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January 2012

Common Waters looks to capitalize on success

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — The Common Waters Fund, a forest-to-faucet initiative facilitated by a partnership of regional stakeholders, completed three funding rounds in its first year of operation, distributing over $575,000 to 90 private forest owners in Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Sullivan counties in New York, and Sussex County in New Jersey. Together these landowners represent nearly 40,000 acres of high priority forestland.  Read more

A grateful Cassandra

Some people experience emotion more deeply than others. When our daughter was four, she would often collapse in a fit of discomfort because her socks didn’t “feel right.” I’m happy to report that, as a college senior, she has the sock issue under control. But a slant word of criticism from an older brother can still send her reeling with self-doubt.  Read more

Questions on the red meat plant

As an area resident who firmly believes “ag is the answer” to many of the socioeconomic woes in Sullivan County (all of New York State, for that matter), hydrofracking being fraught with serious risk, the casino market nearing super-saturation, and the ills begotten by gambling another issue altogether, I was glad to read the Village of Liberty Planning Board had given a final nod to the site plan for the red meat processing plant. A few questions, however, remain for the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency to answer.  Read more

Legislation assaults community character

Pike County is the jewel of Pennsylvania. For decades people from nearby urban centers have flocked to this area for recreation and to relocate here. They are attracted to the high quality of life enjoyed, being surrounded by such natural beauty and quaint communities.  Read more

Discrimination in Bethel?

David Allen’s citing discrimination against second home owners in Bethel is long overdue. Bethel is largely supported by second-home owners and not only taxes them unfairly, but excludes them from town meetings by purposefully not holding meetings when they are able to attend. We have asked that meetings be held on Mondays or Thursdays and have been denied. Bethel loves our tax dollars and investment in economic growth, but not our participation in government.  Read more

Taxation inequity, but no religious bias

Re: your article of January 11, “Tax consultant slams Bethel assessor:” Unlike Mr. Allen’s clients we have not been subject to any religious discrimination, but believe there is a culture of taxation inequity at the Bethel Town Hall.  Read more

From the family of Kyle MacKechnie

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, kindness and sympathy which has been shown to us after the passing of Kyle. The support has truly been a blessing for us during this terrible time, and is a testament to the person that Kyle was. Kyle was truly a special person. In the short years that we had with Kyle, he brought an abundance of joy, kindness, and love to the world. He had an effect on so many lives that we are sure he will live on in our memories for lifetimes to come.  Read more

The framework keeps shifting

An idea that would have been unthinkable four years ago has been gaining public traction. It is the idea that maybe hydrofracking for natural gas should be banned entirely—and not just in a single municipality, but in an entire state.  Read more

Super Bowl breakfast

February 5, 2012

St. Anthony's Hall, 8am-1pm, adults $7, children $5. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 12663. 845/557-0611.

Dinner & movie

February 10, 2012 - February 12, 2012

Black Bear Film Festival presents "Dinner & a Movie - A Valentine's Weekend Event" at Milford Theatre through 2/12. Eat at Hotel Fauchere, Black Bear Café, Dimmick Inn, The Fork at Twin Lakes, Forklift Café, Peter's Europa House, River Rock Inn, Two Rivers Grille & Water Wheel Café for discount film tickets ($15/pair). Fri. 8pm: "Mostly Martha;" Sat, 10:30am: "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," 2pm: "Tortilla Soup," 5pm: "The Waitress," 8pm: "Like Water for Chocolate," 10pm: "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover;" Sun.  Read more