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August 2013

The Spirit Of Woodstock Lives On

BETHEL, NY — Forty-four years after the last chords echoed in the air, the legacy of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair still lingers over Sullivan County. The original festival, billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm, where 32 acts performed outdoors for more than 400,000 hippies and is “widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history.” (www.wikipedia.com) Rolling Stone magazine listed the event as one of the “50 Moments that Changed the History of Rock and Roll.”  Read more

Darryl Ostrander

Darryl R. Ostrander of Scranton, PA passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2013. He was 52.

He was married to the late Maryellen Kingston.

Born at Andrews Air Force Base, MD, he was the son of the late Robert Ostrander and Phyllis (Scott) (Ostrander) Williams.

Darryl is survived by one sister, Patricia McGinnis; three brothers, Daniel Ostrander, David Ostrander and Walter Williams; two aunts, Lillian Schlafer and Shirley Ostrander; one uncle, Jon Ostrander; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.  Read more

Alice E. Lahey

Alice E. Lahey of Warner Robins, GA and formerly of Milford, PA, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Heart of Georgia Hospice, Perry, GA. She was 80.

The daughter of the late William and Ruth (Kirkwood) Wright, she was born July 22, 1933 in Patchogue, NY. She was married to the late John Michael Lahey.  Read more

August 15, 2013 - August 22, 2013

Michael A. Campanelli, Sr.

Michael A. Campanelli, Sr. passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013 at his home in Goshen, NY. He was 89.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Wednesday, August 21 at Sacred Heart Church, 26 Still Road, Monroe, NY. Entombment followed in St. Raymond’s Cemetery, Bronx, NY.

Memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057, or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Duane J. Gillette  Read more

The book slayer

People find many ways to pass time on the train. One of the most common is reading. I am a printer by trade; naturally I love the look and feel of ink on paper. I can read the New York Post on my iPad, but I still buy the paper from the guy on the street in front of Penn Station every night. I can’t say I deplore the new digital reading devices, but I find them cold and unfriendly, so it always warms my heart to see people reading books. One of the frequent flyers of my morning commute is a strange duck to say the least.  Read more

Still looking for reasons in Delaware

A growing number of residents in the Town of Delaware are wondering why the town spent about three years redrawing the boundary of the Delaware River (DR) zoning district. There must have been reasons for such a big investment of time and effort. But we still don’t know what they are.  Read more

An open letter to Dan Sturm, Town of Bethel Supervisor

Dear Dan,

I am more than perturbed at what went on at last night’s Bethel Town Board meeting. You allowed a woman from our community to go on and on about the “dirty Chasidim” strewing garbage all over the lake. She made several defamatory, derogatory and anti-Semitic remarks about a community that has lived peacefully in Bethel for many generations.  Read more

Town of Callicoon Democratic slate cited for their skills

I was delighted to read about the slate of Democratic candidates for the November 5 election in the Town of Callicoon. The three candidates are a team with business and administrative skills, all of whom have proven themselves over the years. Each of the candidates is committed to listening to the concerns of others, and has demonstrated respect for those with differing opinions. Their election to local government will be a positive step forward for our town.

The business and administrative experiences of these three candidates include:  Read more

Defrauding us all

There will always be those who cheat, and one of the problems with that is that it can cast a dark shadow over others who do not deserve the label. Such is the case with welfare recipients who try to get more than they are entitled to and the unfortunate ripple effect that extends to honest people who find themselves in need of the safety net that public assistance offers.  Read more

When some are more equal than others

Wayne County’s 2005 update of its tax assessment rolls provided more realistic values for county property owners than had previously obtained, but may be costing Lehigh Township property owners in school taxes.  Read more