Soon we will know whether to expect a longer spell of winter weather. “Punxsutawney Phil” will emerge from his hole on February 2 after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow on Groundhog Day. If he sees it, we can count on another six weeks of bad weather, while Phil retreats back underground. If the day is cloudy and shadowless, the plucky fellow takes it as a sign of spring and stays up here. Read more
The idea of tapping the gas created in the capped landfill in Monticello has been broached in the past, but this time around, the proposal is proposed as a part of a larger plan to transform the acreage around the landfill and the adjacent abandoned Apollo Plaza shopping mall into a use that can produce revenue for the county. Read more
The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society announces a $4000 college scholarship to students who wish to pursue a career in an environmental field such as forestry, natural resources, environmental planning, environmental engineering, fish, game, or wildlife management, ecology and/or environmental science. Applicants must be from Pike, Wayne, Lackawanna or Susquehanna County and must enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university program. The winning applicant will receive $1,000 per year for up to four years. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking public input on a draft bald eagle management plan, which can be reviewed at www.portal.state.pa.us (click on “Game Commissoin” and “Draft Eagle management Plan.”) Public comments on the agency's eagle management plan will be accepted until March 3 via the website, or by mail to Eagle Management Plan, Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Milford’s Winter Lights Festival will open on Saturday, January 29 at 3 p.m. at the Ann Street Park.
Storytelling is one of the focuses of the festival, as timeless stories of Greek mythology and myths of other lands are played out through the artistry of ice dancing, circus arts and mask and puppet theater. This year’s story will be “Persephone & the Birth of Winter,” which will be introduced by the comic antics of the Bond Street Theatre. Leading off the program will be several presentations from the Boundless Edge Dance Ensemble with music from Pops to Bach. Read more
During the second week of December, a Pennsylvania Game Commission Conservation Officer had recovered a large raptor in a field near Milford, PA. This bird was sitting on the ground and unable to fly. The officer turned the bird over the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (DVRC), where it was evaluated by Bill Streeter, co-director of the center. Read more
Shirley M. Henrickson, a homemaker and lifelong Sullivan County, NY resident, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at her home in Cochecton, NY. She was 74.
Born on October 29, 1936 in Monticello, NY, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Edna Sullivan Dauch. Read more
Florence Marjorie Baum of Sparta, TN and formerly of Jeffersonville, NY and Homestead, FL, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2011 at NHC of Sparta. She was 89.
The daughter of the late Lester and Marion Fraser Simonson Sr., she was born January 23, 1921 in Camden, NJ.
Mrs. Baum was a full-time homemaker and mom but also worked at Sullivan’s Department Store in Liberty, and later at the Senior Citizens Center in Homestead. Read more
Man, is it ever! Hard to believe that I’m still making the adjustment from “temporary snowbird” to the casual (?) pace of my own version of “life in the fast lane” but there you have it. I hit the ground running having made the transition... and a little cold snap surely can’t stand in my way. Read more