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NARROWSBURG, NY — The Heron restaurant has become a popular bastion of Main Street, offering regionally sourced New American fare in a rustic setting. When asked to describe their new space, The Emerald Ballroom, Heron owners Paul Nanni and Marla Puccetti looked at each other with a sly smile. “The opposite of The Heron,” they said in unison.

Did you play the Powerball during the recent billion dollar frenzy? I know I sure did; heck, we all did, and we lived for a few short days dreaming of what we would do with the winnings. One of...

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You know what they say: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” In that same vein, I say “When life gives you bitter cold, plunging temperatures that cause your thermometer to freeze and...

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True confession—I am a nemophilist. And as a reader of “River Talk,” I’d hazard to say that you are probably one, too.
Now don’t be insulted. In fact, the term applies to “one who is fond of...

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Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary last week, my husband and I managed to carve out a whole week together in the same place. That may not sound challenging for most couples, but I think it...

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Those very words reverberated as I checked my calendar last week, noting that another art installation was about to open at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) on Main Street (...

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We just had what could have been a significant snow storm during the past month. The storm brushed to our south, however, and left us with anywhere from a dusting to six inches of snow. It was...

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Liberty middle school band performance

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Middle School fifth- and sixth-grade band will present a special one-hour clinic and performance for parents, teachers, administrators and friends on Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. in the school’s gym.

The audience, who will be seated around the band members to experience the intensity of a musical performance, will also learn how playing an instrument requires a complex combination of intellectual, visual, physical and auditory control as well as high-level thinking and problem solving skills.  Read more

Arts of the angler: a show for fly fishing enthusiasts

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) of Livingston Manor will host an “Arts of the Angler” fly-fishing show featuring 100 exhibitors including of fly tyers, bamboo rod makers, a large selection of collectible and contemporary fly-fishing tackle, fishing accessories, fly-fishing books and more. The show, which will include demonstrations, presentations, seminars and two live auctions, will be held on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 at the Ethan Allen Hotel, exit 4, Route I-84 in Danbury, CT.  Read more

Dance of Thanksgiving

CALLICOON, NY — On Saturday, November 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Callicoon Youth Center, 8 Creamery Road, a community dance party will be held featuring traditional Irish, Egyptian, Flamenco and Indian dancers, as well as special performances by Middle Eastern dancers Majda and Sabah. Music will be provided by an international DJ from Pharaohs Entertainment. No admission fee is required, but a potluck dessert contribution would be appreciated. Call Arts Junction at 917/445-5274.

Mystery dinner theater

ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe Chamber of Commerce presents “Circus of the Dead,” a mystery dinner theater on Sunday, Nov-ember 4 at 2 p.m. at Wolff’s 1910 Catering Hall at Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club. Reservations and payment are due prior to show. Tickets cost $30 per person and include appetizers, entre, dessert and a show. Call Lilly at 607/498-5222 ext. 306 or Marge at 607/498-5464.

Swersie on display

LORDS VALLEY, PA — On Saturday, November 3 from 5 to 7 p.m., the Gallery at Chant Realtors—Lords Valley will host an artist’s reception marking the opening of a new art show. A collection of paintings by artist Jill Swersie will be on display seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the month of November at 631 Route 739. Known for her intense color palette, Swersie paints en plein air, focusing on both scenery and people. For info and directions call 570/775-7337.

Author talk: Robert LaPolt on “The Aden Hill Area of Neversink, New York”

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Time and the Valleys Museum will sponsor a book talk by local history author Robert LaPolt on his recent publication “The Aden Hill Area of Neversink, New York” on Sunday November 4 at 2 p.m. at the Daniel Pierce Library on Rt. 55. The author will sign copies of his book from 1 to 4 p.m.

The book is dedicated to “those Irish families who settled what is today called Aden Hill” in the Town of Neversink. For additional information on the museum or this book talk, visit www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org or call 845/985-7700.

‘Nature’s Palette’: A new show with artist Susan Pascale

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — This November, Domesticities will present a new show featuring the watercolors and acrylics of Susan Pascale. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. The show can be seen during regular store hours in November and December.

Domesticities is located at 4055 State Rt. 52. For more information, call 845/482-3333.

‘Maria Kizito’ at the NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — On Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m., NACL Theatre presents the play “Maria Kizito,” a joint U.S. and Ugandan production about genocide. The play is about a young nun, Maria Kizito, who along with her Mother Superior, was convicted of complicity in the deaths of 7,000 refugees who sought asylum at their convent. This is one of 17 plays in a series by Erik Ehn focusing on East Africa (Rwanda and Uganda), Central America (Guatemala and El Salvador) and Tulsa, OK (the Race Riot of 1921).  Read more

Civil War letters published; Local Union soldier Ira Austin wrote to Minerva Drake

SHOHOLA, PA and BARRYVILLE, NY — The Shohola Railroad and Historical Society has just published a book of letters from a young Barryville soldier to the young woman whom he would eventually marry. The book, titled “Civil War Letters of Ira Austin to Minerva Drake of Barryville, New York,” reveals letters that are not love letters but rather the simple attempts by the unlettered youth to express his awakening interest in young Minerva, whom he calls Nervia.  Read more

So vote, already

Even though I think this presidential election is clearly between two opposing points of world-view, I find it hard to get caught up in the drama of it, as I have in the past. Maybe it’s my age. My generation has seen its share of pivotal elections—Stevenson v. Ike, Nixon v. Kennedy, Bush, Sr. v. Clinton, Gore v. Bush, Jr. Each time the zealots on both sides have predicted doom should the other side win. And if it were true, we are living in it. Maybe we are.  Read more

Quality healthcare—for all

When Wayne Memorial Hospital’s administrative team plans ahead, quality healthcare for everyone in our region is always at the heart of our long-range vision. But negotiating the road is not easy, especially in today’s climate. The economy is sluggish. The federal government—think “Obama-care”—has mandated dramatic changes in reimbursement formulas for Medicare patients. State budget cutbacks are always an issue. Insurance companies routinely change the rules for payment.

For some hospitals, the mix has been toxic.  Read more

It’s now over

On October 2, Jim Graham and I took one last trip to the Willowemoc Creek in Sullivan County. We fished the “Finkelstein” water. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has done a fine job of rehabilitating this access that had been slowly eroding into the river. The right-hand bank is now armored with large boulders that will protect it in periods of high water. Unfortunately, the DEC seems to have used heavy equipment to create a very wide, shallow area right at the access. Hopefully the Willowemoc will rearrange this area as it pleases during the next high-water flows.  Read more

Studying American shad

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — A low fog settles over the Delaware River as dusk begins its descent on October 15. Humans clad in waders and sporting headlamps arrange equipment along the shoreline as others board a boat. A long heavy net stretches between them. As the light fades, the seining begins, with representatives of several agencies working to determine the current health of American shad populations in the non-tidal Delaware River.  Read more

Puffballs and jelly fungi

The fall forests are full of fanciful fungi right now. Two common but interesting mushrooms that are easily encountered in the Upper Delaware region are puffballs and jelly fungi.

Puffballs are part of a class of fungi known as Gasteromycetes (stomach fungi) that produce spores inside their fruit bodies. They are most often spherical or pear-shaped with rough outer walls and smooth inner walls that act as pouches for the powdery spore masses contained within.  Read more

But enough about me...

There are those who would argue that I never tire of my favorite subject: me. But after this last week, even I have had enough. It all began months ago, when I (foolishly?) agreed to make some public appearances around the Upper Delaware valley. Truth be told, these requests for my presence were, as always, actually invitations for Dharma the wonder dog to participate in local events.  Read more

Stolen

At the end of the meal, my phone is gone. I look around the table. I pat my pockets. Check my bag. No way! I hadn’t even gotten up from dinner and someone had swiped my phone from right under my nose. Everyone in the restaurant is sympathetic. My friends help me make one final search around the table. No luck.

It had all started with a bit of iPhone 5 envy. Emily got one the day they came out a few weeks ago and it was light and fast, sharp and cool. Unfortunately, I am not due for an upgrade for six months so I wasn’t getting a new iPhone without paying some crazy exorbitant fee.  Read more

85th annual Rotary Club dinner

HONESDALE, PA —The Honesdale Rotary’s annual International Flavors, a gourmet feast of local and international dishes prepared by area restaurants and Rotarians will be held at Honesdale High School on Saturday, November 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Local Boys will provide entertainment. Proceeds benefit Honesdale Rotary charities, including the international student exchange program.  Read more

Annual dinner for Cornell Extension

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County will hold its annual Chicken BBQ and Recognition Dinner on Friday, October 26 at the Jeffersonville Fire Hall at 6:30 p.m.

A band of local musicians, “Nothin’ New,” will play throughout the night.

Following dinner, an awards presentation honoring several of CCE’s supporters will be held. Raffles and a silent auction will be held with prizes awarded. The CCE 2013 fundraiser calendar will debut with its photo contest winners.  Read more

Annual conservation dinner celebrates “Silent Spring”

HAWLEY, PA — The Pike County Conservation District board will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” at their annual dinner on November 8 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Conference Center at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public.

Attendees will see a film about Rachel Carson’s life and listen to readings from “Silent Spring.”

Tickets cost $35 per person, payable to the Pike County Conservation District. RSVP before November 5 at 570/26-8220 or email cspizuoco@pikepa.org.

Used-clothing/jewelry sale at CAS Arts Center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY —The Catskill Art Society (CAS) is hosting its second “Glitz & Glamour” used clothing and jewelry sale on Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CAS Arts Center. Prices begin as low as $1 with many items priced at $5 and $10. The sale also includes 14 vintage wedding gowns donated by Alice Lindholm of Right to the Moon Alice. All proceeds benefit CAS.  Read more