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According to the NYSDEC, the managers of Little Buck Pond in Kent are proposing to use strong chemicals on the lake to kill aquatic vegetation. You can read their application here. Comments on this use are requested by May 8th, 2010.
My question about these things is always the same: why not put the effort into cleaning up the stormwater and septic problems that are causing all this vegetation to grow and solve the problem once and for all? Perhaps in the future, before DEC allows application of herbicides, they require that it be part of a larger program that will lead to that application being the final step in an overall process? Otherwise, we find ourselves repeating the same steps over and again and never really solving the problem at the base.Jury selection begins in the case of Putnam County Sheriff Barbara Dunn who was, at the time, also wearing a hat which had her actively involved with the county Humane Society. The case is about whether she abused her privileges, combining one job with the other. For those who were targeted by her sometimes ruthless ardor and reported ruthless investigation "techniques", especially in regards to discovering evidence of alleged abuse, you know full well how damaging her actions were to the cause. It's taken the Humane Society several years to recover from the scandals. There's a link to a NYJN story about all that here.
Talk about stuffing the ballot box! In our last episode I wrote:
Our informal poll on the County Executive's race is rather interesting. Though only 23 of you had voted as of this writing the current CE only has one vote in his favor. "Someone Else" has 11 and Senator Leibell has 8. Go here to vote. It's on the left near the top of the page.
When I got home yesterday evening I saw that 59 people had voted and Senator Leibell pulled way ahead of the pack! The problem is, if you think it's a problem, is that one third of those 'votes' came within a 2 hour period late Wednesday afternoon, another third came yesterday morning, then there was a two hour lull which ended in a concentrated one hour vote-a-thon! There was a vote from the NYPD, one from the State Senate's offices, one from Fordham University, one from inside Westchester county government and the rest from rather closely related IP addresses. While on Wednesday votes went to others listed in the poll, yesterday the Senator received *every* vote cast.While we're talking about reading for free, word on the street says the FOX Courier may be running at a financial loss as readers leave the rag due to the overt right-wing ass kissing they seem to be doing over there. When Eric Gross ran things there was a good deal of that going on too but it didn't have the nasty FOXNews slant that it has now.
If you're a current reader of the FOX Courier and you are concerned with the harsh right-turn that rag has made since the Ailes' took control, you can do the same: cancel your subscription and send your dollars our way. Here at News That Matters we take social libertarianism seriously and not just as a way to take digs at Democrats we don't like - which is most of them. And you know we take just as many shots at pretty much everyone else out there who thinks they are, or who want to be, in government.
The weather this weekend looks to be quite summer-like with highs in the 80's on Saturday and a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday. The Ten-Day forecast shows weather and temps appropriate for this time of year so maybe it's finally safe to get those veggies in the garden. Just keep in mind that we had a frost on May 20th of last year...
So, get out. Take a hike. Catch some live theater or music. Do something this weekend!
On April 30th the Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs program will pot-up 3,000 bare-root seedlings of native plants and shrubs. Many hands make light work and we need your help! Join us for a day in the dirt on "the berm" at the NYSDEC Region 3 offices in New Paltz (21 S. Putt Corners Road). Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Jess Kindred at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (845) 256 3827. Event details may change due to weather and/or work load. Please call to confirm dates and times.
1PM - 4PM - Gather at NYS Capital Bldg, Capitol Park, State St, Albany. Jobs for All; End the Wars; Healthcare for All; Stop Wage,State Budget & Education Cuts; Defend Civil Rights, Women's & Immigrant Rights; End NYS Ban on Gay Marriage; Green Jobs & Clean Energy Now! Speakers, music. Sponsored by Hudson Mohawk May Day Committee; Solidarity Committee of The Cap Dist; Troy Area Labor Council; Media Alliance; The Eighth Step; IWW; Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace; NY Labor History Assoc-Info hudsonmohawkmayday.org / (518) 273-2759 Art Fleishner
email@example.com, 845-298-8379 (no machine). Meet: 9:15am at Starr22 Diner, intersection of NY 22 and DC 21, to caravan to ending point on East Mountain Rd., then carpool to start at Schaghticoke Rd. Moderate 5.5 miles. Call at 7:15am day of hike if questions about weather.
Field Farmstead Preserve on Fields Lane in Brewster on Saturday, May 22nd from 9:30 to 12:30. Work detail will include removal of debris, posting of border signs, creating about 200 feet of new trail and removal of invasive plants such as multi-flora rose and barberry. Water, work gloves, jeans and work or hiking boots are suggested. Tools such as shovels, clippers, rakes and loppers if available would be helpful. If not tools will be provided. Come have fun with a like minded group of individuals in the out-of-doors while helping maintain trails for the public. To learn more or to sign up, please contact Judy Terlizzi at 845 228 4520, Bob Lund at 845 279 3122 or visit the website at www.pclt.net.
www.efc.syracusecoe.org. Registration deadline: May 10, 2010. Location: Bear Mountain Conference Center
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