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August 2011

Healing, hope and horses heading to Lake Ariel

BEACH LAKE, PA — The past year has proven to be a positive one for a special non-profit organization that brings together humans, horses and hope, in a program that provides healing for all involved.

Currently located on a farm in Beach Lake that Hope Hill Ministry (HHM) has been leasing, the young organization and its founder, Keely Ehrhardt, have achieved a milestone and will be relocating to a permanent home on a 12-acre farm in Lake Ariel.  Read more

MARY MARGARET CULLEN-EDSALL

Mary Margaret Cullen-Edsall, 84, of Forest City, PA, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2011, at the Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale, PA. She is the wife of the late Charles Edsall, who died in 1968.  Read more

DR. GLENN A. GOOD

Dr. Glenn A. Good of Northumberland, PA, died August 11, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was 87.

Dr. Good’s first administrative position was as the supervising principal of the Damascus School District in Damascus, PA, where a new school was built during his tenure (1955-1962), consolidating six one-room schools, and where he also founded the Hunter Education Program.

Funeral services were held at the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King St., Northumberland.

ELIZABETH A. MOORE

Elizabeth A. Moore, age 67, of Mohawk, NY, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, August 23, 2011, in Mohawk Valley Health Center, Ilion, NY, after a long illness. She was born January 10, 1944 in Monticello, a daughter of the late Willard and Elizabeth Schoonmaker Schadt.  Read more

Hope for home

When I was younger, I could not wait to get away from Honesdale, PA. Now that I have come and gone a few times, I’m torn about staying around here. I love this region, the land, the trees, the people. It’s my favorite place. As a recent college grad, you might think Northeast Pennsylvania holds little promise for me. I’d have said the same five years ago. But I’ve been employed around here for a few months, thanks to two local non-profits, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS) and Transition Honesdale.  Read more

A misleading picture

On August 24, the Penn State-sponsored Wayne County Task Force held a meeting in Honesdale on the “Economic and Community Impacts of Marcellus Shale.” Holding this event is commendable. Professor Timothy Kelsey gave a polished, and at first glance balanced, overview. He emphasized that fracking is a boom-and-bust industry, where early profits dribble to all but nothing, and recommended we plan now for a future with no gas income. He mentioned that though huge profits are earned by some, others would lose.  Read more

Justice for all

I am compelled to respond to Mr. Steve White’s letter to the editor in the August 25 issue.  Read more

Don’t forget the members

Thank you for featuring Sandy Long’s article “A conservation leader reemerges” on the front page of the August 25 issue.

Long, as usual, painted an engaging story about the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s recent accreditation with the National Land Trust Alliance. The application process rewarded countless hours of diligent effort by staff, board members and volunteers throughout the year 2010.  Read more

Rural Heritage challenge

Those of us who had recently announced our intentions of running for positions on the Delaware Town Board on the Rural Heritage Party line have been informed that some of the petitions we submitted to the Sullivan County Board of Elections were challenged by a resident of Callicoon. Due to a technicality in the State Election Law, the board of elections has sustained the valid objections of someone who scrutinized our petitions, detected an error and challenged our petitions.  Read more

Doing it the right way

It’s encouraging to see Supervisor Dan Sturm of Bethel acknowledge the very real debate over the legal definition of ‘home rule.’ Lumberland seems satisfied with shouting down the messenger and hoping for the best.

With a true conversation within the town—a conversation that is inclusive of diverse talents and opinions—Bethel may provide real, non-zealoted, non-fanatical leadership on this important issue, which has been missing thus far.

Those who shout loudest and most often are not always the best advocates for meaningful ideas.

Charles Petersheim
Eldred, NY