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October 2012

Big salaries for city managers

I recently read an article on the subject of reducing the salary (plus I’m sure other perks) of city managers, which is currently over $150,000 annually. Without a doubt this seems like a very intelligent decision.  Read more

Tax exempt groups

It was interesting to read that Sullivan County legislators and supervisors are frustrated by the number of properties exempted from property and school taxes. No one was frustrated when the Monticello Motor Track in the year 2011 received a $3-million tax exemption—$1,081,550 in school taxes, $527,800 plus $1,635,300 in town and county taxes.

The Monticello Motor Club is not a veterans’, religious, educational, seniors’, or cultural group.

Explain the need for the Monticello Motor Track exemption to the Sullivan County tax paying residents.  Read more

Endorsement for Gibson

As a registered Democrat, an elected official for over 35 years, a veteran of the U.S. Army, a senior citizen and a voter in the new 19th Congressional District I am both saddened and sickened by what I see.  Read more

It’s now over

On October 2, Jim Graham and I took one last trip to the Willowemoc Creek in Sullivan County. We fished the “Finkelstein” water. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has done a fine job of rehabilitating this access that had been slowly eroding into the river. The right-hand bank is now armored with large boulders that will protect it in periods of high water. Unfortunately, the DEC seems to have used heavy equipment to create a very wide, shallow area right at the access. Hopefully the Willowemoc will rearrange this area as it pleases during the next high-water flows.  Read more

Sunshine, long overdue

Sunshine laws were created to ensure citizens access to government meetings where public business is discussed. For a time last week, there was precious little sunshine to be found as the Sullivan County Legislature held a closed-door meeting on Thursday regarding the county’s publicly funded tourism promotion efforts. By Friday, however, the sunshine thankfully broke through as legislators apparently had a change of heart.  Read more

Studying American shad

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — A low fog settles over the Delaware River as dusk begins its descent on October 15. Humans clad in waders and sporting headlamps arrange equipment along the shoreline as others board a boat. A long heavy net stretches between them. As the light fades, the seining begins, with representatives of several agencies working to determine the current health of American shad populations in the non-tidal Delaware River.  Read more

Puffballs and jelly fungi

The fall forests are full of fanciful fungi right now. Two common but interesting mushrooms that are easily encountered in the Upper Delaware region are puffballs and jelly fungi.

Puffballs are part of a class of fungi known as Gasteromycetes (stomach fungi) that produce spores inside their fruit bodies. They are most often spherical or pear-shaped with rough outer walls and smooth inner walls that act as pouches for the powdery spore masses contained within.  Read more

But enough about me...

There are those who would argue that I never tire of my favorite subject: me. But after this last week, even I have had enough. It all began months ago, when I (foolishly?) agreed to make some public appearances around the Upper Delaware valley. Truth be told, these requests for my presence were, as always, actually invitations for Dharma the wonder dog to participate in local events.  Read more

Stolen

At the end of the meal, my phone is gone. I look around the table. I pat my pockets. Check my bag. No way! I hadn’t even gotten up from dinner and someone had swiped my phone from right under my nose. Everyone in the restaurant is sympathetic. My friends help me make one final search around the table. No luck.

It had all started with a bit of iPhone 5 envy. Emily got one the day they came out a few weeks ago and it was light and fast, sharp and cool. Unfortunately, I am not due for an upgrade for six months so I wasn’t getting a new iPhone without paying some crazy exorbitant fee.  Read more

85th annual Rotary Club dinner

HONESDALE, PA —The Honesdale Rotary’s annual International Flavors, a gourmet feast of local and international dishes prepared by area restaurants and Rotarians will be held at Honesdale High School on Saturday, November 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Local Boys will provide entertainment. Proceeds benefit Honesdale Rotary charities, including the international student exchange program.  Read more