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July 2011

Some background on the Tusten vote

In answer to Tom Prendergast’s letter in last week’s newspaper, the town board majority voted to establish a bookkeeper appointed by the full Town of Tusten Board. The full board traditionally voted as a whole in agreement with the appointment; however, Supervisor Harrison took it upon herself to fire the previous bookkeeper and to take upon these duties herself. The supervisor has now changed her mind on assuming these duties and now wants to appoint a bookkeeper herself, after recommending that this position not be either established or funded in this year’s budget.  Read more

Tusten vote “yes” on July 12

On July 12, residents of Tusten will go to the polls to vote on a referendum as to whether the town board should be responsible for appointing the bookkeeper.

For decades, the four Tusten town council members and the supervisor have been working in harmony on decisions regarding the town. Each member of the five-member board brings a different perspective based on their education, occupation, family, and life experience.  Read more

A watershed moment for towns

Although we do not yet have the full report from the DEC on drilling in New York State, we now know a few things about where they are headed. For one thing, they have committed to stay out of zoning and land use disputes between local towns and the drilling companies. This is a step forward.  Read more

Think again about the school property

As the Town of Tusten moves to consider the disposition of the Narrowsburg Rural Central School property, I invite the powers that be to consider the following.  Read more

We don’t need no stinkin’ badges

Wayne Holbert has come back to the Town of Lackawaxen with his third application for an expansion of his quarry. The first occurred in 2005, when Holbert had been receiving notices of violation from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for expanding his operation beyond the five acres that is the state limit for “minor” non-coal mining operations. The same five acres is a legal limit under the town zoning ordinance and the River Management Plan (RMP) for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.  Read more

Napanoch woman accused of holding shotgun to mother's head

The New York State Police at Ellenville announced the arrest of Lois Lubrano age 41 of 190 Continental Road Napanoch NY. for Attempted Murder 2nd and Criminal Possession of Weapon 4th. The arrest followed a call through Ulster County 911
reporting a woman trying to kill her mother during a domestic dispute.  Read more

Troopers arrest Narrowsburg man for DWI and drugs

On July 3, 2011, State Police in Narrowsburg arrested a man for DWI and drug charges following a traffic stop on Gables Road in the Town of Tusten.

David W. Cole, a 55 year old Narrowsburg resident, was travelling on Gables Road when he was stopped for failure to keep right. Pursuant to the traffic stop, a strong odor of alcohol and marijuana emanated from the vehicle.

Cole was arrested and charged with DWI and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and processed at the State Police barracks in Narrowsburg. Cole is to appear in the Town of Tusten Court on July 21 to answer these charges.

Beech Mt. Scout Camp walk

July 10, 2011

4½-mi. intermediate guided hike to Hodge Pond. Meet at Morgan Outdoors, 11am. RSVP by 10am: 845/439-5507.

Mahjong for beginners

July 13, 2011

Learn basics of mahjong at E.B. Crawford Public Library, 7:30pm.

Dance party

July 9, 2011

Ballroom, swing, Latin w/ Jackie Horner at Liberty Fitness Center, 7:30pm. Refreshments.