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December 2011

Lumberland debates new zoning; drilling and development key issues

“No one wants drilling in Lumberland,” Catskill Farms developer Charles Petersheim told a standing-room-only crowd at the Lumberland Town Hall on December 12. Judging by the multitude of comments delivered at the Town of Lumberland’s public hearing on its proposed zoning re-write, opposition to natural gas extraction and the industrialization that accompanies it is undeniably strong.  Read more

Gas industry rips EPA study; report links fracking to groundwater contamination

PAVILLION, WY — For years, the gas drilling industry has been adamant that there’s never been an incident in which it was proved that hydraulic fracturing has caused contamination in ground water. Perhaps that is why the drilling industry and its supporters have pushed back so forcefully against a draft report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), released on December 8, which links fracking and groundwater contamination in Pavillion, WY.  Read more

Retirement request a surprise

Members of the public who attended the Eldred Central School (ECS) Board of Education meeting on December 8 were surprised to learn that George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School principal Kathryn Ryan has requested early retirement effective December 31.  Read more

Dessin donor delivers $5,000

In the spirit of generosity that characterizes the holiday season, an anonymous donor has given Dessin Animal Shelter in Honesdale a gift of $5,000 to support its Spay/Neuter Program for cats and kittens. “She approached us to help curb overpopulation, which is especially abundant in felines, and thought this would be a perfect time of year to ‘give back’ to the community,” said executive director Dara Coslett Granza.  Read more


Eleanor F. Burrell of Barryville, NY, a local artist and longtime resident, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. She was 87.

The daughter of the late Edward and Hattie Kraus Steckler, she was born June 12, 1924 in New York City. She was the widow of William John Burrell.

Eleanor owned Burrell River Road Gallery in Barryville. She was a member of Barryville United Methodist Church and served as a trustee and on the administration board. She was the founder of the River Road Fair and a member of the Barryville Chamber of Commerce.  Read more


Douglas A. Heinle of Cochecton Center, NY, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away at home on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. He was 82.

He was born in Cochecton Center on July 30, 1929 to the late William A. and Laura Nearing Heinle.

Doug was a third-generation retired postmaster of Cochecton Center and former proprietor of Heinles General Store in Cochecton Center. He was a director of the First National Bank of Jeffersonville since 1975.  Read more


Michael Loiodice of Damascus, PA, a retired deputy superintendent for the New York City Sanitation Department and a 26-year area resident, died Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 88.

The son of the late Louis and Vincenza Manzione Loiodice, he was born November 1, 1923 in Queens. He was the widower of Ada Bettiol Loiodice.

Mr. Loiodice was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. He was a member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon, NY, the Knights of Columbus Council 4478 of Callicoon, and the Sons of Italy.  Read more


Walter Mantyka of Glen Spey, NY died Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Place in Port Jervis, NY. He was 95.

He was born July 1, 1916 in Ukraine, the son of the late Dimitry and the late Kateryna Mazurkevich Mantyka.

Walter married Valentina Biletzka Mantyka 67 years ago on March 21, 1944 in Ukraine.

He was the owner and operator for Walters Market in Woodhaven, NY and later worked at the Ukrainian Federal Credit Union in New York City as a loan officer.  Read more


William “Uncle B” Mullen, a lifelong Liberty resident, passed away at his residence after a long illness on Sunday December 11, 2011. He was 80.

The son of the late Phillip and Margaret Fletcher Mullen, he was born on September 13, 1931 in Liberty, NY.  Read more


Marlene Mary Schields of Levittown, PA passed away at home on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. She was 75.

Marlene was born in Middletown, NY.

She graduated from Cortland University, Cortland, NY in 1958, with a degree in elementary education. She taught special education in the Finderne School District and at Gayman Elementary in the Central Bucks County District. She served at the Reformed Churches in Germantown, NY, Finderne, NJ, Danboro, PA and Levittown when she resided in these communities alongside her husband, the late Rev. Kenneth G. Schields Sr.  Read more