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September 2012

In the wake of Frank Robisch’s passing

I attended Frank Robisch’s funeral yesterday.

A man who played a significant role in my childhood.

As a child he defined all goodness from the apples to the pigs, from the hills to the valleys.

And in thinking about his life, at least the earlier part, it always makes me feel happy—makes me feel the kind of warmth one finds in reading a good book.

I visited Frank this past spring at his nursing home in Honesdale. He barely remembered me.

And after the visit I felt odd. I felt disconnected with humanity.

I didn’t know how to talk to Frank. I didn’t know how to relate.  Read more

Running for Bethel Town Board

My name is Robert Blais, and I am pleased to announce that I am running for election again this year for Councilman in the Town of Bethel. I was appointed to the Board in June to fill the vacancy left by the sudden passing of our good friend Richard Crumley. It has been an honor for me to once again have had this opportunity to serve the town.  Read more

Welcome to the sustainability revolution

A relentless drumbeat of news in recent months suggests that climate change is for real, that it is happening faster than expected, and that it is largely caused by human actions. For instance, according to the National Ice and Snow Data Center, arctic ice is at record summer lows, shrinking in early September to an area 45% smaller than lows reached in the 1980s and 1990s. The rate of loss this summer was 50% worse than projected. And August was the 330th month in a row worldwide with temperatures higher than the 20th-century average.  Read more

Three Arrested in Monticello for Felony Gang Assault

Monticello police have arrested Shamhrial Brown (23) of Hurleyville, Terrence Hulse (29) of Monticello and Earl Singer IV (27) of the Bronx following an investigation into the gang assault upon 2 males victims. The defendants were each charged with felony gang assault in the 1st degree and misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree.  Read more

Farmers’ market potluck and locavore challenge

CALLICOON, NY — Farmers’ market and locavore supporters will gather on Sunday, September 30, 3 p.m. at the Callicoon Creek Park to share food and conversation.

Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share that incorporates at least one ingredient sold by any of the vendors. Attendees should also bring a plate, utensils, napkin, cup, beverage of choice and a blanket or lawn chair.

There is no cost to participate and all are welcome to attend. For updates, follow the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scfma or call 845/292-6180, ext. 115.  Read more

Statewide potluck celebrates local foods

YOUNGSVILLE, NY —A local business, Domesticities and The Cutting Garden, will host a local potluck this Sunday, joining countless others statewide for a “Potluck Across New York.” This event is part of NOFA-NY’s Locavore Challenge and will be held September 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 4055 State Route 52. A locavore is a person who eats foods grown locally, and so potluck participants are asked to bring a favorite dish made with local ingredients. They are also asked to bring their own eating utensils and a beverage.  Read more

Learn where your food comes from at Family Farm Day

HAWLEY, PA — Get an up-close view of some of the farm animals that help to produce fresh, local food during Mill Market’s Family Farm Day on September 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill. The event is free and open to the public.

Mill Market is a one-stop source for local food and goods made within 200 miles of the Lake Wallenpaupack region. The market fosters sustainability and a thriving local economy through its support of keeping locally spent dollars “local.”  Read more

Food matters

Consumers and farmers share common ground  Read more

Victoria and the boa

The woman was strange looking, almost cartoonish. She stood a few feet in front of me with an oversized shopping cart, her daughter in a matching purple sweat suit by her side. The line to the register had been overwhelming at the Astor Place K-mart electronics department. It stretched 20 people long, the end reaching into the men’s underwear aisle.

In my hands was my single purchase, a 10-pack of DVD covers to package and send off my editing reel. The woman’s shopping cart was full.  Read more

Reading with author Nina Burleigh at the CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Nina Burleigh, a journalist and the author of five books including the bestseller “The Fatal Gift of Beauty,” will be at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, October 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. She will read from her upcoming e-book, tentatively titled, “Under the Black Blanket,” and will answer questions about her writing.

Burleigh also will talk about the six weeks she spent in the Middle East this year, working a short book about the status of women in the wake of the Arab Spring, and share her observations on women, religion and politics in this region.  Read more