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September 28, 2016
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MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else…” So said Emily Dickinson, the eminent poet of microcosm and wonder.

I think of this as I sort through the laundry, sweep up...

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The past few weeks have been challenging, not only personally, but for many I have come into contact with as well. Even though I tend to think of myself as the guy who reports on the good times...

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In a week or two, huge numbers of broad-winged hawks will fill the skies in some areas like Hawk Mountain in PA or Sunrise Mountain in New Jersey. That will be near-peak migration time for them as...

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Well… I’m not at all sure that I “oughta be,” but as it happens, I am this week. Usually, I’m pretty busy on the other side of the camera, attempting to capture all that is happening throughout...

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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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Screwdisk makes some endorsements

FROM: Screwdisk, Senior Executive VP Sales & Acquisitions, HellCorp North America
TO: Scumbucket, Associate Tempter, District 17-B (Upper Delaware Valley and environs)
RE: primary elections and related topics

My dear nephew:

I remember when you were but a wee imp, always sticking your hooves in your mouth, lashing the household pets with your tail—so nauseatingly cute! No doubt you still recall the little rhymes your teachers taught you back then, in the early days of your training, when your horns were just coming in. This was always one of my favorites:  Read more

Breeding eagle update

A question that has been on my mind—and probably on the minds of a few other people—is how the unusually warm late winter and early spring would affect breeding eagles in the region. Nature’s timing of breeding and migration events (called phenology) occurs at approximately the same time each year for any given species, but can be influenced to some extent by weather conditions.  Read more

A tale as old as time…

While April showers cause many to think of the proverbial May flowers, the first thing that springs to mind for me is the plethora of high school musicals that pop up throughout the Upper Delaware River region. In a perfect world, I would be able to see them all, since I really love seeing the kids strutting their stuff, aided and abetted by the student musicians, stage crews, costumers and lighting technicians of the future.  Read more

Acoustic masters concert at Woodsongs

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Woodsongs Coffeehouse will present an acoustic concert featuring bluegrass, Americana and more on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, located at 265 Main St. The concert will feature award-winning musicians Van Manakas (van manakas.com) and Wayne Fugate (www.waynefugate.com) on fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin. A guitar workshop presented by Manakas will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  Read more

Art exhibit bridges generation gap

ELDRED, NY — The Barryville Area Arts Association will present an art exhibit and live performances at the Town of Highland Town Hall, 4 Proctor Rd., as part of its plan to bridge the generation gap. It will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The special exhibit, “Never Stop Learning,” will include artwork from students K through 12, as well as the creations of some of Highland’s most seasoned professional artists. There will also be surprise performances by both groups at the reception. All artists are residents of the Town of Highland.  Read more

Annie and the Hedonists open Tusten concert season

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Theatre is featuring a broad-based line-up of music groups in its “Musical Progressions” spring concert series. Schenectady-based Annie and the Hedonists open with acoustic blues, vintage jazz, and roots Americana on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. The band interprets the songs of the great female blues artists of the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Other styles include western swing and bluesy country.  Read more

Songstress Maloney at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Heather Maloney takes the stage for the first time at Harmony Presents on Saturday, April 16 at the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr.

“Maloney gives the term ‘singer-songwriter’ serious weight again. Chalk it up to a revival of everything ‘90s and Maloney’s influence from ‘those bleeding hearts,’ as Maloney calls them, referring to artists like Fiona Apple, Tori Amos and Aimee Mann,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Trail U in Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to Trail U on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors (www.morgan-outdoors.com), 46 Main St. This workshop will provide participants with the skills necessary to properly clear, maintain and improve a hiking trail so it is easily passable for fellow hikers and the trail itself is harmonious with the environment.  Read more

The Sea The Sea

HAWLEY, PA — The Sea The Sea returns to Harmony Presents on Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. “The Sea The Sea’s ethereal, powerful and seemingly effortless song-craft and stage presence will easily take listeners on a journey through gorgeous sonic landscapes and lovers of Simon and Garfunkel will swoon,” says Harmony Presents managing director Jill Carletti. This highly anticipated group is made up of longtime troubadours Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley, who get their band name, The Sea The Sea, from an ancient Greek history and means “A cry of joy” to this duo.  Read more

Responsible spring foraging

This year spring is early, and so are all the hopeful things that come with it: the ruffled blooms of red maple, the merry buzzing of bees and the courtship calls of woodcock, peeper and fox. Also coming soon to the Delaware Valley’s forest floor are the wild edible delights everyone from gourmet chefs to home cooking enthusiasts go crazy for each spring. Ramps, fiddleheads and morels—to name just a handful of favorites—are anticipated a full two weeks early this year.  Read more

A question of values

Climate scientists and economists have developed some pretty good models for calculating the economic impact of climate change and the cost of delayed action. A 2014 meta-analysis of 16 peer-reviewed studies by the White House Council of Economic Advisors projected that the cost of mitigating climate change increases by 40% for each decade of delay in meeting greenhouse gas reduction targets.  Read more

About beavers

Have you ever encountered North America’s largest rodent? Even if you’ve never witnessed a live beaver in action, chances are you’ve seen the results of its handiwork, in the form of dome-like lodges, dams and the resultant ponds and wetlands that are created, or the chiseled stumps of trees harvested by these 30- to 60-pound semi-aquatic mammals.  Read more

Design a rain barrel; Learn about conserving water

REGION — The Every Drop Counts! – Rain Barrel Project is inviting area youth to join in decorating rain barrels to be auctioned off in the summer. It is a way for youth to recognize their watershed address and depict what they love about where they live. The deadline to apply to join in is Friday, April 8.  Read more

Cloudy, with a chance of meatballs

That bizarre title of a 2009 SONY Pictures film stuck in my head over the last few days, as the wildly unpredictable weather made its way through the Upper Delaware River region, delivering sunny skies and balmy temperatures followed by snow, freezing rain and hail. I had a lot on my plate (sans meatballs), so the Wonder Dog and I made the best of it like everyone else, and dressed in layers, understanding that Mother Nature was being a bit bi-polar in her attempt to define spring.  Read more

Hortonville Talent Show celebrates 30th

HORTONVILLE, NY — The 30th Hortonville Talent Show will take place on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. the Hortonville Presbyterian Church. It will be another fun-filled evening of family entertainment with acts you won’t see anywhere else.

There will be returning acts and new surprises. It is not a competition. Everyone is a winner, with performers awarded unique certificates. The judges will be Carol Montana, Jonathan Fox and Dharma the Wonder Dog, and Richard Ross will be master of ceremonies.  Read more

‘Ragtime’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan’s “epic” theatre season continues with the presentation of the Tony-Award-winning musical, “Ragtime.” The show will run Thursdays through Sundays, April 14 through April 24 at the college’s Seelig Theater.  Read more

UDGLBT prom

MATAMORAS, PA — The Prom, an Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) event will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing, located at 120 Route 6 and 209. This year’s theme is “Hooray for Hollywood.”  Read more

Hike to Gobblers Knob

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub Explorers will join the Basha Kill Area Association (BKAA) on a hike to Gobblers Knob on Sunday, April 17. The hike will be led by outdoor educator Mike Medley.  Read more

Fallsburg history bus tour

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Historian John Conway will lead a bus tour of the Town of Fallsburg on Sunday, April 10. There will be two separate tours, one leaving at 10 a.m. and one at 1:30 p.m.

Curious about what the Town of Fallsburg used to be like? Where were the hot spots? Who were the big names? What did people do? Join Conway, the Fallsburg Library, and the Fallsburg Central School District on a bus tour to learn about the town’s rich history.  Read more

Harmony Presents: Nakoa and Flemons

HAWLEY, PA — Matt Nakoa, a repeat performer at Harmony Presents, will return once again on Friday, April 8. “Our audiences absolutely love Matt Nakoa. We’re excited for his return,” said managing director Jill Carletti, who describes him as “not easily pinned down,” and, quoting a recent review, “one of those well kept secrets you just can’t help but celebrate: intimate and genuine, soulful and bittersweet, a rich poetic songbook sung in praise to a complicated, emotionally present world.’”  Read more