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May 2013

‘Above and Beyond’ mixed media by Erica Hart at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Above and Beyond,” an exhibit of mixed media works by Erica Hart, opens with a reception on Friday, May 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through June 8.  Read more

Bluegrass at Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — The Coal Town Rounders, four young bluegrass players from Scranton, PA, will take the stage in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m.

The group is comprised of Jason Zarnowski on upright string bass, Ian O’Hara on banjo, Matthew Hiller on mandolin and Chris Kearney on guitar. Tickets cost $16 in advance, $20 at the door. Reserving tickets in advance online gets ticket holders 20% off their bill at the Glass Wine Bar and Bistro in the Silk Mill after the show. Contact 570/588-8077 or visit www.silkmillharmony.com.

Fashionably late...

It happens to the best of us. My mother was a stickler regarding good manners and raised me with a keen awareness of the social graces, including her zero-tolerance policy for tardiness. This mindset has served me well over the years, but periodically, things happen that are simply beyond our control and the past week has illustrated the point nicely. The fact that Mother’s Day fell squarely in the middle of it all did not escape me, but I was forced to accept the irony and let the chips fall where they might.  Read more

A field day for writers

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be something for almost everyone at River Rocks Poetry Jamboree (PoJam, for short), the all-day event on May 18 in Narrowsburg that marks the 20th anniversary of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC). From 1 to 10 p.m., seven individual events, all free of charge, will celebrate the art and craft of writing: a parade; a panel discussion; an afternoon wine and cheese reception; a book launch and signing; an open microphone session; a poetry reading followed by a Q&A session; and an evening reception with refreshments.  Read more

Lake Huntington News may 16

What a great time I had this weekend. You know how it is when you just need to get away, and so I went camping with my husband, brother Teddy, his granddaughter Kayla and our friend Trevor at Jelly Stone National Park in Woodburne. They rent cabins there that are like little apartments. There’s nothing like watching a burning fire till the sun goes down, and when you go to sleep listening to the rain hitting a tin roof. On the way home, we stopped off at McDonald's; it was Mother’s day and I was in a blah mood. My mother was a big ice cream lover, so to honor her I got a strawberry sundae.  Read more

Fascism 101

“You, you, fascist!”

There are very few words in our political vocabularies that are more emotionally loaded, while at the same time more saddled with multiple, not-quite-identical meanings. When a Google search on “Bush fascist” yields 5.2 million hits, and a search on “Obama fascist” yields 5.9 million, you have to wonder just what this word is supposed to mean, anyway.  Read more

May 9, 2013 - May 16, 2013

Edward Hofstee

Edward Hofstee of Bethel, NY passed away at his home on Saturday, May 11, 2013. He was 90.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 15 at the Goshen Christian Reformed Church. The Rev. David Coon officiated.

Burial in the family plot followed the services at Evergreen Cemetery, Route 17B in Bethel, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to Goshen Christian Reformed Church, Route 17A, Goshen, NY 10924; the Reformed Presbyterian Church, PO Box 208, White Lake, NY 12786 or to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.  Read more

Lawrence A. Wood

Lawrence Albert Wood of Zebulon, NC died Friday, May 10, 2013. He was 92.

A native of Yulan, NY, he was born July 21, 1920 son to the late Frank and Anna Smith Wood.

He was a veteran in the U.S. Army where he served in WWII European Theater. He was an aerospace engineer for Singer Kearfott. He was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Selma Marie West Wood, and his wife of 32 years, MaryEtta Wood and grandson Charles Jr.  Read more

Deacon Glenn J. Biagi

Deacon Glenn J. Biagi of Greeley, PA passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. He was 62.

The son of the late Arthur R. and Marie (Wettengel) Biagi, he was born August 25, 1950 in Weehawken, NJ. He was married to Mary Elaine (Yazdzik) Biagi on June 9, 1978 in Olyphant, PA.  Read more

Feast of weeds

The asparagus is up. The stout, purple stalks put those pencil-thin, store-bought shoots to shame. We have been enjoying them along with the other early spring wild things—leeks and dandelions and toothwort.

I have been gathering wild leeks (ramps as they are called in finer restaurants) with friends in the woodlands near my home. And, it is just a step outside the back door for a feast of weeds from the lawn. Dandelion greens, wilted with a dressing of vinegar and bacon grease or olive oil, make a delicious salad as well as a nutritious, green smoothie.  Read more