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NARROWSBURG, NY — Celebrate the diverse artistic talents of the area at Riverfest, Narrowsburg’s 26th annual music, art, and environmental festival on Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DRBC to review two pipelines

NORTHEAST, PA — In a reversal of a decision made in July 2012, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has determined that it will review two pipelines that go through Wayne and Pike counties. The review will be done “after the fact,” as the pipeline shave already been completed.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DNR) had been urging the DRBC to take that action because the rules that govern the DRBC require it, and DNR would like the agency to compel the pipeline owners to take additional restoration action along the path of the lines.  Read more

TGP court challenge redux; Cummins Hill appeal rejected by FERC

WASHINGTON, DC — When the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) came down on the side of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP), rejecting the appeal by the Pike County Cummins Hill protest group and other groups for further public hearings, TGP was smacked with another challenge, this time in federal court.  Read more

February weather stats

REGION — How long will the ice last on Ten Mile River?

If the past is any indication, it should remain through the month of February. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), for the years 1986 thorugh 2010, the average high temperature in this region on February 1 is 29.4 degrees Fahrenheit; by February 28, the average rises to 35.5 degrees.  Read more

Union rep raises ‘conflict’ concerns; Foster care system at issue

Sandy Shaddock, the business representative of Teamsters Local 445, which represents some 600 Sullivan County employees, is raising concerns about Randall Parker, the commissioner of the Division of Health and Family Services (DFS) and possible conflict of interest because of changes he has made to foster care and child protective services in Sullivan County.  Read more

Emergency repairs to begin on Narrowsburg Bridge

NARROWSBURG, NY — After a recent inspection of the Narrowsburg Bridge, a 15 ton weight limit for single vehicles and 27 ton limit for combination vehicles like tractor trailers was placed on the bridge over the Delaware River. Emergency repairs are scheduled to begin in mid-March. From mid-March until the end of May, the bridge will be open to a single lane of traffic during the day, controlled by flaggers. At the end of each day, the bridge will be opened to two lanes of traffic, but the weight restriction will remain in place.  Read more

Sullivan County manager issues a flood watch effective from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: “The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Flood Watch for Sullivan County that is effective from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning.  Read more

Notes from the NOFA-NY conference; Weekend of activism and organics

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — The premier organization that represents organic farming interests in New York State approved a major policy statement at its annual conference last weekend, urging the ban of an herbicide used in conjunction with some genetically-modified agricultural crops. Some 1,300 people, including farmers and residents of the Upper Delaware Valley attended the Northeast Organic Farming Association-New York (NOFA-NY) conference in Saratoga Springs on January 25 through 27, during which about 75 NOFA-NY representatives approved some newsworthy policy resoutions.  Read more

New detective will work on crimes against women; Wayne position funded for one year

A new detective will join the office of the Wayne County District Attorney beginning immediately and focus mainly on crimes against women.  Read more

Lawyers wade into Callicoon comp plan battle; Slottjes ask county planning commissioner to reject town’s submission

As officials of the Town of Callicoon move forward to adopt a controversial comprehensive plan, two prominent environmental attorneys are acting on behalf of a “number of residents” of the town.  Read more

Tusten mulls demolition law

The Tusten Town Board, at a public hearing on January 14, tackled the difficult question of a demolition law, touching on the subjects of what is considered an abandoned building and when a building should be deemed unsafe.  Read more

Sullivan West board votes for sale; Retaining mineral rights is an issue

The Sullivan West School Board voted January 10 to sell the shuttered Delaware Valley School Building for $1.16 million, but not before a lengthy debate about the district relinquishing mineral rights on the 10.9-acre property.  Read more

Grady resigns as road master; Damascus supervisor will remain as road worker

Charles (Chuck) Grady, a supervisor in Damascus Township, resigned from his position as roadmaster but will remain a member of the township’s road crew. In Pennsylvania, a supervisor can also be the township’s roadmaster.  Read more

Deerpark board declares opposition to gun law; Is the right to buy an assault weapon absolute?

HUGUENOT, NY — Council member David Dean read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”  Read more

Felon sentenced in Monticello for possession of stolen loaded gun

Andre Davis, 28, of Monticello, was sentenced on January 28 in Sullivan County Court to 12 years in state prison and five years post-release supervision for his conviction for the possession of a stolen and loaded handgun.  Read more

Wayne County funds ag land project

The Wayne County commissioners allocated $86,958 for the Agriculture Land Preservation program in 2013. The purpose of the program is to keep land for agriculture use, not allowing it to be used for development.  Read more

Sullivan manager negotiations

The Sullivan County Legislature is quietly negotiating a departure agreement with county manager David Fanslau. Five of the nine legislators have been calling for a change of managers since last summer. Because of a change to the county charter in 2007, it takes a supermajority of legislators to either appoint or dismiss the county manager, even if the manager’s contract is not renewed, which is the case with Fanslau. The five legislators have begun the process to change the county charter back to the way it was before 2007, in which the manager could be changed by a simple majority.

Grants for Wayne responders

HARRISBURG, PA — Volunteer fire and emergency response organizations in Wayne County have been awarded more than $267,000 in grants from the state, Representatives Mike Peifer and Sandra Major announced on January 28.  Read more

Fire guts historic building

The building at 144 Sawkill Avenue in Milford was made famous as the place where Frank McCourt wrote his Pulitzer-Prize winning book “Angela’s Ashes.” Because of other historic factors, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Read more

Roy Howard dies; Owner of Yasgur’s Farm

PHOENIX, AZ — Roy Howard, who, with his wife Jeryl Abramson, waged a long-running legal battle with officials from the Town of Bethel, has died, according to numerous sources. Howard’s Facebook page, titled The Woodstock Guru, had several posts lamenting his passing.  Read more

Cold enough for good ice

Unlike last year, the weather has been cold enough to form ice on most bodies of water in the region, including the Big Eddy in the Upper Delaware River, where a trio of ice fisherman traveled onto the ice on January 28.  Read more