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December 2013

Cell towers approved for Damascus

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, PA — The Damascus supervisors voted unanimously on December 16 to approve conditional-use applications for a corporation looking to construct two broadband cellular towers in the township.  Read more

No tax increase for Damascus

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, PA — The Damascus Township supervisors approved a 2014 budget with no tax increase and also decided not to adopt a special tax for road and bridge improvements.
The balanced budget of $1,130,063 was approved unanimously December 23 with the millage rate set at 2.15, the same as 2013’s budget. A mill is a $1 tax for every $1,000 in assessed property value.  Read more

Update on ag projects

At the Town of Delaware meeting on December 11, Tom Kappner, who’s worked on United Nations Development Program and is a town resident, presented his update on the Sullivan County Economic Plan.  Read more

Green Tourism Working Group announces conference

The Green Tourism Conference at Villa Roma in April will be a first-of-its-kind opportunity to unite food service and lodging facilities, tourism agencies, “eco” product suppliers and recreational activity businesses from the Catskills to the Poconos around the common cause of promoting eco-tourism.  Read more

Catskill Art Society seeks color photos

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Photographers are encouraged to submit up to four color images for the Jeff Bank 2015 Calendar Photo Contest. Submissions will be accepted February 21 to April 18, 2014. Organized by the Catskill Art Society (CAS), the contest has the theme, “ Four Seasons of Nature and Landscapes in Sullivan County.”

Interested artists may submit up to four color photographs, preferably depicting each of the four seasons. Recognizable locations are preferred, but not mandatory.  Read more

Year’s end legislative message; is Sullivan County in a better place than a year ago?

Many changes have taken place to move Sullivan County into a better place fiscally. The current legislature has reduced spending by monitoring contracts, reviewing vacancy requests and analyzing all expenditures. Sound financial practices in adopting a fund-balance policy have strengthened the fiscal outlook.  Read more

Who gets to vote?

B.S. is a successful businessman who works in the metropolitan area and lives in Queens in a home with an assessed value of $474,000. He doesn’t own or rent a home in Sullivan County, but the Board of Elections recently upheld his right to vote here, in a town where a close relative has frequently appeared on the ballot as political candidate. For voting purposes, his “local address” is a house occupied by his grandmother.  Read more

Times have changed

Times have changed since I was a boy in the 1970s people when were protesting the Startsky and Hutch TV show for being too violent. The Brady Bunch and Little House on the Prairie were on TV, and Batman and Robin were clearly good guys called the Caped Crusaders. The Dark Knight and the Dukes of Hazzard were an anomaly, like Duck Dynasty is today.  Read more

A different vision for cell towers

Recent news stories have discussed the concern for the "viewscape" along the river and how it might be impacted by towers for cellular and other communications networks. May I (only partially in jest) suggest some "out of the box" possibilities?  Read more

New rules may put eagles at risk

As the President for the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society, I was shocked and dismayed to learn of the U.S. Department of Interior’s (DIO) plan to allow 30-year permits for the killing of Bald and Golden Eagles at wind farms.  Read more