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CALLICOON, NY — It was first built in 1852, a few years after the first train ran through what was then Callicoon Depot, part of the railroad-related boom that turned a single house into a bustling community. Originally, it was built in the Greek revival style, but sometime around the turn of the 20th century, the roof was raised and two stories and a mansard roof were added to create the iconic structure that dominates Upper Main Street in Callicoon today. For well over 100 years, it was a vibrant part of the hamlet’s commercial life. Then, for some years, it lay dormant.

Actually, it was 47 years ago, and it happened on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, NY. But life on this planet was so different back then, it might as well have been in another galaxy altogether...

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Walk near almost any patch of forest, or even your backyard now, and you will either see or hear one or more chipmunks. As they dart around foraging for seeds or nuts and chattering, and perhaps...

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There was a tradition in many homes growing up, including mine, of setting up the Lionel Trains and tracks in some part of the house for the Christmas holidays. I am sure if my dad had his way...

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Spoiler alert! This one’s a little maudlin. While I did attend an actual fair last week, (

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Many of us were lucky enough to have some early fishing experiences. Yet, as Robert Frost reminded us, “knowing how way leads on to way” we get sidetracked with “little things.” Little things like...

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Were you aware that Pennsylvania has a Wildlife Action Plan that guides how the state strives to conserve its most threatened wildlife species? First published in 2005, the 2015-2025 plan has...

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Chant holds reception for deLeeuw

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Gallery at Chant Realtors LV, 631 Rte. 739, is currently featuring Hemlock Farms abstract artist Lauryn deLeeuw. The show, which runs until April 28, will hold a reception on Saturday, April 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. deLeeuw will welcome visitors and talk about her colorful and sensuous art. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, deLeeuw has traveled the world, focusing on studies of ancient cultures and artifacts. Her visits to the Orient as well as the admiration she has for artists like Titian, deKooning, Cezanne and Matisse have had a major influence in her painting.  Read more

“Damn Yankees!” home run

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — In our March 10 issue, Sullivan West journalism class students Leif Johansen and Camille Sensiba wrote an article about Sullivan West’s then upcoming production of the classic musical “Damn Yankees!” On March 11, 12 and 13, the cast put on a spirited performance in a stellar show, and the photos of Joan Glase and Rocky Pinciotti, parents of one of the stars, Gabriel Pinciotti, captured the moment.

Green giant

Are you willing to go farther afield to nourish yourself? Foraging is a wonderful way to get outside, connect to the land and discover nature’s abundance. One of the very first wild plants to emerge in spring—and one of the most commonly found in nearby meadows, parks and fields—is the nettle. It’s covered in stingers, as anyone who has ever tried to pick it without wearing gloves well knows. But, like most prickly characters, with a little understanding and the proper care, it reveals its better qualities.  Read more

But what does it really mean?

As this election year wears on, there has been a resurgence of that ever mysterious phrase: “I want my country back…” I hear it trotted out in polite and not-so-polite conversation, and I see it presented as a rallying slogan in the scroll of my Facebook page, a post from one or another of my more conservative friends.

But what does it really mean? Back from whom? Who had it in the first place? Is it back as in time? Is it back to a time of supposed simplicity like the post-war boom of the 1950s, with its segregation, McCarthyism, and obligatory hats and white gloves for women?  Read more

A potential nemesis for newts

Since 2006, when white-nose syndrome first started affecting bats in New York State, people have become more aware of the threat that wildlife diseases pose on species in certain habitats. Steps were taken to restrict access to some known bat hibernacula in order to slow the spread of this fungal disease.  Read more

Award-winning novelist to speak at luncheon

HONESDALE, PA — Award-winning novelist Tom Bouman will speak at a luncheon sponsored by the Friends of the Wayne County Public Library on Sunday, April 6 at 12 noon at the Hotel Wayne. His presentation will blend a talk on rural American crime fiction, excerpts from new work that reflect that theme, and his personal history with a few old-time tunes on guitar or mandolin. He will also sign books that will be available for sale. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 2.  Read more

Three cheers for the volunteers!

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” These words, written by H. Jackson Brown Jr., rang true over the last few days, as I made my way through the Upper Delaware River region. Wherever I went, I saw smiling faces and people helping people, as is often the case here in the country. While volunteerism exists in cities, villages and towns across America, the impact on our local communities appears (IMHO) more immediate and visible. Maybe it’s because I’m always on the road, but I recognize folks (and they recognize the dog) wherever I go.  Read more

Bring your dancing shoes for Group du Jour

HONESDALE, PA — Group du Jour will perform on Saturday, March 19 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St.

When Group du Jour dropped by The Cooperage in October 2015, they performed a wide range of songs. Reinterpretations of Elton John, Chicago, Billy Joel, Barry White, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, John Mellencamp, Police, Pat Benatar and Journey songs had people up and dancing and engaged throughout the evening. Group du Jour is based in Northeastern PA. The cover band plays the hits of today, as well as of decades past.  Read more

Slambovian Circus of Dreams

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase the psychedelic folk band, Slambovian Circus of Dreams on Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. Called everything from “hillbilly-Pink Floyd” to “folk-pop” to “surreal Americana,” New York’s Slambovian Circus of Dreams (aka The Grand Slambovians) “is a riveting, mesmerizing, crazy, amazing machine of music,” according to Chronogram Magazine. Maverick Magazine calls it “mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana.”  Read more

Game night at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The next game night at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., will take place on Thursday, March 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Playing a game requires concentration, strategic thinking and cooperation. Players are challenged to problem solve, recall information and predict consequences.

As always, The Cooperage Project will have all kinds of games to play, from board games to card games to brain games. They include Scrabble, Twister, chess, checkers, dominos, dominion, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, and that’s just to name a few. Bring your favorite game.  Read more

First Presbyterian presents Easter play

HONSEDALE, PA — The First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale will present an innovative reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, “Torn,” on Thursday, March 24; Saturday, March 25; and Sunday, March 26. The free production will be performed at The Vineyard Center, 761 Terrace St., at 7 p.m. each night. The audience will be drawn into this compelling portrayal of the events preceding and including the death of Christ through a shadow performance, special effects and music.  Read more

Dishonest Fiddlers at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Dishonest Fiddlers will perform on Friday, March 18, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St.
The Dishonest Fiddlers is an emerging acoustic folk band from Northeastern Pennsylvania. Bluegrass and jug band music are influences that have helped to forge and inspire their unique, homegrown sound while providing a solid musical foundation.  Read more

Furthering equality, one Wikipedia page at a time

A group of women (and one man) congregate at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, hunched over their laptops, typing and talking with one another about concepts like art, feminism, gender and technology. This is an Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, one of many happening around the world this March.  Read more

Regarding golden parachutes

A few years ago, I worked for a small startup company. At one point, the founders of the company sought outside funding, and the financiers brought in a new CEO, a self-described “serial entrepreneur” from Colorado, as a condition for providing the money to help the company grow “to the next level.”  Read more

What’s up at the Narrowsburg Union?

While residents of Narrowsburg, New York observe the evolvement of the old Narrowsburg School into the new Narrowsburg Union, two somewhat unusual visitors have been watching the goings-on from atop a chimney at the building.  Read more

‘Damn Yankees!’ to take the stage

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On March 11, 12 and 13, Sullivan West will add “Damn Yankees!” to its musical repertoire. The show, based on the novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” by Douglass Wallop, was originally performed in 1955 on Broadway, where it ran for 1,019 performances. It was revived numerous times, most notably at West End in London and again on Broadway in 1994.  Read more

SEEDS seek items for auction

HONESDALE, PA — SEEDS seeks contributions from local businesses for a silent auction to be held at its upcoming fundraiser on Thursday, April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Area businesses are asked to help SEEDS raise funds by donating an item to auction. Gift certificates as well as other items are welcome; this is an opportunity to introduce your business to new customers and help the environment at the same time.

SEEDS promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living, to improve the health of our environment and local economy.  Read more

St. Patrick’s Day Party at St. Joseph’s

WURTSBORO, NY — There will be a St. Patrick’s Day Party in honor of St. Joseph on Sunday, March 13 from 1 to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Ladies Ancient Order Hibernians, Division 6, at St. Joseph’s Church Hall on Sullivan Street. There will be singing, music and dancing. Doors will open after 11 a.m. Mass, and food will be served starting at 1 p.m. There will be platters of sandwich fixings and salads, Irish soda bread, desserts, coffee, tea and sodas; BYOB.  Read more

Americana-soul band plays Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m. Harmony Presents will showcase Americana-Soul band, The Rigs. The Rigs are a trio formed by longtime musical collaborators Eric Robertson (bass, guitar, mandolin), Duncan Wickel (fiddle, cello, leslie) and Nicholas Falk (drums, banjo, bass).

“Rooted in American musical traditions from the Appalachian Mountains to the streets of New Orleans, The Rigs’ sound is influenced by artists like John Hartford, The Band, Sly and The Family Stone and The Meters,” said Harmony Presents managing director Jill Carletti.  Read more

Windy Kilt walk and St. Patrick’s Day Parade

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 20, with a Windy Kilt 5k walk/run in the morning, followed by a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Windy Kilt 5k will start at 10 a.m., across from the Narrowsburg Inn, and proceeds go to the Tusten Ambulance Corps and local charities. Lineup for the parade starts at 12 noon, and the parade steps off at 1 p.m. Visit