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October 26, 2016
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A friend to farmers

LIBERTY, NY — Farmers are busy people. Busy during planting season, during the harvest, and generally busy on a day-to-day basis. While they work on growing their product, it’s easy to lose sight of marketing and selling that product. That’s where certain programs and initiatives can step in to help.  Read more

How ‘bout them apples

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.  Read more

Up, up and away!

The skies above Jeffersonville, NY were a bit gray last Saturday as the first-ever Hot Air Balloon Festival got underway, and weather plays an all-important role when it comes to safety. All in all, eight balloon pilots were scheduled to take to the air, traveling from the open field behind Dick’s Auto to the hills of the Villa Roma Resort, but only one was able to take off before the others were grounded due to high winds and the threat of rain on the horizon.  Read more

These really should be ‘one of the above’; On-site grass pelletizers

HONESDALE, PA — As peak oil and global warming have increased the urgency of finding replacements for fossil fuels, the option of biomass is one that is frequently mentioned without ever seeming to gain much of a foothold, at least in this country. But there are some locals who have been developing some interesting techniques and ideas about one kind of biomass that could prove a boon to our own area: grass pellets that can be burned, like wood pellets, for heat.  Read more

A conversation between writer and reader; Literary festival comes to Milford

MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.  Read more

A new cast in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The ebb and flow of prosperity has been a feature of small towns since their beginnings. They go through stages of economic boom and bust, popularity and abandonment, flourishing and faltering. Every town has its day. The spotlight now is on the hamlet of Callicoon, which is experiencing a renaissance as new businesses come in and mainstays switch locations.  Read more

An award-winning filmmaker comes home; Zac Stuart-Pontier at the Big Eddy

Now in its fifth year, the Big Eddy Film Festival is coming to town, and this year, editor/producer Zac Stuart-Pontier is along for the ride. Born in Honesdale, PA, Zac spent his formative years in and around Narrowsburg, NY (and The River Reporter; he is the son of current publisher Laurie Stuart and former editor Glenn Pontier). He is excited to be returning to the region to represent his latest film, “Bleed for This,” which is being screened at major film festivals before opening nationwide in November of this year.  Read more

Brewery in Eldred celebrates one year in business

ELDRED, NY — One thing you might not think of when thinking about making beer (or staring into your beer glass, pondering its flavor and froth), is that beer is mostly water. So the water used to make it, one would think, is of utmost importance. When Bill Lenczuk and his wife Cindy started Shrewd Fox Brewery in Eldred, he knew the importance of water in brewing beer. The brewery is located in the old post office, and Lenczuk said, “The well water is well suited for making beer.” Bingo.  Read more

It’s alive! Western Hotel back in business

CALLICOON, NY — It was first built in 1852, a few years after the first train ran through what was then Callicoon Depot, part of the railroad-related boom that turned a single house into a bustling community. Originally, it was built in the Greek revival style, but sometime around the turn of the 20th century, the roof was raised and two stories and a mansard roof were added to create the iconic structure that dominates Upper Main Street in Callicoon today. For well over 100 years, it was a vibrant part of the hamlet’s commercial life. Then, for some years, it lay dormant.  Read more

You’ve got meal: Early Bird Cookery brings fresh, home-cooked food to your door

REGION — While meal delivery services are booming in metropolitan areas, the food used in those meals is grown right in our backyard. Amy Miller, a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York and the founder and owner of Early Bird Cookery who lives in Cochecton, realized she could utilize the proximity to local farms and create meals delivered to people who live here and in the city.  Read more