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REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

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When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

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Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

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Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

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In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

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“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

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American Girl’s Tea Party

HONESDALE, PA — The annual American Girl’s Tea Party will be held on Saturday, March 23 at the Wayne County Public Library. Girls ages six to 12 will mark Women’s History Month and will hear about strong, smart girls from America’s past who served as models of American Girl dolls.

The date also features a “proper tea” with refreshments from various times in history. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call 570/253-1220 or email

Salon Series to feature Leslie Pintchik Jazz Trio

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Leslie Pintchik Jazz Trio will be the featured performers on Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance “Salon Series.” Pintchik will be joined by bassist Scott Hardy and drummer Michael Sarin.

Recently, the trio has been playing primarily in New York City at jazz venues. Pintchik’s latest CD, “We’re Here To Listen,” was reviewed by Jazziz Magazine’s Ross Boissoneau, who called it “an outstanding example of the [piano-trio genre].... Pintchik and her outstanding band take listeners on a lovely excursion.”  Read more

That’s entertainment!

Oh, my aching feet! If ever I wondered whether I had missed my calling to work in food service, the answer is now crystal clear. A few months ago, I accepted an invitation to represent The River Reporter and take part in the 5th annual Sullivan County Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Dinner ( held this past weekend in Callicoon, NY (  Read more

Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner breaks all records

CALLICOON, NY — Forty local celebrities put on a really big show last Friday at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center, waiting on tables and providing entertainment to more than 350 paying guests at the annual Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sullivan County. This year’s theme was “Music from Your Youth.”  Read more

March 6, 2013

You never know what life is going to throw at you. On Sunday, January 24 my mother was having the time of her life at a cousin’s party, dancing and singing Irish songs. On Sunday, March 3 she was in the hospital fighting for her life. She is as yellow as a banana, and has a blockade in her bile duck, congestive heart failure and a urinary tract infection along with a blood infection.  Read more

A trio of rehabbed raptors released

With spring around the corner, migrant birds of all types are preparing to make their move north. Eagles that are over-wintering in our area are returning to their Canadian breeding grounds, and the first returning turkey vultures should be arriving in our region right around the start of March. A few raptors suffered various mishaps during fall and winter, however, and they spent the winter healing up at the avian equivalent of a hospital.  Read more

Wurtsboro artists to exhibit

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will present an art exhibit with the theme “Light/Dark” from March 9 to 30 featuring the work of WAA members. There will be an opening reception, free and open to the public, on Saturday, March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Featured artists include Nelson Pantoja, Roberta Rosenthal, Janet Campbell, Michael Piotrowski, Sandy Spitzer, Cynthia Hall, David Munford, Gene Weinstein and others.  Read more

Tour offered by maple syrup producer

STERLING, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Pike-Monroe Woodland Owners Group and visit Journey’s End Farm on March 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Journey’s End is a local working farm with an operational sugarbush. Learn about the sugaring operation, the farm and the protection of the land. Light refreshments available. Participants are asked to be prepared for walking through muddy conditions. This event is free and open to the public, but prior registration is required. Call 570/226-3164 or 845/583-1010 or visit

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 ( 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