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February 2012

Broadway cabaret at the museum

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a Broadway cabaret on Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum. Homemade desserts will be served.  Read more

SUNY Sullivan screens ‘Rumblestrips’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — There will be a free screening of “Rumblestrips,” a film that has not yet been released, in the Seelig Theater at SUNY Sullivan on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Directed by and featuring John Adams, “Rumblestrips” stars Toby Poser (Adams), who has appeared on stage, screen and on television, and the Adams’ daughters LuLu and Zelda.  Read more

‘Inside Job’ in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — A screening of “Inside Job” will be presented by MoveOnSullivanNY on Sunday, February 12, at 4 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. The film examines the inner workings and questionable practices of the banking industry, which precipitated the disastrous housing crisis of 2008. Millions of people have lost their homes to foreclosure, and in Sullivan County alone, 7.7% of all mortgages have failed. This film attempts to look at what happened, and why, and who is responsible. Visit moveonsullivanny.wordpress.com.

Philharmonic, Doo Wop at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Tickets for two of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts’ most iconic performances are now on sale: the New York Philharmonic concert, scheduled this year for Saturday, July 7 featuring soloist Tracy Dahl; and the NY Doo Wop Extravaganza III, on Saturday, July 14. Tickets for both concerts can be purchased at BethelWoodsCenter.org or by phone at 800/745-3000.

Dahl will perform selections by Gershwin and Bernstein. Bramwell Tovey will conduct the Philharmonic in a performance that will also include pieces from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”  Read more

I love the Catskills!

With Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching, I continue to recuperate at home and ponder. Is it possible, I wonder, to send a Valentine to a place? How would I address it? “Dear Upper Delaware Valley” sounds strange, but is all-encompassing. “To whom it may concern” is a little too formal. If I could, I’d hire a sky writer to spread my message high above in the clouds, for all to see.  Read more

A trip to Russia: Part II

So, Verotchka, how was Russia?

“Exciting,” I have answered and also, as any 85-year-old traveler can understand, “exhausting.” Just last week, at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance exhibit, glass of wine in hand, I surprised myself saying “maddening.”

“Russia was maddening!”

After all, it is frustrating for a big talker like myself to be unable to speak the language. And though the timbre of Russian was in my ears and heart in my father’s bass voice, I knew only a few words and had forgotten the Cyrillic alphabet I had learned as a child  Read more

Utopia or oblivion

“Ameritopia.”

That’s the title of a new book by conservative radio host and professional blowhard Mark Levin. Levin, in case you’re not familiar with the fellow, is a lawyer and best-selling author, whose on-air delivery can sometimes make notorious curmudgeon Bob Grant sound like Casey Kasem in comparison. He’s become one of the more successful members of that enormous gaggle of commentators and pundits who make scads of money by telling their mostly-quite-comfortable audiences how embattled and imperiled they are, and how our society has become inundated by “liberal media.”  Read more

MARYLOU BETANCOURT

Marylou Betancourt of Glen Spey, NY, died Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY. She was 69.

She was born May 31, 1942 in New Rochelle, NY, the daughter of the late Alexander and Mary Grace Hortman Lanza.

A family statement read: “Marylou enjoyed crafting, reading, gardening and entertaining online friends with her unique wit and humor. She shared her life with her beloved pets. She was loved and will be missed by all.”  Read more

CATHERINE A. WARD BORTNER

Catherine A. Ward Bortner, a long-time resident of Shohola, PA, passed away January 25th at the Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey after a short severe illness. She would have turned 64 on January 29.

Catherine grew up in Port Huron, MI.

She graduated from Pratt Institute with a BA in Fashion Design. Following a 15-year career in the fashion industry in NYC and after her marriage to Rolf Bortner in 1987, she relocated to Shohola. She taught at the Homestead School in Glen Spey, NY for three years.  Read more

JANNETTA M. CARITO

Jannetta M. Carito of Prompton, PA died Friday evening at the Forest City Nursing Home. She was 84. Her husband, Joseph Carito, died in 1997.

Born in 1928 in Cochecton Center NY, she was the daughter of the late Emmett and Frances Case Dailey.

She worked in the garment industry and was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Carbondale, PA. She loved gardening, doing home improvements and sewing.

Surviving are one brother; Richard Dailey of Cochecton Center; her caregiver, niece Terry Hanson of Equinunk, PA; and several other nieces and nephews.  Read more