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REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon last weekend, I thought things would be pretty quiet for me and the pup as I perused the events (...

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On the day before I started writing this column, I had a conversation with a National Park Service ranger on the subject of ospreys after one was sighted near one of the many bald eagle nests...

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Our loved ones are dying. This simple statement tells the whole complex and terrifying story of the resurgence of heroin addiction. Here in our Delaware River communities the national epidemic has...

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(Screwtape is a very high-level—or perhaps one should say very low-level—executive devil, in charge of the demonic “sales force” in North America. Readers of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape...

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Traditionally, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of the “busy season” here in the Upper Delaware River region, but it seems to me that the onslaught of events, parades, concerts, art shows and...

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One of spring’s many delights is the arrival of wildlife babies. Their survival is sometimes put to the test, as happened to seven red fox kits found in a Walmart parking lot in Trexlertown, PA....

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Three days of 3D

CALLICOON, NY — Can you imagine: 3D printing in Sullivan County? That is what North School Studio envisions, and they brought that vision to life with a 3D printing lab workshop this past weekend in Callicoon.  Read more

A conservation plan for eastern hemlock

Find a high-quality cold water stream that supports a brook trout habitat, and chances are that the stream is shaded by many eastern hemlock trees. In shading the stream, the hemlock trees are helping to keep the water temperature cool enough in summer so that the trout survive. In many areas though, these riparian ecosystems are in peril due to a die-off of eastern hemlock trees. There are several pests that are a threat to hemlock forests, but the main cause of the die-off is the hemlock wooly adelgid, a non-native insect that was first reported in Virginia in the 1950s.  Read more

Being there

One factor in being a successful angler is being in the right place at the right time. We have all heard the old saw, “You should have been here yesterday,” once or twice too often. These are not comforting words.  Read more

Ice carnival returns to Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 56th annual Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival will be held on Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25, preceded by a kickoff dance at Livingston Manor Central School at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, January 23. Events will include a snow sculpture contest, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday in Rotary Park; judging will occur at 3 p.m. On Sunday, there will be showshoeing, races, horsedrawn sleighrides, the traditional parade of the Ice Carnival King and Queen and their court, and skating exhibitions.  Read more

Participants sought for V-Day season at SUNY

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan, under the direction of Paula Cameron and Cindy Linden, will host a series of several events for the V-Day season, which runs from February 14 through April 30. V-Day is a grassroots movement inspired by Eve Ensler’s 1996 play, “The Vagina Monologues.” All proceeds from the events are donated to Rape Intervention Services and Education. The events will include the screening of the documentary “Until the Violence Stops” (February 19), and performances of “The Vagina Monologues” (February 26) and “The Good Body” (April 2).  Read more

‘Planet Earth’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will present two episodes of the acclaimed nature series “Planet Earth” at its 1030 Main St. location on Saturday, January 24. The screening will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

Planet Earth is an 11-part BBC series considered to be among the greatest of its kind ever produced. It is narrated by Sir David Attenborough and was filmed in 200 often very challenging locations. It captures rare interactions and intimate moments of many of our planet’s most elusive creatures.  Read more

Neo-Motown retro groove

HAWLEY, PA — Neo-Motown grooves and retro soul come together in the music of Caleb Hawley, who returns to perform at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m.

“Caleb’s soulful voice, intricate lyrics, cutting-edge chords and lightening fast licks are sure to impress. We’ve had this talented artist a couple times before, and we can’t help but dance or at least boogie in our seats,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

3D conference in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — North School Studio and Thread Global will host a three-day tech conference, sponsored by 3D Systems, with a focus on 3D printing, from Friday, January 23 to Sunday, January 25, on the future of manufacturing and how it may affect our economy. 3D Systems director of social impact Leanne Gluck will speak about education, entrepreneurship and technology.  Read more

Jamming at The Cooperage: bluegrass and electric

HONESDALE, PA — Right Side Up will host The Cooperage’s first open electric jam of 2015 on Wednesday, January 28 from 7 to 10 p.m.. The Cooperage is located at 1030 Main St.

Right Side Up is a high-energy four-piece Classic Rock dance and party band based in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Band members are Mark Eagan on the drums and vocals, Rochelle Marolf on vocals and keyboards, Tim Theobald on the guitar and vocals and Tom Sieg on the bass and vocals.  Read more

A celebration of global cultures

LIBERTY, NY — The 4-H Youth Development program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will celebrate its 27th annual International Night on Friday, January 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This free program will be held at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rod.  Read more

Playhouse announces Swit performance

FORESTBURGH, NY — Forstburgh Playhouse producer Franklin Trapp has announced one of the upcoming season’s highlights, a production of “Driving Miss Daisy” starring Loretta Swit. Patrons of the Forestburgh Playhouse and fans will quickly recognize Swit as one of the stars of the iconic television series, “MASH.” She has graced the stage of the Forestburgh Playhouse before, and is thrilled to return as Miss Daisy in one of the most beloved dramas of the American Theatre. The play will run from September 1 through 6. Call 845/794-1194 or visit

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

Well, that’s not entirely true. I did fall on the driveway yesterday and it wasn’t easy getting up, but I managed—old bones intact. Having written (extensively) about the ice last week, I thought I was done with the subject, but Mother Nature seems to have it out for me this winter. I avoid using salt (bad for the pup’s paws), and barn calcite wreaks havoc in the house. But clearly, I need to be more careful while attempting to get out and about, searching for artistic endeavors around the region.  Read more

NACL is finalist for Artplace

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre has been selected as one of 90 finalists across the United States to receive an Artplace America award. Each of the finalists has proposed opportunities for the arts to play an explicit and intentional role in a community development project that seeks to strengthen the social, physical and economic fabric of a community. A total of 1,283 letters of inquiry were received. Of the 90 finalists, 40 will be selected to receive funding.  Read more

Beads bloom into smiles

HONESDALE, PA — A new business has opened in Honesdale at 10th and Main streets. BLOOM sells jewelry, beads, scarves, pottery and more. But that’s not all. The beads you see in the store are the same glass and silver ones used for The Portable Playhouse, a non-profit organization that brings jewelry making to hospitals.  Read more

Finger on the pulse

A few months ago, yet another large and important study was released with irrefutable evidence that 30% of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease could be prevented if high-risk individuals switched to a Mediterranean diet rich in nuts, beans, fish, fruits, vegetables and olive oil. But where’s the beef? Let me reassure you that eating for health doesn’t mean you have to eliminate pleasure. But it’s a good idea to start thinking of meat as a kind of delicious flavoring rather than the focal point of the plate.  Read more

If you have nothing nice to say…

I notice the tip jar on the counter of a deli where I get my coffee before I head into the office and most days just give it a glance and walk away. Today I stopped, looked at the girl behind the counter and said, “exactly what do you expect a tip for?” To my surprise she had a lengthy answer; obviously I wasn’t the first to query this. “Well it’s for things like saying good morning, giving you a napkin, making sure your change is correct and wishing you a nice day.” Then came the most sincere smile I ever saw; she was looking me right in the eyes.  Read more

Romantic cinema at the UDGLBT

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (DGLBT) will present a classic film series at the UDGLBT Center located at 201 W. Harford St. on selected Thursdays from January 15 to March 15 at 7:30 p.m. The series, hosted by John DiLeo, will alternate between two kinds of classic movies: a trio of films from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s featuring triangles with unmistakable gay subtexts; and a trio of sparkling romantic comedies that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.  Read more

Keeping our enviro-commitments

In my last column, “Enviro-resolutions,” I recommended getting to know the agencies involved in natural resource management in the Upper Delaware River region. Another organization that can help you keep your commitment to greater outdoor experiences throughout the new year is the non-profit Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF).

The official partner of the Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests, the organization strives to support the state’s natural and cultural resources through leadership in recreation, education, conservation and volunteerism.  Read more

DVAA launches online gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — The DVAA is launching a new online gallery space for 2015 named the Bgallery. The web based gallery, curated by Phyllis Bilick, will debut with an exhibition titled “The Impact of Color,” a colorful conversation. The exhibit will open on Saturday, February 7, and is now requesting submissions of work where color is an essential factor, exciting the viewer and drawing them into the work. The submission deadline is January 31.  Read more

Indigo Moon Brass Band at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Indigo Moon Brass Band will be will be at The Cooperage, located at 1030 Main St., on Saturday, January 17 at 7 p.m.

Indigo Moon Brass Band of Wilkes-Barre, PA is inspired by the music of New Orleans. Its three founding members spent a few years in the culturally rich Big Easy. The band may have moved back north, but you can still find them performing in authentic New Orleans fashion.  Read more

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