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February 2012

Performer training retreat

February 13, 2012 - June 15, 2012

Designed for performers, dancers, directors, writers, ensemble members & solo artists to explore techniques of original theatre-making physical composition, song, creation, writing & collaboration at NACL, 6/24-7/1, $695 all-inclusive. To apply: tannis@nacl.org w/ letter of application that describes yourself. $200 deposit required.

A cure for cabin fever: The Great Backyard Bird Count

About this time during the winter, many people yearn for spring; it’s cold, the holidays have passed, and trout and spring gobbler seasons are many weeks away. Fortunately, there is an event coming up real soon that the whole family can participate in, and in doing so, can also provide scientists and researchers with a real-time snapshot of which birds are where. The event is the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).  Read more

Fly tyers gather at Fly Fest

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Fifty fly tyers will informally gather and shed their cabin fever in a fly-tying frenzy at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) on Saturday, February 11 at 9 a.m. A wide array of talent and tyers will be on hand to help you learn new patterns. The event, now in its seventh year, is sponsored by local Roscoe retailer Catskill Flies and Classic Trout.com, and supported by SparseGreyMatter.com. Visitors are encouraged to bring their tying gear and join in the fun.  Read more

Conservation-careers summer camp offered

PENNSYLVANIA — Young people interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 1 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ summer residential camp.
The six-day camp will begin Sunday, July 8, at Kirby Episcopal House and Chapel, Glen Summit, about 10 miles south of Wilkes-Barre.  Read more

To infinity and beyond

MONTICELLO, NY — Emma Chase teacher Patti Andersen’s first grade gets ready for an interstellar voyage in Starlab. The traveling planetarium, on loan from BOCES, gave students from Kindergarten through fifth grade the opportunity to crawl through the dark tunnel and receive a guided tour of the stars and constellations. Kindergarten teacher Eileen Koliatis led the students through their exploration of space.

Pike open space initiatives

The Pike County Commissioners heard several announcements about open space programs, farms and farmer’s markets at their meeting on February 1.  Read more

Forest Service rules would weaken protection

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Forest Service today released a new proposal for the nation’s 193-million-acre national forest system that will weaken rules protecting fish and wildlife from logging, livestock grazing, mining and off-road vehicles.  Read more

Monticello fire kills six-year-old

MONTICELLO, NY — A fire in an apartment at Monticello Gardens on Sunday, February 5 took the life of a six-year-old girl.
The fire started in the kitchen of Kimberly Freer. Kimberly escaped, along with five of her seven children, one of whom had to be dropped from a balcony to a neighbor, Leon Mealing. One child was not at home at the time. The seventh, Victoria, six years old, perished in the blaze. Kimberly suffered second-degree burns on her back and shoulder trying to rescue her.

Training facility finds equipment in U.S.

The danger that a necessary piece of equipment being shipped from the nation of Jordan was going to delay the opening of the proposed Pike County training center has been averted.  Read more

Upper Delaware Council officers take oaths

Upper Delaware Council (UDC) 2012 officers took their oaths of office at the organization’s February 2 monthly meeting. Seated from left are secretary-treasurer John B. Niflot (Town of Fremont, NY); chairperson Nadia Rajsz (Town of Lumberland, NY) and vice-chairperson Jeffrey R. Dexter (Damascus Township, PA).  Read more