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REGION — The sides of the roads are filled with pink and white blooms as mountain laurel is blooming in the shade of the forests that cover the hills here. Mountain laurel is the state flower of Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and its range runs from southern Maine to northern Florida.

Bethel considers zoning, camping; Nonconforming uses to be addressed

WHITE LAKE, NY — Judging by the number of people who camp out at Hector’s Inn and Yasgur’s Farm every time the Woodstock weekend anniversary rolls around, there is a big demand for camping in the Town of Bethel.  Read more

Shohola burglar carries on

SHOHOLA, PA — Despite the Shohola area being on high alert due to the ongoing spree of car and house burglaries over the summer, the thief continues his spree and he has hit at least three more cars over the Labor Day weekend. These three were the only ones reported. Neighbors say it is likely he broke into other homes where there was no cash found or the owners have yet to discover their loss.  Read more

Toronto swim-in again

BETHEL, NY — Members of the Smallwood community and other county residents, some of whom have been using the public access to the swimming beach for decades, gathered for a mass swim-in protest on August 30 again carrying posters protesting Eagle Creek Renewable Energy’s latest filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), asking for permission to change the terms of its license so public swimming would no longer be allowed there.  Read more

Resisting arrest, high-speed chase

WOODRIDGE, NY — On August 28, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Village of Woodridge police officer Yermiah Solomon stopped a 2012 Chevrolet on Old Falls Road for texting while driving.  Read more

Three die in Wayne County traffic accident

PAUPACK TWP., PA — Pennsylvania State Police in Honesdale are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Goosepond Road in Paupack Township, Wayne County on August 30 at approximately 11:30 a.m.  Read more

Labor Day DWI arrests

LIBERTY, NY — The New York State Police in Liberty arrested three individuals for driving while intoxicated (DWI) over Labor Day weekend.  Read more

Smuggling pot into jail

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two women for attempting to smuggle contraband into the county jail. Rochelle Gibson, 26, and Shula Robinson, 33, both of Monticello, were arrested on August 30, after they dropped off a pair of Reebok sneakers for an inmate.  Read more

Berlin Twp roads, properties

BEACH LAKE, PA — “Thank you for joining us tonight. We’re glad you could make it. If you have questions or comments, jump right in.” Chairman Paul Henry’s opening remarks at the August 19 meeting of the Berlin township board of supervisors set an interactive tone for the evening.  Read more

Ice bucket challenge in Sullivan; Community leaders get a cold shower

MONTICELLO, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther is a nurse and has long been interested in issues related to health, so when the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral, it was only natural that Gunther would want to be involved. What might be a bit more surprising is that she convinced about 30 community leaders to take the plunge with her.  Read more

No facility for prisoner; Tusten man convicted in standoff still in prison

NARROWSBURG, NY — William “Chris” Morris, who was convicted in February 2002 of shooting at a police officer, whom he missed by only a few inches, was due to be released to a residence on August 28. But a spokesperson for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said the residence he applied for did not meet the conditions of his parole.  Read more

Sawmill application tabled

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten planning board tabled consideration of an application for a special use permit for the operation of a sawmill at a meeting on August 18. The Big Dog Sawmill has been in operation for a couple of years at a location on Route 97 north of Narrowsburg. But the operator did not obtain a special-use permit, which is required for a sawmill in the Recreational River District in which the property is located.  Read more

A portrait of the air in Delaware; ‘Before’ picture sets the stage for assessing drilling impacts

CALLICOON, NY — Does horizontal hydrofracking for natural gas cause methane to migrate from geological substrates into the surrounding air? The only way to know for sure is to test areas potentially subject to natural gas development before such activity happens, so there is a basis for comparison afterward—and that’s just what Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) is undertaking to do in our area. The results of its latest baseline test for ambient methane, in the Town of Delaware, were unveiled in a meeting on Sunday, August 24 at the Delaware Youth Center.  Read more

Sullivan West Board of Education: no comment

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — If anyone who attended the August 21 meeting of the Sullivan West Central School District Board of Education expected the board to make a public statement about its decision to sell the unused Narrowsburg School building and the related lawsuit that has been filed by disgruntled residents, they were disappointed. A considerable number of Narrowsburg Organized for Responsible School Usage (NORSU) members and other school district residents were present, and made their interest in the issue clear during the public comment period—but the answers consisted largely of “no comment.”  Read more

Hawley stop signs and classic cars

HAWLEY, PA — After a summer full of activity, the Hawley Borough was able to settle down to general business and housekeeping, with stop signs being one topic at the August 18 meeting. Stop-sign replacements have been designated within the township in multiple areas. The repainting of all the crosswalks has been completed. Discussion on meter usage was debated as well, with some individuals questioning the free parking after 5 p.m. that is the current standard. No final decision has been made as yet as to whether this will change, but the financial impact of such a change was discussed.  Read more

No mutual aid deal for Lumberland highways

GLEN SPEY, NY — Revisiting a thorny discussion from earlier this year, the Lumberland Town Board on August 13 considered a resolution to allow mutual aid agreements between various town highway departments.  Read more

Woodloch Pines drenched with record rainfall; Still open for business

HAWLEY, PA — Woodloch Pines Resort, the largest employer in Wayne and Pike counties, is still open for business and full of families despite suffering flooding of epic proportions on August 22.  Read more

Report slams Narrowsburg school sale

NARROWSBURG, NY — “There is no justification for variances on established town use laws and its legally adopted 2007 Comprehensive Plan and 2013 Narrowsburg Master Plan to accommodate [a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center] at the Narrowsburg school building when it could be situated elsewhere in the town.”  Read more

Fix sought for PA minimum sentences

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania Rep. Todd Stephens on August 25 called on the legislature to act to correct what he called a weakness in the Crimes Code following a Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling that declared many of the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing provisions unconstitutional.  Read more

Current NY fishing regs extended

ALBANY, NY — The current 2013-14 freshwater fishing regulations will extend through March 31, 2015, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced on August 25. New freshwater fishing regulations will take effect April 1, 2015 and a new regulations guide will be available from all license sale vendors at that time.  Read more

Delaware councilman moved to PA?

HORTONVILLE, NY — A resident of the Town of Delaware claims that Councilperson Harold Roeder is believed to have sold his house in early July and moved to a home in Pennsylvania, but has yet to resign from the town board. Jerry Smith, a concerned resident, told The River Reporter that if Roeder holds off on a resignation, that will have an impact on who might hold the council seat through 2015.  Read more