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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.

Shohola summer marred by burglaries

While other issues were under discussion at the Shohola Township meeting on August 14, it was dominated by the issue that has been clouding the township all summer. A burglar has been targeting Shohola cars and homes all season. No one has been arrested yet, or identified as a person of interest. Police Chief Scott Carney was present at the meeting, but made no official statement, except for commenting that the burglaries were the subject of an ongoing investigation. Local police did not return calls related to this article.  Read more

Port Jervis Police lauded

The role of Port Jervis police officers in the recent arrest of Frank McBride, 27, of Scranton, PA, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was praised by Councilman Carl Hendrick, who presented the police report at the August 11 meeting.  Read more

Court rules in favor of Minisink compressor station

A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on August 15 that the Millennium Pipeline Company had properly sited a large compressor station, and the company may continue to operate it, even though it is in the midst of a residential neighborhood.  Read more

Town of Delaware baseline water study

A Town of Delaware methane baseline study, measuring the levels of natural ambient methane in the town, will be unveiled at the Delaware Youth Center on Sunday, August 24, from 12 noon until 2 p.m. The report on the baseline study was completed earlier this year and the findings for the town are in.  Read more

Town of Delaware targets storm damage

Recent storms and flooding dominated the Town of Delaware August 13 meeting. The town board authorized an emergency stream restoration and flood mitigation program and also a relief program for households that need help with replacing items damaged in the storms.

The council passed two resolutions to authorize the programs.  Read more

Dar Williams, pollinators and kids

“The Woodstock Festival that happened here had a lot of dreamers,” said Dar Williams, a Hudson Valley singer and songwriter, at the start of her educational program for kids about the importance of helping bees and other pollinators at Bethel Woods Conservatory on August 14, before the 45th Woodstock anniversary weekend. She continued that first-you-have-to-dream-and-then-make-it-happen philosophy, singing “Wake Up and Move Your Body Around” and getting the kids who were attending a summer camp up dancing.  Read more

Monticello mayor arrested again

Gordon Jenkins, the mayor of Monticello, was arrested on August 14, and charged with various crimes in connection with the controversial demolition of the village courthouse, which was begun back in October 2013.  Read more

Pennsylvania senior exploitation bill

Rep. Jesse Topper last week introduced a bill intended to increase cooperation between state departments in order to enhance protection from senior citizens in cases of unwanted telephone calls that lead to financial exploitation.  Read more

Boy perishes in Liberty bungalow fire

A three-year-old boy died in a fire in Liberty the evening of August 17. The fire broke out after 10 p.m. in a bungalow at Camp Mareh Yechezkel on Route 55.  Read more

Teachout endorsed by Sullivan supervisors

Zephyr Teachout, a law professor who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary, has been endorsed by Mamakating supervisor Bill Herrmann, who said “I like Andrew Cuomo’s words, but I don’t like his actions.” The endorsement came at a campaign event on August 16 in Wurtsboro.  Read more

Volunteers sought for summer homeless count

Will you volunteer one Thursday evening to help out Wayne County neighbors in need ?

As the summer season continues, most of us are attending summer holiday celebrations, graduation parties and weddings; while others . are beginning to think about getting the kids ready to go back to school and planning back to school shopping trips.
Others are not doing as well.  Read more

New invasive plant: Battling mile-a-minute vine

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — A new non-native plant species has arrived in the Upper Delaware River valley region—mile-a-minute vine (MAM). This plant is listed on the Pennsylvania Noxious Weed List because it can “directly or indirectly injure crops, other useful plants, livestock, poultry or other interests of agriculture, including irrigation, navigation, fish and wildlife resources, or the public health.” Early detection and rapid response is the best defense to the spread of this aggressive invader.  Read more

No swimming in Toronto Reservior?

TORONTO RESERVOIR — In May, 2013, it seemed as though the question about public access to the Toronto Reservoir had been settled once and for all. Back then, the appellate court upheld the ruling of a lower court saying the members of the public have the right to use a road in the Chapin Estate to reach a recreational access area on the reservoir.

The ruling came after a 10-year, off-and-on court battle, during which access to that spot on the reservoir was blocked by a stone wall, which was ultimately removed.  Read more

Fatalities on 17B spark concern

The death of Robert Schenk, 33, of Narrowsburg in a head-on collision on State Route 17B on August 2 sparked action on the part of Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff, who vowed to step up police presence in an effort to curb the many accidents that occur on the busy highway.  Read more

Family services programs detailed

Representatives from the Sullivan County Division of Family Services (DFS) appeared at a meeting at the government center on August 7, and gave detailed reports about some of the division’s programs and operations.  Read more

Wayne’s youthful athletes efforts recognized

With her charges resplendent in their Wayne County Commissioners T-shirts, Kerri Miszler of Wayne County Parks & Recreation, at right in the photo above, recently presented 13 of the 20 athletes who qualified for the 2014 Hershey Track and Field program finals. They are pictured with commissioners Wendell Kay, Brian Smith and Jonathan Fritz.  Read more

Homelessness and prosperity in Honesdale

The August 11 Honesdale Borough Council meeting highlighted the apparent paradox of poverty and prosperity in rural America. Reports from the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) on the resounding success of both Sidewalk Sales Days and the Wayne County Fair contrasted sharply with a letter from the Wayne County Human Services Department requesting assistance with data collection for a homeless census.  Read more

PA lawmakers unveil patient provider legislation

In July, a report came out titled “Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Undermining Women’s Health Care.” The report said, “Abortion restrictions on the books in 33 states and in effect in 29 states, contradict evidence-based practices and undermine the high-quality, patient-centered care that health care providers strive to achieve.”  Read more

Growing NPS water safety involvement

The Upper Delaware shares a dire statistic with the rest of the more than 300 areas managed by the National Park Service (NPS): drowning is the primary cause of visitor fatalities, according to Upper Delaware NPS Chief Ranger Joe Hinkes.  Read more

Pike ground water study

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Pike County Conservation District, recently completed a study of residential groundwater wells in Pike County, PA. The results of the study were published in July 2014 in “USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5117,” which can be viewed on the USGS website. Go to and type “SIR 2014-5117” in the search block.  Read more