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STARLIGHT, PA — As numerous residents were asking for a postponement of the vote and offering critical comments on the project before the board, supervisors chairman Kurt Mueller figured he had heard enough and called for a vote. It was unanimously passed by the board. The exact nature of what the board had just agreed to, however, was the subject of dispute.

DV officials fume over lottery diversions

WESTFALL, PA — Feelings of a perceived state government prejudice against Pennsylvania’s public schools arose once again in the October 22 meeting of the Delaware Valley Board of Education.  Read more

Pike re-bonds for debt savings

MILFORD, PA — Pike County can anticipate savings of at least $190,000 this year in the county’s bond indebtedness after the commissioners’ decision to refund Pike’s 2010 general obligation bonds, according to David M. Payne, director of PNC Capital Markets LLC.  Read more

Public invited to Long Eddy visioning session

LONG EDDY, NY — On Saturday, November 14, the public is invited to the Chestnut Café on Route 97 to participate in a visioning session and guided discussion for the Long Eddy river access from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Read more

Pond Eddy Bridge re-opened

POND EDDY, PA — The Pond Eddy Bridge was re-opened to traffic on October 30, but with a three-ton weight limit. A contractor finished inspections the previous day and the result showed that it would be safe for low-weight vehicles to cross the more than 100-year-old span.  Read more

Damascus man arrested for growing pot, hiding drugs in safe

DAMASCUS TWP, PA — A 30-year old Damascus Township man was arrested after his wife tried to get emergency protection from him on November 1. Police obtained a search warrant for the home of Leroy Catania of Callicoon Road after being contacted by Billy Jo Wormuth, who told police that Catania had a pot-growing operation in the attic, and possessed multiple guns, which he was legally prohibited from owning.  Read more

Cuomo signs Gunther legislation regarding opiates

MONTICELLO, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on October 28 signed a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther that will allow pharmacies to accept unused controlled substances from their customers.  Read more

Café Devine closes

CALLICOON, NY — Café Devine, a popular eatery in Callicoon, is closing. A post from owner Patti Devine on the restaurant’s website says: “It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today to announce the closing of Café Devine. For more than six years, I have devoted myself to serving wholesome food and drink to area residents and visitors, but now the time has come to move on and focus on my health and family.  Read more

New power line proposed

BLAKELY, PA — The PPL Electric Utilities Corporation has begun the application and approval process for the first segment of Project Compass, a major new transmission line proposed by PPL.  Read more

TGP back to Wayne and Pike; Riverkeeper intervenes

HAWLEY, PA — Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, has applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to construct a new 13-mile pipeline along side an existing pipeline in Wayne and Pike counties. The application for the Orion Project calls for construction to begin in 2017 and for the pipeline to go into service in 2018.  Read more

Special-use permit granted for summer camp; Lodgings for staff families at issue

TOWN OF BETHEL, NY — If a summer camp provides 100 beds for campers and 32 beds for staff members and their families, can it really be considered a summer camp, or is it some sort of hybrid combining a summer camp and a bungalow colony?  Read more

Some New Yorkers scramble for new coverage; Healthcare rug pulled out from under thousands

ALBANY, NY — Some of the most affordable health insurance plans to emerge in New York State after the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, became law were those created by Health Republic Insurance of New York (HRINY). People signed up with HRINY in large numbers, but now, the agencies that control the health insurance market are telling thousands of HRINY’s customers, including several at The River Reporter, that they must immediately find new coverage because their existing policies will be terminated at the end of November.  Read more

Unofficial Election results for 2016

Sullivan County
County Coroner
Patrick Harrison Dem, Wor 6017
Albee Bockman Rep, Con, Ref 6675

Legislator District Two
Kathleen M LaBuda Dem, Con, Ind 789
Nadia Rajsz Rep, Wor, Ref 952  Read more

Grain truck on its side in Narrowsburg

Narrowsburg, NY - Earlier this morning, a truck carrying a load of corn tipped over in Narrowsburg.

The driver, who was not injured had never been to Narrowsburg Feed & Grain. He parked the truck and went inside the building to ask where he should unload. As he was inside the building, the truck began to roll down the hill.

In an attempt to stop the truck, the driver ran out the door and hopped into the cab. He applied the brakes to no avail. The truck went over an embankment, and according to the driver, rolled slowly on its side.  Read more

Last weekend to visit Reaper’s Revenge, America’s Best Haunted Attraction

SCRANTON, PA — You board a haunted hay ride and journey into the woods when you have to depart the wagon and enter a sideshow freak circus, then you enter a pitch-black maze, completely robbed of your sight. But that’s not all, if you survive the maze you come upon a zombie wasteland. These are all part of Reaper’s Revenge four attractions: Haunted Hayride, Lost Carnival, Pitch Black, and Sector 13.  Read more

Newcomers vie for Honesdale Mayor’s position

HONESDALE, PA — Many of the races in Wayne County are uncontested this year; the county commissioners, for instance, are running unopposed. But the story is different in the race to become the next mayor of Honesdale: two women who have not run for the office before are competing for the spot.

Republican Sarah Canfield, 30, was born in the borough and lives here with her husband and two children. According to her bio, she is employed at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale as a Certified Nurse Aid.  Read more

An eagle feasts in Northern Wayne

NORTHERN WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Fran Kerwin reports that she and her husband were driving home on their road, Butternut Flats, on October 23, and, “We spotted a pair of bald eagles feeding on a carcass on the lawn of a neighbor about a quarter mile from our house. Naturally, we didn’t have a camera with us!  Read more

Rajsz challenges LaBuda

SULLIVAN COUNTY DISTRICT TWO — Democrat Kathy LaBuda is the longest-serving legislator in office, and as majority leader of the Democrats, who enjoyed a seven-to-two advantage over Republicans for the past four years, she wielded considerable power. But her reign is being challenged by Nadia Rajsz, the current supervisor of the Town of Lumblerland, who is also a registered Democrat.  Read more

Democratic and Republican candidates debate in Pike

DINGMAN, PA — Two current Pike County Commissioners debated with two candidates who would like to take their place at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters at the Dingman-Delaware Middle School on October 19. The debate brought hundreds of residents to the auditorium to hear the candidates’ views.

Incumbent Republicans Rich Caridi and Matt Osterberg were joined on stage by Democrats Dave Ruby and Steven Guccini.  Read more

Good shooting in Wayne

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on October 22 recognized the marksmanship of the county’s sheriff’s department. Wayne Sheriff Mark Steelman and Deputy Michael Botjer, displaying their awards, are pictured with Wayne Commissioners, from the left, Jonathan Fritz, Brian Smith and Wendell Kay. Steelman and Botjer competed at the tactical handgun competition on October 10, at the Pennsylvania Deputy Sheriffs Association competition in Philadelphia. Amid about 100 competitors, Steelman placed third in the sharpshooter category, while Botjer was second in the marksman category.  Read more

Highland adopts moratorium

ELDRED, NY — Following a brief public hearing and the approval of a no-impact environmental declaration, the Highland Town Board on October 12 approved a six-month building moratorium on all multiple-dwelling projects.  Read more