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Photo contributed by Joelee Motichka

Honesdale’s newest fan, Bill, with some cargo he picked up nearby. 

A lesson learned from Bill

I met Bill, an 80-year-old industry veteran from Cranberry, PA, just north of Pittsburgh, this past winter in Harrisburg at a state training.


Photos contributed by the Wayne County Historical Society

Looking Back

In 1819, Wayne County pioneer Elihu Tallman bought a large pine tract at Six Mile Lake (now Lake Como), including a saw mill that was under construction. Upon completion, that same saw mill produced the lumber for the first raft that floated down the Delaware  River from Stockport. A large tannery was built in Lake Como in 1859, by Leonard H.


Photo provided by the Wayne County Historical Society
The tiny village of Preston Park in the early 20th century.

Looking Back

Preston Township was established in 1828 from parts of Scott and Mount Pleasant townships, and was named in honor of Samuel Preston, founder of Stockport on the Delaware and first judge of Wayne County.


Photo provided by the Basket Historical Society
The one-room Pea Brook schoolhouse, 1912.

Looking Back

Schools are finally letting out for summer vacation across New York State. Centuries ago, however, schools looked very different. In fact, New York did not even organize a formal education system until 1784, when the Regents of the University of the State of New York was established.


Contributed photos copyright, Michael Gadomski. All Rights Reserved.

A panoramic view of the Delaware Water Gap and Pennsylvania’s Mount Minsi. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area incorporates 40 miles of the Middle Delaware National and Scenic Recreation River and offers more than a hundred miles of hiking trails, 28 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a state forest and state wildlife management areas.

Photographer captures water gap beauty

Back in the days when the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was formerly operated as Honey-moon Haven in Dingmans Ferry, PA, photographer Michael Gadomski shot photos of newlyweds


Photo provided by Bill Davis
The envelope reads, “Bullets taken from my right leg and left thigh, Second Battle of the Marne, 
H A Conroy, 1918.”
 

TRR plays matchmaker with history

The River Reporter received an email from Bill Davis, a man from Georgia who made an interesting discovery while cleaning out the basement of his wife’s house: a small box containing several items related to the military service of Col. Harry A. Conroy.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

An eagle is a majestic study of flight, capable of efficient soaring and fast and nimble flight for catching prey, defending nesting territory, or stealing the occasional fish from an osprey. A breeding pair will stay together for life, so long as both are healthy.

The eagle or the turkey

In determining our national symbol, there was some rumored debate among our founding fathers. After the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin was purported to have been involved in the design of the Great Seal of the nation, and he seemed to favor the turkey over the eagle.


Photo provided by Camille Sensiba
The author’s great-grandfather in 1904, Seattle, Washington
 

Looking Back

In Europe and Latin America, paternal figures are honored in March on St. Joseph’s Day. In the United States, the third Sunday of June is universally acknowledged as Father’s Day. One hundred and nine years ago, the first official Father’s Day was celebrated.

'Magical History Tour’

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There is still time to grab a seat on the “Magical History Tour,” the 24th annual historical-architectural bus trip that showcases and teaches about Sullivan County’s rich and colorful history. This year’s tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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