Comprehensive Plan: the key to the future

By TOM KANE

Nobody likes to be told what to do. And most people like to have control of their own destiny. When it comes down to town matters, town officials usually have that same desire. In fact, that ability of towns to control their own destiny has been codified in a state regulation called “home rule.”

Home rule is a legal creation in both New York and Pennsylvania that states that all land use regulations—zoning, water management, sewer controls, etc.—that affect town life solely lay in the hands of local governments. Neither the state nor the county can dictate particular regulations in land use practices. The state and county’s role is merely advisory.

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Creativity abounds

Gorgeous mural adorns boy’s bedroom

KENOZA LAKE, NY—Just how much does youthful talent abide in our midst?

More than you can possibly imagine. During the past week this reporter took a whirlwind tour around the county to document some of our area youths’ resplendent artistic and thespian endeavors. After years of producing “Amphibian” and “Teen Amphibian,” the arts journals for kids and teens, this youth editor can attest to the fact that fine local student artwork has never been in short supply.

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