MONTICELLO, NY — It’s easy to take basic skills that we learn in school for granted, and I assumed that if I had mastered those skills at an early age, others must have as well. Shortly after moving to the Catskills, I became aware of some startling statistics, including the fact that there are thousands of adults in this country struggling with the ability to read and write. Determined to become a part of the solution, I perused the local papers and discovered the Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County (LVSC). Read more
By Mari-Beth DeLucia
As I write this column, many of us in the Delaware River region are experiencing a situation that everyone prefers did not exist. We are in the middle of the second major flood event in two weeks, the first from Irene and now the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. At times like this, it is understandable how we may not be thinking about the positive benefits rivers bring to our local economy. Read more
As autumn approaches and temperatures begin to drop, it is increasingly common to see spiders in our homes, where they occasionally seek refuge at this time of year. One of the largest, and therefore potentially alarming, is the fishing spider.
Dolomedes is a genus of spiders of the family Pisauridae. There are over a hundred species of Dolomedes throughout the world, with nine species in North America. Also known as raft spiders, dock spiders or wharf spiders, most are semi-aquatic. Read more
This summer we rearranged our house from top to bottom so that our daughter, Lily, could have her own bedroom. It involved a lot of sorting and throwing out—along with many trips to the Salvation Army and the town dump. My old poem notebooks, the napkin rings and the snow cone maker, all those little Batman toys and even some stuffed animals got the heave-ho. We had the vintage speakers from the record player appraised and gave away a lot of old photographs. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Stourbridge Railway will offer fall foliage rides along the 25 miles of railroad tracks from Honesdale to Lackawaxen along the Lackawaxen River.
The first excursion, the Bavarian Festival, will take place on September 24. The five-hour, round-trip excursion from Honesdale to Lackawaxen features a hearty German fest complemented by the German musicians. A delicious feast prepared by the famous Alpine Wurst & Meat House is included. Read more
WURTSBORO, NY — An art exhibit with the theme “Favorite Places” will be presented at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance, 73 Sullivan Street, from October 1 through November 6. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 1 from 2 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served, featuring locally produced wine from Basha Kill Vineyards. Music will be provided by Bill Leuszler on guitar. The reception is free and open to the public.
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) will once again host “23 for History,” a marathon softball game in honor of Shohola’s Smoky Joe Wood. The game will be held on September 24 at the Little League Field on the east side of Milford. The event will benefit PCHS, with funds raised going toward a new roof. Players will be provided food and beverages courtesy of Jorgenson’s at the Dimmick, not only a sponsor of the event, but also provider of many willing participants in the game over the years. Read more
MATAMORAS, PA — Try-City Stage will present the musical “Guys and Dolls” at The Riverview Inn, 400 Shay Lane, from Thursday, September 29 through Sunday, October 2. On Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, dinner will be served. Tickets range from $22 for the show only to $45 for dinner and the show. Bill Thomas directs and Melissa Thomas is the choreographer.
For specific show times and reservations, visit www.try-citystage.org or call 845/858-7925.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Yarnslingers is looking for talespinners, age 18 and up, who have a personal story to tell about ghosts. The tales will be told from 4 to 6 p.m. on October 29 at the Catskill Art Society (CAS).
NARROWSBURG, NY — To celebrate the final weekend of its 2011 season, Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History will hold a “Patriots’ Weekend.” It will include presentations by historian Peter Osborne on the Battle of Minisink on Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m. and a presentation on genealogy by Gloria McCullough and Ann O’Hara of the Wayne County Historical Society on Sunday, September 25, at 2 p.m. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Fresh from a run at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) in New York City, Nora Brown’s “Dad Doesn’t Dance” will be performed at the Delaware Arts Center at 27 Main St. on Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m. The show has been nominated for Outstanding Solo Show Production in the MITF 2011.
Brown crosses the continent from Winnipeg to Hollywood as she encounters five mysterious men and the clues they reveal. An infidelity causes her to look at her life, leading to the revelation of the existence of a biological father. Read more
MILFORD, PA —Tickets and passes for the 12th annual Black Bear Film Festival are now on sale. The festival will be held at the historic Milford Theatre from October 14 to 16. This year’s opening night film will be the Oscar-winning “Cinema Paradiso,” which will be shown at 9 p.m. immediately following the Friday night red carpet Gala. Two hundred Gold Passes, which include admission to all films and the Friday night Gala, are available for $200 on a first-come, first-served basis. Read more
On the 9th, 10th and 11th of September, Barb and I enjoyed the opportunity to attend the annual Bamboo Rod Makers Gathering at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center. Rod makers from 24 states plus Japan and Canada came to the gathering. A total of 134 men and women were in attendance. Seminars ranged from a talk on “George Halstead and his rods and ferrules,” by Jed Dempsey and John Feldenzer, to Tim Abbott on bamboo fly rod tapers and how to develop them, to the advantages and disadvantages of various glues used in the making of bamboo rods by a panel of Jed Dempsey, Tim Abbott and John Zimny. Read more
Anyone who has walked in a field or a roadside has probably at one time or another picked a leaf of a milkweed plant and observed its milky sap start to flow from the plant; hence its name. Like all plants, the milkweed contains a myriad of chemical compounds that are used by the plant in various ways. Read more
I am by no means the only guy with an opinion. In fact, I’ve been told that “everyone has one.” Go figure. Of course, if we all felt the same way about any of a myriad of subjects, life would be just plain dull. Pausing to breathe once in a while, I sometimes hear snippets of conversation that apparently take place all around me, while I am not talking. Or the center of attention. Hmm. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — When Hurricane Irene hit the area, even though it put people in the dark for a while, it also woke up a lot of people.
What are we going to do without electricity? Without refrigeration? Without water for washing and flushing toilets? Without food from the supermarket?
These are some of the questions asked during the storm. Were any of them answered?
Answering questions like this is the concern of a local group called Transition Honesdale which is initiating a major new program called “SkillShare.” Read more
The first few months of life present many challenges for wild creatures, not the least of which is receiving adequate sustenance to survive. Baby birds are particularly fetching as they gape with beaks open wide in anticipation of a meal. Where that meal comes from depends on circumstances. Read more
At the risk of sounding cliché, “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” These sage words (written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed) reverberated all week as I made my way through the Catskills, observing young people and sensing “all the beauty they possess inside.” Read more