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February 2012

Legislative steering committee called illegal; Sorensen to stop attending

County legislator Alan Sorensen is asking his colleagues to consider some major changes. In an email sent in the wake of a vote by the legislature to change the way tourism dollars are awarded in the county, Sorensen posted on his blog, www.legislatorsorensen.com, a suggestion that the county do away with the legislative steering committee, which is made up of the county chair, the vice chair, and the leaders of the majority and minority parties, who meet weekly with the county manager.  Read more

Visitors association compared to Halliburton;Democratic chair responds to change in tourism money (updated story)

MONTICELLO, NY — Darryl Kaplan, the chair of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee, issued a press release on January 31, defending the decision of five of the newly elected Democrats of the legislature to change the way tourism dollars are awarded.  Read more

From the road to the faucet: a sip of sodium?

Managing regional roadways during winter conditions is a balancing act that involves weighing the pros and cons of various products, their cost-effectiveness and their impacts on human and environmental health. Ironically, the same products that can harm plant, animal and human life are also the ones that increase human safety when it comes to driving during ice and snow events.  Read more

Pond Eddy Bridge up for discussion; byway committee wants decision re-examined

The bridge that runs over the Upper Delaware River from Pond Eddy, NY to Pond Eddy, PA, serves about 50 cars per day and a community with 24 properties and 12 full-time families.  Read more

Kids who care

Readers of this column will not be surprised to learn I’m a big fan of the Lorax, the miniature mustachioed character created by Dr. Seuss and beloved for his impassioned environmental messages as put forth in the book of the same name.  Read more

Outside and inside fun at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) “Sunday for Singles” event on February 12 will be an eagle watch, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should bring a lunch and dress in warm layers. Reserve a seat by February 5 to reserve a seat in the van. The cost is $25.

For those who prefer to stay inside, there will be an opportunity to explore PEEC’s new hands-on discovery room EcoZone!, crawl through the bat cave, sit in an eagle’s nest and more on February 12 and February 26 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Visit www.peec.org.

Delaware Highlands Conservancy recreates website

HAWLEY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) has announced a brand-new, completely redesigned website, made possible by the ongoing support of DHC members in addition to some grant funding. The site, located at the current url, delawarehighlands.org, is user friendly, and contains a wealth of information about the conservancy and its ongoing efforts to protect the lands, waters and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region.  Read more

Drive to revive Arbor Day

GLEN SPEY, NY — Arbor Day will be celebrated on April 27 this year and 55 fourth-graders in the Eldred Central School District will roll up their sleeves and plant a tree. The kids will become members of Fourth Grade Foresters. The project’s goal is to help revitalizethe observation of Arbor Day in America’s schools. Fourth-graders at the George Ross MacKenzie Elementary School in Glen Spey will receive trees to take home and plant.
The newly formed Eldred Lions Club sponsored the trees.  Read more

What to do when the flu gets you

February 15, 2012

Explore holistic approaches to preventing & treating the common flu at Honesdale Wellness Center, 6:30pm, free (donations appreciated). Public welcome. 570/253-3469.

Fish fry dinner

February 22, 2012

Elks Lodge, 4-7pm, $10. Take-out avail. 845/794-7050.