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July 2013

New novel tackles the story of Lucy Ann (aka Joseph) Lobdell; ‘The female hunter of Long Eddy’

Who was Lucy Ann Lobdell? Bill Klaber struggled with that question for years, and now he’s answered it in a richly imagined historical novel, “The Rebellion of Lucy Ann Lobdell.” It’s his take on a larger-than-life local character, who perplexed, scandalized and sometimes amused 19th century America. Lobdell’s rebellion, according to Klaber, “was taking off women’s clothes and putting on men’s clothes”—a simple act, but one with far-reaching and ultimately tragic consequences.  Read more

Lake Huntington News August 1

Summertime is so busy; this weekend was the Callicoon Street Fair in Callicoon and RiverFest in Narrowsburg.

I worked the St. Francis Xavier Church chicken barbeque selling 50/50 tickets, and then I went to work at RiverFest. Fr. Bill would like to thank everyone who worked to make the barbeque a success. Sunday when I was in church and the rain was coming down, I had a heart-to-heart talk with God. “Please God, stop the rain so RiverFest can go on and have a good turnout.” He does listen; the streets were packed and the food was flowing.  Read more

July 25, 2013 - August 1, 2013

Victor Feller

Victor Feller of Beach Lake, PA died Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, Honesdale. He was 81.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 11 at 4 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Route 191, Honesdale, PA.

Helen B. Sherwood

Helen B. Sherwood of Livingston Manor, NY, a retired medical receptionist and lifelong area resident, died Friday, July 26, 2013 in the Roscoe Regional Rehabilitation and Residential Health Care Facility, Roscoe, NY. She was 81.  Read more

Joann Peck

Joann Peck of Narrowsburg, NY, longtime resident of the area, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Wayne Memorial Hospital Hospice, Honesdale, PA. She was 57.

The daughter of the late Nicholas and Margaret Weber DiBella, she was born in Astoria, NY on May 15, 1956. She was married for 38 years to Robert Peck, who survives.

Joann had worked for Wayne Memorial Hospital as a dietary aide. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier RC Church, Narrowsburg.  Read more

Edward J. DeFebo, Sr.

Edward J. DeFebo, Sr. of Lackawaxen, PA, passed away on July 25, 2013 at home with his loving family. He was 80.

Son of the late Warren and Mary (Silvetti) DeFebo, Edward was born in Berwick, PA, on May 17, 1933. He was married to Janice (Weeks) DeFebo on April 8, 1961.  Read more


I remember a time when death was an anomaly in my life. A grandparent’s passing celebrated with an Irish wake and a funeral mass. Now it seems to haunt the everyday, wagging its finger like a told-you-so teacher.  Read more

Why we need a thermal stress protocol

Last week the Upper Delaware River experienced a dangerous thermal event. Just as heat waves are dangerous to people, they also have the potential of extreme adverse effects on the river ecosystem. This is why the proposed Lordville Thermal Stress Relief Protocol made early this year made so much sense. The protocol was designed to automatically trigger an enhanced cold-water release from the reservoirs to lessen the threat to cold-water species such as our valuable wild rainbow trout population.  Read more

New hard drive for humanity

The secrets, the answers, the solutions are most often hidden within the simple basics. Complexity, bureaucracy and rhetoric are fertile breeding grounds for misinformation and untruths, not to mention great cover for those seeking to perpetrate ill will upon humanity. These conditions also provide for the proliferation of viruses, but offer little in the way of solutions. The reason I bring this up is that I believe humanity has been infected with numerous viruses. Not the biological type but rather the type that infects the entire being: the mind, body, and spirit.  Read more

Sullivan’s charter amendment was warranted and proper

A recent Times Herald Record editorial declared that the ability of a “mere majority” of legislators to amend Sullivan County’s Charter was hasty, emotional and bad governance, and that only the public should have the power to amend the charter. It expressed concern that the amendment would deter qualified job applicants for the county manager position, and that it would further deter an appointee from acting boldly and with vision, due to perceived lack of job security.  Read more

A farm tale

Recently at The River Reporter we came across this blog entry from, and it got us thinking about the nature of farm life.  Read more