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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two successful businessmen. Two beautiful and loving families. Two young boys with leukemia.

Unhappy story? Not for the Mongiello and Scancarello families—Anthony Scancarello (age 8) and Anthony (“Lilo”) Mongiello (age 5) are leukemia survivors. And that’s not the end of the story either. The boys and their families are working hard to help other leukemia sufferers.

Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society...

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We are suspended between summer and fall—in the gold and green pause—just a few seconds before autumn begins.

My friend’s son asks: “Would you rather have a million dollars or be able to...

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Maybe you remember: it was a beautiful Tuesday morning, clear and sunny. I had spent a couple of early morning hours training with my martial arts teacher, and I was headed home to start in on my...

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For me, the term itself borders on the oxymoron. Early in life, my mother drummed punctuality into my head and insisted that bad manners were not to be tolerated. “It’s rude,” she’d say, “and...

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I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus...

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The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending...

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DreamCast helps recruit new anglers

ROSCOE, NY — As of May 1, Roscoe launch an innovative learn-to-fish program called DreamCast, which is designed to help new anglers learn the basic skills of fishing on waters located in the Roscoe area.

The DreamCast program is a structured four-hour learning opportunity where first-time anglers of all ages can spend a half-day with a professional fishing guide. The DreamCast Program will not only teach new anglers how to catch fish, but they’ll also learn about local fishing history, basic fishing techniques and lake and stream ecology.  Read more

PEEC holds Earth Day celebration

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its 17th annual Earth Day Family Festival on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be guided nature hikes and recycled crafts and games, family-oriented hands-on learning stations, sustainable living ideas and environmentally friendly products and businesses.  Read more

‘You’ve Got Hate Mail’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a weekend of dinner theatre with three performances of the comedy “You’ve Got Hate Mail” by Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main St. in Hurleyville. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m., with the option of a dinner theatre package with Nardi’s Family Restaurant (Frankie and Johnnie’s), also in Hurleyville.  Read more

Singer performs at Nadia’s

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Donna Singer will perform at Nadia’s Restaurant on 222 Main St. on Friday, April 27 at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

The performance is part of a tour Singer, a native and resident of Sullivan County, and Doug Richards of Monticello have put together to celebrate the release of their CD, “Take the Day Off: Escape with Jazz.” Recently retired from 17 years as the musical director at The First Baptist Church of Monticello, Singer is the founder of Dr. Donna’s School of Song, and is the lead singer with the Swing Shift Orchestra out of Wurtsboro.  Read more

Foodstock raises funds for WJFF

CALLICOON, NY — WJFF 90.5 Radio Catskill, not-for-profit community radio in Jeffersonville, will host its 3rd annual “FOODSTOCK,” a festival of fine local foods and wines, on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Villa Roma Resort’s Tennis Building.  Read more

New Hope Community’s Wallace Berkowitz Cup

LIBERTY, NY — New Hope Community (NHC) will host the second annual Wallace Berkowitz Cup Golf Tournament at Grossinger’s Golf Course on Monday, May 21. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a scramble start beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sponsorships and ads for a journal are available.  Read more

Can we save the bridge?

A few weeks ago my dad sent me a link to an article about how he had resigned from the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway board. The article said that Glenn Pontier had “resigned over the controversy concerning construction of a new Pond Eddy Bridge.”

I was immediately intrigued and I called him to get the inside scoop. Our conversations all start out the same.

Me: “Hey Dad.”

Him: “Hey Zac.”

Me: “How’s it going?”

Him: (Chuckle) It’s going well.

Me: “What’s going on with the Pond Eddy Bridge?”  Read more

Marketing maple: Tours, training and an unusually warm season

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Anyone who has ever thought that pure maple syrup is too expensive need only visit a local sugar bush to gain a good perspective on what it takes to make the delicious product that sweetens our lives in so many ways.

For starters, producing one gallon of the syrupy stuff requires harvesting 40 gallons of tree sap using a variety of practices involving taps, buckets, tubing and more. Next is the fairly grueling process of boiling that sap down to concentrate the sugars over an intense period of time.  Read more

On the brink

Recently, my husband and I indulged in a spate of Masterpiece Theater and BBC mini-series (I call them high-class soap operas), spurred on by our earlier delight with “Cranford” and “Downton Abbey.” We’ve since hunkered down for marathon sessions of Dickens’ “Bleak House” and “Little Dorrit,” as well as the 2002 version of “The Forsythe Saga.”  Read more

And the answers are...

After a telephone conversation with Mr. Wayne Grauer, I do not think I will be called upon to give away any poorly tied flies this year. Wayne is a purveyor of both new and used bamboo fly rods and knows quite a bit regarding fly fishing history. Mr. Grauer complained that the quiz this year was really tough. Some of you may simply need a few extra hours of batting practice.  Read more

Have you seen a fisher?

HONESDALE, PA — The latest taxidermy mount to be added to an ever-expanding display of animals at the Wayne Conservation District (WCD) is the fisher, a mid-size carnivore characterized by a long darkly-furred body, short legs and a full tail.

Also referred to as tree otter, tree fox and fisher weasel, this mammal sports an appealing triangular face topped with wide rounded ears and oval pupils that produce a green eyeshine at night. Adult males weigh seven to 12 pounds; adult females weigh four to seven pounds.  Read more

“One man’s trash...

...is another man’s treasure.” Taking a peek into my garage, these words speak volumes. According to www.quotecounterquote.com, this common expression has been “a popular proverbial saying in America since the late 20th century. Its basic meaning is that something which seems worthless to one person is often deemed valuable by another.”  Read more

Spring: the start of new life

Spring is the time of year when all aspects of nature seem to come alive; buds and sprouts are appearing on bushes, trees, and out of the ground, and bears make their appearance after wintering in their dens. Birds are heard in the forests and fields chirping and trilling away; many of these calls heard are breeding and territorial defense calls.  Read more

Yarnslingers visits Chestnut Cafe

LONG EDDY, NY — YarnslingersTM at the Chestnut Cafe on Friday, APril 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. They wil be followed by music from Hoi Polloi.

The theme for Yarnslingers is "Verbatim." The Chestnut Cafe serves a variety of Latin and American food.

‘An Unfamiliar Place’

NARROWSBURG, NY — “An Unfamiliar Place,” an exhibit of photographs by Charles Maraia, will open at the Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. on Friday, April 20, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will run through May 12.

While spending the better part of the last two years at his house in Jeffersonville, NYC native Charles Maraia took monthly trips into the city and noticed “things I rarely saw when I lived there full time. NYC had become an unfamiliar place.”  Read more

Inspiration in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — Painter/poet Clyde Washington will give a performance of “The Inspirational Art Show” at the Days Inn on Saturday, April 21.

South Carolina native and long-time Liberty resident, Washington presents a unique combination of his surrealistic/primitivistic paintings accompanied by readings of his own poetry. Washington has written a poem that specifically enhances the message of each painting. Washington will be displaying a number of never-before-seen paintings.  Read more

Rollin’ Down the River kicks off at youth center

CALLICOON, NY — Rollin’ Down the River (RDTR), a series of concerts benefiting Damascus Citizens for Sustainability. will hold its kick-off event at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Road, on Sunday, May 6 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. The afternoon will feature the Grammy-nominated band Professor Louie and The Crowmatix, which has nine CDs on The Woodstock Records label, and worked for years with Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame group The Band and as a backup group for Rick Danko, Levon Helm, and Garth Hudson.  Read more

‘Entering the Dharma Gate’

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill (8 Silk Mill Drive, just off Route 6) will host “An Evening of Poetry: Entering the Dharma Gate” on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. The reading will feature poets Karen Morris and Marcia Nehemiah, members of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective. The mic will be open for poets following the featured reading; arrive a few minutes early to sign up.  Read more

Celebrate Earth Day at PPL preserve

LAKE WALLENPAUPACK, PA — National Volunteer Week and Earth Day will combine as the themes of the Pike Wayne Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. There will be opportunities for hands-on learning and celebration of local natural resources, while highlighting the organizations in Pike and Wayne counties that aim to protect them. Many of them are looking for volunteers.  Read more

Laugh Tour returns to Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Laugh Tour will return to The Nutshell at 6692 State Rte. 52 this year, with performances scheduled for April 21, May 26, June 23, July 14, August 11, Septemer 1, October 13 and November 10.

Headlining on Saturday, April 21 will be Mike Lawrence (www.mikelawrencecomedy.com), whose credits include Conan, Comedy Central and Montreal Just for Laughs. To see his debut on Conan, visit www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7V7oJlcUQp4.  Read more

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction