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A Place at the Table

Provocative, revealing portrayal of families dealing every day
with food insecurity right here in our own country

Nutritional Issues • Job Issues • Mental Health Issues

Explore how we can address the hunger hiding in our
own neighborhood homes and local schools

Watch the film…discuss it with others…be part of the solution

Wednesday, April 23rd – 7:00 p.m.                    Wednesday, April 30th – 7:00 p.m.
Wayne County Chamber of Commerce            Beach Lake United Methodist Church

Co-sponsored by Caretakers of God’s Creation,
Friday Friends United Methodist Women,
& First Place for Health of the Beach Lake United Methodist Church

Community Garden poster 2014

Herbal Medicine as an Ecological & Economic Choice

By Nathaniel Whitmore
Dandelion is used for liver, blood sugar and vision conditions, and to clean the blood.

Dandelion is used for liver, blood sugar and vision conditions, and to clean the blood.

As a gardener, I have always wondered at the practice of pulling “weeds” to make room for vegetable seeds or seedlings. Many of the common garden weeds are choice edible vegetables: chickweed, purslane, burdock, dandelion, lambsquarters, galinsoga, amaranth… the list goes on and on. I can understand pulling these abundant plants to make room for cabbage, carrots, and other delicious vegetables, but why not take your harvest basket along so that the “weeds” can become dinner long before your vegetable plantings produce anything?

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GO-ORANGE-DAY was marked by a large gathering of students, business representatives, Wayne Memorial Staff, county officials and employees, and community members on the steps of the Wayne County Courthouse on Thursday, March 20th at 2:00 p.m.  Wearing orange Rachel’s Challenge t-shirts, participants vowed to renew their commitment to doing deliberate acts of kindness that day and going forward, in the spirit of Rachel Scott’s challenge accepted last fall in Wayne County schools.

Community members and students alike spoke of the positive changes they have seen in the way people are treating each other as a result of the new awareness brought by Rachel’s Challenge.

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Rachel’s Challenge Lives On 


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Children’s librarian Betty Lawson with
the paper chain of “acts of kindness” created by
children and their families.

Rachel Scott lives on in Wayne County. Despite the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays and the sub-zero temperatures of early January, the message of the 17-year-old
senior assassinated in the Columbine High School massacre is still very much alive here. The challenge to spread “random acts of kindness”—presented in Wayne County schools in September—is still snapping in the cold air of our community. Many signs and posters around Honesdale remind us of “Rachel’s Challenge:” to keep acts of kindness spreading through the town in accord with Rachel’s wishes, expressed in her remarkable journal that’s been compared to the diary of Anne Frank. But there is evidence of the effects of Rachel’s message besides these external signs. Read More

Transition Honesdale Winter Film Series

url-1Our winter film series last year caught the interest of quite a few of you, so we’re offering one again. This year’s theme will be food, focusing on how to make a diet of local foods, how to raise a lot of food in a small space, and how to address the staggering issue of hunger in our own country.

Our February film offering will be “Eating Alabama,” a 2012 documentary film. Advertised as a story about “why food matters,” young filmmaker Andrew Beck Grace describes it this way: “In search of a simpler life, a young couple returns home to Alabama, where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did—locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed.” A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability, “Eating Alabama” is a story about why food matters. Read More

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Skill Share Workshops to
Brighten Your Winter Season

by Barbara Lewis

December and January have already brought their share of snow, ice, wind, and brutal cold to Wayne County, and as the holiday season fades into the past, we all search for creative ways to entertain and educate ourselves during the balance of the winter season.

Some days we like to get out our skis or snowshoes, and enjoy the outdoors when snow conditions permit.  Other days we like to curl up with a book, put a pot of soup on the stove to simmer, or write long reflective passages in our journals.

Let Transition Honesdale offer you some other options. We can help you get out of the house to socialize with your neighbors while learning some new skills. (Skill Share workshops: BEAUTY FROM THE PANTRY and CREATIVE COOKING WITH WINTER VEGGIES) Read More

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 Know Where Your Food Comes From

By Marcia Nehemiah
Free-range, organically fed chickens enjoy a natural quality of life in open space.

Free-range, organically fed chickens enjoy a
natural quality of life in open space.

What I eat has become an increasing source of concern for me, not because
I need to lose weight, nor because I
have health problems. My desire to eat healthful, clean food has become more and more difficult because it is in direct opposition to agribusiness’ desire to maximize profit and minimize cost. Food—once a source of nourishment and pleasure—has become, in my estimation, one of the most crucial environmental, social and moral issues of our time.            Read More


Winter Visitors: Eagle Habitat is Our Habitat

By Barbara Lewis
Photos© by Stephen Davis. Bald Eagles can best be viewed in the Upper Delaware in January and February.

Photos© by Stephen Davis.
Bald Eagles can best be viewed in the Upper Delaware in January and February.

In our region, the term “winter snowbirds” has a unique meaning to many: bald eagles! While numerous species head south for warmer climates this time of year—including humans—bald eagles head to the Upper Delaware. Why?

The same environment that attracts and sustains us—clean water, clean air, undisturbed and unfragmented forests—helps hundreds of bald eagles survive the cold winter months.

When lakes and rivers freeze as far north as Labrador, 900 miles away from the Delaware River, bald eagles head south—to our backyard—to open water where they can find fresh fish and large stands of trees where they can perch and rest. Protected lands in Sullivan County, New York and Pike and Wayne Counties in Pennsylvania provide a safe haven for these migratory birds.  Read More

The Cooperage Farmers Market – Winter

Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. beginning Nov. 9, 2013
Note: Bi-weekly from Jan. – April 2014

Meeting Challenges in our Communities

By Barbara Lewis

100_8112Wayne County, Pennsylvania is an idyllic place to live, a place where we’re proud to have been born or overjoyed to have adopted as our country home.  It has rolling hills, beautiful countryside, plentiful streams and lakes for fishing, boating, and swimming.  Life is quiet here, yet there’s quite a variety of interesting activities to participate in, when the spirit moves us, and restaurants to dine in, when we feel a sociable impulse or a disinclination to cook at home. Read More

A Year of Bountiful Harvests

100_7944The 2013 summer and fall seasons have had an ample mix of rainfall, sunshine, both cool and warm weather, for crops to grow lush and numerous this year. Read More

Energy Awareness Tips: Spend less energy, time and money preparing your home for winter


This is a wonderful time of the year for so many reasons…..  The kitchen often has the tantalizing aroma of vegetable soup or pumpkin pie. Nights are cool and it feels good to sleep under a heavy blanket again. Let’s face it, northeastern Pennsylvania in Autumn is one of the most beautiful spots on Earth! Read More

 Honesdale Beautiful – Part II

Sandie Grandinetti of Mary Beth Bridals enjoys tending flowers in downtown Honesdale.

Sandie Grandinetti of Mary Beth Bridals enjoys tending flowers in downtown Honesdale.

The Miller Pavilion

Driving through Honesdale on a recent Sunday afternoon, I came across Sandie Grandinetti, owner of Mary Beth Bridals & Boutique, pruning plants in the vicinity of the Miller Pavilion on Main Street.  Sandie has been tending to this beautiful garden, as a volunteer on behalf of the Greater Honesdale Partnership, since July of this year.  Like many other business owners, in addition to long hours running their businesses, she takes time to volunteer to help make Honesdale look its best.  These pots were filled in the spring and installed courtesy of Ellen Memorial Health Care Facility. The Honesdale National Bank provides the water for the plants in the pavilion area. Read More

 The Challenges of Economic Inequality

Reprinted with permission from the San Diego Free Press

Reprinted with permission from the San Diego Free Press

I should probably state this explicitly at the outset: I am by no means an egalitarian. I don’t expect, or even desire, that everyone should have exactly the same kind of economic situation. I know that society, at any level, will always have some degree of stratification. I accept that some folks – those who take on particularly great responsibilities, for example, or skilled and highly trained professionals like doctors and teachers – will deserve a greater level of compensation than, say, a mere first-line manager like myself. Read More

Rachel’s Challenge to the Community

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Everyone, it seems, is buzzing about “Rachel’ Challenge,”
a national school program aimed at opposing bullying in schools. High school senior Rachel Scott, the first student killed at the infamous Columbine school massacre in 1999, has been lauded because of a revealing journal she kept that is similar in some ways to the diary discovered after the death of Anne Frank.  Read more…

And The Kindness Goes On…

100_8066In response to Rachel’s Challenge (see post by Tom Kane), Grace Episcopal Church brought together children and youth, plus some seniors from Ellen Memorial, to make a paper chain of 1,225 links. Read more… 


The Stoneworks Learning Center Opens

Students singing with founder Rebecca Ballentine, center.

September saw the opening of an innovative new educational center in Honesdale, dedicated to principles such as non-harming, the interconnectedness of all things, advocating for the environment, and embracing diversity. Read more…

Honesdale Mural Celebrates Wayne County AgricultureIf you’re driving down Main Street in Honesdale and your eye catches something colorful by the Country Dawn Gift Shoppe at 7th and Main, make sure you go around the block for a second look at the colorful mural that’s just emerged on the shop’s side wall.

The mural–painted by local artists and other non-artist volunteers–is called “WAYNE COUNTY GROWN” and is dedicated to the diversity of agricultural endeavors in Wayne County. Read more…

© Photo by Barbara Lewis

 *New* Sustainability Book Collection at the Wayne County Public Library, Honesdale 

wcplThanks to Transition Honesdale, you’ll find a winter’s worth of reading with over 50 new books, DVDs, and audio-cds on a wide range of Transition topics at the Honesdale library.

Here’s a complete list of titles available for checkout.

On Track: The Transition HonesdaleNewsletter

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Donate to keep On Track in print! We need your help.  Please make checks payable to Transition Honesdale and mail to PO Box 895, Honesdale, 18431.  Thank you!

Participate in SkillShare 

There are so many awesome events going on in this region, we can’t fit them on our home page! See a listing of the events Transition Honesdale and other regional organizations are offering by clicking here.

Jamie showing dough before a rise at his Bread Making Seminar.

Are you wondering what ‘SkillShare‘ is? Well here’s our slogan: Share your genius. Learn something new. Teach something you love. We’re growing a network of curious, enthusiastic people who want to learn, and knowledgeable, engaged folks who want to teach. Our community is full of brilliant people…Let’s do it! Take our survey.

The Community Garden at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale

Honesdale’s first community garden. Learn about Transition Honesdale’s Community Garden and join in on the fun! Watch for workshops, classes and garden parties.



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