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The volume of the debate surrounding the death of up to a third of all honey bees in the United States during the winter, in a phenomena known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), was increased a notch this year as the results of a new Harvard study were released in May.

One thing I do around this time of year is check for monarch butterflies, usually by just walking down some nearby roads; there are a few milkweed plants growing off the side of the roads that...

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Few things captured my childhood imagination more than rocks. I spent hours searching the roadsides for quartz pebbles. I collected ripple marks and treasured the small, imperfect fossils I found...

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The folks at Hobby Lobby (which apparently is an evangelical ministry disguised as a craft store) took out a full-page ad in the papers recently, touting the notion that the United States was from...

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While these words strung together might seem esoteric, they are ringing in my ears as I review where I’ve been over the last few days. The reference is to a song from “HAIR” (the tribal love-rock...

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As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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Sidewalk sales, Hawaiian style

HONESDALE, PA — The “Aloha Honesdale” annual sidewalk sales will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 21, 22 and 23, sponsored by The Dime Bank, with support from Wayne County Tourism. Main Street will be filled with merchandise offered by local stores, area vendors and artists and area non-profits, all with a Hawaiian theme. Visitors can view the 2011 Wayne County Arts Alliance project, “Express Mail,” with mailboxes decorated by local artists at businesses all around Honesdale, and participate in the “It’s NOT Your Mama’s Muumuu” contest from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Read more

Book sale at Callicoon Street Fair

CALLICOON, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will hold a book fairduring the annual Callicoon Street Fair on Saturday, July 30 at the Delaware Free Branch. During the last hour books will be available to take home at $2 a bag. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Also available will be information about the library’s Public Computer Center, which offers free one-on-one computer assistance and classes. Call 845/887-4040.

Jewish film festival in Bethel

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY— The Catskill Film Festival will present its first annual Jewish Film Festival on Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m. at the the newly constructed pavilion across the street from the Fat Lady Café. The festival will start on July 23 and run weekly through August 27.

The series entry for July 23 will by the Woody Allen comedy “Radio Days,” a 1987 film set in 1940s Rockaway Beach, Queens. The film presents an affectionate look at the heyday of radio, marriage, celebrities, the war in Europe and secret decoder rings. It was nominated for two Academy Awards.  Read more

‘Classic to Cool’ concludes with gala finale

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) “Classic to Cool” festival will conclude this weekend, starting on Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. with “At Work & Play Behind the Notes,” a free open rehearsal at the Eddie Adams Farm. The Saturday concert, at 8 p.m., will feature music by Brahms, Reger and Respighi in the “Gala Grand Finale,” followed by an artists’ reception on the barn porch under the stars, also at the farm. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Friday and Saturday’s events will be at the Eddie Adams barn.  Read more

DVO begins 25th season: It ain’t over ‘till (somebody) sings

NARROWSBURG, NY — I was exposed to the world of opera at an early age. Inspired by the grandeur and incredible music, I became a fan quickly, and remain so to this day. So I was delighted to discover, after moving to the region, that the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) and a company of talented, driven professionals is dedicated to presenting quality productions right here in the Upper Delaware region.  Read more

A summer mystery: Part I: The setup

Eddie had washed the windows and polished the door handle. He had futzed with the flowers and dusted his desk. It was getting to be time to head down to the basement, and he was sort of dreading it. The low hum of the AC kept the lobby cool. The basement would be sweltering.

The Met game was just starting and he decided to give it a few innings. If he got lucky, maybe the heat would let up.

“Sorry about the cardboard,” Santiago, the daytime doorman, had said while he was leaving. And Eddie had said it was fine, even though it had annoyed him a little bit.  Read more

Are the grateful dead? Nothing could be “furthur” from the truth

Somewhere in the dark recesses of my sick and twisted mind, everything makes sense. To me. Sadly, the rest of the world is often clueless when it comes to my thought processes, but the kind folks at TRR allow my eccentricities to flourish, and this week I whirled a bit.  Read more

Celebrating the river in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — RiverFest will celebrate its 21st annual summer with live music, original art, local craft vendors, information about the ecosystem and more on Sunday, July 24 in Narrowsburg. The festivities begin at 9:45 a.m. with River Dogs on Parade, at which pooches and their owners parade from the former Narrowsburg Central School on Erie Street in Narrowsburg to the Main Street bandstand.  Read more

Liberty Free premieres Askew play

Liberty Free premieres Askew play

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will present the world premiere of “Strange Business,” a new play by award-winning novelist and playwright Rilla Askew, on Thursday through Sunday, July 28 through 31 and August 4 through 7. The play was adapted for the stage by the author from the title story in her short story collection. Author Askew is featured in the cast.  Read more

The day of the dragonfly

Pass near any lake, pond, or stream shore and it is not hard to spot dragonfly or damselfly activity. They are both members of the Odonata family, characterized by their dual set of large wings and their voracious appetite for mosquitoes and other flying insects. Different species of odonates emerge at different times of the summer, so there is always variety to be seen. For some people, dragonfly watching rivals bird watching.  Read more

Difficult times

In baseball when a batter fails to hit well over a period of time, it is said the batter is in a hitting slump. As a fly fisher I have been in a season-long fish-catching slump. While those that I usually fish with have not exactly been wearing out the trout, my results have been very disappointing. Of course, my time on the streams has been greatly curtailed. Heavy and frequent rains have turned the rivers into raging chocolate-colored rapids. On those days when I have been able to go fishing, I return home without even a tale of the big one that eluded me.  Read more

Celebrating Zane Grey and the Delaware River

LACKAWAXEN, NY — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the seventh annual Zane Grey Festival at the Zane Grey Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. This year, the festival will also celebrate the Delaware River, which is the 2011 Pennsylvania River of the Year. The Lackawaxen and Delaware rivers, which fulfilled his love for fishing and the outdoors,are what initially drew Grey to the area. Zane and his brother Romer would eventually settle in Lackawaxen and call the area home. left  Read more

Flamenco at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Ensemble Segue will perform flamenco music and dance at the Pocono Environmental Education Center on July 16. The ensemble features violinist Sarah E. Geller, guitarist Jared Newman and dancer Eva Conti Algeria, and the program, “Ritmo, Color y Pasión,” will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Read more

Kittatinny zip line is nation’s fourth largest

BARRYVILLE, NY — The oldest canoe livery service along the Upper Delaware River, Kittatinny Canoes, has built a zip line that flies 3,000 feet down the hillside and can top speeds of 60 miles per hour. Owner and entrepreneur Dave Jones got the idea for the zip line after he rode one in Chile. Jones knew he already had the perfect site for the line. From a high hill with a large drop in elevation, views of the Delaware River and the valley surrounding the Kittatinny land, Jones said it worked perfectly with the structure of the line.  Read more

A sneak preview: the Literary Gazette

REGION — The River Reporter is nearly ready to launch its Literary Gazette, an annual publication showcasing regional writers and photographers. This year’s theme is dreams as inspiration and material for creating art. The featured photographer is Norma Bernstock of Milford, PA, who has worked with Polaroid film to create an enhanced, almost painterly affect. Here is a sampling of what readers will find in the Gazette, to be published on July 21.

Innocent Herbal
By ROBERT CARNEVALE

I was walking along with my thoughts
in a wood where sassafras thrive.  Read more

Classic cars collect in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — What is family-friendly, free of charge and features some of the finest classic cars in the region? It’s the Coasters Car Club of Northeast PA’s monthly gathering in Hawley’s Bingham Park. Vintage motorcars are on display from 5 p.m. until dusk on the first Friday of the month, with the next meetup scheduled for August 5. Antique auto enthusiasts roll into town and arrange between 50 to 100 classic cars near the park’s bandstand. The public is invited to cruise the collection, view the vehicles and talk to their passionate owners.  Read more

Register your river dog

NARROWSBURG, NY — River Dogs on Parade, one of the most popular features of RiverFest, a festival celebrating music, art and ecology, is scheduled to take place this year on Sunday, July 24 starting at 9:45 a.m. at the former Narrowsburg school.

The parade, sponsored by Narrowsburg Feed & Grain and Dog Mountain Lodge, welcomes pooches of all sizes and shapes showing off their best finery. It will be emceed by TV critic Kevin McDonough. The event features prizes for Most Original, Funniest and Best in Show. All dogs must be leashed.  Read more

Drum-making workshops at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will offer a drum-making workshop the weekend of July 15 to 17, led by master drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor.  Read more

Kayak demo at Promised Land

GREELEY, PA — Greeley’s Alice’s Wonderland outdoors shop will host a kayak demonstration at Promised Land State Park on Sunday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The demo will feature the store’s selection of one- and two-person kayaks. Attendees will be given the opportunity to test kayaks on the water as well as learn about different features to help those in the market to purchase a kayak decide which model is the best fit for them.  Read more

Free fishing derby for kids

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty Parks & Recreation Department will sponsor its annual free children’s fishing derby on Saturday, July 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Hanofee Park. The rain date is July 23.

The fishing derby is for children ages three to 14 years old (a parent/guardian must attend). Bring a fishing pole and bait if you have them. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Children must fish from shore. Call 845/292-7690.