Kayaking For Kids

April 22nd, 2012 :: Posted by Jamie Smith :: Comments (0) :: Leave Comment
With your support Frank Kratz RN, of the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital Emergency Department will be “Kayaking for Kids” for 10 days on the Susquehanna River. Frank plans to start his 180 mile sojourn on May 15th in Sayre, Pennsylvania and will end his journey on May 24th near the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania. Media from different parts of the region will be present to show the community different sections of Frank’s trip. Frank will also post pictures and comments on Facebook so you can follow his progress along the way. Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger would like to have every day of his 10 day journey sponsored.

In turn, the money raised from this event will provide specialized equipment, programs and services to the children treated throughout Geisinger Health System, and your generosity will ensure that 100% of the donations will go toward helping these local kids.

For questions about the event please contact:


Kate Snyder,                                                OR                                    Frank Kratz

Coordinator                                                                                     (570) 328-4001

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals                                    flkratz@geisinger.edu

Janet Weis Children’s Hospital

100 North Academy Ave.

Danville, Pa  17822-5020

(570) 271-6188


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Design on a Dime Benefit By Ashok Sinha

April 20th, 2012 :: Posted by Jamie Smith :: Comments (2) :: Leave Comment

© Ashok Sinha

The image above is from Crater Lake, Oregon which will feature in this year’s Housing Works Design on a Dime Benefit.  I am honored to have been included in the group of artists and designers who have come together to support this very important organization in New York City.

To get this shot, I got lucky with the stormy day but had to wait for the right moment when the sun peeked through the clouds for just a bit and cast light on the areas of the scene I wanted to highlight.  I was particularly drawn to the way the road and the tiny parking lot where I hiked up from had now become part of this altered landscape, straddling a narrow ridge against the massive backdrop of the surrounding Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the US and created by volcanic activity over 7700 years ago.

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About White’s Ferry, from the Sullivan Review’s Satterfield Flyer column by “Doc” T.W. Shoemaker II, DVM

April 19th, 2012 :: Posted by Jamie Smith :: Comments (0) :: Leave Comment

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, before bridges were built to span the Susquehanna River, most of the towns and villages used a ferry to cross the stream.

Most of the ferries were basically a raft of logs, like white pine, covered by a platform of rough cut boards.  The platform would be enough above the level of the water to keep your feet dry.

The ferry was tethered on both sides of the river by a cable or heavy rope, or both, of course, use of the ferry was limited to when the river was calm or low.  The ferry man would grasp the rope on one end of the ferry and walk to the other end, thus pulling the craft across the stream.

Upstream from Pittston, there were three ferries to note:  at Ransom, one at Falls, and one at White’s Ferry.  These carried people, horses and wagons, and in later years, automobiles.

Solomon White started the operation of White’s Ferry in 1838 and continued its operation until his death in 1890.  It was then operated by his son, George, until his death in 1914; then his son, William, continued the service until November, 1938.  The White family kept the service going for 100 years.

Members of the White family built all ferry boats used by themselves and also built some for others, one in particular was one at Ransom.  Most boats were built of white pine and oak and for some reason, unknown by now, built upside down.  White’s ferry was 66 feet long and 12 feet wide.

In the early 1930’s, I went across the river on White’s Ferry with my father and his Model T pick-up truck.  Dad was a plumber and was hired to do some work at Camp Onawanda, then the Girl Scout camp, located just north of White’s Ferry on the west side of the river.

The ferry was used to avoid the steep Keelersburg Mountain road which the Model T couldn’t manage.  The problem was the gas tank under the seat that fed the carburator by gravity.

On a steep slope, gasoline could not run uphill to the engine.  One, often used trick, was to turn the vehicle around and go up the hill in reverse.

After the bridge across the river at Falls was opened in 1921, the road over Keelersburg Mountain was used less and the ferry service continued as the best way to cross.  The ferry boat rides cost 25 to 30 cents for an automobile.

1n 1927 the U.S. Postal Service changed the designation of White’s Ferry to Hoban Heights, a location on the east side of the river, while White’s Ferry was on the west side.

Information on the ferry was found in archives of the Wilkes-Barre Sunday Independent newspaper, the Wyoming County Historical Society and with the help of Charles Petrillo, Wilkes-Barre historian.

The Sullivan Review, Sullivan County’s weekly newspaper, is located in historic downtown Dushore. Founded in 1878 and purchased by the Shoemaker family in 1966, The Sully is now in its 45th year as a Shoemaker family enterprise. The newspaper office is located in the two-story red and white building that was constructed at the turn of the century for the Dushore Fire Company. The Sullivan Review Print Shop is located across Water Street in the former Cole’s Hardware building.

The Sullivan Review newspaper is available each Wednesday and has a circulation of approximately 7,000. Subscribers hail from as far away as Alaska and from many states around the country, and include vacationers, hunters, college students, and members of the military. Yearly subscription rates are: $31.00 for Sullivan County, $40.00 for elsewhere in Pennsylvania, and $45.00 for out-of-state. Newsstand price is 75 cents a copy.
Phone: 570-928-8403 or 800-582-1774
Email: sully@epix.net
Fax: 570-928-8006

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