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September 30, 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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Enjoy ‘Tea with Friends’

MONTICELLO, NY — Elizabeth Knight, author of several best-selling books on tea and entertaining, will share her expertise during a tea tasting program at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30 at the Inn at Lake Joseph. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the E.B. Crawford Public Library.  Read more

Nesin Cultural Arts holds recital

MONTICELLO, NY —The Fifth Annual Eugene D. Nesin Memorial Scholarship Recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25 in the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre, 22 St. John St. Featured performers will include current and retired Monticello Central School District (MCSD) faculty, Monticello High School alumni and special guest artists and music educators from Sullivan County.  Read more

‘50s-themed dinner and dance in Milford

MILFORD, PA — There will be a ‘50’s Dinner/Dance hosted by St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus Council #13935, at St. Patrick’s Church Hall on High Street on Saturday, October 26 from 7 to 11 p.m. to benefit the food pantry and other local charities. It will include a full dinner including dessert, coffee and soft drinks (BYOB); music by Rich Wilson; and a 50/50. Tickets cost $25 per person (limited tickets available at the door for $30). Tickets will be sold after all Sunday masses at St.  Read more

Historical Society will bring characters to life at the Old Stone Jail

HONESDALE, PA — Usually people will do anything to stay out of jail, but when the Wayne County Historical Society brings history back to life at the historic Old Stone Jail on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 25 and 26, they’ll be in for a special treat (no tricks). From 6 to 9 p.m. on both evenings visitors will discover at least some of the secrets behind the thick dungeon-like walls of the stoic stone structure.  Read more

Cemetery tour at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — A walking tour of the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Milford’s original town graveyard, located on the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford, PA, is planned for Sunday, October 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Participants should meet in the Visitor Pavilion in the parking lot and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes for the short hike to the cemetery. Regular tour fees ($8 adults; $7 seniors; $5 youth) will apply. Pre-registration is strongly recommended and space is limited. The program is appropriate for high school age and up.  Read more

Abiding in Cochecton

“The rural cemeteries… were America’s first public parks. They were intended from the beginning to be places of resort, not only for those who had friends or relatives buried there, but for the general public as well.”

—John F. Sears, “Sacred Places: American Tourist Attractions of the Nineteenth Century”  Read more

Lake Huntington News October 24

I write my column this week with a very heavy heart. Horace “Bud” Buddenhagen passed away on Saturday October 19 in Wayne Woodland in Waymart, PA with his family by his side. His wife Emily told me it’s going to be very hard to live alone after 65 years; who is she going to argue with? I told her to call my husband. The Buddenhagen family will have a memorial for Bud sometime in November; I will keep you informed.  Read more

‘Are you talking to ME?’

It was a nice crisp October Saturday morning as the better half and I sat with our morning coffee. I had one section of the paper and she the other. “Today would be a beautiful day for a train ride through the mountains,” is what I heard. I looked over the rim of my glasses and in my best Robert DeNiro said, “Are you talking to me?”, quoting his character Travis Bickle from “Taxi Driver.” Then the explanation came: in the town of Jim Thorpe, PA, there is the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, which winds through the beautiful mountains, and the scenery is amazing this time of year.  Read more

Mantis on the mountain

September 8th promised to be a good day to observe migrating hawks; a cold front had just passed and there was a light to moderate wind from the northwest. Some hawks were counted at Sunrise Mountain, but there was another predator of the insect variety that caught my eye. Sitting on a bush, almost invisible as it blended in with leaves, was a mantis sitting in wait for its next meal.  Read more

A run-in with the law

I came over the hill and saw him. Staring blankly back at me. As fast as I could manage, my foot glanced the brake and I slowed. If cars had faces (as a young child I got this idea in my head and forever see their head-lighted eyes, grill noses and bumper mouths) then this cop car was glaring at me.  Read more

Liberty Free’s ‘Red’ at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will host the Liberty Free Theatre’s reading of “Red,” a Tony-winning play by John Logan about the artist Mark Rothko, on Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m. The reading and reception will be held in the Krause Recital Hall at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.

“Red” was praised by the New York Times as “intense and exciting… a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of thoughts.” Roaring with an electrifying clash of ideas, “Red” lays bare a truthful portrait of a visionary artist.  Read more

Dinner theatre performance to benefit Liberty Chamber

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, NY — A performance of “B-I-N-G-O Spells Murder,” a benefit for the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, will be presented as a dinner theatre production on October 26 at the White Sulphur Springs firehouse on Route 52 at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will be produced by Big Sky Productions of Grahamsville, which recently celebrated its 17th anniversary and has a lifelong practice of performing benefits for non-profit organizations. Big Sky’s artistic Carol Montana directs the play.  Read more

Unique cello/guitar duo to perform at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Friday, October 25, a unique duo named Mudras, featuring Julia Horrocks on cello and Rembert Mezler on guitar, will take the stage at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; the performance begins at 7:30.

Horrocks and Mezler’s collaboration begins with arrangements of pieces originally written for other instruments, including works intended for full bands and orchestras. Their music will delight fans of classical music, tango, pop and more.  Read more

Tannis Kowalchuk in ‘Shakespeare’s Will’ at Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — Written by award-winning Canadian playwright, Vern Thiessen, the full length one-act solo performance “Shakespeare’s Will” will be performed at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. The play sheds light on William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway. Performed by NACL Theatre’s Tannis Kowalchuk, with music by Kurt Knuth, costumes by Karen Flood, and directed by NACL resident director Mimi McGurl, the play looks through the eyes and heart of a woman and mother who spent a lifetime with and without the great playwright.  Read more

RiverFolk Concerts presents the ‘rootsy’ Patrick Fitzsimmons

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present Patrick Fitzsimmons on Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m. at The Cooperage.

Fitzsimmons is a 2011 and 2012 Solarfest national songwriting contest finalist and a three-time Ploughshares national songwriting contest finalist, and has had his songs placed in several independent films. His last CD, “So Beautiful So Blue,” made several Best of 2008 lists and was played on radio stations all over the country.  Read more

The time machine

There’s no time like the present, according to the old adage. While it seems prudent to be in the moment, there’s something to be said for revisiting the past once in a while, and planning for the future often comes in handy. The past week provided opportunities to do all three, and I’m still basking in the glow of reconnecting with old friends, thanks to social networking. For those of you who have chosen to eschew Facebook (and I’m sure you have your reasons) I’m here to testify.  Read more

CAS presents Yarnslingers storytelling event ‘Reunions’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for an evening of true stories titled “Reunions” at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

City Stage to perform ‘Godspell’

MILFORD, PA — “Godspell” will be performed at the Milford Theatre from October 24 to 27, presented by City Stage Theatre Arts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

This rock opera was first produced on Broadway in 1971 when it broke new ground in its stage treatment of the historical Jesus Christ. Based on the Gospel according to St Matthew, it deals with the last days of Jesus, and includes dramatized versions of several well-known parables. It employs theatrical devices including pantomime, vaudeville and varied musical styles.  Read more

Lakeside Players to present ‘Making a Killing’ at Grace Episcopal

HONESDALE, PA — Every fall, The Lakeside Players produce a mystery/thriller, and this month, they’re back in Honesdale, presenting “Making a Killing,” by John Nassivera. The play will be performed on October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at Grace Episcopal Church Parish House Hall, 827 Church St. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.  Read more