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November 26, 2014
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As owners of vintage houses know, each house has its own character, often just waiting to be discovered when a renovation project or home addition is planned, according to nationally known architect Mark Alan Hewitt. Along with Gordon Bock, the former editor of This Old House Journal, he gave a presentation about working on old houses at Lumberland Town Hall in early October to a full house. Their talk was based on a book they have co-authored on the subject, “The Vintage House,” which is full of ideas for sensitive additions and successful upgrades.

Who loves moving? Who loves change? OK, I see a few of you out there holding your hand up in the air, but for most of us, moving is more than a little stressful. In my never-ending quest for peace...

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Around Halloween, I spotted what first appeared to be a large spider on the side of my house. As I got closer, however, I saw that it had six legs, not eight as a spider would have, and it took on...

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I wasn’t looking to return to my past life (always a risky enterprise) when we went to my daughter, Lily’s, Junior High All-State choral concert. But it was inevitable when the music festival was...

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I never quite understood the logic:

“Finish everything on your plate, young man; for goodness’ sake, you know there are children starving in India.”

If your parents grew up during...

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You know what they say—“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” So far, I have seen no opera divas warming up in the wings. Although I have already moved two fairly large truckloads to my...

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A variety of afflictions affect trees in the Upper Delaware River region, ranging from those caused by insects, like the hemlock wooly adelgid to others caused by fungi like anthracnose. “River...

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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

High school art show displayed at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Sullivan County BOCES, in partnership with the Catskill Art Society (CAS), will present the CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show from April 14 to May 6. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 14 at CAS, located at 48 Main St., from 2 to 4 p.m.  Read more

SUNY Sullivan holds “Back to the Fuchsia” women’s day

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — What could be better than a day set aside where women can come together to learn, share and have a really good time? There is such a day and it’s called “Back to the Fuschia,” the 16th annual Celebration of Being a Woman conference, on Saturday, April 28 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Professional comedian Robin Fox will be the keynote speaker.  Read more

Harbinger of spring

I was on a hike on a trail in Shohola during mid-March when I spotted what appeared to be a butterfly flying in the distance. I waited and watched as it landed nearby. What butterfly flies around in March when it is still cold and several weeks from “greening up” time?

The answer was soon obvious as I got close enough to identify this dark-colored butterfly with a yellow fringe around its wings. I was looking at a mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiope) on a late winter jaunt. One of the nicknames for this species is “Harbinger of Spring.” It did indeed make an early appearance.  Read more

Call for storytellers

REGION — Yarnslingers is calling for storytellers for a session titled “Verbatim—Conversations we’ve either had or have overheard and where we were when we overheard them.” The word count is up to 750 words, and the place will be the Chestnut Café, Long Eddy, NY on Friday, April 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Stories are due by Saturday, April 14. To participate, email yarnsling ers@yahoo.com with “verbatim” in the subject line. By partcipating, you agree to be photographed and video taped by Chestnut Cafe and Yarnslingers.  Read more

Participants sought for ‘Airing of the Quilts’

HONESDALE, PA —A Stitch In Time and the Greater Honesdale Partnership are seeking quilts for the fifth annual “Airing of the Quilts,” scheduled for Sunday, May 20, in conjunction with “Festival of the Arts” weekend, which is sponsored by The Honesdale National Bank.

If you are interested in having one or more of your handmade quilts displayed, bring it to A Stitch In Time, 114 7th St., any Tuesday through Saturday between now and May 6. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Read more

ECS digital art student receives national recognition

ELDRED, NY — The Eldred Junior-Senior High School has announced that senior Vinny Carlucci has earned national recognition in the Digital Art category in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2012. Vinny has been identified by panels of professional artists as one of the most talented young artists in the nation. This year, 200,000 works of art and writing were submitted. The top 1,500 were recognized at the national level. Vinny received his national recognition in Digital Art.  Read more

The Museum at Bethel Woods: ‘A Tale of Two Posters’

There are many early signs of spring that tug at my heart strings: the first robin scrounging for worms in the warming soil, the forsythia blooming with sunshine-yellow buds, even the overturned trash cans that waking bears rummaged through during the night.  Read more

Mind, Body & Spirit Expo: A (psychic) fair to remember

MATAMORAS, PA — On Sunday, April 1, hundreds of people gathered at the Best Western/Hunts Landing in Matamoras to explore alternative forms of healing, thinking and living—but regardless of the calendar date, the fair was no joke. I was drawn to the event, sponsored by All Better Central (www.allbettercentral.com), a center “dedicated to promoting physical, emotional and spiritual well-being,” by a flyer promoting “vendors, demonstrations, aura photography, psychic readers and healers.”  Read more

My section of Route 97

Driving up Doyle’s Hill on New York Route 97 my ears start to pop. I’ve heard many people remark on this common experience, which happens as a result of the climb in elevation as they drive out of the town of Hancock along this scenic, old road.  Read more

Writer’s block

I’d like to say that “it had to happen sometime” but truth be told, my (hopefully) temporary ennui has visited before. “It goes with the territory” one of my colleagues chirped over lunch. “If you’re lucky enough to write for a living, the day will come when words will literally fail you. Ironic, isn’t it?”  Read more

Name that kid (or lamb)

CALLICOON, NY — Come to the Sullivan County Farmers’ Market this Sunday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Callicoon Creek Park, Audrey Dorrer Drive, for a chance to name a kid goat or lamb in support of the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets Association. Note that the market will be held outside this weekend.  Read more

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
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Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance