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March 2012

A few thoughts on recent news items

As incredible as it may sound, cases like that of Peter Kantorowski, 71, trying to force his mother, Mary, 98, from her Fairfield, CT home, are probably far more common than we realize. Yes, the Kantorowski story attracted widespread media attention, but what about those never seen on the public radar screen?  Read more

Enriching the economic gene pool

A seemingly unrelated constellation of issues led us recently to a meditation on the value of diversity in human as well as ecological systems. The first, discussed in TRR’s February 23 article on Dairy Day, was the problem that, though growing switch grass as an energy crop seems like a good money-making idea for local farmers, high-quality switch grass may prove difficult to grow here. The second issue was the difficulty of managing manure, detailed in a recent series of TRR articles.  Read more

Top ‘Cats and other nobility

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — With its magnificent architecture that hearkens back to its 1938 WPA construction, the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS) is a sight to behold and the centerpiece of a proud community. Manor pride has been reinforced by the town’s renaissance and its annual Trout Parade. But over the past year, the school’s athletic ascendancy has given denizens even more to be proud of. Last spring, the school’s softball and baseball teams won state championships and were extolled by a parade through the town’s version of the Canyon of Heroes.  Read more

West African drumming & dance class

March 22, 2012
March 29, 2012
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April 19, 2012
April 26, 2012
May 3, 2012

St. Peter's Church, 6-7pm, adults $15/wk. drumming or dance, $20 both; grades 6 & up $5 drumming or dance, $8 both. RSVP: kofi@bak2roots.com.

Blood drive

March 23, 2012

Masonic Lodge #521, 12:45-6:30pm. All donors receive a hot meal. Appointments: 800/733-2767.

How to use Farm Service Agency online services

March 15, 2012

Library, 3/16, 1-3pm, free. RSVP by 3/15: 845/292-6180.

Pancake breakfast

April 1, 2012

Firehouse, 7am-noon, $6, age 5 & under free. Easter bunny, 50/50, basket of cheer. 845/439-1034.

St. Patrick's Day parade

March 10, 2012

Floats, Irish bands, antique cars & more. Parade begins at The Lodge, noon. Line-up 11am. 845/807-1899.

Cochecton man charged in Smallwood burglary

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has made another arrest in its continuing investigation of wide spread burglaries within the county. On Monday night, February 27, 2011 at about 8:00 PM, an alert neighbor called 911 to report a suspicious gold color Ford Ranger pickup truck backed up to a residence at 26 Adirondack Trail in Smallwood.  Read more

Kenoza Lake pleads guilty to burglary

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that Adam Mones, age 29, of Kenoza Lake, N.Y., pled guilty to Burglary in the 2nd Degree in Sullivan County Court. Farrell said Mones admitted to burglarizing a home in the Town of Delaware located on State Route 52 in the early morning hours of October 27, 2011.  Read more