REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and its county partners in the stream management program recently announced the start of several important stream-restoration projects across the Catskills, focusing specifically on streams that suffered damage two years ago during tropical storms Irene and Lee. The more than $9 million in work will improve water quality and protect communities by stabilizing stream banks, reconnecting streams to their floodplains, and installing other upgrades related to infrastructure protection and drainage. Read more
ANDES, NY — A new hiking trail has opened on New York City (NYC) property near the Pepacton Reservoir, thanks to a partnership between the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and local volunteers of the Catskill Mountain Club.
A sign marks the beginning of the 5.3-mile round-trip hiking trail, which will be known as the Shavertown Trail. The trailhead is located just off Route 30, across from the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the Pepacton Reservoir in the Town of Andes. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — “Volunteer Firefighters: Heroes Among Us,” featuring photographic portraits and interviews highlighting the complex day-to-day experiences and unique roles of local firefighters, opens Friday, September 6 in the LOFT gallery at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show, created by Ellen Bay and John Dzwonar from Milanville, PA, runs through Saturday, September 28 with a closing reception from 4 to 6 p.m., to coincide with the Sullivan County fire parade on Main Street in Narrowsburg. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Neil Waldman will launch his new book “Al and Teddy” at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. in Honesdale on Saturday, September 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. Waldman, a storyteller and illustrator, will tell his personal story and read from his new book. Waldman’s illustrations will be on display and books will be available for purchase and signing.
Waldman is an award-winning children’s author/illustrator and has published over 50 books, many with Boyds Mills Press in Honesdale. He has won the National Jewish Book Award, the Christopher Award and the Parent’s Choice Award, among others. Read more
HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Strike Anywhere returns to the NACL Theatre to present “Same River” on Sunday, September 8 at 4 p.m. Using first person accounts as source material, “Same River” is a multi-media improvisation on fracking and its impact on communities. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present the Liberty Free Theatre in a performance reading of the play “Red” by John Logan at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will feature Paul Austin, artistic director of the Liberty Free Theatre, in the role of acclaimed abstract painter Mark Rothko and Bradley Diuguid in the role of his assistant. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society, located at 608 Broad St. in Milford, will resume hosting canasta on the second Wednesday of each month starting in September.
The doors of the Foundation Room will open at 6:30 p.m., cards and score sheets will be available, along with light refreshments. A $5 donation is suggested.
Bring your own group or come solo and join another. Anyone needing instruction on how to play is welcomed as well. Call 570/296-8126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Callicoon Creek will be the scene for 1,200 to 1,500 yellow, blue and pink ducks racing on Jeff Fest Day, to be held on Saturday, September 14 from the Mill Pond to the finish line at the Schadt Memorial Bridge. They will be set off at 1 p.m. and will be followed by “youth duck herders” and cheered on by hundreds of race fans. Also during Jeff Fest, there will be a tractor parade at 11 a.m. Read more