It is my understanding that Marguerite Brown has been Bethel’s tax assessor for over 30 years—a position that has not been questioned even though, as Josh Teitelbaum notes in his February 7 letter, there have been an inordinate amount of successful challenges to Ms. Brown’s assessments. It looks like this may change, however, and here’s why: Ms. Brown’s assessments incur unnecessary litigation costs to the town and residents are finally realizing it. Read more
I write this letter with deep concern for Christians around the world who are fired from jobs, humiliated, threatened, beaten, separated from family, imprisoned and martyred for what they believe. Currently, the Iranian government has imprisoned Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and separated him from his wife and two boys since 2009, and sentenced him to death by hanging simply for being a Christian rather than a Muslim. Please say a prayer and contact the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) and be part of the global effort to save the life of Pastor Youcef. Read more
The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is a land trust that works in partnership with the landowners and communities of the Upper Delaware River region to conserve our lands, waters, and our quality of life. We wish to express our grave concern over Governor Corbett’s budget decision to permanently remove funds for the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund. Read more
Although I had a frustrating experience as co-chair of the Cochecton Zoning Advisory Committee (see the TRR article in the February 23 issue), it was not a total failure. I hoped to convince the pro-gas drilling members by patiently exposing them to information they may not have been aware of. They chose to reject our facts and rely on assurances from the gas industry. I knew it would be nearly impossible to change their minds, so I reassured myself that there was a second purpose for the committee. Read more
Recently there have been two important but very different legal developments on the two sides of the Delaware River. Both are related to the ability of municipalities to zone the location of natural gas drilling. Both have a significant potential to affect the health and welfare of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Read more
Guest speaker Thom Kleiner at Bernie's Holiday Restaurant, 4pm, free. Light fare & refreshments. RSVP: 845/794-1110.
Four-session course of step-by-step approach to creating & maintaining a permanent, low-cost system of food production, flowers & trees at The Cutting Garden, Sun., 1-3:30pm, $125 (NOFA members $100). RSVP: 845/483-3333 or 482-4164.
Learn to make yogurt at Nature's Grace, 6:30-8pm, donations appreciated. transitionhonesdale.org. RSVP: 570/253-3469.
Special guests Cody Simpson & Rachel Crow at Bethel Woods, 7pm, $26.50-$81.50. BethelWoodsCenter.org or 800/745-3000.
UDUUF multi-generational service of stories & music exploring our connection to deeper meaning in our lives at Berlin Township Community Center, 10:15am. Refreshments & fellowship follow. uduuf.org or 845/252-6626.