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January 2013

William J. Tebo

William J. Tebo of Narrowsburg, NY, a maintenance advisor for Pan American Airways and longtime resident of the area, died Monday, January 28, 2013 at Regional Hospital of Scranton/Commonwealth Health Hospice Unit, Scranton, PA. He was 90.

The son of the late Robert Pascal and Madeline Newkirk Tebo, he was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 8, 1922. He was married for 65 years to Theresa Hensz Tebo, who survives.  Read more

Frances (Worzel-Litts) Braun

Frances (Worzel-Litts) Braun of Springfield, MO, formerly of Barryville, NY, passed away on January 26, 2013. She was 73. She was born on August 29, 1939.  Read more

Margaret “Peggy” Peck

Margaret “Peggy” Peck of Narrowsburg, NY and formerly of Astoria, NY, longtime resident of the area, died Friday, January 25, 2013 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 84.

The daughter of the late John and Margaret Delaney Rolleri, she was born in New York City, NY on January 3, 1929. She was married for 58 years to Gordon Peck, who passed away on June 16, 2007.

A family statement reads: “Peggy was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mom was a wonderful homemaker and we all miss her and her fast-witted comments.”  Read more

Town of Callicoon ‘flunks’ the democracy test

The controversy surrounding the Town of Callicoon’s new comprehensive plan isn’t really about fracking; it’s about democracy. The town board is pushing a plan that’s repugnant to a vast majority of Callicoon residents. A comprehensive plan is supposed to be “founded upon the town’s collective vision for our future;” but for most of us, the board’s draft plan isn’t a vision; it’s a nightmare.  Read more

A Pennsylvania poem: “We all love NY”

There once was a Gubernator* named Cuomo

Who tested his political savvy at home-oh!

But the people won’t back

His ploy that it’s safe to frack,

Nor his warped visions of energy independence.

Don’t let him suck out the gas

By drilling under your fence,

And ship it by slow boat to Chi-nah!

*The title of Gubernator comes to you courtesy of our friend James Barth.

Rolf Beck
Beach Lake, PA

The Second Amendment

1791: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Second Amendment, the U.S. Constitution.  Read more

Seeking an honest comprehensive plan

The New York State Constitution gives towns the power to restrict all sorts of development, including gas drilling, but you’d never know it from reading the Town of Callicoon’s Draft Comprehensive Plan. More than 40 towns in New York State (including five right here in Sullivan County) have already passed local ordinances that prohibit fracking, but you wouldn’t know this either if you relied on the guidance in the Callicoon plan. It simply says the town “could experience natural gas drilling in the future” as if it has no more control over allowing fracking than it does over the weather.  Read more

Fighting homelessness with a model that works

On Monday, January 28, Sullivan County conducted its annual count of homeless people—both those with some kind of shelter and those without. This “census” data is compiled with the help of local government agencies and charitable organizations that provide various services to the homeless.  Read more

Notes from the NOFA-NY conference; Weekend of activism and organics

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — The premier organization that represents organic farming interests in New York State approved a major policy statement at its annual conference last weekend, urging the ban of an herbicide used in conjunction with some genetically-modified agricultural crops. Some 1,300 people, including farmers and residents of the Upper Delaware Valley attended the Northeast Organic Farming Association-New York (NOFA-NY) conference in Saratoga Springs on January 25 through 27, during which about 75 NOFA-NY representatives approved some newsworthy policy resoutions.  Read more

New detective will work on crimes against women; Wayne position funded for one year

A new detective will join the office of the Wayne County District Attorney beginning immediately and focus mainly on crimes against women.  Read more