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January 2013

Woodsongs Coffeehouse at Sullivan County Museum

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Singer/songwriter Rick Nestler, Van Manakas and the acoustic duo of Steve Schwartz and Antoine Magliano will play at the Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, January 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Nestler’s reper-toire includes folk material, traditional songs, protest songs, love songs and country ballads. His “The River that Flows Both Ways” was recorded by Pete Seeger on his album “Pete Seeger’s Family Concert.” Visit Nestler’s website at  Read more

Surf lessons

I’m on the beach in Costa Rica right now. The waves crash big and beautiful. A dreadlocked, tan, fit American guy is explaining that falling is a big part of surfing. That I should embrace it. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in the ocean, but I’ve never surfed before. I’m a little nervous.

There is a small group taking the lesson. The instructor teaches us how to stand up on the board. He draws a line in the sand, to represent a surfboard, and we practice popping up from lying to standing.

“Surfing is mental, right?” he says. “It’s all about going for it.”  Read more

Hinchey takes farewell tour; After 20 years in Congress, Hinchey says goodbye

TWENTY-SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, NY — After serving in Congress for 20 years, for the past couple of weeks, Congressman Maurice Hinchey has been engaged in a farewell tour of his far-flung district, which stretches from Ithaca to Kingston.

At multiple stops along the tour, the progressive lawmaker said farewell to officials and constituents that he has worked with and fought for over the years.  Read more

December 27, 2012 - January 3, 2013

Joseph Y. Couturier

Joseph Y. Couturier, a longtime resident of Shohola, PA, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. He was 80.

A memorial mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church, Shohola, PA. Father Thomas Major will officiate. Christian burial will follow in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Shohola, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Mary M. Durkin  Read more

New Year’s resolutions

My son asked me what my New Year’s resolutions were. I told him I don’t make them anymore but I have some to offer the rest of you….  Read more

  • Stop assuming the worst of your fellow human beings. Maybe they are just deaf to your needs. Tell them what you want and ask how you can help them.
  • Speak softer, but clearly. Make eye contact.
  • Don’t forget to ask, no, really ask, how their day/week/life is going before ranting about your own. Don’t rant. Okay, maybe a little. Sometimes.
  • Stop watching Fox News.
  • Watch less MSNBC.

Local granges need property tax reform

A cornerstone of our rural heritage is in trouble. Our local granges need help.

The Grange, also known as the Patrons of Husbandry, is our country’s oldest agricultural organization, with granges in 37 states. For 145 years, the Grange has provided services that include supporting “economic development, education, family endeavors and legislation designed to assure a strong and viable rural America.” Full membership is open to individuals over 14 years of age.  Read more

Clarifying our bald eagle history

As a result of reading the article “The Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Eagle Institute team up” in the December 13 to 19 issue of The River Reporter, I was forced to do some file checking. I took issue with the article statement, “This is a direct result of the work of The Eagle Institute...”  Read more

What’s driving the development of natural gas?

A New York Times article of December 6, 2012 by Clifford Krauss was headlined, “Report Bolsters the Case for Large U.S. Natural Gas Exports.” The title tells it all. The report was based on a study prepared by National Economic Research Associates (NERA) for the U.S. Department of Energy.  Read more

A little moral outrage, please

Severe weather events in 2012 apparently have swayed a lot of skeptics about climate change in the U.S. One poll completed a month ago indicates that 80% of Americans now believe in global warming, another poll shows a 75% response.

And there are more changes in perception about climate change. Young people and businesses are coming to the table to advance the conversation in a way they have not done before.  Read more

Judge Schick sworn in; From legal aid to the bench

The swearing in of Judge Stephen Schick offered a look back at 30 years of jurisprudence in Sullivan County. Schick, who had served as executive director of Sullivan County Legal Aid and as a legal aid attorney, was sworn into office on December 29, at the county court house in Monticello. He is now New York State Supreme Court Justice for the Third Judicial District, which serves Sullivan County, as well as Ulster, Green, Albany, Schoharie, Rensselaer and Columbia counties.  Read more