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October 23, 2016
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REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

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When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

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Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

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Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

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In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

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“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

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‘Simon Killer’

It’s been over a year since “Simon Killer” premiered last year at Sundance. And even longer since Antonio and I finished editing the film out of his small duplex apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Read more

YEG—the little group that could

LIBERTY, NY — A group of teenagers is crowded around a table full of food, devouring everything edible with an efficiency that would shame a horde of locusts. Of course, that doesn’t prevent them from talking animatedly and keeping constant check on their cell phone screens. At first glance there’s nothing remarkable in this scene—until you listen in on the conversation at hand. These young adults are talking about business and ecology and social justice. This is the weekly meeting of the Youth Economics Group (YEG), held in the basement of First Presbyterian Church of Liberty.  Read more

Noblesse oblige?

It was just another sleepy spring day in sophomore English class, some 40 years ago, when I was tapped for the National Honor Society (NHS). I may still have the little pin in a box somewhere, along with a certificate bearing the NHS motto—two simple French words that at the time made no sense to me whatsoever: “Noblesse oblige.”  Read more

How does your garden grow?

Spring starts in early January at my house when my husband starts planning his Fedco seed order, reading aloud the enticing descriptions of leeks and lettuces from the catalog. By the time spring officially arrives, the seed trays on the back porch are full of tender shoots that will soon be transplanted to the 30-by-30-foot garden he has nurtured for the past 15 years.  Read more

Dressed for the occasion

Spring is here, even if it seems late for a lot of people. Many animals are getting ready for the warm weather to come. Migration and breeding activities are at the top of the list for many birds, and newly born young of various mammal species will shortly make their appearance.  Read more

A photographic tribute to Autism at The Hanson Gallery

HONESDALE, PA — Gina Lenz Photography and The Hanson Gallery will present a photography exhibit to promote the positives of autism. The open house will be held on April 6 from 1 to 7 p.m. The show runs from April 2 to April 15.

Eleven children, ages three to 21 years, were photographed for the exhibit. This gallery exhibit will show the person, not the diagnosis. These children have interests, intelligence and love to give.

For more information, visit www.thehansongallery.com or call 570/253-2525.

Open Electric Jam at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The first Open Electric Jam of 2013 will be held at The Cooperage on Wednesday, April 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. This electric jam is hosted by Tom Seig. Bring your instruments and your voices. Come early to sign up, as the board fills up quickly. BYOB. Snacks will be available for purchase. This is a donation-based event, and contributions are appreciated. For more information, visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Roscoe’s annual Two Headed Trout Dinner

ROSCOE, NY — The Two Headed Trout Dinner will be held at the Rockland House on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. The Chamber’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a six-course meal that also has door prizes, raffles and silent auctions. Tickets cost $45 per person (includes Kiwanis breakfast the following morning). Call 607/498-4139 to reserve your ticket.

Music series presents violin and piano duo

BETHEL, NY — “Sundays With Friends” begins with a performance by Jennifer Koh on violin and Benjamin Hochman on piano on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Admission includes post-concert “Meet the Musicians.”

Sundays with Friends, the Bethel Woods Chamber Music Series, is spearheaded by Zarin Mehta. It features five recital and small ensemble performances presented by curator Eileen Moon, associate principal cello of the New York Philharmonic.

Tickets cost $42.50 in advance; $15 for students. Visit www.bethelwoodscenter.org.

LibertoTrio at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m., The Cooperage Project will present an evening of jazz with the LibertoTrio at The Cooperage. This quartet features Ralph Liberto on saxophone, Steve Faubel on piano, Bob Wilson on bass and Steve Kurilla on drums.

Bringing together the collective musical experiences of its members, the group creates a sound rooted in the jazz tradition while branching out and exploring new, uncharted territories. It draws inspiration from jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, A.C. Jobim, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk.  Read more

Coryell plays the Cat

BETHEL, NY — Murali Coryell (www.muralicoryell.com), son of the legendary fusion guitarist Larry Coryell, will perform solo at the Dancing Cat Saloon (www.dancingcatsaloon.com) on Saturday, April 6 starting at 7 p.m.  Read more

You’ve come a long way, baby

Preconceived notions are a funny thing—rarely true and often misleading. So, I was not prepared for the reality of how beauty pageants have actually changed over the years. Since Easter and Passover were taking center stage, my schedule was not as full as usual, so I took advantage of the opportunity to immerse myself in the Sullivan County Pageant held in Callicoon, NY (www.villaroma.com) last weekend.  Read more

‘Iron Maidens’ come to Honesdale

STARLIGHT, PA — Linda Lovstad and her French horn have traveled the world together, performing in symphony and opera orchestras, bands, wind and brass quartets and even Broadway pit ensembles. Now, as one of the “Iron Maidens,” the female French horn players of Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra (NTSO), she will perform this Saturday, April 6 at the Honesdale High School auditorium, not so far from her weekend and future retirement home in Starlight in northern Wayne County.  Read more

High school student art at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) and Sullivan County BOCES will host an opening reception for the annual CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show on Saturday, April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibition will run until Sunday, May 5 at the CAS Arts Center.  Read more

A new muse

Medical terminology is my new muse. It’s almost poetic. “Mass, mobile and firm” was the caption on one of the snapshots my doctor handed me of my recent endoscopy, while I was still woozy from the Propofol (reportedly Michael Jackson’s drug of choice).  Read more

Landscape legacy

Across America, growing numbers of people are becoming aware of the costs and impacts associated with meeting our country’s energy needs through continuing dependence on fossil fuels. In Pennsylvania, we need look no farther than the anthracite coal region of Northeast Pennsylvania to see evidence of the lasting legacy of coal extraction.  Read more

‘I shot an arrow into the air….’

The unexpected results of writing this column continue to surprise me. People sometimes approach me at the Callicoon Farmers’ Market to praise or reproach me for words I have written. Sometimes the phone will suddenly ring. Once, it was a lady who said she had been a long time friend of John McDonald, the author of the book “Quill Gordon.” She wanted to thank me about something I had written regarding McDonald. I just never know what reaction a given column will produce.  Read more

Seeking Sustainability

It’s a wonderful privilege to be invited to take up the mantle of the inimitable Marcia Nehemiah and to write about sustainability for the readers of The River Reporter. I hope to bring you useful information and to inspire you with the positive, practical and visionary work being done in Sullivan County and around the world as we address the intertwined challenges of climate change, environmental responsibility and sustainable economic development.  Read more

Back on my feet

It’s early when I leave the house. The air is crisp and the sun is shining brightly. I hit the platform right as the subway roars into the station and it feels like it’s going to be a really good day. I stop off at my favorite coffee cart, and as I wait for my order I am struck by the fact that we are coming to the end of jacket weather. Central Park in the distance promises jacket-less lunches on the grass in the near future.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival seeks volunteers

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Festival has started its search for volunteers to help with the 14th annual film festival, which will be held on October 18 through 20 this year. Available volunteer positions include a fundraiser coordinator’s assistant, a grant writer, a film salon assistant and a programming assistant.  Read more