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December 22, 2014
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ALBANY, NY — During a cabinet meeting in Albany on December 17, Howard Zucker M.D., the Acting New York State Commissioner of Health, said that he could not recommend that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should be allowed to go forward.

ECS board elects officers

The Eldred Central School District (ECS) board of education conducted its monthly meeting on July 12, during which it elected and swore in its slate of officers. From left, first row, is vice president Amador Laput and board member Carol Bliefernich. In the second row is president Douglas Reiser and board member James Burns. Absent from the photo was board member Linda Bohs. The board also approved a Concussion Management Policy to support the proper evaluation and management of head injuries. ECS recently rescheduled its monthly meetings to begin at 7 p.m.

22nd annual RiverFest, July 22

NARROWSBURG, NY — Three things that characterize what makes the Upper Delaware River region so special—music, art and the environment—will be celebrated on Narrowsburg’s Main Street during the 22nd annual RiverFest, held this Sunday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., overlooking the Delaware River.  Read more

Skinners Falls Bridge back in commission

MILANVILLE, PA - The Skinners Falls Bridge, which has been out of commission since April, is now back in service. The bridge was closed while repairs were undertaken, with a few days added to the closing at the end due to repair of the railroad crossing.

Liberty to consider law that might limit public hearings

The Liberty Town Board is once again considering a law that would give the planning board the authority to sidestep a site plan review for some projects that now require it, and that would also mean that the planning board would have the authority to cancel public hearings.  Read more

Crawford library: to build or not to build?

The Ethelbert B. Crawford Library Board of Trustees will seek a public referendum on August 9 to bond $5.3 million to build a new public library at 479 Broadway.  Read more

Motion to sanction Tusten, Lumberland goes down at UDC

A motion by Town of Delaware representative Harold Roeder to declare the towns of Tusten and Lumberland non-conforming with respect to the River Management Plan (RMP) due to their natural gas drilling bans was voted down at the July 5 Upper Delaware Council (UDC) meeting.  Read more

Nationwide insurance: no fracking way

NATION — National Casualty (Insurance) Company, part of the Nationwide group of insurance companies, has announced that hydraulic fracturing operations are prohibited in relation to properties it insures.  Read more

Tusten goes for the gold

The Town of Tusten’s waterfront revitalization project, currently in the engineering study and design phase, is one of four included in a special Upper Delaware River Corridor Regional Collaboration, which also includes applications for the planned whitewater park in Port Jervis, a Pond Eddy access parking study for a new river access point and a project to purchase and improve a river access at Sparrowbush in Orange County.  Read more

River claims two lives

SPARROWBUSH & PORT JERVIS, NY — The rocky cliffs along the Delaware River near Sparrowbush are a popular place for kids to climb and jump, but a teenaged girl died after falling about 60 feet along a sloping rock surface and landing in the Delaware River at about 3 p.m. on July 5.  Read more

Smoking in state parks ok for now

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced with some fanfare in April that it was going to create smoke-free zones in some state parks, especially where large numbers of people congregate, such as pools and playgrounds.  Read more

Board shoots the messenger; fireworks ‘fiasco’ blamed on newspaper

Almost everyone seemed to accept that since about 2007 when the eagles first built their nest on a tree in the Flats, the fireworks in Narrowsburg have been carried out in violation of a federal law, which could have carried a $200,000 fine.  Read more

Multiple DUI offender sentenced; amputee and grandson still recovering

Fifty-year-old Ida Campfield of Lake Huntington, NY was sentenced to six to 15 years in prison for a drunk driving offence. Wayne County Judge Raymond Hamill handed down the sentence on July 5 on two felony charges of aggravated assault by a vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI).  Read more

He’s a winner!

Joe Giordano of Hawley, PA shows off his smile and the two tickets he won from The River Reporter. By buying a subscription to the paper, he won free tickets to the Doo Wap Shop Extravaganza at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on July 14.  Read more

Crime spree halted with gang arrests

Six men aged 16 to 19 have been arrested for taking part in a crime spree that hit Sullivan County in recent months. Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff said that five of the men belonged to a gang called 2 Live Crew and had the name tattooed on their bodies. Schiff said that one suspect did not have the name tattooed on his body because he was not yet officially a member but was instead a “prospect who was trying out for full gang membership.”  Read more

Shed donated to flats

The baseball league that uses the ball field in the Flats has been looking for a shed for a few years in which to house equipment and from which to sell concessions, and on July 5, they got their wish. Kevin Freda, the owner of K&D construction, and his son Kyle formally donated a shed they built to the Town of Tusten.  Read more

Highland adopts Local Law 3; fourth Sullivan County town to ban gas drilling

The Town of Highland Town Board voted unanimously in favor of adopting Local Law 3 at its monthly meeting on July 10, which effectively bans gas drilling and other heavy industrial activity in the town. With that move, the Town of Highland became the fourth Sullivan County town to adopt similar zoning, creating an expanding block of bordering towns including Tusten, Lumberland and Bethel.  Read more

DRBC meeting to address TGP water withdrawals from Delaware and Lackawaxen rivers

The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold an informal conference followed by a public hearing on Wednesday, July 11. The hearing will be part of the Commission's regularly scheduled business meeting. Both are open to the public and will be held at 25 State Police Drive, West Trenton, NJ. The conference session will begin at 11 a.m. Subjects of the public hearing to be held during the 1:30 p.m. business meeting include draft dockets for the following project.  Read more

Fireworks display under discussion: alternatives being explored

The American ideal of community dialogue is helping to resolve an ongoing Independence Day dilemma over the co-existence of our national bird and Narrowsburg’s annual July 4th fireworks display.  Read more

PASA adopts policy statement on natural gas extraction

The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) recently adopted a policy statement on unconventional natural gas extraction after considering comments from the organization’s members and supporters.  Read more

Bullying—a major concern for schools; Wayne Highlands confronts bullying by encouraging good behavior

Whenever the subject of schools comes up today, bullying is apt to be of intense concern, especially for parents of young children who are the targets of some mean kids.  Read more