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
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
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
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
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
Thomas Valentine Taft built his Hawley mansion after moving his family from Tafton, which was named for his father, Royal Taft. Born in 1819 in New York City, T. V. Taft was brought to Pennsylvania when he was just nine months old. When his father died, Taft took over the family farm, store and hotel, and in 1866 moved his wife and children to Hawley and built a successful milling business. “Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania” says of T. V. Read more
This is the time of year when, no matter where we are from, we all seem to become Irish. We eat Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage and wear green. This year, Narrowsburg’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations begin when Paul Nanni and Marla Pucetti from the Heron Restaurant return from vacation, just in time to serve a corned beef and cabbage buffet at 3 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17, $20 for adults, $12 for children. Read more
Wayne County’s population on the 1860 census was 33,586. By the end of the Civil War, 2,189 Wayne County men had served in Pennsylvania regiments, with another 300 or so in regiments from New York, New Jersey and elsewhere. The percentage of volunteers to total borough or township population ranged from a low of 1.2% in Oregon and Mt. Pleasant Townships to a high of 9.3% in Prompton. The most astounding township was Manchester, which sent 75 volunteers—7.6% of its total population—to the Union Army. Read more
My co-workers and I helped the Sullivan County Boys and Girls Club raise money at their celebrity dinner on Friday night at the Villa Roma. They had a storybook theme, and we chose to do Peter Pan. Yes, I was Captain Hook’s right-hand man, the pirate Smee, the fat pirate with the belly hanging out. My belly only hung out for a picture, but it cost you. There are pictures on Facebook. On Saturday, the Cochecton Youth Group took a trip to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Now I can take that off my bucket list—I always wanted to see them. It was a great show. Read more
Prompton Borough was incorporated in 1845, but the village was in existence long before; the origin of the borough’s name is unknown. In 1813, Benjamin Jennings, originally from Winsted, Connecticut, purchased the tract, and he and his son Edward cut a road from Bethany to his new property, where he built a log house that served as his home and a hotel. Edward Jennings was the first postmaster. Read more
ROCK HILL, NY — In honor of Sullivan County emergency responders, Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) will host the fourth annual countywide Emergency Responder Celebration and Awards Dinner on Friday, May 13, at the Sullivan Hotel. The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and will be followed by awards, dinner, music, dancing and raffles. The event is sponsored by the CRMC Foundation and is being held in honor of National Emergency Services Week, from May 15 to 21. Read more
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will host a Health and Wellness Fair on Tuesday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the De Hoyos Gallery located outside the college’s Seelig Theatre in Building E. The fair is an annual informational and outreach event open to students and community members to promote health, fitness and wellbeing. Read more
HARRIS, NY — Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) announces a new bariatric and metabolic surgical service program to help patients suffering with obesity. CRMC now offers three surgical procedures: gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery, which reduce the size of the stomach to help patients achieve weight loss. Free seminars are held monthly for individuals considering bariatric surgery, and support groups are available to help patients post-surgery. Read more
Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:
Aiden Pierson was born on January 30, 2016 to Kaitlin Kelly and Gregory Pierson of Greeley, PA. Maternal grandparents are Kristine and Fred Kelly of Greeley, PA. Paternal grandparents are Karin and Dennis Pierson of Dingmans Ferry, PA.
Davina Louise Snyder was born on January 30, 2016 to Delores Cunningham and Deven Snyder of Lake Huntington, NY. Maternal grandparent is Julie Borlingone of Cochecton, NY. Paternal grandparent is Norman Snyder of Lake Huntington, NY. Read more
Viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes have been recognized for many years as a public health problem. It is not unusual for people visiting countries with a high prevalence of a mosquito-transmitted viral disease to return home ill. Because of immigration and travel to and from South America, health care providers are beginning to encounter infections rarely or never previously seen in the U.S.
Mosquitoes are capable of transmitting a number of parasitic (e.g. malaria) and viral diseases.
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The most successful clothing mill in Wayne County, PA in the mid-19th century was Birdsall Woolen Mills in Seelyville, established by James Birdsall in 1846 in a building originally used to make shovel handles. Starting with only 10 or 12 employees, by the 1880s Birdsall’s spun 125,000 pounds of wool a year and employed a hundred people, producing cashmeres, flannels, yarns and blankets. In 1895, Birdsall Brothers was awarded a U. S. government contract to provide 11,000 skirts and 1,300 pounds of yarn for American Indians. Read more
What a great weekend. On Friday night I went out to dinner with friends, and Saturday I went with the Cochecton Youth Group to Mohegan Sun Arena in Pennsylvania to watch the Monster Truck show. Other than the event being very loud, a great time was had by all. On Sunday I went to Barbara Drollinger’s house; her granddaughter is a distributor for “It Works! Greens.” It was nice to see neighbors out. When Barbara asked me to go, I did not want to, but then she said she would make me brownies. I ordered fat-burning pills and Green chews to help you feel full and you lose weight. Read more
One of the most popular social events in Honesdale for many years was the Martha Washington Dinner, held each February by the Pastor’s Aid Society (originally the Ladies’ Sewing Society) of the First Presbyterian Church to mark the anniversary of George Washington’s birth. These celebrations included elaborate decorations, a bazaar offering ladies’ “fancy work” and various types of entertainment. The first dinner was held on February 22, 1889. Read more
They say history repeats itself and it must be true. About 87 years ago the Narrowsburg School opened its doors to students for the first time, and now, in 2016, those same doors open once again to students. Two classes are currently being taught at The Union (new name for the school): “20th Century Art,” a SUNY Sullivan class for credit or personal enrichment, and “Creative Drama for Kids,” taught by the NACL Theater Company. A funny thing you may actually hear on Main Street is adults asking fellow classmates about homework. Read more