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January 2012

Ice Tee tournament set for February

HAWLEY, PA — The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce has postponed the 21st annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament to Sunday, February 26 due to ice conditions.

Two nine-hole courses will be created, complete with tree-lined fairways, greens, water traps, obstacles and roughs. Tee times are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Greens” fees are a non-refundable donation of $15 per person in advance; $20 on the day of the event.  Read more

Equinunk’s got talent

EQUINUNK, PA — The Calder Café, located in the new addition to the Equinunk Historical Society’s Calder House, in the center of Equinunk, is putting on its version of “ America’s Got Talent” on the first Friday of every month. The events are called “First Friday,” and musicians are invited to perform up to three songs or present up to 15 minutes of performance. The room is small, so acoustic music only is invited. There are desserts and coffee, tea and hot chocolate for purchase. Admission is free. Performances usually start around 7:15 p.m. Doors close at 9 p.m.  Read more

My trainer owes money all over town (maybe)

I couldn’t say for sure, but I have a hunch that my trainer, Mike, is involved with some shady people. Last week was the second time in the four months I’ve been seeing him that he showed up with a black eye. The first time I asked him what happened, he uncomfortably told me that he didn’t want to talk about it.

“I am an idiot,” was the only explanation he offered.

The second time, I didn’t ask.  Read more

Schoolyard habitats

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — “I believe schools often don’t realize what they have to work with right on their own grounds,” contends John Jose of Otter Creek Environmental Education Services based in Beach Lake.

To seize those opportunities, Jose has begun working with schools in Wayne County to help them expand the learning opportunities available outside their classroom walls. In doing so, Jose performs evaluations that take into account a school’s grounds from both a habitat and an educational perspective.  Read more

A gap in trapping regs

As currently regulated in Pennsylvania, trapping presents certain hazards of which outdoor recreationists should be aware.

I discovered this the hard way when our 15-pound Miniature Pinscher, Beetle, stepped on a foot-hold trap set along a public multi-purpose trail in the Delaware State Forest in Pike County, PA.

What started out as a healthy hike on Commonwealth land turned into a harrowing experience that resulted in a $230 veterinary bill, a set of questions and some unsettling answers.  Read more

DEC seeks information about sick or dead deer

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to report any instances of deer appearing sick or acting abnormally. DEC is only investigating deer that appear to have died from unknown causes and not those that were killed by a vehicle, the agency announced today.  Read more

Skiing and eagle-watching at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), at 538 Emery Road, will offer a series of events in the month of February. There will be lessons in cross-country skiing on Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first two weekends of the month. The cost is $20 per adult and $10 per child. Skis and boots provided; register with your shoe size to guarantee a spot. If there is no snow, there will be a free winter hike.  Read more

More municipal documents going online in New York

ALBANY, NY — Beginning on February 2, all governments in New York State that have regularly updated websites will be required to post on those sites any documents that are going to be discussed by municipal officials during the regular course of an open meeting. For instance, plans for a new shopping mall would be posted when the developer is seeking permits from a planning board or zoning board.  Read more

Pike training facility completion delayed; lack of communication blamed

The opening of the Pike County Emergency Service Training Facility will probably be delayed for four or more weeks due to two pieces of equipment that have yet to be received from a manufacturer in the nation of Jordan in the Middle East.

The two units, called air handlers, are an essential part of the geo-thermal HVAC heating and cooling system in the new facility.  Read more

Compressor station considered for Deerpark

DEERPARK, NY — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is considering a site in the Town of Deerpark, the Wagoner Meter Station, as a possible location for a compressor station proposed by the Millenium Pipeline.  Read more