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April 2013

A new muse

Medical terminology is my new muse. It’s almost poetic. “Mass, mobile and firm” was the caption on one of the snapshots my doctor handed me of my recent endoscopy, while I was still woozy from the Propofol (reportedly Michael Jackson’s drug of choice).  Read more

Let us restore community to community radio

Let’s talk about WJFF.

People who have been following the local news know that something is up at WJFF. They know that a big meeting—standing-room-only at the village meeting room in Jeffersonville—took place on March 20. They know that frustrated volunteers and listeners spoke passionately, eloquently and sometimes forcefully to the board and to the station manager about the substantial degradation of our once vibrant, responsive and community-centered radio station.  Read more

Statement from the executive committee of the WJFF Board of Trustees

WJFF’s Board of Trustees would like to assure everyone—our listeners, our volunteers and our staff—that we have heard fully and clearly the comments from those attending our meeting on Wednesday, March 20. Several issues were raised during the meeting and the board intends to address them all.  Read more

Zoning guidance questioned

Given the fact that Tom Shepstone is a paid spokesperson for the gas industry, it’s not surprising that he suggested that the Town of Delaware rewrite its zoning ordinances in such a way that it happens to make it easier for gas companies to build noisy, polluting, dangerous compressor stations in the town. What is surprising is that the town is paying him (by keeping him on the payroll as town planner) to advance the interests of his corporate masters.  Read more

Helping New York’s farms helps us all

Last week the New York State (NYS) Senate approved two legislative bills to help farmers. The first concerns electricity generation and net-metering on farms (net metering is a policy for consumers with renewable energy producing devices, allowing them to receive credit for at least a portion of the electricity they generate). The second bill concerns the authority of industrial development agencies (IDAs) to allow technical and financial assistance to farmers.

The River Reporter urges the state assembly to pass companion bills and make this proposed legislation the law.  Read more

Making the Wayne chamber visible

President Todd Stevens, vice president Gary Bailman and executive director Donna LaBar presented the 2013 annual update of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Report to the Wayne County Commissioners at their meeting on March 28.  Read more

UDC letter to FERC discussed; Hancock compressor station at issue

The tone and depth of a letter regarding the proposed Hancock Compressor project was discussed at a meeting of the Project Review Committee of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) on March 27.  Read more

‘FrackNation’ screening in Honesdale

The gas drilling debate continues as the documentary “FrackNation” will be screened at Cinema 6, 1199 Texas Palmyra Highway, in Honesdale. The free screenings will be on April 6 at 11:30 a.m., April 7 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Director Phelim McAleer will be at all the shows for a question-and-answer session following the screening.  Read more

Cooperative extension takes steep cut; Single-payer proposal supported

The lean times continue in Sullivan County as the legislature voted on March 21 to cut the amount of money it gives to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County (CCE) by 20% or roughly $83,000. Before the vote, members of the CCE board addressed county legislators in an attempt to persuade them not to approve the cut.  Read more

UDC to fete river valley honorees

UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) will honor individuals and organizations that have enhanced the quality of life or protected the resources of the Upper Delaware River Valley at its 25th annual awards ceremony on Sunday, April 28. Reservations at $27 per person are due by April 19 for the banquet, which will take place at The Lackawaxen Inn, 188 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, PA. Seating is open.  Read more