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Panther Rock Creek and the Callicoon Creek, which converge in Youngsville, have flooded numerous times over the past decade, and now the state is moving to address the issue at Panther Rock.
At a public hearing on November 12, a representative from the NY State Department of Transportation (DOT) said the creek floods so often because the space below the bridge over the creek is too small. Root balls and trees get stuck in the opening and the water backs up and floods the surrounding buildings.

EMS funding deadline approaches

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) urges fire and EMS organizations to apply for a new round of federal grants through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. The deadline is July 6.  Read more

Microenterprise grants awarded

A total of $165,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 11 Sullivan County businesses under the county’s Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP). The program targets Main Street businesses that are located within downtown areas and provide goods and services, and “Agri-business” enterprises, including farms, agriculture support businesses and businesses that process farm products.  Read more

Activists ask for legislative support; the push to counter Citizens United

The bar to pass a constitutional amendment in the United States is very high; the amendment must be approved by a two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate, and must be adopted by 38 of the 50 states.

There is a movement to pass a constitutional amendment to counter the impacts of the 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, which allows corporations to spend nearly unlimited amounts of money to influence the outcomes of national and local elections.  Read more

Berlin Township septage company fined

The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined a Berlin Township company for violating the Clean Streams Law and the Solid Waste Management Law. The fine came to light at the township supervisors meeting on June 19.  Read more

Driver rams cop car twice; camp worker arrested for DWI

A 23-year-old man is accused of ramming a Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office patrol car twice before the deputy in the car could bring the driver under control.  Read more

Mill Market targets food from the region

Members of the press and local officials were recently treated to a sneak preview of the enticing products at the new Mill Market in the historic Hawley Silk Mill during Media Day. Defining the focus of the new market is an emphasis on high quality foods and goods primarily from within a 200-mile radius of the Lake Wallenpaupack region.  Read more

New cemetery brochure a model for others

Locating the final resting place of a loved one in the Town of Lumberland soon will be easier with the release of the town’s new cemetery brochure. The eight-page, full-color publication is the result of a 20-year labor of love, which town historian Frank Schwarz proposed and brought to fruition with the assistance of designer Christine Smetaniuk and proofreader Sophia Martynec.  Read more

Honesdale Borough Pool opens with a splash; many sponsors made it possible

Six months ago, it looked as if this might never happen.“It looked pretty bleak back then since there was no money in the budget to open this pool,” said Michael Slish, Honesdale Borough parks and recreation chairman.  Read more

Sojourners sweep the Big Eddy

Participants in the 18th annual Delaware River Sojourn wave while approaching the Narrowsburg bridge and the deepest and narrowest section of the river on June 25, the second day of the river trip. The paddlers proceeded through the Big Eddy and concluded the day at the Ten Mile River access in the Town of Tusten. The seven-day paddle began on June 24 at Callicoon and will conclude in New Jersey on June 30. Learn more at www.delawareriversojourn.org.

Sullivan West grads say goodbye

Hundreds of relatives, friends and faculty members packed into the gym at Sullivan West Central High School (SW) to celebrate the accomplishments of the 100-plus graduates who successfully completed the final year of their high school careers. The Class of 2012 Commencement Ceremony was a very successful event on that flowed smoothly and had some pleasant surprises along the way.  Read more

Memories made at Eldred graduation

Someone once wrote, “Life is a series of memories we make.” The same can be said about the Eldred Central School’s (ECS) Senior Graduation Ceremony, as it is yet another memorable link on the chain of life.  Read more

Narrowsburg fireworks display cancelled

Update

NARROWSBURG, NY – Following an investigation conducted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as cited in the story below, the Lava Fire Department, sponsor of the fireworks, has cancelled the 2012 fireworks display. Sources told The River Reporter the decision came after the department learned it could face penalties and fines if negative impacts occurred to the American bald eagle family, including two adults and three young, which nests in the Narrowsburg flats.

Federal regulations specify in the National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines that Class B explosives, which include fireworks, should not be detonated within a half-mile of an active roost, or within one mile in the case of an open area such as the Delaware River.

Original story
An Independence Day dilemma; American icons at issue

A difficult discussion about the fate of two iconic American symbols is underway in the Town of Tusten. The dialogue is not new; in fact, various Tusten boards and at least three supervisors have weighed the issue of discharging Independence Day fireworks in proximity to an eagle nest built in the Narrowsburg flats, and all have continued to approve the practice by granting permission to the sponsoring parties.  Read more

Delaware board resolution affirms right to lease

Following a heated and frequently loud exchange between residents of the Town of Delaware and Delaware town board members at the regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday night, the board passed a resolution affirming the right of landowners within the town's borders to determine how they exercise any mineral rights they own "in accordance with the laws of the State of New York and the United States of America."  Read more

Late blight found in PA

PENNSYLVANIA — Late blight has been found in at least four Pennsylvania counties, mainly on potatoes and tomatoes. Area growers are encouraged to scout their fields/high tunnels/backyard gardens for possible late blight problems.  Read more

HEAL grant to help nursing home

The New York State Department of Health has awarded Sullivan County $1.1 million for improvements to the county nursing home located in Liberty. The county had applied for this funding in February, through a competitive grant process.  Read more

Baseline water testing to be offered

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Chris Talbott, a Sullivan County homeowner, and the Community Science Institute (CSI) are set to launch an area-wide initiative to test groundwater in the area. The CSI project will create a public database reporting test results for area water supplies, providing a baseline measurement that could be used in the case that fracking activities are conducted in the future to help diagnose contamination.  Read more

Resolution to reverse Citizens United

MONTICELLO, NY — Members of the Sullivan County branch of the grassroots organization MoveOn will introduce a draft resolution to the Sullivan County Legislature’s public session on Thursday, June 21 at 2 p.m. in the County Administration building to nullify the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision known as “Citizens United,” which, combined with other recent Supreme Court rulings, has resulted in unlimited anonymous funding to political campaigns. Similar resolutions have already been introduced in a number of states, counties and municipalities. Call 845/292-4895.  Read more

Earley wins unemployment compensation; borough loses appeal

Wayne Earley, Honesdale Borough’s former zoning officer who was fired by the borough council on March 12, applied for unemployment compensation and got it. The borough council did not support his application and appealed the decision.  Read more

Charges against Walls withdrawn; Nelia resigns as supervisor; Wall's statement

All of the charges against Donald and Nelia Wall have been withdrawn. The outcome came following a year and a half grand jury investigation of charges brought by Shohola resident/attorney Mark Hamill and other residents of Shohola Township.

In a statement issued by the Walls, they said the agreement reached with Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin was not a plea bargain, and they did not admit to any wrongdoing. Part of the agreement called for the couple to pay $7,500 to Shohola Township as “restitution,” and that Nelia resign from her position as township supervisor.  Read more

Tyner and Schreibman vie for Hinchey’s seat; both claim they follow his progressive lead

NINETEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, NY — In the race for endorsements, Julian Schreibman, a former federal prosecutor, has picked up far more Democratic committees than rival Joel Tyner, a five-time Dutchess County legislator. But Tyner thinks his hard-line stand on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will help him win the day.  Read more