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November 2011

A December to remember

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — ‘Tis the season to be jolly especially if you’re a rabid winter sports fan. While fall was fantastic, winter figures to be wild and enticing with its, as yet, unwrapped gifts of basketball, skiing, wrestling, indoor track and cheerleading. Winter sports go into high gear after the New Year, but December is the month to whet your appetite.  Read more


Donald W. DeStefano of Port Jervis, NY, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2011 at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY. He was 47.

He was born on January 5, 1964 in Port Jervis, NY, the son of the late Donald DeStefano and Cordelia Conklin DeStefano.

Donald was a truck driver for Yellow Freight in Maybrook, NY.

A family statement by his son Matthew reads: “Everything happens for a reason, I believe that now. When one door closes another one opens.”  Read more


Shana R. Kelly of Jeffersonville, NY, a 2005 graduate of Sullivan West High School and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, November 20, 2011. She was 24.

The daughter of the late Kevin M. and Lorna M. Merrill Kelly, she was born March 20, 1987 in Harris, NY.

Shana loved to be outdoors; her favorite place to hike was Jensen Ledges and she loved riding with Shane on his motorcycle.  Read more


Eleanor B. Kleffmann of Beach Lake, PA, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away Monday, November 21, 2011 at Forest City Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Forest City, PA. She was 91.

The daughter of the late Edward and Sadie Crossman Enslin, Eleanor was born March 16, 1920 in South Canaan, PA. She was the widow of Louis Kleffmann, who passed away on July 23, 2001. They were married for 60 years. They owned a dairy farm near Milanville, PA.  Read more


Regina Lukasik of Jeffersonville, NY, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at the Sullivan Community Adult Care Center, Liberty, NY. She was 90.

She was born June 5, 1921 in Poland.

Survivors include her granddaughter Jeanette Lukasik of Brooklyn, NY.

She is predeceased by her son, Joseph R. Lukasik.

A funeral mass was celebrated in the chapel of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA on November 29.

Burial was in Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery, Doylestown, PA.



Michael Anton Powch, of Glen Spey, NY passed away on November 24, 2011, Thanksgiving Day. He was 89.

Mr. Powch was born on October 23, 1922 to the late Anton Powch and the late Jawdokia, in Lutscki, Galizia, Ukraine.  Read more


Milda Sebris of Milanville, PA passed away on November 18, 2011 at Ellen Memorial Nursing Home, Honesdale, PA. She was 100.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Janis; daughter Ilze Ruta; and son Janis Ewald.

Milda, a native of Latvia, experienced considerable sorrow during her long life, losing both of her children within months of one another and her husband within a year of moving to their “paradise” in Damascus Township. Yet she consistently overcame those struggles with a sense of joy.  Read more


Warren “Sparky” Todd of Lake Como, PA died Friday, November 18, 2011 at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart, PA. He was 87.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Pearl T. Malinski. The couple married June 7, 1947.

Born November 5, 1924 in Hancock, NY, he was the son of Frank S. and Ethel LaBar Todd.

Warren was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and Purple Heart recipient. He took part in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 209 in Lake Como. He later was a self-employed carpenter and enjoyed woodworking.  Read more

Coping in the new economy

In this flailing economy, I have been searching for a semi-solid investment—something to see me through my semi-retirement years. I think I found it.

It has easily sourced raw materials, bio-degradable packaging and multiple applications. And so far, it’s legal.  Read more

Not a time for division

I apologize for the error resulting in the omission of my name from a campaign handout. It was an innocent oversight—no more and no less. This oversight worked against the community-building theme that I have always encouraged, a problem compounded by an inappropriate and divisive letter to the editor published in the paper. To clarify several points:

First, I am prepared to consider supporting any candidate for public office, local state or national, Joe Canfield or Dolores Keesler, who has the experience and other qualifications appropriate for that office.  Read more