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March 2012

Exposed or hidden

In recent weeks, I have been playing the role of fly-tying instructor for those new to the art. Ah yes, I realize some might say that this was akin to the lame leading the blind. So be it. In fact, at both classes, before I even put thread to the hook shank, the words of the lead instructors in charge indicated there was a flaw in my technique. They had told the students to place the hook in the vice with the hook point exposed. Ooops! I could only hope that no one would notice that I had placed my hook in the vice with the hook point concealed.  Read more

Springtime paddling

Milder weather arrived in earnest during the first half of March, and that brought on an urge to launch the kayak and do a little paddling. During a sunny day just before the Ides of March, I set out on Walker Lake in Shohola, PA and found many signs that spring was well on the way.  Read more


Joey “AJ” Biccum of Montague, NJ and Port Jervis, NY, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis. He was 58.

He was born on November 16, 1953 in Port Jervis, the son of Delbert and Alma Norris Biccum.

Joey was the owner of AJ Biccum Stables in Montague and was a past member of the Monticello Horseman’s Association. He was a social member of the Port Jervis Naval Ship and VFW 161. He was employed by Carpenters Union Local 279, Fishkill, NY.  Read more


Eleanor Virginia Cook, a hospitality specialist at the Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, NY, died Monday, March 12, 2012 at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, New York. She was 85.

Daughter of the late Martin and Virginia Panarello Passante, she was born March 23, 1926, in New York City. She was the widow of William Allen Cook Jr.  Read more


John Knoll of Lackawaxen, PA, a retired owner of a telecommunications company and longtime resident of the area, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at home. He was 80.

The son of the late Mike and Kate Giska Knoll, he was born March 16, 1931 in Brookfield, IL.

John was the widower of Joan Bruns Knoll, who passed away on November 26, 2009. They were married for 52 years.

John was a Korean conflict veteran, having served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the VFW and the Lackawaxen Fire Department.  Read more


Lillian F. McAnaney of Middletown, NY entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 12, 2012 at Elant at Goshen. She was 93.

The daughter of the late Fergus Alexander and Harriet Franke Renton, she was born December 5, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY. Lillian married Harry Phillip McAnaney on July 22, 1939.

Lillian was a woman of great faith. She was an active member of Seventh Day Adventist Church in Middletown where she served as a deaconess, belonged to the Friendship Club and worked on the Community Service Committee.  Read more


Elizabeth Rozanski. (neé Furlong) of Beach Lake, PA peacefully passed away at Ellen Memorial Healthcare, Honesdale, PA, after an illness on Monday, March 12, 2012. She was 87.

Formerly of St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, she was the youngest and last surviving child of the late Patrick and Florence Furlong. She enjoyed eating dinner out with her friends and working outside in her yard. She will be dearly missed.  Read more


Howard Schuchman of Damascus, PA, retired owner of the Cochecton General Store in Cochecton, NY, died Monday, March 19, 2012 at Geisinger Family Hospice in Scranton, PA. He was 77.

The son of Charles and Rhoda Reinish, he was born March 5, 1935 in Bronx, NY. He was married to Maria Indrieri Schuchman.  Read more


Jessie May Townsend of Cochecton, NY, a business manager for Townsend Farm, died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at home. She was 91.

The daughter of George and Lena Hulse Neill, she was born December 11, 1920 in Bath, NY. Jessie was married to the late Elmer Townsend.

Survivors include her children Sharon Erdman and husband William of Cochecton, Wayne Townsend and wife Mary Alice of Farmington, NM, Laurie DePaolo and husband Carmine of New Castle, CO, Lisa Moran and husband, Thomas Jr. of Jeffersonville, NY; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.  Read more

A house on B Street

With my aunt in recovery from a recent stroke, and her husband in the hospital, her children were faced with the prospect of completing the impending sale of their summer home on Fire Island.  Read more