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June 2011

Congressman Tom Marino cosponsors Life at Conception Act to overturn Roe v. Wade

The National Pro-Life Alliance announced that Congressman Tom Marino has cosponsored the Life at Conception Act - a bill that would legislatively end the nation's policy of unlimited abortion-on-demand.  Read more


Isabella Coney, a lifelong resident of Monticello, NY, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at the St. Theresa’s Adult Home in Middletown, NY. She was 86.

The daughter of the late Charles Morris & Lena Libolt Morris, she was born October 29, 1924 in Phillipsport, NY.

She was the widow of Donald F. Coney Sr. who predeceased her on September 26, 2002.

Isabella was a member of the Moose and Eagles, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Happy Hobos and the Forestburgh Seniors. She worked at the Miss Monticello Diner for many years and was a lunch lady at the Monticello Schools.  Read more


Rose M. Maculaitis, 92 of Honesdale, PA, formerly of Beach Lake, PA, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center. She was 92.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Maculaitis, on June 2, 1992. The couple married in 1948 in Towanda, PA.

Born February 1, 1919, in Towanda, she was the daughter and last surviving member of the late Peter and Maria Pietropaoli Gabriel family.  Read more


Sam Shostle passed away on June 20, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 93.

He was born August 31, 1917 to Alex and Bertha Shostle in Louisville, KY.

He served as a combat veteran in WWII, including in the Battle of the Bulge. He worked in the grocery business most of his life.

He was a loyal friend with a great sense of humor, hard working, humble and bright right until the end. He loved animals, especially his cats, and taking country rides, picking berries, going out for coffee, and to hear the Callicoon Center Band.  Read more


John J. Them entered into rest on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Trinity Hospital, Augusta, GA. He was 82.

John lived in Milanville, PA where he constructed his own home 25 years ago. He moved to Augusta seven years ago, where he was a member of God’s Church of Grace. John was a World War II veteran.

He is survived by his son, Richard Them; a brother, Philip Them; a sister, Katherine Morales; and girlfriend Ruthie Conyers.  Read more

Old pastures

The multi-flora roses are in bloom. Their sweet, spicy fragrance meets you along the old paths. These great bushes of white roses, entwined with grape, humming with bees, are long ago escaped and gone wild. They encroach the roadsides and are taking over the old pastures.

My cousins and I played baseball in these now overgrown fields. The grass was cropped then by the Herefords my uncle pastured there. Buttercup and bull thistle—whatever a cow wouldn’t eat—grew tall.  Read more

Where’s that IDA info?

On January 20, the Sullivan County Legislature adopted Resolution 57-11, a resolution introduced by its executive committee. It requires, among other things, the posting of Sullivan County Industrial Development Association (IDA) project fiscal and employment performance information to the Sullivan County website, so that county taxpayers can more easily discern the level of local job creation actually realized in exchange for the public tax exemptions being provided on behalf of those projects.

County government remains non-compliant with Resolution 57-11.  Read more

It’s time to tighten belts

There are three members of the Tusten town board, led by Carol Wingert, who are seeking to usurp the authority of our town supervisor in respect to appointing the town bookkeeper. Our town supervisor holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and is more than qualified to make this appointment. I do not believe this to be the case with those board members who are seeking the change.  Read more

Withholding information

Month after month, residents who have attended Town of Callicoon public meetings have run head-on into a supervisor and a town attorney who seem determined to withhold even the most basic information from the public. Residents have been misled about the correspondence sent to the town, and stunned to find out that an important “public” meeting had been held practically in secret.  Read more

Good work

In recent days, I have had a profound feeling of gratitude for the hard work and good intentions of our community. Our collective actions here are making a big difference. With support from people across the country, we are getting the required results, as we many Davids face down the global Goliaths here and now.  Read more