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December 09, 2016
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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

Lamm’s attorney threatens legal action - again

There have been so many lawsuits pursued in relation to the development called the Villages at Chestnut Ridge in Bloomingburg, that it would appear the threat of another one would just seem like another step in the process. Still attorney John Henry used that threat in a letter to the Town of Mamakating planning board which was delivered on June 16.  Read more

Differences over farming in residential districts; Sullivan ag board recommends against including Liberty farms

There was a public hearing at the government center on June 16 regarding the addition of new farming operations into Agricultural District Four in Sullivan County. Inclusion in the ag districts gives farmers certain protections should towns attempt to diminish or halt farming operations through zoning.  Read more

Governor Cuomo to bring Catskills Challenge to Sullivan West June 30

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo will suit up for a soccer match at Sullivan West High School when he brings his first summertime Catskills Challenge to Sullivan County on June 30.  Read more

Honesdale: playgrounds, pension funds, traffic jams

HONESDALE, PA — At its June 13 borough council meeting, Honesdale considered a move to make its public playgrounds tobacco-free zones, as other Delaware River communities have done. Unlike some of those other communities, however, Honesdale’s playgrounds will likely be completely smoke-free environments, with e-cigarettes also banned.  Read more

Bethel to unveil eagle; Health volunteers sought

WHITE LAKE, NY — His work has been on display at the Stray Cat Gallery, and now will become part of the town fabric. Artist Paul Stark has carved an eagle, and a group of citizens known as the “Posse” have donated it to the town. The one-of-a-kind eagle will be unveiled in front of the town hall on Route 55 in White Lake on July 2, at 10:30 a.m.  Read more

ADDICT NEXT DOOR: My year from hell

The very night before a large family vacation and two months prior to my sentencing on the pill diversions, I managed to get a DUI for not having the energy and concentration to renew the car registration. Also for having a blood alcohol level well over the legal limit.  Read more

Millennium offers $50,000 for health study; Should be complete before construction begins

MONTICELLO, NY — In two different county meetings at the government center on June 9, the planned compressor station on the Millennium Pipeline near Eldred was discussed. Legislator Scott Samuelson said Millennium has agreed to pay $50,000 for a health study of the potential impacts of the facility.  Read more

Two Elks lodges honor flag

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Elks Lodge #1544 and Liberty Elks Lodge #1545 sponsored a special Flag Day service on Sunday, June 12 at the Sullivan County Government Center. More than 200 people heard the history of the American flag. Fire trucks were on hand from Monticello, Fallsburg and White Lake, along with officials, state police, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, Scouts and Little League teams.  Read more

‘American Pickers’ coming to region?

REGION — A press release from the television show “American Pickers” says the crew will be filming in New York this summer, and the program is looking for collectors to feature from this area.  Read more

Liberty red meat facility dies

LIBERTY, NY — On June 12, the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) announced that it is dropping plans to try to bring in a person or entity to operate the planned red meat facility or slaughterhouse in Liberty. The IDA announced last fall that it had a party interested in going forward, but that party needed to obtain funding to finish the project, and that never happened. The new plan is to use the facility as a farmer’s hub to connect farmers to restaurants and distributors.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest in Mamakating

WURTSBORO, NY — State police on June 8 stopped a 2000 Dodge on New York State Route 17 in the Town of Mamakating for multiple vehicle and traffic violations. After police detected an odor of marijuana, the operator, Duane A. Norman, age 51, of Brooklyn, was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI). Norman was searched, and he had approximately 1.8 ounces of raw heroin hidden in his pants.  Read more

Baker’s office hosts benefits councilors

HAWLEY, PA — An Apprise Program counselor will be available at the Pocono office of Sen. Lisa Baker to meet with Medicare beneficiaries who have questions about their Medicare coverage and individuals who will be new to Medicare in 2016 and 2017.  Read more

Pennsylvania liquor law changes

HARRISBURG, PA — On June 9, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a historic liquor reform bill that is meant to provide greater convenience and satisfaction to Pennsylvania customers. State lawmakers consider the bi-partisan bill to be the most significant step in reforming the commonwealth’s liquor system in 80 years.  Read more

Honoring a lifesaver

GLEN SPEY, NY — Lumberland Highway Superintendent Donald “Bosco” Hunt was the subject of a June 8 town board proclamation of recognition last week, and it had nothing to do with the roads.  Read more

Mysteryland lands in Bethel Woods again

BETHEL, NY — Mysteryland music festival once again played out on the bucolic lawns of Bethel Woods, but this year, outside world events intruded into the festivities. A fan held up a sign honoring the victims of the massacre at the Pulse Club in Orlando, FL in the early hours of June 12. The Toronto-based electronic hip-hop band Keys N Krates also dedicated the final song of their set to the Orlando victims.

For more on Mysteryland, turn to Jonathan Fox’s column on page 21.

Cochecton playgrounds go smokeless

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Cochecton Town Board unanimously passed a resolution at its June 8 meeting creating tobacco-free zones in the playground areas of Town of Cochecton ball fields and parks. Effective immediately, smoking is prohibited in the playground areas of Heinle’s Field in Cochecton Center, the Cochecton Men’s Club Field in Cochecton and Solly Katzoff Memorial Park in Lake Huntington. More information about each of these community recreation areas can be found at  Read more

Appeal of RICO lawsuit against Bloomingburg developer is denied

The appeal of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act lawsuit brought against developer Shalom Lamm and others regarding the controversial development Villages at Chestnut Ridge in Bloomingburg was denied by a federal appeals court today. The lawsuit, which was brought by the Town of Mamakating and the Village of Bloomingburg, before Lamm supporters were voted into the village board, was dismissed by a federal judge last fall.  Read more

Delaware institutes moratorium on commercial solar

HORTONVILLE, NY — Residents of Baer Road turned out to a public hearing at the Town of Delaware meeting on Wednesday, June 8 to voice their opposition to a commercial solar farm proposed on their road, and their support of a moratorium. The public hearing addressed two issues: imposing a moratorium on commercial solar energy facilities, and amending the zoning law (the law can be read on the town’s website and was also written about in the May 19 issue of The River Reporter).  Read more

River flows plan extended another year

NARROWSBURG, NY — The 2007-11 formula for protecting river fisheries from fluctuating summer water temperatures has been extended through May of 2017.  Read more