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September 2011

River trenching delayed by storms

Plans to begin trenching activities in the Lackawaxen River related to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s (TGP) 300 Line Project in Pike County continue to be delayed following Hurricane Irene and a series of rain events that have beset the region.  Read more

Watching water quality; multiple efforts underway

Little known and rarely observed are several water quality initiatives underway in the region. The River Reporter takes a look at what’s being done and by whom in this series.  Read more

Sports returns!

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Schools had yet to open, but the first weekend in September brought the debut of the 2011 football season as Sullivan County teams took to the gridiron on September 2 and 3. With the falls sports season soon to be rife with cross-country, soccer, cheerleading, volleyball and tennis action, sports returns to The River Reporter to keep readers up to speed on what is going on.  Read more

HARRISON D. BARRY SR.

Harrison D. Barry Sr. passed away on Monday, August 29, 2011 at his residence in Liberty, NY. He was 88.

Harrison was born on January 10, 1923 in Tennanah Lake, NY to the late Henry and Florence Hinkley Barry.

He was the dairy foreman at Carrland’s Dairy in Ferndale, NY. He was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran, having served his country from 1943 to 1945. He married Eva Bivins 64 years ago in Jeffersonville, NY. Harrison was a family man and avid outdoorsman. He was a wonderful husband and a good provider and he will be missed.  Read more

Frost Valley YMCA clobbered;FEMA funds may be available to help

Hurricane Irene pounded Claryville and the Frost Valley YMCA when it blew through the area on August 28. According to a press release from the organization issued on September 2, there was no road access to Frost Valley and no estimated timeline on when one would become available.  Read more

DONALD DESTEFANO

Donald DeStefano of Port Jervis, NY passed away Monday, August 29, 2011 at the home of his son, Michael in Glen Spey. He was 77.

Donald was born on January 24, 1934 in Jamaica, NY, the son of the late Anthony and Irene Nelson DeStefano. He was a retired Battery Finisher for C& D Power Systems in Huguenot, NY. He also retired from One Source at Kolmar Labs, Inc. as an assembler. He married Cordelia Conklin DeStefano who survives at home.  Read more

DR. AMADOR J. LAPUT, MD

Dr. Amador Jardiel Laput, MD of Middletown, NY and a longtime resident of the area, died peacefully with his family at his side on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Orange Regional Medical Center. He was 74.

He was born on October 10, 1936 in Manila, Philippines, the son of the late Casiano and the late Teofista Jardiel Laput.

Amador was a psychiatrist for the Middletown Psychiatric Center in Middletown, NY and was a member of the American Psychiatric Association.  Read more

Feds soften harsh sign rule; Congress isn’t providing funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s a sign of the times. The Federal Highway Administration is caving in to a tsunami of complaints about its stringent sign law that had the potential to pressure local budgets to the breaking point.  Read more

TAMMY LYNN STEFFENS REICHENBAUGH

Tammy Lynn Steffens Reichenbaugh of North Branch, NY died September 3, 2011 at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 40.

Daughter of Fred and Peggy Brockner Steffens, she was born in Liberty, NY on July 12, 1971. She was married to Charles Reichenbaugh. Tammy was a cafeteria worker at Sullivan West Elementary School in Jeffersonville, NY.  Read more

‘Big Wind from Winnetka’

While August 26th was a beautiful blue sky day the forecast for the following days were six to eight inches of rain with winds up to 75 miles an hour. If Barbara and I were to go fishing, it was Friday or forget about it for at least a week. We headed for the Willowemoc late that afternoon. Upon reaching the stream, we found a pleasant surprise. Instead of a very low flow, the creek was running at mid-May levels with a temperature of 66 degrees.  Read more