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March 2016

Welcome home; New Cooperage director returns to her roots

Some things in life are serendipitous, as we all know. Taking a chance pays off, paths meet and new opportunities begin. It just so happened that as the venerable executive director of The Cooperage Project, Doni Hoffman, was stepping down, area native Ryanne Jennings was returning to Honesdale.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

Officially, spring has arrived. Our experience in the past tells us not to take spring’s arrival seriously for several weeks, but this year seems to be different. The early spring is a gift enabling us to get outside and start our garden and yard work. We can’t be sure what the future will bring, but enjoy the weather, get your work done and maybe you will have time for those projects you have been putting off for a long time.  Read more

Looking Back

The Bellemonte Silk Mill was constructed in 1881 by silk manufacturer Carolina Lambert of Paterson, NJ, at a cost of $130,000. It housed operations producing silk thread from cocoons imported from Japan. The mill employed 300 workers, and the first manager was William F. Suydam, husband of Christian Dorflinger’s daughter Mary. In 1914 the mill was occupied by the Sherman Underwear Mills and had 360 employees. It operated until the mid-1980s, when it became the home of Castle Antiques and Reproductions, which closed in December 2008.  Read more

March 24, 2016 - March 31, 2016

Wilfred E. Fritz

Wilfred E. Fritz of Carbondale, PA, a resident of Creekside Health Facility, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 21, 2016. He was 103.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the Finch Hill Baptist Church in Greenfield Township.

John K. Gempler

John K. Gempler, a lifelong resident of Kenoza Lake, NY, passed away on March 17, 2016 at home with his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. George’s Church, Jeffersonville.  Read more

Judging a book by the cover

The recent terror attacks in Belgium remind us that this new world we live in is far from safe, yet we go on with our daily routines. Although the incident occurred an ocean away, we here in New York can still feel the sting of the attacks that landed here on our shores. I was across from the towers on 9/11 and saw the horror firsthand, yet I cannot blame one race or religion of people. There are good and bad in every neighborhood, and I for one cannot profile any race or religion.  Read more

Let’s wean ourselves off the grid-iron

Now that even the National Football League’s spokesperson has publicly affirmed the link between the violence of football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)—a very serious brain injury—it is truly time for parents to reconsider allowing their children to play tackle football.  Read more

Letters to the Editor March 31

Who are the outside agitators?

As I walked today in the woods near my home in Eldred I thought about the rumor that those of us opposing Millennium’s compressor station are a small group of outside agitators with limited attachment to the area and no right to speak. Since I have lived, run a business, raised a family and enjoyed the outdoors here for more than 30 years, and I oppose the station, this rumor bothers me deeply.  Read more

The vagaries of zoning

Had developer Philip Geras waited a few months before starting his project of converting a dilapidated former seasonal hunting cabin/lodge into an apartment complex, it is safe to say it would have stalled and, in fact, might never have seen the light of day. But the Tusten Town Board didn’t impose its moratorium on the construction of multi-family houses in the town until after Geras initiated the paperwork on his project.  Read more

Cuomo bans travel to North Carolina; Backlash grows against law seen as discriminatory

ALBANY, NY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on March 29 signed an executive order that bars state employees from traveling to North Carolina on state business unless such a trip is considered essential. The order requires all New York State agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for travel to the state and prevent any travel that is not directly related to the public health and welfare.  Read more

NY to allow mixed martial arts; Assembly votes to legalize exhibitions

ALBANY, NY — For the uninitiated, mixed martial arts (MMA) as defined by Wikipedia is “a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts.” Competitions are sometimes held in cages.  Read more