Monday, June 25, 2007

A Huge Success!
Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Art Festival

The 2nd Annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival proved to be a great fun family event. Music, dancing, and children's activities were all part of what made this event great. For more pictures visit

Main Stage- Central Park Honesdale, PA.

Volunteers Make It Happen
Headquarters Tent, T-Shirt Sales

In-Park Festival Support Vehicle

More than 20 Artists Were Represented

Thursday, June 14, 2007

2007 Friends of the Wayne County Public Library Event

Historic House Tour
Saturday, July 7, 2007
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walking tour of the first floors of 10 Victorian Houses in the Honesdale, PA Historic District
Tickets available at the library, 1406 North Main Street, Honesdale and at Wayne County Historical Society
$20 per person
contact: Wayne County Public Library at 570-253-1220 or email

Official Press Release 2007
Honesdale Historic House Tour on July 7, 2007

The Friends of the Wayne County Public Library are sponsoring their second Historic House Tour on Saturday, July 7, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will start at the Wayne County Public Library at 1406 North Main Street, Honesdale and will be a self-paced walking tour of the first floors of 10 Victorian houses in the Honesdale’s Historic District. Tickets will be available at the library and the $20 ticket price will include a brochure with a map of the tour, photos, and historical information about each house.

Beverages and light refreshments for be for sale at the library. Because of the nature of the tour, children under age 8 will not be permitted on the tour. Last year’s Historic House Tour was a tremendous success with over 300 persons enjoying the architectural treasures and the festive atmosphere of North Main Street, with all proceeds going to the Library.

This year there will be 7 “new” and 3 “repeat” houses on the tour, all beautifully maintained and restored, from the impressive brick Victorian library itself to several charming smaller Victorians on East Street and several homes that have received the Wayne County Historical Society’s Historic Preservation Award because they reflect the growth and prosperity of Honesdale during the late 19th century.

Several of the homes that have been modernized, especially in the kitchen areas, still retain the features and character of their origins. Elegant birds-eye maple staircases and woodwork, built in cabinets, original fireplaces and lighting fixtures, and other period details can be found in many of the houses chosen for the tour. The Friends are proud to offer this unique opportunity to see the inside of these ten historic gems; lovely backyard and side gardens at some of them will also be part of the tour.

The Friends of the Wayne County Public Library are very grateful for the generosity of the homeowners involved, who are sharing their unique part of Honesdale’s historical heritage and who are giving substantial financial support to the library through their participation in this event. The Friends are also grateful to the Wayne County Historical Society which has generously provided relevant historical data about the houses. Their excellent new booklet, Walking Historic Honesdale is on sale at the library for those wishing to further enjoy and explore the borough’s architectural heritage. For more information call the library at 570-253-1220.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Little Engine that Could- A Huge Success

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce hosted The Little Engine That Could in Honesdale, PA this past weekend. Children's activities, story reading, musical entertainment, costumed characters from the book and a Little Engine toy store were featured on the Wayne County Visitors Center property and it is being called a huge success. See some pictures taken over the weekend below

Saturday, April 14, 2007

StepItUp2007- Himalayan Institute BioVedic Energy Farming—Planting for the Future

Regaled by peacocks in the garden, soothed by the soft air of the organic greenhouse, and delighted with the delicate hues of spring lettuce, weekend guests and local supporters joined Himalayan Institute residents to plant castor beans and discuss the Institute’s BioVedic energy farming project.

Ishan Tigunait, Director of the Himalayan Institute Humanitarian Initiatives, told the crowd in the greenhouse about the Institute’s pongamia tree energy farming projects in India and Africa. He showed us seeds from this tree which is native to India. Oil pressed from those seeds can replace diesel fossil fuels.

Drought resistant and requiring little or no irrigation or fertilization, a pongamia tree produces seeds for 50 years, and provide jobs and cash for farmers in some of the most impoverished rural economies in the world.

In addition to greening a desolate, parched landscape, and producing products and cash, biodiesel processed from pongamia oil results in almost 50% less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel diesel. Roger Hill, the director of the Institute’s BioVedic Farming program, described how BioVedic organic farming techniques used by the Institute reduce the emission of climate altering gases like nitrous oxide associated with mechanized agriculture and petrochemical based fertilizers.

He also discussed unique traditional agricultural practices in Africa, and then passed out castor beans, another candidate for energy farming. After planting our castor beans in the greenhouse, we enjoyed traditional Indian tea (chai), cookies, popular chants in Sanskrit, and the company of like-minded people. Guests were gifted with fledgling heirloom tomatoes, and everyone was grateful for the opportunity to express our desire to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, protect our environment, and create a sustainable and prosperous society for all.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Local website found
in the Way Back Machine

Website front page dated December, 1998

The Himalayan Institute located in Honesdale, PA has a history online and thanks to the WayBack Machine, a non-profit project noted for archiving the Internet over the years, they can see the progress they've made over the years. Check out all of the updates here:*/

Friday, November 10, 2006

Greater Honesdale Partnership Board Member Brian Fulp of The Himalayan Institute thanks Martha Sader & Dorothy Korpics, owners of Coldwell Banker, Korpics & Sader Associates for renewing their membership in the GHP for 2006.

"We're very grateful that we live in a town with a viable downtown," Ms. Sader remarked. "We feel that the Partnership plays a large part in this," added Ms. Korpics.

Pictured from left to right are: Patricia Shanley, Jeff Gummoe, Beb Tenewitz, Martha Sader, Brian Fulp, Dorothy Korpics, Jacqueline Murphy, and Phyllis Matechak.