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December 2013

Dragnet: spying in the digital age

It seems the time has come to reread George Orwell’s 65-year-old dystopian novel “Nineteen Eighty-four.” The questions it raises, about a fictional world in which each person is subjected to 24-hour surveillance in an authoritarian state, seem timelier now than ever, given what we have learned about the magnitude of electronic spying by our government’s National Security Agency (NSA), not only on foreign targets, but also, as it turns out, on Americans here at home. (If you think the bulk collection of data about our telephone calls is not spying, we beg to differ.)  Read more

Seminar: ‘Twitter for small business success’

HAWLEY, PA — A seminar, titled “Twitter for Small Business Success” will be held on Thursday, January 16 (rescheduled from November 21) at the Wayne/Pike Technology Training Lab in the Hawley Silk Mill, Suite 212 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Presenter Tim Sohn, CEO, Sohn Social Media Solutions in Shohola discusses how small business owners can use Twitter to spread the word about their businesses, network with other small business professionals and improve customer service.  Read more


Zachary Andrew Breslin, a line chef at the Villa Roma Resort Hotel, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013. He was 22.
Services were held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main, Callicoon, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Breslin Family C/O Andrea Kotas, 310 County Rd. 94, Hankins, NY 12741.


Donald A. Krantz of the Beechwoods, a former dairy farmer and retired Postmaster of the Callicoon Post Office, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Roscoe Regional Rehab and Nursing Facility in Roscoe, NY. He was 92.

Services are private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Grace Rogers Lagarenne, a longtime resident of Monticello, NY, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the home of her son in Tyler Hill, PA. She was 93.

Memorial funeral services will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Monticello United Methodist Church, Broadway, Monticello, NY. Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc. Monticello, NY. To send a condolence, please visit


Willi H. Ernst, the owner of Ernst Pastry in Glendale, Queens and a 30-year resident of Cochecton, NY, died December 19, 2013 at home. He was 85.
There were no services.


Retired New York State Supreme Court Justice Robert C. Williams of Monticello, NY, died on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 85.  Read more


Nora Shepstone of Damascus, PA died Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Bethany Village where she had recently resided. She was 89.
A private funeral was held on Monday, December 23 at the Hessling Funeral Home in Honesdale, PA. Memorial contributions can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Diabetes Association, or the Damascus Methodist Church.

Lacawac Sanctuary grows, seeks volunteers

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary, which formed several new educational and scientific research alliances in 2013—with Miami University of Ohio, Drexel University and The Academy of Natural Sciences—is pushing forward with its plan to become the headquarters for a new environmental research and education consortium.  Read more

Honesdale Jaycees donate to Michael J. Bryant Memorial Fund

HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Area Jaycees recently presented $1,000 to the Michael J. Bryant Memorial Fund, which awards grants to people with disabilities, and to community organizations such as 4-H and volunteer fire companies.  Read more