Scattered clouds
Scattered clouds
73.4 °F
October 21, 2016
River Reporter Facebook pageTRR TwitterRSS Search

Contributed photos

REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

Read More

When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

Read More

Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

Read More

Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

Read More

In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

Read More

“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

Read More

The iceman cometh

With winter breathing down our necks, Mother Nature (in her infinite wisdom) has decided to get a jump on things. Clearly, she and Jack Frost are in cahoots, since the iceman has been busy creating magical designs on windows across the Upper Delaware Valley. I suppose those with triple-insulated thermal panes have been spared, but my place (and I suspect many of yours’) could use a little extra insulation, so when the temperature dips, oh-so-pretty designs appear on my glass, courtesy of the imp with the icy paintbrush.  Read more

Local school holiday concerts on-air at WJFF

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Local radio station WJFF 90.5 will air a special holiday program of highlights from area schools holiday concerts on Sunday, December 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. and again Sunday, December 29 at the same time. The program will also be available live by webstream or for later download online at

The holiday concert programs will feature selections from upcoming holiday concerts by the choirs and bands of schools across WJFF’s listening area, as well as interviews with some of the students and staff involved, and a few other special treats.  Read more

Artisan’s holiday show at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery at 210 Broad St. has invited top jewelers and fine crafters to show their creations during the holiday season, alongside paintings and photography by the members of the cooperative gallery. The artists’ exhibit runs from November 29 through January 5. A reception will be held on Saturday, December 14 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Holiday performance at Milford Theatre to benefit local food pantries

MILFORD, PA — Getting the holidays off to a festive start, City Stage will present “Happy Holidays: A Spectacular Musical Revue” at the Milford Theatre on Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10, and will be available at the door.  Read more

‘Trains on Main’ now on display throughout Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce presents “Trains on Main,” pulling into Livingston Manor for its sixth year. There will be handmade model trains on view in windows up and down Main Street. “Trains on Main” will be on display at the CAS Arts Center, Morgan Outdoors and other businesses around Livingston Manor through December 31.  Read more

‘The Night Before Christmas’

DAMASCUS, PA — The Damascus Community Cantata Choir and Friends will perform “The Night Before Christmas” by Joel Lindsey, Twila Labar and Daniel J. Smith on Sunday, December 15 at 3 p.m. at the Damascus Manor United Methodist Church on Route 371 next to the Damascus School. Enjoy the choir, duets and solos as they sing the story of the real first night before Christmas. A free will offering will be received to cover expenses. A donation will also be sent to the Victims’ Intervention Program (VIP) in loving memory of Kristina Sue Adams.  Read more

Holiday craft making for kids

MILFORD, PA — Artisan Exchange, 219 Broad St., will host Holiday Crafts for Kids of all ages on Saturday, December 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. Artist Marie Liu will show participants how to create pinwheels to decorate a tree, your house or clothing.  Read more

Milford Christmas concert with German vocal ensemble

MILFORD, PA — One of Germany’s most prominent vocal groups, Clamus, will perform at the Milford Theatre at 5:30 p.m. on December 14. Calmus will perform seasonal music from the Renaissance through modern times.  Read more

Dramatic workshop to present ‘A Christmas Carol’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop presents its new 2013 holiday show, “A Christmas Carol,” at the Sullivan County Museum on Friday, December 13 at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m.  Read more

Hugh Brodie and Little Sammy Davis honored at blues festival

ROCK HILL, NY — Two distinguished senior blues legends were honored at the second annual Sullivan County Blues Festival at the Sullivan Hotel in Rock Hill by owner Randy Resnick.  Read more

Harmony Presents two holiday infused concerts

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host two holiday concerts in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill at 7:30 p.m. Starting off on Friday, December 13, world-renowned vocalist and United States Cultural Ambassador and faculty member of some of the finest performing arts schools Dorothy Stone will present “Winter’s Musical Mélange.” It will feature a mix of holiday songs from various cultures, many classic repertoire and Broadway tunes. Tickets are available in advance at $18 a ticket or $22 at the door.  Read more

Second annual Holiday Artisans’ Market at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will host its second annual Holiday Artisans’ Market on Sunday, December 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market will be on two floors with over two dozen talented regional artisans.  Read more

A chorus of all ages performs 37th annual winter concert

WOODBOURNE, NY — Director Kevin Giroux says it will “pep people up for the holiday season.” The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 37th annual “Winter Concert” on Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Rte. 42 in Woodbourne. The chorus, under the direction of Giroux with accompanist Keira Weyant, will present an exciting holiday program featuring “The Unknown Treasures of Christmas” including Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata.” The performance will also feature pieces accompanied by brass choir and string quintet.  Read more

The season of hope

I want to share some early Christmas gifts in the form of hopeful news on the sustainability front.  Read more

Ted Parker: PA’s legendary conservationist

Twenty years ago, the world lost one of the most renowned ornithologists and one of the greatest field biologists of the 20th century. Ted Parker died at the age of 40 in a plane crash while pursuing what he loved most—the study of South America’s birds. In his honor, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO) is offering a free digital download of his recordings from “Voices from the Peruvian Rainforest” (available at  Read more

Fowl mood: Hickory’s revenge

[Editor’s note: The Turkey Bandit was first introduced in the Letters Home column in 2010. The saga continues....]

Previously, we heard the account of the Turkey Bandit’s Hickory Farms rescue. The Bandit and his partner, Jack, had outsmarted the watchdog, shut off the alarm and freed 50 birds from their upcoming slaughter; to the Bandit’s delight it had ruined poor Old Farmer Hickory’s Thanksgiving.  Read more

Rock Hill holiday festival

ROCK HILL, NY — Join the Rock Hill Business & Community Association for the annual holiday festival on December 8 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Dutch’s Tavern. There will be a holiday market, free pony rides, refreshments, Santa arriving on a fire truck, photos with Santa, Christmas and Chanukah songs and annual Christmas tree lighting.

For more information, email or call 845/807-2034.

Milford church holds annual Christmas tea

MILFORD, PA — Celebrate the season with an authentic Christmas Tea at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist, located on the corner of W. Catherine Street on December 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last seating at 2:30 p.m.)

Enjoy a selection of breakfast, lunch and dessert options to sample—from scones and clotted cream, to brie and chutney, to cucumber sandwiches and biscotti. Vintage tea sets provide hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate with fresh cream and sugar. Children may choose from a separate menu.  Read more

NACL presents the New York premiere of ‘STRUCK’

NEW YORK, NY — NACL held the New York premiere of “STRUCK,” its new performance about neurology, the workings of the mind, and one woman’s walk on the razor’s-edge between life and death on December 5. “STRUCK” will be presented December 5 to 21, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. at HERE, 145 Sixth Ave. at Spring Street, enter at Dominick Street.  Read more

Botanical art to soothe the senses

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender will exhibit her artwork of edible wild plants from the just published “Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook” at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. The display runs through December 30.  Read more