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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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Taste of the Tri-States dinner and music

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis High School Drama Club will host an evening of food and entertainment at the third annual Taste of the Tri-States on Friday, February 1 at 6 p.m. in the Port Jervis High School gymnasium. Some of the area’s eateries will prepare specialty dishes for the event, and entertainment will be provided by the high-powered Irish rock band, EMISH.

Proceeds will be used to cover costs for the high school’s spring production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” to be presented March 15 through 17.  Read more

NACL Theatre beats fundraising goal

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre has exceeded its recent fundraising goal of $12,000, receiving $22,290 in donations from 241 people during a 30-day online Kickstarter campaign. The funds will enable the ensemble theatre company to finish its new work, “struck.” Funding was enhanced by a local sponsorship from Catskill Farms in Eldred.

In this play, a woman who suffers a stroke experiences (along with the audience) a surreal journey as her body, mind and soul dangle, sing, skate and dance between life and death.  Read more

Musicians gather for Great Sullivan County Foodraiser

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Stacy & Friends and Community Unity will hold the fifth annual Great Sullivan County Foodraiser, a musical benefit for county food pantries, on Saturday, February 2. From blues to jazz to country, the music starts at 6 p.m. and continues into the night at three venues: the Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distillery in Bethel, Dutch’s Tavern in Rock Hill and Mr. Willy’s in Monticello. A Yellow Cab shuttle will be available for transportation among the venues.  Read more

Honesdale shelter beckons the homeless

HONESDALE, PA — As cold as it was last week (on several nights the temperature fell to minus numbers), Rev. Edward Erb of Grace Episcopal Church worries about the homeless people he knows who spend their days—and sometimes nights—living on the streets and in the public places of Honesdale, or surviving by depending on the kindness of strangers.  Read more

January 31, 2013

Hello, hope all is well with everyone. My mother is holding her own and doing better. She cracks me up with her schedule—seeing a home care nurse, physical therapist and social worker. She has a person coming in every day, which is good because she gets up and gets dressed. No lying around and being tired all day.

She has not been out except to the doctors. Hopefully when the weather gets warmer, she will get out and about. Thanks for all the well wishes; they keep her going and the prayers always work and are welcomed.  Read more

January 25, 2013

Just got back from my visit down in Queens with my mother; she is doing much better.

My sister, with whom my mother lives in the winter, is really not a cook, so when I go down I try to make everyone’s favorite. My niece wanted pasta fagioli, my nephew wanted homemade chicken soup and my sister wanted pulled pork. My mother got hers when my cousin stopped by with a box of Reinwald’s Bakery crumb cake and rice pudding. Do you see where my bad eating habits come from?  Read more

2013 bald eagle mid-winter survey

Around the 10th of January, a number of people throughout the country brave the cold and go out in the field to count eagles. The counting can be done from a fixed location, or by traveling a route by car, aircraft, or even by boat in ice-free areas. The counts are collected by state or federal agencies and the results are compared with previous years.  Read more

First Trout

In the year 1936, my parents built a small bungalow in what was then rural Putnam County, NY. It was mostly used as a weekend retreat. Once bass season opened, my father would often go off fishing early every Saturday morning. How I wished to be taken along. I was always told that I was too young. Of course, when something is denied, it becomes even more desired. When I was 11, my father gave me an old bamboo rod, equipped with a Shakespeare “Wonder Reel.” He suggested I use this rod to fish for trout in the Peekskill Hollow Brook. Yippee!  Read more

Les Miserables at the Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Theater will share a percentage of its profits and $1 per person from ticket sales to benefit the programs and services of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance during the showing of Golden Globe best picture “Les Miserables” starting Friday, January 25.

The film, which is rated PG-13, will run through Thursday, January 31 with screenings at 7:30 p.m., and matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission costs $9.50; $8 on Mondays and for matinees; and $7 for children under 12.  Read more

Bridal show slated for Woodloch resort

HAWLEY, PA — The Inn at Woodloch will host its first ever bridal show featuring many wedding vendors and professionals from the region on Sunday, January 27 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Vendors include bridal shops, salons, photographers, bakeries, DJs and more. In addition to meeting vendors and learning about wedding planning, prospective brides will be able to sample foods, enjoy a free glass of champagne and hear the musical entertainment of a live band. Cost of admission is $8. The Inn at Woodloch is located at 731 Welcome Lake Road.

Book swap at Belle Reve Senior Living

MILFORD, PA — Belle Reve Senior Living will hold a book swap on Saturday, January 26 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Books ranging from children’s to adult will be available. Due to an overwhelming response, additional books are no longer being accepted for this swap. However, there are plenty of books to take home and enjoy.
Leftover books will be donated to Boy Scout Troop 77 for their annual yard sale.
For more information, visit www.bellerevesl.com or call 570/409-9191.

Stamp collectors to hold auction

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Philatelic Society will hold a 20-lot auction at its February 3 meeting at 1 p.m. at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 2 Jefferson St. Several appraisers also will be on hand for collectors who want an estimate of what their stamps are worth. There will also be a regular trading session, door prizes and giveaways. Contact Art Rosenzweig at 845/794-2586.

RiverFolk Concerts presents acoustic bluegrass band

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts presents Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen on Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m. at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. This group plays a wide variety of new acoustic American roots music, focusing on bluegrass and acoustic country with influences of blues, folk, swing and jazz.  Read more

Promises, promises

Am I the only one who misses the old days? It’s no secret that I’m a fan of all things technological, yet (considering the last few days) I now see that my dependence on an electronic connection to the world-at-large has rendered me all but helpless when unforeseen events cause it to crash. I thought I had grasped this during Hurricane Sandy, but that disaster affected millions and I took some small comfort knowing that I was not alone.  Read more

Change-up at Weekend of Chamber Music; Founder passes the baton

BETHEL, NY — Performer that she is, Judith Pearce started this press conference with a touch of theater. She leaned on the long, gleaming bar now located in the Catskill Distillery tucked behind the Dancing Cat Saloon. In 1994, she said, when she founded Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM), the bar was located in a hotel in Jeffersonville, and she sat around the bar with members of the Lions Club, thinking, “I have never sat in a bar with only men.” It was worth it; she left with a check for $100.  Read more

We’re all in this. Together.

When I think back over the 35 years that I have been working at The River Reporter, what strikes me most profoundly is the multitude of lives that this relatively small newspaper has touched. From its staff and contributors to its readers and advertisers, we have traveled a journey that started in 1975, when a group of Narrowsburg residents including Dorothy Lehr, John Pavese, Beth Peck and Bob Rasmussen joined with Tom DeGaetani and Elaine Giguere to found this publication after the loss of the Delaware Valley News.  Read more

Winter shelters

When the winds howl and sleet sheets across the landscape, our fellow feathered residents adapt to challenging conditions in a variety of ways.

Some of the most visible can be observed by paying attention to the trees we see, inspecting their trunks for openings and peering up at their tops for collections of leaves, branches or twigs.

Cavity nesters, such as red-bellied woodpeckers and yellow-bellied sapsuckers, excavate holes in trees, thereby providing shelter and nest sites.  Read more

Winter music festival of bluegrass and folk

STROUDSBURG, PA — The Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society presents its 13th annual Winterfest on January 25, 26 and 27, a weekend of acoustic music and fun, featuring bands at many sites in the Stroudsburg community. Musicians are encouraged to bring their banjos, guitars, fiddles and all sorts of acoustic instruments, as jamming is encouraged at most of the activities.  Read more

Crone talk: an afternoon with author Marcia Nehemiah

HONESDALE, PA — A winter afternoon reading by local author Marcia Nehemiah will be hosted by the Sanctuary of Oils, 61 Commercial St. (The Holmes Building) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 26 with a snow date of Sunday, January 27. Nehemiah’s book, entitled “Crone Age,” is a compilation of eight profiles of octogenarian women. It offers an examination of what it means to lead an inspired life as an older woman. Discussion will follow the reading.

RSVP is required. The event is free, but contributions for the Sanctuary are welcome. Contact mayasblends@gmail.com, or 570/468-7350.

‘Be Mine Forever’: An exhibition about love at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Be Mine Forever,” the fifth in a series of five exhibitions featuring photographs and poetry celebrating love, opens on Saturday, January 26 with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at Alliance Gallery, 37 Main St.

The “Be Mine” series marries these two art forms to express the stages of romance, heartbreak, matrimony and lasting love. The poetry will be transformed and displayed as a “poem object,” a physical rendition of the poem’s central image or images.  Read more