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June 2011

Edible plant and mushroom tour

CALLICOON, NY — Learn to identify plants and mushrooms that can nourish and heal on an edible wild plant and medicinal herb tour led by local herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore, on Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m., meeting at the Good Earth Health Food Store on Lower Main Street. Topics covered will include how to harvest, preparation, best ways to preserve medicine, uses in folk medicine, uses and classification in traditional Chinese medicine, Native American uses, ecology, native and invasive plants, relationships between plants and mushrooms and more.  Read more

Perennial plant sale

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club will hold a perennial plant sale on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the property of 108 W. Ann Street and Gooseberry Alley. The rain date is Sunday, June 12.

All the perennials being sold are donated by members of the club. The plants sold that day will come with instructions that suggest the best growing conditions.
All monies raised will be used for the beautifucation of Milford. Please come on out and support this fund raiser. For additional information, contact Nancy Eisenhauer at 570/296-2632.

Volunteers needed at Promised Land

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park invites all interested conservation volunteers to attend a volunteer meeting on Friday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Park Office Conference Room. No pre-registration is necessary.
Volunteer jobs include campground host, docent at the Masker Museum for 2012, assisting with nature arts and crafts, assisting with the family fishing program, researching park history, monitoring nesting eagles and more.
Email PromisedLandEnvEdSp@state.pa.us or call 570/676-0567.

Go on a secret garden tour

HONESDALE, PA — Tickets are now on sale for the Wayne County Historical Society’s annual Secret Garden Tour, scheduled for Sunday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket buyers receive driving directions from the historical society to 10 gardens, but they can be visited in any order during those hours.
Tickets cost $15 and are available at the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 25, and on June 26 until 12 noon. Email wchshop@ptd.net or call 570/253-3240.

Critters in the rain

During the middle of last month, a cut-off low-pressure system drifted over our area and became stagnant. This resulted in over a week of intermittent rain, clouds, low ceiling and visibilities, and the general absence of that bright thing in the sky we call “the sun.” As we either worked in the rain or waited for the drier periods to arrive, most plants throve. River levels rose several feet and lakes and reservoirs got topped off.  Read more

Write-in votes affect local PA primaries

In the Pike County Commissioners’ primary race, write-in votes put a Republican candidate, Pam Lutfy, who lost to fellow Republican candidates Rick Caridi and Matt Osterberg, on the Democratic ticket opposite incumbent Karl Wagner, who ran unopposed.  Read more

Long Island man drowns in Upper Delaware

The body of 71-year-old Angelo Zotto of Seldon, NY was recovered on May 30, in the Middle Delaware River near Dingman’s Ferry, PA. The body had drifted some 25 miles downstream from where Zotto fell off a raft in the Upper Delaware River in the rapids at Butlers Rift near the Hawk’s Nest two days earlier. He was discovered by boaters near the Dingman’s Ferry bridge in the Delaware Water Gap.  Read more

Honesdale nixes B&B

The Honesdale Borough Council voted unanimously on May 24 to deny a conditional use permit to a renovated building on West Street that the owner had sought to turn into a bed and breakfast. Council member Barbara Lewis introduced the measure to deny the permit because the building does not meet borough code specifications for such an establishment.  Read more

Concord project a go; brownfield site clean-up to begin

Developer Louis Cappelli’s long-delayed plans to rebuild the old Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake seem to be back on track. On May 26, the New York State Racing and Wagering board informed Cappelli that if he builds a racetrack, the board will give him a license to operate it.  Read more

News in brief

‘Life Under A Log’ leads to real-life learning

HONESDALE, PA — Rachael Bayly, left, Samantha Howey and Gage Simons met a ringneck snake, a harmless, diminutive woodland inhabitant, during a new outdoor education program that took place at the Stourbridge Primary Center in Honesdale, PA recently. Second-grade classes participated in the exploratory woodland ecology program on the school grounds.  Read more