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REGION — The River Reporter’s editorial assistant Isabel Braverman and office dog Abby get the scoop on the best ice cream around. Summer in the Upper Delaware River Valley means river excursions, hiking, festivals, and of course, ice cream. To kick off Memorial Day weekend, go to page 22 for a list of ice cream places. To all of our readers, have a great summer!

An army of utility workers hustled to bring back power

Only a handful of Pennsylvania Power and Light (PP&L) customers remained without power in Wayne and Pike counties by Tuesday morning, a week after Hurricane Sandy blew through the region leaving 23,923 customers in Wayne and 19,665 in Pike in the dark. With power restored, repair crews from faraway states started home or headed off to other areas stricken by the storm where people were still waiting for power.  Read more

Promised Land loses 300 trees

This picnic table wasn’t the only thing to sustain damage when Hurricane Sandy visited Promised Land State Park in Greentown last week. The storm delivered dangerous 60 mph wind gusts and constant 25-mph wind, which proved too much for many of the trees that beautify the popular state park. Park staff estimate that there are at least 300 trees down. Power lines are littered with trees and snapped in some places.  Read more

100 trees toppled at Grey Towers

In a twist of irony, Hurricane Sandy was not kind to the trees at the former home of the founder and first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot. At Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, high winds took out more than 100 trees, mostly white pines and hemlocks on the west and north side of the mansion. No trees damaged the mansion or outbuildings, but more than 1,000 feet of protective deer fencing was demolished by the falling trees.  Read more

Sullivan County update, gas, transportation

Emergency Operations Center, Bethel, NY – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: “A limited State of Emergency remains in effect through 12:01 AM Thursday regarding the gasoline purchases. We are in the process of communicating with fuel suppliers to determine whether that will need to remain in effect, or could be rescinded. We had a conference call at 11:00 with NYSEG, and we have a call at 4:00 this afternoon with County and Town officials.  Read more

Cuomo explains gas shortage

Albany, NY - A minor gas scare reached as far north as Liberty on the evening of November 1, when cars backed up three or four deep at gas stations to stock up on gas. There is a temporary gas shortage in New York City and New Jersey, sending drivers to look for gas in Orange County, with a kind of snowball effect.
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Bonacic on Hurricane Sandy

Statement from Senator John Bonacic:
Hurricane Sandy has obviously taken a devastating toll on the Empire State, impacting literally millions of New Yorkers.
But New Yorkers have a long and proud history of pulling together during times of crisis, and a tremendous emergency response and relief effort is now underway in all impacted communities.  Read more

SUNY SULLIVAN POSTPONES VISIT OF COLLEGE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Loch Sheldrake, NY (November 2, 2012) - The first of four finalists for the position of SUNY Sullivan college president, Dr. Ralph Ford, will not be visiting campus on Monday, November 5. This also means that the Community Forum with the candidate scheduled for that day has been postponed.  Read more

Transportation to and from shelter facilities for showers and food available

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: “A limited State of Emergency remains in effect through 12:01 AM Saturday to permit County officials to continue to coordinate efforts with the Public Works crews and utilities crews to open County and Town Roads. We will have a conference call with County and Town Highway officials at 4:00 PM this afternoon, and we had a call at 7:30 this morning for County and Town Highway officials.  Read more

Wayne County shower & re-charging facilities

The following facilities are available to anyone who is without power and in need of a place to shower, clean-up & re-charge their cell phones, IPods, or laptop computers. You can also bring empty water jugs and re-fill containers. Please bring your own toiletries (soap, towel, wash cloth, etc…..)  Read more

Shower & Re-Charge In Wayne County

Certain locations are open for Wayne County residents to use for showers and re-charing of cell phones, laptops and other portable electronics. You can also bring water jugs and containers to refill water.  Read more

NYSEG update

From Sullivan County Officials: NYSEG representatives anticipate the majority of power restoration will take place by midnight on Sunday. NYSEG crews are dispersed throughout Sullivan County repairing the major transmission lines and completing repairs to substations. NYSEG crews have also teamed up with town highway departments to complete the opening of roads for emergency vehicles. Once this phase of repair is completed, restoration to individual homes and business will follow thereafter.  Read more

Update from SUNY Sullivan

The fallout from Hurricane Sandy continues to affect our campus, and the following bullet points are the most recent information from administration. These include the cancellations of highly advertised events that would have been held this coming weekend.  Read more

Road update for Wayne & Pike counties

PIKE COUNTY
I-84 East Rest Area - Site 61, Promised Land, Pike County, closed until further notice

I-84 West Rest Area - Site 62, Promised Land, Pike County, closed until further notice

SR 402 is closed in both directions between Thunder Swamp Road and Silver Lake Road in Porter due to downed trees.

SR 409 is closed in both directions between Pine Flats Road and Silver Lake Road in Porter due to a downed tree.

SR 434 is closed in both directions between Shohola Falls Road and McKean Valley Road in Shohola for a downed pole and utilities.  Read more

Sullivan County roads update

Emergency Operations Center, Bethel, NY - Sullivan County David Fanslau issued the following statement: "The following County Roads remain closed: CR 31 in Glen Spey; CR 44 in Sackett Lake; CR 173 in Monticello and Bridgeville; CR 162 in Yankee Lake; CR 94 in Mileses/Hankins; and CR 95 in Obernburg. CR 56 is now closed due to wires down near the Mamakating Transfer Station.  Read more

Sullivan roads, warming stations, dry ice

Emergency Operations Center, Bethel, NY - Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "A limited State of Emergency remains in effect through 12:01 AM Saturday to permit County officials to continue to coordinate efforts with the Public Works crews and utilities crews to open County and Town Roads. We had a conference call with County and Town Highway officials at 7:30 AM this morning, and a call is scheduled for this afternoon for County and Town officials.  Read more

Monticello Village offices closed through November 5

An electrical malfunction on October 31st at about mid-day caused the closure of Monticello Village administrative offices, a direct consequence of damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy.

Police, Code Enforcement, Public Works, and Water and Sewer Departments all remain open and are intently focused on storm cleanup, according to Mayor Gordon Jenkins.

All offices are expected to open on Monday, November 5th.

Pike County Light & Power is providing dry ice

Pike County Light & Power is providing dry ice to their customers at 105 Schneider Lane off of Rt 6 & 209 near Luhrs Ace Hardware at 7:00 PM.

Matamoras is holding Halloween from 4 PM to 8 PM.

Milford has cancelled Halloween this evening due to the hurricane emergency.

Sullivan manager requests assesment team from state; 34,000 locations without power

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "I have sent a letter to New York State officials requesting that a team of State Emergency management officials be sent to Sullivan County to assess damage from Hurricane Sandy. A preliminary damage assessment has indicated that there is a need for both individual and public assistance as a result of Hurricane Sandy. I have requested that Governor Cuomo include Sullivan County in any disaster declaration that is made in New York State associated with impacts and damage from Hurricane Sandy.  Read more

Sullivan manager requests assesment team from state; 34,000 locations without power

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "I have sent a letter to New York State officials requesting that a team of State Emergency management officials be sent to Sullivan County to assess damage from Hurricane Sandy. A preliminary damage assessment has indicated that there is a need for both individual and public assistance as a result of Hurricane Sandy. I have requested that Governor Cuomo include Sullivan County in any disaster declaration that is made in New York State associated with impacts and damage from Hurricane Sandy.  Read more

Monticello trick or treat

The village of Monticello is advising parents to keep their children home today and do not go out trick or treating. Sullivan county remains under a state of emergency. There are numerous power lines down, poor lighting conditions due to power outages and dangerous tree limbs. The current conditions are unsafe and the threat to the safety of children and will only increase during the evening hours.