Frustration in Honesdale After Letter Stolen

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HONESDALE -- High above Honesdale on Irving cliff, there used to be a letter H.

It was a way to promote the Wayne County borough and an upcoming sidewalk sale.

The theme of this year's sale is 'Honesdale Goes Hollywood.'

So a plan was made to spell out Honesdale on the cliff much like the Hollywood sign in California, but that plan fell apart.

"We started last week, put an H up, to try to generate interest, get people talking about it. One of the other people on our board was on Facebook with, 'Give me an H,' and people were responding. And then last night the H disappeared," said Jeff Hiller, President of the Greater Honesdale Partnership.

Right after making the four foot by eight foot letter H and securing it on the cliff, Hiller said the letter was swiped.

"It looks like it may be 'onesdale' sidewalk sales because we're missing the H."

The sidewalk sale is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, although some merchants start on Thursday.

It has been a tradition for decades.

Folks said the fact that someone hauled off the letter H is frustrating.

"It's huge. What they would do with it is beyond me. I don't know. They think they're being funny. They're not being funny. They're being destructive," said Tom Fasshauer, a Honesdale business owner.

As Jeff Hiller put up the letter O on the cliff, Newswatch 16 found folks enjoying the view.

They could not understand the point of stealing a letter.

"I don't know what somebody would do with a giant H. I'm just wondering why they took it," said Pierce Coleman of Minnesota.

"It really does destroy any memories that we're creating," said Cary Grams, who grew up in Honesdale.

Hiller said he hopes to have the word Honesdale spelled out on the cliff by Thursday, he will make another H if he has to, but he hopes someone knows something, hears something, or saw something and that original H is returned.


  • Jim

    Understandably, Jeff is referring to the power of prayer! and not exhibiting selfishness with his comment, note that he did say “hope for humanity”. Maybe if more people prayed daily for others we would start seeing positive results, what purpose does sarcasm serve with his post?

  • Jeffrey Hiller

    Great News, the H has been returned! Thank You WNEP and Sarah for a job well done. This is the result that I had prayed for. Hope for humanity is ALIVE, HIS name is JESUS!

    • Kyle Kraemer

      i’m so glad jesus could find the time to bring back your giant letter H for you. he’s a good guy to do that. hey ask him if he could look into the wars and famine thing going on in other places in the world if you get a chance, ok?

      • LC

        It wouldn’t be a trip to the WNEP comment section without some casual racism. Thanks, stay classy.

  • the grand poobah

    It’s not the H that is gonna be sought after. The N is the big prize Welcome to Hoesdale. Someone didn’t think about that, did they.

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