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July 2016

Looking Back

Originally part of Dyberry Township, Berlin Township was formed in November 1826. The earliest settlements were Beech Pond, Berlin Centre and Smith Hill. Originally called Beech Pond because of the abundance of beech trees in the area, the community’s name became Beach Lake over the years. Samuel Smith, for whom Smith Hill was named, came here from Germany by way of New Jersey. Around 1830 immigrants from Cornwall and Devonshire in England began arriving, and many descendants of the original immigrants are still active citizens of Wayne County.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

The last two weeks have been very busy with Narrowsburg Beautification Group (NBG) volunteers scurrying about finalizing preparations for the America in Bloom judges’ arrival on July 13. NBG volunteers and private citizens planted, weeded and watered flowers and trees from Kirk Road to the railroad underpass on south Main Street. Members of the Lava Fire Department painted and replanted the fire department front planter, which provides such a welcome sight as one enters our area on Route 52. The highway department and the water/sewer department provided needed help when requested.  Read more

July 14, 2016 - July 21, 2016

Clarence Feigenbutz

Clarence Feigenbutz, a dairy farmer of Obernburg, NY, died Friday, July 15, 2016 at the Roscoe Rehab and RCHF in Roscoe. He was 84.

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, July 22 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main Street, Callicoon, NY from 6 to 9 p.m.

The memorial mass will be held on Saturday, July 23, at 11 a.m. at St Mary’s Church, County Road 95, Obernburg, NY 12767.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Church, P.O. Box 1, Obernburg, NY 12767.

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Roemer  Read more

Graduation 2016

My son, Sam, graduated from high school in June—ending his last, restless weeks of 12th grade and beginning his final summer vacation—that nebulous time between high school graduation and the start of his first year of college.

It is an uneasy, transitional time for us all. We are a close-knit family, and I know I will miss him a lot while he is gone. It will take some getting used to.  Read more

Letters to the Editor July 21

Take a look at both sides

When I read the first paragraph of Eileen Hennessy’s Lake Huntington News, I was taken aback. She said “what a sad and sick world we live in” because of the ambush in Dallas. There is no doubt the killing of the innocent police of Dallas was a heinous act, carried out by a maniac. And then she stated, “all lives matter.”  Read more

Let’s hear it for Narrowsburg’s beauty queens (and kings)!

If you haven’t noticed, Narrowsburg gets prettier and prettier every year. That’s not by chance. There’s a lot of hard work and coordination behind this beauty secret.

Last week, judges from America in Bloom ( visited Narrowsburg to decide how our little hamlet meets their mission to spotlight “communities across the country as welcoming and vibrant places to live, work, and play—benefiting from colorful plants and trees.” That certainly describes Narrowsburg today.

The town has a real chance to win national recognition.  Read more


In which I give myself a softball interview…

Q: So, Skip, how was that “CommonBound” conference ( you told us about last month—the one about “new economics”?

A: Awesome! Fantastic!

Q: Lots of people?  Read more

Visitors’ center belongs along the river

It’s the project that wouldn’t die. Almost everyone thought it was dead, or nearly so, in 2013, which was the last time this newspaper reported on the new visitors’ center. At that time, it was proposed to be built at Fort Delaware in Narrowsburg, NY. But recently the idea of a visitors center has returned to life with about $510,000 secured by former Congressman Maurice Hinchey more than a decade ago. (Another $250,000 secured later by Sen. John Bonacic is apparently no longer available).  Read more

A picture of consistency

HONESDALE, PA — Eighteen Wayne County voters who have voted, without fail, in each fall election for the past 50 years were welcomed into Pennsylvania’s Voter Hall of Fame on July 7 at the Wayne County Commissioners’ meeting.  Read more

Family Bingo

July 30, 2016

Lackawaxen EMS Family Bingo at Masthope Mountain Community, 196 Karl Hope Blvd., 7:30pm. Open to the public.

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