Elihu Tallman, founder of Tallmansville in Preston Township, made his first mark in Wayne County in 1819 when he purchased a tract at Six Mile Lake and built a sawmill. A large tannery was built in 1859 by four entrepreneurs from Delaware County, NY, who bought a large tract of hemlock forest from pioneer Daniel Underwood. One of them, Leonard H. Allison, had just returned from a European trip and renamed the lake, calling it Lake Como after the famous lake in Italy. The tannery was sold in 1864 to Albert E. Babcock and burned, along with 3,000 cords of bark, in 1868. Read more
Originally part of Dyberry Township, Berlin Township was formed in November 1826. The earliest settlements were Beech Pond, Berlin Centre and Smith Hill. Originally called Beech Pond because of the abundance of beech trees in the area, the community’s name became Beach Lake over the years. Samuel Smith, for whom Smith Hill was named, came here from Germany by way of New Jersey. Around 1830 immigrants from Cornwall and Devonshire in England began arriving, and many descendants of the original immigrants are still active citizens of Wayne County. Read more
The last two weeks have been very busy with Narrowsburg Beautification Group (NBG) volunteers scurrying about finalizing preparations for the America in Bloom judges’ arrival on July 13. NBG volunteers and private citizens planted, weeded and watered flowers and trees from Kirk Road to the railroad underpass on south Main Street. Members of the Lava Fire Department painted and replanted the fire department front planter, which provides such a welcome sight as one enters our area on Route 52. The highway department and the water/sewer department provided needed help when requested. Read more
Tip #1: Taking care of your home is an investment that adds value and gives back in saved money over the years.
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Tip #2: Every furnace and/or air conditioner has a filter to catch dirt and dust. Clean your filters twice a year for proper air flow and effectiveness.
Tip #3: Seamless gutters mean more time for vacations! Never clean your gutters again!
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I was sitting at home watching TV on Friday morning, very sad about what a sick world we live in. Watching the ambush in Dallas, people should remember all lives matter. We need to love one another, be kind and let there be peace on earth.
I have to get my column done early once again. I am going to Boston with the Tusten Youth Group. Pastor Phyllis Haynes is my travel partner. We have to be at the bus at 5:45 Saturday morning. I am not the type of person who likes to get up early, but it’s a five-hour bus trip, so I can go back to sleep. Read more
Heavy rain on Friday, May 22, 1942 led to the most devastating flood in the history of the Lackawaxen River Valley. The river and smaller streams overflowed their banks, and the flood broke in the dead of night, trapping citizens in their homes and carrying buildings, bridges, roads and people to their destruction. Delaware Street in Honesdale virtually vanished, with 12 of its 15 homes destroyed and nine residents lost. One young woman saved her life by grabbing a tree as she was being swept downstream. Read more
An excerpt from the Sullivan County Public Health Department’s 2013-2017 Community Health Assessment by Holloran Consulting, Inc.
Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
Among survey respondents, 46.4% ate fruits and/or vegetables daily. Only 26 respondents, or 3.5% of the total sample, never ate fruits and/or vegetables. The most cited reason for not eating fruits and/or vegetables was that respondents do not like them. Other reasons included the expense of fresh fruits and vegetables, their availability, their quality, and the time it takes to prepare them. Read more
MIDDLETOWN, NY — Physicians and staff of Crystal Run Healthcare came together recently to fundraise for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. A total of $9,062 was raised by employees in a variety of ways, including a practice-wide dress-down day as well as numerous raffles. Including Crystal Run Healthcare’s corporate sponsorship, a grand total of $21,062 was donated to the American Cancer Society for five local relays including Goshen, Newburgh, Pine Bush, Rockland County and Sullivan County. Read more
“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else”
— Margaret Mead
I have always appreciated this quote when discussing aging issues with patients. Each of us varies widely in terms of our physiology at any age, but there are common changes associated with normal aging. More important for each of us is whether a change in body function represents a potential illness. This article will describe common body changes and what might represent a developing health problem. Read more
Drumroll please… Let’s give a round of applause to Ursula Arnello as she steps down from her role as administrator of the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corp with over 20 years of service. For most of us, it is difficult to volunteer for the same organization that employees you, but Ursula found a way. She began her service as a volunteer, and when it was clear a paid employee was necessary to continue to provide the excellent emergency services we are accustomed to, Ursula stepped up. She was paid as an administrator and added shifts as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Read more
By 1757 Robert Land was living at Cushetunk on the Delaware, the earliest settlement in Wayne County, PA, as an employee of the Delaware Company. In 1763, Land was appointed justice of the peace. As the American quarrel with Great Britain escalated to revolution, Land remained loyal to the Crown and was soon hauled before the Peenpack Committee of Safety. Although he escaped from the committee, his family faced serious retaliation. Their home was burned twice, and Mrs. Land and their children eventually escaped to New York, then occupied by the British. Read more
LAKE ARIEL, PA — Fireworks at 9 p.m.
ROSCOE, NY — Parade steps off at 11 a.m. Lineup at the Roscoe Central School parking lot.
HONESDALE, PA — Music and fireworks. There will be music, vendors, children’s games and activities in Central Park starting at 5 p.m., with fireworks shot off from Irving Cliff at dusk.
NARROWSBURG, NY — Fireworks at dusk, rain date July 9.
CALLICOON, NY — Fireworks at dusk at the Villa Roma Resort. Read more
What a great time I had at Bethel Woods with my friends Kathy and Danny and my brother Teddy at the Journey, Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason Concert. It really is a beautiful place, and you run into so many people that you know from upstate and from Queens, where I grew up. If you have never been there you should go it’s amazing.
The Presbyterian Church Ladies Aid will have card parties every Monday during July and August except the 4th of July, that being a holiday. So if you are looking to get out of the house, stop by and play cards. If I did not have to work I would be there. Read more
The idea of a stock-car track in Beach Lake was born in the early 1950s and is a fine example of how a community came together to solve a financial problem. The volunteer fire company was always searching for new fundraising ideas, and in 1952 or 1953 they came up with the idea of running stock-car races. The first year, the races were run on Labor Day weekend on the quarter-mile “old track” near the Fire Hall. The event was such a success that in 1954 a bigger and better track was built on land owned by Ralph Van Gorder; the entrance to the speedway was opposite St. Read more
CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Apple Pond Farm will host a cheese-making workshop on Friday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop will be a hands-on course where participants will be able to learn how to make goat’s milk ricotta from milking the goat to serving it with select wine pairings. Guests will be able to take home samples of the cheese they have made. The event will be led by Sonja Hedlund, co-owner of Apple Pond Farm and Renewable Energy Education Center. This event is appropriate for teenagers and above, with alcohol served to attendees age 21-plus. Read more
PORT JERVIS, BY — The newly upgraded Port Jervis Farmers’ Market will start on Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the newly appointed Farmers’ Market Square, located next to the Burger King. The market has a new market manager, Sarah Worthy, a new website and branding/signage, six farm stands and weekly live music. It will run from June to October 29, rain or shine. Farmers represented are Perez Farms, Trapani Fruit Farm, Once Upon a Farm, Back to the Future Dairy Farm, Kilted Suds and Sadie Cakes. “We have a strong history of farming and agriculture in our area. Read more
It seems hard to believe, but we are getting ready to round the corner to the second half of the year. We always do that with celebrations of our country’s independence, with days off from work, gatherings of friends and family and, of course, fireworks. This year the fireworks will begin at dusk on Sunday, July 3 with a rain date of July 9. Fireworks seem to elicit childhood feelings as we respond to the pop and glitter with oos and ahs…. so much fun. Read more
George Washington Woodward was born in 1809 in Bethany, PA, to Abisha and Lucretia Kimble Woodward. Admitted to the bar in 1830, he became a successful attorney in Wilkes-Barre, delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1837, president judge of the fourth judicial district from 1841 to 1851 and unsuccessful candidate for U. S. Senator in 1845. Nominated to the U. S. Supreme Court by President Polk, Woodward was not confirmed by the Senate due to the machinations of his political opponents. Read more
I think I found the answer to having something to write about: I have to stay home and be out and about. Thursday night I went to the high school to watch the Senior Spring Concert. I cannot believe how talented these kids are. I saw the same faces in the play “Damn Yankees.” They can sing and play their instruments just as well as Broadway performers. Read more