The first local cigar factory was started by John N. Conger at the confluence of the Lackawaxen and Dyberry rivers between 1835 and 1840. By 1890, there were 18 different cigar manufacturers in Wayne County, several of them in Honesdale. Lorenzo Grambs was the second owner of Conger’s factory, followed by his son, George Grambs, and Albert Eberhardt. Finally, Eberhardt became the sole owner of “A. Eberhardt Tobacconist,” complete with cigar-store Indian. Other tobacconists included William H. Read more
MILFORD, PA — GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center volunteer Doris Bouckenooghe leads Diggy while rider David Martone warms up for his lesson. Side aides Corinne Gannon, left, and Rich St. John, right, assist David by showing him the next step in his exercise. GAIT’s most popular program, Therapeutic Riding, runs from January through November and relies heavily on the assistance of volunteers to ensure a safe, fun, and educational experience for the riders involved. Read more
Nearly 70% of adults in the United States suffer from obesity. Unfortunately, poor dietary behavior is also appreciated in our pet populations. While there are a number of diets for dogs and cats that include low carbohydrate, grain-free, unique protein, holistic, and even vegetarian options, not much is said for horses. Obesity is a serious health condition, but, unfortunately, many horse owners still look at a fat pony and think how cute it is, or look at a fat horse and compliment its big bones. However, science has shown that fat tissue is more than storage of energy. Read more
The origin of the name Dyberry is lost to history. One theory: a settler named Dyberry was the first man to die in the township. Second theory: the man’s name was Dye and he grew distinctive strawberries. The township was established in September 1803 and Bethany, then the county seat, became a separate borough in 1821. In 1816, a group of German immigrants started the first glass factory in Wayne County, making window glass. A post office was established in Dyberry Village in 1854, with Ephraim Kimble, son of a Dyberry pioneer, appointed postmaster. Read more
One of the things I like the best about living in Sullivan County is there is always something to do. Friday night I went with a coworker and Mike Sakell of radio station Thunder 102 to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance to go see “Vagina Monologues.” I was sitting there trying not to giggle or laugh, you know, trying to be mature. That did not last long as I looked around and everyone was cracking up slapping their knees. I could not hold it in any longer. It was readings about the “V,” some very funny, some sad but funny. I did not know there were so many different names for it. Read more
Seen here are some of the volunteers who worked on the restoration project. They are Matt Murphy, front row left, Ryan Miller, Ricky Miller, Aidan Stone, TJ Teehan, Jen Mills, Brogan Mills, Bettina Roa, Theresa Loughney. In the middle row are Justin Pranga, Joey Loughney, Eagle candidate Jake Mills, Darren Mills, Ron Miller and Joe Loughney. In the back row are Joey Seltzer, left, Alec Brown, Jason Block and John Murphy. Not pictured are Jeff Block, Herb Rinkel, Sean Rinkel, Jonathan Langberg, Laura Langberg, Betty Ann Teehan, Vickie Brown, Scott Murphy and Mikey Seltzer. Read more
Addiction and chronic pain have much in common: neither is going away, and both worsen if not managed. For those suffering from physical pain and the emotional and spiritual trauma of addiction, recovery is likely to include a series of relapses followed by fresh starts. Read more
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
Potatoes are the vegetable that take breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to the next level of yum. They are quick to disappear but also quick and easy to buy, prepare and serve. Not only are potatoes uber satisfying, but research published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition also shows that when prepared healthfully, they can be a part of a weight loss program. If you’re looking for flavorful and nutritious dishes that can be part of your weight management plan this new year, then look no further. 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