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December 2011


Margaret “Margie” Harshman of Pond Eddy, NY died unexpectedly on Friday, December 16, 2011 at home. She was 48.

Daughter of the late Gilbert and Genevieve Teeple DeGraw, she was born January 17, 1963 in Port Jervis, NY.

A family statement reads: “Margie was a loving mother, sister, aunt and companion who will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.”  Read more


Ernestine M. Phalen was born November 8, 1920 in Kempten, Germany, the daughter of the late Stephanie Roth and Ludwig Mayer.

On August 12, 1944 she married Albert J. Phalen, deceased, and they had two children, a son Albert L. Phalen of Bethlehem, CT and a daughter, Rosemary Hyman, deceased.  Read more


Robert N. Sullivan of Glen Spey, NY, passed away Monday, December 12, 2011 at his home. He was 77.

He was born on December 1, 1934 in St. Johnsville, NY, the son of the late Fred and Grace Nellis Sullivan.  Read more

A baseless attack

Thank you, Sandy Long, for making me sound somewhat rational in your coverage of the zoning hearing in Lumberland. I should have known I would stumble if I departed from my notes.  Read more

Zoning problems in Lumberland

The headline for the Lumberland zoning rewrite article could have read: “Town turns its back on Route 97,” “Town bans tin roofing,” “Town requires the mapping of six-inch trees in any new projects,” “Town requires 125% performance bond on all mandated landscaping requirements,” “Town can force conservation zoning in all new planning,” “Town demands 19-foot-tall trees,” “Town says no to cultured stone,” or most amazingly “Entire hamlet disappears from town zoning map.”  Read more

Equal protection

Dave Colavito’s call in the December 15 issue of The River Reporter for strict liability in the SGEIS is exactly right.

In its own language, the SGEIS shows that it does not protect all New Yorkers equally. Section says, “ …detailed well pad containment requirements and setbacks proposed for high-volume hydraulic fracturing are likely to effectively contain most surface spills at and in the vicinity of well pads.”  Read more

Arc light

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan West junior Matt Cardona loves shooting the three-point shot so much that he spends the lion’s share of his spare time beyond the arc working assiduously on its accuracy.  Read more

Book club

January 25, 2012

"Seven Blessings" by Ruchama King sponsored by Catskill Mt. Chapter of Hadassah at Temple Sholom, 7pm, free. Public welcome, refreshments.

SP Montgomery - Skeletal Remains Uncovered

On December 11, 2011, the State Police in Montgomery and the Troop “F” State Police Forensic Identification Unit responded to a report of skeletal remains located in a wooded area off of Forge Hill Road and State Route 94 in the Town of New Windsor.  Read more

Glen Spey man charged with DWI.

Saturday, December 17, 2011 - A Town of Highland Constable conducted a traffic stop of a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer on State Rte 55 for speeding. The officer noticed the operator had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and contacted the NYSP for assistance.  Read more