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October 01, 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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The season of giving all year round

HONESDALE AREA, PA — Gloria Frechen got the idea to start the Community Service Center in the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church because she was inspired by the saint Dorcas, or Tabitha, referenced in the Book of Acts (9:36–42) in the New Testament. Dorcas made clothes for the poor. Frechen gives clothes to people who need them, and gives in other ways, too, including rent money, food and household supplies. So it comes as no surprise when, during my visit to the SDA Community Center, a woman who was there picking up clothes called Frechen an angel.  Read more

Great expectations

The crisp autumn air conjures up the delicious expectancy that characterized the months of November and December in my childhood. I recall my parents cooking the ritual Thanksgiving dishes, unchanged from year to year by family decree. These pleasures were followed by a flurry of activities—the Christmas tree, the food, school pageants, fruitcake baking and, of course, shopping. The extravagant department store displays made shopping an occasion that far outweighed the significance of what we bought.  Read more

Life-preserving reminders

Two timely seasonal reminders are important to take very seriously right now. The first applies to boaters enjoying Pennsylvania’s abundant waterways. The second is pertinent to all drivers utilizing PA roadways.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) notes that beginning November 1 and lasting through April 30, boaters are required to wear a life jacket while on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any canoe or kayak. The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters.  Read more

Discover the world of Russian borsch at the libraries

HONESDALE AND HAWLEY, PA — Nikolai Burlakoff, author of “The World of Russian Borsch,” invites you to visit the Hawley Public Library or the Wayne County Public Library to answer all your borsch questions. He will share his borsch odyssey from a hogweed plant-based soup to its presence in outer space on Tuesday, November 12. The author will visit the Wayne County Public Library from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and the Hawley Public Library from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Read more

Restaurant-style fundraiser for Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — When you dine out this fall, you can support the arts at the same time. Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and local restaurants and bakeries are partnering in “Savor the Arts—Restaurant Style,” a fundraising campaign to support cultural programs and services in the Sullivan County and Upper Delaware Valley regions. Restaurants will donate a percentage of each bill to the DVAA.  Read more

‘Hot Rod Lincoln’ rockers to headline Sullivan County Blues Festival

ROCK HILL, NY — The Sullivan Hotel will host the second annual Sullivan County Blues Festival on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30. Featuring more than critically acclaimed blues bands, the festival will also boast a number of new additions this year, including various workshops and a tent highlighting craft beers and liquors from local businesses.  Read more

‘Ethos of Abstraction’ at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery will hold an opening reception for its new show “Ethos of Abstraction,” on Saturday, November 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs from Friday, November 8 to Wednesday, November 20.  Read more

The ‘Fearless Songwriter’ Marci Geller

NARROWSBURG, NY — Marci Geller will play the RiverFolk Concert Series at Gloria Krause Recital Hall at Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St., on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. Geller recently participated in the “Fearless Songwriter” challenge.  Read more

Button up your overcoat

For something completely different, I’ve a song stuck in my head. Although I would like to think I’m “special,” this is not an unusual occurrence and most people have experienced the same thing more than once in their lives. If you’ve ever read this column before, you know that this syndrome is not new for me. Happens all the time.  Read more

Mash-up of string quartet and boy band hits Milford

MILFORD, PA — New York City-based singing string quartet, Well-Strung, will perform at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, November 16 at 8 p.m. Heralded as “the hottest things with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games,” by the New York Daily News, this modern-day boy band will perform the classics by Mozart and Vivaldi, as well as pop hits by Ke$ha, Adele and others, but with their own spin.  Read more

Rolling Stone best unsigned artist Lelia Broussard

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host The Secret Someones featuring Lelia Broussard on Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room, located on the lowest level of the Hawley Silk Mill.  Read more

Remembering fallen soldiers

For 47 years Dennis Baker, a retired commander from the U.S. Navy who grew up in Cochecton, NY, had a story hiding inside him. Now he is telling it in a novel titled “Restless Hearts.” It is a narrative that is befitting to be told as we near Veterans Day, November 11. It asks the question: What if fallen soldiers could go home?  Read more

Lake Huntington News November 7

In the late 1800s, my great-grandfather and his sister left Ireland and landed in England—he being Thomas Fox and his sister Ann Fox. Soon, Thomas came over to America, and Ann stayed in England. Thomas married and started a family here; he is my grandmother Maryanne’s father. In England, Ann had a daughter Ann, who became good, long-distance friends with my grandmother.  Read more

Keeping up

You never know what you can do until you do it. This was reinforced for me recently on a cycling trip in southern France. My friend Kara had suggested this trip as a way to see part of Europe in an intimate way on a budget. We have been cycling since childhood, often together, but neither of us had pedaled farther than the length of Manhattan in many years. We picked a tour company that offered “easy” itineraries on relatively flat terrain. Still, it was an ambitious plan.  Read more

Halloween ‘goblins’

Halloween is associated with many things; today it’s mostly trick-or-treating or costume parties. If you go back in history, however, it can be observed that there was much more of a supernatural element in people’s beliefs. Many of these supernatural beliefs had to do with nature and natural events. A lot of superstition over various creatures got started in the Middle Ages, when we didn’t understand them or their interaction with the environment. In many cases when people didn’t understand animals or their adaptations back then, they were to be feared.  Read more


Emily and I are on the chairlift heading towards the Great Wall of China. It’s beautifully quiet, with nothing to hear save for the whirr of the lift and the occasional bird chirp. Eventually, the trees part and the wall appears over the horizon. It is breathtaking and stretches as far as the eye can see. Suddenly, the camera shakes and the image freezes. Rewinds. The trees part and the wall appears over the horizon again and this time the image FREEZES before the camera shakes.  Read more

Juárez: A Documentary Mythology, by Theater Mitu

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — International theatre company Theater Mitu will bring “Juárez: A Documentary Mythology” to NACL Theatre on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is a theatrical exploration of a place in conflict and its mythology, created from a series of interviews, experiences and research in and around Ciudad Juárez, Mexico over the past two years. The play is created by Theater Mitu in collaboration with citizens of Cd. Juárez/El Paso, and led by Juárez-born and raised director Rubén Polendo.  Read more

Wayne County Arts Alliance gets new board, launches gallery

HONESDALE, PA — Under the auspices of a new board of directors, The Wayne County Art Alliance (WCAA) has moved to a new space at the end of Maude Alley, located at 1023 Main Street. The space will be home to an art gallery and a small office. (For more on the gallery’s grand opening, see p. 24.)

In June, WCAA seated a totally new 10-member board, and by October 1 had moved out of its previous location in the Torrey Building next to the Wayne County Historical Society. Former executive director Tamara Murray stepped down from her post.  Read more

Nygaard at the Cat

BETHEL, NY — Claudia Nygaard (www.claudianygaard.com/) will play at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17B on Wednesday, November 6, starting at 7 p.m.

Nygaard is a strong guitarist with a powerful voice that D.J. Rich Warren of Chicago has compared to “amber honey”, and Bob Oerman of Music Row Magazine praised for its “power and resonance.”

To make a reservation for dinner before or during the show, call 845/583-3141. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

The art of Peter Sheehan

HASBROUCK, NY — The wide range of Peter Sheehan’s art will be on display starting November 3 at the Old Stone House of Hasbrouck, a community-based gallery. The exhibit begins with an opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on November 3, including all the makings for a pleasant luncheon.

“It’s my love affair with the land that inspires my art,” says Sheehan, noting that his latest works all bear signs of “the fields, mist, light, trees and stone all around me.”  Read more