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November 2011

Still looking for solutions

A recent letter to the editor stated that I have consistently opposed gas drilling in Damascus Township. But no one has ever heard or read statements by me against gas drilling. I have consistently said, “When the gas industry is held responsible to the clean water and air acts, and when it is ready to post $1 or $2 million bonds to cover damage created by its operations, then let it drill.” I emphasized not what I am against, but what I am for: a quest for workable economic solutions that are consistent with good stewardship of our resources.  Read more

IOU thanks the community

This November, Interfaith Outreach United (IOU) made it possible for 87 low-income families in the Callicoon, NY area to enjoy an abundant Thanksgiving feast. Volunteers gathered at Hermann Hall of the Delaware Youth Center on the Monday, November 21, before the big day, to put together and distribute boxes filled with turkey and all the fixings.

IOU would like to thank all the churches, community organizations, individual donors and volunteers who made this blessed and delicious event possible.

Interfaith Outreach United
Herb Bauernfeind, President
Joan Johnson, Vice President  Read more

A dubious achievement

In the November 10th paper I read with some amusement an article recounting a protest held against the Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline would run from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, KS. It would then connect with a current pipeline, which now carries oil to Cushing, OK. Unfortunately, our president has now temporarily ruled against the XL pipeline being built.  Read more

More on capture in Pennsylvania

[Dave Messersmith, extension educator at Penn State Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, provided us with these observations on some of the points in Tony Splendora’s letter printed last week. Splendora’s original in regular font; Messersmith’s comments in bold.]  Read more


In her inspiring introduction to the Holiday Gift Guide (November 24 issue) Mary Greene ends with “Take a moment to give thanks for all you have, and for all you are sure to receive during this special season.” Indeed.

I would like to add: give thanks for all you give, for what each one of you/us gives from our own caring and talent. And yes, gratefully, we have what to give.  Read more


In a case decided in 2006, Colbert v. the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Middle Creek Quarry, a judge overturned a decision by the DEP to grant a major non-coal mining permit to quarry operator John Malti of Palmyra Township in Wayne County. Key to the rationale for vacating the permit was Section 3308 of the Surface Mining Act. That legislation says that the agency cannot grant a permit if:  Read more

SkyDog Supper Club holiday party

December 3, 2011

Holiday music, food & discussion about the future of the Narrowsburg Central School. Carols (Main St.) 5:30-6:30pm; Supper (town hall) 6:30-9pm. Bring a dish/BYOB.

Holiday party

December 3, 2011

Liberty Museum & Arts Center, 6-9pm, free. All Liberty residents & museum members welcome. Bring hors d'oeuvres/main dish & contribution for food pantry. 845/292-5133 or 292-2394.

Pictures with Santa

December 17, 2011

United Methodist Church, 2pm, $5 suggested donation. 845/557-8210.

Salem township man arrested for threatening cable technician

A man who lives in the Nevel Trailer Park is Salem Township was arrested on Noevembr 22, after allegedly threatening a cable television technician, named Millier, with a gun, and after something struck Miller's van.  Read more