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November 24, 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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Utopia or oblivion

“Ameritopia.”

That’s the title of a new book by conservative radio host and professional blowhard Mark Levin. Levin, in case you’re not familiar with the fellow, is a lawyer and best-selling author, whose on-air delivery can sometimes make notorious curmudgeon Bob Grant sound like Casey Kasem in comparison. He’s become one of the more successful members of that enormous gaggle of commentators and pundits who make scads of money by telling their mostly-quite-comfortable audiences how embattled and imperiled they are, and how our society has become inundated by “liberal media.”  Read more

Easy winter living

I have a terrarium of moss and ferns that we planted in a glass domed cake plate—the type of plate you see upon a diner counter with a carrot cake inside. My terrarium sits in the middle of my kitchen table like a green island of spring. I like to lift the lid off the pedestal and breathe in its moist, pungent woodland smell. It is a world unto itself. We planted it so as to have some green in the winter months, but without the contrast of winter whiteness it doesn’t have quite the same effect.  Read more

Kids who care

Readers of this column will not be surprised to learn I’m a big fan of the Lorax, the miniature mustachioed character created by Dr. Seuss and beloved for his impassioned environmental messages as put forth in the book of the same name.  Read more

Great Sullivan Foodraiser

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Stacy & Friends and Community Unity will present the Fourth annual Great Sullivan Foodraiser, a musicians’ gathering that takes place at venues around the county, on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5. The event benefits the Federation for the Homeless and 15 local food pantries.  Read more

Cooking demo at the farm market

CALLICOON, NY — There will be a farm market tour and cooking demonstration by NaturalContents.com at the Callicoon indoor farmers’ market on Sunday, February 5 at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Rd.. The farmers' market runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the cooking demo starts at 12 noon.  Read more

Liberty school holds jazz festival

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Central School Department of Music will host the 16th Annual Liberty Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 4, at 7 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium. The festival will feature high school and middle school jazz ensembles from Liberty and Monticello. The students will also have the opportunity to participate in an afternoon clinic (beginning at 3 p.m.) with a renowned jazz artist and educator, said festival co-chairman and director of music Gary Siegel.  Read more

‘Experiential Expressions’ at Chant

LORDS VALLEY, PA — “Two Quills,” shown here, will be one of the works at a new show opening at The Gallery at Chant Realtors Lords Valley, “Experiential Expressions,” featuring the collected works of artist Ka-Son Reeves. Meet the award-winning artist at the wine and cheese opening reception on Saturday, February 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is located at 631 Rte 739. Call 570/775-7337.

Valentine movie is fundraiser for the Bethany Public Library

BETHANY, PA — Parents and children are invited to the Bethany Public Library on Friday, February 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. to snuggle in with their favorite blanket and wear their pajamas while watching a movie and enjoying popcorn and juice. Suggested age for children is two to six years old (accompanied by an adult). Donations are appreciated. Reservations are required. Call 570/253-4349 or stop by the Bethany Public Library.

A trip to Russia: Part 1

[Recently, Milanville, PA resident Sheila Dugan and Narrowsburg, NY resident Vera Williams took a trip to Russia. This week we print excerpts from Dugan’s extensive journal on the trip; next week we will print Williams’ account.]

Moscow, December 31, 2011
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Rescue 911: No guts, no glory!

First order of business today is to set the record straight.

Paraphrasing Mark Twain, let it be known that the rumors of my death have been mildly exaggerated. I have, however, recently experienced an N.D.E. (near death experience).  Read more

Sundance

I arrive in Park City with Sean late on Wednesday evening for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. We accidentally discovered we were on the same flight the day before so we arranged to meet and travel together.

My nerves are buzzing but I have a certain confidence. It’s my third year in a row here and I’m getting to know my way around. This year, travel wise, it’s an easy trip; last year I got caught in Atlanta for six hours because of a snowstorm.  Read more

Fleeced

I was encouraged when in I read Susan Freinkel’s book, “Plastics: A Toxic Love Story,” that manufacturers of polar fleece garments, such as Patagonia, REI and The North Face, are hungry for recycled PET plastic bottles. They prefer to make fleece from cheaper recycled bottles rather than using more expensive virgin polyester made from our dwindling supply of petroleum. It takes about 25 recycled bottles, otherwise whisked away to a landfill, to make one garment. (If the label doesn’t say the garment is made from recycled fleece, it’s not.)  Read more

Winter eagles arrive--after a slight delay

One thing that can be counted on in the region is the arrival of hundreds of wintering bald eagles to the Delaware River and other waterways. Typically starting in late December or early January, eagles arrive from Canada as they seek open water to forage for their favorite food: fish.

With the milder than normal winter so far, the eagles have been slow to migrate to the upper Delaware. Many of the northern rivers where eagles forage were still open as of the New Year, so that eliminated the need for them to migrate all the way to the wintering ground of our region for a few weeks.  Read more

A long day’s journey into paradise

The uppermost wellspring of this river of time burst from the ground in 1948. I had borrowed a book from the Kingsbridge branch of the New York public library system titled “Trout,” by Ray Bergman. To a plug-casting bass fisherman, the hundreds of delicate flies shown in this book, painted by Dr. Edgar Burke, seemed too pretty to possibly catch fish. These flies came in every shade and color imaginable. Also, they had wonderful, magical names, such as the Queen of the Waters, Rio Grande King, Parmachenie Belle, Kingfisher, Light Edson Tiger and the Black Ghost.  Read more

Narrowsburg is for lovers

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Be Mine Always,” the fourth annual exhibition of photographs and poetry celebrating love, opens on Saturday, January 28, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Alliance Gallery, 37 Main St.  Read more

DVO presents ‘Rigoletto’ highlights

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present a program of highlights from Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto,’ at a special Season Opening Fundraiser at the DVAA, 37 Main St. The event will be held on Saturday, February 4, at 7 p.m., and will feature Francisco Perez-Abreu, Evelyn Thatcher, Alexander Caraballo, Jeremy Griffin and Caroline Tye, with pianist Violetta Zabbi. A reception will follow the performance. The cost of tickets is $25.

Form a krewe for Mardi Gras

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership invites all businesses, non-profit and community groups from the greater Honesdale area and beyond to form a New Orleans-style krewe and participate in the fourth annual Mardi Gras on Main on February 18. Musicians are also sought, to play on street corners for donations (which they keep) from the passersby.  Read more

Entries sought for Chili/Wings Cook Off

HAWLEY, PA — Entrants are sought for the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce’s 10th Annual Chili/Wing Cook Off, which will take place on Sunday, March 4 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant on Lake Wallenpaupack, Route 507, 2 miles east of Hawley.

Official judges are the Administrators from Wallenpaupack Area School District. First- place winner in both chili and wings will capture a trophy and $100 cash award. Awards will also be presented to second- and third-place winners. There will be first, second, and third place trophies for the coveted Peoples Choice category.  Read more

4-H celebration has international theme

LIBERTY, NY — The 4-H will hold its International & Discover 4-H Night, now in its 23rd year, on Friday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road. Enjoy displays and presentations celebrating the diversity of cultures around the globe as well as unique 4-H Programs in Living History.

Contributed photo

The Red Hatters Krewe on Honesdale’s Main St.

Mushroom society heads to Scranton

SCRANTON, PA — Members of the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society (DHMS) will participate in First Friday Scranton’s monthly art walk with “Wild About Mushrooms,” a display of color photographs and, nature permitting, specimens from recent local mushroom forays. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on February 3 at Eden – A Vegan Cafe on 344 Adams Avenue in Scranton.  Read more

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