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February 2011

Celebrate Carnival at Hanson

HONESDALE, PA — Marina Stavitskaya’s “Carnival,” shown here, will be among the works on exhibit at the Hanson Gallery’s upcoming show titled “Carnival Fine Art & Sculpture Collection,” opening on Saturday, February 12 with reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Other artists featured include Bea Creations, Heather Chesky, Thomas Colbert, Robert Dahl, Bayard DeNoie, Bonnie Evans, Hong T. Foo, Pauline Glykokokalos, Yanni Glykokokalos, Evgeni Gordiets, Hana Gorman, George Gots, Paula Heiser, Jeff Hiller, Heide Kwestel von Borgwardt, Richard  Read more

Dessert extravaganza helps literacy volunteers

SMALLWOOD, NY — There will be a Valentine’s Day Dessert Extravaganza on Sunday, February 13 to benefit The Bethel Literacy Center, a satellite of Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County. The event will be held at Friends Restaurant in Smallwood from 1 to 3 p.m. There is a $20 donation per person. All residents of Sullivan County are invited to attend. Call 845/583-5898.

‘Casablanca’ for Valentine’s

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will present a Valentine’s Day showing of “Casablanca” on Monday, February 14 at 8 p.m. at Cinema 6. In honor of the day, free flowers will be offered to the first 10 couples through the door, and there will be a drawing for free movie passes and gift certificates donated by local restaurants. Attendees are encouraged to come in World War II costume in keeping with the period of the film. The suggested donation is $8 for advance ticket purchases or $10 at the door, with proceeds going to support WCAA.  Read more

Crystal Cabin Fever

LAKEVILLE, PA — Sculptured Ice Works’ annual Crystal Cabin Fever event is scheduled for Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 28 this year. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

The Birchbumbles hold a deadly reunion

LIBERTY, NY — “The Hilarious Hillbilly Massacre,” an audience-participation murder mystery written by Peter DiPietro, will be presented on Saturday, February 12, at the Liberty Firehouse at 256 Sprague Avenue. The show will be performed by Big Sky Productions, and is a benefit for the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce.
Reunion hosts are Huck Birchbumble (Mike Valentine of Livingston Manor), his wife Gardenia (Carol Montana of  Read more

'If music be the food of love..."

Rock on! Hard to know for sure, but I would like to think that Shakespeare would approve of me reinterpreting his (“Twelfth Night”) sentiment, considering the circumstances.

Once again, I am overwhelmed by community outreach here in the Catskills. Now in its third year, “The Great Sullivan County Food Raiser” has grown exponentially. Spearheaded by Stacy Cohen, proprietor of the Dancing Cat Saloon (845/583-3141) in Bethel, NY, last week’s food raiser was (“Measure for Measure”) a smashing success.  Read more

The power of the preferred narrative

The ink had barely dried, so to speak, on last month’s column before events offered a textbook example illustrating the power of the “preferred narratives” about which I had written. On Saturday, January 8, just a couple of days after I had submitted the column for publication, a young man walked into a crowd at a shopping center in Tucson and opened fire—shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in the head, wounding many others, and killing six.  Read more


Lucretia W. Wahl of Corbett, NY, formerly of the Beechwoods, Callicoon, NY, a lifetime area resident, died Tuesday, February 1, 2011 after a short illness, at the Bassett Healthcare Center, Cooperstown, NY. She was 95.

The daughter of the late Francis (Frank) and Julia Minor Tiffany, she was born May 10, 1915 in the Town of Colchester, NY.

Lucretia graduated from the Walton Normal School and became a teacher; later she was a poultry and dairy farmer. She was a member of the Colchester Community Church Colchester Senior Citizens and the Walton Grange #1554.  Read more


Susan A. Stella of Port Jervis, NY passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 4, 2011, in Port Jervis. She was 41.

She was born January 28, 1970 in Middletown, NY, the daughter of Kathleen Caston Sikorski and the late John Ceasar Sikorski.

She was married on February 14, 2007 to her loving husband, Robert J. Stella.  Read more


George Joseph Pomes of Port Jervis, NY, a lifetime resident of the area, died Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after a long illness. He was 82.

He was born August 18, 1928 in Sparrowbush, NY, the son of the late George P. and the late Ann M. Flannery Pomes. He was married for 47 years to Marjorie Ferguson Pomes, who died July 30, 1998.

George was a 1946 graduate of Port Jervis High School. He worked at the A&P in Port Jervis for 49 years, retiring as a butcher.  Read more