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Photo by John Cassidy

GLEN SPEY, NY — Saturday, April 23 marked the opening day of Little League in Glen Spey. The young players took to the field to learn, according to the league’s mission statement, “the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be decent, healthy, and trustworthy citizens.”

The photo was taken by Glen Spey resident John Cassidy. Check out next week’s paper for more of his delightful photos of the event.

Silver Feather goes to Narrowsburg Beautification; Sullivan Renaissance changes outlined

NARROWSBURG, NY — Helen Budrock, the Community Planner for Sullivan Renaissance, was at the recent Tusten Town Board meeting to present the Narrowsburg Beautification Group with the Category C Silver Feather Award of $10,000. She joked that they must be tired of her presenting them with awards, as they have won multiple in previous years, including the highest honor the Golden Feather Award in 2012.  Read more

New library opens in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — More than 200 people braved the cold temps and flurries on October to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new Ethelbert B. Crawford Library building. Lining Broadway, folks passed books from the old building, which opened in 1936, to the new one at 479 Broadway in a “Book Brigade” symbolizing the more than 30,000 books that made the journey from one building to the other. During the opening ceremony the new library logo, designed by recent Monticello High School graduate Jonathan Fox, was unveiled by Library Director Mary Paige Lang-Clouse.  Read more

Halloween curfew and holiday plans in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — At the meeting on October 13, the common council passed the customary resolution for Halloween curfew in the interest of public safety. It runs from October 19 through November 9 from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. for everyone under the age of 17 years, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or attending an educational establishment.  Read more

DVAA recognized for 40th

MONTICELLO, NY — Elaine Giguere, who can usually be found in the Western part of the county where she serves as executive director of the Narrowsburg-based Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), travelled to the county seat on October 15 to pick up accolades and a commemorative plaque from the chair of the county legislature, Scott Samuelson.

Samuelson read a proclamation enumerating the works of the DVAA from RiverFest to the Big Eddy Film Festival and the exhibits at the gallery on Main Street.  Read more

Eldred and the state counseling program

ELDRED, NY — The impact of outside influences on academic performance was the dominant topic at the October 14 meeting of the Eldred Central School District, as board members and administrators discussed the new K-12 Comprehensive Counseling Plan and possible drug testing.  Read more

Litterer caught in Cochecton

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At the town meeting on October 14, the town council discussed garbage left on the roads after Keep Cochecton Green (KCG) committee’s Jerold Yavarkovsky, a member of the committee, raised concerns over medical waste being left mainly on and around Route 17B.  Read more

Sullivan West to vote on $3.3 million spending plan

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Voters in the Sullivan West Central School District will be asked to decide the fate of $3,308,419 worth of construction, repairs, and renovations in a referendum vote set for Tuesday, October 27.  Read more

Acclaimed children’s author Vera Williams passes

NARROWSBURG, NY — Vera B. Williams, an acclaimed artist and author of books for children, passed away on October 16, as her work was being shown and celebrated at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg.  Read more

Bill would raise smoking age in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA — A bill recently introduced in the house would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products in Pennsylvania to 21 from 18. State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, who sponsored the legislation said, “Studies show that the vast majority of those who smoke daily began before the age of 19. Restricting access to tobacco products until age 21 should lower the smoking rate in the commonwealth.”  Read more

Disability Awareness Month

HARRISBURG, PA — A resolution sponsored by Rep. Tom Murt urging employers to consider those with special needs has passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. House Resolution 453 designates October “National Disability Employment Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.  Read more

Federal court upholds gun laws

ALBANY, NY — A federal appeals court has upheld gun laws in Connecticut and New York that were passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, but also ruled that one element of the NY SAFE Act was unconstitutional.  Read more

Sullivan native to fight doctor-assisted suicide

ALBANY, NY — J.J. Hanson, who grew up in the Town of Highland and served in the administrations of former governors Elliot Spitzer and David Patterson, is now spearheading the fight to prevent the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide in New York State.  Read more

Bethel tax cap

WHITE LAKE, NY — At the Town of Bethel meeting on October 14, there was a public hearing about raising the local property tax above the tax cap imposed on municipalities (and school districts) by Albany and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Under New York law, local governments can’t raise taxes more than 2% or the rate of inflation—whichever is lower—without passing a local law with a super-majority voting in favor.  Read more

Wayne announces budget cut plans; Dam breaches prompt official outrage

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on October 19 formalized the budget reduction plans they warned about earlier this month.  Read more

Update on Little Lake Erie bridge: down to one lane

NARROWSBURG, NY — The town bridge over Little Lake Erie was recently reported to need repairs. Town of Tusten Highway Department will be making the repairs. Yesterday they closed the bridge to one lane. A sign was put up and temporary barriers were placed until Jersey barriers arrive.  Read more

Election signs for Charles Petersheim found burning

YULAN, NY — Candidate for Town of Highland Supervisor Charles Petersheim received news at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13 that his campaign signs were found on fire. Petersheim said he got a call from Town of Highland Chief Constable Michael Walton that five of his campaign signs were on fire on the side of Mail Road, a small and deserted road in Yulan. Walton was not available when The River Reporter called, and as of press time on Tuesday, October 20 we had not been able to get in touch with him.  Read more

Gillibrand: make gun trafficking a federal crime

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on October 9 held a roundtable on illegal guns, announcing a plan to make gun trafficking a federal crime for the first time. According to statistics from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 2013, some 70% of firearms that were traced and recovered in New York came from out of state, but there is no federal law to punish traffickers who illegally bring guns across state lines.  Read more

The first Narrowsburg Honey Bee Fest creates a buzz

NARROWSBURG, NY — Stilt walkers from NACL Theatre participated in the parade at the Narrowsburg Honey Bee Fest on Saturday, October 10. Many members of the community donned their best bee costumes to parade around town. The day continued with honey-related vendors lining Main Street, a panel of expert beekeepers and much more. The event was truly a success—even President Obama thinks so. He sent a letter saying, “I send warm regards to all those participating in the Narrowsburg Honey Bee Fest….  Read more

Westfall housing project breaks ground; Affordable senior housing

MATAMORAS, PA — A ground-breaking ceremony was held in Westfall Township on October 8 just outside of Matamoras, near the Kmart store, to build a 93-unit affordable senior citizen housing complex at Paddlers Point. The units are expected to be available for rent in about a year.  Read more

Red meat in Sullivan; Update on the proposed meat processing facility

MONTICELLO, NY — The proposed slaughterhouse in Liberty—more formally known as the Southern Catskills Red Meat Processing Facility—was the topic of discussion at a meeting on October 8 and the government center.  Read more