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I grew up on the Delaware River, almost literally (on River Road), and often went swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, snorkeling, sun bathing, you name it. However, I am far from a river expert; so when I had the opportunity to do a river trip with the National Park Service (NPS) I knew I would be learning a lot.

First of all, let me just go on the record and declare that if you share a secret with me, I’m really good at keeping it. Conversely, if I’m told something without a confidentiality clause...

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Somehow it seems strange to me that it was a movie that triggered the amazing growth of fly fishing interest. The movie was, of course, “A River Runs Through It.” Norman Maclean’s novel, on which...

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A month or so ago, I transported a female downy woodpecker to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center (PWRC) in Stroudsburg, PA after my neighbor found it in her driveway,...

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A track fire that disrupted the Metro-North commute in East Harlem recently left thousands stranded in Grand Central Terminal for their commute home and over the next few days added to their daily...

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Let’s face it, I talk a lot. How fortunate for me then, that I found a way to do so and get paid for it, right, wrong or indifferent. Sadly, in this day of texting and instant gratification, the...

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During the year, I have been seeing a lot of turkey activity in area forests and fields as they scratch up the leaf litter, forage for food, or walk in the snow, leaving footprints with the toes...

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Holiday craft vendors sought

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership is seeking talented craft vendors, antique dealers, artists and artisans, as well as specialty food vendors to participate in “Honesdale for the Holidays” to be held on Honesdale’s Main Street on Saturday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For a registration form or information, email ghp@visithonesdalepa.com or call 570/253-5492.

‘The Nutcracker’ at Delaware Valley High School

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Dance Company will be performing “The Nutcracker” at the Delaware Valley High School auditorium on Route 6 on Saturday, November 24 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance are $12 and $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door are $14 and $10 for children and seniors. For more information contact The Dance Center at 845/856-3373.

Playing with the ether; Theremin performance heading to Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — “It’s easy to embarrass yourself, but I’m willing to fall on my face,” quipped Jason Smeltzer while describing the process of performing on an unusual and little-known instrument called the theremin. The early electronic instrument’s most characteristic feature is the fact that it is played without physical contact from the performer.

The public will have an opportunity to experience the theremin during a performance at Grace Episcopal Church on Courthouse Square in Honesdale at 7 p.m. on November 17.  Read more

Visiting the Larches

On Election Day after casting my ballot I took a drive down PA Route 191 to see the Larches.

It may sound like the surname of some old family friends who are up for the weekend or the long-lost name of a distant cousin (to be sure, the Larches are as contradictory as some of my most eccentric relatives) but they are friends of a different sort.  Read more

Weathering severe weather

While many animals weather unusual events like last week’s hurricane better than humans do, there are impacts nonetheless that affect wildlife in various ways.

In addition to potentially dangerous factors such as toppled or dangling trees and downed powerlines, some species, such as tree-nesting birds, may lose the shelter of their homes. Others may be forced to adapt to serious habitat destruction.  Read more

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