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GLEN SPEY, NY — Forget about the birds and the buds: when the mitts and the bats come out, you know that summer can’t be too far behind. They emerged in Glen Spey a couple of weekends ago in the first Little League game of the season, and Glen Spey resident and photographer John Cassidy captured these priceless moments for us.

If the old adage (you are what you eat) is true, then yes—yes I am. In point of fact, it’s one of the few things that I can cook and do so a few times a year for holiday celebrations. With...

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People usually associate spring with the appearance of daffodils and emerging buds from plants in the garden. Indeed, there are many cultivated plants appearing now. Greens from garlic and other...

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I love to travel. Is that right? Well, not exactly. I don’t love airports, no matter how overstuffed with shopping opportunities they may be. It takes too long to get to them and the parking lots...

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I recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of a “Too Close” event on the river. It was a nasty, wet day. Back then, it involved a fine trout on the Mongaup. The trout was rising steadily just...

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Lucky me, to chance upon a most delightful bird last week. At the edge of a Pennsylvania State Game Lands parking area was an adult American woodcock and her four wee babies. They hastily scurried...

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My mother used to tell me that constantly, but at least she knew how to spell it. In fact, I’m an idiot. I’m not proud of it, and constantly marvel at my own stupidity—this week being no exception...

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You’ve come a long way, baby

Preconceived notions are a funny thing—rarely true and often misleading. So, I was not prepared for the reality of how beauty pageants have actually changed over the years. Since Easter and Passover were taking center stage, my schedule was not as full as usual, so I took advantage of the opportunity to immerse myself in the Sullivan County Pageant held in Callicoon, NY (www.villaroma.com) last weekend.  Read more

‘Iron Maidens’ come to Honesdale

STARLIGHT, PA — Linda Lovstad and her French horn have traveled the world together, performing in symphony and opera orchestras, bands, wind and brass quartets and even Broadway pit ensembles. Now, as one of the “Iron Maidens,” the female French horn players of Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra (NTSO), she will perform this Saturday, April 6 at the Honesdale High School auditorium, not so far from her weekend and future retirement home in Starlight in northern Wayne County.  Read more

High school student art at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) and Sullivan County BOCES will host an opening reception for the annual CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show on Saturday, April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibition will run until Sunday, May 5 at the CAS Arts Center.  Read more

A new muse

Medical terminology is my new muse. It’s almost poetic. “Mass, mobile and firm” was the caption on one of the snapshots my doctor handed me of my recent endoscopy, while I was still woozy from the Propofol (reportedly Michael Jackson’s drug of choice).  Read more

Landscape legacy

Across America, growing numbers of people are becoming aware of the costs and impacts associated with meeting our country’s energy needs through continuing dependence on fossil fuels. In Pennsylvania, we need look no farther than the anthracite coal region of Northeast Pennsylvania to see evidence of the lasting legacy of coal extraction.  Read more

‘I shot an arrow into the air….’

The unexpected results of writing this column continue to surprise me. People sometimes approach me at the Callicoon Farmers’ Market to praise or reproach me for words I have written. Sometimes the phone will suddenly ring. Once, it was a lady who said she had been a long time friend of John McDonald, the author of the book “Quill Gordon.” She wanted to thank me about something I had written regarding McDonald. I just never know what reaction a given column will produce.  Read more

Seeking Sustainability

It’s a wonderful privilege to be invited to take up the mantle of the inimitable Marcia Nehemiah and to write about sustainability for the readers of The River Reporter. I hope to bring you useful information and to inspire you with the positive, practical and visionary work being done in Sullivan County and around the world as we address the intertwined challenges of climate change, environmental responsibility and sustainable economic development.  Read more

Back on my feet

It’s early when I leave the house. The air is crisp and the sun is shining brightly. I hit the platform right as the subway roars into the station and it feels like it’s going to be a really good day. I stop off at my favorite coffee cart, and as I wait for my order I am struck by the fact that we are coming to the end of jacket weather. Central Park in the distance promises jacket-less lunches on the grass in the near future.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival seeks volunteers

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Festival has started its search for volunteers to help with the 14th annual film festival, which will be held on October 18 through 20 this year. Available volunteer positions include a fundraiser coordinator’s assistant, a grant writer, a film salon assistant and a programming assistant.  Read more

‘Anything Goes’ at the WAA

WURTSBORO, NY — Under the theme of “Anything Goes,” the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will present a wide range of eclectic and imaginative works of art by WAA members in April, beginning on April 6 with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

The alliance’s gallery is located at 73 Sullivan St. and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Email info@waagallery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

Liberto Trio at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Liberto Trio will perform in concert on Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at The Cooperage. Featuring a sound rooted in the jazz tradition while branching out and exploring new, uncharted territories, the group includes Ralph Liberto on saxophone, Steve Faubel on piano, Bob Wilson on bass and Steve Kurilla on drums.

This is a BYOB event. Donations will be collected at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Observe a painter at work

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts announces the first “First Sunday Art Demonstration” of the season with Cynthia Harris-Pagano painting a still life in oil on Sunday, April 7 at the Milford Borough Hall at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to this free event to learn about the process and techniques of making art, and to meet Harris-Pagano. There will be refreshments.

Harris-Pagano’s North Light Studio is located in Otisville, NY. Visit www.pikecountyartsandcrafts.org.

Learn to play the fife

PORT JERVIS, NY — A series of eight music classes for beginners on “How to Play the Fife” begins on Friday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the basement of the Port Jervis Free Library. The class will be taught by Patti Gessner, a music instructor who frequently plays the fife with the Broome Street Fife and Drum Corps. The class, open to ages 12 to 80, will combine a combination of classroom instruction and a bit of field marching. Training fifes will be provided for the class. The fee is $16 for the entire course. Class dates are April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3, 10, 17 and 24.  Read more

Harmony Presents Jeanne Jolly

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents country singer Jeanne Jolly at the Boiler Room in the Silk Mill on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Jolly blends Nashville roots with rock, jazz and a bit of classical and is the featured vocalist for Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. Her voice shifts between belting Americana and lilting golden croons. Classically trained, Jolly demonstrates her diversity on several tracks of her new album “Angel.”  Read more

Sullivan County Chamber black tie event

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will host a 1920s-themed black tie event, “The Catskill Club,” on Saturday, April 6 at Monticello Casino & Raceway from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.  Read more

Slam Allen plays the blues at the Cat

BETHEL, NY — Slam Allen returns to the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B with his blend of soul and blues on Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m.  Read more

MiZ solos at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — Mike Mizwinski from MiZ performs solo at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Mizwinski, who gives name to the band MiZ as well as his solo work, is a rock-Americana artist from Northeast Pennsylvania. Known as an acoustic and electric guitar virtuoso, his songs evoke the rustic tones and imagery you would expect from the PA coal-mining region and its cultural heritage.  Read more

A little birdie told me

Finally, spring is in the air. Despite the somewhat frigid temps and occasional snow showers, the undeniable signs of seasonal change are everywhere. Although I’ve yet to have a sighting, friends and neighbors have been spotting robins throughout the Upper Delaware Valley and the icicles on my roof are slowly beating a retreat. Making a mental note to ignore the groundhog next year, I attempted to brush the wonder dog, whose fur coat was out of control, and threw my hands up, frustrated over the snarls and knots that had taken her hostage over the harsh winter months.  Read more

Men in tights; Trockadero dancer Philip Martin-Nielson guest teaches at The Dance Center

PORT JERVIS, NY — It’s not often that ballet students get the opportunity to be taught by a professional dancer. On Saturday, March 23, students of all ages at The Dance Center in Port Jervis got that chance.

The dancer who came to teach is as unique as they come. He is Philip Martin-Nielson, the youngest and newest member of the company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Trockadero is an all-male comedy ballet troupe that dances both the male and female roles, requiring the men to dance en pointe.  Read more

Building Talent Together

Our region is often noted as a beautiful place to experience the outdoors, a great area to sample local chefs’ creations at a quaint eatery, attend a country fair on a warm summer day, and even a superior place to raise a family. But some of our areas most valuable assets are often overlooked—and that is our workforce. Our workforce is hailed for its work ethic and dedication. Those two attributes alone though are not enough for us to jump the next hurdle and be prepared for future endeavors—whether that is in expanding our existing industry base or growing new industries in the region.  Read more