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December 03, 2016
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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.

A call to take back the streets; A victim’s mother organizes

MONTICELLO, NY — The Village of Monticello does not have the highest crime rate in the region—according to City-Data.com, that distinction goes to the Village of Liberty. Still, crime in Monticello is higher than it should be.  Read more

Petition against Narrowsburg rehab

NARROWSBURG, NY — An online petition against the opening of a drug and alcohol rehab facility is circulating. The petition was emailed to The River Reporter on June 16 and it says, “We, the concerned citizens, home and business owners of the Town of Tusten, hereby express unanimous objection to the Sullivan West School Board’s consideration of the possible sale of the now empty Narrowsburg School to Changes Rehabilitation Center of Florida.  Read more

Delaware plans stronger dog laws

HORTONVILLE, NY — At the Delaware Town meeting on June 12, the board discussed a plan to modify its laws, and specifically the town’s dog control laws. The town clerk, Tess McBeath, acknowledged this was going to be a big task.  Read more

Baker sponsors photo/calendar contest for district

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania’s 20th senatorial district spans from the Delaware River and Pocono Mountains in the east to the Susquehanna River and Endless Mountains in the west, with unique communities dotting the landscape in between.  Read more

Former Monticello mayor and Thompson supervisor dies

MONTICELLO, NY — Longtime Town of Thompson supervisor and former mayor and trustee of the Village of Monticello David Kaufman passed away at his home on June 16.  Read more

Tusten considers buying building

NARROWSBURG, NY — For the past two meetings, the Tusten Town Board has discussed purchasing the building next to the fire department. Councilman Tony Ritter brought up the proposition, saying that now would be the right time to buy.  Read more

Couple perishes in explosion; Riverside house entirely demolished

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, PA — The couple who owned and operated the Callicoon Flea Market for 35 years perished in an explosion that ripped apart their riverside home on River Road on the evening of June 15. The home was located in Damascus Township, just across the river from the hamlet of Callicoon, NY.  Read more

Competitors for the Narrowsburg School speak

NARROWSBURG, NY — This week The River Reporter received press releases from both parties that have placed bids to purchase the old Narrowsburg Central School from the Sullivan West School District. We print these statements here for your perusal.

Press Release from Changes Treatment and Recovery, Inc. (6/16/14)  Read more

Victims found in River Road blast

Two bodies were found in the wreckage of a home on River Road in Damascus Township, just across the Upper Delaware River from the hamlet of Callicoon, NY.  Read more

Casino Notes

Sullivan County and the Town of Wawarsing in Ulster County are in a federally designated Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) zone, which helps projects in the zone to obtain grants or loans from the United States Department of Agriculture. The board of the REAP Zone held a news conference on June 11 to announce their support for the remaining three proposed casino projects in the zone.  Read more

Narrowsburg Central School: going, going... Sullivan West Board of Education considers bids from two buyers

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There was standing room only in the high school library for area residents, many of them from Narrowsburg, who attended the June 12 meeting of the Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education. They were there to influence the board’s pending decision on sale of the Narrowsburg Central School building and grounds, which have been unused by the district for nine years. As of the meeting’s start, Tuesday, June 17, was the deadline for a sale decision.  Read more

Corbett opposes ‘job-killing’ EPA rule

HARRISBURG, PA — On June 2, the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a proposed rule to limit emissions from coal-fired power plants, and within hours the campaign of Gov. Tom Corbett issued a press release characterizing the proposed rule as “job killing,” and tying his opponent, Tom Wolf, to the policy and to president Barack Obama.  Read more

Funding sought for Highland river access; State funding application deadline nears

MONTICELLO, NY — Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo took office in 2010, a large chunk of the grant money the state gives to businesses and municipalities is awarded through something called a Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). This year there is a six-week window between the release of information about the available grant programs and the application deadline, which is June 16.  Read more

Daniel W. Barnes appointed to Honesdale Borough Council

HONESDALE, PA — The first order of business at the June 9 Honesdale Borough Council meeting was the appointment of Daniel W. Barnes to fill the vacancy created by Carolyn Lorent’s May 12 resignation. The resolution appointing Barnes to a council seat passed 4-2, with President James Brennan, Juanita Pisano, Harry DeVrieze and Bob Jennings supporting his candidacy, Bill Canfield and Scott Smith opposing it.  Read more

New superintendent for the Upper Delaware

NARROWSBURG, NY — Kristina Heister, the newly appointed National Park Service (NPS) superintendent for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, was introduced at the June 5 meeting of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC).  Read more

Cookin’ up a state award

HONESDALE, PA — Members of the Wayne Dietary Department kitchen staff were recognized by the commissioners on June 5 after having won the 2014 Secretary’s Award from Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Brian Duke.  Read more

Liberty teen arrested for stabbing

LIBERTY, NY — A 16-year-old girl who attends Liberty High School was arrested on June 6 for allegedly wielding a knife that wounded two of her fellow students.  Read more

Disagreement over tax breaks for Sullivan casino projects

MONTICELLO, NY — Would tax breaks help or hurt the chances of a casino or two coming to Sullivan County? That’s a question still being debated by members of the Sullivan County legislature.  Read more

Casino dream shaky for Sullivan

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Four projects had applied for a class-three gaming license in Sullivan County; now one of those establishments has backed out of the running completely and another is weighing its options. Both organizations cite competition from a possible Orange County casino as the cause of concern.  Read more

Military tax exemption bill

HARRISBURG, PA — A bill sponsored by Pennsylvania State Sen. Lisa Baker that would reinstate the local tax exemption for active-duty military pay passed the senate by a unanimous vote on June 9.  Read more