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September 29, 2016
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HONESDALE, PA — As peak oil and global warming have increased the urgency of finding replacements for fossil fuels, the option of biomass is one that is frequently mentioned without ever seeming to gain much of a foothold, at least in this country. But there are some locals who have been developing some interesting techniques and ideas about one kind of biomass that could prove a boon to our own area: grass pellets that can be burned, like wood pellets, for heat.

Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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A few weeks ago during a marathon in Lehigh Valley, a freight train interrupted the race, which caused many runners not to qualify for the Boston Marathon. News outlets showed photos of the...

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Let’s face it, I’m an emotional kind of guy. Happy or sad, grumpy or glad, I basically wear my heart on my sleeve for all the world to see. “I yam what I yam,” as Popeye would say, and I’ve...

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We now have the most astonishing spacecraft and telescopes probing the far reaches of the universe. The purposes of these probes and explorations are multiple. Theoretical physicist Stephen...

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A proposal was made before commissioners of the PA Game Commission (PGC) at its September 19th meeting to remove the osprey from the list of threatened species in Pennsylvania. The board of...

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New Year’s Eve speakeasy party; a Roaring (Twenties) good time of dinner and dancing

HAWLEY, PA — The idea of the Roaring Twenties evokes images of jazz bands; flappers with bobbed hair; couples dancing the Charleston, the Foxtrot and the Black Bottom; Art Deco design; Prohibition booze and speakeasies. Next Tuesday evening, a recreated speakeasy will take over the restaurant and lounge at Glass_wine.bar.kitchen in Hawley’s Silk Mill, as a crowd of revelers rolls back the clock to the 1920s before ringing in the New Year.  Read more

Broadway’s Michael Rice performing at the Delmonico Room on New Year’s Eve

MILFORD, PA — Broadway conductor, pianist and composer Michael Rice will be performing in the Delmonico Room at the Hotel Fauchere on New Year’s Eve. The widely-acclaimed Rice, who has a home in the area, conducted “Peter Pan” on Broadway and, more recently, “1776” in San Francisco.  Read more

Alliance Gallery 2015 exhibitions call for submissions

Narrowsburg, NY — Alliance Gallery is calling for submissions for solo, group, or curated shows in 2015. The Alliance Gallery program priority is to exhibit high quality work by professional and emerging artists who live part-time or full-time in the Mid-Hudson, Catskill, or Upper Delaware River regions. All media and styles are considered, as are installations and proposals by curators. There is no submission fee.  Read more

Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Jean Rohe on Saturday, December 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill. Rohe was described by The New York Times as “A sure-footed young singer-songwriter.” Rohe riffs on old folktales and autobiographical sojourns with strong Brazilian influence, rhythmic playfulness and carefully crafted orchestrations.  Read more

Eagle Day: free fun for the whole family

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, January 25 from 1 to 4 p.m., join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, PPL, and other local organizations for an educational, fun and free Eagle Day for the whole family, located at PPL's Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. Enjoy a presentation with live birds from Bill Streeter, help to build an eagle’s nest, and participate in other hands-on activities.  Read more

Marine Christmas

The Marine was seated across the aisle from me, in one of the end seats with his gear on one side of the seat and his head down, writing holiday cards. Desert fatigues neatly pressed, haircut high and tight, black boots glistening from the polish.  Read more

Gifts with purpose

Holiday shoppers who desire to make a difference can still do so with some of the following gift options. Support state parks, forests and environmental organizations that play important roles in maintaining regional biodiversity, protecting natural resources and promoting outdoor recreation by checking out these opportunities.  Read more

Lantern walk on a snowy winter’s night

NARROWSBURG, NY — About 20 area residents gathered at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Sullivan West Library on December 17 in Narrowsburg, to greet the season and participate in a lantern walk to the river.

The walk was arranged by librarian Laura Moran, and started in the library with participants choosing their lanterns before walking off to the river and Veterans Park, singing Christmas carols along the way.

Once in the park, poetry was recited and memories shared in the crisp December air.

Family Fun Day boasts sled race, wing contest and discounted ski rentals

MONTICELLO, NY — The eighth annual Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park. The day includes a cardboard sled race and wing contest that you can sign up for now. The event is sponsored by Thunder 102 and YEL! (Young Emerging Leaders), the young professional taskforce of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce.  Read more

Year end healing workshop and concert

NARROWSBURG, NY — A “Year End Sound Shower,” a workshop and concert by Rakel Terceño, will be held on Sunday, December 29 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Beaverbrook Cottage, 1256 Crystal Lake Rd.  Read more

Lard Dog goes acoustic

HONESDALE, PA — The Human Lard Dog will return to The Cooperage for a other show. He and his merry mates plan to stop by 1030 Main Street on Sunday, December 22 for a performance at 2 p.m.  Read more

Harlem’s basketball Wizards are coming to Eldred

ELDRED, NY — The Eldred Central School recently announced that the Harlem Wizards are coming to Eldred. On January 27, 2014, the nationally known Harlem Wizards will perform in the high school gym. The Wizards are known for their incredible basketball skills and hilarious antics. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the tipoff is at 6:30 p.m.  Read more

A Cat Country Christmas party

BETHEL, NY — The Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B will host a Cat Country Christmas Party, featuring the Somerville Brothers with band, starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 21.

Across the street, you can browse for holiday gifts all weekend long at the Stray Cat Gallery and Store Next Door, featuring antiques, hand-crafted ceramics, books, handcrafted jewelry by artisans including Isha Elafi and Ayala Barr, furniture, a collection of photographs by famous Woodstock photographers Elliott Landy and Jason Laure, and more.  Read more

The Temptations and The Four Tops to play Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — The first announcement for the Bethel Woods 2014 concert season is in. Two of the most iconic Motown groups, The Temptations and The Four Tops, will perform at the Center for the Arts in a special, pavilion-only concert on Friday, August 1, 2014. Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 20 at 10 a.m. at www.BethelWoodsCenter.org, Ticketmaster, or by phone at 800/745-3000.  Read more

Singers invited to join Delaware Valley Choral Society

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society invites anyone who loves to sing to join them for their next concert, titled “Feelin’ Good.” Rehearsals begin January 5 at 2 p.m. at the Milford United Methodist Church, 206 East Ann St. American composers Stephen Foster and George Gerswhin will be featured, and the concert will be performed at the Dingman Delaware Middle School in Dingmans Ferry on Sunday, May 18, 2014.  Read more

Holiday music with The Noah Barker Trio

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Noah Barker Trio will perform holiday music at The Janice Center on Sunday, December 22 at 3 and 7 p.m. Noah Barker and his jazz trio will play the holiday-themed music of Vince Guaraldi (of Peanuts fame), Leroy Anderson, Mel Torme and others.

Tickets cost $10, and $7 for Janice Center holiday performance ticketholders. Seating is limited, and reservations are recommended. Call 845/482-3324.

Soulful, Rock-Americana next in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — MiZ (Mike Mizwinski) will perform at The Boiler Room in the Hawley Silk Mill on December 21 at 7:30 p.m. The Northeast Pennsylvania singer-songwriter and guitarist, MiZ takes the stage at Harmony Presents combining his soulful, rock-Americana originals and a few of his favorite holiday tunes. MiZ has a sound directly influenced by the coal-mining region of Pennsylvania, evoking the rustic tones and imagery of its deep cultural heritage and foundation in genres such as folk, rock, bluegrass and blues.  Read more

Fowl mood: Hickory’s revenge, Part 2

[Editor’s note: Part 1 of this story, which appeared in The River Reporter issue of December 5, 2013, continued the tale of the Turkey Bandit and how he freed 50 turkeys, ruining Farmer Hickory’s Thanksgiving. In Part 1, the Bandit awakes to find that his family, Hen and Junior, have been kidnapped. As we pick up the story, the Turkey Bandit is trying to attempt a rescue of his family from the farmhouse….]  Read more

Musical notes and quotes

It’s that time of year again, when snow days crop up from time to time, which in turn, gives me a little extra time. Never at a loss, the desire to shovel is pretty low on my list, but there’s plenty to do around the house and my desk is piled with work that I’ve put off for months, waiting for an opportunity such as this. I have a desk at The River Reporter’s office as well, and once in a while I even get mail. Ripping into an envelope the other day, I scanned the note inside: “Hi, Jonathan,” it read. “Enclosed, please find my latest CD.  Read more

The cold, hard face of power

The recent passing of Nelson Mandela brought my mind back to 1978, and (well, let’s tell it how it was) I was pretty clueless.  Read more