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September 2015

TLC for Young Children opens

LIBERTY, NY — On August 5, an open house/ribbon cutting was conducted for TLC for Young Children Preschool Center at 1903 Rte. 52. The event was coordinated by the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce. TLC’s founder Terri Gozza said that the center was created to enhance learning of three- to four-year-olds by encouraging learning and growth through play in an environment designed to strengthen your child’s muscles, build coordination, stretch his/her imagination and to learn in a way that is fun and enjoyable.  Read more

September 24, 2015 - October 1, 2015

Maria N. Schuchman

Maria N. Schuchman of Callicoon, NY, born December 25, 1936, died September 23, 2015 surrounded by family and friends.

The funeral service was held Saturday, September 26 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main St., Callicoon. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery Damascus, PA.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Scouts hold 5k

SHOHOLA, PA — The scouts of Shohola Boy Scout Troop 76 will hold their annual Shohola-Barryville Bridge 5k Run/Walk, on Saturday, October 17, at Rohman Park, in conjunction with the Shohola Township Park and Recreation Committee’s Pumpkins in the Park Festival. The event will not only be a run/walk, but will also feature a Kids’ K Fun Run, as well. The 5k run/walk will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the Kids’ K will begin at 11 a.m., which is the perfect segue into the Pumpkins in the Park Festival.  Read more

WSUL sponsors Coats for Kids

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — WSUL, together with Fidelis Care and NBDC Bank, is collecting new and clean, gently used coats and jackets to be distributed directly to local children. Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome. The Coats for Kids drive is an easy way for you and your family to pass along coats and jackets that you no longer need. The need has never been greater, and it’s never been easier to make a difference in our community.  Read more

SASD leads sawmill tour

EQUINUNK, PA — Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) will host an enhanced tour of the Joel Hill Sawmill, a post-Civil War, water-powered sawmill that operated from the 1860s to 1974, on Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m. Explore the role of water power in shaping the timber industry and building modern America, see the mill’s waterfall and turbine up close and watch a demonstration of milling lumber.  Read more

A serendipitous search

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet store 11 years ago, I resolved to reclaim our principles by rescuing. The search engines allowed me to filter for hypoallergenic breeds, which is what I need.

When my husband was young, his family was adopted by a local cocker spaniel named Daffy. He had belonged to a local couple, but Daffy preferred the three active Stratton boys.  Read more

Why invite the John Birch Society?

I am shocked that a local “tea party” political organization, the Patriot Connectors, based in Wayne County but with a number of Pike County supporters, recently featured the long-time president of the John Birch Society as their honored guest and featured speaker.

For more than 50 years, the John Birch Society has promoted extremist conspiracy theories, opposed civil rights and promoted anti-communist paranoia (their national headquarters is in Wisconsin, close to where red-baiting demagogue Sen. Joseph McCarthy is buried).  Read more

In support of GeoTourism project

I commend you for your interest in this area’s exciting opportunity for a GeoTourism project in partnership with National Geographic. This letter is in response to the September 16 “National Geographic, Murdoch and the River” editorial.  Read more

Too much noise for a Sabbath

The Sabbath, be it Saturday or Sunday, is supposed to be a day of peace and rest. Not so for the citizens of the Town of Thompson. The Monticello Motor Club (MMC), with the express permission of our fat-pocketed politicians, has taken that privilege away from us.  Read more

Vote—but vote right!

At last we have a person who will save our town. Yeah, Mr. Glenn Pontier is one and the same who dragged us into the clutches of the federal government in the late 1970s while being the editor of The River Reporter newspaper; now he hopes to become a Highland councilman. His resume is long and plentiful, but stops short of telling the whole story. Mr. Pontier was (as he put it) a conscientious objector, better known as a draft dodger. I doubt if Glenn were a Highland councilman we would be better off.  Read more