Valentine’s Day is not for the faint of heart. For those of us bravely facing the world alone, the onslaught of romance, hearts and flowers can be a bit much at this time of year, and since my cup doesn’t exactly “runneth” over today, I’ve decided to accentuate the positive. Being single does have certain advantages. I don’t love washing the dishes, and with no one around, I can eat my dinner right out of the frying pan and drink my milk straight from the carton without the slightest twinge of remorse. Jealous? Read more
REGION — If love really does make the world go ‘round, then surely Liberty, NY resident Tim Shera is doing his part. Two years ago, Shera was visiting with a friend who makes homey, hand-crafted wooden signs for friends and customers to decorate their gates and front doors. During that visit, Shera’s pal held up one such sign, gave Tim a wink and declared “You have to have this,” brandishing a small piece of old barn wood painted with three simple words: “I love you.” Read more
After literally decades of struggle and suffering, folks in the LGBT (etc.) community can finally point to some strong, concrete gains in their quest for social recognition, acceptance and respect. The notion of marriage equality is gaining support across the nation, the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy is now just a vague memory, and even the Boy Scouts of America have begun reconsidering their homophobic stance. More than at any time in recent history, they can feel the freedom to be exactly who they are, and no longer worry about concealing themselves behind an artificial facade. Read more
Happy Valentine’s Day to all. As of the 12th of February, I have been with my husband for 31 years, only married 23 in September. Love to my husband, mother and all my family, friends and readers.
I write this column with a bad cold and a very congested head. We were lucky that we did not get that much snow with the Nor’easter. My cousin who lives in Port Jeff on Long Island got 32 inches, my sister in Queens got over a foot. My mother is doing great and says she is praying for all of you. Read more
When I was asked to write this column in the summer of 2007, my first reaction was, “Why me?” I felt woefully unqualified. On the other hand, I saw writing as a way to do something, however modest, to influence change that might help preserve the natural world which was increasingly at risk. Read more
The month of January saw mostly cold temperatures through to the last few days of the month, when unseasonably mild weather arrived. During the cold weeks, snow covered the ground and it got cold enough to freeze over lakes and much of the Delaware River. Much time was spent checking out bobcat and coyote tracks in the snow, or observing frozen waterfalls and seeps from rock outcrops. Not much thought was given to plant life, but that changed during one hike when I visited a few of these places where water flows. Read more
Living on a restricted diet is annoying. One would think that I’d be accustomed to it by now, since it’s been almost two decades of reading labels, asking the right questions and following rules, but still, I have my moments. Seeking a simpler, less stressful way of life, I moved to the Catskills. I’m unsure what effect I thought this change would have on my intestinal tract, but my gut instinct directed me toward the Upper Delaware Valley, and lo and behold, my health has improved. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Mary Greene, Kathy Grimaldi and Tracey Ranze will hold a poetry reading and discussion of their poems. This free event, “The Power of Our Voices: Poets at the Sanctuary,” will be held on Sunday, February 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at The Sanctuary of Oils, 61 Commercial Street in the Holmes Building.
The poets seek to engage and inspire through reading their works. Books will be available for purchase.
RSVP to email@example.com or call 570/468-7350.
MILFORD, PA — Music in the Park, a free summer concert series held at the Ann Street Park, will kick off the 2013 season with a fundraising event on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Water Wheel Café, 150 Water Street. A cover charge donation of $10 is requested. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Local favorites Peter Florance and the New Kings will provide the music for a Valentine’s Dance Party at the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B in Bethel on Saturday, February 16 at 8 p.m. A special menu by chef Jay Weinstein will be available. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.
LAKEVILLE, PA — Sculpted Ice Works will host Crystal Cabin Fever from February 10 to 26, weekdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme this year is dinosaurs—over 20 ice dinosaurs of all sizes from all prehistoric periods will be carved out of ice. On Saturday, February 9 and 23, there will be live ice carving competitions from 12 to 4 p.m. On Sunday, February 10 and 24, catch live ice carving competitions from 12 to 3 p.m. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park will host Family Fun Day on Saturday, February 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by Thunder 102, which will broadcast live, and the Young Professional Taskforce (YEL) of the Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members, employees and their families will enjoy a day of skiing and tubing. Lift tickets cost $35 for a family of five; skis and snowboards are available for rent. There will be special deals for group lessons and tubing. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery is featuring a retrospective during the month of February titled “Reflections: Light, Motion, Time & Transition,” a collection of its members’ works executed over the course of their careers. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, February 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art After Dark, a town-wide celebration of the arts. The event will be held at the historic Forest Hall building, 210 Broad St. The exhibition will run through March 3.
NARROWSBURG, NY — A special event, “Love Letters of The Upper Delaware,” created by the Tusten Historical Society and Western Sullivan Public Library, will be held at the Tusten-Cochecton library on Friday, February 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Broadway actor and costumer Billy Hipkins will star in “For the Benefit of Miss Jennie Gourlay,” an original one-man production that takes a look at the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, on Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 10 at 3 p.m. in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum. He focuses on the life of Jeannie Gourlay, an actress in the play “Our American Cousin,” which was being performed at Ford’s Theater the night of President Lincoln’s assassination. Gourlay lived in Milford from 1888 until her death in 1926. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A talk on chocolate will be presented at the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library on Tuesday, February 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Sarah and Errol Flynn from Brandenburg Bakery will lead the audience through the history, nuance, facts and fiction of the world’s most coveted delight. There will be chocolate samples. This is a presentation geared toward adults; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required; sign up at the Jeffersonville library. Call 845/482-4350.
EAST STROUDSBURG, PA — In November 2011, East Stroudsburg Area School District teacher and Shohola, PA native Joe Fluhr was met with a chance of a lifetime—to send a personal belonging into space. Fluhr has been teaching space science to children for nearly a decade. His students learn about aerospace science and exploration and they build and fly their own model rockets. Now, they were going to be a part of the “real deal.” Read more
When I am out and about in the community so many people ask me, “how is your mother doing? I follow her in your column.” She is much better; thanks for the thoughts and prayers. I told you on January 14 she had a new great-granddaughter, Catherine Jane Marie, and on January 29 another great-granddaughter, Brianna Marie. Both are doing well and my mother is very happy. As for her health, she is amazing. I called her the other day and she told me she was going to Empire City with my godmother; I call them Dipsy and Doodle. She did fine and felt great. Read more
I recently enjoyed observing a 9-year-old girl wake to the pleasures of bird watching. Joei Marie is the recipient of an introductory birding kit I purchased from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Using the birding log and identification materials included in the kit, Joei began her “life list” by observing the birds that visited our feeders. Read more