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 spotted artists Rocky Pinciotti, left, Candy Spilner and Allan Rubin at the 4 Art Gallery opening reception last Saturday. Artists supporting artists. Gotta love that.

Home is where the art is

I’ve written all sorts of Valentine’s Day columns over the years. In an effort to not repeat myself, I re-read several over the weekend, having pulled them from the archives here at The River Reporter. It wasn’t long before a theme emerged. Apparently, I’m not a big fan of the “L word.” Some essays were snarky, others were rude.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

The Great Backyard Bird Count commences

Are you looking for an excuse to get outdoors—or maybe not with the sub-zero temperatures experienced recently? Good news: If you can look out your window from that nice warm kitchen or living room and count the birds you see for at least 15 minutes, you can participate in the 22nd Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).  


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Artist Dale Emmart’s colorful oil paintings are part of the group show at the Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor, NY. 

Color my world

Traditionally, I consider February my “slow” month—a period of time when more than a few businesses, art galleries, restaurants, theaters and the like, shutter for a few weeks in anticipation of the hustle and bustle that spring inevitably ushers in here in the Upper Delaware River region.


Photo contributed by the Basket Historical Society

The main barn at Andersen’s farm in Long Eddy, one of the area’s larger producers of maple syrup.

Looking Back 2/6/19

Late winter is upon New York, and the prime season for maple sugaring is nearing. Producing the second-highest quantity of maple syrup—only behind Vermont—New York has a rich history of tapping its state tree, the sugar maple, every winter.


 TRR photos by Sandy Long

Beaver are semi-aquatic mammals that weigh between 30 to 60 pounds and range in length from 20 to 25 inches with flat, textured, paddle-shaped tails approximately 10 to 15 inches long. The tails serve as rudders when swimming, store fat in winter, provide balance and act as a prop when the animal is cutting down trees. Beaver also use their tails to warn potential predators away with a loud slap on the surface of the water.

Beaver behavior

Did you know the beaver is New York State’s official mammal, or that it is North America’s largest rodent? I recently encountered the beaver depicted here and had the opportunity to observe it harvesting twigs from along an icy shoreline, then engaging in grooming activities.


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So far…

… so good, as the saying goes. The year has been good to us commuters, trains have heat, snow hasn’t caused any real major delays and the commutes have been relatively uneventful. The rest of the year will be another story. Amtrak is doing a major repair of the tunnels leading into Penn Station.


TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

”We read about it in The River Reporter,” Beach Lake’s John Betson said when asked what attracted his group to Winterfest at the Roscoe Beer Co. last Saturday. “That’s why we’re here.”

I got your #hashtag right here!

If you don’t know what a hashtag is, don’t feel bad, you are not alone.

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