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July 2013

Children's author at the library

August 2, 2013

Sunshine Hall Free Library presents Barbara Listenik, local children's author and illustrator, 3:30pm. Children ages 5-12 are invited to meet Barbara, and hear her read from one of her books. Light refreshments. Free. 845/557-6258.

A Night at the Theatre with Jonathan Fox: Legendary Holy Grail (of comedy) unearthed at the Forestburgh Playhouse!

It’s true. The Holy Grail has been found. With considerable help from the dark and twisted minds of Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, Python alum Eric Idle (book and lyrics) created a “lovingly ripped-off” musical version of their film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” turned it upside down and teamed up with John Du Prez (additional music) to create “Monty Python's Spamalot,” now playing in Forestburgh.  Read more

Tackling illegal dumping in PA

An Illegal Dumpsite Survey (IDS) of Pennsylvania has been completed, and the results aren’t pretty. From 2005 to 2013, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB) performed the county-based survey of the Commonwealth, identifying 6,487 illegal dumpsites containing an estimated 18,516.83 tons of trash.

The results only capture sites that are visible from the public right-of-way and do not include farm dumps or dumps on private lands. For this reason, KPB notes, “It can be presumed that there are significant numbers of illegal dumpsites out of sight on private property.”  Read more

Go Native in your Catskill Garden

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Monday, July 22 at 1 p.m., the public is invited to join Molly Marquand for a free public program called “Managing the Catskills Garden: Go Native.” Meet at Morgan Outdoors and then tour Livingston Manor’s Renaissance Park just one block away.

Marquand is the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator, based in Arkville.

Learn about invasive species that threaten Catskill natural diversity and ways to stop invasive plants from spreading in the garden. Boost biodiversity by planting Catskill native plants.  Read more

Reel in the fish at PPL Learning Center

HAWLEY, PA — Summer Nature Series: Fishing for Little Kids will be held at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on Wednesday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Children will learn about basic fishing. Learn to rig a fishing rod, bait a hook and cast the line. Bring your own fishing tackle or feel free to borrow from PPL. Parent help will be appreciated. Parents who help can do everything except cast and reel in a fishing line unless they have a fishing license. They can be purchased at local sporting goods stores. Call 570/253-7001.

Herbalist leads medicinal plant walk

HAWLEY, PA — A medicinal plant walk will be led by herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Join Whitmore for a walk around the preserve in search of medicinal plants in bloom. He will identify the plants and explain how they can be used to treat common ailments. Registration is not required for this free program. Meet at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. For more information, call 570/253-7001.

See the Delaware from the top of Jensen’s Ledges

LORDVILLE, NY — On Saturday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. a park ranger from the Upper Delaware National Park Service will lead a hike of the Bouchoux Trail, known locally as Jensen’s Ledges.

This difficult two-mile round-trip hike leads to a panoramic view of the Upper Delaware River Valley at the summit of Jensen’s Ledges. Quarrying of bluestone was once a large industry in the area, as evidenced by the large bluestone piles that are still visible today.  Read more

Investigate streams at Varden

VARDEN, PA — Varden Conservation Area (VCA) will hold an environmental education program titled “Stream Investigation” on Thursday, July 25 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Tannery Access. Join the park naturalist to delve into Middle Creek to search for macroinvertebrates—stream critters that have an exoskeleton and can be seen with the naked eye—such as dragonfly larva, mayfly nymphs and crayfish. This is a great program for scouts and families. Wear old shoes or waders and dress to get wet. Registration is suggested by calling 570/676-0567 or emailing PromisedLandEnvEdSp@pa.gov.

Mushroom society leads walk

HAWLEY, PA — A mushroom hike as part of a summer nature series will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at PPL’s Shuman Point Natural Area. The presenter is Jack Barnett of the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society.

The walk will be along the Shuman Point trail, and participants will learn how to identify mushrooms on the hike. Shuman Point Natural Area is located between Lakeville and Hawley on Route 590. Meet in the parking area at 10 a.m. Held rain or shine. No registration is required for this free program. Email delhlmushroom soc@yahoo.com.

Word of the day: ephemeral

Words. Can’t get enough of them. My ongoing love affair with language continues to flourish as I constantly strive to find new ways with which to describe my adventures here in the Upper Delaware Valley. Although today’s word is no stranger to me, it cropped up repeatedly over the last week, and so I decided to flip through the dictionary, lest I be using it improperly.

Ephemeral—(adjective): Lasting for a very short time. Fashions are ephemeral… Having a very short life cycle (chiefly of plants).  Read more