Gravestones say a lot about us

Most likely, the oldest gravestones Marisa Hayes has seen were illegible. Any message they meant to say to the living is lost in time, thanks to the local sandstone or just damage (tree growth, lack …

Lake Huntington News

Cochecton eats

I hope all the fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, godfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins and single moms who pull double duty all had a great Father’s Day. As you all know, I spend a lot of …
Narrowsburg News

Road warriors unite!

It took three months—three years in pandemic time—but I finally remembered I have a bike in the garage. It has gone largely unused since an accident in 2001 when I was struck by a …
Honesdale News

Equality isn’t political

On June 4, a peaceful protest was held in Honesdale’s Central Park. The assembly of hundreds in solidarity for equality and justice was a proud day for our community. I* was proud to be a …
Seniors
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Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County partners with SALT, area schools, and Sullivan County Government to distribute food to vulnerable populations throughout the county.a
A few weeks ago, Pennsylvania’s Department on the Aging and Council on Aging released the results of a survey of older adults, taken during lockdown (www.bit.ly/RRseniorcdc). They wanted to …
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Back in 1963, when Older Americans Month was established, 65-year-olds were born in 1898. They remembered horses and buggies. Ice delivery. World War One. Kerosene lamps. And there were only 17 …
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Sustainability
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

Memories of the inaugural celebration in 1970 From Shaun Sensiba of the Basket Historical Society in Long Eddy, NY: I was only six and in first grade, but I can tell you what I did on the first …

To rebuild economy, invest in clean energy

On the first Earth Day 50 years ago, citizens of all ages and political persuasions came together to make the case for protecting the air, water and other species. Virtually no one had even heard of …

Recovery

The other pandemic

 Staying sober while quarantined isn’t easy, but Sullivan County has people to help  SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Lockdown has been a challenge for all of us, but for people in …
Looking Back
Things we no longer do, part two: Party lines

I don’t remember party lines very well. Mostly I remember my folks complaining about them.  The phone would ring your special ring, some number and combination of long and short, and …

The Great Fire of 1888

CALLICOON, NY — It started between midnight and 1 a.m. on a bitterly cold February night, according to J.S. Graham’s Callicoon Historian. Fires were nothing new, of course; buildings …

Community living stories
Contact tracing in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Now that the curve has been flattened, PA counties have moved into the green phase and many people have resumed living their lives as normal—most conversations about …

COVID-19 numbers: what to watch, when to worry

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — As Sullivan County reopens and the tourists return, COVID-19 is in the back of everyone’s mind. Case counts are increasing elsewhere in the country. Officials …

PA high court sides with governor

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the commonwealth's General Assembly cannot unilaterally end Gov. Tom Wolf's emergency declaration. PA Republicans passed …

Civil Air Patrol helps distribute food, community scholarships and more

Recipients announced for Delaware Highlands Conservancy scholarships HAWLEY, PA AND BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has awarded its annual “Delaware Highlands …