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TRR photos by Ed Wesely

January gifts

The sun, though it now travels a circuit ca. 20° south of the equator, radiates brilliant, slanting light when high pressure visits from the Arctic, as it did in early January. Rare and fleeting, as becomes a “pearl of great price,” it burnishes weeds, bird feeders, and eagle pairs inspecting last year’s nests.

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The Honesdale FFA officers and administrators received their official FFA Charter at the Pennsylvania FFA Mid Winter Convention, hosted at the PA Farm Show. Pictured are Secretary of Agriculture Russel Redding, left, Honesdale FFA vice president Dylan Card, president Leah Neu, secretary Brianna Weist, reporter Rachel Olver, Sentinel Lily Fries, treasurer Nick Bochnovich and agriculture teacher Kayla Hack.

FFA program returns to Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — After a long absence from Honesdale, the National FFA Organization has recognized a new Wayne Highlands chapter to educate a budding generation of farmers and agriculturalists.

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Dr. James Lomax has offered his wares from Fire Mountain Kitchen at many local markets and fairs.

Fire Mountain Kitchen thrives at The Narrowsburg Union

NARROWSBURG, NY — Since July, The Narrowsburg Union, located at 7 Erie Ave., has housed a new resident: Fire Mountain Kitchen, a food production facility specializing in jarred goods and preserves. The kitchen is owned and operated by Dr. James Lomax, a retired physician and frequent contributor to The River Reporter’s Health section.

Photo by Amanda Reed

The Darkling Thrush

I leant upon a coppice gate

      When Frost was spectre-grey,

And Winter’s dregs made desolate

      The weakening eye of day.

The tangled bine-stems scored the sky

      Like strings of broken lyres,

And all mankind that haunted nigh

      Had sought their household fires.


The beautiful grey stone that makes up both interior and exterior of St. Peter’s was donated by wealthy patron and parishioner, John O’Neil, in 1898.

Monticello’s Church of Saint Peter: history written in stone

Sullivan County and the surrounding region are well known for many reasons, including our rich history. As Americans healed from the wounds of the Revolutionary War, folks began migrating to the wide open spaces of what had been dubbed the “Catskills” by Dutch settlers who had arrived in the 17th century.

TRR photos by Ian Pugh

Congregation Beth Israel’s synagogue stands at 615 Court St. in Honesdale, PA

Congregation Beth Israel balances tradition and modernity

HONESDALE, PA — Congregation Beth Israel in Honesdale “was organized in 1849, by—it depends whom you ask—by 10 or 11 men of the community,” says Rabbi Elliott Kleinman. “They came together to create a community for Jews who worked for the canal company. The whole town was a canal company town.

TRR photos by Ian Pugh

Kagayaki Karen Morris and Seiso Paul Cooper, co-founders of Two Rivers Zen, stand by the altar in the zendo.

Two Rivers Zen engages Narrowsburg community

NARROWSBURG, NY — “We’re here, we’re open to the community, that’s one of the main things we’d like people to know,” says Seiso Paul Cooper. “It kind of surprises me that although we have some outreach, people are surprised to hear about us. ‘How long have you been there?

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The Saints Peter and Paul Church stands at 329 High Rd. in Glen Spey, and currently showcases a centenary banner.

Saints Peter and Paul reflects on 100 years of Ukrainian Orthodoxy

GLEN SPEY, NY — “Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Glen Spey was established on June 17, 1971 by Ukrainians who emigrated to this country during World War II and wanted to continue to practice their faith,” says Nadia Rajsz, vice-president of the church board.

Historian, trustee and parishioner Sue Graziadio, left, who made this CUMC quilt, stands with Pastor Rob Kazinski.

Honesdale Central United Methodist Church celebrates rich history

HONESDALE, PA — The Central United Methodist Church had informal beginnings in Honesdale, according to Sue Graziadio, who serves as the church’s historian. “When they first started, when the first Methodists came to town [circa 1825],” she says, “they didn’t have a building.

TRR photos by Ed Wesely

Photographer Ed Wesely wrote, “At dusk on October 20, the Milanville Bridge provided a wonderful balcony for watching and photographing a shad seining operation above Skinners Falls. As a small boat paid out batches of net, it made a broad semi-circle from shore to mid-river and back, where staff and volunteers waited to land the haul.” 

A ray of hope for American shad

A hopeful sign about American shad was recently documented here in the Delaware River.



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