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REGION — According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), more than 171 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, and will spend an average of $82.93 to do so.

The NRF says, “More children than ever before will be celebrating Halloween dressed as their favorite superhero this year, as princess costumes fall to the number two spot after an 11-year reign.

Sullivan surrounded by invasive insects; Gillibrand seeks funding

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — Emerald ash borers, those invasive bugs from Asia that are devouring millions of ash trees in the Northeast and Midwest in the United States, have now been discovered in locations in Orange, Ulster and Delaware counties, and it’s only a matter of time before they turn up in Sullivan.  Read more

PA Supreme Court Issues ruling regarding one element of Act 13 litigation

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling today on one of the outstanding issues in the litigation over Act 13. Act 13 deprived municipalities of their ability to zone oil and gas operations as all other land uses are zoned. In July 2012, the Commonwealth Court declared this part of Act 13 unconstitutional. The case is currently on appeal before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Read more

Building fences

Visitors to the popular river spot, Skinners Falls, will notice a change this summer. Surrounding the field near the parking lot is now a fence, and there is now a $1 fee to get inside. The field, which one can walk through to get to the path that leads to the rocks down by the falls, is private property owned by Rick and Lisa Lander of Landers River Trips.  Read more

Damascus eyes grant money

“It’s an opportunity that almost never comes around. I can’t remember the last time it happened.” Addressing all present at the July 15 Damascus Township Board of Supervisors meeting, chairman Jeffrey Dexter was referring to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant monies available for use at the discretion of the township. Dexter asked the board members present, “If we were to go forward with a grant application, how would we spend the money?” The immediate consensus was that it would be designated for long-needed road rebuilding.  Read more

Trayvon Martin decision protested in Monticello

About 40 people turned out to the lawn in front of the courthouse in Monticello on July 20 to join the hundreds of groups in cities across the country who were protesting the decision in the Trayvon Martin shooting death.  Read more

Wayne public alerts texted to your home

The Wayne County Commissioners on July 18 authorized a new public alert system to go live.  Read more

College update from the president: A solar field, a new program, international students

The relatively new president of Sullivan County Community College, Dr. Karin Hilgersom, gave a presentation to county legislators on July 11 about the budget for next year and other developments at the facility.  Read more

Cool trout during heat wave; Releases from the reservoir

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — Trout-fishing enthusiasts have long had a goal of keeping water temperatures in a stretch of the Upper Delaware River cool enough during heat waves to protect the health of the trout and ensure the survival of the cold-water fishery.  Read more

Railroad cars damaged

On July 23, The Honesdale Lackawaxen Shipping Association reported to the Honesdale Borough Police that a railroad car sustained damage sometime within the past few weeks. Upon inspection it appeared as though one or more unknown actors attempted to forcibly open two of the rail car doors causing minor damage. Anyone with information is urged to contact the police department at 570/253-1900.

Brooklyn man drowns in Delaware River Scenic Byway visitors center

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that a 51-year-old Brooklyn man drowned in the Delaware River on July 20 near Kittatinny Point on the New Jersey side of the park. This is the second drowning in the Delaware River within the recreation area in 12 days.  Read more

Special Delaware meeting planned

HORTONVILLE, NY — A special meeting has been scheduled for the Town of Delaware for Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the town hall. The board will be considering proposed zoning changes. The change that has received the most attention at recent meetings concerns changing the zoning for parcels in the River Corridor, which would expand the number of special uses that might be created on those parcels.

Callicoon Democratic caucus attracts record crowd

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — An overflow crowd of 110 registered Democrats attended the Town of Callicoon caucus on July 21 in the Jeffersonville town hall, and enthusiastically endorsed Nancy Lee for supervisor, and Ken Hilton and Van Morrow for town council. Republican Kris Scullion, the incumbent highway superintendent, was cross-endorsed by the Democrats.  Read more

Results of Cochecton Democratic caucus

The Cochecton Democratic Caucus was held on July 18 at the town hall. Hollye Schulman, the incumbent town clerk, was nominated to run again for the position. Eileen Hennessy, the incumbent tax collector, was nominated again; Steven Sauer and Craig Fine, both incumbent judges, were also re-nominated. Dr. Paul Salzberg and Joan Glase were nominated to run for seats on the town board.  Read more

Environmental groups on gas leases; Did groups prevent drilling in the Upper Delaware Valley?

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Now that Newfield Appalachia PA LLC and Hess Corporation have pulled out of their gas leases in Wayne County, it seems unlikely that there will be gas drilling in the county—or for that matter in the Upper Delaware River Valley—at any time in the near future.  Read more

UDC offers support for DRBC

The Upper Delaware Council should be supporting its friends, Tusten’s representative told the UDC last Thursday.  Read more

Highland’s home rule battle continues

Town of Highland officials on July 9 renewed efforts to keep decisions about local land use in the hands of local residents. The town board approved a resolution to join in a “friends of the court” (amicus curiae) action in support of two upstate towns where proponents of natural gas drilling have challenged local zoning ordinances that ban it.  Read more

Cornell Cooperative kicks off centennial; New scholarship for agricultural students announced

Staff and supporters of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County (CCE) gathered at the facility’s building in Liberty on July 12 to kick off the celebration of 100 years of service to the agricultural and wider community in the county.  Read more

Tusten backs Narrowsburg School project; Votes against DRBC issue

The Tusten Town Board voted three to two to support the Solution Project and their attempt to purchase the mothballed Narrowsburg School building, and turn it into a food innovation center. Andrea Reynosa, who is spearheading the project, said it will be an education and innovation center in a partnership with SUNY Sullivan.  Read more

Hawley assesses storm damage

Borough officials are calculating costs incurred during torrential rain in late June that damaged streets, businesses and residences. The storm dumped about four inches of rain there, overwhelming storm drains and catch basins. A state of emergency was declared, and the council hopes to receive financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Read more

PA groups to Baker: support the moratorium; Keep ‘Independence from Fracking’

A week after July Fourth celebrations, Pennsylvanians rallied for independence from fracking across the state on July 11, in events organized by Food and Water Watch.  Read more