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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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ArtsVenture to the Rodin & Barnes Museums rescheduled to November 19

DELAWARE WATER GAP — Because of the new Barnes Foundation, the PoconoArts ArtVenture trip to the Barnes & Rodin Museums has been rescheduled for Monday, November 19.

The Barnes was very sympathetic to the many issues arising from Hurricane Sandy and offered to reschedule so that no one who wanted to visit would be left out.

If you were unable to go on Monday, but are available on November 19, reserve your seat as soon as possible. PoconoArts needs to give the Barnes a definite number by November 13.  Read more

First annual blues and music festival

ROCK HILL, NY — Midnight Slim/Fred Scribner and The Sullivan present the first annual Sullivan County Blues & Music Fest on November 23 and 24 at The Sullivan, featuring regional and national blues and music acts including Alexis P Suter, Chris O’Leary, Murali Coryell, Big Joe Fitz, Petey Hop, Bobby Kyle, Frank Latorre, Midnight Slim, Dan Brother, Pauly DiDio, Rob Cannillo, Ken Bowles and more special guests.  Read more

Learn to play the harmonica

PORT JERVIS, NY — A step-by-step “How to Play the Harmonica” program for beginners with Patti Gessner will take place on Saturday, November 17 from 3 to 4:45 p.m. at The Hub at the Port Jervis Library.  Read more

Presentation on novel self-publishing

PORT JERVIS, NY — In honor of National Novel Writing Month, The Hub at The Port Jervis Free Library will host local author William Webster for a program about self-publishing on Thursday, November 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 on November 30.  Read more

Craft fair

DAMASCUS, PA — There will be a craft fair on Saturday, November 10 at the Damascus Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Tri-Gal 4-H Club will provide refreshments and a 50/50 raffle will be held with proceeds going to the Damascus Community Center.

Call 570/729-8320 or 570/224-4217.

Pancake supper

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Drew United Methodist Church will hold a pancake supper on Monday, November 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. It includes pancakes, home-fries, sausage, scrambled eggs, beverages, applesauce and syrup. Take-outs are available.

The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under age 10. Call 845/856-3423.

Veterans Day movie

MILFORD, PA — In honor of America’s veterans, Milford Theatre at 114 E. Catharine Street will show, free of charge, “Doughboy the Movie” on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. The film is a family drama about an apathetic 16-year-old—played by newcomer Barrett Carnahan—who moves to a small town in West Virginia from New York City. After being accused of vandalizing the town’s statue of a World War I doughboy, he is assigned to perform community service at a local veteran’s home where he meets people who challenge his self-centered ways.

Seating is first-come, first-served.

‘Shakespeare’s Will’ at the NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre presents “Shakespeare’s Will,” written by award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen, on Saturday, November 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 11 at 4 p.m.  Read more

Noah Barker performs for Jeffersonville food pantry

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Janice Center will showcase the talents of pianist Noah Barker at a jazz and contemporary music recital on Saturday, November 10 at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 will benefit the Jeffersonville Food Pantry. Barker is a former student of Janice Center owner and instructor Tanya Cohen. After graduating Sullivan West, he went on to major in music at the University of Louisville. He is now a professional musician in New York City. Special guest Thurman Barker, Jeffersonville’s own renowned percussionist, will also perform.

Benefit wine tasting event

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Lackawaxen Township Ambulance Service is holding their 2nd Annual Wine Tasting event on Saturday, November 10 at 7 p.m. in the Summit Restaurant at Masthope Mountain.

Last year’s sommelier Rory O’Fee, director of marketing at Woodloch Resort, has volunteered again. Joe Gattuso, the new bar and restaurant manager at the Summit Restaurant, is excited to partake in this fundraising event to support the local EMS. Chef Matteo Laki will prepare a paring to compliment each of the wines.  Read more

Hortonville Fire Department annual pancake breakfast

HORTONVILLE, NY — The Hortonville Fire Department will host a breakfast with homemade pancakes, eggs any style, sausage, homemade desserts and French toast on Sunday, November 11 from 7 a.m. to noon.

Adults $7, kids 12 and under $3 and kids under five are free.

Give Thanks Harvest Dinner at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Friday, November 9 at 7 p.m. The Anthill Kitchen hosts a Give Thanks Harvest Dinner of local food grown by local farmers at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street.  Read more

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On November 10 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a contra dance at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street. Contra dancing is a style of partnered folk dancing found around the world but particularly popular in the U.S. A live band will play traditional songs, while a live caller will lead participants through various dances. It’s great fun for all ages. No need to bring a partner, and don’t worry if you’ve never contra danced before—they will teach you how.  Read more

Veteran’s Day parade

WOODBOURNE, NY — The 14th annual Veteran’s Day parade will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 1 p.m. on Rt. 42/52 (Main Street). A service will follow at the Woodbourne Firehouse.

The parade marshal is Clark Brown, Chief Warrant Officer 4 (retired) of the U.S Army and recipient of the Legion Merit Award. The guest of honor is Sgt. Matthew Robinson, U.S. Army (investigator).

Call the Woodbourne Fire Company at 845/434-6763.

Power to the people?

Hallelujah! My power finally came back on Monday night! Happy to be alive and have a roof (still) over my head, I’m grateful. But I confess, the Lady Sandy truly tested me. I missed those little things—like electricity, heat and a phone. And TV? It isn’t a necessity (I suppose)… but the Internet? How else can a person stay in touch with the outside world, living as I do on the very fringes of society?  Read more

Shelter crisis averted; River Reporter staff makes the connection

ROCK HILL, NY — No power since October 29th, no heat, no water—and 22 puppies, 15 dogs, 28 cats and numerous kittens to care for. That was the increasingly desperate situation that the Sullivan County SPCA faced when shelter manager Debbie Dittert posted her plea for the loan of a spare generator on Facebook.  Read more

The new normal?

Two years ago I heard Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, speak at a Catskill Mountainkeeper event. He warned the audience that we’re deluding ourselves if we think climate chaos is our grandchildren’s problem. It’s our problem, he asserted. It’s happening now.  Read more

Trick or treat

Our region is blessed with many diverse habitats. Moving from mountain to valley will bring a whole different range of fauna and flora that can be seen. The arrival of fall brings much change as animals hibernate or migrate, and we see many visitors that are passing through or overwinter here.

Many people have become familiar with various species to the extent of knowing which ones are “good” or “bad” due to such things as what they eat, where they nest or roost, or even what they look like.  Read more

Blowin’ in the wind

The lyrics to Bob Dylan’s anthem ring in my head as I sit down to muse on what’s coming down the pike. “How many times must a man look up, before he can see the sky?” As a general rule, I don’t think of myself as an alarmist, but Hurricane Sandy is presently working my nerves. By the time this hits the newsstands, she will be a thing of the past, but the aftermath... who knows? Meanwhile, the reports are dire as I write this and I’m keeping one eye on the news and one on the eye on the hurricane. I’m walking a tightrope here in my trailer (yes...  Read more

Liberty middle school band performance

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Middle School fifth- and sixth-grade band will present a special one-hour clinic and performance for parents, teachers, administrators and friends on Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. in the school’s gym.

The audience, who will be seated around the band members to experience the intensity of a musical performance, will also learn how playing an instrument requires a complex combination of intellectual, visual, physical and auditory control as well as high-level thinking and problem solving skills.  Read more