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August 2012

Pike cancels recycling program; costs are prohibitive

Shocking many residents, the Pike County Commissioners voted, at their meeting on August 15, to stop the countywide recycling program, effective October 1, 2012.  Read more

Residents say ‘don’t do it’; spotlight on overriding the tax cap

Resident Tom Manza said, “Actually, I’m here to ask for a 20% tax reduction,” which drew laughter from the legislature because, with the budget situation as bad as it is, a cut is out of the question and a double-digit increase seems likely.  Read more

Highland to consider climate pledge

The Town of Highland town board heard two special presentations at its recent monthly meeting on August 14.  Read more

Anti-gas drilling TV commercial unveiled

NEW YORK STATE — Television commercials touting the benefits of natural gas have become commonplace over the past couple of years with energy companies like Exxon and Chesapeake and industry lobbying groups like American Petroleum Institute and American Natural Gas Alliance spending millions on slick productions that paint drilling as an activity that will bring jobs and prosperity.  Read more

New arts and cultural center opens; international artists featured

If you happen to be driving on Route 6 in White Mills and wonder about a sign in front of the old mill that says “PaPA,” you should drive into the parking lot of the building and stop in.  Read more

Susan Beecher to retire from PCCD; concerns over pipeline impacts discussed

Susan Beecher, a well-respected guardian of Pike County’s natural resources will retire from her post as executive director of the Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) on December 31, concluding 23 years of service. The news was announced at the monthly meeting of the PCCD Board of Directors on August 20.  Read more

Pageant winners at the government center

Title holders from the Sullivan County International Pageant visited the government center on August 16 to receive certificates of recognition from the legislature. Lawmaker Kathy LaBuda said that, this year, the pageant would be donating a portion of the proceeds to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  Read more

ECS board sets tax levy and more

The Eldred Central School District Board of Education (ECS BOE) met on August 9 and passed several resolutions intended to enable the district to prepare for future budgetary constraints.  Read more

105 years young: Carl Hentschel

Covering Carl Hentschel’s 100th birthday celebration five years ago was a special treat for this reporter, but seeing Hentschel still going strong at the age of 105 was truly icing on the cake.

A crowd of family, friends, veterans and dignitaries turned out at the Lumberland Senior Center in Glen Spey on August 15 to celebrate with Hentschel. Awards and recognitions were presented by various officials, including Town of Lumberland supervisor Nadia Rajsz and Town of Highland supervisor Andrew Boyar.  Read more

Trials & tribulations

On my most recent trip to the lower West Branch of the Delaware, I fished in the company of a Mr. Blair Williams. It was a tough night, with very few flies hatching. Of course, this meant that rising fish were scarce. The high point of my night occurred when my legs suddenly went numb and I went for a swim in water barely up to my knees.  Read more