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Photos by Isaac Green Diebboll

BETHEL, NY — Sometimes we may forget that Sullivan County is a diverse county. It’s so easy to stay in your town, your community, your corner of the county, and not break barriers and venture out. However, that’s not to say that such barrier-breaking is impossible. Proof of that was visible at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, when the most diverse crowd in Sullivan County came together as part of Dialogue2Change, an initiative of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission and Everyday Democracy.

In recent River Talk columns, we’ve been sharing images of species identified during the third Upper Delaware BioBlitz held at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY. The photos...

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Q&A

In which I give myself a softball interview…

Q: So, Skip, how was that “CommonBound” conference (www.commonbound....

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My son, Sam, graduated from high school in June—ending his last, restless weeks of 12th grade and beginning his final summer vacation—that nebulous time between high school graduation and the...

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“The man who only lives for making money, lives a life that isn’t necessarily sunny,” wrote Ira Gershwin back in the day. “Likewise the man who works for fame—there’s no guarantee that time won’t...

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So far this year fish reports are mixed. What a surprise! We have received reports that the fishing has been great and reports that it has been the worst year yet. Maybe it is a little of both.

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On July 12, during its quarterly business meeting, the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted to delist the timber rattlesnake from candidate status. With this vote, this species is no longer a...

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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

February 21, 2013

Valentine’s Day was celebrated on Saturday the 16th for us. Once again we went to the Carriage House to dance to Mickey Barnet. This year we went with another couple, Barbara and James. We really had a great time. James and Tommy sat and talked and Barbara and I were up dancing. As always, Dottie and Herman Esselman were there dancing like professionals. Herman and I danced to the song “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” Herman can dance, but I can shake; together we made a good couple.  Read more

Groundhog weather

If you believe in groundhog meteorology, then according to the prediction of “Punxsutawney Phil” that occurred not too far back, we should have an early spring on the way. Barely a week after Phil’s prediction, a winter storm sideswiped us and went on to dump more than three feet of snow over parts of New England. Groundhog Phil may have lost a few fans due to the storm named “Nemo.”  Read more

Garden series at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will present a garden series beginning on February 24. Participants will learn low-cost, easy ways to start seeds, create a butterfly garden and manage compost. The cost is $10 per session or $25 for all three sessions; pre-registration is requested.

Session 1, “Starting Seeds Inside,” will be held Sunday, February 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Discussion covers garden maps and starting “cold crop” seeds indoors. Other topics will be “Butterfly Gardens” on May 5, and “Composting” on July 27. Call PEEC at 570/828-2319.

Ameranouche Gypsy Jazz Trio

BETHEL, NY — The Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B in Bethel will host the award-winning Ameranouche Gypsy Jazz Trio (www.ameranouche.com) on Friday, February 22 at 8 p.m.

Featuring two French acoustic gypsy jazz guitars and an upright bass, the group is a winner of Best of New Hampshire awards and has appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival.

A mixture of soul, flamenco, and bebop influences give the trio’s hot acoustic jazz a unique sound.  Read more

“APH•O•RISMS” at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “APH•O•RISMS,” a free group exhibition of 10 local women artists opens on Saturday, February 23, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Alliance Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibition is curated by gallery director Rocky Pinciotti and runs until March 16.

Aphorisms are the use of few words to convey much meaning or information. The creations in this exhibition feature a variety of artists using a variety of mediums to exemplify this principle.  Read more

Now is the winter of my discontent

I’ve spent the past week searching for the bright side, keeping one eye on the weather and counting down the days till spring. For some reason, this winter has been tougher for me than years past and it’s been an effort to keep digging myself out and plowing ahead. Waking up this morning to burst and frozen pipes was the icing on the cake, so I turned to others for solace, inspiration, comfort and joy. Fighting the blues, I had to dig deep, and was surprised that 17th century poet Anne Bradstreet resonated, since poets are generally not my thing.  Read more

Connecting government and community one YouTube video at a time

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Did you miss your last town board meeting? Now you’ll have another chance to see it, thanks to two local filmmakers Nyssa Calkin, 27, and Isaac Green Diebboll, 24.  Read more

What’s in a blizzard’s name?

We held our annual 4-H sledding party this month in the good fortune of the storm now known as Nemo.

For us, the snow was a stroke of luck, as we had scheduled the event well in advance of a forecast. Not so much for my mother-in-law, who had upwards of 27 inches in Massachusetts, or those shoveling the roofs in Milford, CT, which had a record 38 inches. Nemo will be remembered there—and not as an orange Disney fish.

The recent trend of naming winter snow storms may help make it easier to remember them in the future, but it is a trend that is not without dispute.  Read more