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May 2013

On man’s argument against the Reproductive Health Act

Please, regardless if you are a Democrat, Libertarian, Independent or Republican, I urge you to contact our governor and our various representatives to Albany about this terrifying Reproductive Health Act that encourages abortion at any stage of the pregnancy, including late term. Why? Because a scared pregnant woman needs help and understanding not a supposed quick fix, as if abortion is just another form of birth control.  Read more

Questions about school budget sustainability

I am responding to your recent article about the Eldred School budget. The printed version of the events that transpired varied considerably from what actually happened. The board seemed to consider its work to be completed when a budget 1/100th of a percentage point below the tax cap was achieved. When I stated that any effort to identify efficiencies appeared to end when that goal was reached, this was not refuted by the board. The proposed budget was achieved primarily by one-time opportunities rather than sustainable savings.  Read more

Will we sleep for 17 years?

The noisy return of the cicadas got us thinking. These insects that are making news these days have lived underground for 17 long years, emerging for only a portion of one short summer to mate and start their kind’s unusual lifecycle all over. The next generation of these cicadas won’t emerge again until 2030.  Read more

Damascus students take over

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, PA — The makeup of the Damascus Township Board of Supervisors had a different look at the monthly meeting on May 20. Four students from the Damascus Area School presided over the proceedings—with assistance from the actual supervisors—while taking part in a Supervisors for a Day program.  Read more

Sullivan West budget approved; Slate roof bid granted for elementary school

Voters in the Sullivan West School District overwhelmingly approved a $34.4 million budget, 453-185, for 2013-14. The spending plan comes with a tax levy increase of 1.99%, which is beneath the district’s state-mandated tax cap and lower than six other districts in Sullivan County.  Read more

Construction of four Upper Delaware bridges approved

DUNMORE, PA — The New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission confirmed the successful negotiation of a new design to replace the historic Pond Eddy Bridge and approved plans for major rehabilitations of the Upper Delaware River crossings at Skinners Falls, NY-Milanville, PA; Narrowsburg, NY-Darbytown, PA; and Cochecton, NY-Damascus, PA at their annual meeting held May 15 at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 4-0 headquarters.  Read more

Tax breaks for first-time home buyers

If you’re anticipating buying your first newly constructed home, Liberty wants you to consider moving to their town.  Read more

A road by any other name

Lou Barr and his family own the house on Segar Road that now houses offices of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. Recently, signs went up indicating the road is called Segar B. Rosenberg Road. That prompted Barr to write to the Bethel Town Board requesting that the Rosenberg name be deleted from the official name.  Read more

Fishing contest, boater safety and more

LAKE WALLENPAUPACK, PA — The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau held a press conference at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center on Thursday, May 23 to talk about the many outdoor attractions that the Pocono Mountains and Lake Wallenpaupack area have to offer.  Read more

Gasland Part II

Gasland Part II will have an airing at the Callicoon Theater on Upper Main Street on Saturday June 8 at 10:30 a.m. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director Josh Fox. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Donations at the door are appreciated.  Read more