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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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ArtPop will feature Silberlicht’s raku billboard

REGION — A billboard designed by local artist Ellen Silberlicht will be part of an ArtPop program that will create billboard images that will travel throughout NEPA over the next year. ArtPop’s mission is to promote the work of local artists, made possible through a partnership of the Pocono Arts Council and Adams Outdoor Advertising’s NEPA division.  Read more

Moon Dog in concert with Little Sparrow

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Two Americana bands will perform on Saturday, November 21, at the Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum. Headlining the show will be the folk trio “Moon Dog,” (, a young contemporary group that meshes acoustic and accordion melodies with sweet vocal harmonies. Band members include John Damaio on guitar, Rachel Thompson on the squeezebox and Jenny Foster on the ukulele. Their first CD, titled “Catskills Calling,” was recorded in Sullivan County at the new Outlier Inn Studios ( in Mountaindale.  Read more

‘Affordable Originals’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will host a collection of works by local artists for “Affordable Originals,” an all-day art and gift expo, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22. Come browse a hand-picked selection of top local vendors featuring silk scarves, beaded jewelry, block printed cards, finely crafted wood vases, pottery, jams, jellies, sweets and teas.  Read more

Music event to foster hunger awareness

MILFORD, PA — Calling All Angels Mission, which operates the Calling All Angels Shoppe in Milford, will host a music concert and speaker event on Saturday, November 14 at the Jen Murphy Fitness Studio, 113 W. Harford St., from 7 to 10 p.m.  Read more

‘Life is a Dream’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The SUNY Sullivan Theatre Program will present its second offering of the season with the play “Life is a Dream,” by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, translated and adapted by Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright Nilo Cruz. Performances will be in SUNY Sullivan’s Seelig Theatre on Thursday, November 12; Friday, November 13; and Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Holocaust survival story

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society, in cooperation with the Milford Theater, will host a showing of the docu-drama titled “No Place on Earth” on Sunday, November 15, at 4 p.m. The film explores the long-untold story of World War II in which 38 Jewish refugees lived in a Ukrainian cave for 18 months. Five surviving members discuss their ordeal in an interview as the film chronicles the accidental discovery of the cave in 1993 by caver and explorer Chris Nicola. Nicola will be on hand for a question-and-answer period after the film is shown.  Read more

Bluegrass in Cuddebackville

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents its last concert of the season, featuring R.J. Storm and Old School Bluegrass Band, on Saturday, November 14, at 7 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. Admission costs $10, and money raised from this concert will benefit the museum’s general operating fund. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Hollingshead headlines Laugh Tour

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Vanessa Hollingshead will headline at The Laugh Tour at The Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Rd., on Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m.

Hollingshead just finished two episodes of “Comics Unleashed,” has had a Comedy Central Special, and is working on her fourth DVD. She’s performed nationally and internationally, including at the Montreal Comedy Festival four times, and did her one-person show at the Aspen Arts Festival to rave reviews.

Also featured will be Shawn Jackson of Gotham Comedy Live AXSTV. The host will be Jonathan McBride of the Stress Factory.  Read more

Simpson at Calder House

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Historical Society is featuring Ed Simpson’s artwork on the walls of its gathering space at the Calder House Museum throughout the winter. When you come to hear the music on First Fridays, you’ll have an opportunity to see an overview of his work.  Read more

Aztec Two-Step at Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Renowned folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step ( will perform a concert of original classics from their 44-year canon at Harmony Presents on Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m. at the Silk Mill.  Read more

The Emmys

Each and every time the thought that I might get nominated came into my head, I pushed it out. I reminded myself how critically successful “The Jinx” had been, how many people had seen it and liked it and how proud I would be of the work, no matter what the Emmy nominations yielded.

The news came first as part of a cryptic e-mail from a colleague, a simple list of six categories, “Best Editing for Nonfiction Programming” among them.

“I think I just got nominated for an Emmy,” I said to Ben on one of our last days in the edit room for his boxing film, “Bleed for This.”  Read more

Turning the tide

I felt relief and gratitude last Friday when President Obama rejected the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. After years of debate about TransCanada’s proposed 1,179 mile pipeline to carry Canadian tar sands oil (also called bitumen or heavy sour crude) from Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast, the President stated decisively that the project was not in the best interests of the U.S., either economically or environmentally.  Read more

Winter boating

Last Sunday, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PAFBC) mandatory lifejacket requirement went into effect. In place from November 1 through April 30, the requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters and is aimed at protecting boaters from the special hazards presented by an unexpected plunge into cold water.

According to the PAFBC, nearly 80% of all boating fatalities happen to boaters not wearing a life jacket. The number of fatalities increases during the months of November through April due to the effects of cold water on the body.  Read more

Funny, he doesn’t look flu-ish…

There, I said it. That old chestnut has popped up repeatedly as I ride out the horrible (I mean horrible) cold that descended several days ago and (as of this writing) still clings to me, as I shake, rattle and try to roll with it. My bones hurt, my eyes hurt and, if I had my druthers, I’d hurt the one who gave it to me to begin with. More often than not, it’s impossible to pinpoint the exact moment when one has been exposed to germs that can take down the bravest of souls, but in this case, I’m well aware of where and when this nightmare started.  Read more

Leslie Pintchik Trio

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Leslie Pintchik Trio ( will be at the Tusten Theater on Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m., part of the Delaware Arts Alliance (DVAA) Fall Jazz Concert Series. The trio features Leslie Pintchik on piano, Scott Hardy on bass and Michale Sarin on drums. This is straight-ahead jazz in the lyrical tradition of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock.

The DVAA community, when polled, said they wanted to hear jazz. Here it is, jazz lovers. Tickets cost $18 at the door, $15 in advance. Call 845/252-7272.

Writers collective presents ‘Sleep Barn’ debut

HONESDALE, PA — The Upper Delaware Writers Collective will sponsor a book launch for Nancy Dymond, who will read original poetry from her debut full-length collection, “Sleep Barn” at the Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St. on Sunday, November 15, at 2 p.m. A second presentation of “Sleep Barn” will take place on Saturday, December 5, at 2 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY.  Read more

CAS artist call

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present its annual CAS Winter Members Show, an exhibition of work by CAS member artists from November 28 through December 27. The exhibition celebrates the winter season and its impact on our lives. The unique natural beauty of the season, the joy of the holidays, and the various (often humorous) ways we cope with the cold are depicted in all media by CAS member artists.  Read more

Tribute to a musician

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a special screening of the independent documentary film “Seymour: An Introduction” (2015), from IFC Films, featuring a talkback with Andy Waggoner from Weekend of Chamber Music, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. Part of the CAS Film Club series of screenings, the event will take place at the Laundry King, 65 Main St.  Read more

Piano-violin duo in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Gracie and Rachel, an orchestral pop piano-violin duo, on Saturday, Novenber 7, at 8 p.m.
Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, describes them as crafting “intricate tunes combining classical string elements with haunting, fierce vocals, augmented by sparse but powerful percussion. The duo finds beauty in stark simplicity, pausing to breathe a hint of the abstract into the highly emotive, evolved body they create.”  Read more

‘Vaudeville in the Catskills’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Performances of “Vaudeville in the Catskills Swings into the Sixties!” will be held on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 8, at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum & Cultural Center, 265 Main St.

The show celebrates the Borscht Belt of the ‘60s, when resorts like Grossingers, Kutshers, the Concord and the Nevele all continued to book big-name entertainment. It was a time when a whole new generation started surfacing and the music reflected it.  Read more