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July 2011

Factors the dGEIS should assess

The Multi Municipal Task Force (MMTF) developed a road use law and road use program (RUP) to protect towns from the financial burdens caused by damage to the roads by large-scale industrial developers. The intent of the MMTF draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dGEIS) is to assess the potential adverse impacts of the law, and to identify realistic and viable mitigations of the impact.  Read more

Not as safe as all that

On July 10 there was an article in the Times-Herald Record by Steve Israel regarding New York’s fracking regulations.

Recent Governor Cuomo appointee Joe Martens, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, is quoted as saying, “I believe fracking can be done safely.” Regarding the ban in the Syracuse and NYC watersheds on the basis that they provide unfiltered water, Martens said, “These are very unique areas, and we’re recognizing them as such with a total ban.”  Read more

It’s called ‘democratic process’

In criticizing Lumberland Concerned Citizens, Charles Petersheim overstates the power of our tiny citizens’ group while callously portraying our town board as a body of spineless decision makers incapable of original thinking. Here’s the real story:  Read more

The beginning of the conversation

There is no question that job creation must take a prominent place in any discussion of what businesses or industries it might make sense to promote in our area—or indeed any area. But there are other factors that must be weighed as well, and it seems to us that, all too often, the “jobs” card is played as a kind of trump designed to shut down discussion of the pros and cons of any particular business development.  Read more

Beginning/survival Spanish

August 23, 2011

8-wk. course in Spanish 2x/wk. at Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County, $128. RSVP: 845/794-0017.

Concert: 'Music for Music'

August 14, 2011

Local musicians perform classical to Broadway at Grace Episcopal Church, 2pm, suggested donation: sheet music. Refreshments. 570/251-8117.

Katie's Café

August 6, 2011

Community lunch at St. Paul's Lutheran Church parish hall, 12noon-1pm, free. Public welcome.

'Go Green with Biomass'

July 26, 2011

How to produce & use biomass fuel at Wayne County Conservation office, 7pm, free. Refreshments. 570/470-1305.

Lions Club chicken BBQ

July 31, 2011

Fire district's pole barn, 1-3pm, adults $9, ages 5-12 $5, under 5 free.

DeBruce Labor Day parade

September 5, 2011

Theme: "Fun, Food & Fitness," gathering 10am, parade 11am. Distance races follow, 12:30pm, registration 11am. Ages 14+ $5, below age 14 $3. Benefits Livingston Manor Library. Application/pre-register: 845/482-4000, ext. 1157 or eves 439-4590.