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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Locals elected as 2014 officers

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  • NARROWSBURG, NY-The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) recently elected several members to be part of the 2014 board. Andrew Boyar from Highland, NY, was elected chairperson at the non-profit organization’s annual meeting held Jan. 9 in Narrowsburg. Other representatives taking a seat on the board are Patricia Jeffer of Shohola Township, vice-chairperson; and Alan Henry of Berlin Township, secretary-treasurer. They, along with Boyar, will take their oaths on Feb. 6 during a swearing in ceremony and reception at 7 p.m. UDC meetings are open to the public. Boyar was the first UDC representative from Highland after the town joined the council on March 15, 1990. He was a supervisor from 1981-1994, which also included a tenure as Chairman of the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors in 1993 and 1994. He was a UDC alternate from 1991-1993 and took his representative seat on the UDC board in January of 2010, “to coincide with a second elected stint” as a Highland supervisor. Boyar is on UDC's water use/resource management committee and served as vice-chair last year. He earned a degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1969 and operates a law practice with a real estate emphasis based in Eldred. Boyar is the father of three sons, Adam, Josh and Matt, and has four grandchildren. In 2003 he and his son Matt were presented with a Robin M. Daniels Memorial Lifesaving Award at the UDC’s 15th Annual Awards Ceremony after the father and son “rescued two 18-year-old men who nearly drowned on York Lake on July 13, 2002.” Boyar also serves as president of the Trout Unlimited Upper Delaware Chapter, vice-president and trustee for the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum and a member of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River, the Federation of Fly Fishers and Ducks Unlimited. Jeffer was appointed by the Shohola Township Board of Supervisors on Jan. 3, 2012 as a UDC representative. She is a retired architectural apprentice, general contracting estimator, building inspector, zoning officer, and construction permitting coordinator. She and her husband Bob have two sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren in the family. Jeffer is also a member of the Shohola Area Lions Club and Grey Towers Horticultural Team who enjoys the natural surroundings of the dream home she helped design in 2000, landscaping, gardening, snowmobiling, water activities, and traveling. Henry was elected Jan. 9 as the 2014 UDC Secretary-Treasurer “to continue the role he assumed on Aug. 1, 2013,” filling an unexpected vacancy in that office. He also served as vice-chair of the water use/resource management committee in 2013. He was appointed by the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors as a UDC representative on Jan. 3, 2012. Henry was employed by the National Park Service for 32 years, retiring on June 1, 2009 as chief ranger of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River where he began working in the fall of 1979 shortly after the 1978 Congressional designation of the river corridor park unit. Since retiring, Henry has helped out at his family’s 300-acre farm property, worked as a state constable, guest school teacher, security guard, and a guide for river and hiking trips. He and his wife, Karen Carlson, are the parents of a daughter and son. “The Upper Delaware Council board elects its officers for one-year terms to lead the non-profit organization, with the positions of chairperson and vice-chair alternating between our Pennsylvania and New York State representatives. Pat Jeffer and Al Henry have each served on the board since 2012, and continue to actively contribute to our river conservation-oriented mission,” said Laurie Ramie, UDC executive director. About the Upper Delaware Council The UDC was established in 1988 under a Cooperative Agreement partnership with the National Park Service to oversee the coordinated implementation of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. For information on the organization and its activities, visit the Council’s website at www.upperdelawarecouncil.org, stop by the office at 211 Bridge St. in Narrowsburg, or call (845) 252-3022.

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