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Photos contributed by Delaware River Solar

This is a Delaware River Solar project in Sackett Lake helping to generate power for more than 300 people. 

The lowdown on solar energy in New York

NEW YORK — With vast areas of farmland and many local groups and politicians focused on renewable energy, New York’s Hudson Valley has become a landmark location for solar energy. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, in 2013, New York had 4,372 completed solar projects and by 2017 that number had jumped to 13,582 projects.


Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Heat pumps like these, advocates say, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, while also keeping your home toasty in winter.

State initiative encourages cost-efficient renewable energy

NEW YORK — A state initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sparked a slate of programs across the state dedicated to motivating homeowners into renewable energy systems this winter.

A green update from the county

What’s new in sustainability in Sullivan County? No better people to ask than the county’s Office of Sustainable Energy. Here are a few environmentally focused projects, headed by a number of different individuals and organizations, at work for the Earth in our area.

Organics management plans


TRR photos by Joe Cooke 

Fixit people are not a thing of the past. Local fixers Jim Powell, Tom Coacci, Rich Norton and Jill Padua talk repairs at the Tusten Town Board. 

The repair revolution rages on

NARROWSBURG, NY — Volunteers at Repair Café Tusten want the things you might otherwise toss. They want your tired clothing, your small, broken appliances. Your electric toothbrush that doesn’t run. Your holey sock (or, more likely, your 25 holey socks, one of which matches nothing.)


TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

Sixteen year-old Ronald Kelson sang a selection from “Don Quixote” on stage at SUNY Sullivan last Sunday, while auditioning for Forestburgh Playhouse producer Franklin Trapp.

Curtain up

While many of you are fans of winter and all things associated with it, I’m not that guy. Oh, sure—it can be picture-postcard-pretty here in the Upper Delaware River region, and I do enjoy taking photos in the winter wonderland, which helps the days pass.


Photo from Laurie Stuart’s Facebook

The art in possibility

BEACH LAKE, PA — Using the work of Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander and Margaret Wheatley, Rev. Laurie Stuart (publisher of The River Reporter) will present a service entitled “The Art in Possibility” on Sunday, January 13 at 10:15 a.m.

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