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June 25, 2016
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‘A Lotta Ricotta’

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 Farmers’ Market opens

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

Narrowsburg News

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

Looking Back

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

Lake Huntington News

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

Looking Back

Christian Dorflinger, born in Alsace, France, in 1828, was the father of the glass industry in Wayne County, PA. Starting at the age of 10, Dorflinger learned the fundamentals of glass-making in France. At the end of his apprenticeship, he came to America, where, after a brief period of working for others, he became the owner of two factories in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 35, he was already a success in his new country.  Read more

Counting drops, painting barrels

REGION— In the past few weeks, rain barrels have been dropped off to several schools and organizations in Pike and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania and in Sullivan County, NY. Elementary, middle and high school students are hand painting these barrels in hopes that you’ll appreciate their designs and bid to take one home at one of the two silent auctions this July.  Read more

Rare and weird chickens at Catskill Exotic Bird Club

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Chicken expert Craig Russell will bring some of his unusual chickens with him to the Catskill Exotic Bird Club on Thursday, June 9.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

Saturday, June 4, was a lovely day for the Narrowsburg Beautification Group (NBG) annual plant swap and bake sale, and many of you generously donated to the NBG efforts. This year the proceeds from the bake sale were donated to the Tusten Youth Commission (TYC) in support of the work they do to involve our youth in healthy, educational activities. The NBG has been working with the TYC to create a concept to upgrade the youth-oriented park on the Flats to a multi-generational park.  Read more

Looking Back

In 1936, the first five players were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson, seen here at the right of the top row. Mathewson, a native of Factoryville, PA, had died of tuberculosis in 1925 at the age of 45, but before his untimely death he became one of the great heroes of the game. Although details of his Major League career are widely available, his success as a star pitcher for the Honesdale Reds is less well known.  Read more

Caregivers' retreat offers respite

CLARYVILLE, NY — The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) will offer a free wellness retreat for people with early- to middle stage Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers in Sullivan County and Orange counties. The Caregiver Respite Rest and Retreat will be held on Wednesday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Frost Valley YMCA on 2000 Frost Valley Rd.  Read more

Simple Fare: Tuna noodle casserole

I like to cook. I like to look in my pantry, at the sales at the grocery store, at the leftovers in my refrigerator and concoct different recipes. I like to imagine what something might taste like. I often, because of the unique nature of leftovers, put together one-of-a-kind dishes. It’s a hobby. It’s a source of relaxation.  Read more

Looking Back

In the early years of the Civil War, things went badly for the North, and in September 1862 Lee’s army crossed the Potomac into Maryland, too close to Pennsylvania for comfort. The governor put out a call for “all able-bodied men” to defend their state and Wayne County provided three companies.  Read more

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