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Will the agricultural industry, whose byproduct is pastoral scenes like this one of hay wagons on Route 17B in Bethel, NY, really be supported with a natural gas rush?

The economics of gas drilling

A study questions the benefits

By FRITZ MAYER

WESTERN UNITED STATES—Proponents of natural gas exploration often cite economic benefits to the region as a primary reason to support the industry. Indeed, in some areas where the environmental and health consequences of drilling are questioned, it is hard to find someone who will criticize the economic impacts of gas drilling. Such was the case when The River Reporter printed a story about gas drilling in White County, AR.

But a study put forward by the advocacy group Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DSC) questions the economic benefits to communities that comes with gas drilling in terms of economic development.

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Yulan St. Patrick’s Day parade on hiatus

By SANDY LONG

YULAN, NY—St. Patty’s Day will still be cause for celebration in the Town of Highland, but a longstanding parade and brunch have been cancelled this year in an attempt to return the event to its community roots and away from the reportedly wild time it has become.

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Stimulus may save Duggan and Chase schools

Impact study sought

By FRITZ MAYER

WHITE LAKE, NY—With President Barack Obama signing the $747 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or stimulus bill, on February 17, it’s now certain that New York State will be getting about $2.5 billion for education. It’s not entirely clear, yet, how and where the money will be spent, but it seems possible that two elementary schools in the Monticello Central School District will remain open for at least two more years.

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