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May 30, 2016
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A day on the river

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.  Read more

Independent campsites offer a break from city congestion

Michael D’Agostino and his wife Eloise were driving home from a “disastrous” camping trip (let’s just say a Wiccan full-moon ceremony was involved), when they passed by a bucolic farm. “What if we could camp there?” D’Agostino mused. Then the lightning bolt hit. What if we could camp THERE?  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

The boys (and girls) of summer are back in Glen Spey

GLEN SPEY, NY — Forget about the birds and the buds: when the mitts and the bats come out, you know that summer can’t be too far behind. They emerged in Glen Spey a couple of weekends ago in the first Little League game of the season, and Glen Spey resident and photographer John Cassidy captured these priceless moments for us.

They wave, I wave back: What drives a community activist?

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.  Read more

Luxury meets functionality; The Velvet Maple opens in Honesdale

Alessandra Iavarone’s new favorite word is “juxtaposition.” Her store, The Velvet Maple, on Main Street in Honesdale, PA, is a study in contrast—chandelier versus industrial, trendy but functional, cutting edge meets classic. In the shop you’ll find clothing, accessories, home décor, textiles and more.  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

Gallery Eva opens in Callicoon; An artist’s dream comes true

After attending the School of Industrial Design in Prague, Czech-born artist Eva Drizhal moved to the United States in 1979, and she had a plan: to freely express herself through artistic endeavors in as many ways as possible and align with a community of like-minded individuals who share her commitment to draw, paint and sculpt a reflection of her innermost thoughts and the world around her. Drizhal found that community in Callicoon, NY, where she has lived for almost 30 years.  Read more

Welcome home; New Cooperage director returns to her roots

Some things in life are serendipitous, as we all know. Taking a chance pays off, paths meet and new opportunities begin. It just so happened that as the venerable executive director of The Cooperage Project, Doni Hoffman, was stepping down, area native Ryanne Jennings was returning to Honesdale.  Read more

“Damn Yankees!” home run

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — In our March 10 issue, Sullivan West journalism class students Leif Johansen and Camille Sensiba wrote an article about Sullivan West’s then upcoming production of the classic musical “Damn Yankees!” On March 11, 12 and 13, the cast put on a spirited performance in a stellar show, and the photos of Joan Glase and Rocky Pinciotti, parents of one of the stars, Gabriel Pinciotti, captured the moment.