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December 2015

Family Game Day @your library

January 2, 2016

10:30am-1:30pm at the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. Giant Jenga, Life Size Connect 4, All Day Uno are just a few of the choices available. Stay for an hour or even longer. Snacks provided. Email kohara@rcls.org or call 845/482-4350 for more information.

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Organizational News December 24

Alzheimer caregiver support group

LIBERTY, NY — There will be a meeting of the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group on Tuesday, January 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Achieve Rehab & Nursing Facility, 170 Lake St. It is open to all caregivers/family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

The group provides an opportunity to meet and develop a mutual support system among people who really understand what they are going through. Refreshments served. For further information contact Vanessa Lescano at 845/866-3247.  Read more

December 17, 2015 - December 25, 2015

Rudolph Zeman

Rudolph Zeman of Beach Lake, PA, a Purple Heart recipient, Army Veteran WWII, and longtime resident of the area, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2015 at home. He was 96.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at St. Francis Xavier RC Church, Narrowsburg, NY. Christian Burial followed in the parish cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made in Rudolph’s name to the donor’s choice.

Joan Cecelia Holbert

Joan Cecelia Holbert, age 82, of Narrowsburg, NY, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2015 at her home. She was born March 24, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY. Joan was the daughter of the late Herman and Cecelia Holmes Balle and sister to the late Nancy Balle Nolan.  Read more

Animals: Here, There and Everywhere

December 30, 2015

10:30am at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library in Narrowsburg. Join Jan Berlin as she introduces animal friends from all over the globe. Interactive program, preregistration required. Email kohara@rcls.org or call 845/252-3360 for more information.

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Joseph T. Hill

Joseph T. Hill of Narrowsburg, NY, a longtime resident retired from Queens General Hospital, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart, PA. He was 95.

The son of the late Roland and Minnie Howard Hill, he was born December 15, 1920 in Baltimore, MD. Joe was a U.S. Army WWII Veteran, Corps of Engineers.  Read more

Sam and the Cannonsville

Sam has learned an awful lot in the past two years reporting for Hancock’s weekly paper, The Hancock Herald. Reporting on planning board hearings and football games to house fires, giant hog weed and CheCheTheClown, he has gotten a great introduction into the workings of a community and what makes a good story.  Read more

Why more people need to be involved with Eldred’s Board of Education

As an involved student and Eldred community member, I am interested in the impact of the community on the actions of our board of education. This interest has led me to do extensive research, using the meeting minutes for the last five years. The data suggest that when there is more community participation, a more democratic and efficient process takes place.  Read more

A Sullivan County icon retires

BARRYVILLE, NY — On Friday, December 18, the Town of Highland threw a surprise retirement party for outgoing Superintendent Andy Boyar at the newly opened Catskills Mountains Resort on Mail Road—just one day before the venue’s grand opening on the 19th.  Read more

The politics of inclusion

[Best of 40 reprint from July 19, 2012]

At the Town of Highland’s first hearing on its Local Law 3 on May 4, a member of the committee working on its zoning, the Town of Highland Zoning Rewrite Task Force Phase I, was heard bemoaning the fact that, at that point, it looked like the law would pass by “only” three to two. At the time, it struck us as an odd concern; after all, a law passed by three-two is no less valid than one passed five-zero.  Read more