Lucy Lobdell was born about 1829 and moved to the lumbering camps at Long Eddy about 1850. The equal of any man at hunting, trapping and fishing, she also played the violin and had a beautiful singing voice. In 1852 she married George Slater, who deserted Lucy and her infant daughter just two years later. Destitute, Lucy returned to her parents’ home, but her father complained that Lucy and her child were a burden. She reluctantly left her child with her parents, adopted male attire, and lived off the land. Read more
We were very lucky: no snow. My sister, who lives in Queens, got over two feet, and my oldest brother, Johnny, who lives on Long Island, said he had drifts over five feet. Tommy’s sister, who also lives in Queens, called me today, upset because she and her neighbor had a fight. She shoveled her car out and the neighbor was using a snow blower and blew it all back on her car. My niece had to step in and play referee. I used to hate that—when you clean your spot and someone came and took it. I can assure you their car was not cleared for long. Read more
Good news times two!
1) The Town of Tusten has been awarded a $75,000 municipal facilities capital grant to refurbish the town hall. Early in 2015, the town board requested two reports: an energy audit report and a building report of the state of the town hall. That meant that when the municipal facilities capital grant became available, the town board was prepared to submit compelling documentation as to the need to refurbish the town hall. That resulted in the $75,000 award facilitated by Sen. John Bonacic. Read more
Honesdale’s Allen House was designed by Henry Heath and built in 1858, the first concrete building in Pennsylvania. The hotel was owned and operated by Samuel Allen. After a three-story addition was built in 1881, it was capable of housing 100 guests in the upper two floors. The ground floor was occupied by the medical office of Dr. Charles A. Dusinberre and a barbershop. The basement contained a laundry room, bar and pool tables. The cement for the hotel was brought to Honesdale by canal from the Rosendale Cement factory at Rondout, NY. Read more
Keeping a cat indoors is a very responsible decision, especially when being concerned about the safety not only of your cat, but also of the local wildlife population. Indoor/outdoor cats exercise their complete predatory instincts and are responsible for the devastation of many birds, rodents and other small animals. Some of them may be endangered. But while living indoors is certainly safer overall than living outdoors for a cat, and indoor living contributes to a longer life expectancy, regular veterinary care is still very important.
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On the night of February 28, 1902, the Lackawaxen River was blocked by a huge ice gorge that formed above the Park Lake dam. Continuing heavy rain fell on melting snow and filled the banks of the river to overflowing. The waters continued to rise after sundown, flooding streets, sidewalks and homes; in a very short time one-third of the town was inundated. Finally, about midnight, the ice jam broke, sending huge chunks of ice through the town, taking out the Main Street bridge and severing the gas line that serviced the upper end of the borough. At midnight the electricity went out. Read more
Tax season is moving along quite nicely. I think I just jinxed myself, but I would like to thank everyone who comes to visit me. Paul Genco is always stopping by just to chat. I guess we will not be seeing the elephant on the lake any time soon; the lake has to be frozen in order to set up the game that the Republicans usually run every year, guessing when the elephant takes a swim in the spring. Read more
Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:
Joelle Hosanna Brodd was born on November 28, 2015 to Kaitlin and Scott Brodd of Beach Lake, PA. Maternal grandparents are Al and Eileen Sones of Machanicsburg, PA. Paternal grandparents are Jeff and Gwen Brodd of Cary, NC.
Grayson Heath Fincham was born on December 4, 2015 to Mary Strayer and Christopher Fincham of Shohola, PA. Read more
So far we have not had the usual amount of snow and cold this season, but that will no doubt change as we progress through the winter. This also is the time of the year when people seek out warm- or cold-weather locations for the winter months or for vacation. There is a relationship between ambient temperature exposure, exertion, and occurrences of cardiovascular events or other physical symptoms. Read more
Happy New Year! We did it—managed to make it through another holiday season.
This Christmas, many of you may have been fortunate enough to receive an electronic gift—but you may need assistance in understanding the operation of your new gift. For example: a Fitbit. How do you link it to your computer, smart phone or iPad? What information is available? How do you charge it? Simple questions for some and difficult for others. Read more
Joel G. Hill, born in Otsego County, NY in 1845, moved with his parents at the age of three to Equinunk in Wayne County, PA. He was educated in the local schools and in 1864 enlisted in the 50th New York Engineers. He was present at Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomatox Court House. After the war, Joel Hill returned to Wayne County and over the years became one of the area’s leading citizens. In 1873, he married Mary Jane Flynn of Manchester Township and had three children. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Joanne Letendre poses with gifts collected by the Narrowsburg Ecumenical Food Pantry. Letendre supervised the toy drive, which helped over 50 local children. She said, “Thank you to Pete’s Market, St. Francis Church, Our Lady of the Lake Church, St. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The George L. Cooke Elementary School has reached out to inspire others with its “Warm Hearts and Hands” program. The children have been very active this year in the student council with a variety of projects to reach out and help others. The project for December was to collect new scarves, hats, gloves and mittens for families in need across the Monticello Central School District. The students have collected over 100 items. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Bon Secours Community Hospital hosted another in the series of Ladies Night Out dinner lectures on health issues on Monday evening, December 7 at the Erie Trackside Manor. Approximately 125 guests attended the event. The topic was “Mediterranean Diet for the Holidays,” a PowerPoint presentation and cooking demonstration by representatives of Morrison Healthcare at Bon Secours Community Hospital under the direction of clinical nutrition manager Elaine Ridley, RD, CDN. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold auditions for its Valentine cabaret on Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum. The cabaret will take place on February 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. and February 14 at 2 p.m.
Please have the sheet music for at least two songs. This year’s theme is “Love Songs and Not-Such-Love Songs.” If you have questions about the auditions, call 845/798-4971. Read more
Hope Farm to be established at SUNY Sullivan
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — On Monday, December 21, administrators from both SUNY Sullivan and New Hope Community signed a memorandum of understanding to establish Hope Farm on the college campus. The signing took place at the Paul and Harold Gold Founder’s Hall at SUNY Sullivan. Read more
Born in Otsego County, NY in 1806, Alanson Blood arrived in Honesdale, PA in 1828 with his brother Nelson and immediately set up in business as a cabinetmaker, making both furniture and coffins. Blood married Chloe Stone, also of Otsego County, and Nelson married her sister. Soon after his arrival in Honesdale, Alanson Blood became active in establishing the Presbyterian church, and in 1840 he petitioned the council to purchase the borough’s first fire engine. In 1829, Alanson built a house on Upper Front (Main) Street, where he lived the rest of his life. Read more
I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas. I was down in Queens with my sister and her family. We spent a few days in the city. She did not let us stop for one minute; we walked and walked and sweated, it was so hot and muggy. On Christmas Eve we watched ice skating; it was puddle skating.
We saw “The Lion King,” we went to see a Welsh children’s Christmas play (all poetry)—been there, never need to do that
again. Read more
‘Winter Reflections’ at Universalist meeting
BEACH LAKE, PA — Pat Sanders will lead a service centered on reflections on the poem “Winter,” by Greta Crosby, at the meeting of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, January 3 at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center. Sanders will discuss the poem as a metaphor for the possibilities that open to us again and again throughout the years of our lives, if only we will slow down long enough to experience the season. She will also tie this theme in with the winter solstice. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — On December 18, George L. Cooke Elementary School’s family and friends gathered to watch and listen to Kindergarten through grade-five students, under the aegis of music teacher Dawn Clayton, perform their annual winter concert. Kindergarten students sang “Cancion de la Navidad” and “This Little Light of Mine,” as well as a scarf dance. Read more