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June 2011

I’m not a lawyer, but ‘public’ means public

The Town of Callicoon’s new comprehensive plan will be the first in 30 years, and it’s likely to shape the future of our town for decades to come. Given the plan’s importance, the town should have made every reasonable effort to let the residents know about the “public workshop” that would have provided an opportunity to review and comment on the plan. Yet despite the importance of the meeting, the town board failed to use many of the readily available means that are typically used to give notice to the public:

• It didn’t announce the workshop at the preceding regular town meeting.  Read more

Country Store does stalwart job

I am writing to add to the article in last week’s edition regarding our storm and the ensuing blackout. We should give some thanks to the new owner of the Country Store in Narrowsburg, Mohammed Koli, for his presence, and the fact that he stayed open despite having no power. He restocked his ice machine at least four times that I know of and remained open Friday night past 11 p.m.  Read more

Slow work on the downed trees

Regarding the closures on Twin Lakes Road in Shohola due to fallen trees on Friday, May 27: I have nothing but praise for two volunteers I spoke to at the firehouse, who had been working tirelessly to evacuate elderly people at a nursing home.

However, I can’t say the same for whoever was responsible for tree removal. When I called on Saturday power was still out in many areas, trees were still down, and they couldn’t even give me an estimated time for when power would be restored. A woodpecker would be faster on a tree than they were.

Jeff Tyne
Shohola, PA

Better uses for the gas money

The value of Pennsylvania’s natural gas is roughly a trillion dollars. It is probably worth more than all the gold mined in the gold rushes of California and the Klondike, and is of the same order of magnitude as all the oil that ever came out of Texas. I mention these facts because our state legislature has counter-proposed to Governor Corbett’s budget their own, which would restore some of Corbett’s school revenue cuts while eliminating aid to the poorest of our citizens.  Read more

Don’t let them create an industrial zone

I am a small businessman with property in Pennsylvania and New York. To allow the gas companies to create an industrial zone here will work against what has been successful for decades: recreation, second homes and farms. Property values are dependent on a good, clean environment, especially here close to major metropolitan areas.  Read more

O pioneers

Something interesting is happening in Sullivan County. Local governments in small rural towns, towns with apparently limited resources, high levels of unemployment and incomes well below the state average, are taking extraordinary actions to take control over their own governance.  Read more

Eminently qualified

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Athletes of distinction were recognized this past week at year-end awards presentation ceremonies at Liberty, Fallsburg and Monticello. At each, enraptured audiences got to view this writer’s array of slides that chronicled the year and to hear coaches and administrators laud the efforts of each school’s standouts. In addition, athletic directors Jason Semo of Liberty, Tim Bult of Fallsburg and Doug Murphy of Monticello noted the Scholar Athlete team designations awarded by NYSPHSAA for team GPAs of 90 percent or better.  Read more

NY Assembly passes new fracking moratorium

NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver posted the following message on his website on June 7: "I have good news: The Assembly has passed a bill that would protect New York’s drinking water by prohibiting the issuance of new permits for the controversial gas drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing for another year.  Read more

Wine festival

July 9, 2011

Wine tasting, food, handcrafted items, live entertainment & more at Salem Lodge #330, 11am-5pm, $15 advance, $25 day of, designated driver/under 21 $5. Tickets avail. at Pennstar Bank (Wayne County branches). Info: 570/836-5253.

Concert: Re-Creation

June 19, 2011

Religious & family-oriented music at First Presbyterian Church, 7pm. 570/226-4835.