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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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Something fishy going on around here

Of course, by “around here” I mean the Upper Delaware River Valley, and by “fishy” I mean that the majority of the last week has been all about trout. Since I know next to nothing about fishing, fly or otherwise, I gave Phil Eggleton (www.trouttownadventuresandguideservices.com) a call. Confused about when the seasons actually begin and end, I was glad to have Eggleton set me straight on a few pertinent facts.  Read more

18th annual women’s conference slated

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The theme of SUNY Sullivan’s 18th annual Women’s Conference to take place on Saturday, April 12 is “Wisdom... Wit... Women.” Comedienne Jane Condon will be the keynote speaker. Condon is a performer whose insights are as sharp as the wit with which they are delivered.  Read more

Nature exhibition by local photographers

PORT JERIVS, NY — The Public Computer Center (The Hub) at The Port Jervis Free Library will present a free exhibition by regional nature photographers selected for their focus on local subjects and the quality of their work on Saturday, April 12 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Read more

‘Sounds Like Teen Spirit’ open mic at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Friday, April 11, come on down to The Cooperage for the second “Sounds Like Teen Spirit” open mic night exclusively for teens from 6 to 9 p.m.

It’s a fun evening for musicians and listeners alike. All ages are invited to come, watch and enjoy the evening, but only the area’s youth will step up on stage. So, if you are an aspiring musician, poet, storyteller, juggler, actor, yodeller, dancer, or whatever, jump on stage at The Cooperage. For more information visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Pet and nature photography by two friends

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Domesticities will hold the opening of a new show, “Two Friends and their Photographs” on Saturday, April 12. Nyssa Calkin and Brad Walrod are friends who share a passion for photography, using the lens to explore subjects they care deeply about.  Read more

‘Reflection’ at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present the opening reception for a members’ show titled “Reflection” on April 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. The theme of reflection is represented in the artists’ works in a literal sense, as in subjects of water and mirrors, and also subjectively, as in the practice of contemplation. Artists, using contemplation as their source for inspiration, then reflect what is happening personally and in society through their creations, whether conscious or unconscious. The exhibit runs until May 5.  Read more

Folk duo Hannah & Maggie

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host folk, pop and harmony duo Hannah & Maggie on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room at the Silk Mill. The award-winning New York City duo has set out to make the world of singer-songwriters a more cheerful place as they blend the folk music they were raised on with a modern-day melodic energy. They’ve been compared to Simon & Garfunkel and The Indigo Girls.  Read more

Teen Reading Lounge to discuss ‘Divergent’

HONESDALE, PA — Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) is an interactive book discussion series created by PA Humanities Council for public libraries to encourage teens, ages 12 to 18, to read and talk about literature that matters to them. Through book discussion and artistic workshops with a qualified facilitator, teens create special projects and sharpen critical thinking skills.  Read more

Not just for women; A new day in woodworking

GLEN SPEY, NY — The scene is as old as the first colonial American settlements and as modern as 21st-century America: four women friends, gathered around a crafting table, are working on projects while exchanging gossip and small talk. Their instructor interrupts the session with a drill sergeant bark, “I want these pieces as smooth as a baby’s butt!” The women gleefully pick up their tools and, one by one, power sanders roar to life. This is the April 2 meeting of the 2013-2014 Women’s Winter Wonderland Woodworking Workshop.  Read more

A big step backwards

New York State’s (NYS) new energy plan starts off with an overview, “Shaping the Future of Energy,” which expresses admirable aspirations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and move to renewable energy generation. The bad news comes in Volume II, which outlines the plan’s specifics in 618 pages of statistics and predictions.  Read more

Spring is trying to spring

After a few milder than normal winters, this winter has been an eye opener for many people; it has been cold with very few breaks and the wood pile that was slightly more than half used through last winter is now down to the last few logs of the last row. Spring officially arrived on March 20 this year, but as I write this column, it is 24 degrees and the wind is gusting up to 40 mph.  Read more

Sundance film series comes to Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Public Library (WCPL), partnering with the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), has been honored by being selected to present a series of international film screenings funded by the Sundance Institute and its Film Forward project. The project uses the power of cinema to advance cultural dialog across generations, religions, ethnicity and borders. Pennsylvania was chosen as one of four states for these screenings.  Read more

Free bowling night for teens

CALLICOON, NY — Free bowling for teen and preteen youth at Krystal Bowl, 9202 State Rte. 97, is again offered on Saturday, April 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. Two games, shoe rental and supper are provided by Grace Lutheran Church of North Branch. Rev. Dr. Norm David, the church’s pastor, will be happy to provide transportation for any who need a ride. He may be reached at 845/482-4343.

Salon Series presents ‘Silverstein,’ a new play

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Salon Series presents a theatrical reading of “Silverstein,” a new play by Bill Donnelly, on Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. The reading will be held in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.  Read more

Lyric Quartet begins Parksville USA festival

PARKSVILLE, NY — The Parksville USA Music Festival kicks off its 2014 concert series with The Lyric Quartet this Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at The Dead End Café.  Read more

Monticello school music groups perform in Albany

MONTICELLO, NY — On Friday, March 14 the Monticello High School Jazz Band, directed by Andrew Verdino, and RJK Middle School Jazz Band, directed by Mike Mingo, performed at the state capitol building in Albany for the annual Music in Our Schools month. The state capitol showcases talented student performing groups during the month of March every year. Pictured are the two performing groups and their directors.

International Tabletop Day comes to Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold its 2nd annual International Tabletop Day, a celebration of board games, on Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be five teaching tables, where visitors can learn new games or polish their skills at classics. A life-sized version of Carcassone will be set up on the stage. Two local game developers will demonstrate their in-progress creations; help them out by testing their games and offering them feedback. A kid’s table will keep the little ones occupied. All participants are encouraged to bring their own favorite games to play.  Read more

GLBT prom held locally

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold its 2nd annual GLBTQ and Ally Prom on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. The dinner/dance will be held at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing, 120 Rt. 6 and Rt. 209. This year’s theme is Mad Hatter. Local celebrity, Sugar, will be featured, with music provided by DJ Flow and Hot-Traxx Entertainment. There will be a photo booth provided by Flash Shack.  Read more

The Catskill Club: 1920s-themed black-tie event

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will present a night of entertainment that embraces the era of the 1920s at the exclusive speakeasy, “The Catskill Club,” on Saturday, April 12 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Monticello Casino & Raceway. The black-tie-optional event (costumes encouraged) is sponsored by Monticello Casino & Raceway, Empire Resorts, EPR Properties and Hart Howerton.  Read more

Upcoming concerts in Milford

MILFORD, PA — During April, Kindred Spirits Arts Programs will present the vocal group Calmus Ensemble on Saturday, April 5, and jazz singer Chris McNulty on Friday, April 25. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catharine St. The program will include early music from the time before Bach, songs by Brahms and Schubert, and German chansöns written by Ludwig Bohme. The five vocalists of Calmus have sung together since 1999, and have recorded 15 albums and performed at Carnegie Hall and other top concert halls throughout Europe and the Americas.  Read more