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March 2013

Leona Gilmore Minogue

Leona Gilmore Minogue of Highland Lake, NY and formerly of Peekskill, NY, died on March 24, 2013. She was 87 years old.

Leona was born May 27, 1925 in Holyoke, MA to Simeon and Dora Blanchette.

Leona will be kindly remembered for her beautiful smile and playful wit.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters and St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Yulan, NY.  Read more

Building Talent Together

Our region is often noted as a beautiful place to experience the outdoors, a great area to sample local chefs’ creations at a quaint eatery, attend a country fair on a warm summer day, and even a superior place to raise a family. But some of our areas most valuable assets are often overlooked—and that is our workforce. Our workforce is hailed for its work ethic and dedication. Those two attributes alone though are not enough for us to jump the next hurdle and be prepared for future endeavors—whether that is in expanding our existing industry base or growing new industries in the region.  Read more

River trips: a poem

Greetings—sitting on your bank, listening to the music of a forest that is waking up from a long winter’s nap.

Your borders, thick with green, songs of spring, and hungry whitetails filling their bellies.

Sentimental memories of assorted bungalows and tiny triangle-shaped houses peeking through the fields and woods.

Trips downstream never get tiring.  Read more

Applaud Legislator Gieger on prisoner releases

I am grateful to Cindy Gieger for pursuing the issue of homeless New York State parolees being released to Sullivan County when they are from other parts of the state. I have been employed in human services in the county. Here are some of the services that would be probably be required for each of these parolees: intensive case management, a psychiatrist, mental health and (possibly) substance abuse counselors, housing, a primary care physician, and other health care specialists as needed, Department of Social Services, and Workforce Development, Medicaid transportation to appointments.  Read more

Canaries in the coal mine

The news two weeks ago about the declining numbers of monarch butterflies at a key butterfly preserve in Mexico gives one pause for concern. Reports from the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, indicate that these beautiful creatures occupied 59% less land in December 2012 than the previous year, their colonies covering the smallest area recorded in 20 years. The area covered by monarch colonies has dwindled from 44.9 acres in 1997 to a mere 2.9 acres this winter.  Read more

Delaware resolution supports job corps

The U.S. Department of Labor is considering closing one of Callicoon’s greatest economic resources—the Delaware Valley Job Corps (DVJC). According to a resolution written by town clerk Tess McBeath, DVJC employs more than 145 local residents, serves approximately 500 students per year and injects $10.2 million into the local economy. The DVJC is also responsible for the paint job that rejuvenated the Callicoon Railway station. McBeath wrote, “The Delaware Valley Job Corps Center has become a valued member of our community....  Read more

Tragic death leads to good works; Kristina KARES announces fundraiser, blood drive

REGION — A Pennsylvania State Police investigation determined that on August 20, 2012, Kristina Adams, 29, was shot and killed by Rodney Ezrapour, 56, who also shot 37-year-old Tobias Johannes, and then turned the gun on himself. The incident occurred on Cemetery Road in Damascus Township, PA.  Read more

Order in Wayne

The Honorable Judge Raymond L. Hamill presided at the Wayne County Commissioners’ Meeting and presented the 2012 State of the Court Report.  Read more

Honesdale events, traffic and lock boxes

At its monthly meeting on March 11, the Honesdale Borough Council and borough officials reviewed announcements and requests from local business and community groups with regard to upcoming events.  Read more