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January 2013

First Trout

In the year 1936, my parents built a small bungalow in what was then rural Putnam County, NY. It was mostly used as a weekend retreat. Once bass season opened, my father would often go off fishing early every Saturday morning. How I wished to be taken along. I was always told that I was too young. Of course, when something is denied, it becomes even more desired. When I was 11, my father gave me an old bamboo rod, equipped with a Shakespeare “Wonder Reel.” He suggested I use this rod to fish for trout in the Peekskill Hollow Brook. Yippee!  Read more

Right on track

WEST POINT, NY — Within each of us there resides far more strength and resolve than we could ever imagine. All that is required to unleash that powerful reserve is the right challenge and the mustering of will and perseverance to meet it head on.  Read more

Les Miserables at the Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Theater will share a percentage of its profits and $1 per person from ticket sales to benefit the programs and services of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance during the showing of Golden Globe best picture “Les Miserables” starting Friday, January 25.

The film, which is rated PG-13, will run through Thursday, January 31 with screenings at 7:30 p.m., and matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission costs $9.50; $8 on Mondays and for matinees; and $7 for children under 12.  Read more

Bridal show slated for Woodloch resort

HAWLEY, PA — The Inn at Woodloch will host its first ever bridal show featuring many wedding vendors and professionals from the region on Sunday, January 27 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Vendors include bridal shops, salons, photographers, bakeries, DJs and more. In addition to meeting vendors and learning about wedding planning, prospective brides will be able to sample foods, enjoy a free glass of champagne and hear the musical entertainment of a live band. Cost of admission is $8. The Inn at Woodloch is located at 731 Welcome Lake Road.

Book swap at Belle Reve Senior Living

MILFORD, PA — Belle Reve Senior Living will hold a book swap on Saturday, January 26 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Books ranging from children’s to adult will be available. Due to an overwhelming response, additional books are no longer being accepted for this swap. However, there are plenty of books to take home and enjoy.
Leftover books will be donated to Boy Scout Troop 77 for their annual yard sale.
For more information, visit www.bellerevesl.com or call 570/409-9191.

Stamp collectors to hold auction

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Philatelic Society will hold a 20-lot auction at its February 3 meeting at 1 p.m. at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 2 Jefferson St. Several appraisers also will be on hand for collectors who want an estimate of what their stamps are worth. There will also be a regular trading session, door prizes and giveaways. Contact Art Rosenzweig at 845/794-2586.

RiverFolk Concerts presents acoustic bluegrass band

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts presents Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen on Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m. at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. This group plays a wide variety of new acoustic American roots music, focusing on bluegrass and acoustic country with influences of blues, folk, swing and jazz.  Read more

Promises, promises

Am I the only one who misses the old days? It’s no secret that I’m a fan of all things technological, yet (considering the last few days) I now see that my dependence on an electronic connection to the world-at-large has rendered me all but helpless when unforeseen events cause it to crash. I thought I had grasped this during Hurricane Sandy, but that disaster affected millions and I took some small comfort knowing that I was not alone.  Read more

Change-up at Weekend of Chamber Music; Founder passes the baton

BETHEL, NY — Performer that she is, Judith Pearce started this press conference with a touch of theater. She leaned on the long, gleaming bar now located in the Catskill Distillery tucked behind the Dancing Cat Saloon. In 1994, she said, when she founded Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM), the bar was located in a hotel in Jeffersonville, and she sat around the bar with members of the Lions Club, thinking, “I have never sat in a bar with only men.” It was worth it; she left with a check for $100.  Read more

January 17, 2013 - January 24, 2013

LeRoy R. Gries

LeRoy R. Gries of Winter Haven, FL, formerly of Damascus Township, died Friday, January 11, 2013 in Florida. He was 86.

Graveside funeral services with military honors were held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 in the Hillside Cemetery Route 371 in Damascus with Rev. Lane Jones officiating.

Carolyn “Mickey” Spellman Murphy

Carolyn “Mickey” Spellman Murphy of Newport, NY passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Valley Health Services in Herkimer surrounded by her loving family. She was 83.  Read more