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September 26, 2016
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Looking Back

Philip Hone, later mayor of New York City, was elected president of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company on March 1825 and was present four months later near Summitville, NY to turn the first shovelful of dirt to begin construction on the canal. The town that grew up around the terminus of the canal where it would meet the gravity railroad in Pennsylvania was originally called Dyberry Forks, but it is likely that it was renamed Honesdale around the time Philip Hone visited the area in 1827. A ledger from Jason Torrey’s store calls the town Dyberry Forks one day and Honesdale the next.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

Narrowsburg has an abundance of citizens who volunteer, be it for the fire departments, ambulance, library, Tusten Youth Commission… and the list goes on and on. Again this year, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church wishes to recognize all volunteers with a Volunteer Recognition/Appreciation Service followed by a Fellowship Brunch. The festivities begin with a service on Sunday, May 1 at 9:30 a.m. followed by the brunch at 10:30 a.m. If you are unable to attend the service, you are welcome to meet with fellow volunteers at 10:30 a.m. For more information call 845/252-3919.  Read more

Looking Back

The Maple City Band was organized in April of 1900 by the consolidation of the Honesdale and Lawyer bands. The Honesdale Band was established about 1880, tracing its origins to the first regular band, organized in 1841 by Allen Plum, and the Silver Cornet band led by John Broad in 1849. By 1899, the Lawyer Band appeared on the scene, organized by a young shoe-factory worker and cornet player named Edwin Lawyer, who was joined by a talented trombonist from Seelyville named Fred Gill.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

What a great weekend. I went to my sister-in-law’s 60th birthday and then to a reunion at my favorite bar, Kerrigan’s in Queens. There is nothing like hanging out with the old crowd. Loving this weather. On my way down, I stopped to see Fr. Bill. He sends his love to all and is holding his own.  Read more

Looking Back

General “Mad Anthony” Wayne inspired the names of at least 15 counties, 13 cities and 28 towns and villages, as well as schools, rivers, streets and parks across the nation. Like most of the others, Wayne County, Pennsylvania was never visited by the general, although he was a Pennsylvania native. Born in 1745 in Chester County, he was a surveyor and also worked in his wealthy father’s tannery. At the beginning of the Revolution, Wayne became colonel of the 4th Pennsylvania Regiment. He participated in the unsuccessful invasion of Canada and was promoted to brigadier general in 1777.  Read more

K-Kids rock with shelter donations

SLATE HILL, NY — Minisink Valley Intermediate Kiwanis K-Kids, mentored by advisor Mary Jo Wagner, once again came through for pets at the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark, delivering a carload of food, toys, blankets and beds and a check for $306.36 to benefit the animals at the shelter. The K-Kids club, made up of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from the Minisink Valley Intermediate School, participates in service projects all year long. The shelter donations were collected by the kids from students at their school.  Read more

Parvovirus in Dogs

Parvo, or canine parvovirus (CPV) infection, is a relatively new disease that was appreciated in dogs in the 1970s. The disease is often rapidly spread and has great severity, thus causing great cause for concern among pet owners. The canine parvovirus is very similar to the feline panleukopenia (feline distemper) and is thought to be a mutation of the canine parvovirus.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

The area of the Town of Tusten is approximately 48.8 square miles. That’s a lot of ground to cover should a fire occur, but we are fortunate to have men and women in Tusten willing to be on call for such emergencies. They are the volunteer members of the Narrowsburg and the Lava fire departments. Although each department has specific areas to cover, the truth is, they are willing to work together and will cross over into the other’s territory if needed. We owe a lot to our volunteer fire fighters. A small way to show our appreciation is to support their annual chicken barbeques.  Read more

Looking Back

In 1846, Samuel E. Dimmick moved to Honesdale to practice law with his cousin William H. Dimmick and begin a distinguished career of public service. He purchased a home at the corner of 9th and Court streets in 1859, but three years later it was destroyed by fire and replaced by a three-story brick home for about $40,000. After the deaths of Samuel Dimmick and his wife, the heir sold it to Elias Stanton in 1883 for $7,000. In 1902, Stanton’s heirs sold it to John Kuhbach, manager of the Irving Cliff Brewery.  Read more

Five questions to ask your doctor about managing pain

One in 15 patients who get prescription painkillers (also called narcotics or opioids) after surgery end up using them long-term, which can result in tolerance, dependence and addiction. A lack of doctor-patient communication about postsurgical pain management may be partly to blame, according to a new national survey. To help foster these important conversations, the Postsurgical Pain Control: Voice Your Choice campaign was launched to raise awareness of pain control choices and empower women to discuss treatment plans with their doctor before surgery.  Read more

Thandar Win joins CRMG

HARRIS, NY — Thandar A. Win, MD, has joined the Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) Primary Care office to provide outpatient behavioral health services.  Read more

Birth Announcements

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:
Mason Travis Canfield was born on March 1, 2016 to Karson Mashatt and Travis Canfield of Tyler Hill, PA.
Ever Lyana Kincade was born on March 16, 2016 to Melanie Roby and Myles Kincade of Shohola, PA. Maternal grandparents are Lisa Iribarren and Gerald Roby III of Shohola, PA. Paternal grandparents are Felicia and Michael Kincade of Shohola, PA.
Catskill Regional Medical Center announces the following births:
Braiden Lucas Romaine was born on March 1, 2016 to Nicole Romaine of Barryville, NY.  Read more

Heart & Art raises funds for congenital heart defects

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Adult Congenital Heart Association will hold its Heart & Art Painting Fundraiser at the Birchwood Lakes Community Association Clubhouse on April 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the charity.  Read more

Hearing loss support group meets

HARRIS, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Center will host a free support group for individuals with hearing loss on Monday, April 11 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in its boardroom on the second floor of the Ambulatory Services Building, located at 68 Harris-Bushville Rd. The group is facilitated by Dr. Deborah Lynn, a local audiologist and is supported by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).  Read more

CRMC pledges to increase colorectal screening

HARRIS, NY — In conjunction with National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Catskill Regional Medical Center announced its pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates in Sullivan County by supporting the “80% by 2018” initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, an organization co-founded by the ACS and CDC.  Read more

Celebrate local history at Kennedy Festival

HAWLEY, PA — This painstakingly restored depot of the D&H Gravity Railroad in Waymart is the headquarters of the Waymart Area Historical Society, one of 12 local history organizations participating in the Thomas Kennedy Local History Festival on April 16 at the Hawley Silk Mill on Route 6. From 9:30 to 11 a.m., Jane Varcoe will moderate a discussion of obtaining grants for non-profits. From 12 noon to 3 p.m., the participating societies will present exhibits manned by knowledgeable volunteers offering free handouts, items for sale and information about their areas and facilities.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

It’s that time of year (or is it? With the snow I am a little confused)—Litter Pluck will be starting soon. If you are interested in helping out to keep Cochecton clean, give Jerry a call at 845/932-8210 for more information. Do I have good news for you? Yes. Lake Huntington is going to have a restaurant open on a Tuesday. The grand opening of Lake View Pizzeria was on Tuesday, April 5, offering pizzas for only $10, toppings extra. The new phone number is 845/932-8131. The restaurant will be open Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Stop in and check out their menu.  Read more

Looking Back

Bethel School, located a few miles from downtown Honesdale, is a well-preserved one-room school house, built about 1870. The school sits on county land near the former Poor Farm in Berlin Township. It was closed as a school in 1951, and its stone foundation was beginning to crumble when the Wayne County Historical Society met with the county commissioners in May of 1997 at the building to discuss the possibility of saving it before it collapsed.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

Officially, spring has arrived. Our experience in the past tells us not to take spring’s arrival seriously for several weeks, but this year seems to be different. The early spring is a gift enabling us to get outside and start our garden and yard work. We can’t be sure what the future will bring, but enjoy the weather, get your work done and maybe you will have time for those projects you have been putting off for a long time.  Read more

Looking Back

The Bellemonte Silk Mill was constructed in 1881 by silk manufacturer Carolina Lambert of Paterson, NJ, at a cost of $130,000. It housed operations producing silk thread from cocoons imported from Japan. The mill employed 300 workers, and the first manager was William F. Suydam, husband of Christian Dorflinger’s daughter Mary. In 1914 the mill was occupied by the Sherman Underwear Mills and had 360 employees. It operated until the mid-1980s, when it became the home of Castle Antiques and Reproductions, which closed in December 2008.  Read more