On October 2, Jim Graham and I took one last trip to the Willowemoc Creek in Sullivan County. We fished the “Finkelstein” water. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has done a fine job of rehabilitating this access that had been slowly eroding into the river. The right-hand bank is now armored with large boulders that will protect it in periods of high water. Unfortunately, the DEC seems to have used heavy equipment to create a very wide, shallow area right at the access. Hopefully the Willowemoc will rearrange this area as it pleases during the next high-water flows. Read more
Sunshine laws were created to ensure citizens access to government meetings where public business is discussed. For a time last week, there was precious little sunshine to be found as the Sullivan County Legislature held a closed-door meeting on Thursday regarding the county’s publicly funded tourism promotion efforts. By Friday, however, the sunshine thankfully broke through as legislators apparently had a change of heart. Read more
UPPER DELAWARE REGION — A low fog settles over the Delaware River as dusk begins its descent on October 15. Humans clad in waders and sporting headlamps arrange equipment along the shoreline as others board a boat. A long heavy net stretches between them. As the light fades, the seining begins, with representatives of several agencies working to determine the current health of American shad populations in the non-tidal Delaware River. Read more
The fall forests are full of fanciful fungi right now. Two common but interesting mushrooms that are easily encountered in the Upper Delaware region are puffballs and jelly fungi.
Puffballs are part of a class of fungi known as Gasteromycetes (stomach fungi) that produce spores inside their fruit bodies. They are most often spherical or pear-shaped with rough outer walls and smooth inner walls that act as pouches for the powdery spore masses contained within. Read more
There are those who would argue that I never tire of my favorite subject: me. But after this last week, even I have had enough. It all began months ago, when I (foolishly?) agreed to make some public appearances around the Upper Delaware valley. Truth be told, these requests for my presence were, as always, actually invitations for Dharma the wonder dog to participate in local events. Read more
At the end of the meal, my phone is gone. I look around the table. I pat my pockets. Check my bag. No way! I hadn’t even gotten up from dinner and someone had swiped my phone from right under my nose. Everyone in the restaurant is sympathetic. My friends help me make one final search around the table. No luck.
It had all started with a bit of iPhone 5 envy. Emily got one the day they came out a few weeks ago and it was light and fast, sharp and cool. Unfortunately, I am not due for an upgrade for six months so I wasn’t getting a new iPhone without paying some crazy exorbitant fee. Read more
HONESDALE, PA —The Honesdale Rotary’s annual International Flavors, a gourmet feast of local and international dishes prepared by area restaurants and Rotarians will be held at Honesdale High School on Saturday, November 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Local Boys will provide entertainment. Proceeds benefit Honesdale Rotary charities, including the international student exchange program. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County will hold its annual Chicken BBQ and Recognition Dinner on Friday, October 26 at the Jeffersonville Fire Hall at 6:30 p.m.
A band of local musicians, “Nothin’ New,” will play throughout the night.
Following dinner, an awards presentation honoring several of CCE’s supporters will be held. Raffles and a silent auction will be held with prizes awarded. The CCE 2013 fundraiser calendar will debut with its photo contest winners. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — The Pike County Conservation District board will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” at their annual dinner on November 8 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Conference Center at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public.
Attendees will see a film about Rachel Carson’s life and listen to readings from “Silent Spring.”
Tickets cost $35 per person, payable to the Pike County Conservation District. RSVP before November 5 at 570/26-8220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.