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April 2013

Joan F. Kingdon

Mrs. Joan F. Kingdon of Matamoras, PA and a longtime resident of the area died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY with her family by her side. She was 78.

She was born May 14, 1934 in Queens, NY, the daughter of the late Charles Reynolds and the late Charlotte O’Callahan Reynolds.

Joan married Howard J. Kingdon, Sr. 54 years ago on June 14, 1958 in Queens, NY.  Read more

Violet M. Fischer

Violet M. Fischer of Narrowsburg, NY passed away on Monday, April 22, 2013 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, Honesdale, PA. She was 96.

The daughter of Vincent Negri and Angelena Budetti, she was born January 28, 1917 in Bronx, NY. She was the widow of Walter A. Fischer, who passed away on December 7, 2006. They were married for 65 years.

She attended St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Narrowsburg, NY. She and her husband helped build St. Rosalie Church in Hampton Bay, NY.  Read more

Moving onward at WJFF

As you already know… WJFF is in crisis.

Just like anything painful, crisis can be a good thing if we are willing to find purpose in it.

In that regard, I would like to offer some thoughts and proposals to consider:

In the case of WJFF, what has been festering for quite a while has now erupted, which means we have an opportunity to re-form in a way that aligns us with our true purpose—that of a community radio station. For me, the way we do that is crucial to its success and healing.  Read more

Pennsylvania’s tobacco genocide

Did you know that Pennsylvania has 20,025 deaths annually due to cigarette-related health problems and that this costs the state $9.4 billion in health care and lost productivity? On the other hand, PA receives $1.4 billion in tobacco revenue, but only spends 11% on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.  Read more

For the record

With regard to your article, “Lang Digs Up Dirt against Tusten Community Garden” in The River Reporter issue of April 18-24, 2013 (page 5), I’d like to make a clarification for your readers.

Specifically, in the last paragraph of Ms. Braverman’s article regarding the vote in which, I believe, Mr. Lang should have abstained due to the Town of Tusten’s Ethics Laws. These laws were approved in 1996 and are online at  Read more

Honoring our volunteers

In honor of National Crime Victims Rights Week, the Sullivan County Probation Department Crime Victims Program would like to gratefully acknowledge the following volunteers for their service during the past year: Charles Gramlich, Branka Monaco and Anne Solenski.

The Sullivan County Crime Victims Program was established during 1998 by the Sullivan County Legislature. The program is designed to help victims of crime within Sullivan County through a stressful period.  Read more


One of our Upper Delaware Valley’s most beloved institutions, WJFF, appears to be in crisis. In case you did not know, all but one of Radio Catskill’s Board of Trustees (BOT) resigned last Friday. The week before, the station manager of the past four years resigned. These very personal decisions came after a number of public, standing-room-only BOT meetings where vigorous, even harsh, criticism boiled over concerning the management and governance of the station.  Read more

Lone WJFF board member presses on; Majority resigns in the wake of heated criticism

The mass resignation of all but one of the board members of radio station WJFF prompted this statement from Sonja Hedlund, the lone remaining member. “Sudden changes in the makeup of the WJFF Board of Trustees have created an unprecedented situation for us. We are working carefully with broadcast and non-profit attorneys to ensure that the proper steps are taken to re-build the board. Radio Catskill remains committed to making available to our listening community a broad range of ideas and ideals useful to a full and enlightened life. We are encouraged by support from our community of listeners and our family of volunteers and are eager to continue our services to the community.”  Read more

Eldred school budget seen as viable; Months in the making

At school board meetings over the past three months, with Albany promising a tight budget for schools statewide, tears were shed over proposed teacher layoffs. There was speculation that the school would operate without a sports program and there was the specter of programs dropped. The situation, however, led Superintendent Robert Dufour into action.  Read more

‘911, what’s your emergency?’

People seldom meet the calm and reassuring voice of the person on the other end of the phone who answers at the time of crisis. These voices belong to devoted and dedicated staff of Wayne County’s 911. They are stationed in a room ready to take calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.  Read more