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September 2013

Send in the clowns

I think it’s safe to say that I’m not alone when it comes to a fear of clowns. From a very early age, they have made me nervous, skittish and (once in a while) downright freaked out. It still amazes me that clowns are often associated with glee, joy and happiness, since that is not my experience, but as usual, I am reminded that everyone has their own humble opinion. Scanning The River Reporter last week (yes, I read the paper) I came across a blurb about an art exhibit taking place at the River Market in Barryville, NY, titled “Through the Eyes of Wendell M.  Read more

Livingston Manor celebrates Labor Day

The former DeBruce Labor Day Parade transitioned seamlessly to Livingston Manor on Sunday, September 1, featuring the parade lineup, vendors and entertainment that have made this end-of-summer event a popular area attraction for over 20 years.  Read more

Hawaiian adventure

I sit writing this under the stars on a beach in Kauai, Hawaii. We have set up a small compound of three tents surrounding a small fire. The waves crash loud and soothing in the distance.

There are six of us, old college friends, visiting Hawaii because two of us (Emily and Andrew) are running the 26.2 miles of the grueling Kauai Marathon. (I use “us” loosely as I am part of the support team.) They have both been training for months and counting down the days to this end-of-summer Hawaiian adventure.  Read more

August 29, 2013 - September 5, 2013

Donald W. Hausmann

Donald W. Hausmann, best known as “Pappy” Don, of Beach Lake, PA, passed away August 28, 2013 at Regional Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was 74.

Funeral services were held at Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale, on Friday, August 30. Cremation followed.

Donations can be made to Regional Hospice, 746 Jefferson Ave. Scranton, PA 18510 or American Cancer Society.

Brigitte Kuehling  Read more


Sometimes you have to go back to go forward. Forty-five years is a long way back though. When I was a young teenager there was a lanky English lad who was new to our high school. Somehow I nabbed him for my boyfriend. He had rosy cheeks and dark hair and an easy laugh. He also had a ripe body odor—unaccustomed as he was to the use of American deodorants. He liked science-fiction and the BeeGees and Phil Ochs. He took me to see “Hair” on Broadway. We didn’t talk about ourselves much, but then, what was there to know? We had hardly begun to live. Or so I thought.  Read more

Writer laments ‘once great nation’

Recently while we were both at The Littlest World’s Fair in Grahamsville, NY, I was able to discuss with Congressman Chris Gibson the protest at his fundraiser. I was shocked to learn that two of the signs stated, “Tax the 1%” and another, “Keep the Immigrants, deport the Republicans.”  Read more

Democratic committee endorses candidate for town justice

The Democratic Committee of the Town of Mamakating proudly endorses Cynthia Dolan for Mamakating Town Justice. It is important we all get out and vote for our candidate in the September 10th primary election to support our candidate and preserve Mamakating residents’ right to choose a town justice at the general election in November.  Read more

An endorsement for Jane Luchsinger for town council

In 1989, I moved to Narrowsburg. Upon arriving here, I was very respectful of the culture that had been here for generations. I now consider myself a “successful transplant” because I have respect for the local people and the history of the area.

If you’ve attended any of the town board meetings in the last few years, you know that an uncomfortable “us” vs “them” mentality has become evident. In order to be the best town we can be, we must end the divide and work together.  Read more

Thoughts about public servants

Your article “Tusten Becomes a Friend of the Court,” in the August 22–28 issue, really shows the difference between a self-serving politico and a true servant of the people.

I believe that Ned Lang admits his greed for gas dollars by voting against the people’s wishes. By contrast, Carol Ropke Wingert, despite her personal beliefs, votes for what the people want.

Hurrah, Carol. Boo, hiss, Ned.

Frances T. Kerwin
Beach Lake, PA

Doing what is ‘right’

There seems to be an overzealous campaigner who is looking to occupy one of the seats as Tusten Town Justice. He is a Democratic Republican Independent Conservative. Well, so much for his decision-making ability. The one thing he has made up his mind about is becoming the town justice.

In Chuck Hoffman’s desire to put his campaign signs anywhere he chooses, he apparently is not averse to using threats and intimidation tactics. Other campaigners who wish to put signs on our various properties, respectfully ask permission; he does not.  Read more