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October 2011

Special protection waters pioneer honored

“We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dick for his wisdom, foresight and unrelenting determination in spearheading the establishment of special protection waters standards for the Delaware River during a pivotal time in the river’s history,” said Sean McGuiness. “It’s ironic that we’re in another pivotal time,” he added, a reference to the gas drilling issue.  Read more

Highland hearings scheduled

The Town of Highland recently completed a draft rewrite of its comprehensive plan following a lengthy process that included 16 working sessions open to the public, as well as four community-wide visioning sessions. Members of the Comprehensive Plan Task Force, which was established in April 2007, presented the draft to town supervisor Andrew Boyar at the town meeting on October 11.  Read more

News in brief

Building collapse injures workers

LIBERTY, NY — A gas station which was being rebuilt on North Main Street in Liberty collapsed on October 15, trapping two workers. A majority of the roof substructure and several new trusses caved in during a period of strong winds.
Liberty police, along with the Liberty Fire Department, the Monticello Fire Department Trench Rescue Team and the Mechanics Town and Goshen collapse teams, the New York State Police, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and MobileMedic all responded to the collapse.

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PBA president questions candidate’s ‘veracity’;Cora Edwards responds

Cora Edwards, who is running for a seat on the Sullivan County Legislature, has a page on the Liberty Democrats website that says, “Cora has successfully brought hundreds of thousands of grant dollars to Sullivan County.” Listed below that are four grants that Edwards says she worked on, including one that brought a broadband project to the county.  Read more

Bethel pledges to collect $25,000 fine, battle continues over Yasgur’s Farm events

In the ongoing battle between the Town of Bethel and property owners Roy Howard and Jeryl Abramson, the latest round goes to the town. At a town meeting on October 12, town supervisor Dan Sturm announced that State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Cahill ruled against the couple, and said they violated a consent decree.  Read more

Nature’s vision: the ‘eyes’ have it

If we see a bird or some other creature, and it is close enough, there is something that usually catches our eye early in our observation: the eyes. In nature, there are many adaptations of vision. Earthworms have simple eyes (ocelli) that are able to detect light and dark, while eagles and hawks have single lens eyes with visual acuity five times greater than a human. (An eagle has five times the density of vision cells at the central focus area of the retina than humans do.)  Read more

Managing forests for wildlife

GREENTOWN, PA — There will be a forum on ways landowners can manage their woodlots for songbirds, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer and other wildlife at Promised Land State Park on Friday, October 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.  Read more

JAKES sponsor buck contest

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There will be a Sullivan County Long Beards Youth Buck Contest for all JAKES 2011 members. It is for bow as well as gun season. The bucks will be measured by weight plus points. A tie will be determined by rack spread. Weigh in at TK Taxidermy, Route 52 in Jeffersonville. All entrants will receive a free Sullivan County Long Beards hat. The winner will receive a free buck mount donated by TK Taxidermy, a deer rifle donated by The Sullivan County Long Beards.  Read more

Some very odd ducks

COCHECTON, NY — My wife and I have a home on the Upper Delaware in the Town of Cochecton. I have been coming to the Upper Delaware for 50 years, and have always enjoyed the profusion of wildlife in the area. Every time I canoe down the river, there are visual experiences great for the heart and soul. But this past weekend, there was an event that was hard to believe.  Read more

Fall Fiddle Festival

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers of Northeast PA will again host its annual fiddle festival on Sunday, October 23. The event will be held at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, Rt. 652. Doors will open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m.

Some of the styles to be represented are bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, western swing and Canadian. Requests are encouraged from the audience. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. The fire hall is handicapped accessible.  Read more