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April 2012

Vegetable gardening & potluck workshop

April 28, 2012

"Managing & Enriching Your Soil" at Smith Harker Community Garden, 10:30am-1:30pm. Rain location: Delaware Township Municipal Bldg. RSVP: 570/301-6768 or 838-7268.

Hurley man arrested for stealing $360,000 from victims

On April 2, 2012 the New York State Police in Kingston, NY arrested John C. Benkert, age 48 of 139 Jeffrey Lane in the Town of Hurley for felony Grand Larceny 2nd, felony Grand Larceny 3rd and the misdemeanors of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 3rd and Forgery in the 3rd Degree.  Read more

Safe drinking water program

April 25, 2012

PPL Environmental Learning Center, 4/28, 9-11am, $10. Water testing offered for discount. RSVP by 4/25: or 877/489-1398.

Public trust under attack

The public trust in the Town of Mamakating is again under attack by our town supervisor, Harold Baird, and town councilman Russell Wood Jr. Both are fire commissioners of the Bloomingburg fire district, and opinions of the New York State Comptroller and the New York State Attorney General state the positions are not compatible.  Read more

Childcare provider training

April 26, 2012 - December 27, 2012

Pike County Admin. Bldg., last Thurs./mo., 6:30-8:30pm, $5. RSVP:

Neighbors save a home

Kevin and I would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the volunteers of the Lava Fire Department, Narrowsburg Fire Department and Welcome Lake Fire Department, who responded to a brush fire at our house on March 26. If not for their quick and professional response, we might have lost our home. The speed and precision of their response was amazing. They immediately controlled a fire that, due to the high winds, was spreading quickly. We would also like to publicly thank Rocco DeGori, Tom Coacci Sr. and Tom Coacci Jr. and the other people who stopped when they saw the fire.  Read more

A plea to ‘Friends of Natural Gas’

High-volume hydraulic fracturing may be coming to our area, if not sooner then later. Those of us who are against fracking have a diverse list of grievances with the practice. But I would like to ask pro-frackers to take a stand with us on just one of these issues, one that might save some of their neighbors from ruin, without contradicting their pro-drilling stand.  Read more

Pontier right on the Pond Eddy Bridge

My husband and I were so happy to read Glenn Pontier’s resignation letter in the March 29 issue of The River Reporter. We have been thinking all along that it is not the respobnsibility of New York taxpayers to insure that Pennsylvania residents have emergency services available. It seems to us that the state of Pennsylvania should be burdened with the problem of finding a way to get services to these residents, and we both thought a road was one obvious solution.  Read more

Building & repairing stone walls

April 24, 2012

Emphasis on repairing & restoring stone walls at Fox Hill Farm, 5-7:30pm, $5, under age 18 free. 570/253-5970, ext. 4110.

Sustainability: more than one kind of green

One of the many interesting things that struck us in Chris Fowler’s keynote speech for the Pure Catskills-sponsored Farm to Market Conference in Liberty on March 25 was the phrase “sustainable economy.” Fowler is founder and executive director of Syracuse First, an organization dedicated to the promotion of local businesses and products. The idea of localization vs. globalization is not new to us; indeed, we have argued for it on this page. But somehow “sustainable” is a concept we had always thought about mostly with regard to the environment. How does it relate to an economy?  Read more