By Rep. Maurice Hinchey
Serving Sullivan County in the United States House of Representatives has been the greatest privilege of my life. As I prepare to leave office, I want to sincerely thank the people of Sullivan County who put their trust in me to serve their interests in Washington. In the most basic sense, that is what I have worked to do over the past 20 years. Read more
Acrobatic artists of the treetops, gray squirrels navigate their habitats with skill and grace, leaping from branch to limb in an aerial circuit that is both impressive and entertaining. Technically a rodent, the gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is Pennsylvania and New York’s most common squirrel. Other native squirrels are the fox, red and nocturnal flying squirrels. Read more
The trees near my office are wrapped tightly in blue lights. It’s surprisingly impressive and despite the fact that they went up just after Halloween (too early in my opinion), I am struck often by their beautiful simplicity.
The carolers on the subway are good and plentiful. It seems that all the best subway performers come out this time of year. It’s actually enjoyable when they enter the train, and I notice that even the toughest looking folks crack smiles. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — Friends of Millie Traviss, who passed away earlier this month, will hold a celebration of her life on Saturday, December 22 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Hurleyville Historical Building, 265 Main St. Two local bands will provide live music and an open mic performance will be emceed by Traviss’ son Richard. A vegetarian potluck will be served. If you wish to bring baked goods or vegetarian dishes, or need directions, call Kevin at 845/434 1815. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Harmony Presents will host the folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step at the Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on December 29 at 7:30 p.m. To commemorate its 40th anniversary, Aztec Two-step, which has been acclaimed for the intelligent lyricism and etheral tunes of members Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman, has released a brand new album, “Cause and Effect.”
Anyone who purchases a ticket to the performance will automatically be entered to win an autographed vintage poster, or an autographed original vinyl LP of Aztec Two-Step’s “Living in America.” Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Perhaps you’ve seen a small, glossy flyer floating around places in the Upper Delaware Valley, or you noticed an ad in the local newspaper inviting people to attend ReBirth 2012, or what the event’s organizers are calling a “global ‘Birth Day’ party” to celebrate “day one” of the Age of Aquarius. The afternoon of free presentations and visioning activities will be held on Saturday, December 22 at the Delaware Youth Center, 8 Creamery Rd. from 1 to 6 p.m. Read more
Well, it’s finally here. If the Mayans were right, this will be my last column. Ever. I’ve been on planet Earth long enough to have seen several “end-of-the-world” dates come and go, but this one, the so-called “Mayan Prophecy,” has really taken the world by storm. While hardly an alarmist, I have been keenly interested in the subject for well over a year. In fact, I wrote about this subject last spring (www.riverreporter.com/feature/16/2012/03/20/2012-prophesies-fact-or-fantasy) exploring the issue in some detail. Read more
This is the season for lists—holiday gifts, cards and those letters to Santa, who is understood to be making a list of his own.
It can all get to be too much so that it seems that life itself has become winnowed down to a list of “to-dos” dictated by half-legible scraps of paper.
“I can take that off my list,” I hear people say, in a world-weary kind of way, whether it be, say, cleaning the fish tank or attending the kid’s holiday concert. Read more
I write this column with such a heavy heart: my friend Frances was buried last Thursday.
Then, when I came home from Queens, Tommy told me to sit down, he had to tell me something. “Pete passed,” he said.
So many things ran through my head. First one was, he did not suffer long; then, how are his kids doing?
There are a lot of very sad people in Sullivan County with Pete’s passing. I was listening to everything people were saying—what a great person he was, a real friend, a fabulous father, a true Marine, a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 37 years. Read more
Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights,” is widely considered a relatively minor holiday in the Jewish year. In the United States, however, its closeness to Christmas has brought greater attention to Hanukkah and its gift-giving tradition. Amid the ever-growing flood of Christmas advertising, it may seem especially fitting that the Hanukkah story tells of Jewish culture surviving in a non-Jewish world (www.factmonster.com) Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Hotel Fauchère will usher in the New Year with John Curtin and his five-piece party band, The Curtones, performing at the Emerson House at the Hotel Fauchére from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. For the first time, the hotel’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration is open to the public with no cover charge.
A cash bar will be available. The Hotel Fauchère also offers special New Year’s Eve menus in Bar Louis and the Delmonico Room. Visit www.hotelfauchere.com or call 570/409-1212.
NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be a New Year’s Eve dinner on December 31 at Gerard’s River Grill. The early seating is at 6 p.m. and includes a four-course pris fixe chef’s tasting menu with live jazz by Bob Keller and Kevin Vertrees. The late seating is at 8:30 p.m. and includes a five-course pris fixe chef’s tasting menu with live music by the RKQ Jazz Quintet. Hats, noisemakers and a glass of champagne are included.
Reserve seats early. Call 845/252-6562.
HAWLEY, PA — An evening of monologue, theatre and music capped off by an exciting giveaway at Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill on December 14 at 7:30 p.m. This show features Neil Genzlinger, television critic for The New York Times and occasional monologist, award-winning actor and writer Chris Harcum, and Joanna Parson, a stage, film and television actress and singer.
CALLICOON, NY — A “Global Birth Day Party” will be held on Saturday, December 22 at the Callicoon Youth Center from 1 to 6 p.m. Organizers of the day Brenda Seldin, Hana Marritz, Kazzrie Jaxen and Pat Carullo, explain their aspirations for this “Celebration of Quantum Awakening”—to co-create community for a life of harmony and happiness, to cultivate gratitude and forgiveness, to acknowledge planet earth as a living body, to shift our awareness from unconscious to conscious and to build a field of resonance, love and synchronicity. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Leslie Rutkin will sign copies of her book “Counting the Days: 366 Days in Prison” at Signature Gifts at the Delaware Arts Center on Sunday, December 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The book is about Rutkin’s husband, a police officer, who was indicted on charges of grand larceny on the fourth day of their honeymoon and went to prison for 366 days. Based on over 650 letters, notes and cards sent between the couple, the book is the true story of their journey to stay together through seemingly impossible circumstances.
Rutkin is a part time resident of Barryville, NY. Read more
WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 36th annual winter concert on Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The chorus, under the direction of Kevin Giroux with accompanist Keira Weyant and a chamber ensemble, will present Mozart masterworks and holiday selections. Read more
MILFORD, PA — City Stage will present “Happy Holidays: A Spectacular Musical Revue” at the Milford Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 21 and 22.
City Stage is partnering with local food pantries and asks audience members to bring an unexpired, non-perishable food item to the performance. Read more