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September 29, 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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Shadowland Stages produces ‘Red’

ELLENVILLE, NY — Shadowland Stages will present John Logan’s “Red” from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, July 10 at the theatre at 157 Canal St. “Red” tells the story of master abstract impressionist Mark Rothko, who has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.  Read more

Tapas, Tunes and Toasts

HONESDALE, PA — Join Lacawac Sanctuary on Thursday, June 30 at The Cooperage Project for the second annual Tapas, Tunes and Toasts Event from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a tapas-style menu catered by Anthill Farm Kitchen, featuring dishes made using Wayne County grown/produced products, locally produced wine and beer, and live musical entertainment. Proceeds will support Lacawac’s programs for children grades K through 12, ranging from school visits with its naturalists to group-specific field trips and after-school enrichment.  Read more

Museum debuts Borscht Belt gallery

HURLEYVILLE, NY — On Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m., the Sullivan County Historical Society will open a new gallery, “The Borscht Belt.” It has been made possible by the receipt of local donations.  Read more

Spotlight Players to rock ‘Godspell Jr.'

HAWLEY, PA — Spotlight Players will bring “Godspell Jr.” to Hawley United Methodist Church on June 24 to 26. The cast is made up of 10 students aged 15 to 18 years old, representing Western Wayne, Wallenpaupack and Dunmore High Schools. The adults who round out the crew are Tori Clemens, director/choreographer; Victoria Barcarola as vocal director and Becky Chaven as sound operator.

Alex Marchena of Lake Ariel will portray Jesus in Spotlight’s Production, supported by an equally talented R.J. Clemens from Lake Ariel as John the Baptist/Judas.  Read more

Choralaires summer concert

HAWLEY and HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne Choralaires will celebrate hometowns, friends, and neighbors with its summer concert, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Performances will be on Sunday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church in Hawley; and on Monday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Central Park, Honesdale.  Read more

Book signing for ‘Hearts Unloched’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — Writing under the pseudonym Claire Gem, Middletown native Frances Brown, now of Webster, MA, will present a book talk and signing of her award-winning romantic suspense novel “Hearts Unloched” at The Sullivan County Historical Society’s Museum on Sunday, June 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.  Read more

Vintage bluegrass

HAWLEY, PA — Bluegrass and folk band Laney Jones and The Spirits plays Harmony Presents on Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. Jones’ recent accolades include official showcases at Folk Alliance International Conference and IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival and taking home the grand prize in the 40th Eddie’s Attic Songwriter Shootout. In January 2015, Jones was featured on PBS’s Great Performance series where she gave a solo rendition of her original song “Broken Hearts.”  Read more

Book signing and jazz guitar

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery, 210 Broad St., will host a local authors’ book-signing event on Saturday, June 25 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. As part of the Milford Music Festival, the gallery will present a jazz guitar duet, local musicians Glenn Heller and Paul Acquaro, playing from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the gallery.  Read more

BioBlitz returns to Ten Mile River

TUSTEN, NY — Families can take advantage of a free educational opportunity for all ages to experience the diversity of life on a unique parcel of private property in Tusten on June 24 and 25 at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp. In returning to the site of the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz, the teams will be looking to reconfirm some of the extraordinary findings (including 123 “first occurrences”), discover new species, and tie the event into the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  Read more

Milford Music in the Park

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Music in the Park series will kick off on Sunday, June 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. with country music star Kendall Phillips. It will be the first of four concerts in the series, all of which will be held in the Ann Street Park. The others will take place on July 10, July 24 and August 14.  Read more

Summer reading kick-off party: Kids vs. Parents

MONTICELLO, NY — On Friday, June 24, the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway, will celebrate the start of its summer reading program with a party. The party will be a Kids vs. Parents competition. Between 4:30 and 6 p.m. sign up for summer reading, learn about the wide variety of summer programs at the library, enjoy a few snacks and play games. There will be many board games, including life-sized Connect 4, Rock Em’ Sock Em’ Robots, Apples to Apples, Sorry, and more. There will also be Super Smash Bros. on the big screen, and a 3D printer demonstration.  Read more

Tara Kopp and Jenna Lucente upend the CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society presents “With Amazing Scenes Like These,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Tara Kopp; and “Limited Landscapes,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Jenna Lucente, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from June 25 through July 24. There will be an artist talk on Saturday, June 25 at 3 p.m., followed by a free opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Milford Music Festival

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Music Festival takes place from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26. The three-day, borough-wide celebration takes place at locations all over town, from the Milford Theatre to restaurants, galleries and even realtors and opticians. Adding to the fun on Saturday will be a strawberry festival and flea market at the United Methodist Church; a book sale on the lawn of the library; and hot dogs and cotton candy to accompany the music of Somerville at Belle Reve Senior Living at 12 noon. On Sunday, you can browse the weekly farmers’ market at the Grotto from 10 a.m.  Read more

An anniversary story

The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.  Read more

Taking sides

There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those savory satellites, when properly prepared, to be worthy of a meal on their own. You will find me firmly in the second camp, lavishing my attention—as both cook and eater—on a satisfying lineup of vegetables. At a steakhouse, I’m known for skipping the rib eye in favor of the grilled asparagus, creamed spinach and sweet-potato fries.  Read more

Baby on board

When I think of the term “baby on board,” I think of those signs that used to be popular in the back window of cars. They were meant as a warning to other drivers that the car did indeed have a little one in the back seat, with the hope that they would slow down and use a little more caution when driving past the vehicle. Then somewhere, somebody complained that they were blocking the driver’s view and could cause an accident, yadda yadda yadda; they passed a law and the signs went away.  Read more

BioBlitz from behind the lens

In 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz launched an ongoing effort to catalogue as many species as possible throughout the watershed. This year’s event returns to the 2014 site at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, New York. For the first time, the public will have the opportunity to interact with four regional photographers known for their focus on nature.  Read more

People-watching 101

I’ve always liked people-watching. Even as a kid, I would often sit back and watch them go by, talking amongst themselves, unaware that anyone else was looking. Little wonder then, that I discovered a way to do so in my professional life, from behind the lens, observing the world around me and talking about the people later on from the safety and comfort of my office chair.  Read more

Nico Castel to be commemorated

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Nico Castel, coach for the Delaware Valley Opera Company (DVO) from 2011 until his death in May of 2015 and husband of the company’s artistic director Carol Castel, is to be commemorated in three programs. Prior to his work at the DVO, Castel had a long and distinguished career in opera, including being a supporting tenor and staff diction coach at the Metropolitan Opera. Nico’s wife Carol is coordinating the efforts.  Read more

Bears get ready for primping

MILFORD, PA — Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) Artful Bear coordinator Tim Moreland, left, is seen here with bear wrangler Jay Lozada and Artful Bear artist Joe Petrosi. All were attendees at a “Bear Nekked Brunch,” which took place on Sunday, June 5. At the brunch, the 2016 artists picked up the bear forms that they will be decorating for the film festival’s annual Artful Bears fundraiser. The bears will reappear in Milford in full regalia, and with full fanfare at The Artful Bear Community Picnic, on August 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. The festival itself will take place from October 14 to 16.