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July 2015

Bang for your buck!

“We will be coming through with our snack service shortly; the list of items available for this trip is in the seatback in front of you. Today’s Wi-Fi entertainment can be found on the free app, today’s password is ‘JOY.’ The engineer requests that you stay seated and buckled till it is safe to move about. Just a reminder we are one of the few carriers that still does not charge for luggage as long as it fits in the overhead compartments. We are running slightly ahead of schedule today and will be arriving in New York eight minutes early.  Read more

In praise of Clem Fullerton

Many of your readers, especially those who fish, will remember “The Complete Tangler,” a column that appeared in The River Reporter over a period of years, written by Clem Fullerton.  Read more

Bravo to Ellenville Regional

Many of us seniors need to choose a rehabilitation hospital after a fall, joint replacement or other health issues. What you may not realize is that we have a real gem in our own backyard. I speak from experience, since I’ve spent several weeks at various rehabilitation units since 2007 including Field Home in Cortlandt Manor, Helen Hayes, Park Manor in Middletown, and Ellenville Regional Hospital.  Read more

A rogue festival

As a local small business owner, I felt it appropriate to address a situation that affects a significant portion of Sullivan County promoters and vendors. Our primary income opportunities are at the many seasonal festivals and specific town “days” that are produced each year. At such events, all licenses, fees and permits are obtained, and other necessary public safety measures are all followed as the state of New York dictates. These are family-oriented events that highlight some of the best our community has to offer.  Read more

Some lawmakers don’t care what you think; Some big businesses are listening – a bit

Two of the most controversial global issues today regarding agriculture and food involve neonicotinoids and the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food. Both topics pit the interests of very large and wealthy industries against the interests of consumers.  Read more

Bethel tackles junkyard law

WHITE LAKE, NY — The Bethel town board held a public hearing about adopting a new junkyard law on July 22.

Supervisor Dan Sturm explained that the previous town board in 2006 or ‘07 adopted a local law that prohibits the creation of any new junkyards in the town, and at that time the town board removed all language from town code that related to junkyards.  Read more

Record year for Riverfest

NARROWSBURG, NY — The 25th anniversary of Riverfest, which was held on July 26 in Narrowsburg, marked a couple of records for the celebration of art and the river. According to Elaine Giguere, executive director of Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), which hosts the event, the poster auction raised a record of about $15,500 or perhaps a bit more. The highest previous amount was some $3,000 less than that.  Read more

Making Wayne more affordable

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County officials came out of the July 23 commissioners’ meeting with a glowing report on the county’s financial position and a deal to save $400,000 in county debt service over the next 10 years.  Read more

Local fast-food workers will wait; $15 per hour for upstate in 2021

NEW YORK STATE — Fast-food workers who have been pushing for a $15-per-hour wage in the industry celebrated after the Fast Food Wage Board on July 22 issued their recommendation that minimum wage be boosted to that level. But the proposed increase, if it comes—and most analysts believe it will—won’t happen right away.  Read more

Emergency programs for Pike

MILFORD, PA — Pike officials on July 15 announced two emergency notification programs now available to the public.

County Emergency Training Director Tim Knapp detailed a new public alert program, Ready Notify Pike.  Read more