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December 2011

Two activists receive Gadfly awards

In a bit of end-of-the-term merriment, the Sullivan County Legislature bestowed Gadfly awards on two county residents whose activism in certain areas led to significant changes. One award went to Dave Colavito, who was instrumental in tightening and expanding disclosure requirements that county legislators and other officials must adhere to.  Read more

Christmas in the Mountains

MONGAUP VALLEY — This scene from Santa’s Village reflects not only the festive atmosphere of the holiday season but also the spirit of giving that is a large part of the celebration. Last weekend, for the third year in a row, David Dunlap of Hilltop Homes, helped by volunteers from the community, pulled together Santa’s Village for a two-day, where children and adults alike marveled at the many lights and displays, and donated gifts to Toys for Tots. For more on the event, go to Jonathan Fox’s column http://www.riverreporteronline.com/column/my-humble-opinion/15/2011/12/2...

Burned building to be demolished

The Town of Bethel, which has been more aggressive than most in Sullivan County when it comes to clearing away eye-sore buildings, took another step in that direction when a public hearing was set for January 4 over the demolition of a building in Swan Lake.  Read more

Hunter’s friends turn him in

A resident of Long Island has been issued two summonses for illegally taking wildlife in the Town of Tusten.  Read more

An error correction or a zoning change? Proposed site for scrap metal processor

The six lots on 39 acres adjacent to Route 17 at exit 99 are at the heart of a controversy in the Town of Liberty. In 2006, the Town of Liberty, together with the Village of Liberty, began the process of creating a joint comprehensive plan. In 2008, the committee working on the plan produced a map in which it was proposed, among many other things, that the zoning of the parcel be changed from industrial commercial (IC) to residential.  Read more

Promising the moon

The aftershocks of the Ilwon Kang fiasco continue to reverberate through the Sullivan West Central School District. The issue even came up at the December 1 school board meeting.

For the record, I was the only Sullivan West school board member who saw through Mr. Kang from the beginning and the only one who voted “no” on every proposal of his for over a year. Once again, I am forced to say “I told you so.”  Read more

Charting our own future

I live in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley with my wife and our six-month-old daughter. Our family is concerned about the negative impacts that industrial natural gas drilling could have upon our town and upon our unique region. More than anything, our rural heritage is about the beauty and health of our natural environment. Our rivers, streams, forests and farm fields are our lifeblood. They nourish our souls and provide us with the diminishingly rare gifts of clean air to breath, pure water to drink, and more and more locally and responsibly raised farm products to eat.  Read more

Is that all there is?

This week, we gave the editorial space to a reflection titled by Mother Joan LaLiberte of St. James Episcopal Church in Callicoon, NY. Click here to read it.

Is that all there is?

Christmas 2011. December 25. Piles of paper from unwrapped gifts. Appropriate sighs and thanksgivings. Searches for receipts to exchange unwanted gifts.

Another Christmas down. The annual religious services were pretty. The music was nice, if a little stale from being an incessant background for shopping. (Okay, a lot stale.) The decorations are pretty.

But is that all there is?  Read more