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August 20, 2014
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At the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen on August 4, representatives of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Wallenpaupack Historical Society signed the treaty, along with Robin Hoose (Lenape name: Good-Hearted Woman), a volunteer with the Lenape Nation for the past 12 years, who assisted with public relations for the trip and shuttling the paddlers on the journey.

The tomatoes are late this year, but we just tasted the first sungolds from our garden, a golden cherry variety that bursts with flavor. They make a delicious no-cook pasta sauce, marinated briefly with home grown shallots in lemon juice and olive oil and tossed with cubes of local mozzarella, penne and thinly sliced basil leaves picked just minutes before serving.

You know what they say: “everyone has an opinion….” and while that is certainly true, not everyone has a public forum with which to express theirs. I often feel like the luckiest guy in the world...

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ther than during the winter months, August may be the toughest one for anglers, especially trout anglers. To start with, it’s hard to find water with a temperature in the 60s. So we’re relegated...

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A few weeks after I proposed to Emily last August we set a date for our wedding: November 22, 2014. At the time this was 14 months away, which obviously felt like an eternity.
Emily came...

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Mind, Body & Spirit Expo: A (psychic) fair to remember

MATAMORAS, PA — On Sunday, April 1, hundreds of people gathered at the Best Western/Hunts Landing in Matamoras to explore alternative forms of healing, thinking and living—but regardless of the calendar date, the fair was no joke. I was drawn to the event, sponsored by All Better Central (www.allbettercentral.com), a center “dedicated to promoting physical, emotional and spiritual well-being,” by a flyer promoting “vendors, demonstrations, aura photography, psychic readers and healers.”  Read more

My section of Route 97

Driving up Doyle’s Hill on New York Route 97 my ears start to pop. I’ve heard many people remark on this common experience, which happens as a result of the climb in elevation as they drive out of the town of Hancock along this scenic, old road.  Read more

Writer’s block

I’d like to say that “it had to happen sometime” but truth be told, my (hopefully) temporary ennui has visited before. “It goes with the territory” one of my colleagues chirped over lunch. “If you’re lucky enough to write for a living, the day will come when words will literally fail you. Ironic, isn’t it?”  Read more

Name that kid (or lamb)

CALLICOON, NY — Come to the Sullivan County Farmers’ Market this Sunday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Callicoon Creek Park, Audrey Dorrer Drive, for a chance to name a kid goat or lamb in support of the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets Association. Note that the market will be held outside this weekend.  Read more

Polishook on display at Chant

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Gallery at Chant Realtors will host an exhibit by Joan Polishook, “Inspirational Creations,” from Sunday, April 1 through Saturday, April 29. Meet the artist on Saturday, April 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. while viewing the show and enjoying refreshments.

Polishook creates in a variety of art mediums. The exhibit is an eclectic mix showcasing the artist’s interest and expertise in expressing feeling and mood primarily in the interpretation of the local landscape.

The gallery is located at 631 Rte. 739. Call 570/775-7337 or 775-6896.

‘Unearthed’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The inaugural presentation of an oral history titled “Unearthed” will be presented at the Tusten-Cochecton branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library on Saturday, March 31 at 4 p.m.  Read more

Liberty hosts Easter egg hunt

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department and the Liberty Public Library will be hold its annual Easter egg hunt on March 31.

Starting at 11 a.m., there will be readings and Easter craft projects for the children at the library. Starting at 12 p.m., the Easter egg hunt will be held at the Liberty Elementary ball field on North Main Street. Bring children up to eight years old with a basket to search for eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, participate in children’s games and have a chance to win a basket full of Easter goodies.  Read more

‘Hello Dolly!’ presented at Monticello High

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello High School students will present “Hello Dolly!” on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium.

Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder, with a Tony Award-winning book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, the musical tells the story of a charming widow, Dolly Levi. “What do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?” asks Ambrose Kemper in the opening scene. “Some people paint, some sew... I meddle,” replies Dolly.  Read more

Fashion as art

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, March 31, “Clothing for Goddesses” will open at 4 p.m. in the newly remodeled Plunk Shop Barn at 39 Main Street. This fashion-as-art exhibition will highlight regional clothing artists as well as a range of experimental clothing and accessory works from artists/crafters of all media. The artists’ reception starts at 4 p.m., with a runway show at 5 p.m.

Artists represented are Joanna Hartell, Ramona Jan, Heather Jacksy, Tannis Kowalchuk, Leslie Lacika, Elizabeth Ennis, Pat Sprott, Judy DePalma, Claire Coleman and James Karpowicz. Call 212/951-0439.

Easter Bunny hopping into Yulan

YULAN, NY — The Yulan Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host a visit from the Easter Bunny at the Fireman’s Field on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. There will be games and crafts for children of all ages and goodie bags to take home, compliments of the Easter Bunny. Refreshments will be provided and firemen will be on hand to show children the fire trucks and their gear. There will be opportunities for pictures with the Easter Bunny.

In the event of bad weather, the Easter Bunny will visit the Yulan Firehouse. Donations for the event are welcome. Call 845/557-6090.

Woodsongs Coffeehouse features Steve Lane

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum will feature Steve Lane (www.myspace.com/stevelanemusic) of Port Jervis on Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Lane was raised in a farmhouse on old-time country music, and has become a noted alternative country music songwriter. He learned the guitar from his country-music father Don Lane and brother Dan, and other musicians that hung around their house when he was a child. His father will perform with him at the coffeehouse. Visit  Read more

Techno Hotel

The thumping bass beats coming from next door rattle the windows of our hotel room in Miami. Though the music isn’t very loud while in the room, you can feel it in the floor.

I’m visiting Emily in South Beach, FL. She’s here producing a fairly big beer commercial. It’s very exciting for her and the director involved. I came down to visit and hang out, but it wasn’t until a day or so before I got here that Emily told me that Ultra, a new music festival, was going on that weekend.

“Hope that’s okay,” she had said sweetly.  Read more

Sullivan County attorney and friends ‘humbled’ by response to new book

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two women—one of them Sullivan County’s senior assistant attorney Cheryl McCausland—have published a book in which they share their personal encounters with the spiritual world. “Intertwined: Humble Journeys on the Pathway to God,” is a heartfelt and candid account of how each arrived at the shared belief that “human souls are predisposed to seek God and, by doing so, journey with the souls of others on the pathway to Him.”  Read more

Beyond befuddlement

Now that spring is upon us and we’re ready to don lightweight fabrics, I researched bamboo as an alternative to environmentally unfriendly cotton. What I discovered reinforced the fact that it’s often really, really befuddling to make sustainable choices.  Read more

Bear awareness

I awoke at 2:30 a.m. earlier this week to the sound of garbage cans being dumped onto their sides. This was followed by 20 minutes of rustling and tearing, as a black bear snacked on my neighbor’s garbage. The bruin then strolled down the road and repeated the activity at another neighbor’s driveway. The next morning was garbage day for residents of our rural road. Morning light revealed the remnants of the raid scattered around.  Read more

Celebrate, celebrate... dance to the music!

Seeking the lyrics on line to the Three Dog Night classic, I was redirected to www.oldielyrics.com. Oldie. If I weren’t so happy to be out and about this past weekend, the reference to my age might have aggravated me. Attempting to abide by doctor’s orders, I resolved to “take it easy” last Saturday, while celebrating in Jeffersonville, NY with thousands of St. Patrick’s Day revelers.  Read more

WCM kicks off the season on April Fools

HORTONVILLE, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music will celebrate April Fools Day with “Fools & Fiddlers,” a concert at Hortonville Presbyterian Church on Hankins Road at 3 p.m. The concert begins WCM’s 19th season in Sullivan County, and is followed by a meet-the-artists reception.  Read more

Sponsors sought for Wally Lake Fest

HAWLEY, PA — Planning has begun for the third annual Wally Lake Fest, which takes place Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26. The festival was created to help summer last a little longer on the lake and in Hawley and since its inception, the last weekend in August has been one of the busiest weekends of the year as people flock to the Lake Region for the festivities. Wally Lake Fest is presented by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and made possible through dedicated and generous sponsors, volunteers, organizers, local businesses and supporters.  Read more

‘Vaudeville in the Catskills’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Historical Society and The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present “Vaudeville in the Catskills” on Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m. at The Sullivan County Museum and Cultural Center, 265 Main Street.  Read more

Flea market opens for the season

MIDDLETOWN, NY — The flea market at the Orange County Fairgrounds large parking area in Middletown will open for its sixth season on Saturday, March 31, weather permitting. The market runs every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through November, and will be open during the annual Orange County Fair. Admission is free.  Read more