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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.

DEP to discuss Lathrop Compressor Station explosion

WILKES-BARRE -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it will hold a public briefing on Tuesday April 17 to discuss the circumstances surrounding the Lathrop compressor station explosion that occurred March 29 in Springville Township, Susquehanna County.

The 6-8 pm briefing is at Montrose High School, 75 Meteor Way, in Montrose. Representatives from DEP and Williams Partners, LLC, the owners of Lathrop, will be on hand.  Read more

PA court rules local fracking bans can stand for now

HARRISBURG, PA – Today, a Pennsylvania court issued a preliminary injunction (PDF) <earthjustice.org/documents/legal-document/pdf/act-13-challenge-order> against a portion of a controversial state law – Act 13 – that sought to override local zoning laws related to the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The court ruled these local laws can remain on the books and in effect until they are challenged and found invalid.  Read more

Chamber honors 19 at Pride awards

CALLICOON, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will present its 21st annual Pride Awards Gala on Sunday, May 6 at the Villa Roma Resort, honoring 19 individuals throughout Sullivan County. Town Pride Award winners this year are Carol Malek, Malek Properties (Bethel); Joseph and Mary Nosek, Community Service (Callicoon); Eileen Hennessy, writer (Cochecton); Tom Freda, Freda Real Estate (Delaware); Sally J.  Read more

Who is the master developer?

MONTICELLO, NY — The next step in the development of the erstwhile Concord Hotel property may be determined by which party, Entertainment Properties Trust (EPT) or Louis Cappelli’s Concord Associates, is considered to be the “master developer” of the project.  Read more

Pike drug take-back day announced

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Sheriff Phil Beuki announced that there would be a prescription drug take-back day on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the sheriff’s building. No questions will be asked, according to Beuki. No illegal drugs will be accepted.  Read more

Sullivan population inches down

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Estimates just released from the Census Bureau for the 2011 census indicate a slight loss in population for Sullivan County over the last year.  Read more

Chamber honors 19 at Pride awards

The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will present its 21st annual Pride Awards Gala on Sunday, May 6 at the Villa Roma Resort, honoring 19 individuals throughout Sullivan County.  Read more

Sullivan County nearly most unhealthy; Pike and Wayne fare better on nationwide health ratings

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — In the latest County Health Ratings issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Sullivan County in New York came in as nearly the least healthiest in New York, ranking 61 out of 62 in terms of health outcomes.
Across the river in Pennsylvania, Wayne County had a slightly better position, coming in at 54 out of 67 counties; and Pike County had the best ranking of the three, with a ranking of 12 out of 67.  Read more

Callicoon draft Comprehensive Plan unveiled; gas drilling cited; public work session scheduled

Unlike the Towns of Bethel, Highland, Tusten and Lumberland, officials in the Town of Callicoon think there may be a place for industrial activity and gas drilling in the town’s future.  Read more

NPS tackles emergency response in river valley

National Park Service (NPS) officials have taken on the important task of improved coordination of emergency response throughout the river valley, following a series of drownings and other incidents last year that highlighted the need for better communications.  Read more

Baker bill requires lawyers for juveniles

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Senate last week unanimously passed Bill 815, which was sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker. The bill has been sent to Governor Tom Corbett, who signed it on April 9.  Read more

Commissioner Smith returns to the barn; the return will support the next generation of dairy farmers

Unexpectedly, Brain Smith, chairman of the Wayne County Commissioners, announced that he was returning to the barn and the milking of cows. The announcement came at the commissioners meeting on March 29.  Read more

Hawk’s Nest repairs resume

Those who breathed a sigh of relief when repair work concluded last fall on the snakelike stretch of NYS Route 97 known as the Hawk’s Nest, must now hold their breath to see when the recently resumed activities will conclude.  Read more

Crematorium gets state air permit

It looks like all the controversies have been resolved for the proposed crematorium to be built outside of Milford on Route 6.
Milford funeral director Kevin Stroyan has been granted an air quality control permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection. This is the last step on the way to final construction.  Read more

Sullivan West budget proposed; board speculates on the price of diesel fuel

The sour economy and actions in Albany are making it painful for officials to create the 2012/13 school budget. At a meeting of the Sullivan West Central School District (SWCSD) Board of Education on April 5, superintendent Dr. Ken Hilton presented the proposed budget.  Read more

Skinners Falls Bridge closed for emergency repairs

MILANVILLE, PA — A detour is in place for motorists who will temporarily be unable to cross the Skinners Falls Bridge connecting Milanville, PA with Sullivan County, NY. During a routine inspection, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) officials recently identified the need for emergency closure of the bridge in order to repair the structure’s truss member cord.

PennDOT hasn’t yet determined when the bridge will reopen, but repair time is estimated to be three to four weeks, according to safety press officer, Mike Taluto.

UDC & NPS Host Workshop On River Management Plan

NARROWSBURG, NY – Working with the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River was the subject of a recent training workshop targeted to town and township officials in New York and Pennsylvania.

The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) and National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (NPS) co-sponsored the March 24 program held at the Tusten Town Hall meeting room in Narrowsburg.  Read more

Read the stories that netted TRR its top-five spot

SYRACUSE, NY — The River Reporter was judged one of the five top single-flag newspapers in New York State in the New York Press Association’s annual contest at its spring conference last weekend.
The categories that netted the newspaper its top spot are listed below. Where applicable, you can click the links to read the award-winning stories.

BEST NEWS OR FEATURE SERIES: On the Hessinger building, Fritz Mayer
“Hessinger Building slated for demolition”   Read more

Addenda proposed to Tusten zoning rewrite

At its meeting on March 28, the Tusten zoning rewrite committee unanimously voted to recommend that the town board approve the re-opening of the SEQRA process, including a public hearing, to make some additional changes in the ordinance passed late last year.  Read more

Common Waters announces new round of grants

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — The Common Waters Fund has announced that an additional dozen landowners on 8,000 acres across three states will share more than $140,000 in Common Waters Fund grants to develop forest management plans and implement sustainable management practices that protect water quality in the Upper Delaware River Basin.  Read more