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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two successful businessmen. Two beautiful and loving families. Two young boys with leukemia.

Unhappy story? Not for the Mongiello and Scancarello families—Anthony Scancarello (age 8) and Anthony (“Lilo”) Mongiello (age 5) are leukemia survivors. And that’s not the end of the story either. The boys and their families are working hard to help other leukemia sufferers.

Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society...

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We are suspended between summer and fall—in the gold and green pause—just a few seconds before autumn begins.

My friend’s son asks: “Would you rather have a million dollars or be able to...

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Maybe you remember: it was a beautiful Tuesday morning, clear and sunny. I had spent a couple of early morning hours training with my martial arts teacher, and I was headed home to start in on my...

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For me, the term itself borders on the oxymoron. Early in life, my mother drummed punctuality into my head and insisted that bad manners were not to be tolerated. “It’s rude,” she’d say, “and...

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I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus...

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The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending...

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All dressed up with nowhere to go

I have a few childhood memories of flurries on Halloween, which did not deter us from going door to door. So when the weather report suggested snow over the weekend, I wasn’t overly concerned. Planning to attend parties all over the county, I had prepared several wildly different costumes, in an attempt to avoid derision over repetition.  Read more

Turning 21

Our last child has come of age. With our guidance, and without it, she learned to walk and to read, to cook and sew and ride a bike and drive a car. Singing seemed to be divinely granted. There were piano lessons and Girl Scouts and summer camp and basketball league. She was an easy learner and an eager one. She spurned my attempts to guide her sartorial style, developing her own at 18 months when she insisted on dressing herself—many times a day.  Read more

Anyone home?

To most of us, a rotting stump is—well—a rotting stump. But for many other life forms, ranging from micro-organisms to insects to birds (and the occasional amphibian), rotting wood can be a valuable resource for food and shelter. While exercising caution, make it a point to inspect such potential treasure-troves when you encounter them. Click the thumbnail photos at upper left to see who calls this stump "home."

Washington and Wall Street: ‘Women of Wisdom’ talk on civil disobedience

PLEASE NOTE: This event was postponed due to a snowstorm. It has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Tusten Library in Narrowsburg.

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. “Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it,” he urged in 1849 in “Civil Disobedience.”  Read more

Monticello Halloween parade

MONTICELLO, NY — The Village of Monticello, working in cooperation with the local business community and youth groups, will hold a Halloween parade on Sunday, October 30 on Broadway.

Line-up for the parade will start at 2 p.m. at the parking lot on the corner of St. John Street and Broadway (across from the courthouse). The parade will step off at 3 p.m. and will travel down Broadway, ending at the Ted Stroebele Center (Neighborhood Facility) on Jefferson Street.  Read more

Ghosties and ghoulies on the Stourbridge Line

HONESDALE, PA — The Stourbridge Line will hold its annual Halloween Ghost Train excursion on Saturday, October 29. There will be ghosts and goblins galore, costumes and music. The train will stop at the Hawley Station Pumpkin Patch where cider, pumpkins and donuts will be available for purchase.

The train departs the Wayne County Visitor Center in Honesdale at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under and children age two and under are admitted free if held on the lap. Call 866/637-2457.

A parade, a party and a haunted house

BETHEL, NY — There will be a parade, party and haunted house event at Dr. Duggan Community Center at 3460 Rte. 55 on Monday, October 31. The costume parade is for infants to sixth graders. The lineup is at 5:30 p.m. The haunted house will be held inside the center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is for grades two through six, and trunk-or-treat will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the town hall parking lot. There will be prizes for all youth.

Liberty Halloween Parade

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation hold its annual Halloween parade on Saturday, October 29. Line-up for the parade will be at 11 a.m. at the municipal parking lots across from the Elks Club. Costume and float judging will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the parade will step off at 12 noon. The parade will end at the Liberty Main Street Stage on North Main St., where children can enjoy cider and donuts, paint pumpkins and receive awards for the best costume and float categories.  Read more

Trunk or Treat

BEACH LAKE, PA — Beach Lake United Methodist Church, at 7 Milanville Road across from the fire hall, will hold its second annual Trunk or Treat event on Sunday, October 30 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Kids can trunk or treat in the parking lot, enjoy the music of DJ GianniBoy Entertainment and come inside for refreshments, face painting and glitter tattoos. Call 570/729-7011.

Halloween breakfast

WOODRIDGE, NY — The Kiwanis Club of Woodridge and the Key Club of Fallsburg Central High School will sponsor an all-you-can-eat Halloween pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 30 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Woodridge Village Hall, 2 Dairyland Rd. The cost for adults is $6, $4 for children three to 12; children under age three eat for free. Guests are invited to come in costume. There will be games, face painting, door prizes, raffles and more. The Woodridge Fire Department will help children 12 and under to decorate pumpkins.  Read more

Halloween in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Halloween Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31, with a lineup in front of the library. Costume judging will begin in the Jeffersonville firehouse at 7 p.m. with doughnuts and cider. The event is sponsored by the Jeffersonville Lions Club, Jeffersonville Fire Company No. 1, Jeff Bank and the Sullivan West Faculty Association.

Bluegrass in Neversink

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione, along with the band Breakneck Annie, will perform at the fall benefit concert for the Neversink Valley Museum on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road.

Loeb plays guitar, bass, concertina, accordion, performing throughout the Hudson Valley, solo and as part of the band “Breakneck Annie.” Baglione is a founding member of the bluegrass bands “Tin Roof,” “Oxford Depot” and the “Jersey Mountain Boys.”  Read more

Kimberly and Evers at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — Two Catskill area artists will be showing their work at the Inn at Starlight Lake during the month of November. There will be an opening reception at the inn with the artists on Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Wine tasting benefits ambulance

LACKAWAXEN, PA — There will be a wine tasting event to benefit the Lackawaxen Township Ambulance Service on Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m. at the Summit Restaurant at Masthope Mountain, 196 Karl Hope Blvd. Sommelier Rory O’Fee will present three white and three red wines, while executive chef John Hunt will offer a pairing to complement each wine. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door. There will also be a silent auction. Call 570/685-5432 or 685-2633.

Dressing up

I was Spider Man when I was growing up. My costume was made by my mother, who took a red and blue sweatshirt, cut them up and stitched them together. A few years later, I was Batman, the costume stretchy and elaborate, with a cape, cowl and belt. I was the Rocketeer, with a helmet made out of a Friday the 13th hockey mask, a bit of cardboard and an empty milk jug. I was Sherlock Holmes with an over-sized magnifying glass and two cheap hats stitched on top of each other and spray painted brown.  Read more

Jazz Trio in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Nancy & Spencer Reed Jazz Trio will perform at Narrowsburg’s Tusten Theatre on Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m.  Read more

A wolf in Pike County

MILFORD, PA – WQXR announcer Bob Sherman, flutist Allison Kiger and Ensemble Tremblay will perform Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and other pieces at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, October 29 at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults; children under 12—for whom Prokofiev wrote Peter and the Wolf in the first place—are admitted free.  Read more

Preserve the harvest with lacto-fermentation

GALILEE, PA — There will be a workshop on lacto-fermentation, sponsored by the local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Transition Honesdale, on Sunday, October 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Read more

Eight-week workshop on one-person shows

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Everyone has a story. You can learn how to interpret your story through a one-person show at an eight-week workshop at Victoria Lesser’s The Old North Branch Inn. The workshop started on Wednesday, October 26, but you can start at any time. It will continue on consecutive Wednesdays.  Read more

A New Orleans-style celebration at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — New Orleans party music, secular gospel, soul, R&B and roots rock will be combined into a feel-good gumbo of music at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m., when Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra take the stage. As a part of the Event Gallery’s World Stage Series, BroJo is more than just a band. The group will be dressed in its finest whites, dancing parasols and throwing out tons of Mardi Gras beads.  Read more

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction