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March 2012


James Bernard “JB” Dexter passed away peacefully on Monday, March 19, 2012 in the Presbyterian Home, New Hartford, CT. He was 81.

He was born on October 7, 1930 in Cochecton, NY, son of the late Ralph W. and Roberta Cornwell Dexter.

Jim was raised in Narrowsburg, NY. He graduated from Narrowsburg Central School and from New York State Ranger School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, in Washington DC and as a specialized unit for testing nuclear bombs in Nevada.

In 1965 he married the former Elsie (Howe) Dewan in Herkimer, NY. She passed away on January 5, 1998.  Read more


Ronald E. Frisbie, of Kenoza Lake, NY, a retired lieutenant for New York State Department of Corrections at Sullivan County Correctional Facility, died on Monday, March 19, at Catskill Regional Medical Center, in Callicoon. He was 68.

Son of Jacob Augustus and Helen Cheesebrough Frisbie, he was born on July 15, 1943, in Cortland, NY.

He was married to Barbara Spangler Frisbie, and was a member of the Model Railroad Club of Sullivan County.  Read more


William E. Schellhase, 86, of Shohola, PA passed away at Belle Reve Senior Living Center on March 15, 2012. He was 86.

The son of the late William and Jane (Whitehouse) Schellhase, he was born in Orange, NJ on March 21, 1925. He was married to the late Mary E. (Norton) Schellhase on February 15, 1947 in West Orange, NJ.

He was a retired maintenance engineer for the Veterans Administration in East Orange, NJ and a U.S. Army World War II Veteran.  Read more


Leonard Stephenson, a lifelong resident of Sullivan County, NY, passed away peacefully March 20, 2012.

The son of the late Bill and Victoria Stephenson, he was born in Bethel, NY on June 26, 1922.

Survivors include his son Robert Stephenson; daughter Connie Stagl; six grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his wife, Cora Slater; and siblings Peg Kent, Florence Jones, Vi Harden, Osmer, Al and Ralph Stephenson.  Read more


Eileen Haworth Weil of Summitville, NY, a retired professor and longtime community activist, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at home. She was 69.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Coalition launches campaign to ban hydro-fracking in NY  Read more

Spring into action

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — As unseasonably warm early spring weather gives way to a cold spell this week, spring sports teams are anticipating next week’s inauguration of regular season action. Weather uncertainties aside, baseball, softball, boys and girls golf, track and field and boys tennis will get underway. While spring lacks the duration evinced by the lengthier winter sports season, it serves as the crown jewel of the athletic year, rife with riveting action.  Read more

Beyond befuddlement

Now that spring is upon us and we’re ready to don lightweight fabrics, I researched bamboo as an alternative to environmentally unfriendly cotton. What I discovered reinforced the fact that it’s often really, really befuddling to make sustainable choices.  Read more

Resignation letter to the Pond Eddy Design Advisory Committee

With local, state and national officials all calling for a reexamination of the decision to remove the historic Pond Eddy Bridge, I am resigning from the PennDOT-sponsored Design Advisory Committee as the designated representative of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB) Advisory Board.  Read more

Incompetence or… ?

At the February Shohola supervisors’ meeting, I characterized the board’s pulling of our highly regarded and knowledgeable Upper Delaware Council (UDC) representative on the day of an important UDC vote as incompetence. Shohola instead sent an alternate who abstained from the vote, stating that he didn’t know enough about the subject being voted on.  Read more