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September 26, 2016
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MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else…” So said Emily Dickinson, the eminent poet of microcosm and wonder.

I think of this as I sort through the laundry, sweep up...

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The past few weeks have been challenging, not only personally, but for many I have come into contact with as well. Even though I tend to think of myself as the guy who reports on the good times...

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In a week or two, huge numbers of broad-winged hawks will fill the skies in some areas like Hawk Mountain in PA or Sunrise Mountain in New Jersey. That will be near-peak migration time for them as...

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Well… I’m not at all sure that I “oughta be,” but as it happens, I am this week. Usually, I’m pretty busy on the other side of the camera, attempting to capture all that is happening throughout...

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Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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Delaware Valley students' photos featured

MILFORD, PA — The Highlands Photography Guild will host a photography exhibit titled “Through Their Eyes” by the students of Delaware Valley High School. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 224 Broad St., and students will be available to talk with visitors about their work. The exhibit will run through April 7. The exhibit will also feature work by members of the school’s Digital Photo Club. The Highlands Photographic Guild is open Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until 5 p.m. on Sunday).  Read more

Free musical performance for senior citizens

PORT JERVIS, NY — Senior citizens in the Port Jervis School District are invited to a special free performance of musical selections from the comedy “The Little Shop of Horrors” on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Port Jervis High School. Afterwards, tea will be served to the audience and cast members. The refreshments will be made by culinary students in the Family and Consumer Sciences program. The performance is free.  Read more

Peter Pan flies into Sullivan West

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Sullivan West Musical Production Club will present the musical classic “Peter Pan” on Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10 at the Sullivan West High School Auditorium.

The production stars Madison Breslin in the title role. Alongside Breslin are Josiah Bailey as Mr. Darling and Captain Hook, Melissa Goggin as Liza and Tiger Lily, Dana Borowski as Wendy and Leif Johansen as Smee.  Read more

‘Salon Series’ features Ken and Julie

NARROWSBURG, NY — Ken DeAngelis and Julie Ziavras will be the featured performers on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. for the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance “Salon Series” at the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St..

The acoustic duo will present a program of well-known and original folk music (www.KenandJulie.com). Proceeds from the concert will benefit Delaware Valley Opera, a Sullivan-County-based opera company with whom Julie has sung many leading roles. Admission costs $10. Call 845/252-7576.

Marc Von Em at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Marc Von Em will play at the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. Harmony Presents this guitarist in its new home—the newly renovated Boiler Room.

Von Em has toured with Matchbox 20 and has been on television programs such as “The Today Show” and “The Tonight Show.” Von Em recently released the album “Crash Boom Pow” of 10 original songs.  Read more

High school artists to exhibit works

MILFORD, PA — The third annual juried exhibit of fine arts and crafts created by the art students of Delaware Valley High School will be shown this month at the ARTery Gallery, 210 Broad St. in the Forest Hall Building. The opening reception of “A Fresh Perspective 2013” will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Oscar-nominated short at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — On Saturday, March 9, SullivanArc presents a free screening of the documentary film “The Collector of Bedford Street,” followed by a question and answer session with director Alice Elliott. The screening starts at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), Krause Recital Hall, 37 Main St.  Read more

Antiques appraised at Crawford Library

MONTIECELLO, NY — Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will sponsor an antiques appraisal event at the library at 393 Broadway on Sunday, March 10 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. You must arrive before 3 p.m. and there is a three-item limit per person. Admission is free. The cost per item appraised is $5.

Jenack Appraisals of Chester will offer their estimates for the value of your treasures. Call 845/794-4660 ext. 6.

‘My Father Was a Logger’ to be shown

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society will present a work-in-progress screening of “My Father Was a Logger” by Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Alice Elliott at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

This video, drawn from 16-mm black-and-white footage of logging in the 1920s or 1930s depicting the labor of horses and raw manpower in an age on the cusp of industrialization, was rescued from a flooded basement in 2005.  Read more

No strings attached

I would not describe myself as someone who’s afraid of commitment. In fact, there are times when I overextend and then find myself flailing about as I seek to honor the many promises I’ve made while my life unravels, creating loose ends that eventually need to be tied up, lest knots occur. Seeking to avoid such chaos in the weeks and months to come, there’s no time like the present to take stock as we prepare to change the clocks and spring forward into a season of warmer temps and the many events happening throughout the Upper Delaware Valley.  Read more

FurrBall a roaring success

HAWLEY, PA — It’s been a banner year so far for the Dessin Animal Shelter as it celebrates its 45th anniversary and fifth FurrBall. This annual fundraising event, held on Saturday at the Inn at Woodloch Pines, was attended by 262 supporters—the biggest turnout ever according to organizers.

“We’ve had more sponsors than we’ve ever had in the past,” said Dessin’s executive director Dara Coslett Granza. In all, 45 raffle baskets were donated by 135 contributors, plus approximately $6,000 worth of items, including a kayak and diamond pendent that were given for the a auction.  Read more

Diary of a patient—Part one

I sleep well, generally. So when a pain in my gut woke me mid-REM on a recent Saturday, I knew something was wrong. “Where is the appendix?” was my first thought. But no, this pain—a burning acute bullseye of pain—was on the other side. When I touched the spot, it burned like the proverbial poker.  Read more

Nest watching time returns

With mating season underway for Pennsylvania’s peregrine falcon population, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched its popular annual webcast.

This year’s events will be captured by new high-definition cameras that will stream the footage live on the Internet. The new cameras are expected to create crisper, more detailed images than in the past.  Read more

Two flies

Some fly fishers have come into possession of a particular fly pattern via an unexpected opportunity. They value that fly above all others. In fact, Barbara Ann has two such flies. However, her flies have never been tied onto a tippet, nor have they ever floated cockily on any currents tempting trout.  Read more

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.