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May 2011

Police in Liberty make several drug busts in recent weeks

Police arrested Tyler Smith, 21, of East Syracuse NY May 28 and Corey Stone, 21, of Syracuse NY. Liberty Police found the men sleeping in a car in the McDonalds parking lot on Sullivan Avenue in the Village.
Officers smelt marihuana when checking the two individuals. Officers later discovered 26.6 grams of marihuana, 7 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms and several tablets of Hydrocodone and Ecstasy.  Read more

Jason James Klinkiewicz

Jason James “Klink” Klinkiewicz of Beach Lake, PA, formerly of Lookout, PA, died unexpectedly at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA on May 24, 2011. He was 25.

Born on July 24, 1985, in Carbondale, PA, he was the son of James Klinkiewicz of Equinunk, PA and Laurie Ann Lockwood of Beach Lake, formerly of Lookout.

Jason graduated from Honesdale High School Class of 2003. He attended WYO Technical School and earned a degree in Trim & Upholstery.  Read more


Joseph R. Malzahn of Shohola, PA, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. He was 18.

The son of Clinton and Regina Wolfe Malzahn Jr., he was born September 23, 1992 in Port Jervis, NY.  Read more


Richard Shust of Chester, NY, a retired school teacher at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, NJ, and a longtime resident of Chester, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 73.

The son of the late Albert and Mae Martinsak Shust, he was born on October 23, 1937 in the Bronx.  Read more


Alan G. Speaker of Glen Spey, NY passed away Tuesday May 24, 2011 at his home. He was 82.

He was born on August 4, 1928 in the Bronx, NY, the son of the late Albert and Anna Fitzgerald Speaker.

Alan was a retired courier for Wells Fargo Armored Car Service in New York City. He was a member and Past Chief of the Lumberland Fire Dept., Glen Spey and a member of the Port Jervis Lodge of Elks #645 B.P.O.E., Port Jervis, NY.  Read more


Mary Clytie (Edwards) Wilkowski of Eldred, NY passed away May 21, 2011. She was 80.

Born in Danville, VA on November 20, 1929, she was the daughter of the late William S. and Cordelia Edwards.

She married Vitold C. Wilkowski on August 24, 1947, who remained her lifelong companion. A family statement reads: “Mary was an avid reader and loved to travel. She was loved immensely and will be greatly missed.”  Read more


Carl E. Witherel, a longtime resident of Ferndale, NY, died unexpectedly on Saturday May 28, 2011. He was 65.

The son of Franklin P. and Helen Avery Witherel, he was born on June 20, 1945 in Middletown, NY.

Carl graduated from Wallkill Senior High School in 1963 and taught mathematics at the Monticello Middle School for 33 years before retiring. Carl married Alice Knapp of Mongaup Valley, NY on March 25, 1972 and they would have celebrated their 40th anniversary next year.  Read more


SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Winning a Section 9 title is momentous, but winning it year after year, especially in small schools with limited talent pools, signifies a dynasty. With its third win in a row by both its boys and girls track teams at the Section 9 Class D Championships, Eldred has earned the right to lay claim to that term. This was the fourth straight year that the Lady Yellow Jackets won.  Read more

Massachusetts fugitive commits suicide in Sullivan County Jail

May 31, 2011 – Kerry Castello, 45, was found Sunday, hanging by a bed sheet in his cell at Sullivan County Jail in Monticello. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the suicide.  Read more

Cake of the Week

“Cake of the Week” has survived another year in Mr. O.’s classroom at Sullivan West.

Kids have been bringing in historically themed cakes for extra credit since before the merger, when my husband, John, aka “Mr. O.,” was teaching social studies at Narrowsburg. (Sullivan West School District, as we now know it, is the result of the 1999 merger of the three districts of Narrowsburg, Jeffersonville/Youngsville and Delaware Valley.)  Read more