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December 2011

Be a Master Gardener

LIBERTY, NY — A Master Gardener program will return to Ferndale-Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County. The 15-week training program will run every Tuesday from February 7 through May 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snow dates are the Thursdays following the snow days. Up to 20 individuals will be accepted into the program after an application and interview program.
Begun in 1975 in New York State, the Master Gardener’s Program combines a set curriculum, learning experiences and tutoring.  Read more

‘Annie’s Project’ offered at extension

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extensions (CCE) Lewis, Oneida, Schoharie-Otsego, and Sullivan counties are pleased to offer Annie’s Project for a second year in New York State. Annie’s Project, an agricultural risk management education program aimed at empowering women in agriculture to become savvy business leaders and partners in today’s farming industry, will be offered at CCE starting on January 12 and running for six consecutive Thursdays. Each session will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including a one-hour lunch period to network with colleagues.  Read more


Peace whimpers at wars
She uproars at bullies
Peace can’t bear the toxicants of pollution
She hears the sounds from tiring guns and sees the flashes
in horror.
Peace is knowledgeable and is as wise as an old owl
She is the symbol of all things great and peaceful
Peace shares bliss with all who love nature as much as her
Peace is everywhere and is in everyone
Give peace a chance and she will leave her mark on your

[Kayla Medina is a fifth-grader from the G. L. Cooke Elementary School in Monticello, NY.]

Toward a more open government

As I leave office, I’d like to relay a few thoughts and suggestions about the process of local government. There is almost a brand new slate of legislators, who may find it comparatively easy to break with the status quo and move on to more open methods of government.

Since I have been around, the legislature has moved from caucusing to steering, and now is an opportune time to expand on this openness and move into the politics of inclusion. The stress of these adverse economic times almost demands it.  Read more

Future forward

Christmas is over. The welcome gifts are already in use—earrings, a museum membership, electric teakettle. A bag of paper awaits recycling. Books are piled high awaiting free time and curious minds. The tree lights still twinkle. There is no snow.  Read more

Letter to DEC on SGEIS

I write again about the dSGEIS document you’re using to shape how high volume hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) for natural gas proceeds in our state.

You continue requiring county health departments to play a first-responder role on water quality concerns.  Read more

If you want something done right…

As we reviewed the events of 2011 to draw up a list of the things we think deserve celebration or condemnation, we couldn’t help but note a theme emerging: if you want something done right, do it yourself. Although there are exceptions to this rule, it seems that by and large most of the sources of inspiration over the past year could be found in our own backyard. This is a theme we’ve noted before in our year-end editorial, but it seems like this year it was more true than ever.  Read more

‘We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne’

The words for the most commonly sung song for English-speakers on New Year’s eve, “Auld Lang Syne,” come from an old Scottish ditty that was first published by the poet Robert Burns in 1796. Burns transcribed it (and made some refinements to the lyrics) after he heard it sung by an old man from the Ayrshire area of Scotland, Burns’s homeland. According to www.infoplease.com, “Auld Lang Syne,” which asks whether old friends and times will be remembered, is “one of the most popular songs that nobody knows the lyrics to."  Read more

Garden club announces holiday decorating contest winners

ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe-Rockland Garden Club has announced the winners of its Holiday Decorating Contest, who hale from Shandelee, Deckertown, Morsston, Johnston Flat and downtown Livingston Manor.
The first prize in the commercial category went to Lanza’s Country Inn, with the second prize in that category going to the Wildlife Gift Shop.  Read more

Locally shot film to be screened for CineArt

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance CineArt feature for January is “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (R), a movie about a cult that was filmed and edited in Sullivan County in the summer of 2010. Screenings will be held at the Callicoon Theater, 30 Upper Main Street, from Friday, January 6 through Tuesday, January 10. Screenings are at 7:30 daily with additional 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more