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March 2012

Republican lawmakers bash Gasland; want it pulled from international program

WASHINGTON, DC — A group of 32 mostly Republican members of the House of Representative have written a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking that the movie “Gasland” be dropped from the American Film Showcase program.  Read more

Esplanade plan dates back 20 years; design phase moves forward

The plan to build an esplanade behind the shops on Main Street has been on the drawing board for a couple of decades. In the offices at the Tusten Town Hall, there are a series of sketches, which were part of a study called the Big Eddy Waterfront Revitalization Program.  Read more

School board petitions available

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan West School District Election and vote on the 2012-2013 budget will be held on May 15 at each of the Sullivan West election districts between 12 noon and 9 p.m. Petitions are available for the following seats: a term of three years commencing on July 1 to fill the board seat currently occupied by Rose Marie Crotty; a term of three years commencing on July 1 to fill the board seat currently occupied by John Reggero; and a term of three years commencing on July 1 to fill the board seat currently occupied by Noel van Swol. All three terms expire on June 30.  Read more

Scouts have a doggone good idea

Callicoon’s Girl Scout Junior Troop #356 is aiming to get its bronze medal, and the idea they’ve come up with to get it is called “Doggie Day in Callicoon.” Presented to the Town of Callicoon Town Board at its latest meeting by troop leader Joanne Rosenberger—with a phalanx of the girls backing her up—the idea is to hold a day for dog owners and their pets in Callicoon Creek Park that combines an opportunity to have fun with education about maintaining a clean park.  Read more

Connecting farms and markets, building community

Attendees from Sullivan and surrounding counties congregate at the trade show for the Farm to Market Connection conference held at the CVI building on March 25. The conference, organized by the Pure Catskills Buy Local Campaign, featured keynote speaker Chris Fowler of Syracuse First, who discussed the importance of localization vs. globalization with regard to small businesses in general and agriculture in particular, and a “transformational, not transactional” paradigm of economic development that targets community building as well as economic growth.  Read more

New lead in 1996 North Branch murder;‘I think he just wanted to kill somebody’

In 1996, the body of 48-year-old Demetrius Carter was found in a basement of a North Branch residence. Carter had been shot, tied up with duct tape and rolled up into a rug. The residence at the time was called Loyalty Lodge and was a home for adult AIDS patients. It was owned by the parents of a man named Besham “Brian” Sugrim.  Read more

Home & garden festival

April 28, 2012 - April 29, 2012

Ladore Lodge Camp Retreat & Conference Center, Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 9am-4pm, free. Gold buying events, electronic recycling drop-off (donations welcome), flower pot contest, home improvement live auction & more. WayneCountyBuilders.com or 570/226-4941.

The wall comes tumbling down; barrier to Toronto Reservoir public access cleared

In perhaps one of the final acts of the long-running Toronto Reservoir saga, workers on March 27 began disassembling the wall that had blocked the road to the public access area by the dam at the reservoir.  Read more

Spring gardening seminar

April 4, 2012

Avoid invasive plants & other pitfalls at CVI Center, 7pm. Refreshments. RSVP: sulllivanrenaissance.org or 845/295-2445.

Ethics & the environment

April 1, 2012

UDUUF service exploring ethics & the environment w/ guest speaker Virginia Kennedy at Berlin Township Community Center, 10:15am. Refreshments & fellowship follow. uduuf.org or 845/252-6626.