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MILFORD, PA — Skilled woodcrafters will amaze you. Experts in chainsaw carving will impress you. The music of wood instruments will float through the air. Visitors to the 10th annual Festival of Wood, to be held this weekend at Grey Towers National Historic Site, will experience all of this and more, including the chance to see and purchase the works of 25 fine-art woodcraft vendors who create beautiful one-of-a-kind works of art and useful handmade objects from humble chunks of wood.

She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Was I talking during the show? Yes. Amidst the flurry of activity surrounding the Celebrate Callicoon Street Fair, (www....

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As summer heat and rains combine, the Upper Delaware regional forests become a marvelous landscape of mysterious fungal life forms that bring to mind the magic of fairyland and folklore. Poking...

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A house on B Street

With my aunt in recovery from a recent stroke, and her husband in the hospital, her children were faced with the prospect of completing the impending sale of their summer home on Fire Island.  Read more

Feather identification

While walking in the forest recently, a friend of mine came upon a small pool of feathers on a fallen log and found herself wondering what bird had become sustenance for another creature. Utilizing a wonderful website and database established by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) through its Forensics Laboratory, we were able to determine that the mottled black and white feathers had most likely belonged to a downy woodpecker.  Read more

From Tusten to Tanzania and back

NARROWSBURG, NY — Hannah Ross of Narrowsburg, a senior at Juilliard, a member of the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra and a recipient of the 2008 Bodenstein Music Scholarship, along with members of Juilliard’s music, drama and dance divisions, will come to the Tusten Theatre on March 17 to perform and to show a slide show presentation related to work they will be doing this summer, when they will travel to Arusha Tanzania to lead workshops in music, dance and drama at the Umoja Youth Empowerment Centre.  Read more

Worth a thousand words!

Lately I have been on a personal mission, searching for the meaning of life. An existential crisis of sorts, this road trip in my mind has taken me down a variety of paths, some of which I have visited before—while others are a road less traveled.  Read more

Young entrepreneurs bet on Sullivan County

MONTICELLO, NY — As befits a new company that’s all about promoting its clients, the office of the new company “The Client’s Advocate” was designed with an eye focused on style and image: the sleek, spare, glass-topped desks adorned with over-sized chess pieces look as if they would be found in Soho or in a scene from some trendy TV show. But these desks are located on St. John Sreet in Monticello, where the founders have hung out their shingle offering video production and resume services and just about everything in between.  Read more

Students show art at The ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery is holding its second annual exhibit of art by students of the Delaware Valley High School in March.
The gallery is sharing its space with the young artists to celebrate arts in the schools, encourage creativity in young people and encourage the community to share the space.  Read more

Take a maple sugaring tour, drench your pancakes with the syrup

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — You can take a self-guided tour of maple syrup and sugar producers in Wayne County on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour has been coordinated by the Wayne Conservation District in partnership with the Wayne County Cooperative Extension and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association. You can follow the maple syrup making process from the tree to the table, and pick up locally produced maple products while you’re at it.  Read more

St. Patrick’s Day parade in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — There will be a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Jeffersonville on Saturday, March 17, with lineup starting at 12 noon and the parade stepping off at 1 p.m. There will also be an Irish band at Mullallys along with 12 bagpipes, corned beef and cabbage, green carnations and homemade Irish soda bread. The parade will include green-decorated fire trucks, floats, “Daisy Duck” from the Jems Duck Race and special Irish sales throughout the village.

‘Water/Reflections’ in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — “Water/Reflections” is the theme of an art exhibit presented by members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from March 24 through April 22. There will be a reception, free and open to the public, on Saturday, March 24, from 2 to 6 p.m.
The Wurtsboro Art Alliance gallery is located at 73 Sullivan Street, and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Email info@waagallery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

‘Hearts and Hammers for Habitat’ dance

HAWLEY, PA — There will be a “Hearts and Hammers for Habitat” dinner dance for Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County on Friday, March 23 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Ehrhardts Waterfront Resort. It will feature DJ Frankie Carll Productions, a silent auction, 50/50 and jewelry sale.
This year, Ehrhardts will be serving The Shoreline Buffet. To check out the menu visit www.Ehrhardts.com. Tickets cost $38 each. Call 570/251-7741.

Lorin performance rescheduled

MILFORD, PA — A performance by Martha Lorin for the Pike County Historical Society’s Winter Wednesdays series has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m., after having been snowed out on February 29. It will be held in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum, 608 Broad Street. Tickets cost $30 and include complimentary wine and cheese. Call 570/296-8126.

Cigarettes: two years later

The stack of old hard drives at Henry’s apartment took me back immediately, my own hand-scribbled “ABBY DOC” written sloppily on each of them. In their cases, the hard drives look like old VHS tapes. There was a stack of seven of them, a massive amount of information, though I remember that I only needed to have four of them plugged in at a time. The film was eventually to known as “Catfish.” But for two years, it was “The Abby Doc” around the office.  Read more

Do you have a vision?

We’d like to hear it.

Every four weeks, The River Reporter prints a “Visioning the Upper Delaware” column, written by one of our readers, addressing their vision for our area. They address challenges, propose solutions, or describe scenarios of what kind of place the Upper Delaware region could be, if it realized its best potential. The length is approximately 500 words.

If you have a vision you would like us to consider for a Visioning column, email us at copyeditor@riverreporter.com and describe it to us in a few sentences.

A commissioner looks to the future

By Jonathan Fritz

As the new Wayne County Commissioner, I have quickly realized what a widely varied and demanding job I signed on for. Well, I’ll happily profess that I love it. I’ve got a great crew around me and fellow commissioners, Brian Smith and Wendell Kay have been truly helpful and accommodating. We’ve realized that the three of us “click.” Each has their own bag of tools that we bring to the job, and collectively we can tackle anything.  Read more

Early fly hatch on the river

After visiting a friend at the hospital in Port Jervis during late February, I saw that it was turning into a fairly decent day outside; the weather was partly cloudy and the temperature was climbing into the high 40s. It was a good afternoon to drive up Route 97 and scout the river. I was mainly looking for eagles and other raptors. The first flying critters I spotted, however, were not birds at all, but a mass of flying insects. I had encountered one of the first fly hatches of the season on the river; the emergence of the black stonefly.  Read more

Register early for Lego contest

WAYMART, PA — The Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA) Home and Garden Festival will feature the annual Lego Building Contest, sponsored by Estemerwalt Log Homes, on Saturday, April 28 at Ladore Lodge Camp Retreat & Conference Center. The pre-registration deadline is April 15, and only 30 spots are available. Forms are available by calling 570/226-4941. Parents can also pick up a pre-registration form at Estemerwalt Log Homes on 505 Adams Pond Road in Honesdale.  Read more

Celtic music and corned beef at the Columns

MILFORD, PA — Celebrating its Irish roots, the Columns Museum will welcome Celeste Aldridge in the closing concert of the Pike County Historical Society’s Winter Wednesdays series on March 14 at 7 p.m. The original owner of the 1904 neo-classical manse was Dennis McLaughlin, a man who was known to appreciate an Irish ditty or two.  Read more

‘Shorts & Sweets for St. Patrick’s Day’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Historical Society will present Big Sky Productions & Guests in a performance of “Shorts & Sweets for St. Patrick’s Day” on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main Street.

The evening will feature Irish music performed by Debbie Palmarini; and by the band Little Sparrow, which features Carol Smith, Aldo Troiani, Lynn Reno and Lester Wilson, with guest guitarist Jim Stickler. Other special guests may make an appearance as well.  Read more

Art at the Depot

PORT JERVIS, NY — Local financial advisory firm O’Donnell & Associates is donating its office space to host a showing of the works of three local fine artists. The showing will be held on the 2nd floor of the Historic Erie Depot Building, 15 Jersey Ave., 2nd Floor, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.  Read more

Arts Alive parties to benefit DVAA

REGION — Every April for the past three years, members and friends of Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) have hosted dozens of house parties around Sullivan County and the Upper Delaware River Valley to raise funds for DVAA’s programs and services. This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 and has been expanded to include participating restaurants. From a dinner, a movie and dessert to a distillery tour and tasting, several regional restaurants are partnering with DVAA to host their special event.  Read more