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Nine-year-old Megan was armed with a lightsaber and her droid, BB-8, at the E.B. Crawford Library Star Wars Jedi Training Workshop, held on May the Fourth. Get it?

Put on a happy face

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people through the media and local events.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

Painted turtles are among the first reptiles to be seen in the spring. They can frequently be seen basking on logs or on the shore of lakes and ponds. A suitable log may host a dozen turtles as they seek the warm rays of the sun.

If you don’t like the weather, blink

April is the first full month in spring, and she can be one of the most changeable months of the year weather-wise. A few days of balmy, sunny warmth can be followed by near blizzard conditions.

Entropy resolved

Packing up your life to make it look better to other people is one of the dreariest of jobs. Also back-breaking, irritating and illuminating of things you don’t want illuminated.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Representing all age groups, the Ruiz family, from Livingston Manor, showed up in full force to participate in the seventh annual “RISE: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event held at the government center in Monticello.

It's not all fun and games

I’m not gonna lie: as many of you suspect, I have a pretty cool job. Whether I’m attending a concert under the stars, taking my seat at a sold-out performance of “Annie,” or photographing kids flying their kites in the great outdoors, more often than not, I’m having fun with Dharma the Wonder Dog along for the ride.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has identified trees as a top tool in addressing climate change. The agency is urging citizens to plant native tree species along streams to improve riparian buffers, as well as in backyards and community spaces. Riparian buffers are the trees, shrubs and grasses that serve as transitional zones from land to water. They act as filters for sediments and pollutants and help to keep them from reaching the water. Find helpful information in Common Trees of Pennsylvania (https://tinyurl.com/ya526lkf) or through the riparian buffer initiative (https://tinyurl.com/yd6n643c) or from TreeVitalize (https://tinyurl.com/y79amt9d). 

Trees please

The Upper Delaware River region experienced excessive damage to and loss of many trees during intense winter storms that delivered heavy snow and powerful winds during the final weeks of winter. Evidence of those impacts can still be seen in Pennsylvania’s Pike and Wayne counties, and in Sullivan County, New York.


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Relentless spring

Relentless spring, we are joyful in your persistence as you battled for your time on earth over dreaded winter. You arrived early, over a month ago. The arctic beast still had its claws in deep, refusing to yield. Still you marched on against the interminable Old Man Winter.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Thirteen year-old Carter Paterson, center, and his talented fellow members of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City performed everything from Broadway to Mozart with incredible style at Bethel Woods last weekend.

Like sands through the hourglass…

I’m almost afraid to say it, but it would appear that spring has sprung. Turns out that all we needed was a few consecutive days of sunshine, coupled with temps above freezing, to melt the mountains of snow.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

Two wood frogs are in amplexus; the male is above the female with his forelegs locked together. They will remain so coupled until the female deposits her eggs, usually on an under branch or other object, next to egg masses of other wood frogs. Color phases of wood frogs can be dark brown to a light tan, with the lighter colors seen during the summer when they are out of the water.

Hearable herps

April is usually the month when you can count on hearing the first frogs of spring. Sometimes, they start in late March, but this has been a colder spring than usual.

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