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Narrowsburg News

The stores are lush with plants, and our residents are seen working in their yards cleaning the winter debris from their gardens preparing to restore their beauty. The Narrowsburg Beautification Group (NBG) will assist in your endeavors and provide additional plant material for your gardens at the annual plant swap on Saturday, June 4 at 9 a.m. Come to the Mews on Main Street. Bring plants that have multiplied in your gardens beyond your needs and swap for another plant. Don’t have plants of your own? No problem. You are free to pick up plants for your gardens and leave a donation.  Read more

Looking Back

Ludolph (Louis) Hensel was undoubtedly the most prolific chronicler of early 20th century life in the area around Hawley, PA, leaving an invaluable record of people and places. Hensel was the son of Louis Hensel, who was born in 1818 in Braunsweig, Germany. The father had a long and colorful life, chronicled in his book, “Louis Hensel: My Life in America.” On the 1880 U. S.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

It has been a very sad week in the Town of Cochecton with the passing of Mike Maas, Louise Swendsen, Brian Yewchuck and Bill Grund. Bill was my neighbor and friend. I will always remember working the Founders Days with him. I loved to listen to Bill tell stories of the olden days, working with him at The Cochecton Center Community Center tag sales. It would make my day when I was in Peck’s/Pete’s in the morning and Bill would come in with his clipboard with his shopping list on it. I was always late for work because we would be gabbing.  Read more

Looking Back

Wayne Borough was established in 1853 from portions of Scott and Preston Townships, and in 1873 the Pennsylvania Legislature approved changing its name to Starucca (the second “r” was added later). Starrucca village probably came into existence before 1800, with the arrival of a few pioneer families, most notably the brothers Henry and Ezekiel Sampson from Connecticut. Henry built the first mill and his son Benjamin fathered 27 children, thus ensuring the growth of the community. The large number of early sawmills indicates the importance of the forests to the economy of Starrucca.  Read more

Common illnesses of birds

Pet birds just like other pets can become ill and some species are more prone to some diseases than others. If you already have a pet bird or are exploring making a bird part of your family, it is important to be familiar with their diseases.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

For some, the night of Saturday, May 7 was a nostalgic reunion as they entered the halls of their childhood school, the Narrowsburg Union. Others walked down the hallway with excitement on their faces as they were about to attend their first dance, the Cinco de Mamacita Dance. Attendees spanned at least eight decades, and grandparents had the opportunity to dance with their grandchildren. Young girls donned their best party dresses and one young gentleman, in his first decade, dressed with a jacket and bow tie, clearly destined to be a future heart throb.  Read more

Looking Back

One of the most successful merchants in Wayne County history was John Brown, a native of Cornwall, England. Born in 1826, he came to Honesdale in 1842, learned the chair-making trade from A. B. Miller and in 1850 purchased the business, at that time located on Main Street near the current location of the Borough Hall. In 1859 he moved the furniture business to Park Street, where his building still stands, next to the Hotel Wayne. In 1885, Brown’s son, J. Samuel Brown, learned embalming and became the funeral director of the company.  Read more

Summer skin care

Winter is passing and many of us are now planning our summer vacations, trips to the beach and getting that nice “healthy” glow associated with a tan. Our exposure to the sun comes with a heavy price. This article will cover the effects of sun exposure, myths and facts associated with suntan lotions and potential danger signs of skin changes associated with cancer.

External changes associated with sun exposure  Read more

Lake Huntington News

As those of you who have been following this column for a while know, I have relatives in England. I just want to share with you that they had snow on Friday. Our weather has been so mild—hope it’s a nice summer, 70 degrees. (OK, maybe 80 degrees every once and awhile, but I am not a fan of sweating.)  Read more

Looking Back

Philip Hone, later mayor of New York City, was elected president of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company on March 1825 and was present four months later near Summitville, NY to turn the first shovelful of dirt to begin construction on the canal. The town that grew up around the terminus of the canal where it would meet the gravity railroad in Pennsylvania was originally called Dyberry Forks, but it is likely that it was renamed Honesdale around the time Philip Hone visited the area in 1827. A ledger from Jason Torrey’s store calls the town Dyberry Forks one day and Honesdale the next.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

Narrowsburg has an abundance of citizens who volunteer, be it for the fire departments, ambulance, library, Tusten Youth Commission… and the list goes on and on. Again this year, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church wishes to recognize all volunteers with a Volunteer Recognition/Appreciation Service followed by a Fellowship Brunch. The festivities begin with a service on Sunday, May 1 at 9:30 a.m. followed by the brunch at 10:30 a.m. If you are unable to attend the service, you are welcome to meet with fellow volunteers at 10:30 a.m. For more information call 845/252-3919.  Read more

Looking Back

The Maple City Band was organized in April of 1900 by the consolidation of the Honesdale and Lawyer bands. The Honesdale Band was established about 1880, tracing its origins to the first regular band, organized in 1841 by Allen Plum, and the Silver Cornet band led by John Broad in 1849. By 1899, the Lawyer Band appeared on the scene, organized by a young shoe-factory worker and cornet player named Edwin Lawyer, who was joined by a talented trombonist from Seelyville named Fred Gill.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

What a great weekend. I went to my sister-in-law’s 60th birthday and then to a reunion at my favorite bar, Kerrigan’s in Queens. There is nothing like hanging out with the old crowd. Loving this weather. On my way down, I stopped to see Fr. Bill. He sends his love to all and is holding his own.  Read more

Looking Back

General “Mad Anthony” Wayne inspired the names of at least 15 counties, 13 cities and 28 towns and villages, as well as schools, rivers, streets and parks across the nation. Like most of the others, Wayne County, Pennsylvania was never visited by the general, although he was a Pennsylvania native. Born in 1745 in Chester County, he was a surveyor and also worked in his wealthy father’s tannery. At the beginning of the Revolution, Wayne became colonel of the 4th Pennsylvania Regiment. He participated in the unsuccessful invasion of Canada and was promoted to brigadier general in 1777.  Read more

K-Kids rock with shelter donations

SLATE HILL, NY — Minisink Valley Intermediate Kiwanis K-Kids, mentored by advisor Mary Jo Wagner, once again came through for pets at the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark, delivering a carload of food, toys, blankets and beds and a check for $306.36 to benefit the animals at the shelter. The K-Kids club, made up of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from the Minisink Valley Intermediate School, participates in service projects all year long. The shelter donations were collected by the kids from students at their school.  Read more

Parvovirus in Dogs

Parvo, or canine parvovirus (CPV) infection, is a relatively new disease that was appreciated in dogs in the 1970s. The disease is often rapidly spread and has great severity, thus causing great cause for concern among pet owners. The canine parvovirus is very similar to the feline panleukopenia (feline distemper) and is thought to be a mutation of the canine parvovirus.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

The area of the Town of Tusten is approximately 48.8 square miles. That’s a lot of ground to cover should a fire occur, but we are fortunate to have men and women in Tusten willing to be on call for such emergencies. They are the volunteer members of the Narrowsburg and the Lava fire departments. Although each department has specific areas to cover, the truth is, they are willing to work together and will cross over into the other’s territory if needed. We owe a lot to our volunteer fire fighters. A small way to show our appreciation is to support their annual chicken barbeques.  Read more

Looking Back

In 1846, Samuel E. Dimmick moved to Honesdale to practice law with his cousin William H. Dimmick and begin a distinguished career of public service. He purchased a home at the corner of 9th and Court streets in 1859, but three years later it was destroyed by fire and replaced by a three-story brick home for about $40,000. After the deaths of Samuel Dimmick and his wife, the heir sold it to Elias Stanton in 1883 for $7,000. In 1902, Stanton’s heirs sold it to John Kuhbach, manager of the Irving Cliff Brewery.  Read more

Five questions to ask your doctor about managing pain

One in 15 patients who get prescription painkillers (also called narcotics or opioids) after surgery end up using them long-term, which can result in tolerance, dependence and addiction. A lack of doctor-patient communication about postsurgical pain management may be partly to blame, according to a new national survey. To help foster these important conversations, the Postsurgical Pain Control: Voice Your Choice campaign was launched to raise awareness of pain control choices and empower women to discuss treatment plans with their doctor before surgery.  Read more

Thandar Win joins CRMG

HARRIS, NY — Thandar A. Win, MD, has joined the Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) Primary Care office to provide outpatient behavioral health services.  Read more