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REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon last weekend, I thought things would be pretty quiet for me and the pup as I perused the events (...

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On the day before I started writing this column, I had a conversation with a National Park Service ranger on the subject of ospreys after one was sighted near one of the many bald eagle nests...

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Our loved ones are dying. This simple statement tells the whole complex and terrifying story of the resurgence of heroin addiction. Here in our Delaware River communities the national epidemic has...

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(Screwtape is a very high-level—or perhaps one should say very low-level—executive devil, in charge of the demonic “sales force” in North America. Readers of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape...

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Traditionally, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of the “busy season” here in the Upper Delaware River region, but it seems to me that the onslaught of events, parades, concerts, art shows and...

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One of spring’s many delights is the arrival of wildlife babies. Their survival is sometimes put to the test, as happened to seven red fox kits found in a Walmart parking lot in Trexlertown, PA....

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Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On November 10 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a contra dance at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street. Contra dancing is a style of partnered folk dancing found around the world but particularly popular in the U.S. A live band will play traditional songs, while a live caller will lead participants through various dances. It’s great fun for all ages. No need to bring a partner, and don’t worry if you’ve never contra danced before—they will teach you how.  Read more

Veteran’s Day parade

WOODBOURNE, NY — The 14th annual Veteran’s Day parade will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 1 p.m. on Rt. 42/52 (Main Street). A service will follow at the Woodbourne Firehouse.

The parade marshal is Clark Brown, Chief Warrant Officer 4 (retired) of the U.S Army and recipient of the Legion Merit Award. The guest of honor is Sgt. Matthew Robinson, U.S. Army (investigator).

Call the Woodbourne Fire Company at 845/434-6763.

Power to the people?

Hallelujah! My power finally came back on Monday night! Happy to be alive and have a roof (still) over my head, I’m grateful. But I confess, the Lady Sandy truly tested me. I missed those little things—like electricity, heat and a phone. And TV? It isn’t a necessity (I suppose)… but the Internet? How else can a person stay in touch with the outside world, living as I do on the very fringes of society?  Read more

Shelter crisis averted; River Reporter staff makes the connection

ROCK HILL, NY — No power since October 29th, no heat, no water—and 22 puppies, 15 dogs, 28 cats and numerous kittens to care for. That was the increasingly desperate situation that the Sullivan County SPCA faced when shelter manager Debbie Dittert posted her plea for the loan of a spare generator on Facebook.  Read more

The new normal?

Two years ago I heard Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, speak at a Catskill Mountainkeeper event. He warned the audience that we’re deluding ourselves if we think climate chaos is our grandchildren’s problem. It’s our problem, he asserted. It’s happening now.  Read more

Trick or treat

Our region is blessed with many diverse habitats. Moving from mountain to valley will bring a whole different range of fauna and flora that can be seen. The arrival of fall brings much change as animals hibernate or migrate, and we see many visitors that are passing through or overwinter here.

Many people have become familiar with various species to the extent of knowing which ones are “good” or “bad” due to such things as what they eat, where they nest or roost, or even what they look like.  Read more

Blowin’ in the wind

The lyrics to Bob Dylan’s anthem ring in my head as I sit down to muse on what’s coming down the pike. “How many times must a man look up, before he can see the sky?” As a general rule, I don’t think of myself as an alarmist, but Hurricane Sandy is presently working my nerves. By the time this hits the newsstands, she will be a thing of the past, but the aftermath... who knows? Meanwhile, the reports are dire as I write this and I’m keeping one eye on the news and one on the eye on the hurricane. I’m walking a tightrope here in my trailer (yes...  Read more

Liberty middle school band performance

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Middle School fifth- and sixth-grade band will present a special one-hour clinic and performance for parents, teachers, administrators and friends on Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. in the school’s gym.

The audience, who will be seated around the band members to experience the intensity of a musical performance, will also learn how playing an instrument requires a complex combination of intellectual, visual, physical and auditory control as well as high-level thinking and problem solving skills.  Read more

Arts of the angler: a show for fly fishing enthusiasts

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) of Livingston Manor will host an “Arts of the Angler” fly-fishing show featuring 100 exhibitors including of fly tyers, bamboo rod makers, a large selection of collectible and contemporary fly-fishing tackle, fishing accessories, fly-fishing books and more. The show, which will include demonstrations, presentations, seminars and two live auctions, will be held on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 at the Ethan Allen Hotel, exit 4, Route I-84 in Danbury, CT.  Read more

Dance of Thanksgiving

CALLICOON, NY — On Saturday, November 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Callicoon Youth Center, 8 Creamery Road, a community dance party will be held featuring traditional Irish, Egyptian, Flamenco and Indian dancers, as well as special performances by Middle Eastern dancers Majda and Sabah. Music will be provided by an international DJ from Pharaohs Entertainment. No admission fee is required, but a potluck dessert contribution would be appreciated. Call Arts Junction at 917/445-5274.

Mystery dinner theater

ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe Chamber of Commerce presents “Circus of the Dead,” a mystery dinner theater on Sunday, Nov-ember 4 at 2 p.m. at Wolff’s 1910 Catering Hall at Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club. Reservations and payment are due prior to show. Tickets cost $30 per person and include appetizers, entre, dessert and a show. Call Lilly at 607/498-5222 ext. 306 or Marge at 607/498-5464.

Swersie on display

LORDS VALLEY, PA — On Saturday, November 3 from 5 to 7 p.m., the Gallery at Chant Realtors—Lords Valley will host an artist’s reception marking the opening of a new art show. A collection of paintings by artist Jill Swersie will be on display seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the month of November at 631 Route 739. Known for her intense color palette, Swersie paints en plein air, focusing on both scenery and people. For info and directions call 570/775-7337.

Author talk: Robert LaPolt on “The Aden Hill Area of Neversink, New York”

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Time and the Valleys Museum will sponsor a book talk by local history author Robert LaPolt on his recent publication “The Aden Hill Area of Neversink, New York” on Sunday November 4 at 2 p.m. at the Daniel Pierce Library on Rt. 55. The author will sign copies of his book from 1 to 4 p.m.

The book is dedicated to “those Irish families who settled what is today called Aden Hill” in the Town of Neversink. For additional information on the museum or this book talk, visit www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org or call 845/985-7700.

‘Nature’s Palette’: A new show with artist Susan Pascale

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — This November, Domesticities will present a new show featuring the watercolors and acrylics of Susan Pascale. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. The show can be seen during regular store hours in November and December.

Domesticities is located at 4055 State Rt. 52. For more information, call 845/482-3333.

‘Maria Kizito’ at the NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — On Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m., NACL Theatre presents the play “Maria Kizito,” a joint U.S. and Ugandan production about genocide. The play is about a young nun, Maria Kizito, who along with her Mother Superior, was convicted of complicity in the deaths of 7,000 refugees who sought asylum at their convent. This is one of 17 plays in a series by Erik Ehn focusing on East Africa (Rwanda and Uganda), Central America (Guatemala and El Salvador) and Tulsa, OK (the Race Riot of 1921).  Read more

Civil War letters published; Local Union soldier Ira Austin wrote to Minerva Drake

SHOHOLA, PA and BARRYVILLE, NY — The Shohola Railroad and Historical Society has just published a book of letters from a young Barryville soldier to the young woman whom he would eventually marry. The book, titled “Civil War Letters of Ira Austin to Minerva Drake of Barryville, New York,” reveals letters that are not love letters but rather the simple attempts by the unlettered youth to express his awakening interest in young Minerva, whom he calls Nervia.  Read more

So vote, already

Even though I think this presidential election is clearly between two opposing points of world-view, I find it hard to get caught up in the drama of it, as I have in the past. Maybe it’s my age. My generation has seen its share of pivotal elections—Stevenson v. Ike, Nixon v. Kennedy, Bush, Sr. v. Clinton, Gore v. Bush, Jr. Each time the zealots on both sides have predicted doom should the other side win. And if it were true, we are living in it. Maybe we are.  Read more

Quality healthcare—for all

When Wayne Memorial Hospital’s administrative team plans ahead, quality healthcare for everyone in our region is always at the heart of our long-range vision. But negotiating the road is not easy, especially in today’s climate. The economy is sluggish. The federal government—think “Obama-care”—has mandated dramatic changes in reimbursement formulas for Medicare patients. State budget cutbacks are always an issue. Insurance companies routinely change the rules for payment.

For some hospitals, the mix has been toxic.  Read more

It’s now over

On October 2, Jim Graham and I took one last trip to the Willowemoc Creek in Sullivan County. We fished the “Finkelstein” water. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has done a fine job of rehabilitating this access that had been slowly eroding into the river. The right-hand bank is now armored with large boulders that will protect it in periods of high water. Unfortunately, the DEC seems to have used heavy equipment to create a very wide, shallow area right at the access. Hopefully the Willowemoc will rearrange this area as it pleases during the next high-water flows.  Read more

Studying American shad

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — A low fog settles over the Delaware River as dusk begins its descent on October 15. Humans clad in waders and sporting headlamps arrange equipment along the shoreline as others board a boat. A long heavy net stretches between them. As the light fades, the seining begins, with representatives of several agencies working to determine the current health of American shad populations in the non-tidal Delaware River.  Read more

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