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December 2011

Western Sullivan burglary ring busted, homes and businesses targeted

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says they have broken up a burglary ring that has been breaking into homes and businesses in the western part of the county for much of the past year.  Read more

We’ll remember (Part I)

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — It’s been quite a year in high school sports. Here are a few of the most iconic moments from January to June caught in freeze frame timelessness. See next week’s issue for moments from September to December. Visit www.sportsinsightsny.com for complete archives of the past year as well as ongoing stories for 2012.


Marieanna Burlingame, of Callicoon, NY, a retired director of nursing in the Skilled Nursing Unit at Catskill Regional Medical Center, died December 24, 2011 at Kaplan Family Hospice Center, Newburgh, NY. She was 75.

She was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 9, 1936 to Diedrich Gottfried and Martha Dora Oelerich Iken. She was married to the late Ellis Ward Burlingame.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, St. Tammany Chapter, Callicoon, NY.  Read more

Marie “Bette” Davies

Marie “Bette” Davies of Beach Lake, PA died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at home surrounded by her family. She was 95.

Born December 25, 1915 in Scranton, she was the daughter and last surviving member of the Patrick and Jesse Walker O’Brien family. She was a graduate of Carbondale High School and later moved to Damascus, PA.

A housewife and mother, she was known to be a “handy” woman, who loved to sew, garden and refinish furniture. While living in Damascus, she was a member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon.  Read more


Arden Kean, a 30-year resident of Livingston Manor, NY passed peacefully at dawn on Monday, December 19, 2011, with Paul, her husband of 33 years, at her side.

The daughter of Arthur and Beth Peck, she grew up in Beach Lake, PA, Phoenix, AZ and Narrowsburg, NY. She was a gifted artist in various mediums. As a student at Narrowsburg Central School , Arden received the first New York State Regents credit for an independent art course. In addition to the graphic arts, she was an accomplished dollmaker and quilter. Most recently. she was co-owner and bookkeeper for Kean Artworks, Inc.  Read more

James "Jamie” Samuel Morgan, III

Mr. James “Jamie” Samuel Morgan, III of Huguenot, NY died unexpectedly on December 22, 2011. He was 46.

He was born December 4, 1965 in Middletown, NY, the son of James Samuel Morgan, II and Linda Hendershot.

Jamie worked as a graphics installer for Paramount Graphics. He was a member of Lost and Found Bible Church of Milford, PA  Read more


Joseph H. Stiene of Urbana, IL, formerly of Narrowsburg, NY, died on Monday, December 19, 2011 at the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana. He was 73.

Mr. Stiene was born on March 18, 1938 in Narrowsburg, the son of Henry W. and Mary Dexheimer Stiene. He married Evelyn Lackey on October 17, 1959 in Narrowsburg; she survives.  Read more


Elizabeth Anna Wingert, of Yulan, NY passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 after a long illness. She was 77.

Elizabeth was born April 2, 1934 in Eldred, NY, the daughter of the late Ernest Horton and Georgianna (Rundle) Horton. She married Harry F. Wingert on September 26, 1955, who predeceased her on December 23, 2003. She was retired from Andmore Sportswear in Port Jervis, NY.

A family statement reads: “ Mom was devoted to her family. Her cooking ability was second to none. Her sweetness and caring attitude for everyone was admired by all.  Read more

2011 Milestones by the Month - April, May, June


PA Governor Corbett nominates Richard J. Allan as secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

Sullivan County’s largest pot-growing operation busted in towns of Highland, Lumberland and Mamakating, NY.  Read more

Robert M. ‘Whip’ Whipple

Bob Whipple, a lifelong resident of Monticello, NY, died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at his home with family and friends by his side, after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

Son of the late Harry Morris and Agnes Kaempfe Whipple, he was born and raised in Monticello.

He owned and operated “Bob Whipple Ski Shop” at Holiday Mountain Ski Area for over 40 years. Bob was also a master carpenter, who built and renovated homes on Swinging Bridge Lake, where he lived for 28 years.  Read more