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PORT JERVIS, NY — Since 2013 the Port Jervis Tourism Board has sponsored Christkindlmarkt, which is promoted as a family event in the tradition of markets held in Germany during the holiday season.

This year the market is scheduled to take place on November 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Jersey Avenue in Port Jervis.

Having expectations is natural, I suppose, but sometimes lead to heartache. As with most things, there are “two sides to every coin,” and while expectations are a good thing when setting goals, it...

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The 2016 fishing season is all but over. The huge issue facing America has not yet been fully settled or resolved. I am speaking, of course of whether fly fishing trumps all other fishing methods...

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Photo caption: If you are concerned about the impacts of monofilament debris on wildlife, volunteer to maintain a recycling bin at your favorite fishing spot, marina or dock. Visit...

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Well, I was hoping by the Friday after the election, things would return to normal in the third car of the 5:07 a.m. out of Port Jervis; silly me. It had been a slow boil to Tuesday’s election and...

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So here’s the thing about writing a “personal” column—it’s personal. On one hand, that makes my job easier, since I am recounting my own experience here in the Upper Delaware River region and...

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Reports from Mexico indicate that monarch butterflies have started to stream into their overwintering grounds at the volcanic hills near Aputzio de Juarez (about 100 miles west of Mexico City)...

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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

2013 season at Bethel Woods ‘rocked’

The 2013 season at Bethel Woods met it’s finale on Friday, September 6 to a sold-out crowd of very diverse fans.

The show’s opener, Uncle Kracker serenaded fans with songs like “Smile,” “Follow Me,” and “Four Letter Word.”

ZZ Top took the stage next performiing not only classic hits that fans of all ages love (“Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man”), but also newer releases (“Chartreuse”) off their 2012 release Texicali.  Read more

A month of firemen, pottery and silk paintings at the DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The current exhibit at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance opened on Friday, September 6 to a sizeable crowd. The “regulars” were there, viewing the dual exhibition by Jane Blake and Carolyn Duke, a display of paintings on silk and pottery respectively. Upstairs in the LOFT Gallery was a new crowd to the art gallery—firefighters. The exhibit is “Volunteer Firefighters: Heroes Among Us,” and is an exhibit of photographs and interviews by John Dzowonar and Ellen Bay.  Read more

One county, four different takes

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery’s next show, “Four Visions,” featuring the work of photographers Jerry Cohen, Charlie Dill, Greg Fiske and J.G. Riley, opens on Friday, September 13, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, September 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through September 25.  Read more

The Columns to exhibit goblet

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society’s Columns Museum will host a special exhibit in honor of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s visit to Pike County. A replica of the gifted goblet to the President and thank you letter from the First Lady will be on display at the museum from September 18 through October 20.

Museum hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and admission to The Columns museum costs $5 per person.  Read more

‘Let’s Get Lost’ at The River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be an opening reception for photographer Sarah van Ouwerkerk’s exhibit “Let’s Get Lost: A Journey of Inspiration Through Photography” on Saturday, September 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at River Gallery-The Art of Living, 8 Main St. The show runs through November 23.  Read more

The lost films of Cuddebackville

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Neversink Valley Museum will present a special screening of the lost films of Cuddebackville, featuring early works of D.W. Griffith with musical accompaniment by Ben Model, on Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center.  Read more