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October 26, 2014
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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and...

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Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT...

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Apparently there is no evidence whatsoever that Marie Antoinette actually uttered such a callous statement in response to her subjects’ bemoaning their lack of bread. But it has stuck to her shoe...

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I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Wikipedia defines it as “an old adage, typically stated as: ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’” Ain’t that the truth. At the risk of sounding like a total nut...

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The great battle of our time will be over water—pure, fresh water in particular. All earthly life depends upon water for survival. The human population worldwide, now 7.3 billion, is projected to...

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The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through...

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The play’s the thing!

What a weekend. With the onset of what promises to be a busy and fun-filled season, the plethora of events seems to be even more action-packed than usual, and making choices is (already) more difficult than ever before. That said, I made my selections, sorry (as usual) that I can’t be everywhere, yet confident that there are enough events here in the Upper Delaware valley to suit even the most discerning. As always, the Where and When section of The River Reporter is informative, and I continue to recommend this resource.  Read more

At the mercy of others

Sixty is the new 50, they say. We boomers are growing old gracefully. Those of us lucky enough to have escaped the plagues of AIDS, drugs and rock ‘n roll are rocking our post-middle-age. Having spent the three months leading up to my 60th birthday visiting my aunt in a rehabilitation center, I am ready to consider a gym membership, make that colonoscopy appointment and meet with a financial advisor toute de suite. The reality of what can happen to a body in a split second has hit me like a blocked artery.  Read more

Doggie Day in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — Junior Troop #356 of Callicoon's "Doggie Day in Callicoon" is this Saturday, May 12 at the Callicoon Creek Park on Audley Dorrer Drive in Callicoon. The event was designed to help promote clean use of the Callicoon Creek Park by dog owners who use the park. Through a donation from the Eastern Stars of Callicoon, the girls have already purchased a pet sanitation center that will be installed on the Peck's side of the Callicoon Creek Park; there is already one on the Landers’ side.  Read more

Happiness, then sorrow

As our trip north came to an end, our first stop was Peck’s Market, and then on to the post office at Hankins, NY. There was a surprise waiting for me there. I had thought that my assortment of curves and fastballs had shut down anyone stepping into the batters’ box. However, a fellow named Robert Moase from Sweet Valley, PA, swings a fast bat. He whacked that batting practice fastball into right for a clean single. Hmm, I’d better pitch this fellow carefully.  Read more

Walk the Wallenpaupack Creek

HAWLEY, PA — The Wallenpaupack Creek Trail (WCT) in Hawley highlights the history of the hydroelectric project constructed in the early 1920s and managed by Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL) today. Interpretive panels along the footpath highlight the history of the lake and dam.  Read more

Organ recital honors Korb

HONESDALE, PA — The Rev. Edward K. Erb, rector of Grace Church and an organist, will perform at a recital at Grace Church on Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m. held in honor of Phyllis A. Korb, who died in March. Korb trained several generations of area musicians, and served many local towns’ churches as an organist in her 80-plus years. When Korb was forced to formally retire in 2008, an annual organ recital was established in her honor.  Read more

Open rehearsal for NYC-bound play

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be an open rehearsal for Richard Sheinmel’s new play, “Lost on Staten Island – More Tales of Modern Living” on Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. at the Krause Recital Hall of the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.

Cast members, under the direction of Jason Jacobs and stage management of Heather Olmstead, will be Wendy Merritt Kaufman of Narrowsburg, New York City actor/musician Chris Orbach and playwright Sheinmel who is playing the role of Mitch.  Read more

Breakneck Annie headlines Neversink museum concert

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione, along with the band Breakneck Annie, will perform at the spring benefit concert on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. for the Neversink Valley Museum. It will be held at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road.  Read more

Roots & Rhythm date set

HONESDALE, PA — Roots & Rhythm, Honesdale’s free one-day music and arts event, now in its seventh consecutive year, will take place on Saturday, June 16. The festival showcases talent in every genre of music, as well as arts and crafts, from mid-morning until late at night. The headlining act (TBA) takes the Central Park main stage at approximately 7:40 p.m.  Read more

Art Experience & Chalk Walk

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — There will be an Art Experience & Chalk Walk on Jeffersonville’s Main Street on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can stroll Main Street to view the works of painters, sculptors, quilters and more. Chalk drawings will fill the sidewalks. Prizes will be awarded in four student categories.

There will be face painting, live music, art demonstrations, food and more. Call 845/482-2194.

Dean to lead Nashville stars at ThunderBash

MONTICELLO, NY — Thunder 102’s annual ThunderBash is coming up on Saturday, May 19, headlined by Ira Dean, formerly of Trick Pony, at the Monticello Casino & Raceway on May 19. The event will feature Nashville recording artists Tommy Steele, David Bradley, David Adam Byrnes, Amber Hayes, Darren Warren and Sherry Lynn, along with regional favorites Iron Cowboy and Nashville singer/songwriters Somerville, featuring Eldred High School senior Alyssa Startup.  Read more

Vendors wanted

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for local businesses to participate in its outdoor Jeffersonville Jamboree. The event date is August 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Email JeffGiftShop@yahoo.com for an application. The deadline to apply is May 25.

A Milford history tour

MILFORD, PA — The Grey Towers National Historic Site will hold a walking tour of Milford on Saturday, May 19 starting at 11 a.m., providing information about the many contributions made by the prominent Pinchot family to conservation in America and the Milford community since the 1800s.  Read more

Local composer’s opera now on CD

NATION — Albany Records has released Evan Mack’s American opera “Angel of the Amazon” for worldwide distribution. The two-CD set can be purchased online at Albany Records, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. Mack was born and raised in Forestburgh, NY.  Read more

Woodstock performer Joe Cocker comes to Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Two iconic rock icons, Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis and the News, will join forces at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m.. The co-headliners will perform full sets, including three decades of hits, packed into one night that will leave you more than Feelin’ Alright.  Read more

Mays at the Movies in Milford

MILFORD, PA —Black Bear Film Festival will present a live jazz concert by the Bill Mays Trio and three films showcasing the talents of Bill Mays at the Milford Theatre on May 11 through 13. The Pike County resident, whose eclectic, prolific career as a pianist, composer and arranger has spanned five decades, will be joined by Tim Horner on drums and Martin Wind on bass for Mays at the Movies.  Read more

The Liberty Free Theatre celebrates life

As I read through my e-mails last week, a press release from the Liberty Free Theatre (LFT) caught my attention. “We’re gearing up for our eighth season,” it began, “with a special event production of Constance Alexander’s ‘The Way Home’ as a fundraiser for CROC (Citizens Reunited to Overcome Cancer).” Some of the words leaped off the page, shouting at me, causing me to pause. CROC. Cancer. Home.  Read more

‘Where do I go?’

Good question. While actively in the throes of an existential crisis, I continue to wade through life, searching for an answer that might never reveal itself. Less than thrilled with the results of an Internet search, I pressed on and discovered a disquieting website (www.existentialcrises.com) that simply presented a black page with the words “you are alone.” Lovely. Undaunted, I persevered and wallowed briefly in the not-so-uplifting lyrics penned by James Rado and Gerome Ragni for the “great American tribal love rock musical”—“Hair.”  Read more

Ups and downs

I have been waiting to find out if I was going to get this amazing editing mentorship with Walter Murch for the past five months. I found out that I was nominated in late 2011 for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. There was a very extensive application process that included multiple essays, a video, numerous copies of my work and assorted references.

I’m not sure how many people were nominated but I found out in March that I was one of four finalists. It was an amazing honor and also meant that I would be meeting Mr. Murch himself as he would make the final decision.  Read more

The future of farming?

By Sean Zigmund

Since the dawn of agriculture, feeding ourselves has driven an increase in a myriad of other highly consumptive processes that boil down to a single equation: food = energy. Energy use will only increase as our population does, yet our primary source of energy, fossil fuel, is steadily decreasing. While renewable energy use in the U.S. is on the rise, its use is a fraction of what we use to live. Perhaps a neighborhood farming model is just what we need to move to a more sustainable future.  Read more