and seek out their own nesting territories.  Read more

Sentiment at Highland hearing favors anti-fracking law

ELDRED, NY - Public comments leaned almost three to one in favor of the Town of Highland's Local Law#3, a zoning amendment that would ban high-impact industrial uses including horizontal hydrofracking in the town, at a public hearing held at the Eldred Junior/Senior High School on Friday, May 4.  Read more

Illegal dumping of drilling mud in Bradford County State Game Lands

WILLIAMSPORT — The Department of Environmental Protection has fined RW Products LLC of Wheeling, WV, $21,029 for the illegal disposal of a reported 800 gallons of waste drilling mud on State Game Lands 219 in Warren Township, Bradford County, in December 2011.

“A driver for RW Products admitted that he intentionally dumped a load of oil-based waste drilling mud onto the ground,” North-central Waste Management Program Manager Patrick Brennan said. “This violated the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act and the department’s penalty reflects this blatant disregard for the environment.”  Read more

Volunteer for Liberty zoning committees

The Town of Liberty is looking for volunteers for a variety of zoning-related committees. In January of 2008, the Town and Village of Liberty adopted a joint comprehensive plan (www.townoflib erty.org), a roadmap for community development.  Read more

Improved streamflow forecasts for DEP

NEW YORK CITY — The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYDEP) has announced a new agreement with the National Weather Service (NWS) in which DEP will provide the NWS with up to $1 million to help speed up the development of state-of-the-art forecasts of water flows throughout the watershed.  Read more

Foodstock set for Saturday

Foodstock, which has quickly become one of the most popular events in Sullivan County, is scheduled to take place on May 5, at the Villa Roma Resort’s Tennis Building in Callicoon, from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. This year the event will feature more than 60 culinary vendors.  Read more

Sole assessor law to be considered

At a meeting of the Delaware Town Board on April 18, it was decided to propose a law that would move from the current system of three elected tax assessors to a sole assessor appointed by the board.  Read more

Sandy Beecher remembered

Sanford “Sandy” Beecher, a prominent attorney in Milford, was remembered by friends and family at a visitation at the Stroyan Funeral Home in Milford on April 30. Hundreds gathered at his memorial service on May 1. He passed away on April 23 after a battle with congestive heart failure at age 79.  Read more

Sullivan legislature calls for fracking health study

Critics of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in New York State have long been calling for a study on the possible impacts the process can have on human health. While there is some support for the idea among elected officials in Albany, so far state officials have not been willing to go in that direction.  Read more

Sullivan legislature calls for fracking health study

Critics of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in New York State have long been calling for a study on the possible impacts the process can have on human health. While there is some support for the idea among elected officials in Albany, so far state officials have not been willing to go in that direction.  Read more

Youngsville farm to host enzyme demonstration;event tied to climate awareness

For more than a year, a group of diverse people have been working to establish a farm at 229 Menges Road in Youngsville, while also establishing the Seon Wellbeing Academy at the same location. The academy fosters health and spiritual wellbeing. The organization’s website says, “We are an online academy that teaches one how to breathe, live fruitfully and how to prepare for the completion of one’s life.”  Read more

Historical Society plans dinner theater; play will recall last hanging at old jail

The spring gala of the Wayne County Historical Society planned for May 26 will center around a historic hanging in the county’s Old Stone Jail. It will feature a dinner-theater event recalling the historical trial of James McCabe, the last man to be hanged in Wayne County.  Read more