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January 2011

Soup dinner benefits Neversink museum

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Friends of the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation is holding its first annual soup dinner on January 29 at Drew United Methodist Church, 49-51 Sussex Street. An assortment of homemade soups, along with bread, beverages and dessert, will be served from 3 to 6 p.m., with a snow date of January 30.  Read more

‘Voices of the Oboist’ at Grace Episcopal

HONESDALE, PA — Mary Raum, oboe/coloratura soprano, accompanied by Stephen Faubel on piano, will present a concert of oboe and voice repertoire entitled “Le Roseau Chantant – Voices of the Oboist” at the Grace Episcopal Church Sanctuary, 827 Church Street at 9th Street, on Saturday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. The program will feature works by Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Schumann. This concert is presented by the Grace Church Fine Arts Committee. A suggested donation of $10 at the door will benefit the Grace Church Steinway “Series O” Piano Fund.  Read more

EagleFest celebrates its 10th

NARROWSBURG, NY — This ice sculpture, silhouetted against the railing of Narrowsburg’s Main Street observation deck and the far banks of the Delaware River, was one of several fashioned at the festival by Sculpted Ice Works of Lakeville, PA.  Read more

Celebrating Kwanzaa at Sullivan West

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY —After a recent unit study on Africa, the third graders in Lisa Smith’s class in Sullivan West Elementary School were treated to a traditional African meal to celebrate the American holiday called Kwanzaa, which means the first fruits of harvest and honors African heritage. Their teachers, Smith, Nancy Neumann and Darleen Weyandt, treated the class to African stew over rice, corn muffins, apple bread pudding and mint tea.  Read more

2010 year in review

JANUARY: St. Martin for New Years with Emily and friends. Stranded at the airport on the way home. Vow never to fly US Airways again. Head to Sundance with “Catfish.” Film is a hit. A film making fantasy fulfilled.

FEBRUARY: Travel to Berlin for the Berlinale with “Beautiful Darling.” Pictures by the Wall. Find my family’s old bank. “Catfish” sells to Relativity with Universal set to release in September.  Read more


Clyde Albert Stegner Sr. of Honesdale, PA died Monday, January 10, 2011 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He was 85.

Born July 7, 1925 in Honesdale, he is the last surviving member of the James G. and Elsie London Stegner family. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Augusta M. Hopkins. The couple married May 3, 1947.  Read more


Raymond F. Stauffer, 93, ended his earthly stay at his home in Barto, PA on Thursday, January 13, 2011. He was 93.

He was born on May 17, 1917, the son of the late Marvin and Genevieve Stauffer.

Surviving are his children Andrew with wife Patricia Stauffer of Pennsburg, PA, Christina Marks of Bally, PA and Mary Ann wife of Arnold Slonaker of Hereford, PA; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother; and two sisters.

He is predeceased by his wife Margaret (Noel) Stauffer; a brother; and two sisters.  Read more


Betty (Haralambia) Patsopulu, 90, went home to the Lord on January 9, 2011 at the Roscoe Regional Rehabilitation and Health Care Facility. She was 90.

Betty was born on April 23, 1920 in Athens, Greece. She came to the United States as a young woman and settled in NYC where she became a citizen and worked at Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.

When she retired she bought a home and lived many years in White Lake, NY where she was known by many. Betty was self-reliant and rarely asked for assistance from her friends.  Read more


Donald G. Nelson Sr. of Hasbrouck, NY, a retired correctional officer for the State of New York and a lifelong resident of the area, crossed over on Friday, January14, 2011, in Liberty, NY. He was 63.

The son of the late Donald Peter and Ellen Lois Levers Nelson, he was born April 21, 1947 in Cochecton, NY.

A Vietnam veteran, Donald was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and had received many medals during the war. He was a member of Disabled Veterans Assn., VFW Post #5808, Callicoon,NY, and the American Legion.  Read more


Arthur “Butch” McLaughlin of Beach Lake, PA died on January 12. 2011 at home. He was 66.

He was born in Newark, NJ on February 29, 1944 to Bart and Helena McLaughlin.

Butch was employed as a tractor-trailer driver. When not traveling the open roads for work, Butch enjoyed riding motorcycles with his wife and tending his horses and other projects around the house. Butch is loved and will missed.  Read more