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November 25, 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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‘Eat Drink Man Woman’ at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will present “Eat Drink Man Woman” on Sunday, March 25 at 8:15 p.m. The offering is part of the Sunday Night Cinema series, “Cinema Gastronomique: Movies about Food and Dining.”

Multiple Academy Award winner Ang Lee is the director of this cinematic feast about a master chef whose food personifies his love for his three very modern Taiwanese daughters, all of whom long to flee the paternal nest. Voluptuous use of food stands as a metaphor for the daughters’ sexual exploits and the family’s rollicking dysfunction.  Read more

April show opens at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — Members of the Big D Arts and Crafts League will open their new show on April 5 at the Inn at Starlight Lake. There will be an array of oils, watercolors and photographs. The group is giving special recognition to one member, Diane Kimberley. Kimberley was an educator for 25 years in New Jersey. She is a watercolor artist and also creates unusual pieces of pottery. She resides now in Scott Center, where she has a studio and works on her paintings and ceramics.

The inn is located on Starlight Road. For more information visit www.innatstarlightlake.com or call 800/248-2519.

The 2012 prophesies: Fact or fantasy?

Doomsday is a strong word. Merely uttering it aloud conjures up all sorts of scenarios in one’s head, but ultimately it leads to the same conclusion. No matter how you slice it, and regardless of the language, dictionaries around the globe agree that doomsday is defined as “the last day of the world’s existence.”  Read more

Exposed or hidden

In recent weeks, I have been playing the role of fly-tying instructor for those new to the art. Ah yes, I realize some might say that this was akin to the lame leading the blind. So be it. In fact, at both classes, before I even put thread to the hook shank, the words of the lead instructors in charge indicated there was a flaw in my technique. They had told the students to place the hook in the vice with the hook point exposed. Ooops! I could only hope that no one would notice that I had placed my hook in the vice with the hook point concealed.  Read more

Springtime paddling

Milder weather arrived in earnest during the first half of March, and that brought on an urge to launch the kayak and do a little paddling. During a sunny day just before the Ides of March, I set out on Walker Lake in Shohola, PA and found many signs that spring was well on the way.  Read more

A house on B Street

With my aunt in recovery from a recent stroke, and her husband in the hospital, her children were faced with the prospect of completing the impending sale of their summer home on Fire Island.  Read more

Feather identification

While walking in the forest recently, a friend of mine came upon a small pool of feathers on a fallen log and found herself wondering what bird had become sustenance for another creature. Utilizing a wonderful website and database established by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) through its Forensics Laboratory, we were able to determine that the mottled black and white feathers had most likely belonged to a downy woodpecker.  Read more

From Tusten to Tanzania and back

NARROWSBURG, NY — Hannah Ross of Narrowsburg, a senior at Juilliard, a member of the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra and a recipient of the 2008 Bodenstein Music Scholarship, along with members of Juilliard’s music, drama and dance divisions, will come to the Tusten Theatre on March 17 to perform and to show a slide show presentation related to work they will be doing this summer, when they will travel to Arusha Tanzania to lead workshops in music, dance and drama at the Umoja Youth Empowerment Centre.  Read more

Worth a thousand words!

Lately I have been on a personal mission, searching for the meaning of life. An existential crisis of sorts, this road trip in my mind has taken me down a variety of paths, some of which I have visited before—while others are a road less traveled.  Read more

Young entrepreneurs bet on Sullivan County

MONTICELLO, NY — As befits a new company that’s all about promoting its clients, the office of the new company “The Client’s Advocate” was designed with an eye focused on style and image: the sleek, spare, glass-topped desks adorned with over-sized chess pieces look as if they would be found in Soho or in a scene from some trendy TV show. But these desks are located on St. John Sreet in Monticello, where the founders have hung out their shingle offering video production and resume services and just about everything in between.  Read more

Students show art at The ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery is holding its second annual exhibit of art by students of the Delaware Valley High School in March.
The gallery is sharing its space with the young artists to celebrate arts in the schools, encourage creativity in young people and encourage the community to share the space.  Read more

Take a maple sugaring tour, drench your pancakes with the syrup

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — You can take a self-guided tour of maple syrup and sugar producers in Wayne County on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour has been coordinated by the Wayne Conservation District in partnership with the Wayne County Cooperative Extension and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association. You can follow the maple syrup making process from the tree to the table, and pick up locally produced maple products while you’re at it.  Read more

St. Patrick’s Day parade in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — There will be a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Jeffersonville on Saturday, March 17, with lineup starting at 12 noon and the parade stepping off at 1 p.m. There will also be an Irish band at Mullallys along with 12 bagpipes, corned beef and cabbage, green carnations and homemade Irish soda bread. The parade will include green-decorated fire trucks, floats, “Daisy Duck” from the Jems Duck Race and special Irish sales throughout the village.

‘Water/Reflections’ in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — “Water/Reflections” is the theme of an art exhibit presented by members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from March 24 through April 22. There will be a reception, free and open to the public, on Saturday, March 24, from 2 to 6 p.m.
The Wurtsboro Art Alliance gallery is located at 73 Sullivan Street, and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Email info@waagallery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

‘Hearts and Hammers for Habitat’ dance

HAWLEY, PA — There will be a “Hearts and Hammers for Habitat” dinner dance for Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County on Friday, March 23 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Ehrhardts Waterfront Resort. It will feature DJ Frankie Carll Productions, a silent auction, 50/50 and jewelry sale.
This year, Ehrhardts will be serving The Shoreline Buffet. To check out the menu visit www.Ehrhardts.com. Tickets cost $38 each. Call 570/251-7741.

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

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