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July 2, 2013

In Our Opinion: Cheers

The Daily Star

---- — To a program to allow certified outdoor guides on the New York City-owned watershed property in the Catskills.

“Professional guides offer a valuable service for those who are seeking outdoor recreational opportunities in the Catskills,” New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland said in a media release announcing the program last month. “By opening city-owned properties to these outdoor experts, DEP hopes visitors, including New York City residents, will find new places to enjoy the excellent fishing, hunting, and hiking in the scenic watershed.”

Outdoor guides who want to offer services on city-owned properties must be certified by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Among other requirements, the state program requires all guides to be certified in first aid, CPR and water safety. Guides also must pass a state exam.

Anything that helps facilitate public use of watershed lands is a good thing. 

Guides who are interested in utilizing city-owned land can call DEP at (800) 575-LAND. Visitors interested in choosing a guide may also call that number to ensure a guide is certified to offer tours on city-owned properties. 


To Chobani founder and Chief Executive Officer Hamdi Ulukaya on being named Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year at a June 8 ceremony in Monte Carlo.

Selected from a group of more than 50 country-winners from across the globe for this honor, Ulukaya was recognized for his “innovation to bring wholesome food to the masses; regeneration of a long-stagnant category; financial success; and personal commitment to building a world-class brand,” according to a media release from Ernst & Young.

“What began as just my personal commitment to make delicious and nutritious Greek yogurt accessible to everyone has turned into a 3,000-person-strong company serving three markets around the world,” Ulukaya said in the release.

The company, founded in the town of Columbus in 2005, brings in about $1 billion a year in sales and has put our area at the center of the rise of popularity of Greek yogurt in the U.S.

We congratulate Ulukaya on his award.


To the organizers of local farmers’ markets.

Some farmers’ markets are available throughout the year, such as the Oneonta and Cooperstown markets, but as spring and summer arrives, more markets are added to the schedule.

Many communities, such as Morris, Hobart and Sidney, offer weekly markets, and others are more sporadic, such as the Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce holiday pop-up markets and the Cornell Cooperative Extension markets in Walton and Deposit.

The markets offer locally grown meat and produce and handmade products. Some offer entertainment and activities during open hours. 

We love seeing easy access to locally grown food and locally made products. We thank merchants and organizers for keeping the markets open, and encourage residents to see what the markets have to offer.