Community Living


Photo provided by Sandy Long
Pike/Wayne Envirothon winners, The Bad Birches of Wallenpaupack Area High School. Front row: Abby Soskil, left, Lily Winagle, Ella Clabaugh, Tristan Gladys and George Carl. Back row: Wayne County Commissioners Wendell Kay, left, and Joseph Adams, and Pike County Commissioners Ronald Schmalzle and Steve Guccini.
 


Photo provided by the Basket Historical Society
 

Looking Back

There are two species of poisonous snakes in the Catskills: the northern copperhead and the timber rattlesnake. During this season, these snakes are coming out of hibernation.


Photo from Pixabay

Honesdale news

There are so many great things happening in our little Honesdale. The sun has peeked its head out from behind the rain clouds; this is the time of year where things start rolling, and it is so hard to choose what to do each day of the week.


Photos from Pixabay
Aging in rural America is tough in any case, but there are extra challenges for LGBTQ seniors.

Being out, old and rural

I grew up listening to stories about my colorful family: about Uncle Christian Wilhelm who went to Russia with Napoleon, great-great-great grandpa who fought in the American Civil War, my aunt Norma who made tiny toys and danced under the moon.


Photo contributed by Donna Steffens, Time and the Valleys Museum
Senior volunteers Debra Simpson, Barbara Purcell and Karl Becker help install an exhibition at Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, NY.

Taking on the next phase

It’s an old story about being old.

Suddenly, there’s all this extra time to fill. Your body is weird and doesn’t work the way it used to. It’s too easy to watch TV or surf online and wait for something to happen.


Photo provided by Catskill Veterinary Services
Bernie is pictured in the reception area of Catskil Vet after his surgery recheck.

Senior dogs and determination

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Since 2005, this month is dedicated to raising awareness and combating this horrible disease. As part of my column this month, I wanted to capture another unique cancer success story from Catskill Veterinary Services.


Photo provided by the Wayne County Historical Society
 

Courthouse war: Part one

To the dismay of the citizens of Bethany, the original county seat, Honesdale became the county seat of Wayne County in 1841. By 1843, a new courthouse had been built in the borough. However, within 30 years, judges and grand juries had declared the courthouse too small, badly ventilated and altogether unsatisfactory.

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