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July 2016

Callicoon Country Fair

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Country Fair continues a 30-year tradition of town fairs in Callicoon, but starting last year it expanded in scope, taking place all over town on Upper Main Street, Lower Main Street and in Callicoon Creek Park. Musical and dance performances will be intermingled with more than 60 vendors from throughout the region. Local farms, artisans and craftsmen will display and sell their wares. And of course, our country heritage will be honored.  Read more

Listening to you, I get the music: Forestburgh Playhouse nails ‘Tommy’

“See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.” Those words, penned by Pete Townshend for inclusion in The Who’s iconic rock opera titled “Tommy” have stood the test of time and become part of the lexicon of the ‘60s generation. In the years that followed, Townshend’s lyrics have moved millions as the studio album, first released in 1969, morphed into an extensive tour, which included a live version of the double-album, a Seattle Opera production in 1971, an orchestral version by Lou Reizner in 1972, a film in 1975 and a Broadway musical in 1992.  Read more

In a pickle

Summer is full of conundrums. Pool or lake? Grill or chill? Hike or hammock? Among the biggest is how to eat all the season’s bounty while also saving it for the future. The answer is preserving, of course, and among the easiest methods is pickling.  Read more

Lake Huntington News

Hello everyone. I hope you are all enjoying this lovely hot weather. I have been out and about but not around here; since last week, I have been to Florida, Hershey, PA, Brooklyn and Queens, NY and to visit Fr. Bill.  Read more

Looking Back

Elihu Tallman, founder of Tallmansville in Preston Township, made his first mark in Wayne County in 1819 when he purchased a tract at Six Mile Lake and built a sawmill. A large tannery was built in 1859 by four entrepreneurs from Delaware County, NY, who bought a large tract of hemlock forest from pioneer Daniel Underwood. One of them, Leonard H. Allison, had just returned from a European trip and renamed the lake, calling it Lake Como after the famous lake in Italy. The tannery was sold in 1864 to Albert E. Babcock and burned, along with 3,000 cords of bark, in 1868.  Read more

July 28, 2016 - August 4, 2016

Mark James Eldred

Mark James Eldred of Honesdale, PA passed away unexpectedly on July 20, 2016 at his home. He was 47.

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held on Sunday, July 31 at the Bethany United Methodist Church Hall beginning at 1 p.m.

Arrangements by Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr. Honesdale, PA 18431 or The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St. Honesdale, PA 18431.

Dog days of summer

Man, it’s been hot these days. I mean really hot, maybe even too hot to go swimming in the lake, if I had the time and it weren’t too crowded. Our air conditioning at home crapped out, as it will when you need it, and we were back to using fans. I remember as a kid my bedroom was on the third floor of our Brooklyn home. Mom would bring a bowl of ice in a metal pot and place it in front of my fan. Mentally I thought it was cooling me down, but the reality was, it was too hot for me to care.  Read more

Letters to the Editor July 28

We need another revival

Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, will be in Albany on August 25 at 12 noon for a prayer service (Decisionamerica tour.com).  Read more

Somebody in DC notes the plight of U.S. dairy farmers

On Friday, July 15, U.S. Senator for New York Kirsten Gillibrand released a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack. Therein, Sen. Gillibrand strongly advocated that USDA refund the unused portion of the approximately $73,000,000 collected from the U.S. dairy farmers that participated in USDA’s Dairy Margin Protection Program (DMPP) for the 2015 calendar year. The DMPP was initiated in the 2014 Farm Bill; it was supposed to serve as an improved milk-price safety net for U.S. dairy farmers. To date, even for a government program, it has been wildly unsuccessful.  Read more

Open letter on the visitors’ center

[The below letter was sent to Tusten Town Supervisor Carol Wingert.]

This letter concerns the approximate $535,000 of funds, long thought gone, currently in the hands of the DOT and earmarked for a visitors’ center in the Upper Delaware River Valley.  Read more