I seem to do more on the weekends than I do all week. Saturday I was down in Long Island. My friend Billy, who died in June, was an iron worker at 9/11. His name was put on the wall for responders who died due to illness from being at 9/11. Billy’s cousin Paula, who is my best friend, went to the wall the night before just to hang out. The harvest moon was shining bright in the sky, the American flag was waving in the breeze, and something was biting the hell out of my legs: fire ants. My legs were covered with welts and burning hot. Read more
Arthur Hassis, Cochecton Preservation Society historian, recently shared a topic, “A Day in a Boarding House in Lake Huntington,” at a meeting of the society. Circa 1940, his mother was the proprietor of the Arlington Boarding House in Lake Huntington, NY during a period when gypsy wagons would come by and the gypsies would tell people’s fortunes. This postcard depicts the wagons in the streets of Lake Huntington, though the outfits suggest the picture predates the 1940s. Read more
Question: What is better than going to a movie in a theater in your home town?
Answer: Going to a movie in a theater in your home town at a bargain price.
The fifth Big Eddy Film Festival returns to the Tusten Theater on Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18. A special package of six films for $40 is being offered—that’s $6.66/film. Now surely you agree this is a real bargain! Read more
This World War II V-Mail message, sent to Erwin Finch of Equinunk, PA by his friend Bill in England, recently turned up during a kitchen renovation. Short for “Victory Mail,” V-mail was developed by Eastman Kodak and was the main way soldiers stationed abroad were able to communicate with friends and family back home. Because the letters were censored before being transferred to microfilm, V-mail was one of the most secure methods of communication. After letters arrived at their destination, the negatives would be blown up to full size and printed. Read more
Marijuana is not new, but it’s still the most popular illicit drug in the United States. With the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in some states, plus the availability of synthetic versions, marijuana toxicity in pets is on the rise.
How do pets become intoxicated? Read more
[This week, “Looking Back” will start alternating weeks between Northeast PA history, authored by Ann O’Hara of the Wayne County Historical Society, and Cochecton, NY area history, authored by members of the Cochecton Preservation Society. The below is a personal reminiscence by Art Hassis.]
My parents’ boarding house is the Arlington in Lake Huntington. The year is 1940 and dawn is breaking. There are 16 rooms and it is full occupancy. The boarders pay $12 a week, which includes three daily meals. Read more
I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend, I spent mine with family and friends, I am truly blessed. I would like to wish all who are going back to school a great year and hope you learn and do not have too much homework. This might come as a surprise, but I hated it when I had to go back to school. Most kids get new outfits and pretty shoes—no, not me. I had that itchy wool Catholic uniform, green socks and saddle shoes (I really hated them). When I went to a public high school, it was so much different. I really did do so much better, and the nuns and I did not see eye to eye. Read more
ELDRED, NY — The Town of Highland’s annual 9/11 Memorial and Emergency Services Appreciation Service will be conducted on Sunday evening, September 11, 6 p.m. at Heroes Park. Sullivan County Sheriff Michael A. Schiff, will speak on behalf of the community to thank emergency services providers. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments and fellowship will follow at the town hall. Call 845/557-6085. Read more
A cancer cluster is defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as “a greater than expected number of cancer diagnoses in general; larger number of a particular kind of cancer within the area; and a larger number of a cancer diagnoses within a given population of people living in that area (e.g., race, ethnicity, age group or gender, etc.)” One occasionally hears about suspected clusters in our own area. Read more
[Food writer Jude Waterston has been keeping a daily journal of all the meals she prepares for several years. Here, she shares a day’s worth of meals ideal for late summer, plus a recipe to help you enjoy that ubiquitous summer surplus, the zucchini crop. Laura Silverman is on hiatus, and Waterston will be filling in for her until further notice.]
Zucchini soup for summer
This creamy, cold soup has a touch of curry for added depth and a garnish of toasted slivered almonds. An easy, elegant starter to any meal.
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Once again I stayed home for the weekend—well, kind of. Friday I had to drive to West Point and on Saturday I had to drive to Pomona for a family bridal shower, then at night I was at a penny social. On Sunday I drove to Whappingers Falls for a wedding of a past co-worker. Then Monday you start all over again. Life is good. Read more
David Spencer, whose family was among the earliest settlers in Mount Pleasant, was the inventor of a steam tractor. This revolutionary “horseless wagon” was propelled by steam, using either coal or wood as fuel. All of the parts were handmade by Mr. Spencer in his blacksmith shop. The four wheels were approximately six-and-a-half feet high, and it was able to go forward and reverse. Read more
Sometimes we become so focused on one thing we forget to put things into perspective. The Narrowsburg Beautification Group (NBG) was focused on once again winning a big prize from Sullivan Renaissance. The NBG won, although a small prize—$1,000. So let’s put things into perspective. Read more
Richard and Mary Bortree Gilpin, both natives of Northern Ireland, emigrated with their seven children around 1810 to Sterling Township and became prosperous farmers. Their son Richard married Eliza Bennett, whose family was among the earliest arrivals to the area from Connecticut. Richard and Eliza had 10 children, including Dr. Fletcher Gilpin, a prominent Dreher Township physician married to Elizabeth Houck. Born in 1843, Dr. Gilpin died in 1912 in Newfoundland. Read more
The goal of training your pets is to teach them a response that you want to see them continue. Achieving this good behavior is often accomplished with either a verbal command or hand signal. In this article, we will touch on only one small facet of good behavior, which uses a tool called a halter. Read more
In 1829, about 20 German families established a community at German Flats, now Newfoundland, in Sterling Township, now Dreher. They constructed a road and then built their farms along it, with their houses close together along the road. The community was diverse, with coopers, millers, tailors, shoemakers and carpenters; and according to Alfred Mathews’ “History of Wayne, Pike & Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania,” they were all musical. Read more
When I was a kid, we had two kinds of meals: one that was the usual family evening meal and the other that was the kids’ meal when the parents were going out.
I liked both.
I really enjoyed the consistent everyday supper—lasagna, meatloaf, beef goulash, boiled tongue, a homemade version of beef-a-roni, tuna noodle casserole. And I really liked the very simple suppers that were served to us kids (a 22-month-older brother and a five-and-a-half-years-younger brother) when my parents were going out somewhere that involved eating. Read more
Tension mounts for the Narrowsburg Beautification Group (NBG) as it goes into the homestretch for this season’s final competition. The Sullivan Renaissance judges will be here on Saturday morning to view the 2016 projects, which include improvement of three gateways: the fork at state routes 52 and 97, Kirk Road, and the underpass on south Main Street. An extra project was that of the park on the Flats. As a result of the work of the Multi-Generational Park committee, ornamental grasses were planted on either side of the playground area to prevent small children from darting into the street. Read more
The imposing J. S. O’Connor Rich Cut Glass Factory in Hawley, PA was one of the finest cutting shops in the world. Built of stone on solid rock, it was run by water power, and its own plant served its electrical needs. The founder of the business, John S. O’Connor, was born in 1831 in Ireland and came to the United States at the age of 16. He was apprenticed to a glass cutter in New York and worked as superintendent of a prominent New York company until he left to volunteer in the Civil War. Upon his discharge, O’Connor was hired as superintendent for C. Read more