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November 2011

Misunderstanding the process

It seems that Charles Petersheim is out of touch with reality again. In his letter “Lumberland not like Tusten” of October 27, Mr. Petersheim attempts to compare the Town of Lumberland’s rewrite process to Tusten’s. However, it is clear that he truly does not understand the process he is comparing.

Let me explain this to you again, Mr. Petersheim.  Read more

Robbed blind?

Property owners in gas-drilling areas should know that, through the wonders of horizontal drilling, an innocent looking wellhead on an isolated half-acre is able to drill all points of the compass from where it sits and remove millions of cubic feet of gas from beneath square miles of unleased land.

Gas drillers do not pay for the gas they remove from under property adjacent to or even a mile away from their drilling pads.  Read more

Property rights for all?

Harold Roeder, Delaware Town Board councilman, said in a pre-election statement (October 25 issue of the Sullivan County Democrat), “The biggest issue facing our town is gas drilling… [some] wish to take over this town by zoning against heavy industrial use, which will strip the people of their property rights.” At the April 20 town board meeting, he said it this way: “The overwhelming thing is the individual’s right to their property; it doesn’t matter pro or con.”  Read more

Starting off on the wrong foot

In any political campaign, potential disappointment is an understood part of the process. Here, in Damascus, at the last minute, unexpected disappointment came in the form of a campaign postcard promotion for Joe Canfield that was circulated by an un-named contributor.  Read more

A fossil-fuel economy: observations from our past

The issue of drilling for natural gas in the Upper Delaware region is changing life drastically, physically in terms of economy, land, water and air, and relationally in the way people treat each other. Comments in editorials, Delaware River Basin Commission hearings and the like indicate that this industry is causing us to be a divided community. We all seem to want economic and environmental health and a strong community characterized by respect and kindness. What perspective might we gain by considering another nearby fossil fuel industry from a previous generation?  Read more

What is a farmer?

I have been thinking about farmers. In my travels and while speaking to people I have come to the conclusion that farming takes on many different faces, and the perception of farming, by some, is very different from the reality of others. I wonder why that is.

So, what is a farmer anyway? Turning, once again, to my trusty Miriam Webster, I wanted to first define it: “farm•er –n. ~ One who works on or operates a farm. ~ One who has paid for the right to collect and retain certain revenues or profits. ~A simple, unsophisticated person; a bumpkin.”  Read more

A post-election thanks

As Thanksgiving approaches with its reminder of the merits of gratitude, the embers of a particularly vigorous election cycle are still fading. Emotions always run high during election season, stress is rampant, and there are many whose first thought may be that they are just grateful that it’s over. But we think there are some positive things to be grateful for as well, and would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to the participants and our gratitude for what we see as some heartening developments with regard to local political life.  Read more


Anita Sutliff Beardsley of Honesdale, PA passed away Saturday, November 12, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. She was 67.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Robert Beardsley, who died May 4, 2007. The couple married February 15, 1964.

Born August 1, 1944 in Cochecton, NY, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Arvilla Peck Sutliff.

She was a graduate of Honesdale High School. Later she did office work at Katz Underwear Company in Honesdale and also worked as a food service manager at the Damascus School.  Read more


Francis Joseph “Frankie” Kacer Jr. of Waymart, PA died Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale, PA. He was 65.

His wife is the former Liddie Horst Bortree.

Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Frank and Mae McDonnell Kacer.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Waymart and its Holy Name Society.  Read more

Honesdale Trooper honored for preventing suicide

Corporal Scott Walck has received a letter of commendation from the commanding officer of Pennsylvania State Police Troop R in Dunmore for successfully working to prevent a suicide with the assistance of Trooper John Strelish.  Read more