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HONESDALE, PA — When I decided to attend last Thursday’s Family Game Night at The Cooperage in Honesdale, I was expecting to experience a blast from the past—a chance to play Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Risk, or any number of classic board games. What I found, however, were about 20 people playing a selection of popular, new-fangled board games with names I’d never heard of: Carcassonne, The Settlers of Catan, Trajan, Terra Mystica and Tokaido, to name just a few of the board games available that night.

The variables in fly fishing are considerable and perplexing to the beginner and experienced fisher alike. Deciding what to do in a given situation can be answered easily with about 10 years of...

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A week ago Thursday, the morning was chilly, but the forecast called for mild temperatures and sunny skies. I wanted to check out the Tusten trail and it promised to be a good day for a hike. Most...

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A doctor’s appointment has me on a late morning train. As fate would have it, Amtrak has other ideas for us this day. A stalled train in the tunnel to Penn Station has our train rerouted to...

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Despite late, unwanted snowfalls, spring has arrived, bringing optimism, birdsong and new life to our fields and streams. As soon as the earth wakes up, it immediately stars putting forth its...

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OK, I’m just gonna ‘fess up right off the bat. With Passover in full swing and Easter springing up everywhere I looked, I wasn’t really in the mood to do much last weekend, other than play hooky,...

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From the comfort of our couches, we can observe the wonder of new avian life evolving in locations around the country—gaining an up-close and personal view of the doings of our feathered friends—...

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Good things come in small packages

While the old adage is often true, the opposite (the bigger, the better ) carries some weight as well. I spent the weekend balancing the two, while careening through the Catskills appreciating various art forms, regardless of size.  Read more

A small gesture

It can be surprising how the smallest gesture can have a lasting impact.  Read more

DEC on deer management

Anyone traveling in the Upper Delaware region lately has likely noticed the rising number of animals on the move as winter closes in. Unfortunately, one outcome of this increased activity is roadway encounters with vehicles. Balancing the needs of rising human and deer populations in the region is an ongoing challenge.

Recently the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) adopted its new five-year Deer Management Plan. The plan was revised based on public comment and is now available on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7211.html.  Read more

Small town holidays in the country

REGION — The holiday season in the region will be filled with activities for people of all tastes and ages as communities put their best foot forward and deck themselves with sparkle and holiday cheer. From a traveling Santa to a winter festival, there are lots of opportunities to get swept up into the holiday spirit while not going too far from home. Whether you stay in your town or visit one that’s new to you, sampling the offerings of various communities is sure to bring feelings of warmth as the weather turns cold.

A river hamlet all lit up  Read more

The Hickory Farms Escape

Previously, we learned about the origin of the Turkey Bandit. As a young turkey (poult), he escaped a local organic farm after his father was chosen as the “guest of honor” for the farmer’s Thanksgiving table; his father was never seen again. The young Bandit escaped and began his quest to free as many turkeys as he could, one farm at a time.

“I’m in position,” the Turkey Bandit’s radio crackled 10 years later. His partner had the farm under surveillance; he knew where the turkeys were kept and where the Bandit would enter to switch off the alarm.  Read more

A fossil-fuel economy: observations from our past

The issue of drilling for natural gas in the Upper Delaware region is changing life drastically, physically in terms of economy, land, water and air, and relationally in the way people treat each other. Comments in editorials, Delaware River Basin Commission hearings and the like indicate that this industry is causing us to be a divided community. We all seem to want economic and environmental health and a strong community characterized by respect and kindness. What perspective might we gain by considering another nearby fossil fuel industry from a previous generation?  Read more

A mystery goose from the north

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were paddling on Walker Lake in Shohola, PA when we spotted a migrant flock of Canada geese on the far shore. About a dozen or so geese were foraging and resting; they seemed like the typical small flock that stops over during this time of year during their migration south. One individual, however, caught my eye; even from afar, it seemed to have more white plumage than a normal Canada goose.   Read more

Back to back to Bethel: Let the good times roll

Considering that the brakes on my truck failed this past week, I was unsure that I would be rolling anywhere, much less to Louisiana or the prairie states—but a well-placed call to one of my (not so secret) crushes delivered a mechanic to my front door, tool belt (and brake pads) at the ready. Hearing the rising panic in my voice, he soothed my jangled nerves and got to work, making it possible for me to get on the road... in search of good times. (Thank you JW!)  Read more

Kenny and the Eggplants at Neversink

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation has rescheduled the trio Kenny Young and the Eggplants for a concert on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and tropical storms caused a cancellation of the summer fundraising concert featuring the group.

Claiming to be from Brooklyn (but possibly from some other galaxy altogether), Kenny Young and the Eggplants is an acoustic trio whose members insist that they first met while training to be astronauts at an undisclosed location near the New Jersey Meadowlands (www.facebook.com/kennyyoungandtheeggplants).  Read more

Dinner and a movie with the historical society

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will offer dinner and a movie to be held in its Foundation Room (aka “The Cellar”) on Friday, November 18. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by the movie and a dessert. The working title for the event is “Aunt Marge’s Movie Lounge,” and it will feature movies that the museum’s director, Lori Strelecki, first viewed while growing up with her beloved Aunt Marge.  Read more

Jewelry trunk show: Madame Fortuna & BOCOTE

NARROWSBURG, NY — Two local designers, Paul and Allison Ward, will have a trunk show for their jewelry collections at Enochian in Narrowsburg, New York on Friday, November 25th from 1 to 5 p.m.

Allison has been designing jewelry as Madame Fortuna since 2004. She hunts and collects vintage and antique pieces, re-works them and creates whimsical and unusual adornments that hint of narrative and help you channel your inner eccentric.  Read more

Watch glass artisans at work

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Glass will celebrate 150 years making glass on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will offer special factory tours and an opportunity to observe guest glass artists including Al Hough, shown here, create one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Gillinder Glass Factory is located at 39 Erie St. Visit www.facebook.com/gillinderglassstore.

Good things in small packages

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Art in Sixes,” an exhibition of small works by local artists, opens at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Saturday, November 19, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through December 21.

The year-end art event includes a wide range of studio mediums—painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber, ceramics and photography—all smaller than six inches in any direction. All works of art are for sale.  Read more

Santa on Stourbridge

HONESDALE, PA — Santa usually prefers to travel by power of reindeer, but takes time off each year for a few diesel-powered jaunts aboard the Stourbridge Line. This year’s Santa Express excursions will occur on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, and Sunday, December 11 with departure times of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. On the round-trip ride to Hawley, Santa and his Rudolph will meet everyone on the train, naughty or nice. There will be picture taking, holiday sing-a-longs and a special gift for the kids.  Read more

‘Schoolhouse Rock Live!’

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Middle School (DVMS) Drama Booster Club will present “Schoolhouse Rock Live!,” taking favorite songs from the Schoolhouse Rock Saturday morning cartoons and educational videos and presenting them live on stage. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 20.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or ordered at 570/296-1835. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.  Read more

Forestburgh revamps summer 2012

FORESTBURGH, NY — Producing director Norman Duttweiler announced a number of changes and additions to the previously announced 2012 summer season at the Forestburgh Playhouse. “Although we try to avoid changing a season that we have already announced, sometimes situations arise which cause this to happen.  Read more

Visions of sugarplums

MILFORD, PA — Maura Falli, right, and Larry Utter will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier in The Delaware Valley Dance Company’s production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, November 26. There will be a 12 noon and a 7 p.m. performance at the Delaware Valley High School Auditorium on Route 6 and 209. Call 845/856-3373.

November kayak ride

The weather turned warm again, so after school recently Becky, Sam and I went for a kayak ride across Nevin’s pond. For Sam and I, it might be the last ride until next spring. My dear friend Becky typically takes her last ride the day after Thanksgiving when she pulls the kayaks out of the water and brings them home for winter storage. It is not your usual “Black Friday” tradition but a tradition nonetheless.  Read more

A cormorant comes calling

This double-crested cormorant was a recent and unusual visitor to Greeley Lake in Pike County, PA, where it lingered for approximately one week in a swampy area of the lake. Normally found in colonies and traveling in flocks, this bird appeared to be alone.

Double-crested cormorants are black, sturdily built birds with long hooked bills, long necks and an orange throat pouch. Their voice is a deep guttural grunt, although they are typically silent in flight. This bird primarily eats fish, which it hunts by swimming and diving to depths of up to 25 feet for between 30 to 70 seconds.  Read more