In My Humble Opinion


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The Hudson Valley Regional Police Pipe Band was one of the highlights during last Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Jeffersonville, NY.

Before the parade passes by

Just when I was about to give up all hope, spring has sprung. Although Mother Nature isn’t quite ready to commit, there’s no denying that winter will be beating a not-so-hasty retreat over the next few weeks, as the snows melt and that big yellow ball in the sky peeks out from time to time.


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Recording artist Mickey Barnett was persuaded to croon a song or two during the Sullivan County Museum’s First Sunday Music and History Program in Hurleyville, NY.

                   

Spring forward, fall back

It’s that time of year again. As Old Man Winter considers taking a back seat, the weather vacillates, see-sawing from mild to wild. It’s below 30 as I write this, but we’re expecting near 60 by the time The River Reporter hits


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Some of the nine women reading from Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” were more prepared than others at the Seelig Theatre last weekend.

If you don’t have anything nice to say…

There’s a lot of wisdom in that old adage, which concludes with “don’t say anything at all,” but there are times when my hands are tied and I simply can’t ignore what I’m thinking. “Sure you can,” I say to myself in the mirror with a wink.


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Support your local library

The first time I walked into a library, I wasn’t much older than five. My then-seven-year-old sister was already reading at a sixth-grade level and my mother had fostered a love of literature in us both at the earliest opportunity.


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You can’t judge a book by its cover

My dog-eared copy of Merriam-Webster’s “Idioms, Metaphors, Similes and Hyperbole” states that “you can’t judge a book by its cover,” a well-known metaphorical phase, “which means that you shouldn’t pre-judge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone.” Although my mother drilled this into my head a


 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.


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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.


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”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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Snow, ice and rain—who could ask for anything more?

The Iceman Cometh

Of course, I’m referring to the epic ice storm that rained down on the Upper Delaware River region a few days ago, and not the Broadway play written by Eugene O’Neill in 1946. Yep, it’s that time of year again, when I’m tempted to whine incessantly about the weather.


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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.

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