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August 2016

Community cancer rates

A cancer cluster is defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as “a greater than expected number of cancer diagnoses in general; larger number of a particular kind of cancer within the area; and a larger number of a cancer diagnoses within a given population of people living in that area (e.g., race, ethnicity, age group or gender, etc.)” One occasionally hears about suspected clusters in our own area.  Read more

Simple Fare: Vegetarians and vegans beware: This column is not for you

When I was a teenager, I was responsible for many of my family’s meals. With my mom in daytime graduate school (having completed her college degree at night; she’s now a Ph.D. psychologist, author, senior Pilates Silver instructor, who has, in her recent years, taken up weight training and, by her own admission, is an overachiever, unlike me), I practiced the art of family dinner-making on a regular basis. Nightly, maybe, several times weekly, at least, I can’t remember.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

With Labor Day upon us, some may feel a sadness that summer has officially come to an end. Have no fear, there is still plenty to do in Narrowsburg… of course that’s after you do all the school shopping for the children.  Read more

Looking Back

Charles Petersen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1826. He learned watchmaking from his father and practiced his craft in Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Switzerland before he came to Honesdale, PA in 1851. Six months after his arrival, he bought out his employer and built this double three-story building where he established the oldest and largest jewelry store in Honesdale. The Petersen store was the site of many “firsts” in Wayne County history, including the first telegraph and first telephone.  Read more

August 25, 2016 - September 1, 2016

Edward Justus

Edward Justus, a resident of Briscoe and the Jeffersonville area, NY, entered into rest at his home on Monday, August 8, 2016. He was 87.

Ed and Virginia will both be laid to rest on their 66th wedding anniversary Friday, September 16, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Veteran’s Cemetery, Sunset Lake Road, Liberty, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

Herbert Katzoff
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William T. McBride

William T. McBride of Winter Haven, FL, formerly of Eldred, NY, passed away on August 22, 2016 at his home. He was 73 years old.

Bill was born on June 12, 1943 in Yulan, NY to Virginia Weber Donahue and William J. McBride. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.  Read more

A culture of creativity

Maybe the tide is turning. Historically, the brain drain of rural areas like ours led all the bright young people with dreams to the cities, never to return. But in places like Highland Lake and Narrowsburg and even Monticello, NY, some of the most creative minds I know are building their own dreams.

It’s not just that the cities are expensive (they are) or crowded (ditto) or any of the other negatives that are often lodged regarding them, but that this place and others like it are so conducive to living comfortably without so many of the stresses that burden a creative mind.  Read more

The Department of Health and the appearance of impropriety

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has ordered the closure of the public access area located within the gate of The Chapin Estate community because it has “no supervision, lifesaving equipment, potable water supply or emergency response communications.” It would be a little easier to believe this is really about public safety if DOH had also taken action at the two other public access spots on the Toronto and Swinging Bridge reservoirs, which have the exact same conditions.  Read more

What’s in a name? See Wayne County, PA

DAMASCUS, PA — The question was important enough for Shakespeare to ponder centuries ago. Today, multinational corporations pay nomenclature experts small fortunes to help enhance their identities and boost their visibility with the perfect name. But it was in the first century of our nation’s history that the naming of cities, towns, villages, hamlets and boroughs reached its zenith, when settled places sought official recognition as incorporated municipalities.  Read more