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January 2011


Alex Jenkins of Glen Spey passed away in New City, NY on January 15, 2011. He was 70.

Alex was born April 29, 1940, in Warwick, NY.

Since November 12, 2001, his family had been the staff and the individuals who live at Silverman House of The Crystal Run Village Inc. Alex attended Rose Valley day program at Sullivan ARC. The years he spent at Silverman were happy and content and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by sisters Edith and Ida.

He is predeceased by his parents; and brother Russel.  Read more


Mildred J. Duttweiler, a retired home economics teacher at Livingston Manor Central School and lifelong resident of the area, died Sunday, January 16, 2011, at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale, PA. She was 93.

Daughter of Frederick and Helen Eggler Duttweiler, she was born September 27, 1917 in Jeffersonville, NY.

Affectionately known as “Miss Dutty” to her students, she was a member of the NYS Retired Teachers Assn. and the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville.  Read more


Florence Marjorie Baum of Sparta, TN and formerly of Jeffersonville, NY and Homestead, FL, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2011 at NHC of Sparta. She was 89.

The daughter of the late Lester and Marion Fraser Simonson Sr., she was born January 23, 1921 in Camden, NJ.

Mrs. Baum was a full-time homemaker and mom but also worked at Sullivan’s Department Store in Liberty, and later at the Senior Citizens Center in Homestead.  Read more

An agricultural vision


As a teenager I dreamed of the perfect place to live. After traveling this vast country, I discovered why four generations of my ancestors chose Sullivan County. My great-grandfather, proprietor of Liberty’s Shady Grove boarding house, welcomed guests to his farm for “fresh air and clean water.” I am now part of that rich farming heritage as owner of Gieger Dairy Farm—NY State Solar Dairy of Distinction and a co-founder of Sullivan County Farm Network, which works to increase farm activities and connect those who grow food with those who eat it.  Read more

Laying blame in the wrong place

The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) recently sent a letter to the DRBC supporting the adoption of certain alterations in the existing Flexible Flow Management Plan (FFMP) governing releases from the New York City reservoirs to the Delaware River. The alterations are embodied in a white paper issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Bureau of Fisheries. The paper describes a flow management system that adopts the same structural principles as the current FFMP, but has more water—the equivalent of about 90 million gallons per day (mgd)—to play around with.  Read more

County court system considered

In March, the residents of the Village of Liberty will vote on whether they want to dissolve the village court and let the cases and court functions be absorbed by the Town of Liberty court. Members of the town board have indicated that they are not so enthusiastic about that possibility, but if the voters vote to dissolve, the town won’t have any choice.

Three members of the village board want the court to be dissolved because it runs a deficit somewhere above $28,000 per year.  Read more

Yoga café closing awakens community

About 40 devotees of the Himalayan Institute Café on Main Street gathered on January 15 to discuss what the community can do to replace or to continue this center that the institute is closing by month’s end.

A lot of the discussion initially centered on the importance of the institute’s café and three-story building to the economic health of the Honesdale business community.  Read more

Towns bring legal experts to region

Two New York towns—Highland and Lumberland—have teamed up to learn how to pursue possible legal protections against the impacts of natural gas extraction and have invited two legal firms specializing on the topic to present information to the public on February 19 at the Eldred Central School.

“Gas drilling is a hot topic right now,” said Glen Goldstein, member of the Highland Planning Board and chair of Highland’s new energy and environment committee. “Our job is to get smarter and to report back to the town what we learn.  Read more

‘Most endangered river’ named PA’s River of the Year

REGION — The Delaware River, identified by the national organization American Rivers in 2010 as the nation’s most endangered river due to the threats posed to it by natural gas extraction, has now been named Pennsylvania’s River of the Year for 2011.  Read more

Upper Delaware Fall/Winter 2012

Published twice a year as a stand alone and online, Upper Delaware Magazine provides a substantial and entertaining guide to the Upper Delaware River valley. Its literate features and fine photography highlight the special character of our region: its history, beautiful countryside, colorful people, restaurants, shops and galleries and top notch entertainment. Upper Delaware gives you an insider’s look on a whole range of activities, as well as emphasizing ways to stay fit and have fun with the family.   Read more