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December 08, 2016
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NORTH BRANCH, NY — North Branch residents have organized a fight to save the North Branch Post Office, threatened with closure as part of a national cost-cutting effort. Located in a historical house with a quaint porch, the post office is a local meeting place. Residents say that the postal service is obligated to provide a maximum degree of effective and regular postal service to rural areas and communities where post offices are not self-sustaining.

The North Branch post office is a two-room rental in the home of Mae Poley and her daughter Amy. The Poleys have owned the house for 73 years, and at times have even subsidized the post office when they didn’t pay enough rent to cover the heating bill. In letters to federal officials, the committee of residents fighting for the facility asks about the question of economic savings, and asks why this action that would trample
on the rights of postal customers is necessary.

Residents who would like to join the fight should write a letter describing what this action means to them and send it to the Planning Council, PO Box 65, North Branch, NY 12766, or call 845/482-3446.

Scenic Byway resolution urges ban of some truck traffic

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway has passed a resolution that urges all levels of government to exercise their authority to prohibit heavy trucks involved in “new forms of heavy industrial use and mining” from New York State Route 97.

The resolution would at the same time support the continuation of traditional forms of truck usage on New York State Route 97, such as the use of vehicles for agriculture, lumbering, bluestone mining and transport of canoes. The resolution suggests placing the burden “on all non-traditional forms of heavy industrial and mining uses to disallow any activities that will detract from the inherent scenic qualities that were the basis for the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway’s designation.”

In the “whereas” section, the resolution proposes the Norfolk-Southern railroad tracks as an alternative for transporting heavy industrial equipment and material, noting, “The railroad has been the traditional form by which industrial equipment and materials have been moved through the Upper Delaware River Valley since it was constructed in the 1850’s as part of the old Erie mainline from Hoboken, NJ to Chicago, IL