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HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.

Wayne County Historical Society back in business; long list of events are planned

After being closed for the season since January 1, the Wayne County Historical Society building reopened on Saturday, April 21 with a flourish of events that will last through the summer and continue until the end of November.  Read more

VFW Post 6427 installs officers

The Tusten, Highland, Lumberland VFW Post #6427 installed its new officers for 2012-13 in a ceremony conducted on April 14 at the Highland Senior Center in Eldred. Sworn in by Past District II Commander VFW and Sullivan County Chaplain Al Etkin (left front), were Norman W. Sutherland, Surgeon (left rear), Robert H. Grab, Chaplain (left facing); Frederick Bosch, Senior Vice Commander; John Vonsteenburgh, Service Officer; Edward Boyer, Quartermaster; Phil Stropoli, Adjutant; Peter Barnes, Junior Vice Commander; and Peter D. Carmeci, Sr., Commander.  Read more

Drilling down to zoning;upping the ante on bans and local control

Attorney David Slottje, who with his wife, attorney Helen Slottje, has helped four towns in Sullivan County craft local zoning ordinances intended to ban gas drilling, spoke to a group of residents about whether elected officials who claim neutrality on the issue of gas drilling were acting in good faith.  Read more

County-owned farm to be sold

Sullivan County came into possession of the 84-acre property in Kenoza Lake because the owner fell behind on taxes. In 2009, county officials removed the property from the tax auction because they believed it would be a good site for a demonstration farm.  Read more

Clean-up Honesdale is a grand success; over 300 people spread out over borough streets

Long-time residents of the borough said they haven’t seen anything like it. The turn out at the first Honesdale Clean and Green event took the organizers totally by surprise.
The state-wide clean-up to celebrate Earth Day was called the Great American Clean-up in Pennsylvania.  Read more

ECS: budget, board seat and principal search

The Eldred Central School (ECS) District Board of Education, at its meeting on April 19, adopted its proposed 2012-13 budget in the amount of $15,918,581, following many months of relentless cuts. The adopted budget reduces spending in the amount of $612,419, or 3.7%, when compared to the 2011-2012 budget. The tax levy will increase 2.0% and is within the constraints of the Property Tax Cap Legislation for simple majority voter approval.  Read more

New digs for Delaware Highlands Conservancy

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) hosted an open house on Segar Road in Kauneonga Lake on April 23, for a ribbon cutting for the new organization’s office, which is located in a house owned by Lou and Nancy Barr.  Read more

Stepping it up in Callicoon; the shape of things to come for a river hamlet

Architect Michael Chojnicki and members of the Callicoon Business Association have been working for more than a year on plans to renovate the parking lot and steps that separate Upper Main Street and Lower Main Street.  Read more

Large blooms of didymo discovered in Delaware River

DELAWARE RIVER BASIN – The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) today announced that a staff scientist last week found extensive mats of the aquatic alga Didymosphenia geminata (also known as Didymo or “Rock Snot”), an invasive species, in the Delaware River. Anglers are encouraged to vigilantly clean equipment to prevent the spread of this invader.  Read more

Liberty senior arrested for multiple thefts

On Wednesday April 18, 2012 at approximately 8:00 AM, a concerned neighbor called the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office to report a suspicious person in the vicinity of 97 Huschke Road in the Town of Liberty. Patrols responded to the scene and located a subject who was in possession of a lawn mower.  Read more

Proposed sole assessor law back on the table in Delaware

HORTONVILLE, NY - At a meeting of the Delaware Town Board on April 18, it was decided to propose a law that would move from the current system of three elected tax assessors to a sole assessor appointed by the board.  Read more

Burning bans

Burn bans currently in effect in our area are:

New York State
March 16 through May 14, statewide
All residential brush burning is prohibited in smaller communities during the state's historically high fire-risk period from March 16 through May 14, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens reminded New Yorkers today.

Until further notice
Blooming Grove Township, PA has lifted its burning ban effective May 3. Updates are available at the town office at 570/775-6461 Ext. 10.

Health director calls for Sullivan health forum

a meeting of the Sullivan County Legislature’s Health and Family Services Committee, public health director Carol Ryan proposed the idea of a health forum to discuss the county’s low health ranking in the recently released national report, “County Health Rankings.” (See “Sullivan County nearly most unhealthy” in last week’s River Reporter.)  Read more

DV school plans on public view; hearing scheduled

Plans for the Delaware Valley (DV) School District’s planned $23 million elementary school are now available online at dvsd.schoolwires. They may also be viewed at the district administration building.  Read more

Callicoon holds comp plan workshop

There will be a workshop on the Town of Callicoon’s draft comprehensive plan on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the town hall in Jeffersonville.  Read more

Lumberland second Upper Delaware town to ban fracking

The Town of Lumberland has joined many other New York municipalities to ban the process of hydrofracking for natural gas with zoning restrictions targeting heavy industrial uses. The action took place at the town board meeting on April 11 when the board unanimously voted to approve the new zoning following a lengthy zoning rewrite process. Several of the bans have survived legal challenges, while one is under appeal. The towns of Highland and Bethel are pursuing similar bans.

Jennings calls for forensic audit of records

Borough of Honesdale board member Bob Jennings offered a motion on April 9 for the borough to order a forensic audit of all the records of the recently deposed zoning officer Wayne Earley. The motion was questioned by two members.  Read more

Delaware officials: hands off drilling

As the question of the authority that local governments have relative to gas drilling plays out in the state court, officials of the Town of Delaware have concluded that they do not have the authority to make any zoning regulation related to drilling.  Read more

Cochecton residents want stand on drilling

In a conversation that has been held frequently over the past several months, residents of the Town of Cochecton urged members of the board to take a stand on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The board has maintained strict neutrality on the matter, and members have said they will be guided by the new rules being developed by the NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  Read more