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Life in the neutral zone

A friend of mine recently turned me on to an interesting book by William Bridges, called “The Way of Transition: Embracing Life’s Most Difficult Moments.” Bridges, a well-known organizational consultant, author and speaker, has written several works on dealing with “transition” within organizations and careers, but this particular work is more a


TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

Sixteen year-old Ronald Kelson sang a selection from “Don Quixote” on stage at SUNY Sullivan last Sunday, while auditioning for Forestburgh Playhouse producer Franklin Trapp.

Curtain up

While many of you are fans of winter and all things associated with it, I’m not that guy. Oh, sure—it can be picture-postcard-pretty here in the Upper Delaware River region, and I do enjoy taking photos in the winter wonderland, which helps the days pass.


Photo contributed by Karen Walker Scarbrough
Martha Hippensteel poses with her brothers and father in front of “Sleepy Hollow” in the Luxton Lake section of Narrowsburg, circa 1949.

Narrowsburg News 1/16/19

In one of my 2018 “Narrowsburg News” columns, I solicited information from readers on a house in the Luxton Lake section of town. I had just bought the circa 1860s farmhouse, which was abandoned for many decades, and was starting the process of renovating it.


Photo contributed by the Wayne County Historical Society

The great Gettysburg Reunion of 1913

The great Gettysburg Reunion of 1913 marked the 50th anniversary of the crucial Civil War battle and the largest official gathering of veterans from both sides of the conflict. A total of 53,407 veterans, 8,750 of them Confederate, gathered peacefully from June 29 through July 4, 1913, with delegations from 46 of the 48 states.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

In the mid-2000s, the National Park Service obtained funds to purchase and release galerucella beetles, pictured here. These leaf beetles are host-specific predators of purple loosestrife, an invasive plant that is displacing many native plant species in our region.

New York announces invasive species grants

It’s the middle of winter, and you’re probably not thinking now about  invasive species. Then again, it’s hard to forget clearing thickets of Japanese barberry or treating hemlocks for wooly adelgid, if you’ve ever had to do these tasks.


TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

A standing-room-only crowd of concerned citizens attended Dafna Tachover’s lecture on the possible adverse affects of wireless technology, presented last weekend at the Western Hotel.

Just say ‘no’

While I tend to refrain from making public declarations of New Year’s resolutions, I do make a list that I keep on the down low. I figure that if I don’t speak it aloud, the inevitable failure to “stick to my guns” will be less humiliating. That said, number one on the list for 2019 was to “just say no.” Was. As in already past tense.


Photo from the Wayne County Historical Society

Looking Back 1/9/19

The workers of the J. S. O’Connor Rich Cut Glass Company in Hawley posed for this photo during the factory’s heyday in the 1890s. The company was one of the largest glass-cutting factories in America, as well as a major employer in Wayne County, PA.

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