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Weigh-Mart to Waymart

The only Delaware & Hudson Gravity Railroad depot left in Wayne County today houses the Waymart Area Historical Society. The exact age of the building is not known, but it is shown on an 1860 map.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This is one of the bald eagle nests along the Delaware River. In it were three young that are three to four weeks old. Two of them were visible when this image was captured last May. An average clutch for a bald eagle nest is two offspring, and records show that the majority of young produced from nests on the Delaware River survive past fledge from year to year.

The state of the eagles

The start of a new year usually means it’s time to move on from the past year’s local government activities and early January re-organizational meetings. Also, there’s been drama to keep up with over the partial federal government shutdown and the uncertain State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.


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Our biophilic impulse

It’s official: I have now lived in Sullivan County longer than I have lived anywhere else. Celebrating this happy milestone, I remember how forlorn but full of promise our derelict little house looked in 1997.


Photo contributed by the Basket Historical Society

Mike Johnson walks down Highway 97 in snowy Long Eddy (date uncertain).

Historic snowfalls

Over the recent holiday weekend, Sullivan County saw heavy snow, brought on by winter storm Harper. After accumulating nine inches of snow on Saturday and Sunday, Monday morning’s temperature in Long Eddy was a -4 degrees F. Winter has surely arrived.


TRR photos by Jonathan Fox
Snow, ice and rain—who could ask for anything more?

The Iceman Cometh

Of course, I’m referring to the epic ice storm that rained down on the Upper Delaware River region a few days ago, and not the Broadway play written by Eugene O’Neill in 1946. Yep, it’s that time of year again, when I’m tempted to whine incessantly about the weather.


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Life in the neutral zone

A friend of mine recently turned me on to an interesting book by William Bridges, called “The Way of Transition: Embracing Life’s Most Difficult Moments.” Bridges, a well-known organizational consultant, author and speaker, has written several works on dealing with “transition” within organizations and careers, but this particular work is more a


TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

Sixteen year-old Ronald Kelson sang a selection from “Don Quixote” on stage at SUNY Sullivan last Sunday, while auditioning for Forestburgh Playhouse producer Franklin Trapp.

Curtain up

While many of you are fans of winter and all things associated with it, I’m not that guy. Oh, sure—it can be picture-postcard-pretty here in the Upper Delaware River region, and I do enjoy taking photos in the winter wonderland, which helps the days pass.


Photo contributed by Karen Walker Scarbrough
Martha Hippensteel poses with her brothers and father in front of “Sleepy Hollow” in the Luxton Lake section of Narrowsburg, circa 1949.

Narrowsburg News 1/16/19

In one of my 2018 “Narrowsburg News” columns, I solicited information from readers on a house in the Luxton Lake section of town. I had just bought the circa 1860s farmhouse, which was abandoned for many decades, and was starting the process of renovating it.


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The great Gettysburg Reunion of 1913

The great Gettysburg Reunion of 1913 marked the 50th anniversary of the crucial Civil War battle and the largest official gathering of veterans from both sides of the conflict. A total of 53,407 veterans, 8,750 of them Confederate, gathered peacefully from June 29 through July 4, 1913, with delegations from 46 of the 48 states.

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