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June 26, 2016
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The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.

In 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz launched an ongoing effort to catalogue as many species as possible throughout the watershed. This year’s event returns to the 2014 site at the Ten Mile...

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When I think of the term “baby on board,” I think of those signs that used to be popular in the back window of cars. They were meant as a warning to other drivers that the car did indeed have a...

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There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those...

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June is officially bustin’ out all over. The hills are alive and the Upper Delaware River region is thrumming with activity. In the last few days, the Wonder Dog and I have been to the theatre, a...

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After a successful outing on the water, it’s hard not to fall for the misguided belief that “I’m getting pretty good at this fishing game!”

Unless you are targeting sunnies and perch, your...

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In last week’s Rivertalk column, Sandy Long told us that the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held this coming weekend at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY. On Saturday, June 25...

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Oscar-nominated short at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — On Saturday, March 9, SullivanArc presents a free screening of the documentary film “The Collector of Bedford Street,” followed by a question and answer session with director Alice Elliott. The screening starts at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main St.  Read more

Antiques appraised at Crawford Library

MONTIECELLO, NY — Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will sponsor an antiques appraisal event at the library at 393 Broadway on Sunday, March 10 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. You must arrive before 3 p.m. and there is a three-item limit per person. Admission is free. The cost per item appraised is $5.

Jenack Appraisals of Chester will offer their estimates for the value of your treasures. Call 845/794-4660 ext. 6.

‘My Father Was a Logger’ to be shown

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society will present a work-in-progress screening of “My Father Was a Logger” by Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Alice Elliott at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

This video, drawn from 16-mm black-and-white footage of logging in the 1920s or 1930s depicting the labor of horses and raw manpower in an age on the cusp of industrialization, was rescued from a flooded basement in 2005.  Read more

No strings attached

I would not describe myself as someone who’s afraid of commitment. In fact, there are times when I overextend and then find myself flailing about as I seek to honor the many promises I’ve made while my life unravels, creating loose ends that eventually need to be tied up, lest knots occur. Seeking to avoid such chaos in the weeks and months to come, there’s no time like the present to take stock as we prepare to change the clocks and spring forward into a season of warmer temps and the many events happening throughout the Upper Delaware Valley.  Read more

FurrBall a roaring success

HAWLEY, PA — It’s been a banner year so far for the Dessin Animal Shelter as it celebrates its 45th anniversary and fifth FurrBall. This annual fundraising event, held on Saturday at the Inn at Woodloch Pines, was attended by 262 supporters—the biggest turnout ever according to organizers.

“We’ve had more sponsors than we’ve ever had in the past,” said Dessin’s executive director Dara Coslett Granza. In all, 45 raffle baskets were donated by 135 contributors, plus approximately $6,000 worth of items, including a kayak and diamond pendent that were given for the a auction.  Read more

Diary of a patient—Part one

I sleep well, generally. So when a pain in my gut woke me mid-REM on a recent Saturday, I knew something was wrong. “Where is the appendix?” was my first thought. But no, this pain—a burning acute bullseye of pain—was on the other side. When I touched the spot, it burned like the proverbial poker.  Read more

Nest watching time returns

With mating season underway for Pennsylvania’s peregrine falcon population, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched its popular annual webcast.

This year’s events will be captured by new high-definition cameras that will stream the footage live on the Internet. The new cameras are expected to create crisper, more detailed images than in the past.  Read more

Two flies

Some fly fishers have come into possession of a particular fly pattern via an unexpected opportunity. They value that fly above all others. In fact, Barbara Ann has two such flies. However, her flies have never been tied onto a tippet, nor have they ever floated cockily on any currents tempting trout.  Read more

Liberty H.S. to host music festival

LIBERTY, NY — Approximately 100 Liberty music students have been selected to participate in the 59th Annual Sullivan County Music Educators Association (SCMEA) All-County Music Festival to be held at Liberty High School on March 1 and 2.

Concert one will begin at 3 p.m. featuring the Elementary Chorus, String Orchestra, and Middle School Band. Concert two will feature the Junior High Band, Women’s Chorus, High School Jazz Ensemble, and High School Mixed Chorus and will begin at 5 p.m.  Read more

Family Game Night at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Come on down to the The Cooperage on Friday, March 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. for a night of games. Board games, card games, brain games—they’ll have all kinds of games to play. But if you have a favorite, they encourage you to bring it.

So, dust off your board games, practice your shuffle, do some stretches, and get ready for a night of friendly competition. Donations greatly appreciated. Snacks will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Irish music opens DVAA’s Salon Series

NARROWSBURG, NY — A “Salon Series” of concerts opens on Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. with Rick and Donna Nestler performing Irish music and folk songs. The series continues each Sunday in March and will feature Ken and Julie: Ken DeAngelis & Julie Ziavras acoustic folk duo on March 10, The Leslie Pintchik Jazz Trio on March 17 and Little Sparrow on March 24. All performances will be held at the Delaware Arts Center’s Krause Recital Hall. Concerts begin at 2 p.m. and admission costs $10.  Read more

Qigong classes to start

HONESDALE, PA AND NARROWSBURG, NY — Carl Garate will be giving a free one hour Qigong class at Koles Gym in Honesdale on Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m. Their phone number is 570/253-8766. Call now to reserve your spot. Garate is also doing ongoing Monday through Friday morning Qigong classes starting at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Phil Jacobi’s home studio, 146 Humprey Road, Narrowsburg. No membership required, come as you are. Call Garate the day before you arrive at 845/252-3510.  Read more

Artists set screening for classic film thriller

HONESDALE, PA — Sunday Night Cinema, an on-going film series presented by the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will feature “Diabolique,” Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic 1955 French thriller on Sunday, March 3 at 6 p.m. at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 32 Commercial St. A donation of $5 per person is suggested, to help support the arts alliance’s community events. The theme of this season’s screenings is “Enigmatic Endings.” Each film is preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion. Visit www.waynecountyartsalliance.org or call 570/390-4420.

‘Is’ jams at Catskill Distilling

BETHEL, NY — The Catskill Distilling Company will host the jam band Is (www.facebook.com/isjamtrio/info) at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. The band’s name, which loosely means “the present tense,” emphasizes its improvisational nature. Each show offers a unique experience—no two shows are ever the same. The band describes its interests as “writing meaningful, relatable and infectious songs, performing live, improvisation, festivals, touring.” Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

Talk and workshop for poets

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Our Poetic Selves,” a talk and workshop on dreams and the poetic process, will be held Sunday, March 3 at the Narrowsburg Library from 1 to 3 p.m. Poet, psychoanalyst Karen Morris will discuss Freud’s and Jung’s theories of dreams as well as contemporary theories, especially as they relate to the creative process. A workshop on working with dreams and poems will follow.

Ads, hotels and old friends

Living out of a hotel room makes time stand still. After a week, the days really start to blend together. I establish a routine; my computer rests on the desk for emails; I sit on the couch to watch TV and Netflix. Over time a few random personal effects scatter throughout the room.

Upon entry, the room always looks the same, the bed magically remade as if a reset button has been pushed.  Read more

Women... can’t live without ‘em

Making up more than half of the population in the United States, women are now considered by many to be the driving force behind the nation. Outnumbering men by almost eight million, female influence on the American way of life is no longer in dispute, but the rest of the world still has some catching up to do.  Read more

Cabin Fever at the track

BEACH LAKE, PA — There’s nothing like a weekend of racing to chase away the winter blues. Some 27 races were held on the weekend of February 23 and 24, at the Cabin Fever Race at Marshall’s Raceway in Beach Lake. The races involve remote-controlled vehicles that compete on a track, and come in various sizes from 1/16th size of the real life vehicle to 1/8th of the real life vehicle. There were a total of 93 vehicles entered into the competition.

February 28, 2013

What a great weekend I had; I went down to Queens to a cousin’s party. There were over 45 of us, and there were a lot missing. This was my mother’s mother’s side of the family. My family tree could be a forest.

With my mother being so sick she wanted everyone together to have a party, so she and my two aunts were there. The three of them are the last of a generation; my sister and two cousins are the start of my generations; and there were three generations there after me. We are a very lucky family to have five generations. Being with family is always a fun time.  Read more

Seeds for thought

Our family settled on the old Smith farm, five miles outside of Narrowsburg, 13 years ago.  Read more