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May 2013

May 2, 2013 - May 9, 2013

Peter Joseph Kreiter

Peter Joseph Kreiter, lifelong resident of Monticello, NY died on Sunday, May 5, 2013. He was 57.

Services were held at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 401 Broadway in Monticello on Tuesday, May 7. His funeral mass was held at St. Peter’s Church, Broadway and Liberty Street in Monticello on Wednesday morning, May 8. Burial took place at St. Peter’s Cemetery on Rock Ridge Drive in Monticello.

Memorial contributions in Peter’s honor can be made to the Federation for the Homeless, 9 Monticello St., Monticello, NY 12701.  Read more

The Bill Principle

When we bought our house, “sustainability” wasn’t part of our everyday vocabulary. We did know that a 100-year-old house was likely to bankrupt us with heating bills unless we made serious changes. Other than new wiring, no major renovations had been undertaken since the 1960s, a plus since the scary vintage state of the house meant that we could afford to buy it. But we had a lot of work to do if we were going to be both snug and solvent.  Read more

Gun safety for local schools, one man’s proposals

[Editors Note: A version of this letter, which was written to the school board at the Livingston Manor Central School and sent to elected officials in Albany and Washington, DC, was shared with The River Reporter by the author.]

To the School Board,

As a concerned parent, taxpayer and citizen, I write these thoughts on the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, April 20, 1999. I offer these suggestions with the desire for our children to be safe.  Read more

Support for a new government ethics law

In regards to passage of the local law known as the Sullivan County Ethics Law, the message is clear. We are committed to ensuring public trust in government by the people we serve. However, make no mistake, by passage of this Ethics Law, we are not attempting to discourage anyone from serving on county boards for the betterment of the residents of Sullivan County.  Read more

The Delaware Company: a new historical organization

As a professional historian and historiographer, I know how important our past is and how critical it is to preserve and promote it. Unfortunately, for generations many people in this area have taken our history and historic landmarks for granted. That casual attitude has contributed to the deterioration of monuments to our history. Furthermore, we no longer devote as much effort as we once did to teaching our children about the history of our country, let alone that of our region.

The time has come to reverse the tide.  Read more

The importance of ethics in government

Since taking office in 2012, the new mix of Sullivan County legislators has been working hard to improve government fiscal accountability by reining in expenses, ferreting out waste and redundancy, and by trying to deliver more value to citizens for the taxes they pay.  Read more

County chair lauds travel guide

Scott Samuelson, chair of the Sullivan County Legislature, took a minute to let his colleagues know he was pleased with the way the Sullivan County Visitors Association handled the cover of the new travel guide.  Read more

Beer for the community

“This is a true American project, hot dogs, baseball, old Ford truck and a good American beer. All of our products are made in the USA, we support our community, that’s what we will always be about,” said Phil Vallone, one of the investors in the Roscoe Beer Company.  Read more

Fracking bans okay in New York; Court rules against drillers in Dryden, Middlefield

ALBANY, NY — In an important victory for residents opposed to hydraulic fracturing in New York, the Third Appellate Division in Albany on May 3 ruled that municipalities have the right to adopt zoning laws that prohibit fracking.  Read more