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February 2011

Mystery dinner

“Can I get you something to drink?” A mop of dark hair in his face, white towel tucked into his waistline.

“I’ll have a Jameson on the rocks,” the girl says.

“Two,” the guy says.

The waiter nods and leaves. The room is full of couples, hints of red on most of their clothing. Bottles of wine. Two glasses. Valentines Day.  Read more

Winterfest: have an ice day

February 17 - Just before the white stuff begins to thaw, with Valentine’s Day nipping at my nose, I seek refuge from the blustery winds by celebrating a few of the things that make my blood run cold—snow, ice and love everlasting...

Admittedly a bit depressed over the severe temperatures and missing the elusive sting of Cupid’s arrow, I was determined, over the weekend, to overcome my ennui and search the countryside for respite from the bitter winds. What better way, then, to spend time outdoors, bundled up and feeling sorry for myself!  Read more

Valuing nature’s services: priceless

By Susan Beecher

I recently read an interesting report titled “Valuing New Jersey’s Natural Capital: An Assessment of the Economic Value of the State’s Natural Resources.” The concept behind the study is that various naturally occurring systems provide economic value over an extended period, and the benefits include both goods (commodities such as timber or mineral deposits) and services (ecological functions such as flood protection, soil erosion control and wastewater treatment). As it turns out, New Jersey’s natural assets are worth big bucks.  Read more

Finally it’s making sense

Almost a decade has passed since PennDOT announced its intention to replace the historic Pond Eddy Bridge rather than to restore it—not that they ever said restoration was impossible. Rather, the argument was always that a “modern bridge,” even if it serves only 20-some properties, had to be to the highest possible standards. In this case, that means 40 or more tons rather than 18 tons, higher than the weight rating for almost every other bridge in Sullivan or Pike counties.  Read more

DRBC regs go too far

The natural gas regulations proposed by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) have impacts and implications that go far beyond putting a short leash on drilling companies. A group of more than a dozen landowner groups, businesses and business associations from the Upper Basin region have joined forces to mount an initiative to call this to the public’s attention.  Read more

Gas at a glance

February 17
Pipeline explosion kills five in Allentown  Read more

Running through the mountains

Does running 200 miles over the course of a couple of days sound like fun? What if you do it with 11 friends? For those who love to run, team relay running is an activity that has apparently been growing rapidly over the past six years.  Read more

DRBC session on gas regs draws crowd

February 17 - As two Sullivan County law enforcement professionals watched quietly from the rear of the room, a subdued crowd listened intently to a presentation by Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) staff who traveled to Narrowsburg for an informational session requested by the Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) Project Review Committee.

The special work session was scheduled to aid the UDC as it prepares written comments on the DRBC’s Draft Natural Gas Development Regulations.  Read more

Row over Shohola Fire Department finances

February 17 - Three months ago, Shohola chairman George Fluhr opened up a Pandora’s box of protests when he fired Don Wall and removed his wife Nelia from her job as secretary/treasurer. Last week, he opened up a hornet’s nest of public protest from citizens with a Board of Supervisors motion to set up a committee to investigate the Shohola fire department’s financial records, something he says state law allows.

All fire departments in the state are private entities with their own budgets and their own boards of trustees.  Read more

It’s show time for Larry the Llama

The new face of the Sullivan County Travel Guide for 2012 is Larry the Llama, who lives on a farm in the county. According to Herb Clark, vice president of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, there are now quite a few llamas and alpacas in the county and this was a fun way of drawing attention to the animals and the county.