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October 01, 2016
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HONESDALE, PA — As peak oil and global warming have increased the urgency of finding replacements for fossil fuels, the option of biomass is one that is frequently mentioned without ever seeming to gain much of a foothold, at least in this country. But there are some locals who have been developing some interesting techniques and ideas about one kind of biomass that could prove a boon to our own area: grass pellets that can be burned, like wood pellets, for heat.

Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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A few weeks ago during a marathon in Lehigh Valley, a freight train interrupted the race, which caused many runners not to qualify for the Boston Marathon. News outlets showed photos of the...

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Let’s face it, I’m an emotional kind of guy. Happy or sad, grumpy or glad, I basically wear my heart on my sleeve for all the world to see. “I yam what I yam,” as Popeye would say, and I’ve...

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We now have the most astonishing spacecraft and telescopes probing the far reaches of the universe. The purposes of these probes and explorations are multiple. Theoretical physicist Stephen...

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A proposal was made before commissioners of the PA Game Commission (PGC) at its September 19th meeting to remove the osprey from the list of threatened species in Pennsylvania. The board of...

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Birding events this weekend

With spring’s arrival, most of the migratory birds that were gone all winter have arrived to start their breeding activities. A few birds, loons for example, are migrating through the region to points north. More bird songs are heard in the mornings now and even at night; last night, I was awakened by the call of a barred owl (“Hoo…hoo…who cooks for you?”). It’s the time of year that bird walks and other events are being held by local bird clubs and other organizations.  Read more

Participants sought for Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Local businesses, community groups, schools, artists, musicians, performance groups are invited to participate in the 13th annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, scheduled for Saturday, June 11. Individuals and groups that would like to dress in costume, decorate a bicycle, design a float, dance down Main Street, show off classic cars, make some music, or present a performance are welcome to participate in the Trout Parade. This year’s parade steps off at 1 p.m. and runs for about an hour, plus concerts and entertainment before and after the event.  Read more

Panic attack!

Ever have one? I do, from time to time, being the delicate little flower that I am. Sometimes I have bad dreams that cause me to break out in a cold sweat in the wee hours before dawn. Often it’s worrying about getting the bills paid on time, or how I’m going to juggle my schedule and find a way to make everyone happy (including myself) as I careen throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of entertainment, education and the intellectual (who, me?) stimulation that awaits ‘round every corner.  Read more

Israel/Palestine conflict fuels NACL drama

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre 2016 season opens with “This Is Not a Conversation,” performed by the Dead Sea Swimmers of Vancouver, Canada, on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m. The theatre is located at 110 Highland Lake Rd.  Read more

Mana Contemporary bus trip/Savor the Arts

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is offering a bus trip to Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ on Tuesday, May 24. This Savor the Arts fundraising event is organized by Hester Greene. This is a guided tour and comfortable shoes are advised.  Read more

Master mandolinist Fugate at Woodsongs

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Woodsongs Coffeehouse will present a concert featuring master mandolinist Wayne Fugate, as well as other award-winning musicians, on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. There will be a special mandolin workshop presented by Fugate (www.waynefugate.com) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Musuem is located at 265 Main St.  Read more

‘Le Corsaire’ full-length ballet to be performed

PORT JERVIS, NY — Pictured are members of The Delaware Valley Dance Company, who will be performing the classic ballet “Le Corsaire” at Port Jervis High School Auditorium on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. The performances will benefit the Port Jervis High School Drama Club. For more information call The Dance Center at 845/856-3373.

‘Revive the Rivoli’ fundraiser

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will open its 2016 season at the Rivoli Theatre with a musical fundraiser, “Revive the Rivoli Music Series. The series, featuring local musicians and local beer, will start on Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. with Presley and Taylor (a breakout country duo) opening the show, followed at 9 p.m. by versatile songstress Diana Upton-Hill.  Read more

ARTery opens May Show

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery May show features the gallery’s members in a group show titled “The Muse Within,” from Thursday, May 12 to Monday, June 6. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. This show reflects the artists’ inner thoughts and inspirations. Visit the ARTery Gallery on Facebook.

Neo-Motown groove and Nova Scotian Celtic

HAWLEY, PA — The weekend at Harmony Presents, located in the Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr., will start off with the neo-Motown grooves and retro soul of Caleb Hawley, on Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. Influenced by artists like Randy Newman and Ray Charles, Hawley has won prestigious awards like the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (’09) and the New York Songwriters Circle Contest (’08, ’09). He has also shared the stage with Mark Cohn, Rusted Root, Dave Matthews Band, Shawn Mullins and Edwin McCain.  Read more

‘Sip and Create!’ fundraiser

SHOHOLA, PA — The Barryville Area Arts Association will host a “Sip and Create!” fundraiser on Friday, May 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave. There will be several accomplished artists in attendance to consult with and four different stations at which to create art.  Read more

Happy Traum at Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance presents Woodstock’s own folk music legend Happy Traum sharing songs, stories and images from the 1960s Greenwich Village music scene on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre. The show is titled “Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival and the Woodstock Scene (1954–1971).”  Read more

Conversations of heart, conservation of land: Women and Their Woods

Five years ago, perceptive staff members at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) recognized an increase in the number of women who own and manage forestland. In exploring this trend, they discovered that women landowners often feel they lack access to information that would help them make wise decisions about the land they love.  Read more

Citizens at work

On April 27, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced plans to expand air-quality monitoring near shale-gas compressor stations. The announcement came just five days after the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) published a report on the results of EPA air monitoring around a Williams Central natural gas compressor station in Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County.  Read more

The wonder of woodcocks

Lucky me, to chance upon a most delightful bird last week. At the edge of a Pennsylvania State Game Lands parking area was an adult American woodcock and her four wee babies. They hastily scurried into the forest, except for the one depicted here, who froze in place long enough for a few quick photos before Mom came bobbing back to retrieve her baby.  Read more

Don’t spoil a good day by drowning

I recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of a “Too Close” event on the river. It was a nasty, wet day. Back then, it involved a fine trout on the Mongaup. The trout was rising steadily just beyond the reach of my longest cast.

I picked my way over slippery river rocks until I was waist deep in a swift water braid. The cold water was rapidly sapping my energy reserves. It did not take long until I was bobbing along and very lucky to somehow clamber back to the river bank and safety. It took me a long time to stop shivering and chattering.  Read more

Spring plant sales

Milford, PA

The Milford Garden Club’s annual perennial plant sale fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the property of the Community House, located on the corners of Broad and Harford streets. This is a rain or shine event. The perennials are grown locally by members of the club. They include varieties for sun, shade, part sun and part shade. The plants will come with instructions that suggest the best growing conditions. All proceeds go toward the continued beautification of Milford Borough. For more information call 973/647-4008 or 570/828-0121.  Read more

Trout Day in Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Upper Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Jeff Bank have together sponsored Trout in the Classroom at Sullivan West Elementary School. On May 12, fifth grade students will celebrate the eighth annual Trout Release Day at the junction of Route 52 and North Branch Road, where owner Jim Hughson has donated the use of the park. The property runs along Callicoon Creek and is maintained in memory of his daughter, Lauren, a great lover of the outdoors.  Read more

Gardens sought for tour

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) seeks gardens for its 2016 Gardenscape Tour. The tour is scheduled for Sunday, July 17, and the target area will be South Canaan, Lake, Salem, Sterling, Dreher and Lehigh Townships. WCHS will provide a garden sitter for each of the participating sites during the tour, and a garden party is planned for the conclusion of the tour.

If you are interested, call 570/445-7158 or 570/251-1283 or email gardenscapes2016@gmail.com before May 16.

Spring star watch

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and local astronomer John Kocijanski for a free star watch program on Friday, May 6 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the conservancy offices in Bethel. Watch the stars and planets, observe deep sky objects, and learn how to locate the constellations. Bring binoculars and/or your own telescope if you have them (a limited number will be provided) and folding chairs.  Read more