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Reporter's Notebook

March 23, 2013

DEP newsletter is filled with useful tidbits

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection recently released its annual Watershed Recreation Newsletter, which serves as a guide for those who enjoy outdoor activities in the upstate watershed, according to a media release.

“In recent years, New York City has opened more of its upstate lands and waters to recreation, helping support the tourism economy that employs local residents,” Commissioner Carter Strickland said. “We invite city residents, our upstate neighbors, and people from across the region to visit the pristine watersheds and enjoy all the outdoor activities they offer.”

The newsletter provides information about the recreational boating program, which attracted nearly 1,000 boaters to the Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton and Schoharie reservoirs last year. It also includes details about a new pilot program for electric trolling motors on fishing boats, which starts this year at the Cannonsville Reservoir. Anglers can also learn about fishing access in the Croton and Catskill-Delaware watersheds. In addition, the newsletter features information about outdoor activities on city land, and invasive species protection.

The Oneonta City School District recently announced in a media release the availability of free pre-kindergarten programs to families living in the district.

Each classroom is staffed with a full-time certified teacher and a full-time classroom aide. With kindergarten in mind, the program provides a perfect balance of reading readiness skills and social development.

Eligibility for the program is dependent on residency and age. All participants must reside in the Oneonta City School District and turn four by December 1, 2013.

Spots are limited. If someone would like to enroll an eligible child in the program, they can complete the application that is available on the school’s website — — under “UPK Registration”. If someone does not have access to a printer the can call 433-8273 to request a registration packet.

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