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May 2011


Laverne “Bernie” E. Layton Jr. of Honesdale, PA died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at home. He was 55.

Born on September 15, 1955 in Milanville, PA, he was the son of the late Laverne and Joan Fisher Layton.

Laverne enjoyed hunting, fishing and target shooting.

He is survived by a brother, Richard Layton of Carbondale, PA; niece Aubrey Layton of Lake Ariel, PA; a special friend, Ann Brill of Beach Lake, PA; step-children Alex Hedderick of Moosic, PA and Ashley Hedderick of Carbondale; two step-grandchildren; and aunts, uncles and cousins.  Read more


Robert L. Milani, a retired U.S. Federal Marshal and a longtime resident of the area, passed away at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA on Friday, April 22, 2011. He was 83.

He was born in Bronx, NY on August 13, 1927 to the late Ercole and Rose Milani.

Robert was a WWII and Korean Conflict veteran. He served in the U.S. Marines, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a NYC police officer, a NYS police trooper and a U.S. Marshal for 30 years. He was the widower of Josephine Fornari Milani; they were married for 33 years.  Read more

Wild leeks

The leeks are up. Patches of our native wild onion have appeared like vast green islands in the moist leaf mat of local woodlands. They are a sure sign of renewal after our long winter and the fits and starts of our cold, wet spring.

Leeks, also known as ramps, grow wild in the woods from Georgia to Quebec and as far west as Minnesota. In fact, Chicago, IL, is said to have derived its name from the Native American “Shikako” or “skunk place” due to the abundance of wild onions in that area. Leeks are known for their potent, garlic-like flavor and their ephemerally brief growing season.  Read more

The pros and cons of dairy

[A health feature in our April 7 edition provoked considerable controversy among our readers with regard to some statements about the health impact of dairy products. The two letters below present two different perspectives on the issue.]

The dairy dilemma
In response to a letter to the editor published in The River Reporter of April 14, I‘d like to address some points regarding the “virtues of dairy.”  Read more

Write in Keesler for supervisor

Dolores Keesler is angry. And so am I.

She has lived in Wayne County, PA most of her adult life, and taught in our schools for more than 26 years. When she was appointed to represent Damascus Township on the Upper Delaware Council, she was honored to serve in that volunteer capacity.

Then suddenly, after serving nearly three years as Damascus representative, she received a letter from the township stating:

“The Board of Supervisors voted to change the representative to the Upper Delaware Council. The vote was to effectuate this change immediately.”  Read more

Pascotto for transparent government

It is with great pleasure that I support Georgette Pascotto as a candidate for Texas Township Supervisor. Georgette regularly participates in township meetings and strives to accomplish what is beneficial to the majority of township residents and businesses.

The Texas Township citizen’s website that she initiated is one of her most successful endeavors. Like many residents, I am unable to attend many township meetings. The website keeps us informed of our local government in action. Please see the website at www.texas-township-citizens.com.  Read more

Why I won’t be at Meet the Candidates night

On May 9, Citizens for Open Government (CFOG) have planned a Meet the Candidates night. I do not plan to attend for the following reasons:

1. It has been a Meet the Candidates year for me, continuously meeting the voters of Shohola. My election signs are plentiful, each representing residents who have discussed with me what is important to them.  Read more

Democracy is dangerous

The town board of the Town of Delaware, NY recently declined to pass a resolution that would have advocated for a key home-rule principle. Specifically, the resolution would have supported S3472 and A3245, New York State Senate and Assembly bills respectively, that would have reaffirmed the rights of municipalities to control land use within their own borders.  Read more

Book sale

May 14, 2011 - May 21, 2011

Gently used books & other materials for sale at the library during regular hours. 845/482-4350.

Between the raindrops

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — “April is the cruelest month,” wrote T.S Elliot in his epic poem, “The Wasteland.” Given the preponderance of rain and its stultifying effect on local sports, those words describing the past month echoed a sodden truth. But despite the rain, this past week brought some intense local action. By far the largest of these outings was the 23rd annual Monticello Games, one of the highlights of the spring track season. The Montie games were staged on April 30.  Read more