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January 2012


Phyllis Milk Hahn of Jeffersonville, NY, a self-employed hairdresser and lifelong resident, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Orange Regional Medical Center. She was 79.

Daughter of the late Lawrence and Helen Neumann Milk, she was born July 19, 1932 in Callicoon, NY. She was a graduate of Delaware Valley High School and Binghamton Beauty School.  Read more


Joseph Edward Hensz of Monticello, NY, formerly of Narrowsburg, NY, passed away on December 29, 2011 at Achieve Rehab. and Nursing Facility in Liberty, NY. He was 57.

He was born in Port Jervis, NY.

Joseph lived in Narrowsburg during his first 12 years, before moving to Titusville, FL with his family. He loved the country and liked to fish with his father. He was a gentle soul with a kind heart. He was a carpenter by trade and had his own cabinet business in Titusville, FL.  Read more


Deana Pando of Monticello, NY, a lifelong area resident, passed away on Saturday January 7, 2012 at her home. She was 50.

The daughter of Robert Pando and Nancy Deitz, she was born on September 11, 1961 in Liberty, NY.

She is survived by her mother, Nancy Deitz of Bethel, NY; daughter Sharina Burkes and husband, Marcus of Monticello; brother Joseph E. Pando of Bethel; sister Patti VanPelt and husband William of Kenoza Lake, NY; grandchildren Delyssia and Malachi Burkes; and five nieces and nephews.  Read more


Edwin W. Schroedel of Eldred, NY, a retired operating engineer and longtime resident, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY. He was 88.

The son of the late Leopold and Louise Schrimpe Schroedel, he was born September 10, 1923 in Elmhurst, Long Island. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Charlotte Elizabeth Hirsch.

Edwin retired from Sullivan Highway Products, Bridgeville, NY. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union and the Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club.  Read more

Worlds end

“Why do the birds go on singing?
Why do the stars glow above?
Don’t they know it’s the end of the world
It ended when I lost your love.”
– Sylvia Dee, “End of the World”

Worlds end all the time, you know.  Read more

Out for a stroll

River Reporter Production Manager Connie Kern came upon this adventurous porcine crew on her way to work Monday morning, driving along Route 23 in Tusten. The pigs were successfully shooed to the side of the road before she drove on.

Games children play

Most of the games children play seem to be “chase” games. Tag, of course, and capture the flag are standards. But then there are all kinds of animal-themed chase games like the self explanatory “bear,” or a game in which one kid pretends to be the shark from “Jaws” attacking “swimmers” on the lawn. “Spy zombie brain hunter” sounds more like a popular video game than the classic playground girl vs. boy runaround that it really is. They are all variations on the same timeless theme of “chase” and “catch.”  Read more

Budget process needs reform

Sullivan County’s recent budget debacles clearly demonstrate the need for reformation of its budget process.

The county legislature and county manager have together produced consecutive county budgets that have been both disingenuous and fiscally unsound. Sullivan County is on the brink of financial disaster.  Read more

A Wayne County Christmas Story, 2011

Once in a while in our lifetime, if we’re lucky, we have the privilege to work with a group of people who are givers—the kind who give unselfishly, lending support with a heartwarming smile, silently and anonymously. It is they who know and understand the meaning of true happiness. These are the people who make the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau our county’s own “Miracle.”

Christmas 2011 was a reality for 289 families and 659 children.  Read more

A letter of thanks

The St. Francis Xavier Outreach Program would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the community support that we received this past Christmas season. The generosity that was bestowed upon us was overwhelming, and we were able to help 50+ children have a merry Christmas.

Our program helps families that would not otherwise be able to afford to buy their children presents for Christmas.

Again, thank you so much for your continued generosity. You helped put smiles on the children’s faces.

Barbara Drollinger
President, St. Francis Xavier Outreach Program
Narrowsburg, NY