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Roger

On Monday, July 9, I was outside tending morning chores, when the phone rang and the answering machine picked up. I didn’t think much about the call at the time, but when I checked the caller ID, I knew. Lisa had left the message. Roger had passed.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

Painted turtles have a fitting name due to the colorful head and forelegs. This was a larger specimen, a carapace over six inches long, which I found in a cut-off pond next to the river. This is the species of turtles commonly seen in the region sunning themselves on logs and rocks on lakes and ponds.
 

Upper Delaware BioBlitz results

This year’s Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held on June 29 and 30 at the Gales Property, owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation in Starlight, Wayne County, PA. The 63.5-acre property is located on the PA side, just downstream from Hancock, NY.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Gail Bennett exudes star power in the title role of “Kiss Me Kate,” now playing at the Forestburgh Playhouse.

Down the rabbit hole

Remember Alice in Wonderland and the white rabbit? I do, and recently I’ve been heard muttering “I’m late, I’m late… for a very important date!” all around town. Even as a kid, being prompt was important, mostly because members of my family were habitually late for Thanksgiving dinners, cello recitals, school plays and the like.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

The Lackawaxen River is one of our region’s most beautiful waterways.

River Reflection

With summer’s heat and humidity in full swing lately, we make our way to water—the cherished Delaware and Lackawaxen rivers, as well as other lakes and streams throughout the Upper Delaware River region. Such waters are a primary reason that many of us choose to live here or to visit the area.


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Signs of summer

The first sign was the feeling of tiny blisters through my silk nightgown on awakening. Now, the rash is hot. It itches constantly. Blisters cover my back from neck to hip. It has come early this summer.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox
 

It took a few minutes for Peter Frampton to relax at Bethel Woods last weekend, but it took prescription drugs for me to do the same.

Just say ‘no’

It’s no secret that I’m a bit high strung, but I learned long ago that pharmaceuticals are not the answer for what ails me. I used to apologize for my idiosyncrasies, but the older I get—well, what would Popeye say? My friend Lynne was just here for a visit, and it was nice to have company for the last few days.


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Looking Back 7/5

The Glass Factory School was located in Dyberry Township, in the area known since the very early days of Wayne County as the “Old Glass Factory Road” or “Coffee-Pot Road.” The latter name supposedly came from the pupils at the Glass Factory School heating their lunch beverage on the school stove.


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Fly fishing

Summer is here, and the big insect hatches of spring are just about over. For us fly fishermen, summer fishing is a much more laid-back time to fish. The choices for trout fishing are far more limited than during the cooler months, and the insect hatches are much less diverse.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This female with her two cubs was seen about two to three weeks after they emerged from their den. These cubs will grow rapidly; in a year, they may be close to 100 pounds. The female is also wearing a radio collar. The PA Game Commission uses the collars to keep track of the number and health of cubs produced each year from selected dens.

Bears on the wild side

Bears on the wild side

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