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January 2012


Deborah Lee Kelton of Glen Spey, NY, died Monday, January 23, 2012 at Westchester Medical Center with her family by her side. She was 29.

She was born November 8, 1982 in Stony Brook, LI, NY, the daughter of the late Henry L. and Priscilla Darch White.  Read more


Russell E. Lord of Honesdale, PA died Sunday, January 22, 2012 at home. He was 67.

Born November 8, 1944 in Callicoon, NY. He was the son of the late Myron and Permelia Conklin Lord.

He was a graduate of the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA. Later he joined the Pennsylvania National Guard. Russ worked at George W. Kinsman Inc. in parts and sales and later Roche Supply in Callicoon. He also worked at Krempasky Equipment and retired from Fowlers Gas Station where he was a manager.

Russell enjoyed traveling to North Carolina to visit friends and fish.  Read more


Ida Meyer, formerly of Galilee, PA, died Sunday, January 22, 2012 at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart, PA. She was 95.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William Meyer, in 1986.

Born on July 31, 1916 in Baldwin, NY, she was the daughter of the late George and Agnes Carmen Winant.  Read more


Ruth M. Sheard, formerly of Calkins, PA, died Monday, January 23, 2012 at Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart, PA. She was 82.

She was married to Robert Sheard who died in 2004. The couple married in 1947.

Born on August 10, 1929 in Wayne County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Loy Gregg.  Read more


Kenneth E. Russell died in the home of his daughter on January 26, 2012 after a courageous battle against cancer. He was 71.

Ken grew up in Union City, NJ and moved to Kearny, NJ 48 years ago.

Ken earned a degree in economics from Rutgers University. He served in The United States Marine Corps.  Read more


I was encouraged when in I read Susan Freinkel’s book, “Plastics: A Toxic Love Story,” that manufacturers of polar fleece garments, such as Patagonia, REI and The North Face, are hungry for recycled PET plastic bottles. They prefer to make fleece from cheaper recycled bottles rather than using more expensive virgin polyester made from our dwindling supply of petroleum. It takes about 25 recycled bottles, otherwise whisked away to a landfill, to make one garment. (If the label doesn’t say the garment is made from recycled fleece, it’s not.)  Read more

No discrimination in Bethel

Since an article in The River Reporter’s January 12 edition regarding the Town of Bethel Assessor was published, two members of the board of review have resigned. I am very disappointed to hear of these resignations. They are without explanation, and I do not want to speculate as to why they resigned, as both of these individuals have done a great job during their tenure.  Read more

Failing the first test

The new Sullivan County Legislature had its first true test during the full board meeting this past Thursday, and it failed miserably. The new legislators, who campaigned on a platform of openness and integrity in county government, literally threw their ethics out the window in less than 30 days. At the center of this controversy is a resolution to put out to bid the Sullivan County tourism contract. This resolution did not appear on any official county agenda, on the county website, or in any official county notice to the public.  Read more

A legislative betrayal

If Thursday’s events at the Sullivan County Legislature are any indication of what the next four years have in store for us we are in real trouble. Our new legislators were swept into office on a mandate for change, and already we have been betrayed. A last-minute resolution to bid out the tourism contract was secretly introduced by Kathy LaBuda and Gene Benson at the very end of the final legislative meeting for the month.  Read more

Lumberland zoning radical

Lumberland is proposing to require half of all private property of over 25 acres in two rural zoning districts that comprise nearly 75% of the town to remain “open, green space, forever” if the owner would ever want to develop or subdivide their property, now or in the future. If your land has steep slopes and/or wetlands, then they want to take more. For those untrained in zoning, that means Lumberland is proposing to take your land, take your investment in your land, and take your future rights to use your land as you want or need to. They want to turn your backyard into a walking trail.  Read more