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Photos by Isaac Green Diebboll

BETHEL, NY — Sometimes we may forget that Sullivan County is a diverse county. It’s so easy to stay in your town, your community, your corner of the county, and not break barriers and venture out. However, that’s not to say that such barrier-breaking is impossible. Proof of that was visible at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, when the most diverse crowd in Sullivan County came together as part of Dialogue2Change, an initiative of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission and Everyday Democracy.

In recent River Talk columns, we’ve been sharing images of species identified during the third Upper Delaware BioBlitz held at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY. The photos...

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Q&A

In which I give myself a softball interview…

Q: So, Skip, how was that “CommonBound” conference (www.commonbound....

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My son, Sam, graduated from high school in June—ending his last, restless weeks of 12th grade and beginning his final summer vacation—that nebulous time between high school graduation and the...

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“The man who only lives for making money, lives a life that isn’t necessarily sunny,” wrote Ira Gershwin back in the day. “Likewise the man who works for fame—there’s no guarantee that time won’t...

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So far this year fish reports are mixed. What a surprise! We have received reports that the fishing has been great and reports that it has been the worst year yet. Maybe it is a little of both.

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On July 12, during its quarterly business meeting, the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted to delist the timber rattlesnake from candidate status. With this vote, this species is no longer a...

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Berlin Township Fireman’s Field Day and pig roast

WELCOME LAKE, PA — The Beach Lake and Welcome Lake volunteer fire companies will hold the first ever Firemen’s Field Day and pig roast on Saturday, September 28, 12 noon to 9 p.m. at the Welcome Lake Fire Pavilion, 99 Cosgrove Rd. The event is rain or shine.  Read more

Museum at Bethel Woods joins Museum Day Live!

BETHEL, NY — The Museum at Bethel Woods will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 28, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.  Read more

Back to school

The students stare back at me blankly. I wonder if they are paying attention.

“Who knows the difference between overwrite and splice in?”

A few of them nod. One yawns long and large but then surprisingly raises his hand and answers the question. I guess you can’t blame them; it is a three-hour class on a Monday night.

It wasn’t too long ago that the tables were turned and I was a student sitting far back in the computer lab in an NYU editing class. I’m sure there were times I yawned, probably much worse.  Read more

Wildlife photographs on exhibit

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Photographer Gloria Wagenknecht’s framed wildlife photographs will be on display at the Livingston Manor Library through the month of October. Wagenknecht’s work brings broad scenes of color and clarity to the library walls.  Read more

Rotary to host inaugural spirits and beer tasting fundraiser

BETHEL, NY — Liberty Rotary Club will hold its inaugural spirit and beer tasting fundraiser to benefit the club’s scholarship fund on Saturday, September 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Catskill Distillery at the Dancing Cat Saloon. Three spirits distilled on the premises at distillery will be featured, as well as four unique beers to be tasted, plus Trout Town American Amber Ale presented by the Roscoe Beer Company. The beer tasting will be facilitated by Gasko and Meyer.  Read more

Send your best photos: CCE contest calendar fundraiser

LIBERTY, NY — In celebration of its 100 years in Sullivan County, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) has announced the theme for its fourth annual calendar photo contest is “Sullivan County Over the Past 100 Years.” The public is asked to look through their old photos for special shots of people and places in Sullivan County over the last century.  Read more

RiverFolk Concerts welcomes back Claudia Nygaard

HONESDALE, PA — Claudia Nygaard will perform on Saturday, September 21 at 8 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. The suggested donation is $15 reserved, $18 at the door.  Read more

Learn how to ‘pin’

PORT JERVIS, NY — The first session of a three-part workshop titled “Introduction to Pinterest and Paper Crafting” will be held on Tuesday, September 24 from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. in The Hub at the Port Jervis library. Part I will guide you through setting up and using your own virtual pin board, and help you find an inspiration for the following week’s paper crafting project. In parts II and III, you will convert your inspiration into useable, seasonally themed greeting cards (Hands on classes: October 1 and December 10).  Read more

Denning Day: An Afternoon of History

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — “Denning Day: An Afternoon of History” will be held on Sunday, September 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the Daniel Pierce Library. The Time and the Valleys Museum will share information from its archives on the history of the Town of Denning in Ulster County.

Town of Denning residents will share oral histories from and information about life along the Upper Neversink and the Upper Rondout. A newly donated collection of unusual items from the Herbert and Esther George estate in Sundown will be shown.  Read more

Festival celebrates rural life

DAMASCUS, PA — The Harvest Festival, a time to celebrate the joys of rural life, will be held at the Galilee Unity Grange on Saturday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is sponsored by the Damascus Area United Methodist Churches through the outreach ministries of the PEARLCenter for rural ministry (PEARL stands for Preserving, Enriching and Appreciating Rural Life.)  Read more

‘How it used to be’ in Deerpark

HUGUENOT, NY — The Town of Deerpark Museum will celebrate the Huguenot Schoolhouse Sesquicentennial with an open house on Saturday, September 21 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, September 22 from 1 to 5 p.m.  Read more

A different kind of school; Building community stone by stone

HONESDALE, PA — Here is a story of a vision that started many years ago, in the mind of a young person, who craved a sacred place where everyone belonged and where everyone felt nurtured. This vision encompassed a sense of seeing each person as a whole and empowering each one through education and peaceful guidance. As time evolved, this young person grew up, the vision became clearer, and the beginnings of such a wonderful place began to form. This is the story of a young woman and how she created The Stoneworks Learning Center (SLC).  Read more

Governing from the center (Part 2)

Last month I wrote about the difficult effort to find the political “center”—or for that matter, to even define it. For some, this elusive center presents an opportunity, and their search is motivated by a sense that there might be advantage to be gained by formulating an attractive vision of a unifying, centrist politics. They calculate that the right person, with the right set of “non-partisan” positions, could leverage people’s frustrations with business-as-usual and draw a strong following.  Read more

Our house

When people ask that ubiquitous question, “What did you do on your summer vacation?” this year, my husband, John, has to say, “I did a lot of digging—in the cellar.” It’s an answer that always brings a laugh or raises an eyebrow or both. But I assure you, it is meant in the most innocent of ways. Yes, John also took hikes, grew sunflowers and swam in the ocean. And he really did spend a good part of the summer in the cellar of this old house.  Read more

Rachel’s Challenge; Anti-bullying program comes to northeastern PA

HAWLEY, PA — Darrell Scott is not a stereotype motivational speaker. Dressed in faded jeans and sea-washed polo, his low-key day-long presentation at Woodloch Pines nightclub on Friday, September 6, to an audience of over 250, including educators, students, school administrators, clergy, business and civic leaders, was one of humility and quiet dignity.  Read more

Hummingbirds: dispelling myths

While autumn brings a welcome array of rich colors to the region as the light sharpens and foliage begins to change, it also signals the departure of the brilliant green ruby-throated hummingbirds that enhance our lives throughout spring and summer.

By early fall, hummingbirds begin their long journey south, bound for Central America. Many will cross the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight. Males may begin migration by early August, with females lingering into mid-September.  Read more

Milford goes local with Tri-State Farm to Table Festival

MILFORD, PA — Milford will celebrate local farms and the bounty of the region with its first Tri-State Farm to Table Festival on Saturday, September 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the courtyard of River Rock Inn (210 Second St.). The environmental non-profit Air Soil Water will present this free event featuring farm vendors, food for purchase, live music by They Know, fun for kids and educational lessons by the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), The Mother’s Project and Breathless Beauty on composting, gardening, juicing and more.  Read more

2013 season at Bethel Woods ‘rocked’

The 2013 season at Bethel Woods met it’s finale on Friday, September 6 to a sold-out crowd of very diverse fans.

The show’s opener, Uncle Kracker serenaded fans with songs like “Smile,” “Follow Me,” and “Four Letter Word.”

ZZ Top took the stage next performiing not only classic hits that fans of all ages love (“Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man”), but also newer releases (“Chartreuse”) off their 2012 release Texicali.  Read more

A month of firemen, pottery and silk paintings at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The current exhibit at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance opened on Friday, September 6 to a sizeable crowd. The “regulars” were there, viewing the dual exhibition by Jane Blake and Carolyn Duke, a display of paintings on silk and pottery respectively. Upstairs in the LOFT Gallery was a new crowd to the art gallery—firefighters. The exhibit is “Volunteer Firefighters: Heroes Among Us,” and is an exhibit of photographs and interviews by John Dzowonar and Ellen Bay.  Read more