On the website of the Town of Callicoon, the committee responsible for producing a new comprehensive plan posted a response to the many comments that were made at the recent workshop. It noted that one of the most contentious issues was the 2010 survey sent out by the town. The purpose of this survey had been to find out what the residents wanted for their town, but the results were not conclusive in some cases. Of particular concern was the question of whether residents are in favor or not in favor of hydraulic fracturing. Read more
I was pleased to see such a concise, well-organized column on PTSD by Dr. D. Lomax in the June 7 issue of The River Reporter. This letter is meant to provide some additional information on treatment for PTSD. We have treatment today that does not require a client to “re-experience the event from memory” in order to heal. There is a treatment, available since 1991, that has powerful empirical evidence for treatment of PTSD. The initial work and case studies were done by Dr. Francine Shapiro. Read more
Just in time for summer sun, Environmental Working Group has released its 2012 Sunscreen Report. It’s thorough, and it challenges the notion that if we just lather on gobs of the stuff, we’re safe. For starters, there’s no clear evidence that sunscreen actually prevents skin cancer; in fact, the FDA admits that it is “not aware of any studies examining the effect of sunscreen use on the development of melanoma.” In addition, using sunscreen may give people an unwarranted sense of security, making them more apt to stay out too long in the sun’s harmful rays. Read more
A clear mandate was delivered last November when I was elected to represent the people of Sullivan County. I recognize the frustration of the voters, and take seriously the challenge of turning that into a renewed sense of hope. I made a personal promise to demand accountability on behalf of our county taxpayers, as it is becoming increasingly difficult to afford to live in our beautiful county. Read more
One concept that comes up frequently in discussions about localization is the idea of a local currency: money that is issued by a local authority and used in a small area where a significant number of businesses and professionals have agreed to accept it. It was the feature topic at the most recent Upper Delaware Roundtable discussion, at which Alice Maggio of the New Economics Institute gave a Skyped-in presentation about one of the more successful local currencies, Berkshares, currently in use in the western portion of Massachusetts. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE and GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Sullivan West and Tri-Valley closed out their 2011-12 sports years with athletic awards nights on June 14 and 15 respectively with laudatory speeches, trophy and plaque presentations, a bevy of smiles and tears and this photographer’s final musical slide show. Sullivan West Athletic Director Dave Franskevicz took a moment to honor the memory of Rob Potter, a devoted and affable sports writer for the Sullivan County Democrat, who passed away on May 31. Franskevicz also praised retiring Superintendent Dr. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Mildred’s Lane, a storefront, office, studio, program extension, and additional site for exchange on Narrowsburg’s Main Street behind Coffee Creations, will run “The Mildred Complex(ity)” this summer, Friday afternoon-into-evening workshops, talks and musical events, free of charge, in downtown Narrowsburg. Read more
Ages 4 through 6th grade invited for "Operation Overboard" at Drew United Methodist Church, 9am-3pm, free. Lunch provided. 845/856-3423.