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I grew up on the Delaware River, almost literally (on River Road), and often went swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, snorkeling, sun bathing, you name it. However, I am far from a river expert; so when I had the opportunity to do a river trip with the National Park Service (NPS) I knew I would be learning a lot.

First of all, let me just go on the record and declare that if you share a secret with me, I’m really good at keeping it. Conversely, if I’m told something without a confidentiality clause...

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Somehow it seems strange to me that it was a movie that triggered the amazing growth of fly fishing interest. The movie was, of course, “A River Runs Through It.” Norman Maclean’s novel, on which...

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A month or so ago, I transported a female downy woodpecker to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center (PWRC) in Stroudsburg, PA after my neighbor found it in her driveway,...

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A track fire that disrupted the Metro-North commute in East Harlem recently left thousands stranded in Grand Central Terminal for their commute home and over the next few days added to their daily...

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Let’s face it, I talk a lot. How fortunate for me then, that I found a way to do so and get paid for it, right, wrong or indifferent. Sadly, in this day of texting and instant gratification, the...

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During the year, I have been seeing a lot of turkey activity in area forests and fields as they scratch up the leaf litter, forage for food, or walk in the snow, leaving footprints with the toes...

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Wi-Fi available here

Did you play the Powerball during the recent billion dollar frenzy? I know I sure did; heck, we all did, and we lived for a few short days dreaming of what we would do with the winnings. One of the things I know I would do with my winnings is to buy New Jersey Transit Wi-Fi for all its train cars. All the local bodegas and convenience stores in Manhattan advertise “Wi-Fi available here!” as if while we were buying milk, or the morning paper, or a Powerball ticket, we would dare risk not being connected for those few short moments.  Read more

The January eagle count

January is the time for the annual Mid-winter Bald Eagle Survey, coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The survey has just wrapped up. Most states in the U.S. participate in the survey, including New York and Pennsylvania.

This survey takes place during the first two weeks of January, with January 9 to 10 as target dates. Migrant eagles are in their usual wintering grounds from Canada by then and are counted by observers on foot, in automobiles, or by fixed- and rotary-winged aircraft.  Read more

Coming attractions

Clearly, I am my own worst enemy. Having carved out some “me time” over the last two weeks, one would think I’d be more prepared to jump back into the swing of things with a clean slate, neatened office and new attitude, but in reality? Notsomuch. It would appear that I spent far too much time channel-surfing and not enough hours chained to my desk at home, preparing for the New Year, which is now well underway. Regardless of the desire to continue slacking off, my inbox is once again flooded with information regarding art openings, musicians’ gatherings, film premieres and the like.  Read more

‘Hand-made Down to the Pinch’

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be a course titled “Hand-made Down to the Pinch” at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library on Wednesday, January 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where did clay come from? Ellany Gable of Honey Hill Potter will answer that question and more at the presentation. You will have an opportunity to pinch, spat and lend a hand to build, mold and decorate a pinch pot.  Read more

V-Day in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and Janet Burgan will present a benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” on Friday, February 5 at 7 p.m. in the Krause Recital Hall at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main Street, 2nd floor. This performance will benefit VIP (Victims’ Intervention Program) in Honesdale, PA. VIP provides confidential services to female, male and child victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes. It can be reached at or 800/698-4VIP.  Read more

Local poets to read at Writers Roundtable

NEWTON, NJ — Members of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC), based in Narrowsburg, NY, will present original work at the February gathering of the Writers Roundtable on Tuesday, February 2, hosted by Elaine Koplow, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Fellowship #1, West Nelson St. The reading is free, and an open mic will follow.  Read more

Ice Carnival returns to Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — This year’s Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival will take place on Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24. At a dance for students in grades nine through 12 held on Friday evening before the event, the new Ice Carnival King and Queen will be crowned. Then, on Saturday morning, there will be a snow sculpture contest, conditions permitting, with each grade competing. This year, the theme is “Jurassic Park,” and planned sculptures include a stegosaurus, brontosaurus, and from the freshman class, a sculpture titled “Enter at Your Own Risk.” Judging is at 3 p.m.  Read more

Fallsburg Winter Carnival

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Town of Fallsburg Parks and Recreation Department will present the Fallsburg Winter Carnival on Sunday, January 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The activities include music with a DJ, warming refreshments, bouncy house, relay races, a bonfire, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowman building and snow sculpture, broom hockey, Frisbee golf, ice golf, ice fishing, cross country skiing and more. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, as the park has limited quantities.  Read more

Classic film series opens with ‘Red Dust’

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will present its third classic film series at the UDGLBT Center, 201 W. Harford St., beginning on Tuesday, January 26 at 7 p.m. and finishing on Tuesday, March 1. This series, hosted by John DiLeo, will feature classic movies from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. DiLeo ( is the author of five books about classic movies. The first movie will be “Red Dust” (1932), with Clark Gable and Jean Harlow. On February 2, the movie will be “Laura.”  Read more

Pinewood Derby

SHOHOLA, PA — The Milford Cub Scout Pack 71 is holding a Pinewood Derby on January 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shohola Elementary School. The public is invited to check out the race on a digital track, and any youth (girls as well as boys) interested in racing can enter. Participants must register by January 27.  Read more

DVHS hosts district chorus

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) music department will host the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District Chorus in February. Two hundred and ten selected students from 55 different high schools will join together starting on February 4 for two days of rehearsal, camaraderie and the opportunity to audition for a spot at the regional level chorus event. They will culminate in a concert open to the public on February 5 at 7 p.m. at the DVHS auditorium.  Read more

Skating rink opens

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Skate of the Union skating rink will hold a grand opening on Saturday, January 23 from 12:30 to 9 p.m. The rink is located on Kirk Road. There will be ample parking, log benches, a firepit and tiki torches, a port-a-john and, of course, skating. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. Ongoing hours will be Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. Ice hockey hours will be Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Eagle Day

HAWLEY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Talen Energy will present Eagle Day on Saturday, January 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. Enjoy “Live Birds of Prey” with Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (two opportunities, at 1 and 3 p.m.) Visit the library for hands-on activities provided by Lacawac Sanctuary for all ages to learn about eagles and other native birds. Visit

‘Brittania Road’ at Book and Brew

PORT JERVIS, NY — The feature book at the January 27 meeting of The Book and Brew Review group will be “22 Brittania Road,” by Amanda Hodgkinson. The group will meet to review the book over food and beverages at El Patron, 104 US-6 at 6:30 p.m. The group, facilitated by Kate Gessner and Taylor Sauschuck, trainers at The Public Computer Center (The Hub) at the Port Jervis Free Library, reads a book every month and then meets at a local restaurant or pub to review the book. It is open to all.  Read more

‘Blue Tattoo’ documentary screening features Crookston

HONESDALE, PA — The documentary film “Blue Tattoo: Dina’s Story, Joe’s Song” will be shown at 3 p.m. on January 24 at The Cooperage, with an introduction by Joe Crookston.  Read more

Indie-folk at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase folk duo the DuPont Brothers in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. on Saturday, January 23 at 8 p.m.  Read more

I’m hooked on social media—are you?

I think I might have a problem, and it’s called the Internet. While the World Wide Web has come to offer so much to so many, it is not without drawbacks, and I find myself having issues with social media. Oh, sure, it started out innocently enough. My pals who had dabbled in it back in the days of MySpace encouraged me to check it out, but that site was clearly targeted for a younger group and didn’t really interest me.  Read more

The name game

We have a new kitten, a bouncing, tail-chasing three month old “silver tabby,” now named Ralphie. He came to us from the litter of a friend’s cat after months of relentless sweet-talk and wheedling from my 13-year-old daughter.

He wasn’t always named Ralphie, but an R-starting name complemen-ted the names of our other two cats, named Rocket and Raven. (Giving your children names that all begin with the same letter is a practice I’ve never really liked, but it works well with animals.)  Read more


Do you remember learning about fractions, back in fifth grade or so? Then you might remember those terms, “LCD” and “GCF.” They came in handy when simplifying fractions, or adding them together…

But don’t worry, we’re not here to talk about math, we’re talking about politics.  Read more

The world at our feet

Winter has arrived, but the snow, so far, has been minimal. Should the day come when you catch yourself whining about the weather, crabbing about cabin fever, or getting grumpy over the lack of color in the local landscape, get ahead of the gloom by getting down, as in—nearer to the ground.

With so many things—at eye level and upward—tugging at our senses, it’s easy to lose track of the ground beneath us, and all the wonders we can encounter there. With a new year freshly here, set a goal to get to know what’s going on down in the zone where your feet usually hang out.  Read more