Farewell to a Good Friend

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Our little community lost another special lady on Sunday, August 10, 2014. Bonnie Layton, daughter of the late Berton and Evelyn (Stalker) Roloson, was born July 29, 1942, in Equinunk and lived her whole life in this area.

She was employed by the Delaware Valley- Sullivan West School system as a Special Ed Teacher’s Aide for many years. Bonnie was very active in the Braman United Methodist Church where she had served as Sunday School Superintendant, teacher, Director of the Vacation Bible School, Lay Speaker, and excellent church pianist. She never stopped smiling and shared her positive inner light and joy with everyone around her.

Bonnie was a nurturing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a caring, loving person to her four daughters and her son, her 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.     ~Carol Ann MacMaster

President's August Message

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Greetings to All! Our Annual Car Show on Saturday, June 21 was a great success! 166 cars, trucks, and tractors registered as exhibitors. The weather could not have been any better. The help was outstanding, from those that set up Friday night to the people on Saturday who parked cars, made the food, sold the food, ran the registra- tion, helped at the bake sale, and sold books and wooden items made from wood sawn at the Joel Hill Sawmill. In many cases, it was the same group of people working both Friday night and Saturday! It was wonderful seeing so many dedicated people working together for such a good cause.

The Joel Hill Saw Mill crew is getting ready for their first demonstration on July 12. The deck by the falls is also looking good, well on its way to completion. The sawmill crew worked on it all spring.

Sandy and I have built a large moveable rack to store the wood we get from the mill that we use to make items. It is now easier to get at the mill lumber than when it was in a huge pile on the floor and mixed in with other lumber. We sold two birdhouses at our garage sale in May and have an order for ten more. In addition, all the bird houses taken to the show were sold.

The beautiful tool and garden boxes built by Gregg Quaglio, Blair Kobelin, Dan Wescott and Bob Wood from wood cut at the mill were also on display at the car show and several were sold. They come in two sizes and they have as many uses as you can dream of. Thank you, gentlemen, for making these beautiful, utilitarian boxes.

Just a reminder to all you musicians, and your friends; in just a few months (November) the Calder Cafe will be starting again. We have had excellent participation and attendance on the First Friday of each month during the winter, and it puts our beautiful new addition to good use. Start practicing now, so we can continue to have the quality and wide variety of music all have enjoyed in the past. Have a safe and wonderful summer. ~Art Flynn

Farewell to a Great Friend

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Our good friend, Fred W. Pfeifer, 68, of Equinunk, formerly of East Hanover, NJ, died on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. Fred was highly regarded as a good friend and neighbor. Always willing to help, he would drop whatever task he was engaged in to help a friend. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Alberta Ward on November 11, 2004. Born on September 28, 1945 in Newark, NJ, he was the son of H. Fred Pfeifer of Inverness, FL and the late Jean Peterson Pfeifer. Fred was the third generation to run the family business, New Jersey Services Company in Morris County, NJ.

Following his retirement, he moved to Equinunk, PA where he and his family built a home and where he was treasurer of the Fork Mountain Estates. Growing up, he was involved in the Boy Scouts of America for many years. An avid fisherman, he enjoyed spending time outdoors and collecting antiques. Fred also enjoyed singing, participating in several church choirs over the years. He volunteered his services for many years to EHS, mowing the lawn and doing other odd jobs here. He is survived by his three children and six grandchil- dren, and his companion Doris Keesler. He will be greatly missed.

Equinunk 2014 Car Show - Another Success

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Article by Charlie Bennett (photos courtesy of Natasha Tuttle).

The Equinunk Historical Society 15th Annual Car Show crossed the finish line on June 21 with 166 registered cars, getting cheers and raves from everyone who attended.

Taking the People’s Choice Award was Chris Chervanka of Lakewood, PA with his “Big Rig”, a 2010 Peterbilt 389.

Of two Special Recognition Awards, one went to Rembert Meszler of Honesdale for his 1966 Mustang which had undergone a complete restoration. The second award went to Marty & Chris Vehstedt of Hawley, PA for their 1965 Ford Fairlane which was special ordered from the factory by his Father and has been in the family ever since.

The Historical Society would like to thank Mel Freilich and Caren Raphael for hosting the event on their beautiful property; Jim Balakian and Lenny Caputi for providing parking on their property; all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the event successful; and all the local merchants and patrons who contributed to the event.

Visit the Annual Zane Grey Festival – July 12th

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The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the Zane Grey Festival again this summer. The festival is geared towards fun for the entire family with many activities and events for children and adults. The festival will be held at the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Zane Grey, the renowned chronicler of the American West, resided in Lackawaxen from 1905 to 1918. His home was along the banks of the Upper Delaware River, just below the confluence of the Lackawaxen and Delaware Rivers and just north of the Roebling Bridge. Grey, an avid fisherman, was especially fond of this setting.

The Zane Grey Museum displays Grey’s memorabilia, photographs, and books in the rooms that served as Grey's office and study. Exhibits in the Zane Grey Museum give viewers a better understanding of the life and writing of the famed western author. His office and study have been meticulously recreated based on an interior photograph by famed photographer Louis Hensel. The National Park Service preserves Grey’s home as part of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.

Zane Grey’s legacy of literature and sportsmanship lives on in Lackawaxen. Come join the fun and learn more about the Western novelist from Lackawaxen. Refreshments will be served all day.

EHS volunteers will have a display table at the event.

Location: Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, PA (41.48566, -74.98742)

Joel Hill Sawmill Opens New Season

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It is pouring! All morning long the ominous thundering from the west has portended rain, and now that it's here, it's as though some heavenly tap opened overhead. This is good. It's helping to fill up the mill pond at the Joel Hill Saw Mill in Lookout. The old Civil-War era sawmill will rumble to life again on Saturday and Sunday, July 12th and 13th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for another season of tours and sawing demonstrations. The event is free, the labor provided by a dedicated group of volunteers who run the old mill with a great deal of skill and pride.

The mill, in almost continuous operation since the 1800's, is powered solely by the force of the water from the mill pond, which is fed from Duck Harbor Pond. Water flows down a sluice pipe to a large turbine below the mill. Through a complicated arrangement of belts and pulleys, power surges up to the mill floor and operates the huge saw blade, producing boards from raw logs. Things were built to last in those good old days!

Volunteers have worked hard all spring to create a new platform from which the waterfall can be viewed. It will soon be ready to welcome visitors.

The mill is the property of the Equinunk Historical Society. From Rte. 191N, watch for signs directing you to turn onto Creek Rd. New saw mill crew volunteers are always welcome to participate in this historic and educational activity. Call 570-224-6722 for information and directions.