After months of debate over the new zoning in the Town of Fallsburg, a final public hearing will be held at 8:15 p.m. June 12 at the Mountaindale Firehouse.

After months of debate over the new zoning in the Town of Fallsburg, a final public hearing will be held at 8:15 p.m. June 12 at the Mountaindale Firehouse.

The zoning would increase the building density in the town, allowing developers to build on half-acre lots. They are now limited to one lot per 3 acres.

The proposal sparked strong outcries by those who worked more than a year on the new master plan.

The board was scheduled to vote on the new zoning last week, but had to declare itself lead agency and schedule another public hearing because of the changes in the zoning, which will become a local law.

Over? Did somebody say over?

It was by a "narrow margin" that voters in Lumberland defeated a proposed referendum to change the town's classification, according to those who led the campaign that would have limited the town supervisor to a two-year rather than a four-year term.

"We concede that the opponents to change won the election by 46 votes," said Van Krzywicki, one of the 59 Lumberlanders who signed a petition that led to the special election this week. "It appears clear that the majority decided to send the board back to their desks rather than to the door. It is also clear that a very significant number of people are dissatisfied with the performance of the present government."

There are still challenges that Krzywicki and his fellow proponents of change plan to take up in the months ahead, like the annual report of the town's finances. But for now, he said, he's pleased that so many people supported the change.

"Take notice: Demographics are changing and the present government survived by a relatively narrow margin."

For the time being, Krzywicki and his compatriots will regroup. "You know," he said, "we've got to leave something for next week."

There's nothing like a centennial anniversary to bring out the bigwigs and dignitaries.

New York Archbishop Edward Egan, about as bigwig as you can get in the world of New York Catholicism, will lead the Mass at Saint Anthony's of Padua in Yulan next Sunday, to celebrate the church's 100th anniversary.

St. Anthony's was the first Catholic church in the Highland, and with the closing of St. Bernardine of Siena Church in Highland Lake — which opened some 17 years after St. Anthony's and served the community until the 1970s — it is once again the only such church in town.

The present building replaced the first church, which was destroyed by fire in 1932. The parish was also expanded to include Lumberland with its Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, built in 1915.

The Mass begins at 11 a.m. on June 3 and is open to anyone interested in attending.

Aaron Robinson remembers what Barryville was like when he was a kid, swimming in the Delaware thanks to a generous man who donated his property to the Town of Highland for river access.

He shared some of those memories with the current Town Board, and followed up the reminiscence by doing his own civic duty and offering up his three acres of property on River Road in Barryville for the town residents to use to access the Delaware.

Robinson now lives in Shohola, but owns land across the bridge he thinks the town residents would enjoy, particularly the kids.

"There's not much around here for kids to do," he said. "This would let them take advantage of the river."

Town officials need to look over the property, and a title search must take place, before they can accept it. But if all goes well, summer in the Town of Highland might be a little cooler this year.

The New York State Department of Transportation will start the installation of drainage structures at 7 a.m. Tuesday by Monticello Raceway, near the intersection of Kaufman Road and Route 17B.

There will be lane closures on parts of Route 17B heading east.

The work is expected to be completed by Friday, weather permitting.