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Catskill Mountain Club cross-country ski trip

February 2, 2013

Two-trail cross-country ski tour on ski trails on Route 28 near Pine Hill: the Belleayre Mountain Cross Country Ski Trails and Rochester Hollow. Meet at the parking area at the Belleayre Mountain trail, 9am. Visit

Catskill Mountain Club hike/snowshoe

February 1, 2013

Join Bob Moses for a hike/snowshoe from Big Pond to Alder Lake, 11am-4pm. Meet at the upper parking lot just past Big Pond. Bring lunch or snacks. Dogs are welcome. Group size is limited to 20. Email or call 607/746-3645.

The Great Sullivan County Food Raiser

February 2, 2013

Local food pantry benefit held in three locations: The Dancing Cat Saloon in Bethel, Dutch's Tavern in Rock Hill and Mr. Willy's Restaurant in Monticello, all at 6pm. Donation: $5 or more at the door. 914/584-4119, 845/798-8018 or visit

Fracking film gets mixed reviews; Multiple spoiler alerts for ‘Promised Land’

The broad outlines of the film “Promised Land” could have been found in numerous towns in the region in recent times. A landman, in the person of Steve Butler (played by Matt Damon), turns up in a struggling Pennsylvania farm town trying to convince local landowners to sign gas leases.

That might have been an easy task were it not for an outsider environmentalist named Dustin Noble, played by John Krasinski, who turns up to work against Butler’s goal, not to mention the efforts of a local teacher Frank Yates, played by Hal Holbrook.  Read more

Land Use webinar

January 16, 2013

The topic is Planning in PA: Land Use, Communities & Beyond, 12– 1pm and again at 7-8pm. Planners have a wide array of issues they can address and tools from which to work. The cost is $25 for the series of 5 webinars. For more information or to register, visit

Pesticide Education webinar

January 15, 2013

Cost: $5. Call Wayne County Extension at 570/253-5970 x4110 to register due to room capacity, 1-3pm.

Vegetable Production webinar

January 9, 2013

The series provides convenient access to timely updates in commercial vegetable and small fruit production for extension educators, producers and industry representatives, 1-2pm. Topic: Nutrient Management and Fertigation. Cost: $10 per webinar or $35 for the whole series of five. Register online at or by phone at 724/627-3745.

Charcoal Making Then and Now webinar

January 8, 2013

12–1pm and repeated 7–8pm. To register and take part in the live seminars or to view the upcoming seminars schedule, visit

Technology Tuesdays: Youngstock Housing Needs free online workshop

January 8, 2013

Topics include determining system size, group sizes, calf and heifer housing alternatives, animal treatment and management needs, designing a total system and evaluating usefulness of existing facilities. Presented by Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor Penn State Department of Animal Science; Dan McFarland and John Tyson, Penn State Extension Engineers, 8:30-10am. Register: 888/373-7232.

Gillibrand pushes credit union change

After the Great Recession hit the economy in 2008, commercial lenders became much more cautious about lending money, especially to small businesses. Since then, the economy has recovered a bit, but the credit crunch for small businesses continues.  Read more

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