Dolores Keesler has decided to conduct a write-in campaign for the office of supervisor against Joe Canfield. Keesler, who was until recently the Damascus Township representative to the Upper Delaware Council and the president of that body for two months, was removed from her position at the instigation of Damascus supervisor Joe Canfield, with the agreement of the other two supervisors. Justifying the move, Canfield said “Just say that she doesn’t represent the whole township, that’s all.” Read more
In a discussion about the fine points of the Marcellus Shale in the Upper Delaware Valley, professor Terry Engelder said, “I wish it would make Narrowsburg rich, but it’s not going to.” In this region that assessment will be met with a mix of glee, disappointment and skepticism. Read more
ROSCOE, NY — You can vote for Roscoe as America’s Ultimate Fishing Town at www.wfnfishingtown.com/home.php . As of this writing, Roscoe is in second place.
The contest is being run by Eagle Claw, a fishing tackle manufacturer. The winner will be awarded a $25,000 prize for a tourism boost and a 30 minute show on World Fishing Network about fishing in their town. Read more
James Bacon explained the meaning of a negative reciprocal easement. He said it’s just a fancy term to say that if you buy property in a community with deed restrictions, such as no businesses, no clotheslines or whatever the restriction might be, you must abide by those covenants, and every owner of a lot in the community has a right to enforce those covenants against everyone else. Read more
Support for the Hawley Silk Mill project has been nearly universal. Praised for its innovative steps in updating the bluestone building that dates back to the 19th century, the project has brought new economic life to the area, and is billed as the “most prestigious business location in the region.” Read more
Most people probably don’t think of Sullivan County as being on the cutting edge of much but, in the area of electronic waste, it has been. Way back in 2006, before almost any other county in the state, Sullivan County banned the dumping of electronic waste, such as televisions and computers, into the county landfill. Read more
Rounds of applause sounded repeatedly in the Highland Town Hall, as the town council passed a six-month moratorium prohibiting high impact industrial uses such as those associated with natural gas development on April 12. Read more
Report lauds Catskills’ foodshed potential
CALLICOON, NY —A new report issued by the Open Space Institute (OSI) in conjunction with the Urban Design Lab of the Earth Institute at Columbia University investigates food production in the Catskills region of New York—a region the report finds has the potential to produce enough healthy, locally grown food to feed millions of people in New York City and beyond. “Ground Up: Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture in the Catskill Region” will be presented at 12 noon on April 23 at the Callicoon Farmers Market. Read more
Like other communities considering the issue of gas drilling, the Town of Highland would like to protect its town roads if drilling activity becomes intense. The town has been working with seven other towns over the past two years to create road-use agreements that would cover damage to town roads caused not only by trucks related to gas drilling, but any trucks that heavily use town roads. Read more
At the direction of Governor Tom Corbett, acting Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer today called on all Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operators to cease by May 19 delivering wastewater from shale gas extraction to 15 facilities that currently accept it under special provisions of last year’s Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) regulations. Read more
A coalition of conservation groups will hold an Earth Day rally in the Catskills on Friday, April 22, in support of a what they call a sensible alternative to the upper Delaware River reservoir water-release plan, that the groups say has had negative environmental consequences. Read more
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens reminds hunters that the 2011 spring turkey season opens on May 1 in all of upstate New York lying north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, and that the annual Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend is set for April 23-24. Read more
When you look at a map of Congressman Maurice Hinchey’s district, which runs along the New York side of the Upper Delaware River, it seems to have been deliberately designed to include the cities of Binghamton and Ithaca, which would tend to make it more progressive than it would otherwise be. Read more
Each year the Damascus supervisors invite sixth-grade students to spend the day with them, and learn about the functions and responsibilities of local government officials.
This year the Damascus student supervisors for a day were,front row from left, Shannon Crum, Brittany Maronna, Sam Conley-Vaverchak and Alex Esselman. In the back row are Howard Schuchman, Supervisors Joe Canfield, Jeff Dexter and Chuck Grady.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today pledged to sue the federal government if it doesn’t commit in 30 days to conducting a full environmental review of proposed regulations that would allow natural gas drilling – including the potentially harmful "fracking" technique – in the Delaware River Basin. Read more