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February 2013

Now is the winter of my discontent

I’ve spent the past week searching for the bright side, keeping one eye on the weather and counting down the days till spring. For some reason, this winter has been tougher for me than years past and it’s been an effort to keep digging myself out and plowing ahead. Waking up this morning to burst and frozen pipes was the icing on the cake, so I turned to others for solace, inspiration, comfort and joy. Fighting the blues, I had to dig deep, and was surprised that 17th century poet Anne Bradstreet resonated, since poets are generally not my thing.  Read more

Connecting government and community one YouTube video at a time

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Did you miss your last town board meeting? Now you’ll have another chance to see it, thanks to two local filmmakers Nyssa Calkin, 27, and Isaac Green Diebboll, 24.  Read more

February 14, 2013 - February 21, 2013

Robert Lewis Fountain

Robert Lewis Fountain of Sparrowbush, NY passed away Friday, February 15, 2013 at the Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY. He was 66.

Funeral services were held at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY with Joyce Davis officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sparrowbush Engine Co. #1, Box 530, Sparrowbush, NY 12780.

Jan Marie Hoadley  Read more

Anne DeRaffele

Anne Louise (Hensz) DeRaffele, formerly of Ridgewood, NJ, passed away February 17, 2013 at home. Anne lived in Pennsylvania with her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Nate Bricker, in Natrona Heights. Anne had turned 94 earlier this month.

Anne was born in Tusten, NY on February 2, 1919 to William and Louise Hensz (both deceased).

Anne was a practical nurse during her working years. Her family was her life. She traveled nationwide to be with family for all occasions. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her family. She was always there for them.  Read more

Jan Marie Hoadley

Jan Marie Hoadley of Beach Lake, PA and formerly of Chesapeake, VA, died Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the University of PA Hospital in Philadelphia. She was 56.

Hoadley was born September 12, 1956 in Callicoon, NY and was the daughter of the late Robert, Sr. and Joan Duncan (Staite) Rosemergy.

She was employed as a vice president and bank manager by the Dime Bank in Damascus, PA.

Hoadley attended many banking courses throughout the years and was active with many community outreach activities with the bank, MDA and other groups.  Read more

What’s in a blizzard’s name?

We held our annual 4-H sledding party this month in the good fortune of the storm now known as Nemo.

For us, the snow was a stroke of luck, as we had scheduled the event well in advance of a forecast. Not so much for my mother-in-law, who had upwards of 27 inches in Massachusetts, or those shoveling the roofs in Milford, CT, which had a record 38 inches. Nemo will be remembered there—and not as an orange Disney fish.

The recent trend of naming winter snow storms may help make it easier to remember them in the future, but it is a trend that is not without dispute.  Read more

A strong view against fracking

It’s telling that a group of fourth graders unanimously reached the conclusion that we shouldn’t be fracking. Ah, the innocence of youth; they’ve not yet mastered the art of defending the indefensible.  Read more

Dog sled/snow mobile operation request withdrawn

[Editor’s note: This letter to the Lackawaxen Township, PA supervisors was offered to The River Reporter as a letter to the editor by the owners of Vanderbeek Farm. It concerns their request to open a dog sled and snowmobiling business on part of their property. We are happy to print the letter.]

To: Lackawaxen Township Supervisors  Read more

Who can hear a silent majority? Should the will of the speaking majority be ignored?

The argument has been made that a “silent majority” of the residents of the Town of Callicoon favor opening the town to gas drilling, but who can hear a silent majority? Is listening to a silent majority like listening to the wind? We would argue that, by definition, a silent majority in this land of free speech cannot be heard, and that therefore their unknown and unknowable opinion should not be used as justification to determine an outcome particularly when important decisions are to be made.  Read more

Cardboard sled race and donations for food pantry

Representatives of a dozen companies lined up with their cardboard sleds at the Holiday Mountain Ski and Fun Park on February 9 to take part in a race. The sleds could be made only from cardboard, tape and paint. The Woodstock Wind Balloon Company took the prize for “most creative,” while the Poley Paving Company created the fastest sled.  Read more