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If you go to the Tusten Town Board meetings, one of the faces that will become most familiar to you is that of Iris Helfeld. She is someone who is so passionate and so involved with community she should win an award. Oh wait—she did.

April is usually a fine month and especially so this year. The soil is thawed, there are buds everywhere and grass is greening. Wild turkeys are cackling and gobbling—their mating season is on....

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Spring has sprung, and along with it, a host of fun and informative opportunities to get out of the house and into the world of nature and its endless wonders. Make plans now to seize every chance...

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Many of my fellow commuters are pet people; they would prefer talking about what their pets did over the weekend to talking about their kids or significant other. Everyone has great stories of the...

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The growing interest in eating local has earned wild edibles a well deserved new popularity. Few foods better represent terroir, that characteristic flavor of the region, than something plucked...

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If the old adage (you are what you eat) is true, then yes—yes I am. In point of fact, it’s one of the few things that I can cook and do so a few times a year for holiday celebrations. With...

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People usually associate spring with the appearance of daffodils and emerging buds from plants in the garden. Indeed, there are many cultivated plants appearing now. Greens from garlic and other...

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See glass blowing at Gillinder

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Glass has announced its fall schedule of special glass-blowing demonstrations and factory tours at its factory, 39 Erie St. The guest glass artists return on October 17, November 14, November 27, and December 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tour at 2:30). The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors. Group rates are available with reservation. On these dates you can take a guided tour of Gillinder’s historic glass factory and watch the guest artists demonstrate the time-honored craft of hand-blown glass.  Read more

Black Bear Film Fest

MILFORD, PA — The Black Bear Film Fest will present nine feature films, four documentaries, and three question-and-answer sessions at The Milford Theatre, at 119 E. Catharine St., from Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18. A film salon, featuring shorts, documentaries, and special presentations, will also be held during festival weekend at the Pike County Public Library, at 113 E. Harford St.  Read more

A life of bread and roses

Vera B. Williams has dedicated her life to many things, not the least of which are politics and art. Williams was raised in the Bronx in a household that placed high importance and respect on those two things. Her parents were immigrants, her father from Russia and her mother from Poland.  Read more

Blockbuster sequel “WWIII” set to begin full-scale production

PLAUSIBLE NEWS SERVICE, “Keeping Ahead of Reality Since 2001”

NEW YORK, NY (Plausible News Service) — Based on well-placed industry sources, Plausible News Service has learned that a major announcement will be forthcoming shortly from the world’s leading powers, concerning their collaboration on the long-anticipated blockbuster “World War III.”  Read more

This well-worn house

Our old house has seen a lot. At 163 years old, it has come through the eras of the oil lamp and the sad iron. The wood-burning cook stove and the outhouse.  Read more

Bog Day: a conservation celebration

In August, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a walk into the heart—or “eye”—of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA. In addition to experiencing the “quaking bog mat” that is at the center of this special place, we also were able to observe the unique habitat characterized by sphagnum moss, carnivorous plants, black spruce, orchids and more.
Some exciting news has been announced about the Bog, and the public will have the opportunity to celebrate it on October 18 at the Tannersville Bog Day event.  Read more

All work and no play…

Well, my active life here in the Upper Delaware River region is anything but dull. Just to be sure that I was properly defining my state of being, I looked it up, since “active” means different things to different people. According to my trusty dictionary, active means A: “being in physical motion.” Well that’s certainly true, but the definition does not include the words “whirling dervish,” which I feel like much of the time. B: “functioning, or capable of functioning.” Capable?  Read more

Barbershop concert

HONESDALE, PA — The Northeasters Honesdale Barbershop chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society will present its 37th annual show, titled “American Crossroads” on Saturday, October 10 at 7 p.m. Honesdale High School. The show will feature some songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s as well as traditional barbershop songs. Among them will be “Country Roads Take Me Home,” “Shenandoah” and “This Land is Made for You and Me.”  Read more

Covington Returns to Thunder Country

MONTICELLO, NY — Thunder 102, along with Schmidt’s Rentals, announces an evening with Bucky Covington on Friday, October 9 at Monticello Casino & Raceway. Covington was an American Idol finalist in season five and the 2011 ThunderBash headliner.

The event will start with a meet-and-greet in HYPE at 7:30 p.m., after which Covington will take the stage at the Monticello Casino & Raceway Lava Lounge for an acoustic performance at 9:15 p.m.  Read more

Harvest & Heritage Days

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s Harvest & Heritage Days will take place on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, sponsored this year by The Dime Bank, with support from Wayne County Tourism.

Craft vendors will line Main Street on both days, and you can view the many creative scarecrows merchants have designed to represent their businesses. Old-fashioned hayrides will be offered downtown, for a small fee, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

Pumpkin Fest

BARRYVILLE, NY — Pumpkin Fest will take place on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3351 Rte. 97, behind the Carriage House. There will be art, music, food and contests.  Read more

Founder’s Day Oktoberfest

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville will hold its Founders’ Day Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be bungee trampoline, an archery contest, live music, and plenty of German-style food, pony rides, a frankfurter-eating contest, tug-of-war and more. There will be a Grand Parade on Saturday at 11 a.m., and at 5 p.m.  Read more

Vera Williams at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be an opening reception for an exhibit of the work of Vera B. Williams, “Art, Pleasure, Politics and Making a Living: 60 Years of Vera B. Williams’ Works,” in the Loft Gallery of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, 37 Main St., from 7 to 9 p.m. on October 9. The show will run through October 31.  Read more

A night of laughter with RiverFolk

HONESDALE, PA — Christine Lavin and Don White will present “The Funny Side of the Street: A Night of Brighter Laughter” at The Cooperage at 7 p.m., sponsored by RiverFolk Concerts.

“It doesn’t sound like a folk concert, it sounds like a comedy concert,” says White of his co-bills with Lavin. “We rehearse and we rehearse and then inevitably, she’ll throw something at me that I have no idea about, with a mischievous grin that lets me know she’s been thinking about it all afternoon. Just to see what will happen. And she’s taught me to do the same.”  Read more

Curran at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — During October, the Big D Art League will feature the work of Eleanor Curran in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake, on Starlight Lake Road. A native New Yorker, Curran splits her time between Starlight and her Greenpoint-Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn. She has studied at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the City University of New York and the Bridgeview School of Fine Art. Her work has been displayed in New York art shows and galleries, including the Kourier Gallery, The Polish and Slavic Art Center, and the gallery of Berkley College’s Brooklyn Campus.  Read more

Calidore String Quartet

MILFORD, PA — The Calidore String Quartet will perform Bach, Mozart, and Mendelssohn at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 10 at the Milford Theatre.  Read more

‘Hunting of the Snark’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre presents Lewis Carroll’s “The Hunting of the Snark and Other Nonsense” by Pontine Theatre on Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 11 at 3 p.m. The performance is suitable for all ages, from school-age children on up.  Read more

Harvest festival in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Museum & Arts Center will hold its 22nd annual Liberty Harvest Festival at the museum, 46 South Main St., on Saturday, October 10. The festival, “A Harvest of the Arts,” will run from 12 noon to 4 p.m. There will be musical performances by John Wombacher and the Jalapeqo Jazz Trio throughout the afternoon.  Read more

Artwalk in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon’s Artwalk 2015 will showcase the growing art and music scene in the picturesque hamlet on the Delaware on Saturday, October 10 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. This year the theme is Environment & Water. The event will highlight the arts in unconventional spaces throughout the hamlet, including storefronts and public spaces. Video projections and outdoor art installations will be featured into the evening hours, and merchants will be open until 8 p.m. A map will be available at all participating retailers and galleries highlighting the locations of exhibiting artists.  Read more

Thriller at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (a not-for-profit organization) and the Sullivan County Visitors Association will present “Postmortem,” a Ken Ludwig mystery/thriller that has delighted audiences nationwide, on Friday and Saturday, October 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. Performances will be at the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Main St.  Read more