July 7, 2009, Times Herald Record: Gas drilling co. begins application: Flags raised over water withdrawal

Gas drilling co. begins application

Flags raised over water withdrawal

A natural-gas drilling rig works on a pad in Dimock, Pa., in July 2008. Drilling could also be coming to Sullivan County.Times Herald-Record/TOM BUSHE


It’s the opening salvo for gas drilling in one of the nation’s most pristine — and protected — regions:

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November 24, 2008, The New York Times: Bald Eagles in Catskills Show Increasing Mercury

Bald Eagles in Catskills Show Increasing Mercury

Published: November 24, 2008

Less than two years after the bald eagle was removed from the federal government’s endangered species list, an environmental organization in Maine has found an alarming accumulation of mercury in the blood and feathers of bald eagle chicks in the Catskill Park region of New York.

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June 28, 2009, Times Herald Record: Monticello ‘gambling dream’ fighting long odds Sour economy sinking gaming revenue hopes

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Five years ago Tuesday, the racino at Monticello Raceway opened with as much flair as the rainbow-colored fountains that flowed in the track’s Borscht Belt heyday.

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June 30, 2009, Press Release: Hinchey, U.S. Army Corps, NYDEC Announce Commencement of Livingston Manor Flood Mitigation Study

For Immediate Release                                                                                                 Contact: Jeff Lieberson

June 30, 2009                                                                                                                   202-225-6335 (office)

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June 24, 2009, Broadway: Stagedoor Manor Camp to Honor Stephen Sondheim

Headlines: Stagedoor Manor Camp to Honor Stephen Sondheim

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Stagedoor Manor, the famous performing arts camp in the Catskill Mountains, has announced a special celebration of the works of composer Stephen Sondheim. Dubbed “A Weekend in the Country with the Music of Stephen Sondheim,” the event will include full-scale productions of six Sondheim musicals: Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, Side by Side by Sondheim and West Side Story.

Stagedoor has a long history with Sondheim, who made a cameo appearance in the 2003 movie Camp, which was filmed and based at the Sheldrake, NY, mecca for stagestruck 10- to 18-year-olds. “Stephen Sondheim’s shows are the most requested by our students,” production director Konnie Kittrell said in a statement. Sondheim reportedly responded that he is “blushingly flattered” by the upcoming tribute.

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June 24, 2009, Forward: Camp in the Catskills: A Summer Tradition

Camp in the Catskills: A Summer Tradition

By Rukhl Schaechter

Published June 24, 2009, issue of July 03, 2009.
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In 1959, a group of Holocaust survivors, most of them living in the secular, Yiddish-speaking enclave of the Amalgamated Houses in the Bronx, did something remarkable. Each of them shelled out $500 of hard-earned money to found a summer camp in the Catskill Mountains. The survivors’ goal was to pass on to the next generation their own devotion to democratic socialism and to Yiddish language and culture, mirroring their childhood experiences in Poland between the two World Wars. They called it Camp Hemshekh, which means “continuation.”

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