Harpersfield should reject track
Despite Harpersfield residents' protests, a huge motorcycle track is being constructed on Parker Schoolhouse Road.
It's hard to imagine a worse fit for a quiet country setting than a roaring motorcycle facility that its website described as "a unique, exciting superbike racing experience." Subsequently, this description was taken off the site, but there have been so many contradictory descriptions of this project that it's impossible to gauge its scope.
This project has been secretive and deceptive. A few neighbors were notified that there would be a new business nearby, but the notice never mentioned a track.
Glenn Nealis of the Industrial Development Agency suggested that the track would be open seven days a week. The Harpersfield Planning Board maintains that it only supported a three-day-per week schedule.
Recently, the New York state DEC temporarily suspended work, yet another indication of the project's constantly shifting parameters.
Now that the DEC has raised questions about the permits, the developer will have to redefine exactly what he is building.
The Harpersfield Planning Board will have an opportunity to review the track's new scope and how it will impact residents' quality of life.
We need our planning board to protect us, not sanction destructive developments. Now is the time to do the right thing and reject this track.
Do all you can to prevent suicides
The local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will again be
hosting the Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Oneonta, in Neahwa Park on Sept. 8.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 36,000 children, teens and older adults losing their lives each year in the U.S., the importance of AFSP's mission has never been more urgent.
Whether you have been touched personally by suicide or not, we encourage everyone to participate. Funds will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which funds national and local suicide prevention programs and research. To register for thewalk, please visit www.outofthedarkness.org or call (888) 333-AFSP.
And please remember if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, help is available by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255).