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BETHEL, NY — Sometimes we may forget that Sullivan County is a diverse county. It’s so easy to stay in your town, your community, your corner of the county, and not break barriers and venture out. However, that’s not to say that such barrier-breaking is impossible. Proof of that was visible at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, when the most diverse crowd in Sullivan County came together as part of Dialogue2Change, an initiative of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission and Everyday Democracy.

Q&A

In which I give myself a softball interview…

Q: So, Skip, how was that “CommonBound” conference (www.commonbound....

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My son, Sam, graduated from high school in June—ending his last, restless weeks of 12th grade and beginning his final summer vacation—that nebulous time between high school graduation and the...

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“The man who only lives for making money, lives a life that isn’t necessarily sunny,” wrote Ira Gershwin back in the day. “Likewise the man who works for fame—there’s no guarantee that time won’t...

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So far this year fish reports are mixed. What a surprise! We have received reports that the fishing has been great and reports that it has been the worst year yet. Maybe it is a little of both.

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On July 12, during its quarterly business meeting, the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted to delist the timber rattlesnake from candidate status. With this vote, this species is no longer a...

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‘Small Works at Large’ opens at ARTery

MILFORD, PA — “Small Works at Large,” a group show in a variety of media, will open at the ARTery Gallery, 210 Broad St., on April 5. There will be a reception on April 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will run through May 9.

Media represented will include oil painting, printmaking, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, glass work and wood turning. Each small work begs to be examined closely as tiny details pack a large punch.  Read more

Gallery EVA opens

CALLICOON, NY — A new gallery will open at 35 Lower Main Street on Saturday, April 2, with a group show titled “Primavera.” There will be an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Seven gallery artists will be featured in the show: Armand Agresti, Zac Chavrick, Eva Drizhal, Elise Freda, Hana Marritz, Naomi Teppich and Nancy Wells. They will be present at the reception.  Read more

‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Monti High

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello High School Performing Arts Department will present “Beauty and the Beast” on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. The production, which takes place in Monticello High School’s Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium, includes staff as well as student participants.

There will be a meet-and-greet with the cast at 2 p.m. on Sunday before the matinee. The ticket cost is $3 for students with ID, and $5 for adults. Senior citizens enjoy complimentary tickets to the event.  Read more

Old Time Fiddlers at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers will be at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Old Time Fiddlers are a family of musicians from all around the local area who share a deep and unwavering love for and commitment to traditional music and dance. Their music is influenced by Irish, Scottish, Canadian, bluegrass, Texas-swing and old-time standards. They preserve this tradition in the best way they know how—by performing for their families, friends and neighbors.
Donations will be collected at the door.

Welcome home; New Cooperage director returns to her roots

Some things in life are serendipitous, as we all know. Taking a chance pays off, paths meet and new opportunities begin. It just so happened that as the venerable executive director of The Cooperage Project, Doni Hoffman, was stepping down, area native Ryanne Jennings was returning to Honesdale.  Read more

Judging a book by the cover

The recent terror attacks in Belgium remind us that this new world we live in is far from safe, yet we go on with our daily routines. Although the incident occurred an ocean away, we here in New York can still feel the sting of the attacks that landed here on our shores. I was across from the towers on 9/11 and saw the horror firsthand, yet I cannot blame one race or religion of people. There are good and bad in every neighborhood, and I for one cannot profile any race or religion.  Read more

Busy bird cams

The first day of spring has passed, with the vernal equinox transpiring on March 20. While it might not look like much is happening in the natural world, there is a great deal of activity underway.  Read more

Help your river: Show up on April 5th

Opening day of trout season is upon us. For many there is no day more anticipated. This year, however, there is an event coming up on April 5 that makes even opening day pale in comparison.  Read more

NPS 2016 Centennial Photo Contest begins

BEACH LAKE, PA — The National Park Service (NPS) is celebrating its centennial this year, and as part of its observance the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River will hold a 2016 Centennial Photo Contest.  Read more

Hortonville Talent Show celebrates 30th year

HORTONVILLE, NY — It’s time to sign up now for the Hortonville Talent Show’s 30th year. This year’s show will take place on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church. If you’d like to be included in the acts, dust off your dancing shoes or get out your favorite tune and start practicing for your three minutes of fame. Space is limited, so you should call 845/887 4346 as soon as possible if you wish to perform.  Read more

Shakespeare at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The second installment of “Such Sweet Thunder: Shakespeare on Film” will take place at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. on Thursday, March 24. The film “Twelfth Night” will be shown at 7 p.m. Robert Dugan, PhD curates the series and will lead a discussion after the film.  Read more

Easter Bunny visits Yulan

YULAN, NY — The Yulan Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host its Spring Egg Hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny at the fireman’s field on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. There will be crafts for children and goodie bags to take home, compliments of the Easter Bunny. She will be arriving to start the Egg Hunt just after 2 p.m.  Read more

Swampcandy and Goodnight Moonshine

HAWLEY, PA — This weekend, Harmony Presents will showcase two highly praised musical groups in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26: Mississippi Blues duo Swampcandy and Molly Venter of Red Molly’s new project, Goodnight Moonshine.

Swampcandy is “whiskey-drinkin’, foot- stompin’, hand-clappin’ and pig-eatin’ music,” as described by Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents. Swampcandy doesn’t just play the blues, they transform the genre, taking one of American music’s oldest forms and rendering it brand new.”  Read more

And the winner is…

There’s been a lot of chatter in recent years about kids being raised in an environment that does not foster excellence, but instead encourages the notion that by simply participating, everyone is a winner. Gone are the days of gold stars on school work, and trophies are given out willy-nilly, often just for showing up.  Read more

Weekend of Chamber Music recital

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project and the Weekend of Chamber Music will present Weekend of Chamber Music’s spring series, titled “Upstate Equinox,” on Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. The Cooperage is located at 1030 Main St.

The program will include Beethoven, String Trio in D Major, Op. 9; J.S. Bach, Chorale Prelude on Nun kom der heiden Heiland; Andrew Waggoner, Down/Up; and James Primosch, Oboe Quartet, Improvisations (free improvisation; centered on violin and cello, performed by Waggoner and Stinson).

The suggested donation is $15 advance, $20 at the door.  Read more

Chant holds reception for deLeeuw

LORDS VALLEY, PA — The Gallery at Chant Realtors LV, 631 Rte. 739, is currently featuring Hemlock Farms abstract artist Lauryn deLeeuw. The show, which runs until April 28, will hold a reception on Saturday, April 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. deLeeuw will welcome visitors and talk about her colorful and sensuous art. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, deLeeuw has traveled the world, focusing on studies of ancient cultures and artifacts. Her visits to the Orient as well as the admiration she has for artists like Titian, deKooning, Cezanne and Matisse have had a major influence in her painting.  Read more

“Damn Yankees!” home run

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — In our March 10 issue, Sullivan West journalism class students Leif Johansen and Camille Sensiba wrote an article about Sullivan West’s then upcoming production of the classic musical “Damn Yankees!” On March 11, 12 and 13, the cast put on a spirited performance in a stellar show, and the photos of Joan Glase and Rocky Pinciotti, parents of one of the stars, Gabriel Pinciotti, captured the moment.

Green giant

Are you willing to go farther afield to nourish yourself? Foraging is a wonderful way to get outside, connect to the land and discover nature’s abundance. One of the very first wild plants to emerge in spring—and one of the most commonly found in nearby meadows, parks and fields—is the nettle. It’s covered in stingers, as anyone who has ever tried to pick it without wearing gloves well knows. But, like most prickly characters, with a little understanding and the proper care, it reveals its better qualities.  Read more

But what does it really mean?

As this election year wears on, there has been a resurgence of that ever mysterious phrase: “I want my country back…” I hear it trotted out in polite and not-so-polite conversation, and I see it presented as a rallying slogan in the scroll of my Facebook page, a post from one or another of my more conservative friends.

But what does it really mean? Back from whom? Who had it in the first place? Is it back as in time? Is it back to a time of supposed simplicity like the post-war boom of the 1950s, with its segregation, McCarthyism, and obligatory hats and white gloves for women?  Read more

A potential nemesis for newts

Since 2006, when white-nose syndrome first started affecting bats in New York State, people have become more aware of the threat that wildlife diseases pose on species in certain habitats. Steps were taken to restrict access to some known bat hibernacula in order to slow the spread of this fungal disease.  Read more