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‘Free for All’

If you care about what your kids are eating at school, this book by area author Janet Poppendieck provides a complex, eye-opening perspective on the history of the school lunch program in America and its current chaotic state.

In clear and convincing prose, Poppendieck, a sociologist, traces the lunch program from its roots in fighting malnutrition and hunger to its present-day incarnation, which serves up portions of cheap, poorly cooked and utterly processed breakfast and lunch choices. This book exhibits a great deal of thorough research, and its author even took a job at a school cafeteria to experience the school lunch program first hand.

In addition to examining the horrors of modern food, Poppendieck, a Shohola, PA resident, offers clear ideas and programs for parents and communities to reverse the trend of vending machine and fast-food fare in their local schools. “Free for All” is a compelling read and an excellent resource. The book, published by the University of California Press, is available at area bookstores and online.


Monticello, NY author and historian Tom Rue produced this book for Arcadia Publishing as part of its Images of America series, a tribute to the history of his home town.

Latin for “heavenly mountain,” Monticello’s founders supported Thomas Jefferson’s populist ideals, naming their village for his Virginia home. Center of the Town of Thompson and seat of Sullivan County since 1809, Monticello was founded in 1804 and incorporated in 1830 by John and Samuel Jones. Boasting over 200 vintage images, “Monticello” follows the history of the town from these early days into the 20th century, showcasing many of the celebrations and public events that have brought the community together over the years and chronicling the history of transportation in the area starting with the Port Jervis railroad. The book is available at area bookstores and online retailers.

Historical society afghan

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society has a new afghan this year, featuring buildings and objects from Wayne County’s historic past. Images include the Wayne County Courthouse, Silsby Steamer Fire Engine, Hawley Bandstand and Waymart Gravity Railroad Depot. The 52-by-28-inch afghan is 100% cotton and priced at $55 plus tax. It is available in the Museum Shop at 810 Main St., Wednesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm; at; or by email or phone with a credit card, or 570/253-3240.

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“Free for All,” by Janet Poppendieck (Click for larger version)
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The Wayne County Historical Society’s afghan (Click for larger version)
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“Monticello,” by Tom Rue (Click for larger version)