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March 29, 2011

Coalition supports revised flow management
UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — A coalition of key conservation groups has joined to back one of the proposals being considered by the Delaware River Basin Commission to replace the current Flexible Flow Management Plan (FFMP) for managing flows in the river.

The alternative supported by the new coalition, the Delaware Watershed Conservation Coalition, is the Joint Fishery White Paper drawn up last year by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and Pennsylvania
Fish and Boat Commission.

The Delaware Watershed Conservation Coalition includes Friends of the Upper Delaware River, Trout Unlimited National, New Jersey State Council of Trout Unlimited, New York State Council of Trout Unlimited, Pennsylvania State Council of Trout Unlimited, Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers, the Federation of Flyfishers and Wild Trout Flyrodders. Other groups are expected to join.

Solar farm proposed in Fallsburg
SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Fallsburg supervisor Steven Vegliante traveled to Albany recently to garner support for an ambitious green energy project at the town’s long shuttered and debt-laden landfill. The proposal would transform the landfill into a solar farm with the potential of providing up to nine megawatt hours of electricity to two adjacent prisons and a potential centralized municipal complex. A megawatt hour of electricity is capable of serving up to 1,000 homes.

Already having the full support of The Solar Energy Consortium and Congressman Maurice Hinchey, the project has now gained the support of Senator John J. Bonacic, Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Corrections and Senator Michael Nozzolio, chairman of the Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections.

The project would require agreements by the Department of Corrections to purchase the electricity at the current market rate for the bonding life of the project and for the Department of Corrections and Town to come to amenable terms on the transfer of the now closed Sullivan County Annex to the Town of Fallsburg, which would be developed into a municipal complex.

Lee Hoiby dies at 85
NEW YORK CITY, NY — Composer and area resident Lee Hoiby died on March 28, 2011 at Montefiore Hospital following a short illness. He was 85.

Hoiby’s works include operas, oratorios, choral works, concerti, chamber works, song cycles and more than 100 songs, many of them championed by such singers as Leontyne Price, Frederica von Stade and Marilyn Horne.