The Passing of Friends

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When we compile this information for the Spring Issue of The Manor, we are always saddened to incorporate the obituary notices of several friends who died during the long winter months. These four months are our longest time span between issues so the number of losses is always very painful. We are reminded of these wonderful people, some of whom lived in this region for many decades. We remember their lives and how fortunate we were to have them among us for as long as we did. If anyone is missing from our pages, please contact us so we can include them in our next issue.


Mark Schrama

Mark Schrama, husband of former Corresponding Secretary, Kathy Schrama, died unexpectedly on Nov. 26, 2014. According to Kathy, Mark was quiet and a little shy, but when you got to know him, he would engage you in conversation on his many interests, which included most sports, woodworking, history, travel, and especially, his family, Kathy, son Michael of Maryland, and his two grandsons. Moving to the Equinunk area from NJ, where he was employed by Compton Press in Cedar Knolls and by Samsung, Mark worked at the Wayne Independent doing sports news and reporting, and for the Job Corps in Callicoon.


Patricia Ferrazzano

Patricia Ferrazzano, wife of Richard Ferrazzano who built the outstanding display for the Native American dugout canoe in the museum, died on February 28 in Honesdale. Pat and Richard moved to Equinunk several years ago after they retired. Pat was well-known for her skill in working custom leather pieces and she carried on that business in their home. They have two sons, Richard and Michael, both of New Jersey.


Dr. Leonard DeDuke

Dr. Leonard DeDuke, known to his many friends as “Len”, passed away on April 6th at his home in Equinunk. Len and his wife Mary were well-known to the Calder Cafe crowd, and very warmly regarded.

Emcee Pat Wilson recalls that Len was the first performer to contact her when First Fridays began, and was usually the first to perform. The opening act belonged to Len. He would play a lively song, and relate a funny story to “warm up the crowd”.

Len was a true Renaissance man with many interests. A dentist for 28 years, he was also a pilot, motorcyclist, a member of Actors’ Equity and the Screen Actors Guild, sang, and played his guitar. He did print work, plays, films, and performed at Alice Tully Hall in New York. While living in North Carolina he assembled a skeleton of a bottle- nosed dolphin that is now on exhibit at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC. His accomplishments were so many and so varied, we don’t have room to list them here.

We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife and children, and with Mary, we will miss him terribly.


Thomas Kennedy

Historian Thomas Kennedy of Tafton died on January 4th. A retired elementary school principal, Tom worked in the Wallenpaupack Area School District for 40 years. Active with the Wayne County Historical Society, he took a deep interest in all things history-related, and worked as a local history consultant in his retirement.

From his obituary notice in the Wayne Independent, “Tom enjoyed taking walks, working in his garden, traveling with his wife, all things trains, local history, and Notre Dame, and spending time with his children, grandchildren and all of his friends and family.”


Loretta Frederick

Loretta Frederick, wife of Rich Frederick who has lent his help with the Car Show in the years before Loretta’s long illness, died in March. She and Rich lovingly restored a distinctive old farmhouse on the Hancock Highway in Equinunk. She was formerly a volunteer at the Manchester Library. The staff will miss her cheerful presence.


Eric Hawley

We were so deeply sorry to hear the news that shocked a whole community. Mark and Sally Hawley of Lookout lost their son Eric late last year. Their pain is shared by all.


Grace Young

Lifelong resident Grace Young of Equinunk died on Dec. 4, 2014. She was the wife of Jesse Young who passed away in 2008. Grace and Jesse had a large family, most of whom live in the area and are very active in the community.


Shirley Cole Lewis

Shirley Cole Lewis of Carbondale, wife of James Lewis, died on December 13th, 2014. Born in Equinunk, she was the devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to a large family.

Meet Deb Wiwczar

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Hi there! My name is Deborah Wiwczar. I am so excited to have been asked to join the Calder Shop team at the Equinunk Historical Society. Meeting the many wonderful volunteers has inspired me to take on this new and exciting venture.

The Calder Shop to me is a breath of fresh air. To be able to go back in time to days that were simpler and less hectic is the vibe I personally feel when I'm there. Like enjoying as a young child going to my grandma's house. To have that special time with her sharing a cup of tea and her homemade muffins, which I called "knobbies", because they were as big as door knobs!

With my love of nostalgia and my personal experience at owning my own business for the past two years up at the "Duck Harbor Shops" formerly known as "Duck Harbor Antiques", I look forward to sharing my passion for setting up the gift shop and seeing the community come to visit and loving to be there like I do.

My husband Michael and I are planning on retiring to this area in a few years. We enjoy the people, the community and all that there is to do here. Please come and visit us at The Calder Shop and enjoy this journey with me.     ~Deborah Wiwczar

Ed. note: Deb’s name is pronounced ‘Wiv-zar’ -Easy!

The Calder Cafe Returns

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The Calder Cafe reopened for its fourth season on November 7th and what a great time we had despite some preliminary snow showers. I won't say the excitement level was high - - but one performer got his cardiologist to come!

Art Flynn opened with lots of sing-along tunes including the Elvis Presley classic, “Can't Help Falling in Love”. Our harpist, Lauren Floden, accompanied Carol Ann MacMaster on a country tune penned by friends of Carol's, and then Lauren did her own set on harp. While she played one provocative tune, she invited us to close our eyes, listen to the harp, and see what we envisioned. Responses included rustling leaves, fountains and angels! Barbara Gogan followed with some contemporary pieces including a wonderful song by an Irish singer-songwriter, Damien Rice, and a powerful cover of the Tedeschi Trucks Band recording of “Midnight in Harlem”. I closed the first half with James Taylor's "Shower the People" which I did for Linda & Dan Wescott who recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. (Ed. note: We were highly flattered and humbly grateful.)

To open the second half Lauren returned with an a capella number for which she borrowed my hunter's orange cap. Her tune ended with “Trophies on the Wall - 2 game wardens, 7 hunters and a pure bred Guernsey cow”. Hysterical!

Half the Silver Belles were present and we had several enjoyable sing-alongs including "Those Were the Days." Loretta Douglas was back with a new accordion and finished with a toe-tapping polka time! She later explained that her new instrument is a somewhat smaller woman’s size instrument. The old accordian was huge -man-sized and very heavy. John Joyce gave us a lovely tune incorporating the guitar and harmonica for his wife Judy and their 34th anniversary. He had also spent the summer studying "the boss", Bruce Springstein, and played Springstein’s number with the chorus "no retreat, Baby, no surrender". John sings/plays in the local church choir and announced he would close his set with the choir’s hymn for Sunday, "The Old Rugged Cross". At least half of the choir was present, (the advantage-or not-of living in a small community,) so I got them to join John at the front of the room. They sounded great and are now well rehearsed for Sunday! Danny Cox closed with several rock tunes and ended up doing the seasonally appropriate "Alice's Restaurant" and we now know all the verses to it. Danny’s performance was flawless every word was audible. I remembered being at Newport, Rhode Island when Arlo Guthrie introduced it!

You know you've had a successful evening when the audience is reluctant to leave. Fortunately, we had no need of the cardiologist. ~Pat Wilson, Program Coord

New Equinunk Cemetery Association Booklet Available

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The Equinunk Cemetery Association has published a new guide, a revised edition of the Cemetery booklet first published in 1989. The revised edition contains a brief history of the Cemetery, a list of “Burials Without Stones”, and a list of 376 markers showing names, location, date of birth, date of death, military service and rank.

The cost of the booklet is $10.00. You can pick up your copy at the Equinunk Historical Society during the Open House, or call 570-2246722 to make arrangements for your purchase. Or, you can send a check payable to the Equinunk Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 91, Equinunk, PA 18417. If you have any questions, please contact Robert Kramer, 570-224-4473.

The 2014 - 2015 Board of Directors

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Pat Wilson, 1st Vice President
Art Flynn, President,
Gardie Mueller, 2nd Vice Pres.

Carol Ann
, Recording Sec’y,
Bob Wood,
Richard Stowe,
Donna Burrowes, Treasurer,
and John Fletcher.

We think of New Year’s Day as the time we begin anew, but this month, following a few short weeks after the Annual Meeting in August, is indeed our time of new beginnings. We start with a new (well, not really new) Board of Directors who will steer this sturdy organization through the year ahead; a new season of monthly gatherings on First Fridays in the Calder Cafe; a new director in the restocked Calder Gift Shop; and a new Curator, Michele Booths, already hard at work.

We say a grateful good-bye for now to retiring treasurer, Harold Butler, and a heartfelt thank you to Donna Burrowes who stepped up to accept the checkbook and the responsibilities of that complex job. Harold will remain an active EHS volunteer as a member of the Joel Hill Sawmill crew and the Building and Grounds Committee. Greetings to Deborah (Deb) Wiwczar who brings her experience in gift shop management to the post of Calder Shop Coordinator. We will dearly miss Barbara Conley who literally spent years in the shop, but who is for now, resting up after several health challenges. Barbara plans to be back working in the shop when she is able. She was known for bringing in her own lovely Christmas decorations to help the shop come alive during the holidays.

Michele Booths has taken on the Curator’s tasks and has been using her decorating talents to help Deb prepare the Calder Shop for the holidays. And we’d be hard-pressed to find enough new words of praise to thank Carol Ann MacMaster who has gone back on the Board yet again to serve as Secretary. Welcome also to our three new Sawmill Volunteers! We are so glad you are with us.

We love all of our Volunteers and hope that in the near future, we will be telling the world how grateful we are for you, our readers, for your contributions. Happy Holidays!

President's November Message

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Hello everyone. I hope your summer was pleasant and relaxing. We thought that we would have more time after we retired, but it has been one thing after another for us all summer. We did not get all our projects done, but maybe some of them will get done this winter.

I can't believe all that happened this summer with the EHS, starting out with a wonderful Car Show, the Sawmill having such great attendance, and the new displays at the Calder House. Sandy did get down to see the new deck at the Sawmill and said it was beautiful.

Most of the programs at the museum were well attended and very informative. Thanks to everyone for all you do to help people interested in the offerings at the museum.

The Calder Café started again on November 7th with about forty people attending. I felt it was the best evening yet. For those of you who could not attend, you missed out on a great evening of entertainment. Mark your calendar for all the first Fridays of the month from now until April, and join us for an evening of music and singing. It was good to see that Bob Wood and Linda Wescott have recovered enough to join us that evening.

Don't forget the Holiday Open House on December 7th. Bring a dish to share. We will once again have the pleasure of having the Stantons, Leana and J.R., to entertain beginning about 1 pm.

Happy Holidays to all!     ~Art