Clear sky
Clear sky
46.4 °F
October 23, 2016
River Reporter Facebook pageTRR TwitterRSS Search

Contributed photos

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

“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...

Read More

Let them eat cake

Apparently there is no evidence whatsoever that Marie Antoinette actually uttered such a callous statement in response to her subjects’ bemoaning their lack of bread. But it has stuck to her shoe for centuries. And cake has henceforth retained its slightly grandiose aura. We do not eat cake every day. It is reserved for special occasions and celebrations. But there is cake of the gussied up, layered and frosted ilk, and there is the more rustic, less labor-intensive stuff. Leaving aside the former to professionals and obsessive amateurs, let’s focus on the latter.  Read more

‘My dog ate my homework’ And other excuses

Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT), a locomotive hauling seven train cars filled with passengers, can have issues with traction because of leaves falling on the rails. The condition is so serious that trains run at reduced speeds during this time of the year to gain traction on the rail. I asked a seasoned conductor if a train ever derailed because of this “slippery rail” condition. He said “Are you kidding?  Read more

A ‘plum’ you don’t want to eat

A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and he replied that they were around an inch in diameter and had a reddish hue.  Read more

Smile for the camera!

The past week has been interesting, to say the least. In a near-perfect tribute to the expression “turnabout is fair play,” I’ve spent the better part of the last few days being shadowed by a photojournalist who was assigned to follow me (I mean the dog) as we traversed the Upper Delaware River region in search of arts and leisure. At first, I thought the phone call was about me. Wrong.  Read more

Fall into the Hawley Harvest Hoedown

HAWLEY, PA — A weekend of harvest activities is in store as Hawley rolls out the carpet October 17 through 19. Events include cider tastings, brews, contests, demonstrations, crafts, family activities, day and nighttime entertainment, locally grown fresh foods, local maple syrup, pies and more on the main and side streets.  Read more

Women in the Catskills

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — A talk and book signing by Town of Woodstock Historian Richard Heppner on “Women in the Catskills: Stories of Struggles, Sacrifice and Hope” will be held on Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m., at the Time and the Valleys Museum on 332 Main St.

Heppner will give an overview of this often overlooked part of Catskill Mountain history, and detail several inspiring stories of women who overcame the physical challenges of mountain life and obstacles because of their gender to accomplish amazing things.  Read more

Poetry at the Old North Branch Inn

NORTH BRANCH, NY — On Friday night, October 24, members of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) will present original work at the Old North Branch Inn, 869 North Branch-Hortonville Rd. The event is free. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. Members will read from their 2012 anthology “River Rocks,” as well as poetry related to the autumn season, Halloween and the coming of winter.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre announces fall season

PARKSVILLE, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre continues its tour of Sullivan County this fall with a production of Slawomir Mrozek’s comedy “The Police” at the NACL Theatre in Highland Lake and a performance reading of John Logan’s Tony award play “RED” at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake.  Read more

Tinseltown on the Delaware: Milford welcomes 15th annual Black Bear Film Festival

MILFORD, PA — Milford rolls out the red carpet this Friday evening, as the Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) kicks off its annual three-day tribute to the art of independent filmmaking. Over the weekend, moviegoers will be able to view more than two dozen feature films, documentaries, shorts and more, many of them award winners.  Read more

Necessary—but not sufficient

Thirty summers ago, a group of activists gathered in St. Paul, MN to discuss the possibility of creating a Green Party in the United States that might replicate the political successes of The Greens (Die Gruenen) in West Germany. Building on the “Four Pillars” of Die Gruenen, they came up with a statement that listed 10 “Key Values” for the nascent American Green movement: Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Personal and Social Responsibility, Nonviolence, Decentralization, Community-Based Economics, Post-patriarchal Values, Respect for Diversity, Global Responsibility, and Future Focus.  Read more

Where are the keys?

I keep fumbling around, feeling for the car keys in my pockets and then I remember: they are in my son’s pocket. For a moment I have forgotten I have given them to him and that he is going to drive me home.

Sam, at 16, is now officially my chauffeur since getting his driver’s permit last week. And I am joining the ranks of white-knuckled parents everywhere with the surefire feeling that there should be a brake installed on the car’s passenger side. Not that Sam is doing badly—I’m sure he will become a better driver than I am—it’s just his quick turns that make me brace my whole body.  Read more

Remembering a River region friend

Following two weeks spent in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park photographing its countless wild splendors for the inaugural Artist in Residence program, I returned to the Upper Delaware River region. My focus (pun intended) had shifted, and although the perspective was freshening, it left me with a sense of disconnection.  Read more

Fishing alone

Peter was off with Jim Serio fishing the Salmon River. Gib was stuck in a business negotiation and couldn’t shake free. Mauro was down in Washington selling some of his paintings and Josh wasn’t due in for a week. I would not be sharing the water with any of my usual fishing partners this day, but the one thing I did know for certain was that I’d be fishing.  Read more

Marital fable in Milford

Janet was happily married, at least she thought she was. Then Keith left. Janet’s mother blames it all on Janet. Then Janet meets Matthew. Things are looking up. Mom likes Matthew. But. Keith is being a jerk. In relationships, does everyone get what they deserve? Well, in fables they do. “What I Didn’t Know Then, a marital fable” featuring Darren Fouse, left, James Heisel, Evelyn Albino and Cass Collins is a new play by John Klemeyer that will be at the Milford Theatre on October 10 at 8 p.m., 11 at 8 p.m. and 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 at the door.

SUNY Sullivan announces 2014-15 Met Live Series

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will host the return of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HDseries to its Seelig Theatre. Beginning on Saturday, October 11 and continuing on selected Saturdays through April 25, opera lovers will be able to enjoy live, on-screen performances from the Met Opera’s Peabody and Emmy award-winning Live in HD series. This season’s schedule of performances includes:

Giuseppe Verdi

Macbeth — October 11  Read more

‘Ah, New York’ at the Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance presents “Ah, New York – Fortitude, Frustration and Fantasy,” an ACT Underground Reader’s Theatre production, at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12. Staged readings of three new plays will be presented in a way that creates an overall sense of a singular evening of theatre.  Read more

Historic Honesdale’s Harvest & Heritage Days

HONESDALE, PA — Historic Honesdale rolls out the pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, fall colors and scarecrows, for its annual “Harvest & Heritage Days” on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, sponsored this year by The Honesdale National Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism.

Craft vendors will line Main Street on both days. Scarecrows will be displayed in front of businesses. Old-fashioned hayrides will be offered downtown, for a small fee, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

The end

This is the end, beautiful friends, the end.

This isn’t the last column I will write, but it’s close. So, perhaps “the end is near” is more appropriate. I’m getting my farewell out of the way now so the actual last “Letter Home” isn’t a bummer. More and more I’m seeing the importance of happy endings.

As most of you know, I grew up on the streets of Narrowsburg and in the offices of this newspaper. Soon after I arrived at NYU, I started writing this column.  Read more


Although I’m in no mood to think about a certain ho-ho-holiday looming on the horizon, I have spent the past week or so ruminating on the past, since Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) has already come and gone. While I may not have worn a funny hat or used a noisemaker (I make enough noise all year long), I did celebrate in my own way prior to the most solemn day in Judaism—Yom Kippur.  Read more

Fall fiddle festival showcases styles of traditional music

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers of northeast Pennsylvania will again host their annual fiddle festival on Sunday, October 19 at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, 1033 Beach Lake Hwy./Route 652. Doors will open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m. Fiddlers will have a 15-minute showcase to perform their favorite tunes and songs.  Read more