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February 2012

Court decisions embolden towns? All sides predict appeal

NEW YORK STATE — With two Supreme Court judges ruling last week that municipalities have the right to ban gas drilling and fracking through zoning codes, activists who oppose drilling say now more towns and other municipalities will be emboldened to adopt similar bans.  Read more

Bethel moves forward with drilling ban; Dryden decision discussed

WHITE LAKE, NY — The Town of Bethel took another step in the direction of a ban on gas drilling with a presentation on the proposed zoning amendment on February 22. Town attorney Rob McEwan explained that the amendment would not only ban gas drilling, but also a number of processes related to gas drilling, as well as “high impact uses.”  Read more

Trout stocking schedules available

PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania trout stocking schedules are now available in anticipation of opening day, scheduled for Saturday, April 14. Copies of the schedules are available at Representative Mike Peifer’s office at the Wayne County Visitors Center, 32 Commercial St., online at RepPeifer.com or by calling 570/253-5533.

Tree and shrub program open in Sullivan

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation district has announced its annual spring tree and shrub program. There is a wide range of species and sizes available. Ground covers, fertilizing tablets, marking flags, tree protectors and wildlife habitat housing are also available. To order, call 845/292-6552, ext. 101 and request the brochure and order blank. The application deadline is Monday, April 9. Tree pickup is Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, at the district office on Frendale-Loomis Road.

‘The Woods in Your Backyard’

LaPLUME and EAST STROUDSBURG, PA — Penn State Extension is offering a one-day workshop titled “The Woods in Your Backyard” on March 30 at Keystone College, repeated on March 31 at East Stroudsburg University. The program is designed specifically (but not exclusively) for smaller landscapes. The vast majority of Pennsylvania’s landowners have less than 10 acres. This land, wooded or not, can provide benefits. By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife, improved water quality and reduced energy costs.  Read more

Quest to be the best

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — To be selected as one of the 30 teams vying in the Section 9 basketball tournament is an honor unto itself. Every team enters the big dance hoping to win and advance toward the lofty goal of reaching the finals and winning a title. But all, save one in each of the five classes of schools, will fall short of the mark. Despite the disappointment that comes with the end of a season, athletes, coaches and the communities they represent have much to be proud of.  Read more

Posies by Noriella brighten up the hospital

HONESDALE, PA — “The Grandeur of Spring” is one of the works of art by Lucille Norella that will be on display throughout March at Wayne Memorial Hospital’s second floor David Katz Conference Room and first floor corridor. The hospital is located on Park Street in Honesdale.

A Dessert Extravaganza for Literacy Volunteers

BETHEL, NY — The Literacy Volunteers presents a Dessert Extravaganza to benefit The Bethel Literacy Center and Past Perfect Bookstore in White Lake on Sunday, March 18 at Friends Restaurant in Smallwood from 1 to 3 p.m. The price per person is $20. This event is open to the public. To attend, call 845/292-7915 or 794-0017.

Fallsburg gets grant for free concerts

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Town of Fallsburg has received a grant of $1,240 for a free concert series that takes place in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Mother Joan LaLiberté was on hand at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) headquarters to accept the award on February 18, along with Certificates of Commendation to the Town of Fallsburg from State Senator John J. Bonacic and New York State Assemblymember Aileen M. Gunther.

The funds originate from the New York State Council on the Arts regranting program and are administered by DVAA.  Read more

SullivanArc exhibit opens at Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — In recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, SullivanArc will present Expresssions 2012 at the Loft Gallery of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance from Saturday, March 3 to Saturday, March 31. The artwork in the exhibit has been created by individuals with developmental disabilities. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.