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BETHEL, NY — Sometimes we may forget that Sullivan County is a diverse county. It’s so easy to stay in your town, your community, your corner of the county, and not break barriers and venture out. However, that’s not to say that such barrier-breaking is impossible. Proof of that was visible at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, when the most diverse crowd in Sullivan County came together as part of Dialogue2Change, an initiative of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission and Everyday Democracy.

In recent River Talk columns, we’ve been sharing images of species identified during the third Upper Delaware BioBlitz held at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY. The photos...

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Q&A

In which I give myself a softball interview…

Q: So, Skip, how was that “CommonBound” conference (www.commonbound....

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My son, Sam, graduated from high school in June—ending his last, restless weeks of 12th grade and beginning his final summer vacation—that nebulous time between high school graduation and the...

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“The man who only lives for making money, lives a life that isn’t necessarily sunny,” wrote Ira Gershwin back in the day. “Likewise the man who works for fame—there’s no guarantee that time won’t...

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So far this year fish reports are mixed. What a surprise! We have received reports that the fishing has been great and reports that it has been the worst year yet. Maybe it is a little of both.

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On July 12, during its quarterly business meeting, the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted to delist the timber rattlesnake from candidate status. With this vote, this species is no longer a...

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Narrowsburg tree lighting

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg will light its community Christmas tree on Saturday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the overlook deck on Main Street. Carols will be sung, led by Stuart Hirsch, and a number of shops will hold open house and offer discounts. The public is invited to walk up to Bridge Street to meet Santa’s sleigh.

Holiday gift market slated for Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg’s first annual Indie Holiday Market will be held every Saturday and Sunday from now through December 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Dock. (Directions: At the bridge, follow the gravel road toward the gazebo, keep following road under the bridge and keep going.) Featured gift items include art, furniture, fashion, knits, jewelry, folk art, holiday cards, local pancake mix and honey.

Christmas story time

MILFORD, PA — The Ann Street School will host “Story Time with Mrs. Claus” on Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 12noon. Children are invited to hear a special story from Mrs. Claus, make a holiday craft, eat some yummy treats and have a photo taken with Mrs. Claus. The cost is $5 per child, with an additional fee of $3 for a photo.

The Ann Street School is located in the Milford United Methodist Church, 206 East Ann St. Call 570/296-6124.

‘Giving Tree’ provides Christmas gifts for children

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Giving Tree project, a traditional Christmas effort of the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Auxiliary for over 20 years, is now underway at Peck’s Market, Kirk Road, where a tree bearing tags that list the age and gender of a child in the area may be found. Donors are asked to chose a tag and leave it with an unwrapped gift (maximum cost $10) at Peck’s before December 15. Volunteers will sort, wrap and arrange pickup of the gifts by Christmas to make the holidays happier for these children.  Read more

A perfect place to play; Church and scouts gift New Hope Manor with new playground

By SANDY LONG

BARRYVILLE, NY — Sometimes the perfect partnerships come together like pieces of a puzzle falling neatly into place, solving a problem while uniting people in a common goal.

That’s just what happened at New Hope Manor (NHM), an all-female residential substance abuse treatment community in Barryville that is one of very few such facilities that also accommodate residents’ infants and young children, allowing mother and child to remain together.  Read more

Sandy’s Legacy

We will always remember Hurricane Sandy. Not for the mighty wrath of her destruction, but for the odd serendipity of her timing.  Read more

November nuances

As colder weather arrives, geese can be heard overhead on their southward flight and deer are in the midst of the fall rut. This is usually the month when the snow starts to fly and the ground turns from brown to white. Migratory species such as bufflehead and green-winged teal can be spotted on waterways through the fall season.  Read more

Shop local at the Holiday Market at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will hold its annual Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Event Gallery. The market will feature regional artisan craft and specialty food vendors, music, children’s arts and crafts and more activities, including photos with Santa.

The Museum and The Muse Café will also be open. Shoppers are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the annual holiday toy drive Sullivan County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

Visit BethelWoodsCenter.org or call 866/781-2922.

‘The Santaland Diaries’ performed for the holidays

MILFORD, PA — Tri-State Actors Theater and The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) announce two performances of David Sedaris’ tale “The Santaland Diaries,” to be held on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in the Foundation Room of the PCHS, 608 Harford St. The play is based on the author’s outlandish real-life experiences as a Macy’s Christmas elf. The play contains mature language and themes. Seating at the PCHS is limited.  Read more

‘Holiday Trains on Main’ displays

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Handmade model trains will be on display at the CAS Arts Center and Morgan Outdoors beginning Saturday, December 1. The CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. will hold a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. to introduce “Holiday Trains on Main,” complete with festive music and visits with Santa.

Wilkes and Bernard Photography will be at CAS to take instant portraits with Santa from 2 to 5 p.m. Professional photographs will be taken and prints made on the spot for $10. Proceeds will benefit CAS.  Read more

‘Christmas Olde & New’ at the Milford Theater

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society will perform a Christmas concert entitled “Christmas Olde & New” on December 2 at the Milford Theater. Returning guest artist, Diane Michaels (harp), will perform with the society in Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” in its original form, featuring member solo artists Adista Wightman and Susan Rustin. A collection of old and new carols will also be performed, featuring an instrumental surprise or two along the way.  Read more

Concert to benefit local food pantry

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Choral Society will hold its 11th annual holiday concert to benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry on Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the historic sanctuary of Good Shepherd Church on the corner of 5th and Catharine streets.  Read more

Local Boys to host Holiday Lighting Fund Benefit

HONESDALE, PA — The Local Boys will perform on Saturday, December 1, at Grace Episcopal Parish Hall at 7 p.m.

A free-will donation is requested at the door. George Schmitt of Classic Hits 105.3 will MC an evening filled with music, a tricky tray with lots of items and a 50/50 raffle. There will be refreshments available for purchase, thanks to the members of the church.  Read more

21st annual Highlights Holiday Open House

HONESDALE, PA — The Highlights Holiday Open House will be held on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Highlights editorial offices at 803 Church St.

The event features activities, treats, entertainment, an art show and the craft room where kids can create whatever they want with craft supplies.

The entertainment includes music, storytelling, puppetry, sing-alongs and more. There will be face painting and balloon animals. Children may choose a surprise from the giant grab bag under the Christmas tree, and everyone can register for a free drawing to win special gifts.

Helena Clare Pittman to read from her new book

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Author and artist Helena Clare Pittman will read from her new book at Domesticities on Saturday, December 1 at 2 p.m. “Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn” is based on Pittman’s root memories of childhood. The story is told from Ruthie’s point of view.  Read more

There’s an app for that!

At the risk of sounding like a spokesperson for product placement, I love my iPad. The last week has been beyond delightful on so many levels, including (but not limited to) my ongoing love affair with technology. To be honest, I did not feel that I could live in the country full time until the Internet was available in the Upper Delaware Valley. Although slow to start, it is now in full swing. Being able to live in this environment and take advantage of all that the lifestyle has to offer, while being connected to the World Wide Web, is ideal.  Read more

‘The true Santa Claus’: A once-in-a-lifetime Christmas gift from Mr. Claus

‘Tis the season of giving. While many are happy to receive material gifts, there are some gifts that have no price value. They are the gifts of life, and they are priceless.  Read more

New PA reg requires life jackets

Fall and winter water recreationists should be aware of a new regulation that applies to all Pennsylvania waters. Passed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) in September 2011, the regulation went into effect on November 1, 2012 and continues through April 30, 2013. It requires boaters to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.  Read more

Time flies when you are having fun

Some random thoughts from a fellow who, on November 10, was married to his petite fishing partner for 65 years. Whew!  Read more

Beijing

The first night Emily and I spend in Beijing, we sit in a restaurant with a group of friends; a bottle of Jameson and a boom box rest on the table. The Jameson was bought at the airport and the boom box is blaring rap music. Surprisingly, no one at the restaurant says a word. Welcome to Beijing.

“There aren’t any rules here,” Greg, the groom of the wedding we are here attending, explains. “Don’t just look both ways when you cross the street, look all ways,” he pauses. “Traffic laws aren’t really enforced.”

We cross the streets with extreme caution.  Read more