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July 2013

July 18, 2013 - July 25, 2013

Nora Lea Arnold

Nora Lea Arnold of Honesdale, PA died on Monday, July 15, 2013 at her home following an illness. She was 66.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Central United Methodist Church, 205 11th Street, Honesdale. As per her request, cremation was held at Maple Hill at Salem Crematory.

Donations can be made in Nora’s name to: Wayne Memorial Hospice, 601 Park Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.

Joseph Fedorick

Joseph Fedorick of Cahoonzie, NY, a 42-year area resident, passed away Tuesday, July 9 at home. He was 62.  Read more

Good-bye and thank you to a commuter’s friend

It is said, “A good man is hard to find”—especially if he is a car mechanic. It is with a heavy heart I viewed the sign at Wayne’s Midas in Port Jervis, NY that said they were closing because they lost their lease. Wayne is not only a good mechanic but a good man as well.

Located a short walk from the train station in Port Jervis, it was always a great convenience for this commuter to be able to drop off my truck in the morning and still make the 5:05 a.m. train. I would faithfully get a call around 2:30 p.m. that my truck was ready and the key was locked inside.  Read more

Zoning amendments in the Town of Delaware

The current zoning regulations for the Town of Delaware’s properties within the designated Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Corridor are simple, clear, and straightforward.

The proposed zoning amendments for some properties within the river corridor are not.  Read more

Keeping the general store’s ‘old charm’

I am a resident of the wonderful town of Cochecton. When I first moved up to Sullivan County in 1997 and went into Heinle’s General Store, I felt like I was walking into Ike Godsey’s general store from the Walton’s. Over the years I have seen it go from Doug to Brian, to Mr Shin, to Ronnie D’s pizza parlor, then to the bank and finally to the present owners. One of the last conversations I had with Doug Heinle was what he thought of what was going on with Heinle’s. Doug told me that he went and introduced himself to the new owners and they showed him around.  Read more

Congratulations to Heinle’s General Store

In response to the letter to the editor (in The River Reporter issue of July 18 to 24), we were so surprised that someone would write a harsh letter about Heinle’s General Store. Shame on you. The store was closed for a number of years; it was boarded up and so depressing every time you passed by.

We have lived here with our family for over 51 years and we are thrilled the store is open. We couldn’t wait for the new owners to open their doors. Heinle’s General Store is beautifully restored. It is so special that the new owners chose to keep the original name.  Read more

Thoughts on racism in America

Throughout my 82 years, I rarely thought of myself as a “white American.” As I witnessed the ebb and flow of race relations, my perception of blacks’ complains usually depended on the tact and diplomacy evident during delivery of their leader’s message.  Read more

A high-speed highway to a good rural future

Electrifying rural America and bringing universal telephone access to its citizens were enormous undertakings in the past century. Now, we who live in rural America face the challenge of building a new telecommunications infrastructure that brings the potential to facilitate economic growth, job creation, and to enhance our way of life in the 21st century. Today, rural Americans including those of us who live in the Upper Delaware River Valley need to join the conversation about how we will get on the high-speed Internet highway via broadband technology or risk being left behind.  Read more

Building fences

Visitors to the popular river spot, Skinners Falls, will notice a change this summer. Surrounding the field near the parking lot is now a fence, and there is now a $1 fee to get inside. The field, which one can walk through to get to the path that leads to the rocks down by the falls, is private property owned by Rick and Lisa Lander of Landers River Trips.  Read more

Damascus eyes grant money

“It’s an opportunity that almost never comes around. I can’t remember the last time it happened.” Addressing all present at the July 15 Damascus Township Board of Supervisors meeting, chairman Jeffrey Dexter was referring to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant monies available for use at the discretion of the township. Dexter asked the board members present, “If we were to go forward with a grant application, how would we spend the money?” The immediate consensus was that it would be designated for long-needed road rebuilding.  Read more

Trayvon Martin decision protested in Monticello

About 40 people turned out to the lawn in front of the courthouse in Monticello on July 20 to join the hundreds of groups in cities across the country who were protesting the decision in the Trayvon Martin shooting death.  Read more