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Harford Considers Borrowing
Open Positions In Montrose
Montrose Police Seek Information

Courthouse Report
Gibson Barracks Report
Great Bend Township Supers Reorganize
Carney Sworn In As Member Of Congress
Susky Borough Police Report
Toxic Mold
Your Watershed Association

Harford Considers Borrowing

As required by law, the Harford Township Supervisors met on the first Monday of January (or, in this case, as soon as possible thereafter) to organize themselves. They also moved up their first meeting of the month, but later decided they might need another first meeting of the month.

The Supervisors made no changes to their organization. Rick Pisasik remains in the chair, Terry VanGorden remains vice-chair and Roadmaster, and Sue Furney remains Secretary/Treasurer. They reappointed all depositories, their solicitor, and vacancy board. The Treasurer's bond remains at $450,000, and meetings will be held on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m., and on the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Employees’ wages were tabled pending an executive session, and Ms. Furney's wages as township Secretary are to be determined by the township's auditors. Mileage reimbursement is to reflect levels set by the Internal Revenue Service, currently at 48.5 cents. The employees will get the standard holidays, including the day after Thanksgiving, and a half day on Christmas eve and New Year's eve.

The major pending business before the township concerns the two projects left over from last summer's flooding at Tingley Lake and Pennay Hill Road. Two engineering companies have submitted bids for the engineering studies that will be required before the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will issue permits for the work to proceed. All of the bids have been much higher than anticipated. The Pennay Hill project may eventually be fully reimbursable by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The sluice under Stearns Road at the outlet of Tingley Lake will be entirely the township's responsibility.

Ms. Furney said that she and Mr. VanGorden would prefer to accept the bid of Hawk Engineering of Binghamton. Their bid on the Stearns Road project was higher than that of CECO of Scranton, but Ms. Furney said that Hawk had been much more responsive. Mr. Pisasik then said he would contact Hawk to find out if their bid could be brought down.

Whatever is finally decided, Ms. Furney said, "We're at a point where we're going to have to borrow." With engineering costs alone expected to top $50,000 on the two projects, the township will not be able to afford to actually complete the work without additional funding. FEMA is also applying pressure to get the work underway on Pennay Hill Road. And nobody wants to wait until Tingley Lake floods again to decide to do something there.

So Ms. Furney will canvass local banks to establish what funding opportunities are available. She and Mr. Pisasik will bring their results to the next Supervisors' meeting, on January 13.

In other business, PennDOT wants to shed more roads. This time it wants to hand off a short piece of the road to Alford from U.S. Route 11 to the creek (not including the bridge). As an inducement for municipalities to accept these "turn-backs," the state sweetens the pot with a lump sum payment, in this case, $28,000.

Ms. Furney and Mr. VanGorden advised against accepting the turn-back at this time. The roadway is narrow and comes with about four sluice pipes that would have to be maintained. With everything else they have to worry about, they didn't seem inclined to take on another headache from PennDOT.

The Supervisors are also considering trading in their backhoe for another new one. The backhoe is by far the most- used machine in the township's inventory. About six years ago they decided to buy a new one, and since then have traded them in as the warranties run out. The current warranty will expire this summer. It is thought that the trade-in value is higher with a warranty still in effect.

The second first meeting of January for the Harford Township Supervisors will take place on Saturday, January 13, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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Open Positions In Montrose

The January 2 meeting of the Montrose Borough Council was fraught with future potential. Some appointments were made, and the advertisement of other openings approved. One councilman resigned, and his service commended. Repair work was discussed and two subdivisions approved (one contingent on approval by the sewage department). The start of a new year seems a good time to consider alterations in staff and policy.

The Council accepted, with regret and appreciation for service, the resignation of Fred Perkins. His position will be advertised, and a special meeting held on the 25th of this month to appoint a replacement. (This has to be done within 30 days.) All interested members from the second ward should have their letters of interest submitted by February 22.

There was one man already interested in the position present at the meeting, a Mr. Wegman. He has spent ten years working with support services for the elderly, and would like to focus his efforts in that direction if appointed. He passed out books on available services, and offered to try and assist any needy elderly the council knew of, whether he was appointed or not. He was instructed to submit a letter of interest.

Some appointments were made to various committees as well. Committee positions still open will also be advertised, and letters of interest should be submitted by the same date. In addition to this, the list of fire police was approved. It was stated that the same were to be commended for their work.

Employees mean wages, therefore it seems logical that in a meeting with much personnel discussion, wages and employee benefits would also be discussed. Along this vein the wages and salaries for employees were approved. It was decided that a resolution would be prepared for next month regarding a $100 per month compensation rate for the Councilmen and the Mayor. The advertisement of the 2006 Compliance Amendment to the Police Pension Plan was approved, pending approval by the borough solicitor. This is an amendment, presented by the state, which the borough is required to follow. Advertisement thereof is necessary to demonstrate compliance with police pension plans.

Apart from the staffing sphere, a potentially dangerous repercussion of the June flood was brought up. FEMA has allotted $21,000 to fix a catch basin on Church Street, but it was reported that if it was not fixed soon it would be dangerous, and the drain would be lost. The consensus was that the use of other money in order to fix it was a wise decision, and the money could be reimbursed by FEMA money when it came in.

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Montrose Police Seek Information

Montrose Borough Police are currently seeking information on the following individual (pictured): Nicholas Degroat, a Caucasian male, 6'2", approximately 220 lbs., with grey hair and brown eyes. He wears glasses, and was last known to be driving a blue, 1992 Ford Taurus, NY registration CUB-4568. The subject has criminal history in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Virginia and has multiple aliases. He is wanted by New York State Police-Middletown, NY for similar charges. His last local address is Dimock, PA.

Anyone with information should contact: Montrose Borough Police, (570) 278–1312; New York State Police-Middletown, (845) 344–5300; U.S. Marshal’s Service, (570) 346–7277; PA State Police, County Sheriff, or local police.

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Courthouse Report
Compiled By P. Jay Amadio


Mary E. McElhinney to Paul Barker, Media, Tina Barker, in Herrick Township for $210,000.

John M. Fritz, Brenda L. Fritz to Rebecca L. Tingley, Harford, James J. Resseguie, in Harford Township for $115,000.

Kevin W. Gevert, Christine M. Gevert to Nicole Vibbard, Springville, in Springville Twp. for $159,000.

Federal National Mortgage Association (aka) Fanniemae to Stephen C. Lewis, Montrose, Norma J. Lewis, in Rush Township for $53,000.

Peter J. Churchill to Paul Breza, New York, PA, in Gibson Twp. for $82,000.

Leon Whitney, Linda D. Whitney to Ryszard Tyryllo, Jersey City, NJ, Maria A. Tyryllo, in Thompson Township for $62,000.

Chester E. Kilmer Jr. to Glen J. Whitney, New Milford, Christina M. Whitney, in New Milford Twp. for $6,000.

Kimberly L. Grace to Paul R. Wells, RR7, Montrose, in Bridgewater Township for $103,000.

Sandra A. Babuka to Lourdes Ungaro, Brooklyn, PA, in Brooklyn Township for $83,500.

Laidily S. MacBride to E.L. Rose Conservancy of Susquehanna County Inc., in Brackney for one dollar.

Roger M. Jerez, Shirley A. Jerez to Shirley A. Jerez (living trust), The Villages, FL, in Herrick Township for ten dollars.

Stanley J. Griffis, Linda Griffis, Susan Griffis, Frances McNamara to Susan Griffis McNamara, RR1, Friendsville, Francis McNamara, in Montrose for one dollar.

Mark Chambers, Joanne Chambers to Gerald Perlman, New York, David J. Trachtenberg, in Clifford Township for $62,000.

Gerald Perlman, David J. Trachtenberg to Gerald Perlman, New York, David J. Trachtenberg, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Fred F. Mittmann to Amy B. Legg, Montrose, in Montrose for $155,000.

Mary L. Riecke, Marsha L. Morrison, Marie L. Brant (estate) to Keith E. Brant, RR2, Susquehanna, in Great Bend Township for one dollar.

Curtis L. Eshbaugh, Pamela M. Eshbaugh, John P. Mocniak, Lori L. Mocniak to Lois Buddenhagen, Patchogue, NY, in Apolacon Township for $23,500.

Albert H. Stickney, Doris J. Stickney to Patrick M. Flaherty (rev trust), Pleasant Valley, NY, in Choconut Township for $115,000.

Tom Dooley (aka) Thomas A. Dooley, Diane Dooley (aka) Diane M. Dooley to Robert T. Garrigan, Yorktown Heights, NY, Monica A. Garrigan, in Thompson Township for $100,000.

Shirley Kilmer to Robert G. Kilmer, Clifford Twp., Catherine A. Kilmer, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

Robert G. Kilmer, Catherine A. Kilmer to Robert G. Kilmer, Clifford Twp., Catherine A. Kilmer, in Clifford Township for one dollar.

John D. Quigley, Karen L. Rosenthal (aka) Karen L. Rozen to Thomas W. Aylesworth, Ashburn, VA, Robin A. Ashworth, in Silver Lake Twp. for $50,000.

Christine T. Tracy, Cathleen A. Tracy to Lawrence D. Tracy, Harford, Kelly A. Tracy, in Harford Township for one dollar.

Thomas Huf, Elaine C. Huf to Thomas Huf, Kingsley, Elaine C. Huf, in Harford Twp. for one dollar.

Thomas Huf, Elaine C. Huf to Thomas Huf, Kingsley, Elaine C. Huf, in Harford Twp. for one dollar.

PNC Bank to Joseph P. Franceski III, Forest City, in Forest City for $32,500.

Joseph Organisciak to Darrell L. Hall, RR2, Montrose, Janet Hall, in Bridgewater Township for one dollar

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Gibson Barracks Report


On December 23, Joshua M. Darrow of Great Bend was driving on SR 0011 in Great Bend Township. He rear-ended a Ranger truck driven by Daniel Burnett of New Milford, then continued to drive north on Rte. 11. Shortly thereafter both Darrow and his vehicle were located. Charges are pending.


On Christmas Eve, there was an altercation between inmates at the Susquehanna County Jail in Bridgewater Township. During this incident Charles Beadenkopf was allegedly punched in the face by Gerald Fletcher.


On December 20, two drivers received an unwelcome surprise while driving on SR 706, just west of Fairdale in Jessup Township. Both Paula Phy of Rushville and Judy Rhodes of Montrose had their vehicles “paintballed” by one or more unknown actor(s) who were parked in a field along the highway.


On December 22, there was an accident on SR 81 Southbound, near Lenox Township. It occurred when Michael Grover of New Milford encountered an icy bridge while driving. His truck slid into the median, where it rolled over onto its roof. Grover was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, despite severe damage to the truck.


On December 23, Doris Washburn of Susquehanna had her vehicle stolen from in front of her grandson's residence at the intersection of Franklin and Eldridge Streets in Oakland Borough. The vehicle was a maroon 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck.


Sometime during the night of December 22/23, the cars of two people living on East Church Street in Susquehanna Depot were vandalized. Three tires were slashed and the windshield broken of a 1994 Chevrolet Berretta parked in the driveway of Marjorie Johnson's residence. A 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix also had its tires slashed. It was parked in the same driveway, and belonged to Kenneth Whitaker of Hallstead.


On December 23, an accident occurred on SR 171 in Oakland Township. It happened as Gabriel Verrocchio was stopped, waiting for southbound traffic to clear so that he could safely pass an oil delivery truck parked on the roadway while making a delivery. Francis Lamphere of Conklin, NY was driving southbound at that time and did not see Verrocchio's vehicle in time. He drove his Dodge Ram into the rear end of Verrocchio's Freightliner Sprinter. Both men suffered moderate injuries, though only one went to the hospital. Lamphere was cited for Careless Driving.


On December 23, someone damaged an outdoor warehouse light with a BB gun, at Creative Window and Door on Old Rte. 11.


On January 3, a PA inspection sticker was taken out of a truck parked at Endless Mt. Stone in Susquehanna, Oakland Township. The perpetrator(s) then fled the scene.

If you have information regarding any of the above incidents, contact the Gibson Police Barracks at (570) 465-3154.

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Great Bend Township Supers Reorganize

The Great Bend Township Supervisors met on January 2 and quickly moved through a detailed agenda of reorganizational items.

Approved were the following: election of Bob Squier as chairman and Dave Sienko as vice chairman; appointment of Sheila Guinan as secretary treasurer and Dave Sienko as roadmaster; mileage  reimbursement of .485/mile; treasurer’s bond of $400,000 (same as last year); appointment of Michael Giangrieco as legal counsel, Hawk Engineering as the township’s designated engineer, COG Sewage Committee as SEO, Joseph Collura CPA as auditing firm, depositories for township funds, signature card requirements (two for any withdrawal), Sheila Guinan as chief administrative officer for the pension plan, George Haskins as chairman of the vacancy board, and Mrs. Guinan as representative to COG, with Mr. Squier and Mr. Sienko to serve as alternates.

Meetings will now be held on the first Monday of the month, with the exception of March, when it will be held on the second Monday. All will be at 7 p.m. in the township building.

At George Haskin’s recommendation, the final payment on the John Deere will be made now out of the equipment fund, rather than waiting until spring when it is due, saving the township some interest charges.

Requesting time on the agenda was Dave Derrick, on behalf of the fire company, which had asked the PA Water Co. to install two hydrants, one on Randolph Road and another in the shopping plaza. PAWC had requested a letter from the township, accepting responsibility for the cost of the hydrants, but apparently the letter that the township had been sent in response did not arrive at its destination. The supervisors agreed to resend PAWC a copy of the original letter.

So far, $140,000 in FEMA reimbursements have been applied towards the line of credit obtained by the township to cover costs of flood recovery. $44,300 was received to cover damages to the township building.

A resolution was approved, appointing chief clerk Sylvia Beamer as the agent for Susquehanna County and Great Bend Township for the (flood) buyout program.

Mrs. Guinan noted that the supervisors will need to consider what to do about properties that were flooded and subsequently abandoned. As such, the township’s nuisance ordinance would apply, but the supervisors will need to decide how much time to allow before the ordinance’s requirements would be applied. Some residents are only now receiving SBA loan funding for repairs. It was agreed to wait until spring to see just how many properties are affected and decide on a course of action.

The roadmaster’s report included the information that Anthony DiSalvo is no longer in the township’s employ. There have been some problems resulting from the unseasonably warm weather the area has seen, mainly because the roads are still soft and have not yet hardened from the cold. Jerry Hallisey, the township’s new road worker,  said that most of them are “just mush.” He said that when a problem was fixed, another would pop up somewhere else because there is so much water. He asked residents to bear with him, he is trying to see to the potholes and trenches that have resulted from the water. And, except for a few minor things that were in the process of being seen to, the township’s equipment is ready for snow, when and if it comes.

The flagpole has been put in at the corner of the township building. After the spring thaw it will be taken out and a better base put in before it is reinstalled. A floodlight over the door on the front of the building will be adjusted to shine on the flag for the time being, until a new one can be put in.

During public comment, a resident asked how to get fill that was being removed from Dubois Creek; he was advised to get in touch with the contractor for details.

The next meeting will be on Monday, January 5, 7 p.m. in the township building.

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Carney Sworn In As Member Of Congress

Washington , D.C. – On Thursday, January 4, 2007, Representative Christopher Carney was sworn in as a new Member of the United States Congress. "This has truly been a humbling and exhilarating experience for me," said Representative Carney, who spent the day with close to 200 supporters from Northeast and Central Pennsylvania who drove in for the day's events. "We're very excited to get to work. Congress is going to do business differently now. We have new members, new priorities, and new leadership."

Already, Representative Carney has spoken with the House Leadership about the need for bipartisanship and civility in the new Congress. "I'm ready to get to work on the ambitious 'First 100 Hours' agenda. To get things done, we must reach across the aisle and work with one another. We need to raise the minimum wage, and institute across-the-board tax cuts for veterans and military families. I believe in hard work and doing the right thing. I pledged to represent the values of Pennsylvania's 10th District while in Washington, and I will continue to do so."

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Susky Borough Police Report

Following is the Susquehanna Borough Police Report, as submitted, for December, 2006.

Activities during the month of December included eight traffic arrests, 15 non-traffic arrests, 16 written warnings, 18 incidents, 11 out-of-area calls with two assists in Lanesboro, two police tow tags, and one vehicle towed. Over 40 warnings were issued due to parking on sidewalks.


On December 4, eleven electrical light boxes were smashed on Main Street.


On December 14 a Jackson Avenue resident reported that someone had taken $1,660.00 in cash from her residence.


On December 18, a 275-gallon oil tank was taken from the property at 510 East Church Street.


On December 13, seven adults were cited for fighting, threatening, and using obscene language.


On December 27, one juvenile was cited for throwing snowballs at vehicles.


On December 27, a suspicious person with a video camera in an unknown make/model vehicle was parked on Prospect Street around 8:00 p.m.

If you have information or questions about any of these incidents, contact the Susquehanna Boro Police at 853–5104. All information will be held strictly confidential.

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Toxic Mold

The Immune System

Inside your body there is an amazing protection mechanism called the Immune System. It is designed to defend you against millions of bacteria, microbes, toxins and parasites that would love to invade your body. To understand the power of the immune system, all that you have to do is look at what happens to anything once it dies. That sounds gross, but it does show you something very important about your immune system.

When something dies, its immune system (along with everything else) shuts down. In a matter of hours, the body is invaded by all sorts of bacteria, microbes, parasites. None of these things are able to get in when your immune system is working, but the moment your immune system stops, the door is wide open. Once you die it takes only a few weeks for these organisms to completely dismantle your body and carry it away, until all that’s left is a skeleton. Obviously, your immune system is doing something amazing to keep all of that dismantling from happening when you are alive.

The immune system is complex, intricate and interesting. And there are at least two good reasons for you to know more about it. First, it is just plain fascinating to understand where things like fevers, hives, inflammation, etc., come from when they happen inside your own body. You also hear a lot about the immune system in the news as new parts of it are understood and new drugs come on the market – knowing about the immune system makes these news stories understandable.


Since Dorothy and I started doing research, we never came across this material. Dot has moved out of the state and is unable to help me work this computer, so by accident if found this information. The descriptions are worth checking this info out yourself.

Also, I was concerned that Harry did not suffer all of the problems I did – so I had to assume his immune system was stronger than mine although shortly after we removed ourselves from that old house, a heart specialist implanted a pacemaker. He had a physical every year of his adult life and never had a problem with his heart. So, because of his age, I assumed toxic mold was the cause.

Throughout the six years of our research, I discovered that no scientists or doctors will say, absolutely, that a person died because of toxic mold. There can be extenuating circumstances that exist. If you live with toxic mold for an extended period of time, you can be sure it was a factor.

Prevention (US Environmental Protection Agency)

“Keep the building and furnishings dry. When things get wet, dry them quickly (24-48 hours). Perform routine maintenance, cleaning, and repairs.”

The key to mold prevention is moisture control. Water entry into buildings or crawl spaces should be controlled. If water enters a building through a leaking roof or because of a flood or accident, it should be removed immediately and affected areas should be dried out.

Special attention should be given to areas that are hidden, but might have gotten wet. Areas behind walls and in the ceilings, crawl spaces, and attics are frequently overlooked and not dried carefully; in general, all wet areas should be completely dried within 48 hours to prevent mold from growing.

Furnace humidifiers must be cleaned regularly to prevent mold and bacterial growth. Ducts in which humidifiers are placed should also be checked. All equipment in your house must be checked regularly.

HVAC systems should be checked routinely because mold in a ventilation system may be spread throughout the building; drain or condensate pans should also be checked because they can become reservoirs for mold and bacteria if not installed and maintained properly.

Toilet and bathroom areas should be carefully monitored for water and plumbing leaks. Rippling wall coverings, cracked drywall tape, peeling paint, and other signs of water damage should be investigated quickly. Any areas that smell moldy or musty should be taken care of immediately to ensure that water has not entered and mold is not growing.

Real estate companies now are checking houses for mold and can be sued for selling a mold-damaged house if the family members become ill from the mold.

Contractors and builders are in the same situation. There are hundreds of lawsuits because of shoddy work, building materials left out in the rain, leaky pipes and roofs, etc.

Other families stood by and watched their houses burn because there was no way for the house to be remediated. Since most of these people had no idea of the danger to their house or their health, too many years went by and the mold just flourished.

And don’t let anybody fool you, putting in a new furnace will not “cure the mold.” The mold must be removed. Dry up the house, some say. Well, for your information, dry mold is as dangerous as wet mold. Dry spores just float around and settle on everything. The curtains, rugs, on anything in the house and on your clothing, hair, shoes, in your nose, and you carry those spores with you!

You will hear many people say, “I have mold in my bathroom and I’m not ill, my wife is not ill.” Or, “This old town has houses that are filled with mold and no one is complaining.”

Read and weep – ignorance is not bliss – it can destroy your life and millions of people are out there where toxic mold did destroy their lives.

There was a Cleveland epidemic where, over a number of years, infants were dying of pulmonary hemorrhage (PH). During an investigation, CDC said most likely the cause was water damaged homes. Stachy was found in high quantities in the homes of the infected infants.

Again, the scientists still refuse to be certain of the cause of these deaths because one said that secondhand smoke could have been a contributing factor.

Between 1993-95, infant coronary cases were studied. All but one of the 45 cases studied lived in poor housing. More cases continued to occur. There was a question about the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

This study, called The Cleveland Outbreak, is likely to be extended beyond Cleveland since a national survey of all pediatric pulmonary centers and continued reporting had identified over 100 similar cases of pulmonary hemorrhage in infants across the country over the last seven years (report dated 8/29/2000).

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Your Watershed Association
By Sandra Kazinetz, Secretary

Because of this past summer’s devastating floods, many area residents have been referred to the “Watershed Association” for assistance in solving particular problems caused by the many meandering creeks in the area that turn into powerfully strong, deep and wide rivers that carry destruction along their paths during exceptionally extraordinary rains.

It’s appropriate, then, to give a bit of history of the area’s young Northern Susquehanna River Watershed Association and lay out what it is, what it can and cannot do, and what its goals are. The Association’s watershed is basically the watersheds of Dubois, Salt Lick and Trowbridge creeks and the tributaries that flow into them that generally lie, in alphabetical order, in Great Bend Borough, Great Bend Township, Hallstead Borough, New Milford Borough and New Milford Township.

The Northern Susquehanna River Watershed Association was formed more than a year ago – on September 15, 2005. It chose a board, consisting of a president, vice president and secretary (residents of Hallstead, New Milford Township and Great Bend Township). Representatives to the board were chosen from other municipalities in the watershed area.

The Association is not a government agency or body, meaning it does not collect taxes as a source of funds to budget for stream management and flood mitigation. (Funds for appropriate use by a watershed association generally come from government- and private-sector grants.)

Rather, the Association is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization – meaning it is a group of concerned community residents who live within the watershed area and who volunteer their time and expertise to work toward a common – and not an individual’s – goal. These goals, as stated in the Association bylaws, are to promote wise use of proper conservation practices for multiple use of the watershed; to institute programs to reduce potential flooding and support activities to protect existing structures; to protect and restore plant life, wildlife and aquatic life within the watershed; to reduce stream and groundwater pollution; to support all existing environmental rules and regulations; and to apply for funds to study, improve or eliminate watershed problems. Its purpose is not to apply for funds to dredge all the waters that flow throughout the watershed. It will and does work in concert with expert representatives from the county and state soil and water conservation agencies.

At the time it was formed, the Association was informed that significant state funds (Growing Greener) were available for use by the Watershed – specifically, for start-up costs and, later, for an extensive and expensive engineering study of the entire watershed from stream-source to river that would best determine how to address the problems with our streams and in what priority. Subsequent grant applications would be made to implement the recommended solutions.

The Association was urged to begin with smaller grants that were available from the county through Growing Greener that would establish credibility and form the basis for the subsequent, larger grant request. Thus, the Association applied for three grants in March, 2006. Not long thereafter, the area was literally swept over by the June flooding. Along with many area residents, the Association’s board members had great losses to their personal property because of it.

Nevertheless, the Association was very hopeful when it met after the flood that grant aid would surely be available to find solutions that would provide some control to our streams. Yet, the answer to all calls to the area’s state and county representatives proved just the opposite – that there was no money, there were no funds, and no one knew when any would be available.

After the flood, however, the Association was advised that the three grants it applied for earlier in the year were approved. Two are for projects in New Milford Borough (on Maple Street and next to the Green Gables) and both will be under the guidance of the County Watershed Specialist. The third is a grant for the Association’s start-up costs (legal fees, postage, copying, and other administrative needs).

With this reality, the Association welcomes any and all community members who have a real interest in the entire watershed. While the group would very much like to be able to address each and every individual concern of every property-owner affected by the flood and fix it, its larger purpose is to look at how to best address the problems that will best serve the entire watershed and the communities that lie within it, and as recommended by the appropriate soil and conservation experts. Once it has the funds to do so, that is.

The next meeting of the Watershed Association is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on January 17 at the New Milford Township Building on Route 11. The Association welcomes any and all volunteers who have the time and expertise to dedicate to the common goals of the Association. Those with experience in law, grant finding and writing, fundraising, forestry, land-use planning, working with foundations, or engineering, or who have the time to call government and other officials, or who simply want to better understand what their watershed is all about are urged to attend and find out more.

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