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January 2013

Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet at the Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet will perform at the Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Saturday, January 19. The show starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Donations will be collected at the door.

The evening will feature a mix of jazz standards and original compositions performed by Jaxen on piano, Charley Krachy on tenor sax, Don Messina on bass and Bill Chattin on drums.

This is a BYOB event. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. In the event of inclement weather, visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Wurtsboro Winterfest

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will host Winterfest on Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a chili cook-off and an ice carving contest judged by local VIPs.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance will showcase a Valentine’s Day show with local artists and their works. Sullivan Street will be bustling with events, like a mini indoor street fair, with vendors and kettle corn. The library will be hosting an inside craft area, with a book reader for the children, sponsored by the Mamakating Friends of the Library.

For more information, visit www.wurtsboro.org.

Kids say the darndest things

I woke up last Sunday feelin’ a little off. Winter, in all its splendor, can also cause a bit of depression for some folks and I was in the throes of doing research on Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) looking for antidotes, prepared to spend the day immersed in the moody blues. Checking online I discovered that “Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you’re like most people with S.A.D., your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.” (www.mayoclinic.com)  Read more

Sullivan County’s Cathy Paty really is a country girl!

BETHEL, NY — Born and raised in Sullivan County, Sullivan Chamber of Commerce VP Cathy Paty is most at home in the Catskills (www.catskills.com), but currently she’s expanding her horizons, with an eye on the home of country music—Nashville, TN. “Bethel, NY is, and always will be, my home,” Paty said in an interview with The River Reporter, “but I’ve been blessed with an amazing opportunity, and I’m going for it.” An active member of the community, Paty takes her job with the chamber “very seriously” but has outside interests as well, and music has always played a “huge part” in her life.  Read more

Martha Elizabeth Klopchin

Martha Elizabeth Klopchin, a resident of Barryville, NY, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. She was 47.

The daughter of Frank Reiser and Martha M. Walsh Chioffe, she was born in Jersey City, NJ on January 7, 1965.

Martha was a member of Ridgewood Women Club and she was involved in the Monroe Library System. She led various groups in the library. She started Miss Martha’s Sunshine Center.  Read more

January 3, 2013 - January 10, 2013

Edna Mae Dunn

Edna Mae Dunn died at her home in Indian Orchard, PA, on Thursday, January 3, 2013 in the presence of family members. She was 92.

A memorial service to celebrate Edna’s life was held Monday, January 7, 2013 at Christ Episcopal Church, Indian Orchard, with Father Donald Shearer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Christ Episcopal Church, Indian Orchard, or Wayne Memorial Hospice Services, Honesdale PA.

Jennie M. Forbes
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The reign of Wayne has driven us insane

“Aw, geez, now they’re really gonna try to take my guns...!”

As the news started to roll in from Newtown, CT, on December 14, I overheard that reaction. Maybe you overheard it, too, or maybe you said or thought it yourself. Let’s not rehash the heated discussions that followed the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary; those discussions, after all, have been repeated, practically word-for-word, so many times in recent years that we could probably repeat each side’s talking points in our sleep.  Read more

Close encounter

As I walked along the creek on a late autumn afternoon, I heard a rustling off to my left. I stopped to see if I could catch sight of a fox, or better yet a bear searching for a wintering spot. Instead I saw the fluorescent orange vest of a hunter.

A number of concurrent thoughts flashed through my mind. “Here I am in the woods alone, and there is a man with a gun. This must be why my mother (born and raised in the city) warned me, ‘Never, ever go outside. You could die.’”  Read more

Rural America’s relevance

Until recently, I considered it a rank impossibility that I could hold a lower opinion of our nation’s Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack. But in condescending remarks to the Farm Journal Forum on last December 6, he unleashed a Dutch Uncle lecture at rural America that sunk him even further.  Read more

Naming gun owners

Editor’s note: Recently in the aftermath of the Newtown, CT mass shooting, the Journal News, a newspaper that publishes in Rockland and Westchester Counties, NY, posted an interactive map online with the names and addresses of local gun permit holders. This action has stirred up a firestorm, even making the national news. After much heated, negative response, the newspaper hired a private security company with armed guards to patrol its grounds. This letter to The River Reporter comes from one of our readers with ties to Narrowsburg, NY who lives in Westchester County.  Read more