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February 27, 2015
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[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.

Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to...

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It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they...

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The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its...

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The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays...

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I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure...

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As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve,...

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County music festival

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County All County Festival, hosted by the Sullivan County Music Educators Association (SCMEA), will be held on Saturday, March 3 at Monticello High School. There will be two concerts: one at 2:30 p.m., and one at 5 p.m.  Read more

Local musicians showcase in Nashville

LIBERTY, NY — Local musicians Somerville, featuring Alyssa Startup, were featured on The Billy Block Show live from Nashville, TN on Tuesday, February 21, introduced by Thunder 102 on-air personality Paul Ciliberto of Ciliberto & Friends.  Read more

Historical society sponsors tenement tour

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Historical Society will sponsor a bus trip to the Tenement Museum in NYC on April 11. The museum is located at 97 Orchard Street in the heart of the lower East Side. Learn about our immigrant ancestors and how they lived in an authentic 19th-century tenement building. A morning tour is planned and there will also be several hours to tour the historic neighborhood and shop in the famous Orchard Street discount stores. The trip has been planned to occur during spring break so that students will be able to participate.  Read more

‘The Burmese Harp’

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Arts Alliance will present the Japanese war movie, “The Burmese Harp,” on February 26 in its Sunday Night Cinema series. Set in the jungles of Burma, this 1956 production tells the story of a Japanese army unit that refuses to surrender at the end of World War II and a soldier who becomes a monk in penance for his failure to convince the unit to stop fighting. Directed by Kon Ichikawa, “The Burmese Harp” is one of the first movies to portray the war from the perspective of Japanese troops. It is 116 minutes long and is unrated.  Read more

Call for artists

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery at 210 Broad St. invites submissions to the “New Visions” regional juried exhibit and sale in April 2012. A cooperative, member-owned and operated gallery in the heart of downtown Milford, the ARTery will open its space to non-members for the month of April. The deadline for submissions is March 10.

A prospectus can be downloaded from www.arteryonline.com, or or call 570/409-1234 to have one mailed.

‘Exploring the Small Farm Dream’

Guidance for turning ideas into action

By SANDY LONG

sandylong@riverreporter.com

HONESDALE, PA — It is said that everybody has a dream. For an increasing number of people, that dream revolves around the concept of small-scale farming that reconnects the farmer and the community she or he serves. To support those dreams, Penn State Extension (PSE) will offer “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” to be held in Honesdale in March.  Read more

What we have here, is a failure to communicate!

The past week has been an exercise in futility, to say the least. Last Thursday, we had a little snow. Didn’t amount to much; in fact I don’t think it was more than three inches. Even though it was just a dusting, the flakes were wet and dense, sticking to the trees and making the walkways slippery-—especially for me, since I’m still having difficulty navigating around the house, relearning how to use my abdominal muscles and overwhelmed with cabin fever.  Read more

Activities of daily living

My uncle’s home health aide is there to assist him with “ADL”—activities of daily living. It was a term I was blithely ignorant of before my aunt had a stroke earlier this month. He is in his mid-80s with multiple health problems. She is younger and not the one we were worried about. But the toll of caring for an older spouse—or a younger one who is infirm—is dear. She lost 60 pounds in a year and a half, and she never was a candidate for one of those reality shows about obesity.  Read more

A peek at a peregrine pair

It’s probably fair to say that, were she alive today, scientist and author Rachel Carson would be thrilled to find that a pair of peregrine falcons has again elected to build a nest on a ledge of the state office building in Harrisburg, PA that bears her name. Fledging young peregrines from the Rachel Carson State Office Building is especially fitting given Carson’s role in raising awareness of the terrible impacts of DDT on species such as peregrine falcons through her 1962 book, “Silent Spring.”  Read more

A peek at a peregrine pair

It’s probably fair to say that, were she alive today, scientist and author Rachel Carson would be thrilled to find that a pair of peregrine falcons has again elected to build a nest on a ledge of the state office building in Harrisburg, PA that bears her name. Fledging young peregrines from the Rachel Carson State Office Building is especially fitting given Carson’s role in raising awareness of the terrible impacts of DDT on species such as peregrine falcons through her 1962 book, “Silent Spring.”  Read more

Bethel Woods books Beach Boys, Dave Matthews

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has announced two new concerts for the upcoming season: the Beach Boys, scheduled for June 17, and the Dave Matthews Band, scheduled for June 30. For ticket information visit www.bethelwoodscenter.org

Help! I need somebody

For something completely different, I have music stuck in my head—and as usual, it pertains to my state of mind. I wish I could claim that it has something to do with being a savant of some sort, but sadly, not so much. This weird syndrome has gone on in my brain for so many years that I’ve stopped questioning why, and just let the endless melodies play on, hoping that inspiration will strike a chord.  Read more

Contribute a float for St. Patrick’s Day

ROCK HILL, NY — Rock Hill will hold its second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 10, starting at The Lodge on Rock Hill Drive and ending at the Rock Hill Fire Department on Glen Wild Road. There are still opportunities available to march in the parade  Read more

Mardi Gras on Main

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale will celebrate its fourth annual Mardi Gras on Main on Saturday, February 18. Organizations, individuals and businesses like Shear Expressions, shown here, will parade up and down Main Street from 1 to 4 p.m. in Mardi Gras regalia, passing out colorful Mardi Gras beads, many offering coupons and discounts. Members of the Honesdale High School musical production will offer hot chocolate and face painting from 1 to 3 p.m. in front of the Honesdale National Bank’s Corporate Center, 724 Main Street, and invite you to attend their musical “Seussical” that same evening.  Read more

‘Reggae Riot’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will host a “Reggae Riot” dinner and dance on Saturday, February 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The event will feature authentic Jamaican fare provided by Reggae Boy & Girl of Beacon; Jamaican beer, wine and other beverages; “The Real Ting” Raffle featuring prizes donated by local businesses (one chance included with each admission, with additional tickets available for purchase); and DJ music and dancing with Sharon Molloy.
Tickets cost $50 per person. Email kathryn@catskillartsociety.org or call 845/436-4227 for reservations.

Blues pianist kicks off Winter Wednesdays

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society’s music series Winter Wednesdays, will open on February 22 with the blues pianist and vocalist Ronny Whyte, at the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum, 608 Broad St., at 7 p.m. Whyte will be accompanied by Dave Stryker on guitar and Boots Maleson on bass. The series will continue on Wednesday, February 29 with blues vocalist Martha Lorin.  Read more

A safari theme for Crystal Cabin Fever

LAKEVILLE, PA — The sixth season of Crystal Cabin Fever is now underway and will continue through February 26 at the Sculpted Ice Works on Route 590 in Lakeville, between Hawley and Hamlin. The event features life-sized themed ice carvings and entertainment. This year’s theme is African Safari. There are dozens of ice carved African animals, a giant tree, an ice hut compete with thatched roof, an ice jeep, ice throne, ice wine bar and a 40-foot dual ice slide.  Read more

Ice Tee cancelled; wings are on

HAWLEY, PA — The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce has cancelled the 21st annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament, scheduled for Sunday, February 26, due to the lack of ice on Lake Wallenpaupack.
The 10th annual Chili Wing Cook Off scheduled for Sunday, March 4 is still on. Major sponsors for the 2012 event are Lowe’s, Miller Lite and Banko Beverage Company, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, C & C Equipment Rental, Have a Blast DJ Service and Bold Gold Media Group.  Read more

The Harris Observatory

HARRIS, NY — A special art project by Richard Torchia, The Harris Observatory, an immersive light show powered by the sun (see page 7 for details), will be on view from February 18 to March 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment. Email catskillcenterpieces@gmail.com. The show is free and open to the public.

There will be a grand opening on February 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. RSVP required; visit centerpieces.eventbrite.com.

For detailed information on the project and the CENTERpieces series of which it is a part, see this week’s Visioning column.

Valentine’s dance and food drive

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold a “Share Your Heart with the Community” Valentine’s dance and food drive on Saturday, February 18, at 8 p.m. at the Tom Quick Inn at 411 Broad St. The event is sponsored by J-Angelo Event Planning and will feature “Sugar” with music provided by Mark Krebs of Remarkable Sound. All are welcome.  Read more

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