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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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Lake Huntington News September 12

I had a busy weekend with volunteering.  Read more

Trash Talk

I’ve been a little obsessed with garbage over the past few months. Oh, I am a dedicated composter and I recycle, avoid single-serve plastic bottles and reuse glass jars and bottles for food storage and pickling. I repair and repurpose things and try to make them last. But recently, I opened an informational door that brought it all into a more global perspective. Here’s what I learned from the 2012 report “Unfinished Business: The Case for Extended Producer Responsibility for Post-Consumer Packaging,” published by the non-profit As You Sow (www.asyousow.org).  Read more

Jane Blake and Carolyn Duke 'Color'

Jane Blake’s highly saturated silk paintings will be exhibited side-by-side with the lustrous Raku ceramics of Carolyn Duke in a show titled “Color," which will open with a reception on Friday, September 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center in Narrowsburg. The exhibit will be on view through September 28.  Read more

Heron duo at Lackawaxen

Herons in our region can be found just about anywhere there is water. Lakes, ponds and rivers all have the potential of providing good habitat for herons as well as other aquatic bird species. Herons are hunters, and their diet consists mostly of fish, with some amphibians, insects and even small mammals rounding out the fare. Herons are somewhat shy of humans and will fly off if approached too closely by persons on foot, or in watercraft.  Read more

ARTery features Rosser, Tully in September

MILFORD, PA — An opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. for Alvin Rosser and Madeline Tully, whose paintings will be shown at the ARTery Gallery from September 13 through October 7.  Read more

‘Volunteer Firefighters: Heroes Among Us’

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Volunteer Firefighters: Heroes Among Us,” featuring photographic portraits and interviews highlighting the complex day-to-day experiences and unique roles of local firefighters, opens Friday, September 6 in the LOFT gallery at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show, created by Ellen Bay and John Dzwonar from Milanville, PA, runs through Saturday, September 28 with a closing reception from 4 to 6 p.m., to coincide with the Sullivan County fire parade on Main Street in Narrowsburg.  Read more

Children’s book launch at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Neil Waldman will launch his new book “Al and Teddy” at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. in Honesdale on Saturday, September 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. Waldman, a storyteller and illustrator, will tell his personal story and read from his new book. Waldman’s illustrations will be on display and books will be available for purchase and signing.

Waldman is an award-winning children’s author/illustrator and has published over 50 books, many with Boyds Mills Press in Honesdale. He has won the National Jewish Book Award, the Christopher Award and the Parent’s Choice Award, among others.  Read more

The Street of Soul in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA— Appearing as a duo, Nicky Egan and her side-man will take you through the streets of Blue-Eyed Soul on Saturday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room on the lowest floor in the Hawley Silk Mill.  Read more

Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, ‘Same River’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Strike Anywhere returns to the NACL Theatre to present “Same River” on Sunday, September 8 at 4 p.m. Using first person accounts as source material, “Same River” is a multi-media improvisation on fracking and its impact on communities.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre’s play reading of ‘Red’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present the Liberty Free Theatre in a performance reading of the play “Red” by John Logan at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will feature Paul Austin, artistic director of the Liberty Free Theatre, in the role of acclaimed abstract painter Mark Rothko and Bradley Diuguid in the role of his assistant.  Read more

Historical Society to resume card parties

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society, located at 608 Broad St. in Milford, will resume hosting canasta on the second Wednesday of each month starting in September.

The doors of the Foundation Room will open at 6:30 p.m., cards and score sheets will be available, along with light refreshments. A $5 donation is suggested.

Bring your own group or come solo and join another. Anyone needing instruction on how to play is welcomed as well. Call 570/296-8126 or email pikemuse@ptd.net.

Duck Race in the Callicoon Creek following tractor parade

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Callicoon Creek will be the scene for 1,200 to 1,500 yellow, blue and pink ducks racing on Jeff Fest Day, to be held on Saturday, September 14 from the Mill Pond to the finish line at the Schadt Memorial Bridge. They will be set off at 1 p.m. and will be followed by “youth duck herders” and cheered on by hundreds of race fans. Also during Jeff Fest, there will be a tractor parade at 11 a.m.  Read more

Send in the clowns

I think it’s safe to say that I’m not alone when it comes to a fear of clowns. From a very early age, they have made me nervous, skittish and (once in a while) downright freaked out. It still amazes me that clowns are often associated with glee, joy and happiness, since that is not my experience, but as usual, I am reminded that everyone has their own humble opinion. Scanning The River Reporter last week (yes, I read the paper) I came across a blurb about an art exhibit taking place at the River Market in Barryville, NY, titled “Through the Eyes of Wendell M.  Read more

Livingston Manor celebrates Labor Day

The former DeBruce Labor Day Parade transitioned seamlessly to Livingston Manor on Sunday, September 1, featuring the parade lineup, vendors and entertainment that have made this end-of-summer event a popular area attraction for over 20 years.  Read more

Hawaiian adventure

I sit writing this under the stars on a beach in Kauai, Hawaii. We have set up a small compound of three tents surrounding a small fire. The waves crash loud and soothing in the distance.

There are six of us, old college friends, visiting Hawaii because two of us (Emily and Andrew) are running the 26.2 miles of the grueling Kauai Marathon. (I use “us” loosely as I am part of the support team.) They have both been training for months and counting down the days to this end-of-summer Hawaiian adventure.  Read more


Sometimes you have to go back to go forward. Forty-five years is a long way back though. When I was a young teenager there was a lanky English lad who was new to our high school. Somehow I nabbed him for my boyfriend. He had rosy cheeks and dark hair and an easy laugh. He also had a ripe body odor—unaccustomed as he was to the use of American deodorants. He liked science-fiction and the BeeGees and Phil Ochs. He took me to see “Hair” on Broadway. We didn’t talk about ourselves much, but then, what was there to know? We had hardly begun to live. Or so I thought.  Read more

The future of the Upper Delaware River depends on all of us

People who are fortunate enough to live in the Upper Delaware River region are blessed with a natural resource that is relatively clean despite the looming and enormous pressures that the crowded East Coast of the United States can often bring to bear. This is a testament to the resource managers, landowners, local governments and citizens who recognize the ecological and economic value of healthy watersheds. Decades of public education about the value of clean water is paying off.  Read more

Dyer’s polypore: a visual delight

A spectacular specimen of Phaeolus schweinitzii has grown at the base of a dying hemlock tree in my yard over the past month. Commonly known as dyer’s polypore or velvet-top fungus, this attractive mushroom is a pathogen of conifers that causes the roots and base of the tree to rot. While it is not edible, it can be used for making dyes of green, yellow, brown and gold. The fungus is named after Lewis David de Schweinitz, an important early American mycologist born in Bethlehem, PA.  Read more

‘Quantum States of Light’ at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B will hold an opening reception for a new exhibit, “Quantum States of Light,” featuring the work of Joan Nicole and Nick Clemente, on Saturday, August 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show opens on Friday, August 30 and runs through Wednesday, September 11.

Nicole uses the medium of glass to play with light in the literal sense, employing its properties of reflectivity and translucency as well as color and texture. Using glass as a painter uses a palette, she creates mercurial designs of uncommon vibrancy and lucency.  Read more

Saddle up for the rodeo

MILFORD, PA — The rodeo at Malibu Ranch is held every Saturday through the Labor Day holiday weekend and is co-approved by the American Professional Rodeo Association. Participants from across the United States compete in categories of bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and rodeos begin at 7 p.m. rain or shine.  Read more