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Not ready for Labor Day to end? Check out this article on those who 'labored' to bring coal from from Scranton-area mine...
09/07/2021
Coal boats to everywhere

Not ready for Labor Day to end? Check out this article on those who 'labored' to bring coal from from Scranton-area mines to Hudson River markets.

HAWLEY, PA — It’s a small space, maybe 10 feet by 10 feet. And it seems full-to-bursting with two people, a bed, a table.   That’s roughly the size of the …

Slow down, you move too fast.
09/06/2021
Labor Day 2021

Slow down, you move too fast.

Labor Day 2021 will occur on Monday, September 6. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally

Fun Fact: “Babes in Arms” premiered on Broadway in 1937, but has never been revived. The 1939 MGM film adaptation starri...
09/05/2021
Everything old is new again

Fun Fact: “Babes in Arms” premiered on Broadway in 1937, but has never been revived. The 1939 MGM film adaptation starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney reworked the plot and contained only two songs from the original score.

I’ve said it before and will say it again: I don’t care for change. And yes, I’m aware that it’s inevitable. Doesn’t mean I have to like it though, does it? Ever wonder …

From the mystical perspective, hawthorns are exceptionally magical trees, cherished by fairies and representing the wild...
09/04/2021
Tree talk: Magical hawthorn

From the mystical perspective, hawthorns are exceptionally magical trees, cherished by fairies and representing the wild beauty of scrublands.

Trees are wonderful for many reasons, ranging from aesthetic to functional to mysterious. One of the more tantalizing trees is the hawthorn, valued for its unusual attributes and the folklore …

This just in from the National Park Service: “IDA is in the house, and she will be dropping some heavy rainfall througho...
09/01/2021

This just in from the National Park Service:
“IDA is in the house, and she will be dropping some heavy rainfall throughout our area throughout the day and night. Most forecasters are predicting 4-6 inches of rain will fall today and this evening, but others are calling for the possibility of up to 8-10 inches of rainfall in some areas. Periods of very heavy rainfall are expected.
Flash Flooding: Flash flood watches are in effect throughout the region as most streams are already running high and the ground is already saturated from previous rains. Do not attempt to drive through flooded areas or roadways. Conditions may change rapidly, and flood watches may be upgraded to flood warnings. Both the Bushkill Creek and the Brodhead at Minisink Hills are expected to reach flood stage this afternoon into Thursday morning.
River levels: The Delaware River at the Montague gauge at the north end of the park is expected to rise 11 feet in the next 24 hours, cresting on Thursday at just over 18 feet; flood stage is 25 feet at this gauge. The Delaware River at the Tocks Island gauge at the south end of the park is predicted to rise more than 13 feet over the next 24 hours, cresting on Thursday at 20.9 feet; flood stage at the Tocks Island gauge is 21 feet. The river corridor and all access points are closed until river levels drop below 15 feet at the Montague gauge.
Road closures: Expect road closures due to flash flooding and downed trees and utility lines. Do not drive over or approach downed power lines. There is always the potential that the lines are still energized and are extremely dangerous. If you must travel, be prepared to take alternate routes if necessary.

Stay safe and if you must be out on the roads, please keep an eye out for our maintenance, law enforcement, and emergency services crews who will be on duty throughout the storm to help keep folks safe. Please keep them safe too. Travel slowly and carefully through work zones and do not attempt to drive around gates or barricades.”

This just in from the National Park Service:
“IDA is in the house, and she will be dropping some heavy rainfall throughout our area throughout the day and night. Most forecasters are predicting 4-6 inches of rain will fall today and this evening, but others are calling for the possibility of up to 8-10 inches of rainfall in some areas. Periods of very heavy rainfall are expected.
Flash Flooding: Flash flood watches are in effect throughout the region as most streams are already running high and the ground is already saturated from previous rains. Do not attempt to drive through flooded areas or roadways. Conditions may change rapidly, and flood watches may be upgraded to flood warnings. Both the Bushkill Creek and the Brodhead at Minisink Hills are expected to reach flood stage this afternoon into Thursday morning.
River levels: The Delaware River at the Montague gauge at the north end of the park is expected to rise 11 feet in the next 24 hours, cresting on Thursday at just over 18 feet; flood stage is 25 feet at this gauge. The Delaware River at the Tocks Island gauge at the south end of the park is predicted to rise more than 13 feet over the next 24 hours, cresting on Thursday at 20.9 feet; flood stage at the Tocks Island gauge is 21 feet. The river corridor and all access points are closed until river levels drop below 15 feet at the Montague gauge.
Road closures: Expect road closures due to flash flooding and downed trees and utility lines. Do not drive over or approach downed power lines. There is always the potential that the lines are still energized and are extremely dangerous. If you must travel, be prepared to take alternate routes if necessary.

Stay safe and if you must be out on the roads, please keep an eye out for our maintenance, law enforcement, and emergency services crews who will be on duty throughout the storm to help keep folks safe. Please keep them safe too. Travel slowly and carefully through work zones and do not attempt to drive around gates or barricades.”

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09/01/2021

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Forewarned is Forearmed
08/31/2021
PPL Electric Utilities preparing for Tropical Storm Ida

Forewarned is Forearmed

ALLENTOWN, PA — PPL Electric Utilities is preparing for Tropical Storm Ida, which is expected to bring wind and heavy rain across its service territory Wednesday (9/1) into Thursday (9/2). PPL …

A retired educator in Westchester, Ms. Toomey Grund hopes that the photo will serve as a learning tool for present-day s...
08/31/2021
Bagel festival encounter leads to historic donation

A retired educator in Westchester, Ms. Toomey Grund hopes that the photo will serve as a learning tool for present-day students.

MONTICELLO, NY — The sepia tones show a large group of teenagers posed on a lawn, with the Mount Vernon, VA, estate house in the background. The young men sport jackets and ties, the …

“I have always seen the world as a canvas for potential artwork. I draw inspiration from Mother Nature, my favorite arti...
08/30/2021
Make this autumn flower cake topper

“I have always seen the world as a canvas for potential artwork. I draw inspiration from Mother Nature, my favorite artist. Food art gives me the chance to use her raw materials.”

“Why make art with food?” It’s a question I’m asked every once in a while when people find out what I do, and it’s a good one. After all, food does seem like a …

““I wanted my friends to be thrilling and witty, I wanted somebody to care,” Barbra sang, as if reading my mind. I shook...
08/29/2021
Have I stayed too long at the fair?

““I wanted my friends to be thrilling and witty, I wanted somebody to care,” Barbra sang, as if reading my mind. I shook hands, congratulating the winners and doing my best to hide my melancholia.”

So for something completely different, I have a song stuck in my head. I know, it happens a lot. I guess it’s just how my feeble brain works. It’s just that I’ve listened to a lot …

Wow.
08/28/2021
Sheriff warns of scam targeting senior citizens

Wow.

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff is warning the public about a recent scam targeting Sullivan County senior citizens. In the latest scam, residents will receive a telephone …

The members of the Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary are excited to host our third Wine and Craft Festival and...
08/27/2021

The members of the Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary are excited to host our third Wine and Craft Festival and invite you to join us! It’s scheduled for Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 2PM - 7PM. It will be held at the Lake Ariel Fire Station, 1381 Lake Ariel Highway (Route 191) in Lake Ariel. Proceeds will help support the 100% volunteer fire company which provides services to the Lake Ariel, South Canaan, and Hideout areas. Check out the facebook event at Wine and Craft Festival or on the Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company official site page.

Wine sampling glasses will be provided with paid admission - $15 in advance (https://tickets.cityspark.com/e/wine-and-craft-festival/order) and $20 at the door. In addition to tasting delicious wines from local wineries, there will be a DJ, food, and many craft items as well as a children’s book author and a caricature artist! Admission to peruse the crafts only is $5.

The members of the Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary are excited to host our third Wine and Craft Festival and invite you to join us! It’s scheduled for Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 2PM - 7PM. It will be held at the Lake Ariel Fire Station, 1381 Lake Ariel Highway (Route 191) in Lake Ariel. Proceeds will help support the 100% volunteer fire company which provides services to the Lake Ariel, South Canaan, and Hideout areas. Check out the facebook event at Wine and Craft Festival or on the Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company official site page.

Wine sampling glasses will be provided with paid admission - $15 in advance (https://tickets.cityspark.com/e/wine-and-craft-festival/order) and $20 at the door. In addition to tasting delicious wines from local wineries, there will be a DJ, food, and many craft items as well as a children’s book author and a caricature artist! Admission to peruse the crafts only is $5.

“We decided on the name Beechwoods Yacht Club as a tongue-in-cheek joke,” said Freda. “The water in the Beechwoods consi...
08/27/2021
Messin’ around in wooden boats

“We decided on the name Beechwoods Yacht Club as a tongue-in-cheek joke,” said Freda. “The water in the Beechwoods consists of farm ponds and small streams that eventually flow to the Delaware. Our motto is, ‘No yachts, no oceans, just fun messing about in boats.’”

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Blame it on the rat. A few years past, Joe Freda and Zeke Boyle were hanging out at a lakeside eatery, savoring the beer and pizza, and they figured it was high time to …

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08/26/2021

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08/25/2021

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Ain't it grand
08/24/2021
Ain't it grand

Ain't it grand

One of the most underrated resources I have, as both a parent and as a farmer, is the assistance of family. In particular, as I try to accomplish a fraction of the items on my unending to-do list, …

Wear a life jacket.
08/23/2021
Summertime: And the living is not easy

Wear a life jacket.

It has been a rough summer season at the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. On Saturday, June 26, I received a call that every superintendent of a water-based National Park Service site …

Rain? 🌧 Flooding? 💦 Got pics? 📷 We’d like to know what’s happening in your neighborhood… post your pics below and let us...
08/22/2021

Rain? 🌧 Flooding? 💦 Got pics? 📷
We’d like to know what’s happening in your neighborhood… post your pics below and let us know where you are…Oh, and be careful out there! ( 📷 - Filip
Zrnzevíc for Unsplash)

Rain? 🌧 Flooding? 💦 Got pics? 📷
We’d like to know what’s happening in your neighborhood… post your pics below and let us know where you are…Oh, and be careful out there! ( 📷 - Filip
Zrnzevíc for Unsplash)

Sullivan County is under a Flash Flood Watch from now through 8 p.m. tomorrow (Monday). Although Tropical Storm Henri's ...
08/22/2021

Sullivan County is under a Flash Flood Watch from now through 8 p.m. tomorrow (Monday). Although Tropical Storm Henri's eye is tracking far to our east, its rain bands will extend into our area this afternoon and overnight, with torrential downpours giving
our easternmost areas 5 or more inches of rain. This amount of rain in a short period is expected to lead to potentially significant flash flooding and may be accompanied by damaging winds.
The County Manager's Office, the Office of Emergency Management and the Division of Public Works are keeping a close eye on the storm and are in frequent contact with weather and State authorities, and the Governor's Office has included Sullivan as part of
the State of Emergency.

Avoid driving through flooded roadways, and if you see downed power lines, do not approach but call 911.

Sullivan County is under a Flash Flood Watch from now through 8 p.m. tomorrow (Monday). Although Tropical Storm Henri's eye is tracking far to our east, its rain bands will extend into our area this afternoon and overnight, with torrential downpours giving
our easternmost areas 5 or more inches of rain. This amount of rain in a short period is expected to lead to potentially significant flash flooding and may be accompanied by damaging winds.
The County Manager's Office, the Office of Emergency Management and the Division of Public Works are keeping a close eye on the storm and are in frequent contact with weather and State authorities, and the Governor's Office has included Sullivan as part of
the State of Emergency.

Avoid driving through flooded roadways, and if you see downed power lines, do not approach but call 911.

Frogs and toads: what to know
08/21/2021
Frogs and toads: what to know

Frogs and toads: what to know

Do you know how to tell a frog from a toad? Many of us mistake one for the other. While both are amphibians, once you have the details on how to distinguish these compelling critters, as well as …

9/11…20 years later. What do we need to remember? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. ( photo - Lerone Pie...
08/20/2021

9/11…20 years later. What do we need to remember? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. ( photo - Lerone Pieters for Unsplash)

9/11…20 years later. What do we need to remember? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. ( photo - Lerone Pieters for Unsplash)

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08/19/2021

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Oy.
08/19/2021

Oy.

The River Reporter's Jonathan Charles Fox and Dharma the Wonder Dog are back in-studio today for Ciliberto & Friends, alongside guest co-host Marty Rutberg from Rutberg Breslow Personal Injury Law. Tune in at Thunder 102 & 104.5, online, on your "Alexa" or on the Radio BOLD app! 🎙

Sullivan’s rising COVID-19 caseload
08/18/2021
Sullivan’s rising COVID-19 caseload

Sullivan’s rising COVID-19 caseload

MONTICELLO, NY — The numbers keep going up. As of the August 12 health and family services committee meeting, Sullivan County public health director Nancy McGraw reported, 12 people had been …

Monticello man charged with arson
08/17/2021
Monticello man charged with arson

Monticello man charged with arson

A resident of Kiameshia Lake, NY has been charged with arson after the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office investigated a structure fire which left one injured with second- and third-degree burns.

“Our region sees multiple generations of monarchs per summer. The last generation of the summer has the arduous job of m...
08/16/2021
Monarchs in August

“Our region sees multiple generations of monarchs per summer. The last generation of the summer has the arduous job of migrating to Mexico, overwintering there, and then returning to our region in late spring to lay eggs on milkweed plants to start the cycle anew.”

This summer, there have been some monarch butterflies, but not as many as in years past. Often, they can be spotted on various flowers, feeding on nectar. Gardens with brightly colored flowers draw …

Carpe Diem, Agnes!
08/15/2021

Carpe Diem, Agnes!

Happy 105th Birthday to our very own living Catskill Legend and longest running employee here at CFFCM, Agnes Van Put! Consider yourself lucky if you have sat with her to listen to the endless stories of the great Catskill anglers- We love you, Agnes!

08/15/2021
I cranked up the old Victrola (look it up!) and decided to heed the advice of equally old Dick Van D**e, which he musica...
08/15/2021
Put on a happy face ☺

I cranked up the old Victrola (look it up!) and decided to heed the advice of equally old Dick Van D**e, which he musically doled out in droves during the ‘60’s...

I’m trying… I swear I’m trying. But I gotta tell you, I am so sick of starting conversations with “In these difficult times…” that I could scream. You …

“You’ll get somebody that says, ‘Oh, I couldn’t draw flies on a hot day,’  But this is not totally ‘drawing,’ it’s ‘remo...
08/14/2021
“Wooden” you like to learn about carving?

“You’ll get somebody that says, ‘Oh, I couldn’t draw flies on a hot day,’ But this is not totally ‘drawing,’ it’s ‘removing.’ It’s like erasing. You get a piece of wood and you erase until you have something,” said Muller.

CHERRY RIDGE, PA — The warm, earthy scent of basswood filled the room at the dance hall. Experienced hands guided novice ones as they worked at their own pace on woodcarving projects. The …

“Districts should monitor community transmission, vaccination rates, testing and outbreaks to determine what they need t...
08/13/2021
What are schools doing about COVID-19?

“Districts should monitor community transmission, vaccination rates, testing and outbreaks to determine what they need to do going forward.”

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — As parents worry about the highly transmissible Delta variant but want their kids back in school, decisions have generally been left in the hands of individual school …

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3 days away until A.C.T. Through Music Su***de Prevention Benefit! This is an event you don't want to miss! Come out and show your support for this great cause! Live music, Raffles(including an autographed jersey by Los Angeles Angels #27 Mike Trout),food, drinks, family & friends. 12pm-10PM at the American Legion Post 151 Middletown NY. Rain or shine. Tickets available at the door.
1 week away! Come out and show your support for a great cause! August 7th 12PM-10PM at the American Legion Post 151 Middletown NY. Tickets available at the door!
Come out and show your support for a great cause! August 7th 12PM-10PM at the American Legion Post 151 Middletown NY
Tickets available at the door!
I'd like to share this from NJ.Com ----https://fb.watch/v/1dvqWXaue/
Before you report that Garnet Health has won the readers choice award you have a responsibility to share Garnet Medical center denies end of life visitation for Covid Patients when other hospitals do not and are doing it safely. If loved ones become gravely ill you will not be able to provide the support they need to fight it or share their final moments.
I just read that a Tusten resident was arrested for his role in the violent protests in DC on 1/6. I'm surprised to not see any posts here on this, nor in the River Reporter?
Sitting on a the cozy corner of Fifield Ave. In Hancock, NY you will find the beautiful home of Jim And Gina Rotzler. This is their 46th year in this home and in Feb will celebrate their 47th year. Starting the Saturday after Halloween they begin the loving task of decorating their home and property for Christmas for everyone's enjoyment and on Thanksgiving Evening the light come on. This year was a little bit more of a task because in October Jim had to have a full knee replacement so for the first few weeks Jim was decorating on crutches with the help of his wonderful Wife Gina and their Grandson Luke Prescott. This year they have added 4-5 new displays and also have started the transition from conventional Christmas light to LED Christmas lights which are more cost effective. This beautiful display is needed now more than ever, with this pandemic it gives folks a little something to look forward to, and with social distancing what better way to to spend an evening with your family than to take a slow drive by their home and look at the beautiful lights and if you continue up their street their neighbors also have their home's decorated for your viewing enjoyment. So this Christmas Season jump in your car and head over to Fifield Ave. in Hancock, NY and check out the beautiful displays...
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@ Sullivan County NY legislation and local government. How many lives and the rights of our children does it take? YOU are doing it wrong! #SullivanCountyChildrenMatter