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October 12, 2011

Life jackets to be required in cold weather

PENNSYLVANIA — At its quarterly business meeting on September 27, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) amended various boating regulations. As part of the regulation changes, boaters will be required, beginning November 1, 2012, to wear life jackets on boats less than 16 feet in length and on canoes and kayaks during the cold weather months from November 1 through April 30. The change is intended to protect boaters from the dangers of cold water shock if they fall into the water.

“While boating accidents are more frequent during the traditional summer season, the risk of an accident being fatal is significantly higher when the air and water temperatures are colder in late fall through spring,” said Laurel Anders, director of the Bureau of Boating and Access. “Over the last 15 years, cold water incidents represented only eight percent of boating related accidents, but resulted in 24% of the fatalities.

“Victims who are wearing a life jacket when exposed to cold water have potentially life-saving advantages.”
The regulation applies to all waterways, including the Delaware River.

Herbert succeeds Curtis as historian

CALLICOON, NY — Mary Curtis, who served as historian for the Town of Delaware from 1977 to 2009, has passed the torch to Cindy Herbert.

Curtis took over the volunteer position from her father, Valleau Curtis. Mary had invaluable knowledge of local history, as the Curtises have lived in this area for the past 250 years, before the Town of Delaware even existed and was still part of the Town of Cochecton.

Herbert is intrigued with local town history and happy to take on the position. She is working on archiving and preserving the town’s history, as well as finishing a grant that she received from Sullivan Renaissance for a rotating history gallery in the town’s municipal building. This will showcase the history of Delaware including schools, fire departments, tanneries, cemeteries, Dr. Frederick Cook, American Indians, the railroad and much more.

Herbert will also be launching a website to share the region’s local history in the near future and at some point possibly a historical society. If you have history of the local area or photos to share, Herbert can be reached at info@hortonvilleny.com.

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