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September 2011

Callicoon, towns and gas drilling

As a member of the Sullivan County Multi-Municipal Task Force (MMTF), officials in the Town of Callicoon are considering the adoption of a road-use agreement that would allow them to protect their roads if a high-impact industrial use, such as gas drilling, moved into town.  Read more

WCD assists in floodplain issues,mapping, management and insurance considered

New National Flood Insurance Rate Maps were presented to Wayne County municipalities by Federal Emergency Management Agency officials recently. The Pennsylvania Floodplain Management Act (Act 166 of 1978) requires that all municipalities enact and enforce an ordinance to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Floodplain Management Act and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Read more

L’Shanah Tovah — Happy New Year!

As summer gives way to fall, I pause and reflect. Although I do not spend much time in temple these days, the Jewish traditions I grew up with still resonate. Rosh Hashanah is “One of two High Holidays in the Jewish religion, the other being Yom Kippur, which occurs 10 days after Rosh Hashanah begins (this year, Thursday, September 29). During the High Holidays, Jews cleanse their soul and get the chance to start fresh with an unburdened conscience and the intention of doing better in the coming year,” (www.howstuff  Read more

The poster saga

I first came across the poster for Andy Warhol’s film “Woman in Revolt” while doing research for a documentary, “Beautiful Darling,” that I was editing about one of its stars, Candy Darling. The poster is red and black and features Candy with her fist thrown toward the camera. I always thought it was a great poster.

“Beautiful Darling” was the first film that I edited and so as a present to myself after I finished work on it I purchased the poster on eBay. List price, the poster was $700. I got one in very good condition for $350. Not bad, eh?  Read more

Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County: The gift that keeps on giving

MONTICELLO, NY — It’s easy to take basic skills that we learn in school for granted, and I assumed that if I had mastered those skills at an early age, others must have as well. Shortly after moving to the Catskills, I became aware of some startling statistics, including the fact that there are thousands of adults in this country struggling with the ability to read and write. Determined to become a part of the solution, I perused the local papers and discovered the Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County (LVSC).  Read more


Klara J. Brickner of Jeffersonville, NY, a homemaker and longtime area resident, died Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at home. She was 88.

The daughter of the late George and Julie Doefinger Mattes, she was born September 11, 1923 in Switzerland. She was the widow of Edward Brickner.

She is survived by sons Eric G. Brickner and wife Eileen and Peter T. Brickner and wife Lori; grandson Edward J. Brickner and wife Patricia; granddaughter Tara J. Imbrogno; and three great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by a daughter, Edith Topping.  Read more


Kenneth M. James, a longtime resident of the area, passed away at NYS Veterans Home at Montrose, NY on Friday, September 23, 2011. He was 70.

Kenneth was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 2, 1941 to the late Kenneth M. and Helen Sweet James.

Kenneth was retired sergeant from the U.S. military after serving 20 years. He served in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and the National Guard. He served in Vietnam, and guarded the president at the embassy. He was named “Marine of the Year.”  Read more



Beth Lang knew the misery of addiction because she lived it.

She entered recovery through 12-step programs, and for more than two decades as executive director of Better Way of Miami, guided others on similar journeys.  Read more


Robert Lloyd of Palm City, FL passed away September 21,2011 at his residence. He was 48.

Bob was formerly from Honesdale, PA and spent years as a service advisor in the automobile industry.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Lee Ann Lloyd of Palm City; son Robert John Lloyd Jr. of Palm City; mother Helen Lloyd of Bethany, PA; sisters Virginia Kluger and husband Jeffrey of West Hartford CT and Connie Lloyd of Beach Lake, PA; and nephews Scott and Alex Kluger of West Hartford.

Private services will be held at a later date.

‘Got a Minute? Let Me Tell You’

The two pieces below are from the Western Sullivan Public Library’s “Got a Minute? Let Me Tell You” community storytelling project.

Loving books

By Sui-Ling Ruiz

“You love books because you are a teacher,” she said.

“Is that what you think?” I replied.  Read more