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March 2013

March 13, 2013 - March 21, 2013

Patricia A. Ibach

Patricia A. Ibach of Damascus, PA died Sunday, March 10, 2013 in the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale. She was 76.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m. in the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.

Wayne Henry Johnson

Wayne Henry Johnson of Smallwood, NY died Friday, March 15, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. He was 56.  Read more

Spring is here

I walked out to find the spring and found it in the radiant pussy willows growing at the road edges of our old farm, tangled in the hedgerow of last year’s multiflora roses and grape vine. Spring is in the snow drops budded at my front door and in the nervous sunlight. The seasons engage in a tussle of one-upmanship that brings new snow one day and thaw the next. And so, although we don’t see it in green yet, spring is here. Winter is left to lick its wounds in the exultant mud.  Read more

The ‘devil’s work’ in the XL-Pipeline

[I’m writing] concerning the silence coming from our nation’s executive branch concerning the apparent construction of one of the worse environmental disasters in the making—the Keystone XL pipeline. Its continued construction will only create additional pollution in the hydrological and geographic zones of its transgression. Scenic landscapes and natural resources such as rivers, streams and aquifers, all stand to be contaminated by this worst form of oil. Native Americans in Canada are already suffering health effects.  Read more

President Obama must reject the XL Pipeline

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the recent rally in Washington, DC protesting the construction of the XL Pipeline, but my heart was with the over 40,000 who attended. We are truly at a crossroads when it comes to climate change. The message to President Obama and the State Department was “reject the XL Pipeline project” and not encourage production of dirty energy. Instead, let’s focus on producing clean energy sources to save the planet.  Read more

Questions about toxicity from nearby landfill

We’ve all been seeing the wonderful promise of “development” coming soon to the Apollo Plaza in Monticello. But for all that I have seen of the coverage, what I seem to have missed, or has been omitted, is the addressing of the toxicity of that site prior to any development plans.  Read more

‘Thank you’ to our legislators for saving money

For months now, Sullivan County Legislators Cora Edwards, Cindy Gieger, Kitty Vetter, Gene Benson, and Alan Sorensen have been criticized and vilified by some for trying to do what they were elected to do, namely fix county government and its related financial problems.  Read more

Personal choices and sustainability

Carol Roig’s excellent opening article (Mixed Greens—Seeking Sustainability, TRR March 14-20) exactly states the issue of sharing without greed the communal resources of the earth. The devil is in the details. I, like many, have wrestled with the difficult choices of how to reduce my footprint, while enjoying the comfortable lifestyle I have become accustomed to. Taken literally, we in the USA would have to reduce our standard of living drastically to leave enough for everyone else to share equally. We all end up feeling greedy and hypocritical, or destitute.  Read more

It’s time for a raise

In Albany, the New York State (NYS) Assembly has approved a bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour, the same figure President Obama recommended in his January State of the Union address when he talked about the need to help America’s working poor. In his own budget address, Governor Cuomo also called for an increase to $8.75 in New York.  Read more

Cochecton adopts green initiatives plan

By unanimous vote, the Town of Cochecton Board adopted a Climate Smart Communities Pledge Resolution at its March 13 monthly meeting. The towns of Tusten, Lumberland, and Delaware have ratified similar resolutions, all of which were based on a draft resolution provided by the county. Following review by councilman Larry Richardson and supervisor Gary Maas, the draft agreement was edited to outline goals that the board considers realistic for Cochecton at this time.  Read more

Shohola ambulance decision postponed; Video of driver discussed

Pike County Advanced Life Support (ALS) will remain the primary provider for Shohola Township—for now—despite concerns by some officials about its professionalism and sustainability. Township supervisors, after a lengthy discussion at their March 14 meeting during which they considered going with a different provider, tabled the matter for a second straight month.  Read more