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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Form a krewe for Mardi Gras

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership invites all businesses, non-profit and community groups from the greater Honesdale area and beyond to form a New Orleans-style krewe and participate in the fourth annual Mardi Gras on Main on February 18. Musicians are also sought, to play on street corners for donations (which they keep) from the passersby.  Read more

Entries sought for Chili/Wings Cook Off

HAWLEY, PA — Entrants are sought for the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce’s 10th Annual Chili/Wing Cook Off, which will take place on Sunday, March 4 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant on Lake Wallenpaupack, Route 507, 2 miles east of Hawley.

Official judges are the Administrators from Wallenpaupack Area School District. First- place winner in both chili and wings will capture a trophy and $100 cash award. Awards will also be presented to second- and third-place winners. There will be first, second, and third place trophies for the coveted Peoples Choice category.  Read more

4-H celebration has international theme

LIBERTY, NY — The 4-H will hold its International & Discover 4-H Night, now in its 23rd year, on Friday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road. Enjoy displays and presentations celebrating the diversity of cultures around the globe as well as unique 4-H Programs in Living History.

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The Red Hatters Krewe on Honesdale’s Main St.

Mushroom society heads to Scranton

SCRANTON, PA — Members of the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society (DHMS) will participate in First Friday Scranton’s monthly art walk with “Wild About Mushrooms,” a display of color photographs and, nature permitting, specimens from recent local mushroom forays. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on February 3 at Eden – A Vegan Cafe on 344 Adams Avenue in Scranton.  Read more

Clooney in ‘The Descendants’ at CineArt

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and the Callicoon Theater will present George Clooney in “The Descendants,” opening on Friday, January 27, as part of the CineArt series.  Read more

Toboggan rides, scavenger hunt and more at Winter Carnival

LACKAWAXEN,PA — There will be outdoor fun and entertainment at the Winter Carnival at Big Bear on Sunday, January 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be ski/snowboard races, a big air contest, rail jam, an all-day scavenger hunt, lunch tray races and free Ski Patrol toboggan rides. Head to the rental shop to register to win a free wax and sharpen. You also won’t want to miss getting your picture taken with “The Bear.” There will also be activities for non-skiers in the lodge.

Visit www.ski-bigbear.com or call 570/685-1400.

Valentine’s crafts with 4-H

LIBERTY, NY — Karen Mariner will lead a 4-H workshop on Valentine crafts on Saturday, February 4. For one price, participants have the option to do one or both of two projects: making a a craft stick trinket box in the morning session, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; and making a chocolate bouquet in the 1 to 3 p.m. afternoon session. Bring a bag lunch if attending both sessions.  Read more

Years of food and conviviality: A Main Street location through the decades

NARROWSBURG, NY — Now that there is a new restaurant inside 40 Main Street in Narrowsburg, the Heron, there seems to be a “now-things-are-as-they-should be” feeling in the community, because for the last five or six decades there has almost always been eatery of one sort or another in the space.

Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was the home of C & C Pizza Parlor, operated by Marty Criston and Bernie Creamer. Creamer, who still lives in Narrowsburg with his wife Carol, and whose children all graduated from the Narrowsburg School, said the town was quite a different place in those days.  Read more

A grateful Cassandra

Some people experience emotion more deeply than others. When our daughter was four, she would often collapse in a fit of discomfort because her socks didn’t “feel right.” I’m happy to report that, as a college senior, she has the sock issue under control. But a slant word of criticism from an older brother can still send her reeling with self-doubt.  Read more

‘Middle Ground’ opens at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “Middle Ground,” a two-person exhibition featuring the work of local artists Kathe Blackbird Frantz and Matthew Zappala, from Saturday, January 21 to Sunday, February 26 at 48 Main St. Frantz, one of whose works is shown here, is a painter from Callicoon whose work for this exhibition was inspired by the Delaware River Valley. Zappala, a graphic artist from Saugerties, will present woodcuts created from winter landscapes and unique collages that have the look of a woodcut. There will be an artists’ talk on January 21 at 1 p.m.  Read more

‘My Week with Marilyn’

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and the Callicoon Theater will present Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn,” opening from Friday, January 20 to Tuesday, January 24, as part of the CineArt series.  Read more

‘The Road Home’ at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will present “The Road Home” as the second offering in its winter Sunday Night Cinema film series on Sunday, January 22 at 8:15 p.m. at Cinema 6 Theater in the Route 6 Mall.

Directed by the multiple-award-winning Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, the film is based on a country girl’s reminiscence of her romance with her schoolteacher husband during the Cultural Revolution. “The Road Home” won the Silver Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.  Read more

Book signing in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Madeleine Coppola, a resident of Blooming Grove, will be signing copies of her romance novel “Child in the Mirror: A Novel” at the Broad Street Coffee House, 611 Broad St., on Tuesday, January 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.

In “Child in the Mirror,” set in New York City in the 1930s, Liz is
torn between the excitement of a fresh start in the big city and an ever-present black cloud looming overhead. Desperately she tries to fit in, but her imagination is relentless, playing tricks with her mind until she finally contemplates the possibility of going insane.

Pre-Valentine’s Day Fair

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — There will be a Pre-Valentine’s Day Fair on Friday, February 3 at The Towne Gift Shoppe, 4887 Main St. The open house, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will feature The Enchanted Florist, along with several other area businesses, for taste testing, shopping, fun, flowers, fairies and freebies. There will be a kids’ craft table and Java Love brewing for the adults. Call 845/482-4182.

Making a woodland terrarium

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Sullivan County will offer a workshop called “How to Make a Woodland Terrarium” on Thursday, February 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Education Center, 64 Ferndale Loomis Rd. The terrariums make imaginative Valentine’s Day gifts.  Read more

Ice Tee tournament set for February

HAWLEY, PA — The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce has postponed the 21st annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament to Sunday, February 26 due to ice conditions.

Two nine-hole courses will be created, complete with tree-lined fairways, greens, water traps, obstacles and roughs. Tee times are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Greens” fees are a non-refundable donation of $15 per person in advance; $20 on the day of the event.  Read more

Equinunk’s got talent

EQUINUNK, PA — The Calder Café, located in the new addition to the Equinunk Historical Society’s Calder House, in the center of Equinunk, is putting on its version of “ America’s Got Talent” on the first Friday of every month. The events are called “First Friday,” and musicians are invited to perform up to three songs or present up to 15 minutes of performance. The room is small, so acoustic music only is invited. There are desserts and coffee, tea and hot chocolate for purchase. Admission is free. Performances usually start around 7:15 p.m. Doors close at 9 p.m.  Read more

My trainer owes money all over town (maybe)

I couldn’t say for sure, but I have a hunch that my trainer, Mike, is involved with some shady people. Last week was the second time in the four months I’ve been seeing him that he showed up with a black eye. The first time I asked him what happened, he uncomfortably told me that he didn’t want to talk about it.

“I am an idiot,” was the only explanation he offered.

The second time, I didn’t ask.  Read more

Schoolyard habitats

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — “I believe schools often don’t realize what they have to work with right on their own grounds,” contends John Jose of Otter Creek Environmental Education Services based in Beach Lake.

To seize those opportunities, Jose has begun working with schools in Wayne County to help them expand the learning opportunities available outside their classroom walls. In doing so, Jose performs evaluations that take into account a school’s grounds from both a habitat and an educational perspective.  Read more

A gap in trapping regs

As currently regulated in Pennsylvania, trapping presents certain hazards of which outdoor recreationists should be aware.

I discovered this the hard way when our 15-pound Miniature Pinscher, Beetle, stepped on a foot-hold trap set along a public multi-purpose trail in the Delaware State Forest in Pike County, PA.

What started out as a healthy hike on Commonwealth land turned into a harrowing experience that resulted in a $230 veterinary bill, a set of questions and some unsettling answers.  Read more