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December 01, 2015
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“Sarah Hale portrait” painted by James Reid Lambdin (1807-1889) — Richard’s Free Library, Newport, NH

REGION — Most Americans know that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the fall of 1621, with a feast that was shared with many members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Native Americans. What’s not as well known is that it did not become a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November until many years later.

Thompson to open community building

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — The Town of Thompson Town Board will officially open the new community building at the Thompson Town Park on Thursday, June 20 at 12 noon with special guests, the Monticello Senior Club.  Read more

Riverkeeper announces fracking series

BRISTOL, PA — According to a press release from Delaware Riverkeeper, the natural gas industry is spending millions of dollars on television, radio, and online advertisements trying to convince viewers that shale gas extraction is safe, and it is hard to avoid the commercials promoting the alleged benefits of shale gas on major television network newscasts and talk shows.  Read more

NY State Senate passes measure to streamline assisted living licensing

ALBANY, NY — The Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL) lauded the passage on June 17 of a Senate bill, S.5628, that will reduce red-tape and expedite the review of license applications and allow providers to expand vital housing and services to elderly residents they serve.  Read more

Peifer welcomes outreach specialist to Honesdale office

HARRISBRUG, PA — Representative Mike Peifer on June 17 announced the hiring of Gina Ehrhardt of Paupack to serve as a constituent outreach specialist at his office in Honesdale.  Read more

Fire and water in Honesdale

Two issues predominated at the June 10 Honesdale Borough Council meeting: swimming pools and fire safety. The former promised welcome relief from summer heat; the latter promised heated debate. In president F.J. Monaghan’s absence, vice president James Brennan chaired the meeting. All other councilpersons were present.  Read more

Bracing for an impending school tax rate increase

Delaware Valley School District’s six year run of school budgets with zero tax rate increases is likely coming to an end but some residents say it should not.  Read more

Bonacic: Seneca settlement key to resolving gaming

Release from Senator John Bonacic; three key gaming Actions expected next week

State Senator John Bonacic said the settlement reached by Governor Cuomo with the Seneca Nation would be a key component in resolving differences between his casino proposal (S.5586) and the one initially offered by Governor Cuomo. This morning, the Governor said he would now support four casinos in the initial round.  Read more

Liberty police sued over arrest for foul language; man arrested for defacing speeding ticket

Liberty police sued over foul language arrest

Man busted for defacing speeding ticket


LIBERTY, NY — Village of Liberty police officials were not amused when, in August of 2012, a 23-year-old man from Connecticut crossed out the word “Liberty” on a speeding ticket and replaced it with the word “tyranny.” Further, the man, Willian Barboza, wrote a foul message of five words on the ticket that could be seen as insulting to women in the village.  Read more

Delaware River Safety Advisory: Weekend Update

Due to heavy rains this week the Delaware River level as measured at Montague, NJ is currently at 11.79 feet. It is predicted to rise to 13.7 feet before cresting at 8 p.m. this evening. The river level at the Montague gauge normally measures between five and six feet this time of year. It is running seven to eight vertical feet higher than normal and the water temperature is in the 50s.  Read more

DEC critical of Cochecton’s Climate Action Plan

At the June 12 monthly meeting of the Cochecton Town Board, the cursory review of correspondence directed to Supervisor Gary Maas was unusually remarkable. A letter from Mark DePaul Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst with the Office of Climate Change at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, was openly critical of Town of Cochecton Resolution 29, Climate Smart Community Pledge.  Read more

Wayne commissioner endorse Route 6 update

The Wayne County Commissioners have endorsed PennDOT construction plans for the widening and upgrading of a commercial strip of U.S. Route 6 in Texas Township.  Read more

10th Annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade

The 10th Annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade took place Saturday, June 8th, in Livingston Manor. The River Reporter was in attendance at this spectacular community event. Check out the video below for a fun recap of the parade and events.

Former deputy commissioner sues Sullivan County; retaliatory firing charged

High-profile attorney Michael Sussman said Dr. David Sager has filed a lawsuit against Sullivan County for what he called retaliatory firing. Speaking at a packed news conference at the government center in Monticello on June 12, Sussman said that Sager, who was serving as a deputy commissioner in the Sullivan County Division of Family Services (DFS) was fired in retaliation for looking into a number of cases that were mishandled.  Read more

Support for deputy commissioner

The meeting of the Sullivan County Health and Family Services was packed with onlookers at the government center on June 6, with many people coming to show support for Dr. David Sager, who had been fired from his job as deputy commissioner of the Sullivan County Division of Family Services (DFS).  Read more

Pike awaiting sewage relief legislation

Pike County officials are hoping that new legislation proposed in Harrisburg will divert “a lot of expense” for homeowners who would have to modify waterfront on-lot sewage systems under new PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) policy.  Read more

Blooming Grove approves tax incentives; Breaks for new and expanding businesses

Township supervisors have unanimously approved a five-year tax-abatement program they hope will attract businesses and assist current ones.  Read more

Locally shot movie screened in Liberty

According to the International Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the story line of the feature film “Contest” is: “A bullied high school student is suddenly befriended by his chief tormentor and together they face challenges that will change their lives forever.” One of the challenges they face is that they must win a cooking contest.  Read more

Republicans oppose immigration bill

HARRISBURG, PA — Representative Daryl Metcal fe, founder of State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI), and 56 other state lawmakers, sent letters on June 11 urging members of the U.S. Senate to reject S.744, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”  Read more

Fatal crash in Liberty

A motor vehicle accident on June 7 at approximately 9 a.m. at State Route 55 and Ferndale-Loomis Road in the Town of Liberty resulted in the death of Kim Gessner, 46, of Rock Hill.  Read more

Pete Seeger at Air Soil Water benefit concert

MILFORD, PA — More than 300 people turned out for the sold-out Pete Seeger concert on June 8 during the Milford Music Fest. People came from as far away as Ottawa, Canada, North Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland to see the 94-year-old perform along with RJ Storm and Old School, and the opening band Spirit Family Reunion.  Read more