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Growing community; One email at a time

vir•tu•al (adjective):

(1) Very close to being something without actually being it

(2) Existing or occurring on computers or on the Internet

[www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virtual]  Read more

The season of giving all year round

HONESDALE AREA, PA — Gloria Frechen got the idea to start the Community Service Center in the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church because she was inspired by the saint Dorcas, or Tabitha, referenced in the Book of Acts (9:36–42) in the New Testament. Dorcas made clothes for the poor. Frechen gives clothes to people who need them, and gives in other ways, too, including rent money, food and household supplies. So it comes as no surprise when, during my visit to the SDA Community Center, a woman who was there picking up clothes called Frechen an angel.  Read more

Remembering fallen soldiers

For 47 years Dennis Baker, a retired commander from the U.S. Navy who grew up in Cochecton, NY, had a story hiding inside him. Now he is telling it in a novel titled “Restless Hearts.” It is a narrative that is befitting to be told as we near Veterans Day, November 11. It asks the question: What if fallen soldiers could go home?  Read more

Art brings people together

HONESDALE, PA — Artists and admirers gathered Saturday evening on Maude Alley for the grand opening of the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) Gallery at 1023 Main St.  Read more

Abiding in Cochecton

“The rural cemeteries… were America’s first public parks. They were intended from the beginning to be places of resort, not only for those who had friends or relatives buried there, but for the general public as well.”

—John F. Sears, “Sacred Places: American Tourist Attractions of the Nineteenth Century”  Read more

TroutoberFest beckons anglers and experts

ROSCOE, NY — Fisherwomen and fishermen headed to Roscoe last weekend to partake in many activities at the 2nd annual TroutoberFest. Sponsored by The Beaverkill Angler, Hardy, Orvis, Umpqua, Cortland, Patagonia and others, the event was an opportunity for anglers from as far away as Florida and Maine to gather and learn about new techniques, try out equipment, engage in a sanctioned fishing tournament and learn to fly fish.  Read more

Using the river in the fall

REGION — Recreating on the Delaware River in the fall can be simultaneously a peaceful and an exhilarating experience. Gone are the hazy, humid days of high summer, and as the hot-weather-worshiping crowds head home, a feeling of tranquility descends over the river. The sense of being close to nature seems more immediate. With this serenity also comes the excitement of being on the open river even as brisk temperatures arrive, generating that cloud of breath that hangs in the air in front of your face, and the pulse seems to quicken.  Read more

A great job for daydreamers

HAWLEY, PA — It’s a rare workday in glass cutter Kathy LaTournous’ studio when the air isn’t filled with the sound of big band music or an audio book in the telling. LaTournous says that listening to music or a good story provides a distraction from the physical hardships of her painstaking and repetitive precision work. Her father, Raymond, told her early on during her seven-year apprenticeship with him that glass cutting was a great job for daydreamers—the mind is free to wander while the hands do their work.  Read more

Keeping up a tradition; Making real maple syrup

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Pennsylvania’s new Maple Sweetheart was crowned on Friday night at the annual fall banquet of the PA Maple Producers Council held at The Settler’s Inn in Hawley. This year the statewide organization’s fall banquet and two-day tour was hosted by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association and included visits to maple farms and sugarhouses in Wayne, Pike and Lackawanna counties.  Read more

A different kind of school; Building community stone by stone

HONESDALE, PA — Here is a story of a vision that started many years ago, in the mind of a young person, who craved a sacred place where everyone belonged and where everyone felt nurtured. This vision encompassed a sense of seeing each person as a whole and empowering each one through education and peaceful guidance. As time evolved, this young person grew up, the vision became clearer, and the beginnings of such a wonderful place began to form. This is the story of a young woman and how she created The Stoneworks Learning Center (SLC).  Read more