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If you go to the Tusten Town Board meetings, one of the faces that will become most familiar to you is that of Iris Helfeld. She is someone who is so passionate and so involved with community she should win an award. Oh wait—she did.

April is usually a fine month and especially so this year. The soil is thawed, there are buds everywhere and grass is greening. Wild turkeys are cackling and gobbling—their mating season is on....

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Spring has sprung, and along with it, a host of fun and informative opportunities to get out of the house and into the world of nature and its endless wonders. Make plans now to seize every chance...

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Many of my fellow commuters are pet people; they would prefer talking about what their pets did over the weekend to talking about their kids or significant other. Everyone has great stories of the...

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The growing interest in eating local has earned wild edibles a well deserved new popularity. Few foods better represent terroir, that characteristic flavor of the region, than something plucked...

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If the old adage (you are what you eat) is true, then yes—yes I am. In point of fact, it’s one of the few things that I can cook and do so a few times a year for holiday celebrations. With...

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People usually associate spring with the appearance of daffodils and emerging buds from plants in the garden. Indeed, there are many cultivated plants appearing now. Greens from garlic and other...

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Swimming with pachyderms in Thailand

LAMPANG, THAILAND — Fremont resident Don Downs and his wife Edie travelled to Thailand in February and spent a couple of days living with elephants.  Read more

Sore throat; many events

How come when I was a kid and I got strep throat I could still go out and play? Now that I am in my 50s, it’s taking forever to go away—two weeks on antibiotics, plus the doctor wants me to go see an ear, nose and throat specialist on May 2. If my throat still hurts by then, I am going to be a bit cranky.  Read more

Community spirit soars at African drum and dance event

BETHEL, NY — Maxwell Kofi Donkor and Sankofa returned to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on April 14 as part of the center’s World Stage Series. The series has grown in popularity in recent years and offers free events to the community, providing a wide range of performances from all around the globe. Last Sunday, the Event Gallery was filled to capacity with families, many of whom arrived early to participate in a signature aspect of the series, a hands-on art activity, this time based on the traditional arts of Africa.  Read more

Nature springs forth

Officially, spring has been here for a few weeks, and the sun has been getting higher in the sky. The cold weather, however, has been showing resistance in leaving, as it usually does by this time. I have seen snow and ice on the ground in shaded areas in northern Delaware and Sullivan Counties as late as the 8th of April this year.  Read more

Steel Magnolia to headline ThunderBash

LIBERTY, NY — Steel Magnolia will headline the eighth annual ThunderBash, presented by Thunder 102, The Town of Thompson and Concord Associates at the Monticello Casino & Raceway on April 27 at 5:30 p.m.

The event will feature Nashville recording artists Tommy Steele and David Adam Byrnes, along with regional favorites Iron Cowboy, Somerville and 2012 Texaco County Showdown Winner Cathy Paty performing with Somerville and guest host Mr. Nashville, Billy Block.

ThunderBash will open with the National Anthem performed by the Eldred Key Elements.  Read more

Acadian food and music launch DVAA fundraiser

NARROWSBURG, NY — “A Taste of Acadia” kicks off the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) fundraising series “Savor the Arts” with two events on Sunday, April 21 at the Tusten Theatre. An authentic Acadian luncheon (from the French Canadian Maritime Provinces) will be served from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the community hall below the theatre. A concert will follow at 2 p.m. by the Prince Edward Island-based Acadian band Vishtèn, playing a blend of Acadian and Celtic music performed on the fiddle, guitar, accordion, piano, whistles, bodhran, jaw harp and moog, with percussive step dancing.  Read more

Werner and Koppel jazz up Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Werner/Koppel Jazz Duo will bring their sound to the Milford Theatre on April 26. The duo features American pianist Kenny Werner and Danish saxophone luminary Benjamin Koppel. This concert—the first of a series soon to be announced—will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Werner has performed with the Village Vanguard Orchestra and jazz stars like Toots Thielemans and David Sanchez. Danish saxophonist and composer Benjamin Koppel doesn’t only perform with Werner, the two are also the co-directors of the Valby Summer Jazz Festival.  Read more

UpFront spring exhibit

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its sixth annual spring artists reception and exhibition on April 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. At the reception, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.

UpFront currently has 40 artists of all mediums included in this exhibit including nine new artists

The public is invited to attend this event at no charge. This show will run through Saturday, May 31. UpFront Exhibition Space is located at 31 Jersey Ave. Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Call 845/856-2727.

BreezyGrass at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The band BreezyGrass brings its blend of bluegrass, newgrass, country, rock and all things in between to the Dancing Cat Saloon, 7 pm. A diverse take on acoustic guitars, mandolin, upright bass, percussive drumming, harmonies, and a deep concentration on songwriting. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

Bridget Davis & the Viking Kings perform in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents brings the sounds of alternative, world-music blended with jazz and alternative folk as Bridget Davis and her band, the Viking Kings, perform at the Hawley Silk Mill’s Boiler Room overlooking the Wallenpaupack High Waterfalls on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $16 at www.silkmillharmony.com (and include a 20% discount at the Glass Wine Bar and Bistro after 9:30 on the day of the show), or pay full price of $20 at the door.

Call 570/588-8077 for questions.

‘Riders of the Purple Sage’ headed for Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will host a Zane Grey “Riders of the Purple Sage” double-feature over the weekend of April 19. The films will be shown on Friday evening, April 19, at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, April 21 at 3 p.m. in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum. The showings are free to the public and refreshments will be available.  Read more

River Rocks PoJam and benefit auction

HONESDALE, PA — The Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC), which is marking its 20th anniversary this year, will host River Rocks PoJam and Benefit Auction on Friday, April 19 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The Cooperage.  Read more

Dance Journey at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Dance Journey will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at The Cooperage. There will be a “safe space” where all will be encouraged to move in their own ways and to release their deepest creative impulses. All are welcome. No dance experience necessary. Daniel Frangos, MA, facilitates individuals and groups to embody their full potential through movement. He has training in ecstatic dance, transformative movement, soul motion, martial arts and other expressive body modalities. Suggested donation is $10.  Read more

Zany 1930s film comedy in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Sunday Night Cinema, a continuing series of films presented by the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), will feature the zany 1936 comedy “My Man Godfrey” on Sunday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema 6 in the Route 6 Mall.

Directed by the Oscar-nominated Gregory La Cava, featuring Carole Lombard and William Powell, this comedy has a Depression-era social commentary at its core. The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion. For more information, visit www.waynecountyartsalliance.org or call 570/390-4420.

America’s got talent!

Okay, I admit it. I’m a reality show junkie. On the rare occasion that I find myself at home, rather than traversing the countryside in search of adventure, I can be found on the couch, remote in hand. Thanks to the Gypsy weddings, dance competitions and parades of bachelors seeking brides, I am never let down when seeking a guilty pleasure.  Read more

Overcome obstacles at the Prompton Punisher

PROMPTON, PA — Can you run 10 miles? How about 20? How about 30 miles through streams and over rocks? That’s what some runners will attempt at this year’s Prompton Punisher, a trail runners’ race, to be held June 8 at Prompton State Park.

Participants can choose to be punished in a 10-, 20-, or 30-mile trail run. The course is 10 miles, so those doing 30 miles would circle it three times. The obstacles are natural—rocks, roots, stumps, streams and hills. Race director Paul Maopolski says it’s challenging.  Read more

A memory of James

“Maybe a Root Cellar?” said the note tucked into a book—one in a pile destined to get the heave ho. My husband John had been sorting through his books during spring break, adding to the heap of the kids’ outgrown winter clothes (and a few sacrificial stuffed animals) headed for the Salvation Army.

Really? Was John’s suggestion that this would make a good “column topic” (something of which I am always in quest) for real? What could I write?  Read more

Wood frog whereabouts

The first time I heard wood frogs “quacking” from a forested vernal pool, I thought I was hearing numerous ducklings. As I approached the tangled brush fringing the water, the sound mysteriously stopped. No matter where I looked, not a feather was to be seen. But here and there, the water rippled with the kerplunk of countless wood frogs diving into the shallow depths.  Read more

The quiz

What is that sound I hear? Can it be the “thuck” of a fastball hitting a catcher’s mitt? Is it the crack of a wooden bat hitting that round, white orb with the red stitching? Why indeed it is. A new baseball season is upon us. It is time for me to loosen up my old pitching arm. Hopefully, I will be able to send these woeful batters back to their team bench hitless, their bats silent.

So, play ball! Step up to the plate batter. Here comes my first pitch. This will be a 90-mile-an-hour fastball, just under your chin whiskers. It’s good to put a little fear into a batter’s mind.  Read more

GLBT community to hold an ‘alternative prom’ night

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT organization will host an “alternative prom” night for members of the GLBT community and its supporters. The event, to be held on Saturday, April 27 in the ballroom at Best Western Motel is open to those 14 and older. The group’s newly updated website (www.udglbt.org) says that this is an opportunity to go to the prom “with the person of your choosing… a chance for him to strut the gown he always wanted to wear or for her to show how a tuxedo should be worn.”  Read more