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October 26, 2016
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REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all...

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When I went to college—oh so long ago—I recall waiting for the moment when the daily mail would be delivered. I could hear shuffling feet behind the wall of metal post-office style boxes in the...

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Well, that was certainly fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

I mean that whole “democracy” thing—you know, that illusion that we nurtured for so long, that notion that “We the People” actually...

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Nostalgia reigned supreme last week as I wended my way throughout the Upper Delaware River region in search of spots to photograph the ever-changing array of color that has enveloped the Catskills...

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In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they...

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“Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes.”

I wrote that sentence in a recent River Talk column to bring awareness to the confusion many people have...

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A feast of noise: Dizzy Feast and Noise New York play The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — If you haven’t been to a Collabonation Productions show yet then what are you waiting for? The production company made up of Joe Murray and Dylan Smith has been booking shows for over a year, most of them being at The Nutshell in Lake Huntington, a popular bar/concert venue for young people from all over the area. Most of the shows are jam bands from upstate or the city, but Collabonation did something a little different last Friday night. They booked three bands (one being a jam band from Brooklyn), but the other two bands were local (or mostly local).  Read more

A tale of two migrants

September is here, and many animals in our area are preparing in some way for the onset of colder weather to come. Some insects and many birds have already started to migrate to warmer climes, and it is this migration behavior that enables researchers to get a “snapshot” of the wellbeing of a particular species and its habitat.  Read more

Berlin Township Fireman’s Field Day and pig roast

WELCOME LAKE, PA — The Beach Lake and Welcome Lake volunteer fire companies will hold the first ever Firemen’s Field Day and pig roast on Saturday, September 28, 12 noon to 9 p.m. at the Welcome Lake Fire Pavilion, 99 Cosgrove Rd. The event is rain or shine.  Read more

Museum at Bethel Woods joins Museum Day Live!

BETHEL, NY — The Museum at Bethel Woods will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 28, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.  Read more

Back to school

The students stare back at me blankly. I wonder if they are paying attention.

“Who knows the difference between overwrite and splice in?”

A few of them nod. One yawns long and large but then surprisingly raises his hand and answers the question. I guess you can’t blame them; it is a three-hour class on a Monday night.

It wasn’t too long ago that the tables were turned and I was a student sitting far back in the computer lab in an NYU editing class. I’m sure there were times I yawned, probably much worse.  Read more

Wildlife photographs on exhibit

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Photographer Gloria Wagenknecht’s framed wildlife photographs will be on display at the Livingston Manor Library through the month of October. Wagenknecht’s work brings broad scenes of color and clarity to the library walls.  Read more

Rotary to host inaugural spirits and beer tasting fundraiser

BETHEL, NY — Liberty Rotary Club will hold its inaugural spirit and beer tasting fundraiser to benefit the club’s scholarship fund on Saturday, September 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Catskill Distillery at the Dancing Cat Saloon. Three spirits distilled on the premises at distillery will be featured, as well as four unique beers to be tasted, plus Trout Town American Amber Ale presented by the Roscoe Beer Company. The beer tasting will be facilitated by Gasko and Meyer.  Read more

Send your best photos: CCE contest calendar fundraiser

LIBERTY, NY — In celebration of its 100 years in Sullivan County, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) has announced the theme for its fourth annual calendar photo contest is “Sullivan County Over the Past 100 Years.” The public is asked to look through their old photos for special shots of people and places in Sullivan County over the last century.  Read more

RiverFolk Concerts welcomes back Claudia Nygaard

HONESDALE, PA — Claudia Nygaard will perform on Saturday, September 21 at 8 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. The suggested donation is $15 reserved, $18 at the door.  Read more

Learn how to ‘pin’

PORT JERVIS, NY — The first session of a three-part workshop titled “Introduction to Pinterest and Paper Crafting” will be held on Tuesday, September 24 from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. in The Hub at the Port Jervis library. Part I will guide you through setting up and using your own virtual pin board, and help you find an inspiration for the following week’s paper crafting project. In parts II and III, you will convert your inspiration into useable, seasonally themed greeting cards (Hands on classes: October 1 and December 10).  Read more

Denning Day: An Afternoon of History

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — “Denning Day: An Afternoon of History” will be held on Sunday, September 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the Daniel Pierce Library. The Time and the Valleys Museum will share information from its archives on the history of the Town of Denning in Ulster County.

Town of Denning residents will share oral histories from and information about life along the Upper Neversink and the Upper Rondout. A newly donated collection of unusual items from the Herbert and Esther George estate in Sundown will be shown.  Read more

Festival celebrates rural life

DAMASCUS, PA — The Harvest Festival, a time to celebrate the joys of rural life, will be held at the Galilee Unity Grange on Saturday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is sponsored by the Damascus Area United Methodist Churches through the outreach ministries of the PEARLCenter for rural ministry (PEARL stands for Preserving, Enriching and Appreciating Rural Life.)  Read more

‘How it used to be’ in Deerpark

HUGUENOT, NY — The Town of Deerpark Museum will celebrate the Huguenot Schoolhouse Sesquicentennial with an open house on Saturday, September 21 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, September 22 from 1 to 5 p.m.  Read more

A different kind of school; Building community stone by stone

HONESDALE, PA — Here is a story of a vision that started many years ago, in the mind of a young person, who craved a sacred place where everyone belonged and where everyone felt nurtured. This vision encompassed a sense of seeing each person as a whole and empowering each one through education and peaceful guidance. As time evolved, this young person grew up, the vision became clearer, and the beginnings of such a wonderful place began to form. This is the story of a young woman and how she created The Stoneworks Learning Center (SLC).  Read more

Governing from the center (Part 2)

Last month I wrote about the difficult effort to find the political “center”—or for that matter, to even define it. For some, this elusive center presents an opportunity, and their search is motivated by a sense that there might be advantage to be gained by formulating an attractive vision of a unifying, centrist politics. They calculate that the right person, with the right set of “non-partisan” positions, could leverage people’s frustrations with business-as-usual and draw a strong following.  Read more

Our house

When people ask that ubiquitous question, “What did you do on your summer vacation?” this year, my husband, John, has to say, “I did a lot of digging—in the cellar.” It’s an answer that always brings a laugh or raises an eyebrow or both. But I assure you, it is meant in the most innocent of ways. Yes, John also took hikes, grew sunflowers and swam in the ocean. And he really did spend a good part of the summer in the cellar of this old house.  Read more

Rachel’s Challenge; Anti-bullying program comes to northeastern PA

HAWLEY, PA — Darrell Scott is not a stereotype motivational speaker. Dressed in faded jeans and sea-washed polo, his low-key day-long presentation at Woodloch Pines nightclub on Friday, September 6, to an audience of over 250, including educators, students, school administrators, clergy, business and civic leaders, was one of humility and quiet dignity.  Read more

Hummingbirds: dispelling myths

While autumn brings a welcome array of rich colors to the region as the light sharpens and foliage begins to change, it also signals the departure of the brilliant green ruby-throated hummingbirds that enhance our lives throughout spring and summer.

By early fall, hummingbirds begin their long journey south, bound for Central America. Many will cross the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight. Males may begin migration by early August, with females lingering into mid-September.  Read more

Milford goes local with Tri-State Farm to Table Festival

MILFORD, PA — Milford will celebrate local farms and the bounty of the region with its first Tri-State Farm to Table Festival on Saturday, September 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the courtyard of River Rock Inn (210 Second St.). The environmental non-profit Air Soil Water will present this free event featuring farm vendors, food for purchase, live music by They Know, fun for kids and educational lessons by the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), The Mother’s Project and Breathless Beauty on composting, gardening, juicing and more.  Read more