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November 2013

Remembering fallen soldiers

For 47 years Dennis Baker, a retired commander from the U.S. Navy who grew up in Cochecton, NY, had a story hiding inside him. Now he is telling it in a novel titled “Restless Hearts.” It is a narrative that is befitting to be told as we near Veterans Day, November 11. It asks the question: What if fallen soldiers could go home?  Read more

Lake Huntington News November 7

In the late 1800s, my great-grandfather and his sister left Ireland and landed in England—he being Thomas Fox and his sister Ann Fox. Soon, Thomas came over to America, and Ann stayed in England. Thomas married and started a family here; he is my grandmother Maryanne’s father. In England, Ann had a daughter Ann, who became good, long-distance friends with my grandmother.  Read more

October 31, 2013 - November 7, 2013

Michael T. Gabriel

Michael T. Gabriel, a resident of Liberty, NY former stock clerk at Great American in Liberty, and caregiver for his mother, passed away at home on Thursday, October 31, 2013.

Funeral services were private and at the convenience of the family.

Leroy E. Hiller

Leroy E. Hiller of Atlanta, GA, formerly of Beach Lake, PA, died on Wednesday October 16, 2013 in Atlanta. He was 76.

Graveside service was held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 in the Beach Lake Cemetery, Beach Lake.

Donations can be made to your favorite charity.  Read more

Keeping up

You never know what you can do until you do it. This was reinforced for me recently on a cycling trip in southern France. My friend Kara had suggested this trip as a way to see part of Europe in an intimate way on a budget. We have been cycling since childhood, often together, but neither of us had pedaled farther than the length of Manhattan in many years. We picked a tour company that offered “easy” itineraries on relatively flat terrain. Still, it was an ambitious plan.  Read more

Hunter and angler warns of threat from climate change

The recently released report by the worldwide Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded “Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. In short, it threatens our planet, our only home.”  Read more

Nearby homeowner calls Monticello Motor Club a ‘blight’

We are residents of Rose Valley Road near the village of Monticello. Although we work in New York City and come up throughout the year, it has been our plan to retire to our beautiful Monticello home. We vote in the county, pay taxes here and support county institutions. We look forward to weekends and vacations for peace and tranquility. Our 1850s farmhouse is on a large plot of land, and we love hiking in our forest. All this has changed with the arrival of the Monticello Motor Club.  Read more

A voice in favor of the Food Safety Modernization Act

In 2006, I almost died after eating spinach contaminated with E. coli. I spent nearly a month in and out of multiple emergency rooms and urgent care facilities. When I was able to return home, I had lost nearly 20 percent of my total body weight, and my recovery lasted five additional months of continuous treatment.  Read more

A veteran remembered

Every Veterans’ Day I pay tribute to my nephew Jacob, a son, a brother, a U.S. Marine and most of all an American hero. This Veterans’ Day I am deeply saddened in our nation and what is becoming of it. The American flag was a symbol of who we once were—a great nation.  Read more

Seeking civility

In last week’s op-ed section of The River Reporter, Edward Kraus offered his opinion in a My View essay called “Our town, your town, whose town?” in which he suggested that “The air of division that is felt here [in the Town of Tusten] needs to end. Narrowsburg is too small to be fighting and bickering all the time. We need to get past it and move on for the good of all of us….”  Read more

A vision for our watershed

Those of us who live and work in the Upper Delaware River Valley, or those who visit here, know and treasure the great natural beauty that surrounds us. What is often underappreciated, however, is that those very same natural assets contribute to running an immense economic engine in the Delaware River Basin that drives many industries—outdoor recreation; fishing and hunting; forestry; agriculture; and commercial navigation and ports far downstream from us. Amazingly the river also provides 5% of the drinking water in the U.S.  Read more