News in brief
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.
Hoiby, born in Madison, WI on February 17, 1926, was one of America’s most prominent composers of works for the lyric stage. His setting of Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke” (with libretto by Lanford Wilson) was declared “the finest American opera to date” following its world premiere. The 40th anniversary of the debut of this landmark American opera was celebrated with a new production at the Manhattan School of Music in December, 2010, attended by Hoiby. Locally, the Weekend of Chamber Music performed his work several times, including the “Last Letter Home” in 2007.
Hoiby is survived by his partner and longtime collaborator Mark Shulgasser. A memorial service at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine will be held on a date to be announced.
Nominations open for school board
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Petitions are now available for nominating school board members for the Sullivan West School District election to be held on May 17. There are two seats with three-year terms starting on July 1, currently occupied by Angela Daley and Mary K. Scheutzow; a term of three-plus years starting on May 18, currently occupied by Brian Grady; and a term of two-plus years starting on May 18 to fill the remainder of the unexpired term of Richard Tegnander, whose seat is currently occupied by appointee Joan Glase.
Petitions are available in the district office in Jeffersonville between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Petitions for nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education must be filed with the clerk of the district by 5 p.m., Monday, April 18.
The Board of Registration will meet at each of the election districts on April 6 and May 11 between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. for the purpose of registering qualified voters of the school district. Locations are the Delaware Youth Center for District 1, the Jeffersonville building for District 2 and the Tusten-Cochecton Library for District 3.