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October 25, 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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Liberty Museum displays Cobalt, larger than life

LIBERTY, NY — The larger-than-life theatrical artwork of Cobalt Studios will herald the season opening of the Liberty Museum & Arts Center on Saturday, April 21 with a meet-the-artists reception on Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. A tradition at the museum, the annual display of work produced by Cobalt’s advanced students features realistic paintings designed as backdrops for all types of theatrical presentations.  Read more

ARTery hosts ‘New Visions’

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present a new exhibit featuring art by 40 regional artists and craftsman titled “New Visions”, a juried show and sale. Work chosen from hundreds of submissions will be on display from April 12 to May 7. The reception will be during Milford’s Art After Dark event on Saturday April 14, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The works represent a wide range of mediums, from ceramic pottery to sterling silver jewelry; genre ranging from whimsical animal sculptures to elegant figurative photography; paintings from realism to expressive abstracts. Visit arteryonline.com.

Bethel Woods extends access to classical music series

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has expanded the Experience the Arts Ticket Access Program to include the three-performance Classical Series at the Event Gallery. For every ticket purchased to a performance in the Classic Music Series, Bethel Woods will donate one ticket to qualified students, community and social service organizations within the region to inspire exploration of the arts.  Read more

Singer holds CD release party

ROCK HILL, NY — The release party for the new CD “Take The Day Off: Escape With Jazz,” with vocalist Donna Singer and The Doug Richards Trio, will take place on Tuesday, April 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant, 277 Rock Hill Drive.

Singer, Richards and the trio will perform songs from the new CD. “Donna Singer is a first call vocalist... with an effervescent spirit and impeccable phrasing,” wrote @Critical Jazz in a review of the CD, and Midwest Record wrote that the CD has “got so much heart and passion that it’s unstoppable.”  Read more

NACL Theatre plans its season

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Now in its 12th year, NACL Theatre is planning a full summer schedule, to kick off on Memorial Day Weekend. It also offers After School Youth Drama classes beginning on April 19, and artist residencies and retreats. For more information see story on page 5 and visit www.nacl.org.

Let my people go!

It would seem that use of the lunar calendar has its advantages. Rather than attempting to fit holidays into the school schedule, or playing fast and loose with historical dates simply to create a three-day weekend, staying true to Biblical reference can be equally convenient. This year, both Easter and Passover occurred at the same time, which had more to do with the phases of the moon than man’s interference.  Read more

One year later

Tommy “The Easter Bunny” and the young bunny who lived across the street had been together for a whole year. Even before that, Tommy had had a crush on her for as long as she lived across Cottontail Lane.

“One of these days,” he would think to himself as he gazed sheepishly at her from across the room and sipped his carrot juice on the rocks.  Read more

How many nations are we, anyway?

While Bill Clinton was in the White House, you might recall, some members of the conservative gun-enthusiast community took to sporting bumperstickers that defiantly declared “My President is Charlton Heston” (Heston, of course, being the president of the National Rifle Association at the time). During the Bush Regime, I toyed with making a similar bumper sticker myself—though mine would have said “My President is Ralph Nader.” (However, I realized that might have put me in danger of severe reprisal—not so much from gung-ho nationalists as from unforgiving Al Gore supporters.)  Read more

Visions of a madman

By Michael Morris

When I was offered the opportunity to write this article about my visions for the area, my first inclination was to write about the projects I am involved in and the benefits to the community. Then it struck me that my visions depend on the American people returning to the way we were as a nation on December 8, 1941.  Read more

Keeping track

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — When it comes to spring sports, baseball and softball are diamonds in the rough and golf played on the emerald greens is another priceless gem. But for its multi-faceted glittering movement, track and field is considered by many to be the crown jewel. While the aforementioned sports feature compelling moments and drama, they are also prone to periods of stasis. Not so with track and field, which is a non-stop cavalcade of action as runners, jumpers and throwers compete simultaneously in what amounts to an athletic cirque du soleil.  Read more

Delaware River history 'Unearthed'

NARROWSBURG, NY - Last weekend, the Narrowsburg library hosted the inaugural presentation of an oral history titled “Unearthed.” The first recordings focused on long-time residents and their relationships with the Delaware River. Seen here are organizer Laura Moran, left, Beverly Sterner, Nora Brown, Grace Johansen, Susan Klikus, Linda Slocum and artistic Director Tannis Kowalchuk.

Lions and a bunny at the Corner Piazza

ELDRED, NY — The newly chartered Eldred Lions Club will be hosting an Easter Bunny party at the Corner Piazza on Saturday, April 7 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The event will feature a visit from the Easter Bunny, the decoration of an Easter tree, an Easter Bonnet Parade, music and fun. All children who wear an Easter bonnet will receive a free cup of soft-serve ice cream courtesy of the Eldred Lions Club and the Corner store in Eldred. Photo services will be provided by Regina Lynn Photography. The event is free.

DVHS presents ‘How to Succeed’

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) Drama Club will present “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on April 13, 14, and 15 in the DVHS auditorium. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday April 13 and Saturday April 14, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday April 15.

The three performances will also feature a café where theater-goers can enjoy homemade refreshments, open for one hour before and after each performance and during intermission. You can also come early to enjoy the student art show presented by the DVHS art department.  Read more

Woodsongs Coffeehouse features Steve Lane

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum will feature Steve Lane (www.myspace.com/stevelanemusic) of Port Jervis on Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Lane was raised in a farmhouse on old-time country music, and has become a noted alternative country music songwriter. He learned the guitar from his country-music father Don Lane and brother Dan, and other musicians that hung around their house when he was a child. His father will perform with him at the coffeehouse. The evening will also include a return performance by Van Manakas (www.vanmanakas.com).  Read more

New Hope bares its ‘Heart & Soul’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Fine Arts Enrichment Program of the New Hope Community has partnered with the Catskill Art Society (CAS) in April to present a collective exhibition of paintings which titled “The Heart and Soul of New Hope.” The work will be on view at the Livingston Manor venue from April 14 through May 6. An artist’s reception is schedule for April 17 from 4:30 to 7:30pm at the CAS Center.

For more information regarding the exhibition and the arts program at New Hope Community, email bwoolf@newhopecommunity.org. For information about CAS, call 845/436-4227.

Hinchey announces 2012 Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) recently announced the beginning of the 2012 Congressional Art Competition. The contest is open to all students in grades nine through 12 who either reside or attend high school in New York’s 22nd Congressional District. For a second year in a row, the competition is going online. The first-place winner will have his or her artwork publicly displayed on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for one year. To participate, visit hinchey.house.gov/art.  Read more

Book signing at Havens Treasures

MILFORD, PA — Author Madeleine Coppola, a resident of Blooming Grove, will participate in a book signing event for her book “Child in the Mirror” on Sunday, April 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Havens Treasures Thrift Shop, 149 Sawkill Ave.  Read more

Spring at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold a spring waterfall tour on Saturday, April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. Dress in warm layers, wear sturdy footwear, and bring a camera. The cost is $20.

On Saturday, April 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a search for salamander eggs. Salamanders are stirring in the woods now; nearby breeding pools will be explored for salamander egg masses. PEEC will provide nets and collection jars for up-close study. The cost is $5.

Pre-registration is requested. Visit www.peec.org, peec@peec.org or call 570/828-2319.

Foods of the Delaware Highlands dinner

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Celebrate the new partnership between the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Eagle Institute at the fifth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala on April 28, to benefit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. The event, held at Hawley’s Settlers Inn, features a four-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by a live auction. There will also be a silent auction celebrating the bounty of our local businesses and products.  Read more

Morton headlines at RiverFolk

CALLICOON, NY — RiverFolk Concerts will feature Lois Morton at a concert at Jeff Moore’s house, 29 Head Rd., on Saturday, April 14. There will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m., with the concert starting at 7 p.m. The evening will also feature a raffle to benefit Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) for its Savor the Arts event.  Read more