DEC Commissioner says agency is well prepared for a gas rush

By Matthew J. Perry
The New York Assembly Committee of Environmental Conservation held a public hearing in Albany on October 15 to investigate potential impacts of natural gas drilling. Twenty-four witnesses, including high-ranking representatives of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), gas company executives, independent scientists and environmental activists were invited to testify at what became a day-long event.

Unique nighttime hike set at YMCA

Claryville — A unique Nighttime Hike offering a chance for star gazing and watching nocturnal animals is set at Frost Valley YMCA on Saturday, Nov. 1 starting at 6 p.m. Reid Bauer of Frost Valley will lead the hike, helping participants overcome a fear of the dark by exploring how humans and animals adapt to the nighttime environment. The excursion will also be dedicated to learning how to view planets, stars and constellations with both the naked eye and telescopes, which will be provided.

2008 Delaware League Soccer All-Stars

Following are the names of the boys' and girls' soccer players from the Delaware League who have been selected for first-team, second-team, and honorable mention recognition as 2008 Delaware League Soccer All-Stars.

Theme weekends for scouts, youths set at Frost Valley

Claryville — Special theme weekends for Girl Scouts, Brownies and Youth Groups are planned this fall in the heart of the Catskill Mountain High Peaks at Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville.
Due to popular demand, Frost Valley has added a second Adventure Badge Weekend for Friday through Sunday, Nov. 7-9. This weekend is geared toward Juniors, Cadets and Seniors and has been scheduled because the Nov. 14-16 Adventure Badge Weekend was quickly filled to capacity.

DEP position on gas drilling still vague

By Matthew J. Perry
While The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner spoke volumes before the state assembly at an October 15th public hearing in Albany, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) representative presented the equivalent of a few sound bites.
DEP Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush followed DEC’s Peter Grannis to the microphone and spoke for less than 10 minutes. The questioning period that followed was also brief. Grannis, by comparison, testified for nearly two hours.

Margaretville Hospital urges women to schedule annual breast screenings

Margaretville – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the staff at Margaretville Hospital is encouraging all women to have breast cancer screenings. It is estimated that 182,460 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed each year in women and 1,990 new cases in men. The estimated number of deaths in women annually is 40,480 and 450 for men.

Supervisors vote "no" on watershed drill ban

By Matthew J. Perry
By a vote of 17 to 1, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday for a resolution that pushes against proposals to close the New York City watershed to natural gas drilling.
Supervisors were free-wheeling both in defense of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which regulates drilling, and with criticism for interests that have called recently for moratoriums on gas exploration within the watershed.
“Let the DEC do its job,” said Hamden Supervisor Wayne Marshfield. “We don’t need big bullies like the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) pushing us around. It’s just wrong for one municipality to try to control another. The DEC has been so diligent.”

Prescription drug discount cards pitched for Delaware Board approval

By Matthew J. Perry
ProAct, Inc., a subsidiary of Kinney Drugs, pitched the Delaware County Board of Supervisors Wednesday with a plan that could realize savings on prescription drugs for thousands of uninsured and underinsured residents. While the board expressed interest in the plan, no action will be taken until the county attorney has reviewed and approved a contract with ProAct.
The product, a discount card that would be sent out in mass mailings and made available at pharmacy counters, would cost the county nothing beyond an endorsement. David Warner, ProAct’s representative, described the discount card plan as “a way to introduce ourselves to the community.” Under questioning by the board, Warner acknowledged that in providing the service, ProAct would hope to contract with the county in its main business, which is managing prescription plans for county employees.

Heart of the Catskills newest Steuding book

Fleischmanns — Purple Mountain Press has announced the publication of The Heart of the Catskills by Bob Steuding, author of the popular and highly acclaimed The Last of the Handmade Dams: The Story of the Ashokan Reservoir.
In this new book Steuding describes the early settlement of the area, its exploitation by the tanning industry, and the building of the Grand Hotel near Belleayre. He presents the stories of colorful personalities, such as Jim Dutcher, the mountain man; John Burroughs, the writer and naturalist; and others, who once peopled this wild and beautiful place.

Fall Farm Day at Frost Valley YMCA

Claryville — All the wonders of agriculture life will be on display when Frost Valley YMCA hosts its annual Fall Farm Day on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 1-4 p.m. at its working farm in Claryville.
Admission is free and visitors of every age will enjoy many hands-on activities as they experience firsthand the daily operations of Frost Valley’s farm. Among the fun offerings will be meeting an array of animals and demonstrations of felting, candle making and spinning. There will also be live string band music.

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