Narrowsburg News 2/15

My television viewing patterns have changed a lot in recent years: less channel surfing; more watching what I want, when I want. At our house, we usually stream movies and shows on Netflix and YouTube. But did you know that the Western Sullivan Public Library system offers a free movie streaming service? It’s called Kanopy and they have over 30,000 movies available, mostly documentaries, classics and independent films. And let me repeat: it’s free. Sign up at by entering your library card number and a PIN (which is the last four digits of your phone number).

I’m actually considering cancelling my cable TV altogether, given all the affordable and more convenient options. Perfect timing, because the library is offering an upcoming session on how to pull the plug on traditional cable TV service. “Cord-Cutting 101” takes place on Monday, February 26 at 5 p.m. (Tusten-Cochecton Library, 198 Bridge St., Narrowsburg). Register in advance at

On another note, last week nearly 50 Narrowsburg business owners—from restaurateurs to Airbnb operators, real estate agents to home builders—met to discuss reinvigorating the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce (NCC). Current NCC president Jane Luchsinger commenced the meeting with a bit of history, going back to the 1930s when the NCC was formed. At that time, members would travel to New York City annually to install a booth at the National Sportsman’s Show, a trade show in midtown for outdoor enthusiasts. The booth highlighted fishing, hunting, and other activities in the Ten Mile River region. The idea was to entice city dwellers to spend some time (and money) in our neck of the woods.

Interest in the NCC has ebbed and flowed over the past 75 years, but Narrowsburg proprietors agreed it is prime time to join forces to reboot the chamber. Attendees at the meeting discussed inventive ways to promote our town’s businesses and eco-tourism, thereby greasing the gears that bring visitors (and their expendable income) to the area. At the end of the meeting, I and three others formed a nomination committee to help identify new board members (all members of the current board are planning to step down). If you are interested in being a board member of the new chamber, contact me at or 845/588-2011. All business owners and operators are encouraged to attend the next meeting on Wednesday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Tusten Town Hall (210 Bridge St., lower level, Narrowsburg).


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