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May 2013

‘struck’ at the NACL; This time, it’s personal

The 2013 season at the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) theatre in Highland Lake, NY will open this weekend with a very personal story. The company’s cofounder and artistic director, Tannis Kowalchuk, describes the new play, “struck,” as a multi-media journey into the mind, soul and altered dimensions of a woman’s brain. It shares Kowalchuk’s own experience of suffering a stroke.

Kowalchuk has created and performed in over 16 NACL productions and has toured to Canada, England, Italy and Balkan Europe, but the story of “struck” began right here in her own backyard.  Read more

Lake Huntington New May 23

I was down in Queens last weekend and went out to Long Island to my mother’s grave. It used to be my father’s grave; I have to remember he is still in there. She is on the back of my father’s stone military style, and we had a saying put on her side of the stone—“Open doors, open arms and open heart.” That was how my parents lived their lives and raised us. I truly was blessed with great parents. I also visited Marie Smith, who is Jean Kerrigan’s sister. She says hello to all; she is doing well.  Read more

May 16, 2013 - May 23, 2013

Wilma Anne Diehl

Wilma Anne Diehl of Beach Lake, PA went home to be with the Lord on May 19, 2013, after an illness. She was 84.

There will be a memorial service at New Covenant Fellowship on June 1 at 1 p.m. with a time to pay respects beginning at noon. The Reverend Robert Nurnberger will officiate.

Wilma also leaves behind her beloved dog, Petey, who was the joy of her life and her constant companion. So, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dessin Animal Shelter, or the charity of your choice.

William J. Flieger
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Harry “Murf” Sherman

Harry “Murf” Sherman left this world suddenly and unexpectedly on May 12, 2013 at the age of 45 in Starrucca, PA.

Born October 4, 1967 in Liberty, NY to Ruthe M. Kubiznak and Harry Sherman (both deceased), he spent the majority of his life in this area of the Catskills. Murf was a very creative and free spirit, filled with life and love, always there to help someone when they were in need. His generosity was unprecedented.  Read more

Hey, that’s my seat!

We are all creatures of habit. My morning routine, in order to make the train at the crack of dawn, depends on a number of things happening. One, my clothing must be laid out the night before (if my tie is going to match); two, my lunch must be packed and in the fridge; and three, the pups have to come in after being let out for their morning romp. (Dexter and Toby, please don’t chase the deer today.). Finally, the car must be gassed up and ready to go, and I need to leave 10 minutes early in case there are any problems driving through Hawk’s Nest.  Read more

What is going on in the Town of Delaware?

The Town Board in Delaware will hold a public hearing on May 29 to discuss proposed zoning amendments. Originally the amendments included a provision allowing gas compressor stations as a permitted special use. That section was removed at the May town board meeting without much discussion.

But the board did not remove the section gutting Delaware’s noise law. A gas compressor station could obviously come to town without any special provision in the zoning law. The weaker the noise law, the more attractive the town. Is this the reason for gutting the noise law?  Read more

Community groups question Pond Eddy bridge proposal

[The following] statement [was] read into the minutes of this May 15, 2013 annual meeting [of the New York-Pennsylvania Joint Interstate Bridge Commission with] the below queries. They regard the reputed latest negotiation between the New York State and Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation regarding replacement of the Pond Eddy Bridge, based on the attached document as distributed at the official NYSDOT meeting held at the Sullivan County Government Center on April 26; and on verbal representations made at the meeting and subsequently to the press.  Read more

Saddened over Callicoon

We were very saddened to see the headline “Callicoon adopts frack-friendly comp plan” in your last issue and to read about the unscrupulous manner in which it seems to have occurred. We are New Yorkers who have been weekenders a few miles below Callicoon for close to 30 years. We recently closed a successful business in Midtown Manhattan and finally fulfilled our dream of becoming full time PA residents with the intention of starting a new venture in the beautiful Delaware River Valley that we love.  Read more

Shocked by Callicoon Town Board action

[Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Town of Callicoon Town Board members. It is reprinted here at the request of the authors.]  Read more

Becoming men of good character

A man who is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent can very likely be called a man of good character, a man of integrity. Chances are he may have learned these ideals in the Boy Scouts. These qualities, which a scout strives to embody, comprise the Scout Law. With the Scout Oath, the youth further pledges to “do my best to do my duty to God and my country...  Read more