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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two successful businessmen. Two beautiful and loving families. Two young boys with leukemia.

Unhappy story? Not for the Mongiello and Scancarello families—Anthony Scancarello (age 8) and Anthony (“Lilo”) Mongiello (age 5) are leukemia survivors. And that’s not the end of the story either. The boys and their families are working hard to help other leukemia sufferers.

Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society...

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We are suspended between summer and fall—in the gold and green pause—just a few seconds before autumn begins.

My friend’s son asks: “Would you rather have a million dollars or be able to...

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Maybe you remember: it was a beautiful Tuesday morning, clear and sunny. I had spent a couple of early morning hours training with my martial arts teacher, and I was headed home to start in on my...

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For me, the term itself borders on the oxymoron. Early in life, my mother drummed punctuality into my head and insisted that bad manners were not to be tolerated. “It’s rude,” she’d say, “and...

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I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus...

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The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending...

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Lorin performance rescheduled

MILFORD, PA — A performance by Martha Lorin for the Pike County Historical Society’s Winter Wednesdays series has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m., after having been snowed out on February 29. It will be held in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum, 608 Broad Street. Tickets cost $30 and include complimentary wine and cheese. Call 570/296-8126.

Cigarettes: two years later

The stack of old hard drives at Henry’s apartment took me back immediately, my own hand-scribbled “ABBY DOC” written sloppily on each of them. In their cases, the hard drives look like old VHS tapes. There was a stack of seven of them, a massive amount of information, though I remember that I only needed to have four of them plugged in at a time. The film was eventually to known as “Catfish.” But for two years, it was “The Abby Doc” around the office.  Read more

Do you have a vision?

We’d like to hear it.

Every four weeks, The River Reporter prints a “Visioning the Upper Delaware” column, written by one of our readers, addressing their vision for our area. They address challenges, propose solutions, or describe scenarios of what kind of place the Upper Delaware region could be, if it realized its best potential. The length is approximately 500 words.

If you have a vision you would like us to consider for a Visioning column, email us at copyeditor@riverreporter.com and describe it to us in a few sentences.

A commissioner looks to the future

By Jonathan Fritz

As the new Wayne County Commissioner, I have quickly realized what a widely varied and demanding job I signed on for. Well, I’ll happily profess that I love it. I’ve got a great crew around me and fellow commissioners, Brian Smith and Wendell Kay have been truly helpful and accommodating. We’ve realized that the three of us “click.” Each has their own bag of tools that we bring to the job, and collectively we can tackle anything.  Read more

Early fly hatch on the river

After visiting a friend at the hospital in Port Jervis during late February, I saw that it was turning into a fairly decent day outside; the weather was partly cloudy and the temperature was climbing into the high 40s. It was a good afternoon to drive up Route 97 and scout the river. I was mainly looking for eagles and other raptors. The first flying critters I spotted, however, were not birds at all, but a mass of flying insects. I had encountered one of the first fly hatches of the season on the river; the emergence of the black stonefly.  Read more

Register early for Lego contest

WAYMART, PA — The Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA) Home and Garden Festival will feature the annual Lego Building Contest, sponsored by Estemerwalt Log Homes, on Saturday, April 28 at Ladore Lodge Camp Retreat & Conference Center. The pre-registration deadline is April 15, and only 30 spots are available. Forms are available by calling 570/226-4941. Parents can also pick up a pre-registration form at Estemerwalt Log Homes on 505 Adams Pond Road in Honesdale.  Read more

Celtic music and corned beef at the Columns

MILFORD, PA — Celebrating its Irish roots, the Columns Museum will welcome Celeste Aldridge in the closing concert of the Pike County Historical Society’s Winter Wednesdays series on March 14 at 7 p.m. The original owner of the 1904 neo-classical manse was Dennis McLaughlin, a man who was known to appreciate an Irish ditty or two.  Read more

‘Shorts & Sweets for St. Patrick’s Day’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Historical Society will present Big Sky Productions & Guests in a performance of “Shorts & Sweets for St. Patrick’s Day” on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main Street.

The evening will feature Irish music performed by Debbie Palmarini; and by the band Little Sparrow, which features Carol Smith, Aldo Troiani, Lynn Reno and Lester Wilson, with guest guitarist Jim Stickler. Other special guests may make an appearance as well.  Read more

Art at the Depot

PORT JERVIS, NY — Local financial advisory firm O’Donnell & Associates is donating its office space to host a showing of the works of three local fine artists. The showing will be held on the 2nd floor of the Historic Erie Depot Building, 15 Jersey Ave., 2nd Floor, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.  Read more

Arts Alive parties to benefit DVAA

REGION — Every April for the past three years, members and friends of Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) have hosted dozens of house parties around Sullivan County and the Upper Delaware River Valley to raise funds for DVAA’s programs and services. This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 and has been expanded to include participating restaurants. From a dinner, a movie and dessert to a distillery tour and tasting, several regional restaurants are partnering with DVAA to host their special event.  Read more

‘Family Matters’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Family Matters,” an exhibit of paintings by Peter Greene, opens with a reception on Saturday, March 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center at 37 Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through April 14.

“Life has been rich, built around a family whose stories continue to permeate my work,” said Greene. For over 30 years, he has been portraying family life through his paintings. Many of the paintings are set in sparse, dreamy interiors full of shadows and ochre tones.  Read more

Essay discussion at Ethelbert B. Crawford

MONTICELLO, NY — “The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity,” by Carlo M. Cipolla, will be discussed at the next meeting of the great books discussion program at the E.B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello. Copies of the story are available at the library or online at www.searchlores.org/realicra/basiclawsofhumanstupidity.htm.

Student art displayed in Hurleyville

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Elementary Art Show will hold an opening reception on Friday, March 9 at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville from 6 to 8 p.m.

The reception will display the artistic talents of the students, provide live music from Sullivan County students, crafts and activities for the kids. Each school district from around the county and BOCES (grades K-8) is submitting artwork for the show.

The artwork will be on display at the museum from March 9 through March 26. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

‘Luck of the Irish’ casino night

TAFTON, PA — The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor “Luck of the Irish” casino night, to be held on Saturday, March 17 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort in Tafton.

The evening will begin with the opening of the casino and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Bold Gold Media will supply music the entire evening. Irish entertainment will begin at 8 p.m. with music by Joe Roche of Mojo Music and the comedic talents of Roger Hunt. There will be something for everyone to enjoy—a delicious buffet served at 6:30 p.m., casino action, a show, silent auction, dancing and a 50/50 drawing.  Read more

Local quilter appears in national show: fiber revolution rolls on

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — In about 1988, Katharina Litchman was working in the Swiss bank UBS in Manhattan when a colleague showed her a picture of his wife’s quilting work. She thought the work was gorgeous. “I ran out—there was a quilt shop on the Upper East Side—and bought fabric and made my first quilt.”

Shortly thereafter, Katharina and her husband Ron bought their home near Youngsville, and Katharina’s quilt-making took off; she made many quilts for friends, family and customers. But during that period she was making traditional quilts.  Read more

Celebrating the equinox at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society is currently showing “Vernal Equinox,” a two- person exhibition featuring the three-dimensional environmental art of Ursula Clark and Naomi Teppich at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street.  Read more

Dine out for libraries

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of many participating area restaurants, and five percent of your bill will be donated to the seven Wayne County libraries. All will benefit, regardless of the restaurant you visit. A full list of restaurants can be found at www.waynelibraries.org.

Participating restaurants on Tuesday, March 20 include Shelly’s Family Restaurant, Hamlin; Gresham’s Chop House, Hawley; Cocoon Coffee House, Hawley; Settlers Inn, Hawley; Halfway House, Honesdale; and Inn at Starlight Lake, Starlight.  Read more

Renaissance announces winners

FERNDALE, NY — The following businesses, individuals and organizations will receive 2012 Sullivan First Achievement Awards for their commitment to improving the appearance of Sullivan County during the Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference and Expo on Saturday, March 10 at the CVI Center.  Read more

Back in the saddle (again)

For something completely different, a song springs to mind as I ponder the last weeks and all that has transpired. With almost two full months under my belt since being released from the hospital, languishing on the couch (which is now in a secret, undisclosed location) no longer seems like a viable option. Now that I have an Internet connection, my world has once again opened its doors and invited me to participate. So I bit the proverbial bullet and ventured forth—with help from others, of course!  Read more

Why can’t we all just get along? Well, for starters...

Recently, I visited the Sunday worship service of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which meets in Beach Lake, PA. (In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that the minister of that congregation is also the publisher of this newspaper.) I was there to watch two of my favorite human beings, Mort Malkin and Christine San Jose, present a brief discussion they titled, “Can These Dis-United States Ever Find Common Ground?”—or, as I jokingly suggested they subtitle the program, “How Much Longer Can We Keep From Shooting Each Other?”  Read more

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction