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March 2013

February 28, 2013 - -March 7, 2013

Buell A. Bortree, Jr.

Buell A. Bortree, Jr. of Honesdale, PA died on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was 78.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 4 at Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale.

Interment followed in Union Cemetery, Equinunk.

Donations can be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Traute Luetje

Traute Luetje of Yulan, NY, a longtime resident of the area, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, Honesdale, PA. She was 90.  Read more

Donald Ralph Wehner

Donald Ralph Wehner of Callicoon Center, NY, a lab technician at Catskill Regional Medical Center, died Thursday February 28, 2013 at home. He was 65.

Son of the late Ralph and Thelma Tripp Wehner, he was born April 30, 1947 in Callicoon. Donald was the husband of Betty Turner Wehner. He was a member of the Kristina Kares Foundation of Callicoon.  Read more

Judith Ann Kleinert

Judith Ann Kleinert of White Lake, NY passed away on March 1, 2013. She was 70.

She was a member of the Greeley Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Greeley Volunteer Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary, Greeley, PA.

The daughter of Charles and Margaret (Hetzler) Blewett she was born on November 10, 1942 in Dubuque, IA. She was married to Edmund P. Kleinert on August 9, 1975 in Elkton, MD.  Read more

Peter Keast English

Peter Keast English of Beach Lake, PA, owner of Grandstyle Framing in Honesdale, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at home. He was 48.

The son of the late Joseph and Ruth Ledyard English, he was born February 29, 1964, in Brooklyn, NY.

Peter was a gentle and compassionate man, and the exceptionally loving father of two young children, Liam and Oona. He also leaves behind the love of his life and mother of his children, Cathy Maguire, as well as his six siblings.  Read more

Diary of a patient—Part one

I sleep well, generally. So when a pain in my gut woke me mid-REM on a recent Saturday, I knew something was wrong. “Where is the appendix?” was my first thought. But no, this pain—a burning acute bullseye of pain—was on the other side. When I touched the spot, it burned like the proverbial poker.  Read more

How much is enough?

For years we’ve been told Sullivan County is broke. Last December’s difficult county budget negotiations witnessed legislators scrubbing every dollar. There, it was suggested that the time had come to rethink our reliance upon the axe, that greater proficiency was needed with tools that generate revenue. And it was suggested that we could and should consider actual need, in addition to eligibility, in making decisions to authorize Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) tax breaks.  Read more

Nice try

I truly enjoyed Chris Leser’s letter to the editor in The River Reporter; however, I think several facts need to be clarified.

Leser claims that ‘Ole Boy Politics’ was used when my newspaper, the Sullivan County Democrat, ran a story about a dog which was caught in a foot-hold trap.

Obviously, Leser is not a regular reader of the Sullivan County Democrat, or he would have realized that our newspaper routinely runs stories, usually on the front page, regarding animals that are neglected or abused.  Read more

Tusten seeks public feedback law gun resolution

I am writing to encourage the citizens of the Town of Tusten to come out to the public hearing regarding a resolution put before the Tusten Town Board to oppose the enactment of any legislation that would infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Several towns in our area have already passed a similar resolution and sent it to Governor Cuomo and the New York State government without conducting a public hearing. Our wise council, however, decided to grant us a hearing.  Read more

Why one town board passed a gun law resolution

In response to Larry H. Richardson, member of the Town of Cochecton Board, the proposed resolution was on our town website for four days prior to our regular board meeting. Unlike laws, resolutions do not require the public’s comment, which in this case was trumped by a politically motivated governor. If we went down that road, nothing would ever get done in a town where we meet only once a month. That’s why we get elected, to make those decisions.  Read more

The right to bear missile launchers; Where do we draw the line?

As you might guess, there’s a lot of discussion on the Internet on each side of the gun rights/gun control showdown. Particularly revealing is talk about what the Second Amendment, which was adopted in 1791, means in the 21st century and how to apply it in our times.  Read more