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A Penny for your thoughts

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January 22, 2014

[Editor’s note: After the week’s issue of the newspaper went to press, Penny Carman Blume passed away on Tuesday afternoon, January 21, 2014.]

It’s not uncommon for me to wax rhapsodic about life in the Upper Delaware River Valley. Having lived in major cities and then making the choice to relocate to the Catskills changed my life in so many ways that I’ve lost count. One constant is that I had a pretty active social life back in the day and still do. If there is a difference between the two, it would be that small town life connects us in ways that (IMHO) simply do not occur in a larger area. I discovered this quickly the very first time I crossed the threshold of (what was then) Blanche’s Diner on Route 17B in the Mangaup Valley. I spied neighbors and friends, who were reading The River Reporter, as Blanche herself held court, while Bud cranked out Blanche’s famous flapjacks, calling out “order up!” to the ladies who worked the tables, smiling, laughing and catching up with the regulars.