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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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Birds behind our building

The River Reporter is fortunate to be housed in a building overlooking Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg, NY. This small body of water provides excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife, many of which we have the pleasure of observing while they live their lives as our closest neighbors.

Because the building’s owners allow the banks of the lake to remain wild, they are lush with natural growth and provide abundant resources for birds, insects and amphibians.  Read more

How long is long?

Last column I mentioned I was experimenting with one of the ideas put forth by Rene Harrop in his book, “Learning from the Water.” This is a book to read and then reread. A number of Mr. Harrop’s observations will cause the reader to stop and think. One such instance is his chapter on leaders. I usually tie my leaders to be nine or 10 feet in length. Both Bonnie and Rene Harrop use leaders from 14 to 18 feet in length. He suggests that at first you try a leader 14 feet in length.  Read more

Meet Joe Schweik

Ah, Labor Day. A day for barbeques and beach trips, one last huzzah for the carefree times of summer before settling back into the dull routines of school, leaf-raking and, oh yes, work.  Read more

Still in the dark

Last month’s column stimulated many comments from readers, for which I am grateful. I’d like to add additional insights I gained while researching compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) and raise the question: “Why are CFLs touted as being better for the environment?” Promotion of CFLs elevates energy efficiency above environmental hazard.  Read more

The sick day debate

“I’m not getting sick,” my brain said last night when I got home. “No way, it’s not happening. I have too much stuff to do tomorrow; honestly, I just don’t have the time.”

My body wasn’t so sure. “The thing is there’s this tickle...”

“A tickle?” my brain interrupted.

“Yes, a tickle. It’s right there in the back of our throat. It’s the kind of tickle that just might turn itself into a little problem. Tomorrow, it could be a sore throat, then a cough, then who knows. I’ve seen this type of thing before.”  Read more

Bald is beautiful?

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m a teeny bit vain. I do look in a mirror once in a while and practice good hygiene on a daily basis. While I used to be a bit of a clothes horse, that particular aspect of life has changed a bit since my not-so-recent move to the Catskills. While I still enjoy getting gussied up for a special occasion, the relaxed atmosphere of life in the Upper Delaware Valley has allowed me the freedom to dress down far more often and become aware that it’s possible that it might be more character, than clothes, that make the man.  Read more

Dixon, Ring of Fire in a tribute to Carter and Cash

MILFORD, PA — A tribute to two of pop-culture’s icons, June Carter and Johnny Cash, will be paid on Saturday, September 22 at the Milford Theater. Starting at 8 p.m., Terri Dixon will perform some of June Carter’s most notable hits, while Michael Patrick’s Ring of Fire Band will present some of the greatest songs of “The Man in Black,” Johnny Cash.  Read more

Diversity at Harvest Festival

BETHEL, NY — The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods on Sunday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be the World Celebration Festival, recognizing the cultural diversity of the local region. The event will feature traditional dance and music on stage, including a Latin dance workshop with Anita Maria at 12 and 2:30 p.m. and a drumming workshop with Kofi at 1:30 p.m. There will also be on-stage performances by Kofi and Sanfuka Drum and Dance Ensemble, Szelrozsa, and the Delaware Valley Opera. Visit Bethel WoodsCenter.org or call 866/781-2922

Poets wanted for poetry festival

LIBERTY, NY — Poets are requested to submit original poetry for inclusion in the fourth annual Local Poetry Festival to be presented at the Liberty Museum and Arts Center on Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m. Walter Keller, the Poet Laureate of the Village of Liberty, the only such poet in the U.S., will be selecting the poets who will read their work at the festival.  Read more

Writing inspired by censored books

REGION — In celebration of 2012’s National Banned Books Week, September 20 to October 6, Western Sullivan Public Library will publish a journal of local writing inspired by our favorite banned and challenged books.  Read more

Ducks, tractors and more at Jeff Fest

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY – Jeff Fest will be held on Saturday, September 15. Festivities begin with a pancake breakfast at the Presbyterian Church from 7 a.m. to 12 noon. Among the other events during the festival will be a tractor parade at 11 a.m., followed by the ever-popular duck race at 1 p.m., sponsored by Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan (JEMS), a Sullivan Renaissance volunteer group. A total of 1,329 yellow, blue and pink ducks will be swimming from the Millpond to the Schadt Memorial Bridge with Jr. JEMS acting as duck herders, following them to the finish line.  Read more

West Branch Angler Hosts ‘Fall Fest’

HANCOCK, NY — There will be a fly-fishing expo and gear sale at the West Branch Angler “Fall Fest,” on Saturday, September 15. Highlighted events include Learn to Spey Cast for Free, Stream Monitor Workshop, tube fly demo, fall gear sale and BBQ. Visit www.westbranchresort.com or call 607/467-5525.

CCE Outdoor Club hike

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Join Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County on Tuesday, September 18 at 5 p.m. for the first official activity of the CCE Outdoor Club.

Lisa Lyons of the Morgan Outdoors store and a volunteer of the CCE Outdoor Club will help to lead this hike with some exciting educational opportunities appropriate for an intergenerational audience.  Read more

Local filmmaker produces 9/11 documentary

SOMERSET, PA — Eleven years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, a local filmmaker has joined the production team of a documentary that uncovers a story from that day that most people don’t know.

Ryan Balton, who grew up in Dingman Township and graduated from Delaware Valley in 2007, is supervising the post-production of “We Were Quiet Once,” a feature-length documentary film that tells the story of people on the ground in Somerset County who witnessed the tragic crash of United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.  Read more

Raptor migration field trip

SPARTA, NJ — The Northeast PA Audubon Society will sponsor a raptor migration watch at Sunrise Mountain on Saturday, September 15.

Every year, hundreds of broad-wing hawks begin their journey south to Central and South America. The timing of this migration is critical for the many juvenile birds that were just fledglings less then a month before, and who haven’t been engaged in sustained daily flight for more then 20 or 30 minutes since fledging.  Read more

Milford walking tour shares Pinchot family history

MILFORD PA — A walking tour of downtown Milford that illustrates the many contributions to the community made by the prominent Pinchot family since the 1800s is planned for Sunday, September 23, at 1:30 p.m.

The tour will illustrate how one family influenced the beginnings of the community. Participants should meet on the lawn of the Pike County Library at the intersection of Broad and Harford streets, rain or shine.  Read more

Locavore Challenge event:‘Town that Food Saved’ discussion

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be a Locavore Challenge event at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St., on Wednesday, September 19 at 6 p.m. It will be the first in a two-part series discussing “The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food,” by Ben Hewitt (Rodale Press, 2009). The gathering will celebrate food and introduce the book, which is an inquisitive peek behind the curtain of a town dubbed “the Silicon Valley of local food,” Hartwick, VT (population 3,200). Participants are invited to bring a dish made with local ingredients to share.  Read more

Film buffs flock to Big Eddy Film Festival

This week marks the debut of an exciting new venture for Narrowsburg, which has become a destination for enthusiasts of many art forms. Visitors come from far and wide to experience fine dining, great shopping, RiverFest, art galleries and the beautiful views of our magnificent eagles soaring above the majestic Delaware River. Like the river itself, the town is always changing, ever growing and redefining it’s place in the Upper Delaware valley, and with that in mind, the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA, www.alliancesite.org) has risen to the occasion and created the Big Eddy Film Festival (www.bigeddyfilm.com).  Read more

Bats in the belfry (or in the house)

A bat, the only mammal capable of sustained flight, invokes many things to many people. Many fictional books and movies have maligned bats as evil creatures to be feared, and many of us have an underlying fear of bats when we encounter them. The truth is that the only thing that needs to fear a bat in our region is a mosquito: a bat can eat up to 50% of its body weight in mosquitoes and other flying insects per evening. It turns out that a bat is a highly beneficial critter that has picked up a bum rap.  Read more

The family that plays together...

My online dictionary defines “family” in a number of ways: “A group consisting of parents and children living together in a household,” “A group of people related to one another” and “People related to each other and so to be treated with a special loyalty or intimacy: I could not turn him away, for he is family.” Lest we forget, American journalist and author Edna Buchanan once declared that “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.”  Read more