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November 2012

Shelter crisis averted; River Reporter staff makes the connection

ROCK HILL, NY — No power since October 29th, no heat, no water—and 22 puppies, 15 dogs, 28 cats and numerous kittens to care for. That was the increasingly desperate situation that the Sullivan County SPCA faced when shelter manager Debbie Dittert posted her plea for the loan of a spare generator on Facebook.  Read more

SHARON E. MANZI

Sharon Manzi, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away after a courageous battle with lung cancer on Saturday, November 3, 2012. She was 68.

Sharon was a gentle and elegant woman, with a sweet demeanor and an inner strength that shined through her final days. Her friends and family knew her as a very talented cook, who had an uncanny ability to replicate almost any dish without a recipe. She loved to host and entertain and frequently had parties at her home in Mongaup Valley, NY.  Read more

Herman E. Kuck

Herman E. Kuck passed away on October 30, 2012, after a short battle with liver cancer, in Alpharetta, GA. He was 77.  Read more

November 1, 2012 - November 8, 2012

Richard “Dick” George Jones

Richard “Dick” George Jones of Honesdale, PA died on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at his home. He was 72.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, November 3 at Queen of Peace Church in Hawley, PA. Entombment followed in Fairview Memorial Park.

Mary T. Wicksnes

Mary T. Wicksnes, a lifelong resident of Lackawaxen, PA, died Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at home. She was 57.  Read more

The new normal?

Two years ago I heard Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, speak at a Catskill Mountainkeeper event. He warned the audience that we’re deluding ourselves if we think climate chaos is our grandchildren’s problem. It’s our problem, he asserted. It’s happening now.  Read more

Narrowsburg esplanade: just the facts, please

The current campaign for the one-year term on the town council has called into question the Narrowsburg esplanade project and its potential impact on the community versus the cost. Ask just about any town manager in Sullivan County if they would change places with Narrowsburg, and chances are, nine out of 10 would likely reply with an enthusiastic, “Yes!” And the reason is that Narrowsburg has become one of the most vibrant and appealing destinations in the area.  Read more

A gas commission in Delaware

At the first meeting of the new Town of Delaware gas commission, supervisor Ed Sykes charged the five commissioners with the ominous task of separating “fact from fiction” regarding fracking and described their mission as a “search for the truth.” To his credit, the supervisor stressed the need for open-mindedness and objectivity.  Read more

Sitting in the dark

One has to feel compassion for the people and communities for whom Hurricane Sandy has been an unmitigated disaster. We here in the Upper Delaware Valley were lucky; we were spared the worst of what the storm had to offer, though even we did not escape totally unscathed.  Read more

Storm named Athena heading this way; region may see two to four inches of snow

RIVER VALLEY — National media outlets have named it Athena. It is the nor’easter storm that’s heading up the coast causing evacuations in New York City and New Jersey. The Weather Channel gave the storm a name because it will blow through the same area that was clobbered by Hurricane Sandy, and other national media outlets followed suit.  Read more

Sullivan waives solid waste fees for hurricane debris

At an emergency meeting, the Sullivan County Legislature voted to waive the solid waste fees at the transfer stations to accept storm debris waste associated with Hurricane Sandy, effective Monday, November 5 through Sunday, November 11. The waiver does not include normal household waste.  Read more