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April 2012

Drilling down to zoning;upping the ante on bans and local control

Attorney David Slottje, who with his wife, attorney Helen Slottje, has helped four towns in Sullivan County craft local zoning ordinances intended to ban gas drilling, spoke to a group of residents about whether elected officials who claim neutrality on the issue of gas drilling were acting in good faith.  Read more

County-owned farm to be sold

Sullivan County came into possession of the 84-acre property in Kenoza Lake because the owner fell behind on taxes. In 2009, county officials removed the property from the tax auction because they believed it would be a good site for a demonstration farm.  Read more

Clean-up Honesdale is a grand success; over 300 people spread out over borough streets

Long-time residents of the borough said they haven’t seen anything like it. The turn out at the first Honesdale Clean and Green event took the organizers totally by surprise.
The state-wide clean-up to celebrate Earth Day was called the Great American Clean-up in Pennsylvania.  Read more

ECS: budget, board seat and principal search

The Eldred Central School (ECS) District Board of Education, at its meeting on April 19, adopted its proposed 2012-13 budget in the amount of $15,918,581, following many months of relentless cuts. The adopted budget reduces spending in the amount of $612,419, or 3.7%, when compared to the 2011-2012 budget. The tax levy will increase 2.0% and is within the constraints of the Property Tax Cap Legislation for simple majority voter approval.  Read more

New digs for Delaware Highlands Conservancy

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) hosted an open house on Segar Road in Kauneonga Lake on April 23, for a ribbon cutting for the new organization’s office, which is located in a house owned by Lou and Nancy Barr.  Read more

Stepping it up in Callicoon; the shape of things to come for a river hamlet

Architect Michael Chojnicki and members of the Callicoon Business Association have been working for more than a year on plans to renovate the parking lot and steps that separate Upper Main Street and Lower Main Street.  Read more

Two arrested in Rock Hill burglary

The Sheriff's Office, in its continuing efforts to address the epidemic of burglaries in Sullivan County, made another arrest on Tuesday morning in Rock Hill.  Read more

And the answers are...

After a telephone conversation with Mr. Wayne Grauer, I do not think I will be called upon to give away any poorly tied flies this year. Wayne is a purveyor of both new and used bamboo fly rods and knows quite a bit regarding fly fishing history. Mr. Grauer complained that the quiz this year was really tough. Some of you may simply need a few extra hours of batting practice.  Read more

Have you seen a fisher?

HONESDALE, PA — The latest taxidermy mount to be added to an ever-expanding display of animals at the Wayne Conservation District (WCD) is the fisher, a mid-size carnivore characterized by a long darkly-furred body, short legs and a full tail.

Also referred to as tree otter, tree fox and fisher weasel, this mammal sports an appealing triangular face topped with wide rounded ears and oval pupils that produce a green eyeshine at night. Adult males weigh seven to 12 pounds; adult females weigh four to seven pounds.  Read more

Permaculture design course

August 4, 2012

Focus: conscious design & maintenance of agriculture productivity in the NE US at Hills Inn & Conference Center, Sat. 8am-Sun. 4pm, $875 NOFA-NY members; $975 non-members incl. meals, snacks, beverages. 8/4 & 5: intro to permaculture design concepts; 9/8 & 9: patterns of understanding, harmonics, boundaries & access; 10/6 & 7: catch & store; 10/27 & 28: harvesting from nature; 11/10 & 11: strategies & plans. Info: 845/482-4164. RSVP: catskilldelawarepermaculture.org/?page_id=133