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CALLICOON, NY — It was first built in 1852, a few years after the first train ran through what was then Callicoon Depot, part of the railroad-related boom that turned a single house into a bustling community. Originally, it was built in the Greek revival style, but sometime around the turn of the 20th century, the roof was raised and two stories and a mansard roof were added to create the iconic structure that dominates Upper Main Street in Callicoon today. For well over 100 years, it was a vibrant part of the hamlet’s commercial life. Then, for some years, it lay dormant.

Actually, it was 47 years ago, and it happened on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, NY. But life on this planet was so different back then, it might as well have been in another galaxy altogether...

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Walk near almost any patch of forest, or even your backyard now, and you will either see or hear one or more chipmunks. As they dart around foraging for seeds or nuts and chattering, and perhaps...

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There was a tradition in many homes growing up, including mine, of setting up the Lionel Trains and tracks in some part of the house for the Christmas holidays. I am sure if my dad had his way...

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Spoiler alert! This one’s a little maudlin. While I did attend an actual fair last week, (www.delawarecountyfair.com...

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Many of us were lucky enough to have some early fishing experiences. Yet, as Robert Frost reminded us, “knowing how way leads on to way” we get sidetracked with “little things.” Little things like...

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Were you aware that Pennsylvania has a Wildlife Action Plan that guides how the state strives to conserve its most threatened wildlife species? First published in 2005, the 2015-2025 plan has...

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Poetry and prose reading this Sunday

HONESDALE, PA — “The Wonder of a Place,” a reading of poetry and prose followed by a discussion, will be held at the Sanctuary of Oils on Sunday, March 24 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Readers include Tom Lisenbee, Nancy Dymond and Mermer Blakeslee. This is a free event. Books will be available for purchase. RSVP to mayasblends@gmail.com or 570/468-7350.

Sunday Night Cinema to show ‘Kandahar’

HONESDALE, PA — Sunday Night Cinema will screen the film “Kandahar” at the Chamber of Commerce on March 24 at 6 p.m. The film unveils the legacy of war in Afghanistan.

The story line involves an Afghan-reared Canadian journalist who slips into her native land to save her sister, left behind when the family escaped. Her sister plans on committing suicide on the last solar eclipse of the millennium. The movie reflects the journey of the aspiring savior. The film presents the viewer with a compelling picture of life for the people of Afghanistan in 1999.  Read more

The Great Party at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Friday, March 29, the 2013 “Concert in the Coop” series at The Cooperage will kick off with the band The Great Party. Their show, which has all kinds of American and British pop influences, starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:45 p.m. BYOB. Donations will be collected at the door.

“Concerts in the Coop” is a monthly concert series at The Cooperage. Arranged by John Kascht, this series features an eclectic range of music. For more information, visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Watercolors on display at Inn at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the watercolors of member Bob Lee in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake for the month of April.  Read more

Poets to read from published work

HANCOCK, NY— A group of poets will celebrate the publication of “Creations,” a new book of poetry and printed etchings, by holding a reading on Saturday, March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alma Yoga, 67 Pennsylvania Ave. Poets include Belle Gironda, Laura E.J. Moran, Lori Anderson Moseman, Debora Poe, Katie Yates and Lisa Wujnovich. The etchings in “Creations” are by Sheila Glolborotko. The event is free. Books will be available for purchase. Contact goloborotko@yahoo.com or call 607/637-4444.

It isn’t easy being green

Actually, it wasn’t easy avoiding being green last week, so I gave in fairly quickly and got my Irish on, along with the rest of the Upper Delaware River Valley. On Friday, I decided to make my way to Hancock, NY and get a sneak peek at the new dance hall—My Shady Lady, which was hosting a private party.  Read more

A day when everyone is Irish

An estimated 12% of Americans can trace their ancestry to Ireland. But on St. Patrick’s Day, countless honorary Irishmen and women don their green apparel and go out to celebrate the holiday of Ireland’s patron saint.

The first parade believed to have been held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place in 1762 in the United States when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all over the world (www.history.com).  Read more

Spring is here

I walked out to find the spring and found it in the radiant pussy willows growing at the road edges of our old farm, tangled in the hedgerow of last year’s multiflora roses and grape vine. Spring is in the snow drops budded at my front door and in the nervous sunlight. The seasons engage in a tussle of one-upmanship that brings new snow one day and thaw the next. And so, although we don’t see it in green yet, spring is here. Winter is left to lick its wounds in the exultant mud.  Read more

Suspension of disbelief

The first time I saw a reenactment was a battle scene at Fort Delaware in Narrowsburg. I was five or six, and I remember it pretty fondly—the men in costumes charging up the hill toward the fort, smoke billowing out through the muzzles of old cannons and gradually a growing sea of bodies motionless on the ground.  Read more

The cost of freedom, now in easy monthly payments

(A scene from the near future...)

“Hello?”

“Hello, is this Mrs. Joanne Commoner?”

“Yes, this is Joanne.”

“Good afternoon, Mrs. Commoner, this is Staff Sgt. Mark Striker with the U.S. Army, 14th Fundraiser Battalion. How are you this afternoon?”

“Good afternoon, Sergeant! Thank you for your service!”

“At ease, Mrs. Commoner. You may be seated. And thank you for your kind words. By the way, Mrs. Commoner, I am required to inform you this conversation may be monitored or recorded for quality control purposes.”  Read more

March 13, 2013

On Sunday March 10, 2013, God needed a special angel so He came and took my mother, my best friend.

My mom was the mother of five, grandmother of five, great-grandmother of seven and great-great-grandmother of one. She gave a new name to the “Fighting Irish.” At the age of 85 and with over nine hospitalizations in one year, she had enough. On February 4, she was taken to the hospital. When she came home on the 8th, we were sitting on her bed and she said to me “it’s not fair that when I die you are going to have a party after the funeral and I will not be there.”  Read more

Red for a reason

In my last column about webcams, readers were pointed to opportunities to intimately observe birds with the aid of modern technology. Those who prefer a more active role can consider participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch project, in which “citizen scientists” are helping to provide answers to questions about bird nesting behavior by monitoring nests and reporting their observations utilizing online data entry tools.  Read more

‘The wearin’ of the green’ in Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 with a noontime lineup at Main St. and Willy Ave. under the direction of parade organizer John Mc Cormack (845/807-6749). Floats and organizations are invited.  Read more

Narrowsburg St. Patrick’s Parade

NARROWSBURG, NY — The first annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will march down the streets of Narrowsburg on March 17 at 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Narrowsburg Inn, Roto-Rooter Plumbing, Enviroventures and VIP Restroom Trailers. The Grand Marshal will be Lou “Big Al” Ferriger.  Read more

St. Patrick’s Day at the McLaughlin’s

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will hold a lecture by Dallas Grove on the man of the mansion known as The Columns, Dennis McLaughlin, to be followed by a traditional corned beef and cabbage luncheon on Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m.

Grove has been researching McLaughlin for some time and has put together a program that details his life and times. McLaughlin and his family lived in the building now known as the Columns Museum as their summer home for several years.  Read more

Rock Hill St. Patrick’s Day Parade

ROCK HILL, NY — The third annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 12 noon, sponsored by the Rock Hill Business & Community Association. The parade will begin at The Sullivan on Rock Hill Drive and end at I-86 Automotive on Glen Wild Rd.  Read more

Orchestra to play at Honesdale High School

HONESDALE, PA — Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra will perform at Honesdale High School on Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m. Robert Helmacy is the music director and conductor.

Tickets in advance cost $8 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets at the door cost $9 for adults and $5 for students. Active duty military and/or their immediate family attend for free. A student discount package for 12 students and two adults costs $32.

Call 570/289-1090 to register. For advance tickets, mail check to NTSO, P.O. Box 111, Nicholson PA 18446-0111. Visit www.NorthernTierSymphony.org.

Sullivan County Songwriters

Participating in the Catskill Distilling Company’s new Sullivan County Songwriters Circle (SCSC, or “SC squared”) on a recent week were Stacy Cohen, guitar; Brian Smith, drums; founder Elizabeth Rose, guitar; and Lucas Rotman, harmonica. The songwriters meet every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Dancing Cat’s Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B in Bethel. Songwriters share their own songs, and each week at least one song from the “Great American Songbook” is also featured. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.scsongwriters.wordpress.com, or call 845/583-3141.

“Symmetries,” paintings and drawings at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Symmetries,” an exhibit of paintings and drawings by Ellen Cibula, opens with a reception on Saturday, March 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will run through April 13. In “Symmetries,” most of the artist’s paintings and drawings are shown in pairs, with the two parts forming a dance.  Read more

RiverFolk Concerts at the Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts presents musicians Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. at The Cooperage.

Schmidt is best known for his poetic lyrics, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt for their depth and complexity. And Elkin is best known for her soulful and dynamic vocals, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Patty Griffin at her most powerful, and Nanci Griffith at her most intimate.

Tickets cost $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Visit www.riverfolkconcerts.vpweb.com or call 845/252-6783.