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October 2011

Something old, something new

It should come as no surprise that I have a great love of the theatre. Although a big fan of the classics, I also find that experiencing new work can be as stimulating as revisiting the tried and true, and this week turned out to be a wonderful example of both.  Read more

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance: Back to the future

NARROWSBURG, NY — As a faithful supporter of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), I’m looking forward to celebrating the 35th Anniversary Gala with like-minded folks on Sunday, October 9 (see sidebar). Sifting through the mounds of articles already written about the organization since it’s inception in 1976, I searched for information not readily available.  Read more

Going local

The feeling had been creeping up on me for some time, but it wasn’t until we sat down to brunch recently at a favorite local bistro in our Manhattan neighborhood that I could identify it. I was a tourist in my own home town. The hostess did not recognize us. She sat us at a table for two in the netherlands of the middle dining room.  Read more

ROSE-MARIE CHAPMAN

Rose Marie Chapman died on September 15, 2011 at her Hemlock Farms, PA home. She was 76.

Rose-Marie was born in Fulda, Germany on April 17, 1935. After World War II, she and her mother and sister escaped the Russian-occupied area and fled to West Germany to unite with her father.  Read more

LISA GARN DEMARIA

Lisa Garn DeMaria, formerly of Monticello, NY, died Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York City of complications from colon cancer.

Born September 24, 1954 in Manchester, CT, Lisa was educated at Colby Junior College (now Colby Sawyer) in New Hampshire.

Lisa enlivened us all as the champion and center of her family, a gifted hostess, an accomplished businesswoman, a good friend and true lover of life. We will miss the spirit, joy and love she brought to everything and everyone she touched. She was especially devoted to her four boys.  Read more

GERTRUDE KATZOFF

Gertrude Katzoff, a homemaker and long time resident of the area, died on Monday, October 3, 2011 at her home in Lake Huntington, NY. She was 87.

The daughter of the late Jacob Berger and Ida Kestenbaum Berger, Gertrude was born on July 29, 1924 in Peekskill, NY.

She is survived by her children Jan Katzoff and wife Lynn, of Whitefish, MT and Sharon Katzoff of New York City; brother-in-law Herb Katzoff and wife Doris of Syracuse, NY; and cousins Elaine Katzoff of Lake Huntington, Rhonda Mason of East Meredith, NY and Susan Sherwood of Syracuse.  Read more

BEULAH ‘PAT’ RYAN

Beulah “Pat” Ryan of Kauneonga Lake, NY passed away on Monday, September 26, 2011 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty, NY. She was 85.

Pat was born on September 16, 1926 in Cochecton, NY, to the late Irving and Pearl Keesler Dexter.

She was a member of the Community United Methodist Church of Kauneonga Lake.

She is survived by two sons, Edward Rhyne of Painted Post, NY and Craig Rhyne and his wife Melinda of Telford, TN; brother Everett Dexter and his wife Virginia of Kauneonga Lake; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  Read more

KAREN ANN SPENCER

Karen Ann Spencer of Wayne County, PA died Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 64.

She was married to Gerald Lee Spencer.

Born in Little Rock, MI in 1947, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Betty McKenna Prang. Karen was of the Catholic faith. She was a loving wife and mother. Karen was a lover of beautiful things and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.  Read more

Where’s the gas money?

National Public Radio last week reported that Reading, PA has the highest poverty rate for any city its size in the country. Pennsylvania, it seems, is no longer a Commonwealth. We no longer share our wealth in common.  Read more

Democracy at work

Something special happens when neighbors with differing views listen and learn together.

That is what happened on September 24, when more than 70 citizens gathered in the town hall in Jeffersonville, NY. The Town of Callicoon Democratic Club had invited William Kappel, United States Geological Survey hydrologist, to give a scientific presentation on hydro-fracking, the process itself and comment on municipal control of shale gas extraction. The speaker, an expert in his field, presented much data in laymen’s terms and addressed countless questions and individual concerns.  Read more