In 1999, the Weiden family of Narrowsburg, NY generously donated this carriage to the Cochecton Preservation Society. The old depot had just been enclosed with windows and doors after making its journey from Cochecton Mills about two miles away.
The antique horse-drawn carriage is also referred to as a doctor’s buggy. In 2002, Arthur Peck, also from Narrowsburg, took great interest in the old carriage. He offered to refurbish it, which required rebuilding parts, getting new straps and reupholstering. He warned that it would take two years. Read more
There is no question that when cats scratch objects or even people it is not pleasant. But scratching is a normal behavior for cats and serves many purposes. Scratching serves to shorten and condition the claws, and more importantly, cats scratch to mark their territory. That mark is not only visible, but also conveys the scent of the foot pads. Some cats that are in situations of anxiety or conflict may exhibit increased territorial marking such as scratching and urinating. For cats that live primarily outdoors, scratching is rarely an issue for their owners. Read more
Although opened in 1829 for the transportation of anthracite from the coalfields in Lackawanna County to the terminus of the Delaware & Hudson Canal in Honesdale, PA, the D&H Gravity Railroad later came to include passenger cars. The D&H offered quick rides between Honesdale and Carbondale as well as excursions to the beautiful park built by the company at Farview. Read more
Most of us have had the experience of being stung by an insect—most commonly in this area by a bee, wasp, or yellowjacket. The majority of us will notice a mild swelling at the sting site and a temporary discomfort that gradually fades away. However, for about 3% of the population—about two million people in the U.S.—a sting or bite from an insect can lead to an anaphylactic reaction that can be life threatening without emergency treatment. It is estimated that there are 40 to 100 deaths per year from this cause. Read more
Another weekend down on Long Island; this time it was for a very special reason: the Ordination of Laurie Stuart at the South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Freeport. I was part of the ceremony and the Upper Delaware UU Fellowship was there as well. It was very interesting. Being raised Catholic I had no idea what to do—do I cross myself when I walk past the alter, do I receive communion? So I just sat back and took it all in. I love the drums and the songs they sang, the love and friendliness that filled the church. A great time was had by all. Read more
Cochecton Historian Art Hassis recounts this story regarding Abe Strong from Cochecton Center, who built an airplane using a mail-ordered plan in 1930. Three years and $400 later, he built a Heath Parasol converted from a second-hand Henderson motorcycle engine and Buick engine parts. May 28, 1934 was his first flight to Cochecton. Read more
Have you ever wondered how our Town of Tusten got its name? Some of you may know the town was named after Colonel Benjamin Tusten, but do you know the whole story? Come listen to the National Park Service presentation on the Battle of Minisink, which took place on July 22, 1779, and learn why Col. Tusten, Revolutionary War hero, is deserving of the special honor we have bestowed upon him. This presentation will be part of the Tusten Historical Society’s annual meeting held this Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m in Town Hall. Read more
The Delaware & Hudson Canal and Gravity Railroad met in Honesdale, PA behind the D&H office, now the Wayne County Historical Society. Coal was carried on the Gravity from Carbondale, stored in huge piles behind the canal basin and transferred to boats to travel the 108 miles of the D&H Canal to Rondout, NY, on the Hudson River, where it was again transferred to larger vessels for its trip to New York City. Although the Gravity was originally designed to carry only coal, in later years passenger service between Carbondale and Honesdale was added. Read more
I seem to do more on the weekends than I do all week. Saturday I was down in Long Island. My friend Billy, who died in June, was an iron worker at 9/11. His name was put on the wall for responders who died due to illness from being at 9/11. Billy’s cousin Paula, who is my best friend, went to the wall the night before just to hang out. The harvest moon was shining bright in the sky, the American flag was waving in the breeze, and something was biting the hell out of my legs: fire ants. My legs were covered with welts and burning hot. Read more
Arthur Hassis, Cochecton Preservation Society historian, recently shared a topic, “A Day in a Boarding House in Lake Huntington,” at a meeting of the society. Circa 1940, his mother was the proprietor of the Arlington Boarding House in Lake Huntington, NY during a period when gypsy wagons would come by and the gypsies would tell people’s fortunes. This postcard depicts the wagons in the streets of Lake Huntington, though the outfits suggest the picture predates the 1940s. Read more
Question: What is better than going to a movie in a theater in your home town?
Answer: Going to a movie in a theater in your home town at a bargain price.
The fifth Big Eddy Film Festival returns to the Tusten Theater on Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18. A special package of six films for $40 is being offered—that’s $6.66/film. Now surely you agree this is a real bargain! Read more
This World War II V-Mail message, sent to Erwin Finch of Equinunk, PA by his friend Bill in England, recently turned up during a kitchen renovation. Short for “Victory Mail,” V-mail was developed by Eastman Kodak and was the main way soldiers stationed abroad were able to communicate with friends and family back home. Because the letters were censored before being transferred to microfilm, V-mail was one of the most secure methods of communication. After letters arrived at their destination, the negatives would be blown up to full size and printed. Read more
Marijuana is not new, but it’s still the most popular illicit drug in the United States. With the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in some states, plus the availability of synthetic versions, marijuana toxicity in pets is on the rise.
How do pets become intoxicated? Read more
[This week, “Looking Back” will start alternating weeks between Northeast PA history, authored by Ann O’Hara of the Wayne County Historical Society, and Cochecton, NY area history, authored by members of the Cochecton Preservation Society. The below is a personal reminiscence by Art Hassis.]
My parents’ boarding house is the Arlington in Lake Huntington. The year is 1940 and dawn is breaking. There are 16 rooms and it is full occupancy. The boarders pay $12 a week, which includes three daily meals. Read more
I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend, I spent mine with family and friends, I am truly blessed. I would like to wish all who are going back to school a great year and hope you learn and do not have too much homework. This might come as a surprise, but I hated it when I had to go back to school. Most kids get new outfits and pretty shoes—no, not me. I had that itchy wool Catholic uniform, green socks and saddle shoes (I really hated them). When I went to a public high school, it was so much different. I really did do so much better, and the nuns and I did not see eye to eye. Read more
ELDRED, NY — The Town of Highland’s annual 9/11 Memorial and Emergency Services Appreciation Service will be conducted on Sunday evening, September 11, 6 p.m. at Heroes Park. Sullivan County Sheriff Michael A. Schiff, will speak on behalf of the community to thank emergency services providers. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments and fellowship will follow at the town hall. Call 845/557-6085. Read more
A cancer cluster is defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as “a greater than expected number of cancer diagnoses in general; larger number of a particular kind of cancer within the area; and a larger number of a cancer diagnoses within a given population of people living in that area (e.g., race, ethnicity, age group or gender, etc.)” One occasionally hears about suspected clusters in our own area. Read more
When I was a teenager, I was responsible for many of my family’s meals. With my mom in daytime graduate school (having completed her college degree at night; she’s now a Ph.D. psychologist, author, senior Pilates Silver instructor, who has, in her recent years, taken up weight training and, by her own admission, is an overachiever, unlike me), I practiced the art of family dinner-making on a regular basis. Nightly, maybe, several times weekly, at least, I can’t remember. Read more