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December 2012

Guns don’t make ‘decisions’—people do

As an avid hunter and gun enthusiast for the better part of 35 years, I feel compelled to respond to the expected knee-jerk reaction immediately following the massacre in Newtown, CT that claimed the lives of 26 people, 20 of which were children.

As expected, the media and our elected officials have politicized this tragic event and have placed the blame directly on all gun owners, on the availability of firearms of all types in America and on our right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.  Read more

The status quo is no longer acceptable

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT casts a long shadow. Towns all across the nation have held candlelight vigils for the slain children, their teachers and principal and to mourn with the families who lost innocent loved ones. School districts everywhere are reexamining their safety policies and emergency plans. From state houses to the White House to Capitol Hill, an important debate about guns and gun control has begun, and this time around almost everyone is starting from the premise that the status quo is no longer acceptable.  Read more

Grants for Discovery Center, three river projects; Narrowsburg waterfront among funding recipients

ALBANY, NY — Awards for the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council were announced on December 19, and a significant amount of funding was targeted to Sullivan and Orange counties. Most significantly, the Center for Discovery will receive $2.5 million toward a $42 million project.

Another project that will benefit from the awards is the waterfront development in Narrowsburg, which in the announcement by the council is still called the Big Eddy Esplanade project. It will receive $106,400.  Read more

Port Jervis to dedicate its First Little Free Library

January 5, 2013

Port Jervis' first Little Free Library will be dedicated at its permanent location in front of City Hall on Hammond Street, 10am. The dedication is a project of the Port Jervis Friends of the Library. www.littlefreelibrary.org.

First Day Hike at Promised Land State Park

January 1, 2013

Promised Land State Park will host a “First Day Hike” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Hikers should meet at the park office on the porch. First Day Hikes are being offered nationwide to promote a healthy beginning to 2013. Pre-registration is necessary. Email PromisedLandsp@pa.gov or call 570/676-3428 ext. 0.

Elks Lodge pancake breakfast

January 13, 2013

Monticello Elks Lodge #1544 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on, 7am-noon at the Lodge on North St. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausages and potatoes. Proceeds will be utilized for the beautification of the Lodge. $8 for adults, $4 for kids 12 and under and kids under 5 are free. 845/807-2858.

Sullivan tax increase 8.9%; cuts to outside agencies, vacant positions

After spending much of the day negotiating cuts to the final Sullivan County budget for 2013, at about 9 p.m., the legislature voted to adopt a budget that comes with an 8.9% tax increase. That’s down from the tentative budget that was adopted on November 1, which called for an increase of about 13.77%.  Read more

4-H Rough Riders Horse Club meeting

January 12, 2013

At the Pocono Ranchlands Stable, 10am. 4-H is open to youth ages 8-18. 570/296-3400.

Land Use webinar

January 16, 2013

The topic is Planning in PA: Land Use, Communities & Beyond, 12– 1pm and again at 7-8pm. Planners have a wide array of issues they can address and tools from which to work. The cost is $25 for the series of 5 webinars. For more information or to register, visit http://agsci.psu.edu/land-use-webinar.

Pesticide Education webinar

January 15, 2013

Cost: $5. Call Wayne County Extension at 570/253-5970 x4110 to register due to room capacity, 1-3pm.