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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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St. Nicholas Faire

HONESDALE, PA — Grace Episcopal Church will hold its St. Nicholas Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 28. There will be cookies, fruit cakes, sweet treats, Christmas goods, dolls, toys, attic treasures, inspirational items, luncheon, snack bar and soups to go. The proceeds benefit the church. Grace Episcopal is located at 827 Church St. Call 570/253-2760.

Artists’ Market holiday party

SHOHOLA, PA — The Artists’ Market Community Center will present a holiday party on December 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 114 Richardson Ave. featuring hundreds of unique gifts created by 15 of the area’s talented artists.  Read more

Gamwing: A Lenape feast of thanksgiving and renewal

Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.  Read more

Taking sides

With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the year before), because culinary traditions tend to become deeply entrenched. There’s comfort in your grandmother’s stuffing recipe, your mother’s cranberry sauce, your uncle’s famous apple pie. But how will you make your mark on the holiday? New traditions have to start somewhere. So maybe this is the year you get a little creative.  Read more

A love story

There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any given day I usually meet them on the way home, in the last car headed to Port Jervis. They have their regular seats on the 4:47 out of Hoboken and I join them after we leave Middletown.  Read more

Citizen science opps

The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is becoming increasingly recognized as a valuable source of information that can enhance our understanding of the non-human species with which we share our lives. Two new opportunities for “citizen scientists” to make a contribution are now available.  Read more

Mississippi blues duo SwampCandy in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, November 21 at 8 p.m. Harmony Presents will showcase SwampCandy, a band that plays “whiskey drinkin’, foot stompin’, hand clappin’ and pig eatin’ music,” as described by Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Holiday duck print sale benefits Ride 2 Survive

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Ride 2 Survive will hold a holiday duck print exhibit and sale at Morgan Outdoors, opening on Saturday, November 21 and continuing through Monday, January 4. This holiday season sale is thanks to the generosity of longtime collectors Hedy and Eric Page. A special print by well-known wildlife artist Robert Bateman will be a highlight of the exhibit and sale. A wine and cheese reception will be held on Saturday, December 5, from 1 to 3 p.m., co-hosted by Morgan Outdoors and the board members of Ride 2 Survive Sullivan County.  Read more

Holiday tea and jewelry sale

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary will hold its first annual Holiday Tea and Tour on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday November 22 at the Historic Watres Lodge from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Reservations are required; call 570/689-9494 or email  Read more

ThunderBlast celebrates 20 years of Somerville

ROSCOE, NY — Thunder 102 and China City of America announce ThunderBlast, celebrating Sommerville’s 20th anniversary, on Friday, November 20 at the Rockland House in Roscoe with performances by Somerville and Iron Cowboy, whose last two CDs featured songs written by Somerville.

The event begins with a private meet and greet at the Roscoe Beer Company at 6 p.m. Thunder 102 listeners have a chance to win passes over the next few weeks.  Read more

CAS holds Winter Members Show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society’s (CAS) Winter Members Show will be held from Saturday, November 28 through December 28. The exhibition celebrates the winter season and its impact on our lives, as depicted in all media by CAS member artists. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center. There will be an opening reception on November 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.  Read more

‘A Tender Thing’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project presents the Catskill Art Society’s performance reading of “A Tender Thing,” a new play by Ben Power, at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., for one night only, Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.

What if Romeo and Juliet had lived and loved? Playwright Ben Power weaves the text of “Romeo and Juliet” into a provocative new tale of love and sacrifice, starring Cass Collins and John Higgins with Racquel Davis.  Read more

‘Art in Sixes’ small works show opens

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Art in Sixes,” an exhibition of small art works by local artists, opens at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Saturday, November 21. Now in its 11th year, “Art in Sixes” has become the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s premier year-end gallery event, featuring more than 100 local and regional artists and over 300 works of art. The artwork covers a wide range of studio mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber, ceramics and photography. All the pieces are for sale and reasonably priced for holiday gift giving.  Read more

Fish and Visitors

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (, and he very well may have been right. I tested Franklin’s hypotheses over the summer when my family visited for more than the allotted days, but somehow they managed to stand the test of time. Still, when I venture outside of the Upper Delaware River region (which is very rare) I try not to overstay my welcome, rather than risk emanating effluvia (look it up!) myself.  Read more

Eye of the river valley

NARROWSBURG, NY — If people keep requesting your photographs, it’s only due time until you start your own business. Narrowsburg resident of 30 years Charlie Hoffman did just that. He was supplying CBS News New York Weather with nature photographs for their segments, and people took note. They started to ask him for specific photos to buy from him, and from there he acquired a roster of clients. He calls his new one-year-old venture Catskills Photography.  Read more

Spring in Autumn

I have been planting hyacinth and daffodil bulbs during these first unseasonably warm days of November—digging the husked, bulging roots into the dirt beneath the shriveled, crunchy leaves flooding my garden. I work with the image of pungent purple and yellow trumpeting flowers in my mind’s eye.

This fall I have been thinking about and looking for the earliest signs of spring, and I think that I have found some. In fact, we could say spring is already here in the bulbs in the ground, in the velvety bud scales of the magnolia’s autumn buds and in the blooming witch hazel.  Read more

And So It Begins…

One of the little things I find particularly annoying online is when someone posts some dire bit of news and then solemnly intones, “AND SO IT BEGINS…” like some character from Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones.

Usually, the “it” refers to some apocalyptic scenario that the writer has apparently been anticipating for years, with this one story representing the first falling domino leading to the inevitable doom.  Read more

Autumn meadowhawk: last dragonfly of fall

The first week of November started out very pleasant with mild days and highs above 70 degrees—a little bit of very late Indian summer. I have seen some small flies flying around, a few small wasps, even a couple of cabbage white butterflies. Even though we have had some pretty good frosts, there is still one species of dragonfly around to see.  Read more

Proof of the pudding

If you are thought of as being a good fisher, or as an authority on a fishery, or even a person who writes about such things, there comes a time when you simply have to come up with some proof that you know what you are talking about.  Read more

If I could turn back time…

Well, even if I could, I’m not sure that I would, but every once in a while, it sure is fun to revisit the past. One such opportunity arose last weekend in the form of the Bethel Theatre Works (BTW) production of “Vaudeville in the Catskills-Swings into the Sixties.” The company’s artistic director, Victoria V. Leighton, has been inviting me to their productions for a few years now, but busy bee that I am, this was my first opportunity to take in one of the shows.  Read more