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November 2011


Gladys “Billie” Purcell, a former longtime Barryville, NY resident, died October 24, 2011 at Cape Cod Hospital after a sudden illness. She was 89.

She was born on July 21, 1922 in Bellmore, Long Island, NY to Harold and Martha Billings.

Billie had a full and happy life, surrounded by friends and family. She touched so many lives positively and had a gift of knowing exactly what to say and do to make you feel better about yourself. Her strength and resilience will be remembered by all.  Read more


Roland G. Weiss of Kauneonga Lake, NY passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 84.

He was born on October 12, 1927 in Kauneonga Lake, the son of the late William J. and Margaret E. Stewart Weiss.  Read more

Woman pleads guilty in theft of $16,000 from Sullivan County Probation Department

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced today that Leigh Shaddock, age 41, of Liberty, NY entered a plea of guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, in Sullivan County Court. Shaddock, who worked as the administrative assistant to the Director of Sullivan County Probation, admitted to stealing over $16,000.00 in funds from September 2009 through June of 2010.  Read more

Turning 21

Our last child has come of age. With our guidance, and without it, she learned to walk and to read, to cook and sew and ride a bike and drive a car. Singing seemed to be divinely granted. There were piano lessons and Girl Scouts and summer camp and basketball league. She was an easy learner and an eager one. She spurned my attempts to guide her sartorial style, developing her own at 18 months when she insisted on dressing herself—many times a day.  Read more

Dream on

With all the focus on natural gas drilling in the zoning reviews of local municipalities, a couple of other concerns voiced in the public Dream on  Read more

Taking care of business

With all the focus on natural gas drilling in the zoning reviews of local municipalities, a couple of other concerns voiced in the public comments on Tusten’s draft deserve closer examination. They are the charges that the document—and the comprehensive plan on which it is based—were constructed without opportunity for input from key business stakeholders, and that they accordingly are “anti-business.”  Read more

Don’t sit this one out

If nothing else, the struggle over gas drilling has awakened and inspired local democracy like never before. And this is happening just as state and federal governments become more paralyzed. Votes really count in our towns and villages, in a way that they don't so much anymore in our broken electoral system. There, many politicians, caught in the wheels of a grotesque machine, are owned by corporations who pay for hugely expensive campaigns and, in return, get to write their own legislation.  Read more

Keep Sturm as supervisor

Since 2008, when Daniel Sturm took over heading the Bethel Local Development Corp., it has received several grants for the town. There have been more ribbon cuttings for new businesses in the last four years than the previous 10 years combined. This grant money was used to help several businesses in the community.  Read more

Concerns over Republican supervisor candidate

As a father, business owner, taxpayer, and Democratic Committee Chair, here in Tusten, I feel compelled to express the concerns over the platform of the Republican candidate for supervisor. We need individuals in office that understand the financial environment, the tax base demographics, and who will work towards stabilizing the spending. We need individuals who respect the electoral process and will work with the elected officials the people have voted into office.  Read more

Good news and bad news in Tusten

The good news is that Carol Wingert is running for supervisor in Tusten this year. A lifelong resident of the area, she is honest, well-informed and understands that the majority of the community has voiced their opposition to fracking-up the pristine environment we call home.  Read more