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June 2013

Fireflies in a jar

There are some things that, no matter how old I get, make me feel like a kid again. Regardless of how much I might have whined a few months ago, the first snowfall of the season still conjures up memories of racing outside to catch flakes on my tongue and mom stirring cocoa on the stove. Watching the darling buds of May emerge continues to mesmerize, as I attempt to catch their steady progression into full flower with my trusty camera at the ready.  Read more

What to make of Grandma Michele; Spreading the power of happiness

Michele Schuchman is a free spirit who marches to her own drumbeat, as many people in and around the Upper Delaware River Valley can tell you. Perhaps you’ve seen her in full costume, marching in a parade, or at a local event somewhere, or engaging an audience of children in conversation with her ever-present puppets. She is perhaps better known only as “Grandma Michele,” someone that (if you were writing a novel) would be a somewhat odd character who provides “local color.” Grandma Michele definitely provides color.  Read more

Lake Huntington News June 6

Are you ready? Cochecton’s fifth annual “Day on the Lake,” co-sponsored by Lake Huntington Fire Department, will be held on Saturday, July 13 this year, rain or shine. We need your support to create this great event with its many activities for the kids and the entire family. We’re asking for your help with donations of funds, products and/or gift certificates to make this event a great success. (Your donations are tax deductible. Make checks payable to Cochecton Day on the Lake Fund and mail to: Jeff Nober, 15 Olsen Rd., Lake Huntington, NY 12752.)  Read more

May 30, 2013 - June 6, 2013

Marjorie Corrado

Marjorie Corrado of Port Jervis, NY, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Ellen Memorial Health & Rehabilitation Facility, Honesdale, PA. She was 91.

Funeral services were held June 1 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY, with Rev. Rolf Buchmann officiating. Interment took place at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Frank Raymond Jeppe
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The dreamer

When he was younger, my son would pepper me with questions about how to do things. “How can I make a one-man flying machine?” was one that piqued his interest early on—enough so that he bypassed Mom’s knowledge base and went straight to the President of the United States (then Bill Clinton). Bill wrote back, telling Conor that NASA was working hard on things like that and that Conor should study hard and stay in school. But Conor was a dreamer. He was a creative kid who could be kept happy and busy with a lump of Sculpey clay or a pencil and a pad of paper.  Read more

River Character: A Poem

There you are, moving gracefully as a beauty queen. In breathtaking ways your margins turn this way, and sway that way, around the curves of earth’s body. Statuesque rocks on either side—standing holy as the pearly gates.

Creeks and streams full with energy and anticipation. Traveling from afar, driven—full of purpose, as they rush to join you, to generously donate whatever you need, to give their abundance, and assure your existence—eventually disappearing—becoming one with you.  Read more

Oppose the “Women’s Reproductive Health Act”

In these last days of the legislative session in Albany, it’s essential for New Yorkers to make their voices heard in opposition to Gov. Cuomo’s “Women’s Reproductive Health Act,” better termed, the “Cuomo-Gosnell Legalization of Infanticide Act.” The fact that this bill would legalize abortion all the way through nine months of pregnancy, performed by “licensed health officials,”—not necessarily doctors—guarantees more cases like Kermit Gosnell’s case right here in New York. Not only will we be the abortion capitol of the nation, but we will be the infanticide capitol as well.  Read more

Low-income students can afford top colleges

It is my pleasure in this season of graduations to report the explosion of a pervasive and destructive educational myth. Middle and lower-income families have traditionally believed that colleges ranking highest in terms of educational resources were too expensive, but new research reveals that students attending state and other lower-ranked schools end up paying more for education than if they had been accepted at highly selective ones.  Read more

Wanted: A ‘clean economy’ revolution

Recently we read with great interest Sullivan County Legislative Chair Scott Samuelson’s State of the County Report, in which he called for sustainable economic development to be the foundation for our future. We agree that sustainable development is a necessity, but not everyone agrees on the term’s meaning. As we see it, without environmental preservation factored in, no economic development plan can be truly sustainable.  Read more

Arrests in connection with Sullivan County burglaries

Three people have been arrested in connection with a rash of burglaries in Sullivan County. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office announced that on May 28 deputies investigated a break-in at a home on Sackett Lake Road in the Town of Forestburgh and an attempted break-in on East Glen Wild Road in the Town of Thompson.  Read more