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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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Studying American shad

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — A low fog settles over the Delaware River as dusk begins its descent on October 15. Humans clad in waders and sporting headlamps arrange equipment along the shoreline as others board a boat. A long heavy net stretches between them. As the light fades, the seining begins, with representatives of several agencies working to determine the current health of American shad populations in the non-tidal Delaware River.  Read more

Puffballs and jelly fungi

The fall forests are full of fanciful fungi right now. Two common but interesting mushrooms that are easily encountered in the Upper Delaware region are puffballs and jelly fungi.

Puffballs are part of a class of fungi known as Gasteromycetes (stomach fungi) that produce spores inside their fruit bodies. They are most often spherical or pear-shaped with rough outer walls and smooth inner walls that act as pouches for the powdery spore masses contained within.  Read more

But enough about me...

There are those who would argue that I never tire of my favorite subject: me. But after this last week, even I have had enough. It all began months ago, when I (foolishly?) agreed to make some public appearances around the Upper Delaware valley. Truth be told, these requests for my presence were, as always, actually invitations for Dharma the wonder dog to participate in local events.  Read more

Stolen

At the end of the meal, my phone is gone. I look around the table. I pat my pockets. Check my bag. No way! I hadn’t even gotten up from dinner and someone had swiped my phone from right under my nose. Everyone in the restaurant is sympathetic. My friends help me make one final search around the table. No luck.

It had all started with a bit of iPhone 5 envy. Emily got one the day they came out a few weeks ago and it was light and fast, sharp and cool. Unfortunately, I am not due for an upgrade for six months so I wasn’t getting a new iPhone without paying some crazy exorbitant fee.  Read more

85th annual Rotary Club dinner

HONESDALE, PA —The Honesdale Rotary’s annual International Flavors, a gourmet feast of local and international dishes prepared by area restaurants and Rotarians will be held at Honesdale High School on Saturday, November 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Local Boys will provide entertainment. Proceeds benefit Honesdale Rotary charities, including the international student exchange program.  Read more

Annual dinner for Cornell Extension

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County will hold its annual Chicken BBQ and Recognition Dinner on Friday, October 26 at the Jeffersonville Fire Hall at 6:30 p.m.

A band of local musicians, “Nothin’ New,” will play throughout the night.

Following dinner, an awards presentation honoring several of CCE’s supporters will be held. Raffles and a silent auction will be held with prizes awarded. The CCE 2013 fundraiser calendar will debut with its photo contest winners.  Read more

Annual conservation dinner celebrates “Silent Spring”

HAWLEY, PA — The Pike County Conservation District board will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” at their annual dinner on November 8 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Conference Center at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public.

Attendees will see a film about Rachel Carson’s life and listen to readings from “Silent Spring.”

Tickets cost $35 per person, payable to the Pike County Conservation District. RSVP before November 5 at 570/26-8220 or email cspizuoco@pikepa.org.

Used-clothing/jewelry sale at CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY —The Catskill Art Society (CAS) is hosting its second “Glitz & Glamour” used clothing and jewelry sale on Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CAS Arts Center. Prices begin as low as $1 with many items priced at $5 and $10. The sale also includes 14 vintage wedding gowns donated by Alice Lindholm of Right to the Moon Alice. All proceeds benefit CAS.  Read more

‘You Be the Judge’ program at Port Jervis library

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub at The Port Jervis Free Library will host Michael Worden for a new program called “You Be the Judge” on Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Worden has been investigating historical crimes to determine if the evidence supported the verdict, or if not, “who done it?” Worden, using his extensive investigative skills, will present his findings. Following each presentation of the evidence, the audience will be the judge.  Read more

Neversink Valley Museum breakfast and flea market

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Area Museum will hold its annual apple pancake and French toast breakfast on Sunday, October 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road. Breakfast is $6.50 for non-member adults, $5 for member adults, and $3 for children under 12. There will be a flea market under the pavilion.

“Doc” Frank Simpson, one of the museum’s founders, will be on hand with a cider press to demonstrate how to make apple cider.

Email nvam@frontiernet.net, or call 845/754-8870, or visit www.neversinkmuseum.org.

Sullivan West students raise funds for food pantry

NARROWSBURG, NY — Two Sullivan West students, Richard Lander and Drew Billard, are working with the local food pantry in Narrowsburg to provide food baskets for families in need this holiday season.

They are sponsoring an adult dance to be held on Saturday, November 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Tusten Town Hall. Dancin’ Dan will provide music. Desserts and coffee will be served, but all guests may bring any other beverages they like. A donation of $10 per person is requested.  Read more

Jazz concert for United Way of Sullivan County

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Donna Singer and The Doug Richards Trio will perform a benefit jazz concert for the United Way of Sullivan County at Nadia’s Hungarian Buffet, 222 Main St. on October 27 at 5:30 p.m. with a second performance at 8 p.m.

All funds raised will be used for programs and services that support health and wellness, children and youth, emergency care, adult achievement and the needs of the senior population. United Way of Sullivan County operates entirely on donations.  Read more

Historic view of Milford Columns owner

MILFORD, PA — Dallas Grove will present a talk about the life and times of Dennis McLaughlin in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum on Friday, November 2 at 7 p.m.

McLaughlin was the original inhabitant of what is now known as the Columns Museum. Built in 1904, the house was originally used as his summer home. McLaughlin was a prominent citizen of Hudson County NJ, and he dabbled in many pursuits. He was known as one of “the Big Four” because of his ownership in the Guttenberg Race Track, which was a place to bet on “the ponies” in the late 1800s.  Read more

Student productions of ‘WASP’ and ‘4.48 Psychosis’ at the Orange Hall Theatre

MIDDLETOWN, NY — SUNY Orange’s Apprentice Players will perform “WASP” and “4.48 Psychosis,” a pair of one-act plays, at the Orange Hall Theatre for the weekends of November 2-4 and 9-11 on the college’s Middletown campus.

Evening performances on Friday and Saturday are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.

“4.48 Psychosis,” written by Sarah Kane, is a darkly disturbing drama about depression and suicide. “WASP,” written by Steve Martin, is a one-act play depicting the traditional W.A.S.P. values of the 1950s in the U.S., the time period in which he grew up.  Read more

Acoustic performance by Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Now in its fourth year, the Woodsongs Coffeehouse will re-open on Saturday, November 3 at 6 p.m. for the first in a series of acoustic music concerts held at the Sullivan County Museum. The event is hosted by the Sullivan County Historical Society and produced by members of the Americana band Little Sparrow.  Read more

RiverFolk Concert: Joe Crookston and Amy Speace

HONESDALE, PA — The RiverFolk Concert series welcomes back Joe Crookston, a New York songwriter and Album of the Year winner, and Wildflower recording artist Amy Speace to The Cooperage on Sunday, November 4 at 4 p.m.

Light fare will be available from the Willow River Café. Suggested donation is $15 or pay what you can. BYOB. Visit www.riverfolkconcerts.vpweb.com or www.thecooperageproject.org. For reservations call 845/252-6783.

Cemetery tour at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — A walking tour of the Laurel Hill Cemetery will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Grey Towers National Historic Site.

Participants should meet in the visitor pavilion in the parking lot and wear comfortable shoes for the short hike to the cemetery. Regular tour fees ($6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 youth) will apply. Pre-registration is strongly recommended and space is limited. The program is appropriate for high school age and up.  Read more

Fall fair and costume contest

CALLICOON, NY —Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and the Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary are sponsoring a fall fair on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Callicoon Division on Rt. 97.  Read more

Church fair

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Drew United Methodist Church will hold a church fair on November 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor tables will have jewelry, handmade gifts, crocheted gifts, candles, napkins, greeting cards, homemade soup, Rada knives and Christmas decorations.

There will be a bake sale, a coffee break from 9 to 11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with sandwiches, hot dogs, soup and apple crisp.

Call 845/845-3423.

‘Extreme/Outside the Box’ new art exhibit

WURTSBORO, NY — An art exhibit titled “Extreme/Outside the Box” will be on display at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from October 27 through November 11. This exhibit is intended for mature audiences and viewer discretion is advised. An opening reception is planned for Saturday, October 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The gallery, located at 73 Sullivan St., is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Visit www.waagallery.org or e-mail info@waagallery.org.