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REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

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When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

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Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

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Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

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In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

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“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

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‘Sip and Create!’ fundraiser

SHOHOLA, PA — The Barryville Area Arts Association will host a “Sip and Create!” fundraiser on Friday, May 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave. There will be several accomplished artists in attendance to consult with and four different stations at which to create art.  Read more

Happy Traum at Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance presents Woodstock’s own folk music legend Happy Traum sharing songs, stories and images from the 1960s Greenwich Village music scene on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre. The show is titled “Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival and the Woodstock Scene (1954–1971).”  Read more

Conversations of heart, conservation of land: Women and Their Woods

Five years ago, perceptive staff members at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) recognized an increase in the number of women who own and manage forestland. In exploring this trend, they discovered that women landowners often feel they lack access to information that would help them make wise decisions about the land they love.  Read more

Citizens at work

On April 27, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced plans to expand air-quality monitoring near shale-gas compressor stations. The announcement came just five days after the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) published a report on the results of EPA air monitoring around a Williams Central natural gas compressor station in Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County.  Read more

The wonder of woodcocks

Lucky me, to chance upon a most delightful bird last week. At the edge of a Pennsylvania State Game Lands parking area was an adult American woodcock and her four wee babies. They hastily scurried into the forest, except for the one depicted here, who froze in place long enough for a few quick photos before Mom came bobbing back to retrieve her baby.  Read more

Don’t spoil a good day by drowning

I recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of a “Too Close” event on the river. It was a nasty, wet day. Back then, it involved a fine trout on the Mongaup. The trout was rising steadily just beyond the reach of my longest cast.

I picked my way over slippery river rocks until I was waist deep in a swift water braid. The cold water was rapidly sapping my energy reserves. It did not take long until I was bobbing along and very lucky to somehow clamber back to the river bank and safety. It took me a long time to stop shivering and chattering.  Read more

Spring plant sales

Milford, PA

The Milford Garden Club’s annual perennial plant sale fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the property of the Community House, located on the corners of Broad and Harford streets. This is a rain or shine event. The perennials are grown locally by members of the club. They include varieties for sun, shade, part sun and part shade. The plants will come with instructions that suggest the best growing conditions. All proceeds go toward the continued beautification of Milford Borough. For more information call 973/647-4008 or 570/828-0121.  Read more

Trout Day in Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Upper Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Jeff Bank have together sponsored Trout in the Classroom at Sullivan West Elementary School. On May 12, fifth grade students will celebrate the eighth annual Trout Release Day at the junction of Route 52 and North Branch Road, where owner Jim Hughson has donated the use of the park. The property runs along Callicoon Creek and is maintained in memory of his daughter, Lauren, a great lover of the outdoors.  Read more

Gardens sought for tour

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) seeks gardens for its 2016 Gardenscape Tour. The tour is scheduled for Sunday, July 17, and the target area will be South Canaan, Lake, Salem, Sterling, Dreher and Lehigh Townships. WCHS will provide a garden sitter for each of the participating sites during the tour, and a garden party is planned for the conclusion of the tour.

If you are interested, call 570/445-7158 or 570/251-1283 or email before May 16.

Spring star watch

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and local astronomer John Kocijanski for a free star watch program on Friday, May 6 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the conservancy offices in Bethel. Watch the stars and planets, observe deep sky objects, and learn how to locate the constellations. Bring binoculars and/or your own telescope if you have them (a limited number will be provided) and folding chairs.  Read more

Your to smart for you’re own good

My mother used to tell me that constantly, but at least she knew how to spell it. In fact, I’m an idiot. I’m not proud of it, and constantly marvel at my own stupidity—this week being no exception. I had plans to attend the grand opening of a new skate park in Liberty, NY last Saturday, but being a moron, I was a month ahead of the scheduled event. Lunkhead that I am, I blithely drove into town, excited about taking pics of the kids enjoying they’re new facility, only to discover my stoopid mistake.  Read more

Train Day in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership will hold Train Day: A Celebration of Our Rails on Saturday, May 7. Bring the kids to Caboose Alley (behind the post office) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for coloring fun, and sing along with strolling musician Tom Dimeo. Have your photo taken, then hop on board a caboose for a tour, or climb aboard the engine to blow the whistle. You can visit the Model Railroad Club’s train layout in the Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 827 Church St., between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and see a Civil War Living History in Central Park.  Read more

Guitar workshop and performance

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will present a performance by Tim Farrell, featuring select members of the Honesdale High School Guitar Ensemble, on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. Farrell performs as a solo artist and also has shared the stage with such notable artists as Les Paul, George Benson, Jean Luc Ponty, Rick Wakeman, Alex DeGrassi, Jake Shimabukuru, California Guitar Trio and John Sebastian. Donations will be collected at the door.  Read more

‘In Bloom’ at Gallery Eva

CALLICOON, NY — The second show at the new Gallery Eva, “In Bloom,” will open on May 7, with an artists’ reception from 5 to 9 p.m. The show will run from May 7 to May 30.

Eight gallery artists will be featured in the show: Tracy Rust, Paul Simon, Nancy Wells, Scott Clark, Hana Marritz, Carolyn Duke, Zac Shavrick and Eva Drizhal. The gallery is located at 35 Lower Main St. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 845/887-3202.

‘A true virtuoso of groove’ at RiverFolk

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will welcome Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman back to The Cooperage on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. Also playing will be multi-instrumentalist Thom Joyce.
Savoca and Heitzman play a span of soul, R&B, roots and world rhythms. This concert celebrates their ninth CD, “I Shook The Tree,” recorded with legendary bass player Jerry Jemmott, who played with Aretha, BB King, Greg Allman and many more.  Read more

‘Messiah’ at DVHS

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society will be performing Handel’s “Messiah” at the Delaware Valley High School Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. Probably Handel’s best-known work, “Messiah” was composed as an oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra. It will be performed in its entirety.  Read more

Go fly a kite

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will host its annual Kite Festival on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the campus courtyard. The free festival is sponsored by the Sullivan County Visitors Association, WSUL/WVOS Radio, Thunder 102, SUNY Sullivan and the SUNY Sullivan Foundation. The event will be held rain or shine.  Read more

‘Baited’ sculpture installation opens

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Baited,” a sculpture installation by Barbara Fiore (, opens with a reception on Friday, May 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through May 28.
Bear baiting is a method of hunting where doughnuts and other high caloric delights are dumped in the same spot over a long period of time for bears to find. The bears return again and again looking for the sweet treats. The hunters return, too. At present, bear baiting is legal in 11 states.  Read more

Spring Fling at Mullaly’s

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Mullally’s Pub at 4919 State Rte. 52 will be the party site of the Jeffersonville JEMS (Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan) Spring Fling on Saturday, May 14, from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight.  Read more

Cinco de Mamacita fest

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Narrowsburg Honeybee Festival Committee will host a Cinco de Mamacita all-ages dance party with a Latin food court on Saturday, May 7 from 6 to 11 p.m. at The Narrowsburg Union, formerly the Narrowsburg School. The suggested donation is $10 per person; free for children under 12. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Read more