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August 2011

Chainsaw safety training offered for landowners

The Game of Logging (GOL) is widely acknowledged as the premier chainsaw safety training program in the country, offering hands on training. Top instructors across the country combine demonstration with participation to teach safety, productivity, conservation and cutting techniques. Wayne Conservation District (WCD) has made arrangements for the 4 levels of GOL’s at a price of $90 per level.  Read more

Bonacic Urges President Obama to Declare Orange and Sullivan Counties a Disaster Area

Between Sunday and Tuesday, State Senator John Bonacic has visited locations around the four counties of his Senate District to view flood damaged properties and put local officials in touch with officials from the State and FEMA.  Read more

Extension to offer gardening advice sessions

MILFORD, PA — A Master Gardener from Penn State Extension will answer lawn and garden questions on Fridays and Tuesdays from September 2 through 30 at its office, 514 Broad St. from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The sessions are free. Visit extension.psu.edu/pike.

Sullivan offers trout stocking

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Conservation District is now offering its annual trout stocking program. If you are interested in stocking your pond with trout or fathead minnows this fall, the district will accept orders until Monday, September 19. Rainbow, brook and brown trout are being offered for sale. Trout should be stocked in cold-water ponds. Anyone stocking a pond with fish must apply for a fish-stocking permit through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in New Paltz.

Visit sullivancountyswcd.com or 845/292-6552, ext. 101.

Kohrs wins NEPA scholarship

Kelsey Kohrs, right, is this year’s Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon (NEPA) Society scholarship winner. The $4,000 scholarship is presented every year to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in an environmental field. Kohrs is a 2010 graduate of Honesdale High School and will attend Juniata College to major in Environmental Science. She is the daughter of Sue and Randy Kohrs of Honesdale. She is pictured here receiving her award from NEPA Scholarship Chair Christine Weigand.  Read more

Contests for outdoor enthusiasts

We receive lots of positive feedback from readers about the photography that appears in the “River Talk” columns. Many of our fans are themselves photographers and very devoted to nature and outdoor recreation. Two upcoming photo contests may interest those who enjoy photographing their experiences in the natural world.

For those who like rambling with their favorite canine companion, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) announces its second annual statewide “Dogs in the Outdoors Photo Contest.”  Read more

Fanslau explains FEMA disaster declaration process

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "There have been some news media this morning that left the impression that a determination was made that Sullivan County was rejected for inclusion in federal disaster aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That conclusion would be an incorrect conclusion.  Read more

Protesting the tar sands pipeline

WASHINGTON DC — This August, well-known environmental writer and leader for action against climate change Bill McKibben, along with other leading environmentalists, environmental groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network and religious organizations organized the “Tar Sands Action,” a massive civil disobedience protest to encourage President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Read more

College to offer showers during power outage

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that the Sullivan County Community College will open the Paul Gerry Field House locker rooms shower facilities to county residents that remain without power on Thursday, September 1st, and Friday, September 2nd.  Read more

Judge bans Sabbath sewer talk; Bethel lawmaker’s lips are sealed

The battle between some residents in the Kauneonga Lake Sewer District and the organization Kollel Avreichim took a new turn at the Bethel Town Board meeting on August 27. The meeting took place on a Saturday, which meant that members of Kollel would not be able to attend or speak into the microphone because they are members of the Hasidic community, and Saturday is their Sabbath.  Read more