Community Living

Looking Back

The Patrons of Husbandry Charter was issued April 13, 1948 by the State Grange of New York to recognize the subordinate grange organized in 1915 by David Muirhead to become Fosterdale Grange No. 1371.

Looking Back

Benjamin F. Haines founded The Wayne Independent in 1878 and led the opposition to the construction of the new courthouse in Honesdale. That battle lost, but he stayed on as editor, publisher and owner of the newspaper.

Do cats mourn?

I am often asked, do cats mourn? It is difficult to assess ​what ​those mournful eyes​ mean,​ since our feline friends ​cannot tell us what they are feeling. However, astute pet parents can interpret their pets’ emotions based on their behavior.

Looking Back

This, from the collection of Lillian Kraus, is a photo of a booth at the New York City’s Sportsmen’s Show, 1953, promoting Sullivan County as a destination. The general store-themed booth was created by Jim Purcell, pictured. Every year he and a group of others would run the booth.

TRR photos by Laurie Stuart

Homemade spaghetti and meatballs served with Brussels sprouts make for a comforting and nutritious combination.

Spaghetti and meatballs: A comforting combination

When I was a girl, I loved making spaghetti sauce. The recipe was simple: brown one pound of ground beef, add onion flakes, one can of tomato paste, two small cans of tomato sauce, some water (rinsing out all three cans), one teaspoon each of oregano, basil and garlic powder, some salt and pepper and a bay leaf.

A heroin primer

Readers of The River Reporter are familiar with our local, state and national epidemic of heroin addiction, along with other opioid abuse. What is lacking in much of the information is a discussion about the actual substance, reasons why it is so addictive, and short- and long-term health effects with its use.

Looking Back

Thomas J. Ham was born in Honesdale, PA in 1837, five years after his parents immigrated from Cornwall. Following an education in local schools and the Wyoming Seminary and a one-year stint as a teacher in Beach Lake, he became the editor of the Wayne County Herald newspaper, becoming sole owner in 1865.

TRR photos by Jude Waterston


I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, partly because I could never think of something substantial-sounding, and I didn’t think I’d remember I’d made a resolution in the first place.

Looking Back

This 1958 picture is of NYSEG linemen who ran electric lines to homes in the town of Cochecton. That doesn’t seem so long ago to some of us! There was a time when electric was not available to all parts of our towns. 



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