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REGION — Forecasters generally agree that the strong El Niño that was in place last fall was responsible for bringing very warm temperatures to the region last winter. They also agree that El Niño—an area of warmer-than-usual water in the Pacific Ocean—faded months ago. El Niño is often soon replaced by La Niña, which brings colder temperatures to the Northeast United States.

Labor conflict at Murray’s Chickens

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — There was a brief demonstration outside of Murray’s Chickens on the morning of March 22. Employees from the facility, many of whom are Hispanic, protested and held up signs to passersby along Route 42 in South Fallsburg.  Read more

Past, present and future meet in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — As Honesdale prepares to boldly go where it has never gone before, preparation to celebrate what has gone before met with resistance and constraints.  Read more

Edwards voted in five to four; Alvarez casts deciding vote

In one of the more dramatic votes at the government center in Monticello in recent months, Luis Alvarez, chair of the Sullivan County Legislature, cast the deciding vote which approved the appointment of Cora Edwards to the post of Democratic Election Commissioner on the county’s Board of Election.  Read more

Vandals strike Cochecton

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — It was where it should be on Saturday evening, March 5, gone the next morning. Witnesses present at the March 9 Cochecton Town Board meeting, Supervisor Gary Maas and Highway Superintendent Kevin Esselman among them, testified to that. Said Scenic Byway liaison Larry Richardson, “It had vandalism-proof bolts designed to make it immovable. Someone had to work hard to steal it.”  Read more

Supervisor eyes the prize; Bethel competes for $100,000 grant

WHITE LAKE, NY — The beautification group Sullivan Renaissance announced this year that, come August, five municipalities will be in the running for a $100,000 grant secured by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. The five competitors are the towns of Liberty, Fallsburg, Bethel, Thompson and the Village of Monticello.  Read more

Hanson is paying it forward

GLEN SPEY, NY — When he was little and complaining about not feeling good—perhaps to get out of school—J.J. Hanson said that his dad, who worked on the railroad, used to tell him, “You can’t hurt steel” to get him moving.  Read more

Health study for compressor; County applies for inclusion in NIH study

MONTICELLO, NY — The proposed construction of a compressor station along the Millennium Pipeline in the Town of Highland has sparked health concerns among residents in the area. As the shale-gas boom has lead to multiple new gas lines and compressor stations in the region, the concern about possible negative health impacts have emerged in many communities.  Read more

Wayne formalizes welfare funding complaint

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Commissioners on March 10 approved a resolution opposing the state’s pay-you-later decision to withhold 15% of approved human services funding.

In January, the state Department of Public Welfare notified the county that its fiscal 2015-16 budget amount of $5.62 million was approved—kind of.

Gov. Tom Wolf on December 29 signed Act 92 into law, which allowed fiscally strapped PA to roll forward about 15% of the 2015-2016 state child welfare budget, $171.3 million, into the 2016-17 budget.  Read more

Sullivan drug ring taken down

MONTICELLO, NY — Some 27 people were arrested as local, state and federal authorities apprehended subjects who are accused of distributing heroin and cocaine and other drugs in Sullivan County.  Read more

Highland approves anti-compressor resolution

ELDRED, NY — By a 4-0-1 vote, the Highland Town Board on March 8 approved a strong resolution in opposition to Millennium Gas Pipeline’s planned construction of a 22,000-horsepower compressor station near the town’s northern border.  Read more

World Water Day

HAWLEY, PA & BETHEL, NY — March 22 will be World Water Day, an opportunity for people around the world to take action to protect water, our most vital natural resource.  Read more

Computer fraud spreads; Narrowsburg woman scammed

NARROWSBURG, NY — Mary Amato, who uses her computer to run a small business on eBay, was recently scammed by a man who claimed to be from Microsoft. Amato was using Windows Mail when she experienced a bit of trouble. She then got a call from a man that sounded to be Indian, who said he was from Microsoft tech support. He said he was there to help and prompted her through a set of instructions, and before long had remote control of her keyboard.  Read more

Peregrine falcon workshop scheduled

HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites teachers, non-formal educators, homeschoolers and youth group and scout leaders to attend a free Peregrine Falcon Educator’s Workshop, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 in the second floor auditorium of the Rachel Carson State Office Building. The workshop is sponsored by DEP and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) in cooperation with ZooAmerica–North American Wildlife Park and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  Read more

OSHA fines Ideal Snacks

LIBERTY, NY — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has completed its investigation of Sullivan County snack manufacturer Ideal Snacks. The investigation was the result of a July 2015 complaint about dangerous working conditions submitted by the Committee for Justice at Ideal Snacks, a group representing approximately 200 workers who were fired last May.  Read more

Big bust in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis Police Department made a huge drug bust on the morning of March 14, as Mayor Kelly Decker and Police Committee Chair Bob Ritchie reported that night at the Common Council meeting.  Read more

Seeking greater tax incentives; Four counties left out of tax-break scheme

HURLEYVILLE, NY — To encourage film and television producers to create programming in upstate New York counties, two years ago the state expanded the New York State (NYS) Film Tax Credit Program. The expansion allows for productions that have budgets of $500,000 or more to receive an additional 10% for certain expenses related to film and television production on top of other incentives for the industry.  Read more

Honesdale after dark: public safety in question

HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Borough Council faced three pressing issues at its March 14 meeting. None was new, but all had new urgency.  Read more

Wayne Bank to merge with NBDC Bank in Walton

Norwood Financial Corp., the holding company for Wayne Bank, Honesdale, Pennsylvania and Delaware Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for NBDC Bank, Walton, New York, jointly announced on March 10 the signing of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Norwood Financial Corp. will acquire Delaware Bancshares, Inc. in a stock and cash transaction.  Read more

Facts about solar arrays

A recent story in The River Reporter about a town’s questions regarding a potential application for a permit to build a large-scale solar array prompts this fact sheet. Note first that the type of solar array intended to be built is called a solar “farm,” but it is not a farm. “Farm” is defined as an area of land used for growing crops or animals. What this article addresses is, in reality, a utility-scale solar array engineered, designed and built to sell power via the electric grid to prescribed customers.  Read more

Liberty man arrested for parole warrant

TOWN OF THOMPSON, NY — On March 5 at approximately 6 p.m., the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Patrol responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a driveway on Dillon Farm Road in the Town of Thompson. Deputy Joseph Calvello located and stopped the vehicle just after it left the scene.

A passenger who was riding in the car, Charles Shortridge, 52, of Liberty, gave a false name. He was observed trying to throw his ID away when the deputy approached the car. Further investigation revealed that Shortridge was wanted on a parole warrant.  Read more