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January 27, 2015
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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.

I’ve hung the new, 2015 calendars in all our rooms. Each one has a different theme and set of glossy photos. There’s the one with shots of wildlife and another with glorious beachfronts. Then...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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All about butter, for Dairy Day

HONESDALE, PA — The 2012 Wayne County, PA/Sullivan County, NY Dairy Day/Ag Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday, February 20, at the Honesdale High School, 459 Terrace St. A 12 noon lunch, supported by exhibitors, supporters and participants, will be available to the two counties’ farming community members. Registration is requested by Friday, February 17.  Read more

Spinning straw into gold

By Julie Courtney and Jennie Shanker  Read more

Romance with Bogey and Bacall

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will screen the classic 1944 movie “To Have and Have Not,” a steamy romance starring Humphrey Bogart and 19-year-old Lauren Bacall in her first movie role, on Valentine’s Day, February 14 at 8:15 p.m. at the Cinema 6 theater in the Route 6 Mall.  Read more

Valentine’s brunch and jewelry sale

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Flour Power Bakery will hold a Valentine’s Day Celebration Brunch, with a jewelry sale and fundraiser, on Saturday, February 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, February 12 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to the SPCA of Sullivan County. The bakery is located at 87 DeBruce Road. Call for reservations at 845 439-1210. Visit www.flourpowerbakery.net.

Valentine movie at the Bethany Public Library

BETHANY, PA — Parents and children are invited to the Bethany Public Library on Friday, February 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. for to snuggle in with their favorite blanket and wear your pajamas while watching a movie and enjoying popcorn and juice. Suggested for children two to six years old (accompanied by an adult). Donations to the library are appreciated.

Reservations are required. Call 570/253-4349 or stop by the Bethany Public Library.

‘Isn’t it Romantic?’

WURTSBORO, NY — Broadway Direct will present an evening of Broadway music with the theme of romance, with songs by Cole Porter, Lehar, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rogers & Hart, Romberg, Jerry Herman and many more, at the Community Church of Wurtsboro, 134 Sullivan St. on Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m. Performers will include Broadway performers such as Frank Basile, Celeste Holm, Sarah Rice, Edd Clark, Rich Flanders, Joanna Morton Gary, Mark Planner and David Vernon (the cast is subject to change—sometimes Broadway calls.)  Read more

‘Compassion: A loving experience’

BEACH LAKE, PA — On the Sunday before Valentines Day, February 12 at 10:15 a.m., there will be a service of shared readings at the Berlin Township Community Center sponsored by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Compassion is defined as empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity or charity. Bring your favorite poem, short essay or quote relating to compassion and love to share. The one-hour service will be followed by a social time with refreshments. Visit www.uduuf.org or call 854/252-6626.  Read more

Valentine concert for TeamSkate

LIBERTY, NY — “A Valentine to Rock your Mind” is the motto for a concert and party on Friday, February 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Liberty’s Elementary School Gym, 201 North Main Street. The concert is organized and hosted by TeamSkate Liberty and will feature a bevy of local talent: The Up & Coming, Gassito’s Revenge, Greg Castro, Justin Sutherland, Mikey Criggz, Julian Giaimo and DJ Sierra Thomas.  Read more

A cure for cabin fever: The Great Backyard Bird Count

About this time during the winter, many people yearn for spring; it’s cold, the holidays have passed, and trout and spring gobbler seasons are many weeks away. Fortunately, there is an event coming up real soon that the whole family can participate in, and in doing so, can also provide scientists and researchers with a real-time snapshot of which birds are where. The event is the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).  Read more

Glass tours at Gillinder Brothers

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Brothers, Inc. glass manufacturers will hold special events on Saturday, February 11, March 10 and April 21, with special glass blowing demonstrations and factory tours featuring guest glass artists Al Hough and friends. The events will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gillinder Glass Factory at 39 Erie St.

Tour rates are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children. Groups of 20 or more should call for group rates and reservations. Weekday production demonstrations and factory tours feature pressed glass at 10:15, 1:30 and 2:30, at the same tour rates.  Read more

Wurtsboro Winterfest

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board will present Wurtsboro Winterfest 2012 on Saturday, February 11 starting at 11 a.m. There will be an ice carving contest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. The Wurtsboro Art Alliance will present its show “Love is Everything,” and the Crystal Connection will offer psychic/intuitive readings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Dr. Bill, the Wizard. The fee of $5 per reading will be given to charity.  Read more

Home of Lincoln Flag to host birthday luncheon

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society and the Columns Museum will celebrate President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Sunday, February 12, with a luncheon in his honor. The Columns Museum is home to the Lincoln Flag, which adorned the Presidential box at Ford’s Theatre the night of Lincoln’s assassination, and is stained with his blood. The luncheon starts at 12:30 p.m. and includes a serving of the society’s director’s Chicken and Stars soup, assorted sandwiches and, of course, a slice of birthday cake.  Read more

Broadway cabaret at the museum

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present a Broadway cabaret on Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum. Homemade desserts will be served.  Read more

SUNY Sullivan screens ‘Rumblestrips’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — There will be a free screening of “Rumblestrips,” a film that has not yet been released, in the Seelig Theater at SUNY Sullivan on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Directed by and featuring John Adams, “Rumblestrips” stars Toby Poser (Adams), who has appeared on stage, screen and on television, and the Adams’ daughters LuLu and Zelda.  Read more

‘Inside Job’ in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — A screening of “Inside Job” will be presented by MoveOnSullivanNY on Sunday, February 12, at 4 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. The film examines the inner workings and questionable practices of the banking industry, which precipitated the disastrous housing crisis of 2008. Millions of people have lost their homes to foreclosure, and in Sullivan County alone, 7.7% of all mortgages have failed. This film attempts to look at what happened, and why, and who is responsible. Visit moveonsullivanny.wordpress.com.

Philharmonic, Doo Wop at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Tickets for two of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts’ most iconic performances are now on sale: the New York Philharmonic concert, scheduled this year for Saturday, July 7 featuring soloist Tracy Dahl; and the NY Doo Wop Extravaganza III, on Saturday, July 14. Tickets for both concerts can be purchased at BethelWoodsCenter.org or by phone at 800/745-3000.

Dahl will perform selections by Gershwin and Bernstein. Bramwell Tovey will conduct the Philharmonic in a performance that will also include pieces from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”  Read more

I love the Catskills!

With Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching, I continue to recuperate at home and ponder. Is it possible, I wonder, to send a Valentine to a place? How would I address it? “Dear Upper Delaware Valley” sounds strange, but is all-encompassing. “To whom it may concern” is a little too formal. If I could, I’d hire a sky writer to spread my message high above in the clouds, for all to see.  Read more

A trip to Russia: Part II

So, Verotchka, how was Russia?

“Exciting,” I have answered and also, as any 85-year-old traveler can understand, “exhausting.” Just last week, at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance exhibit, glass of wine in hand, I surprised myself saying “maddening.”

“Russia was maddening!”

After all, it is frustrating for a big talker like myself to be unable to speak the language. And though the timbre of Russian was in my ears and heart in my father’s bass voice, I knew only a few words and had forgotten the Cyrillic alphabet I had learned as a child  Read more

Utopia or oblivion

“Ameritopia.”

That’s the title of a new book by conservative radio host and professional blowhard Mark Levin. Levin, in case you’re not familiar with the fellow, is a lawyer and best-selling author, whose on-air delivery can sometimes make notorious curmudgeon Bob Grant sound like Casey Kasem in comparison. He’s become one of the more successful members of that enormous gaggle of commentators and pundits who make scads of money by telling their mostly-quite-comfortable audiences how embattled and imperiled they are, and how our society has become inundated by “liberal media.”  Read more

Easy winter living

I have a terrarium of moss and ferns that we planted in a glass domed cake plate—the type of plate you see upon a diner counter with a carrot cake inside. My terrarium sits in the middle of my kitchen table like a green island of spring. I like to lift the lid off the pedestal and breathe in its moist, pungent woodland smell. It is a world unto itself. We planted it so as to have some green in the winter months, but without the contrast of winter whiteness it doesn’t have quite the same effect.  Read more

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