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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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Farmers markets open for the season

CALLICOON, NY - The Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets open for the 2012 summer season beginning Sunday, May 6 in Callicoon. The Callicoon market operates Sundays, from May 6 through November 25, 11 am to 2 pm, and is located at the Callicoon Creek Park on A. Dorrer Drive.

The Liberty Market is every Friday, May 11 through October 5, 3 pm to 6 pm, in the Municipal Parking Lot located on Darbee Lane. Jeffersonville kicks off July 5 and runs every Thursday through August 30, 3 pm to 6 pm, Main Street, Route 52 (parking lot). All markets are rain or shine.  Read more

First Fridays kicks off season May 4

NARROWSBURG, NY - First Fridays Contemporary Author Series continues its 7th season on May 4 at Western Sullivan Public Library in the Narrowsburg Branch. There will be open mic sign-up at 7 p.m., the open mic itself at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Corinna Vaca-Moran, and visiting authors will read starting at 8 p.m.

Featured this month are Lori Anderson Moseman and Jon Sands.  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

Amphibian drama: prey and predator in a pond

Along the Delaware River, there are many small ponds fed by springs or streams, or left over from floods. Also present are remnants of the D&H Canal, with many sections still holding some water. All these ponds play a role in the diversity of the riparian habitat along the shore of the river. A variety of fauna and flora are present in or near these ponds that would not otherwise be present on the river shore.  Read more

Join a memoir-writing group

HONESDALE, PA — The memoir-writing group held at the Honesdale Senior Center for the past six months is ready to expand its membership and increase its meetings to twice monthly. If you have memories and stories, enjoy reading and writing and like to get to know other people in a secure, open and friendly environment, consider joining the group. Membership is open to Wayne County residents. Regular attendance is encouraged but not required. Meetings are at 323 10th St. The next meeting will be on Friday, May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the game room on the main floor. Call 570/937-3148.

Share your talent at Milford Open Mic

MILFORD, PA — Milford Open Mic is a not-for-profit group that sponsors an open mic night every Friday at 611 Broad St. and several concerts each month on Saturdays. It is a venue for local talent and families to gather together and have fun in an alcohol-free environment.  Read more

‘WIGSTICKS—Fairy Tales’

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will present “WIGSTICKS—Fairy Tales,” a drag show feature at the Milford Theatre (114 E. Catherine Street) on Saturday, May 19, featuring the illustrious Steady Mess and her troupe of performers.  Read more

Wurtsboro Art Alliance members show

WURTSBORO, NY — An exhibit of artwork by members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will be on display from Saturday, May 5 through June 10 at the WAA Gallery. There will be a reception on opening day from 2 to 6 p.m.

The exhibit will include paintings, drawings, watercolors, photography, sculpture and ceramics created by Wurtsboro Art Alliance members.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery is located at 73 Sullivan St., and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Email info@waagal lery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

Design-a-Sun-Catcher Contest at Gillinder Glass

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Glass is having a Design-a-Sun-Catcher contest. The winning design will be made into a mold; the sun catchers will be made at the Gillinder Glass factory and will be available at the Gillinder Glass Store.  Read more

Community garden program screens ‘Dirt’

NARROWSBURG, NY — SkyDog Farm will host a permaculture workshop for the newly minted Tusten Heritage Community Garden Youth Program on Sunday, May 6 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The permaculture workshop will explore alternative farming practices in conjunction with the garden’s spring planting schedule, followed by a screening of “Dirt! The Movie” at 3 p.m.

Dirt takes center stage in the documentary from Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, which unearths our cosmic connection to soil. SkyDog Farm is located at 1724 County Route 23. The event is free.

Mother’s Day concert

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Choral Society (PCCS) presents its spring concert, “A Musical Bouquet,” a refreshing mix of old and new works by Randall Thompson, William Billings, C. Hubert Parry, Yehezkel Braun and two well-known local composers, accompanied by organist Henry Repp on Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

Special guests for the evening are local folk favorites Ken deAngelis and Julie Ziavras. They will perform deAngelis’ original folk songs in solo sets and with the PCCS.  Read more

Port student show at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, NY — Works by Port Jervis High School Art students will be included in the May show at the UpFront Exhibition Space, sponsored by the Port Jervis Council for the Arts.

Port Jervis High School Art teachers Bess Moran (Art Curriculum Coordinator), Ashley Kaufmann and Eleanor Horst have challenged students to view and question prevailing assumptions and explore new forms of self expression. A variety of works, including ceramics, printmaking, drawing, digital photography, painting, collage and woodworking will be exhibited.  Read more

Antique vehicles sought for Honesdale festival

HONESDALE, PA — Bring your vehicle to Central Park in downtown Honesdale on May 20 to Court Street, as part of the Festival of the Arts weekend’s Antiques on Wheels Display.

If you have anything motorized that is 25 years or older and is in good running condition, it is eligible. There will be trophies given for Years of Service: Longest-Running Tractor, Smallest Four-Wheel Car, Oldest-Running Motorcycle and Work Truck with the Most Character. A Judges’ Choice trophy will also be awarded.  Read more

Ramp tramp includes recipes, harvesting and tastings

CALLICOON, NY — Slow Food UpDeRiVa will celebrate the ramp, one of this region’s most wonderful wild delicacies, on Sunday, May 6 at the Callicoon Farmer’s Market. There will be demonstrations, recipes and tastings, starting at 11 a.m., with how to make ramp butter and ramp pickles; followed at 12 noon by Bob Eckert of Northern Farmhouse Pasta, with samples of items like ramp ravioli and demonstrations.  Read more

Family farm the focus at Time and the Valleys

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Family Farm: 1920 to 1950 will be the opening exhibit at Time and the Valleys Museum this season, starting on Saturday, May 5 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. There will be an ice cream social from 2 to 4 p.m.

Visitors will see the tools and equipment used on the farm, learn about the types of activities, including planting and harvesting crops, caring for and milking cows, butter churning and food preservation; and experience a recreated “farmhouse kitchen” with coal stove, International Harvester Refrigerator and old fashioned wringer washing machine.  Read more

Mozart Requiem to be performed

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Delaware Valley Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra will perform the Mozart Requiem in a Mostly Mozart concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Drew United Methodist Church located at 49-51 Sussex Street. Guest solo artists will include Alex Garrido (soprano), Patricia Ruggles (alto), Kirk Dougherty (tenor), Wayne Walters (baritone) and Craig Williams on pipe organ. Also being performed is Mozart’s popular Exsultate, Jubilate peformed by Delaware Valley Choral Society’s professional soprano soloist, Jocelyn Lieberfarb.  Read more

Museum sponsors showing of de Mille’s ‘Chicago’

MIDDLETOWN, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will sponsor a showing of Cecil B. DeMille’s silent classic “Chicago” on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. hosted by Seth Goldman, director of the museum’s Institute of Early Film Studies, at the historical Paramount Theater in Middletown. Ben Model, silent film accompanist for the Museum of Modern Art for the last 28 years, will provide the live soundtrack for the film on the theatre’s Wurlitzer organ.  Read more

Local bat researchers shed ultraviolet light on white nose syndrome

SHOHOLA, PA — Bat researchers based in Shohola are employing an unconventional tool—ultraviolet light—in efforts to unlock another piece of the puzzle that is white nose syndrome (WNS), the mysterious disease that started in the Albany, NY area in 2005-06 that has killed millions of bats and continues to spread. One potential outcome of the research could be clues to a precursor condition that sets the stage for further development of the fungal phase that typically leads to a bat’s death.  Read more

Take me to your leader

Like many of us, I have interest in a myriad of subjects. Gardening, nature, astronomy and ancient history top my list, but there is a subset of fascinating topics that creep into my thoughts on a consistent basis. Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and the Bermuda Triangle are but a few of the themes that attract me. Truth be told, I have given a fair amount of attention to one area of interest over the others: UFOs.  Read more

‘The one that got away’

Every once in a while a story comes along that strikes right at the nerve of the community. It takes on a life of its own. You might guess it’s one of those topics like school merger or gas leasing. Serious issues, yes, but forget those. They will fade away. There is nothing that brings even the most reticent out of the woodwork than the debate over the local existence of the mountain lion.  Read more