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NARROWSBURG, NY — The Heron restaurant has become a popular bastion of Main Street, offering regionally sourced New American fare in a rustic setting. When asked to describe their new space, The Emerald Ballroom, Heron owners Paul Nanni and Marla Puccetti looked at each other with a sly smile. “The opposite of The Heron,” they said in unison.

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...

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You know what they say: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” In that same vein, I say “When life gives you bitter cold, plunging temperatures that cause your thermometer to freeze and...

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True confession—I am a nemophilist. And as a reader of “River Talk,” I’d hazard to say that you are probably one, too.
Now don’t be insulted. In fact, the term applies to “one who is fond of...

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Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary last week, my husband and I managed to carve out a whole week together in the same place. That may not sound challenging for most couples, but I think it...

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Those very words reverberated as I checked my calendar last week, noting that another art installation was about to open at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) on Main Street (...

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We just had what could have been a significant snow storm during the past month. The storm brushed to our south, however, and left us with anywhere from a dusting to six inches of snow. It was...

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Change-up at Weekend of Chamber Music; Founder passes the baton

BETHEL, NY — Performer that she is, Judith Pearce started this press conference with a touch of theater. She leaned on the long, gleaming bar now located in the Catskill Distillery tucked behind the Dancing Cat Saloon. In 1994, she said, when she founded Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM), the bar was located in a hotel in Jeffersonville, and she sat around the bar with members of the Lions Club, thinking, “I have never sat in a bar with only men.” It was worth it; she left with a check for $100.  Read more

We’re all in this. Together.

When I think back over the 35 years that I have been working at The River Reporter, what strikes me most profoundly is the multitude of lives that this relatively small newspaper has touched. From its staff and contributors to its readers and advertisers, we have traveled a journey that started in 1975, when a group of Narrowsburg residents including Dorothy Lehr, John Pavese, Beth Peck and Bob Rasmussen joined with Tom DeGaetani and Elaine Giguere to found this publication after the loss of the Delaware Valley News.  Read more

Winter shelters

When the winds howl and sleet sheets across the landscape, our fellow feathered residents adapt to challenging conditions in a variety of ways.

Some of the most visible can be observed by paying attention to the trees we see, inspecting their trunks for openings and peering up at their tops for collections of leaves, branches or twigs.

Cavity nesters, such as red-bellied woodpeckers and yellow-bellied sapsuckers, excavate holes in trees, thereby providing shelter and nest sites.  Read more

Winter music festival of bluegrass and folk

STROUDSBURG, PA — The Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society presents its 13th annual Winterfest on January 25, 26 and 27, a weekend of acoustic music and fun, featuring bands at many sites in the Stroudsburg community. Musicians are encouraged to bring their banjos, guitars, fiddles and all sorts of acoustic instruments, as jamming is encouraged at most of the activities.  Read more

Crone talk: an afternoon with author Marcia Nehemiah

HONESDALE, PA — A winter afternoon reading by local author Marcia Nehemiah will be hosted by the Sanctuary of Oils, 61 Commercial St. (The Holmes Building) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 26 with a snow date of Sunday, January 27. Nehemiah’s book, entitled “Crone Age,” is a compilation of eight profiles of octogenarian women. It offers an examination of what it means to lead an inspired life as an older woman. Discussion will follow the reading.

RSVP is required. The event is free, but contributions for the Sanctuary are welcome. Contact mayasblends@gmail.com, or 570/468-7350.

‘Be Mine Forever’: An exhibition about love at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Be Mine Forever,” the fifth in a series of five exhibitions featuring photographs and poetry celebrating love, opens on Saturday, January 26 with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at Alliance Gallery, 37 Main St.

The “Be Mine” series marries these two art forms to express the stages of romance, heartbreak, matrimony and lasting love. The poetry will be transformed and displayed as a “poem object,” a physical rendition of the poem’s central image or images.  Read more

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The first days back from a vacation are always glowing. It’s warmer than I expected it to be and it’s nice to be home. The vacation is still fresh in my mind; I can still feel the sun radiating off of my skin and the soothing relaxation in my bones.

I’m happy to be home; I enjoy the familiar sights and sounds; I get back into my routine. New York is a great city to come back to. I’m always struck by that upon returning from a trip. The first few days are full of doing all of your favorite things, all the things you missed while you were gone.  Read more

Does anybody really know what day it is?

Does anybody really care? I’m not just perplexed about the day, but the month as well. My morning stroll with you-know-who was a little confusing today. After a week of clouds, fog, rain and ice, the thaw gave way to actual sunshine, and the illusion that spring had sprung was in full force. Momentarily unsure that it was still January, I needed to clear the fog in my brain and checked the calendar to be sure. Sure enough, according to the computer, it’s still winter... but a pop-up banner caught my attention (www.library.thinkquest.org).  Read more

State park welcomes playtime in January

PROMPTON, PA — Smiles abounded on the faces of the young and the young-at-heart at Saturday’s Winter Trail Day held at Prompton State Park, PA. It was a day for embracing the white stuff and all of the outdoor winter fun that goes along with it.  Read more

Our new kitten

Our new kitten purrs like a lawn mower. At night I hear her motoring down the hall to jump on our bed, walk across our faces, and lick our fingers. Her loud, vibrating purr seems to say: “I am here. Get up and play with me.…”

The kitten is my daughter’s Christmas present. It just worked out that way. We had tried to adopt her earlier in the season, but between the vet’s schedule and her immunization timetable, she arrived just before Christmas. Rocket, our dignified, older cat, woke from her nap, quickly sized up this turn of events and ran yowling under my son’s bed.  Read more

January 10, 2013

You would not believe what is going on as I write this. My poor mother was taken to North Shore Hospital by ambulance on Long Island last Saturday night. She was having a hard time breathing, and after a week of that nasty virus that was going around, she just did not feel well. The emergency room was crazy, but they took her in right away and gave her oxygen. She had a fever of 102.8. They gave her a blood test and a chest x-ray, and told her she had a virus but not the flu.

My sister called me at about midnight and said, “They’re sending Ma home.”  Read more

On thin ice

January usually heralds the first ice fishing activity for the region; historically, the ice is usually thick enough on most lakes by this time for people to venture out onto the ice. The milder winters of recent years, however, have been a challenge to ice fishing and other outdoor activities that take place on the ice. For most of last winter, the ice was too thin to safely be on the ice on most lakes.  Read more

Winter fun set for Prompton State Park

PROMPTON, PA — The Friends of Prompton State Park will host Winter Trail Days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 12 at the park, located on State Route 170 just north of its intersection with Route 6. Winter Trail Days is a national event that coincides with the grand re-opening of Prompton State Park after sections of it were closed for the last two years.  Read more

Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet at the Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet will perform at the Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Saturday, January 19. The show starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Donations will be collected at the door.

The evening will feature a mix of jazz standards and original compositions performed by Jaxen on piano, Charley Krachy on tenor sax, Don Messina on bass and Bill Chattin on drums.

This is a BYOB event. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. In the event of inclement weather, visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Wurtsboro Winterfest

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will host Winterfest on Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a chili cook-off and an ice carving contest judged by local VIPs.

The Wurtsboro Art Alliance will showcase a Valentine’s Day show with local artists and their works. Sullivan Street will be bustling with events, like a mini indoor street fair, with vendors and kettle corn. The library will be hosting an inside craft area, with a book reader for the children, sponsored by the Mamakating Friends of the Library.

For more information, visit www.wurtsboro.org.

Kids say the darndest things

I woke up last Sunday feelin’ a little off. Winter, in all its splendor, can also cause a bit of depression for some folks and I was in the throes of doing research on Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) looking for antidotes, prepared to spend the day immersed in the moody blues. Checking online I discovered that “Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you’re like most people with S.A.D., your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.” (www.mayoclinic.com)  Read more

Sullivan County’s Cathy Paty really is a country girl!

BETHEL, NY — Born and raised in Sullivan County, Sullivan Chamber of Commerce VP Cathy Paty is most at home in the Catskills (www.catskills.com), but currently she’s expanding her horizons, with an eye on the home of country music—Nashville, TN. “Bethel, NY is, and always will be, my home,” Paty said in an interview with The River Reporter, “but I’ve been blessed with an amazing opportunity, and I’m going for it.” An active member of the community, Paty takes her job with the chamber “very seriously” but has outside interests as well, and music has always played a “huge part” in her life.  Read more

The reign of Wayne has driven us insane

“Aw, geez, now they’re really gonna try to take my guns...!”

As the news started to roll in from Newtown, CT, on December 14, I overheard that reaction. Maybe you overheard it, too, or maybe you said or thought it yourself. Let’s not rehash the heated discussions that followed the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary; those discussions, after all, have been repeated, practically word-for-word, so many times in recent years that we could probably repeat each side’s talking points in our sleep.  Read more

Close encounter

As I walked along the creek on a late autumn afternoon, I heard a rustling off to my left. I stopped to see if I could catch sight of a fox, or better yet a bear searching for a wintering spot. Instead I saw the fluorescent orange vest of a hunter.

A number of concurrent thoughts flashed through my mind. “Here I am in the woods alone, and there is a man with a gun. This must be why my mother (born and raised in the city) warned me, ‘Never, ever go outside. You could die.’”  Read more

Cottontails: appealing and plentiful

Many species of mammals abound throughout the Upper Delaware River region. One of the most abundant, and likely the most popular in terms of game animals, is the Eastern cottontail rabbit.

Ranging between 15 to 19 inches in length and weighing between two to four pounds, cottontails are so named for the white puffy tail that characterizes this appealing animal. Brown or grayish soft fur tapers to a lighter tan on top, with a white underbelly below.  Read more