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A Thanksgiving story; The tale of ‘three sisters:’ squash, corn and beans

At Christmastime in 1620, 102 passengers arrived at Plymouth, MA on the Mayflower. It was a brutal first winter, and by its end nearly half of the Pilgrims had perished. By the following November only 53 remained to celebrate their first harvest feast in the New World, the same feast we now recognize as the first Thanksgiving.

The truth is that without food from Native Americans during the Pilgrims’ first year and lessons in how to grow native crops, even fewer settlers would have survived.  Read more

‘Foraging and Feasting’; A new field guide and cookbook

At a presentation at Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor, NY, author and herbalist Dina Falconi and botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender talked about their new book “Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook.” The 230-page book contains 50 detailed and beautiful illustrations of wild plants and thousands of recipes using the wild plants and others. The presentation and book signing included food made from wild edible plants by Jen McGlashan of Channery Hill Farm in Callicoon Center, NY.  Read more

Catskill Regional Medical Center enhances imaging services

Callicoon, NY — Catskill Regional’s Grover M. Hermann Hospital recently announced that digital screening mammography and bone density testing are now available at its campus in Callicoon. These services are also available at the Catskill Regional Imaging Center located in Monticello in addition to other imaging services.  Read more

Birth Announcements

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:

September 29, 2013 — John Andrew LaBelle Jr. was born to Jessica Lynn Carrigan and John Andrew LaBelle of Greeley, PA. Maternal grandparent is Elizabeth Carney of Lake Ariel, PA. Paternal grandparents are John Thomas LaBelle and Jodie Marie Labelle of Greeley, PA.

October 11, 2013 — Sylvia Clementine was born to Daphne Laput and Evan Laput of Shohola, PA. Maternal grandparents are Vera and Matthew Frendak of Shohola, PA. Paternal grandparents are Amador and Carol Laput of Glen Spey, NY.  Read more

Assistance available with health insurance process

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) has been designated a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) organization to assist the public with the health insurance marketplace process. Services are offered free of charge to everyone, not just patients of WMCHC physician practices.

WMCHC has appointed two full-time outreach enrollment coordinators, thanks in part to a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to train and retain staff for this service.  Read more

The health benefits of coconuts

Coconuts are one of the most wonderful foods on the planet and can even help save your life.  Read more

Thanksgiving and mental health; Gratitude helps diminish the darkness

As Thanksgiving is approaching I’ve gotten to think about the role that gratitude has played in the mental, spiritual and/or physical growth of the many people I have journeyed with in my practice through the years. When I speak of gratitude, I am speaking of a feeling or a state of mind that arises when one gives focused attention to the things that one values, both within oneself and in the world at large.  Read more

Rehabilitating the rescue dog

Lately, it seems that we are seeing more and more animal abuse cases. I’m so thankful for all of our local media bringing to light the plight of these innocent creatures that have suffered in the hands of those who can’t or won’t properly care for their animals. For most of these animals, the lives they led before they were rescued were unimaginable to most of us. Filthy conditions, lack of food and little, if any, positive, friendly human contact force these pets to live in “survival mode.”  Read more

Neglected pets: life after

Have you ever been sitting in your living room and watching television when the ASPCA’s commercial comes on? Do you become flooded with emotions as the camera sweeps past cages of animals that are sick, injured, once abused pets? This is a common response for many. But the biggest question is what happens to those animals once they are recovered from those undesirable situations? Given the current financial state of the economy locally, many animals have to endure such hardship, and as a result many of them require intense veterinary care.  Read more

Narrowsburg News

Blink! It’s the holiday season again. There are signs everywhere. Peck’s has a donation box for children’s gifts and food, and Narrowsburg Liquors in Peck’s Plaza will once again sponsor Toys for Tots.

Main Street is beginning to put on the glitz, readying for Saturday, November 30 at 6 p.m. to light the tree and sing Christmas carols. There will be no question what season is upon us.  Read more

Did You Know?

Here is a very clear picture of what is called Plum Island, situated in the Delaware River near Cochecton, NY. Are there stories any of you readers have to tell about the island? I would love to hear some of them, as I only remember bits and pieces of what I have been told. This postcard is from the Tusten Historical Society collection.  Read more