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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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Food matters

Consumers and farmers share common ground  Read more

Victoria and the boa

The woman was strange looking, almost cartoonish. She stood a few feet in front of me with an oversized shopping cart, her daughter in a matching purple sweat suit by her side. The line to the register had been overwhelming at the Astor Place K-mart electronics department. It stretched 20 people long, the end reaching into the men’s underwear aisle.

In my hands was my single purchase, a 10-pack of DVD covers to package and send off my editing reel. The woman’s shopping cart was full.  Read more

Reading with author Nina Burleigh at the CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Nina Burleigh, a journalist and the author of five books including the bestseller “The Fatal Gift of Beauty,” will be at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, October 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. She will read from her upcoming e-book, tentatively titled, “Under the Black Blanket,” and will answer questions about her writing.

Burleigh also will talk about the six weeks she spent in the Middle East this year, working a short book about the status of women in the wake of the Arab Spring, and share her observations on women, religion and politics in this region.  Read more

Exhibit honors treasured local artist

MILFORD, PA — Now through October 8, the ARTery Gallery in Milford is featuring the works of its longtime member Harriet Cotterill and will hold a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, September 29 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Now age 94, Harriet Cotterill moved to Milford in the 1930s at age 15. Themes of community and strong family lie at the heart of many of her works. Over the years, she has worked in charcoal, pastels, oils, silk screening, etching, watercolors and block printing, returning in recent years to her love of charcoal and pastels.  Read more

Villa Roma haunted hotel

CALLICOON, NY — The Villa Roma Resort will be transformed into a haunted hotel Fridays and Saturdays starting September 28 and running until October 27. The haunted hotel is presented by Villa Roma and Imaginart Studios featuring work of the creators of Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion. Check in at the Lifeless Lobby, get a ghoulish welcome at the Deadly Front Desk, take a ride in the HELLavator, walk the haunted hallways, experience the guest crypts, enjoy a devilish cocktail at the World’s End Lounge or have a slimy snack in the Main Dying Room. Games, snacks and drinks will be available.  Read more

Tri-State Film Festival announces panels to “Illuminate & Inspire”

MATAMORAS, PA — The Tri-State Film Festival debuts at the Majestic Cinemas 7 on September 28 to 29. Friday and Saturday are packed with films, panels, special guests and events. The lineup of films and documentaries includes films new to the theaters as well as classic favorites. The festival provides an opportunity to learn more about a film, a movement, an issue or a way of life. Three panel discussions are scheduled to enhance the viewer’s experience of films and documentaries to be screened Saturday, September 29.  Read more

Plein air art show

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The 2012 Plein Air Art Show opens on Monday, October 1 at the Gallery at Chant Realtors in Lords Valley. Featured artists are those who participated in “Come Paint with Me,” a free program that encourages area artists of all levels of expertise to paint in the outdoors. This is the 15th year for the program. During this season’s 21 sessions, more than 50 artists participated, and this show is a celebration of the art they produced at many of the sites they visited this year.  Read more

4th annual poetry festival at the Liberty Museum

LIBERTY, NY — The 4th Annual Local Poetry Festival will be held Saturday, September 29, at 2 p.m., at the Liberty Museum and Arts Center. Hosted by Walter Keller, the poet laureate of the village of Liberty, the festival will feature a broad spectrum of local talent and poets from across the region. The poets will read their own poems and discuss their work with the public.

Poems of a variety of styles and genres will be presented, from the light and humorous to dark and melancholy as well as experimental verse sure to challenge the listener.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival coming to Milford

MILFORD, PA — Artful sculptures by local artists designed in the shape of a bear will grace the 13th annual Black Bear Film Festival in Milford from October 12 to 14. Among those on display will be “Bare Metallic,” created by Michael R. Contreras, owner and operator of MJM Painting and Authentic Restoration Company.

One of the many enhanced services MJM offers is creating metallic effects with paint, which in this case served as inspiration for Contreras’ bear. The artist can be reached by email at mjmpaintingllc@yahoo.com or by calling 973/714-8566.  Read more

Get lost in a four-acre corn maze at Cunningham Family Farms

BETHEL, NY — Sullivan County’s largest corn maze premiers this fall at Bethel’s Cunningham Family Farms, which is holding its grand opening Saturday, September 29 beginning at 11 a.m. Activities include a ride on the hay wagon, shooting a corn cannon or pumpkin sling, or you can wind your way through the hay bale maze and play games in the barn yard. Ornamental corn and fall decorations will be offered for sale in the farm’s market.  Read more

Book club with Ms. Betty

HONESDALE, PA — A new, after-school book club for 9 to 12 year olds will begin on October 2 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale. The first book selected is “The BFG” by Roald Dahl. Book club participants will read, chat, create some art, play some games and maybe make some “Frobscottle.” Only club members will learn what that secret word means.

For more information, call the library at 570/253-1220 or email children’s librarian Betty Lawson at blawson@waynelibraries.org.

Livingston Manor alive with birds of prey

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY —Livingston Manor’s first Birds of Prey Day will be held Saturday, September 29 at the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS). The event is hosted by falconer Peter Chiavaro, a resident of Livingston Manor. Dozens of bird of prey will be on hand, including falcons, hawks and owls.

The public is invited to get close to the birds throughout the day. An outdoor tent will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Demonstrations will be held in the LMCS gymnasium at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. A flying event will be held at 1 p.m.  Read more

Before the parade passes by

With the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah here already, once again I pause to reflect. The next 10 days, leading up to Yom Kippur, are important, not only to me, but to millions of Jews around the world. It seems like only yesterday that I wrote a bit about this subject, and my inner voice cried out with trite expressions. The mere fact that “time flies” and “waits for no man” are true, I suppose, and although I celebrate the New Year, I’m also taking stock of what has transpired over the last 12 months, some of which (like life itself) has been a bit icky.  Read more

Early hawk migration report

The lower sun angles and the cooler temperatures of September trigger some changes in nature; for some birds, this is the cue to start heading for warmer climes. Hummingbirds exit the region this month, as well as many other bird species. This is the start time for some raptor species as well. In the right locations, this is a good opportunity to see high numbers and a variety of raptors.  Read more

‘What is it? Wednesday’

School has begun and with it starts a whole new year of “What is it? Wednesdays” in my husband John’s 12th grade social studies classes at Sullivan West.

What is “What is it? Wednesday” you ask? Well, are you old enough to have used the gramophone, 45 records, eight-track tapes, the Walkman or only the Ipod?  Read more

‘What is it? Wednesday’

School has begun and with it starts a whole new year of “What is it? Wednesdays” in my husband John’s 12th grade social studies classes at Sullivan West.

What is “What is it? Wednesday” you ask? Well, are you old enough to have used the gramophone, 45 records, eight-track tapes, the Walkman or only the Ipod?  Read more

Celebrate Catskill Art Society’s 40th anniversary

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society (CAS) will host a party to celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary on Saturday, September 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the CAS Arts Center, located at 48 Main St.

Everyone is invited to enjoy a dinner catered by Flour Power Bakery and Café, wine from Eminence Road Farm Winery and Callicoon Wine Merchant and live music. Tours of CAS’s proposed second-floor theatre and performance space will also be provided.  Read more

‘Almost, Maine’ carries on a family tradition

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop’s (SCDW) next production, “Almost, Maine,” will be presented on Friday and Saturday, September 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. at the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Rte. 42. The comedy comprises a series of short plays about love and loss in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. The vignettes explore the sudden thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows. Directing are Ed Berens, Adam Dohrenwend, Ellen Pavloff, Jim Schmidt, Harold Tighe and Bunny Woloszczak.  Read more

Adventures on the high seas with WCAA

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema series will kick off the season with “White Squall” on Sunday, September 23 at 8:15 p.m. at Cinema 6 at the Route 6 Mall.

The movie is a high-seas drama starring Jeff Bridges and directed by Ridley Scott (“Blade Runner,” “Thelma and Louise”). Bridges plays Captain Christopher Sheldon, skipper of the Albatross, a floating school for troubled boys. When a freak storm hits, a routine voyage becomes a life-and-death test of survival for the students. “White Squall” combines coming-of-age stories with riveting visuals.  Read more

Returns are in: It’s a hit

Big Eddy Film Festival is ‘a winner’

By FRITZ MAYER

NARROWSBURG, NY — The first annual Big Eddy Film Festival, which was held in Narrowsburg on September 14 through 16, was successful enough that the organizers will probably bring it back next year. That’s according to Elaine Giguere executive director of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), which organized the festival with the newly-formed Catskill Film Commission.  Read more