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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two successful businessmen. Two beautiful and loving families. Two young boys with leukemia.

Unhappy story? Not for the Mongiello and Scancarello families—Anthony Scancarello (age 8) and Anthony (“Lilo”) Mongiello (age 5) are leukemia survivors. And that’s not the end of the story either. The boys and their families are working hard to help other leukemia sufferers.

Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society...

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We are suspended between summer and fall—in the gold and green pause—just a few seconds before autumn begins.

My friend’s son asks: “Would you rather have a million dollars or be able to...

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Maybe you remember: it was a beautiful Tuesday morning, clear and sunny. I had spent a couple of early morning hours training with my martial arts teacher, and I was headed home to start in on my...

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For me, the term itself borders on the oxymoron. Early in life, my mother drummed punctuality into my head and insisted that bad manners were not to be tolerated. “It’s rude,” she’d say, “and...

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I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus...

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The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending...

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Join and sing the Messiah

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra will perform Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 4 at 4 p.m. at the Milford Bible Church. If you have sung the Messiah before, or have ever wanted to sing the Messiah, this is your chance to become part of a special performance complete with symphony orchestra and professional soloists.  Read more

Crowd pleasers

As much as I love doling out my opinion on the various events happening throughout the Hudson Valley, there are times (believe it or not) that I look to the audience for inspiration. This past week offered a perfect opportunity to keep my mouth shut (yes, it’s possible) and tune in to conversations heard ‘round every corner. I managed to get my two cents in from time to time, but felt it prudent to hear what others had to say.  Read more

A summer mystery—Part 2: the victim

It was a little after one in the morning, and detective Brown stood holding a fresh iced coffee in the basement of an apartment building. He stared down at a white chalk outline where a dead body had been found a few hours earlier. “Sprawled” was the only way he could think to describe the position.

“ID?” Brown asked.

“Mr. Peter Johnson of 5C. Worked as a stockbroker. Married, two kids, wife is home, kids are not,” his partner read out of his notebook. Brown focused on a spot of blood on a pipe above the body.  Read more

Fly fishing festivities in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will hold its Summerfest/Angler’s Market and Jubilee Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7. It features the largest flea market and fishing collectible two-day show in the USA, with over 100 tables loaded with fishing collectibles and treasures. In addition to fishing and outdoors-related items, local craft and gift vendors will have something for non-fishing companions and families to peruse.  Read more

Farm museum at the fair

HONESDALE, PA — One of the more interesting perennial attractions at the Wayne County Fair, which runs this year from Friday, August 5 through Saturday, August 13, is the J. B. Park Farm Museum. Operated by the Wayne County Historical Society, the museum’s goal is to preserve the history of agriculture in Wayne County. It will provide narrated tours, an old-fashioned Homecoming Day and the presentation of the annual award “People Who Make a Difference in Wayne County Agriculture,” which this year goes to Peter (“Peddler Pete”) Wilken.  Read more

Artists around us

By ROCKY PINCIOTTI

I believe that inquisitiveness, creativity and the need to communicate are basic human qualities. They are qualities that separate us from all other forms of life on earth. These are also qualities that truly define the role of an artist in the development of mankind. If you look at history, art is the pivotal marker that defines the centuries of mankind.  Read more

What am I, chopped liver?

As much as I delight in sharing my life with Dharma (the wonder dog), as of late I’m beginning to wonder—is it me, or the dog? It was only a month or two ago, that Dharma received an invitation to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new gift shoppe in Jeffersonville, NY (you know who you are.) Since the dog is unable to use a keyboard, I responded for her and asked if I could tag along.  Read more

The singing tree

It was a warm morning in early July when I took a walk to one of the beaches in Walker Lake in Shohola, PA. As I passed a small maple tree on the top of the footpath, I heard what sounded like a small bird calling continuously, except I couldn’t see the bird. A second look at the tree revealed a cavity about 15 feet high, and it was then I realized that I was listening to a begging call of a woodpecker from inside the tree.  Read more

The next generation

The fourth State of New York Trout Unlimited (TU) Fish Camp was held from July 17 through July 22. Fourteen teenagers, 11 boys and three girls, were in attendance. At each of these camps a number of TU men and women have been privileged to instruct these youngsters on the arts and mysteries of fishing with a fly rod. It should be noted that this camp would not exist without the time and energy expended by Kurt Nelson of the Al Hazzard Chapter of TU. He seems always able to surmount the countless problems that are involved in an operation of this size.  Read more

'Body, Built’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — Photographs of bodybuilders by Brian Moss will be featured in the exhibition titled “Body.Built,” opening with a reception on Friday, July 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through August 20, 2011.

Moss, himself a product of the bodybuilding scene, having founded the gym chain Better Bodies in New York in 1982, documents the journey from gym to hotel room to pump-up room to stage as the ultimate insider.  Read more

Barbecue Bob and Burgan featured ‘Under the Moon’

CALLICOON, NY — Barbecue Bob and the Spareribs, a New York City based dance/blues band, will perform at the Under The Moon In Callicoon Concert Series on Saturday, July 30 in the Callicoon Creek Park, A. Dorrer Drive. Opening act and series producer Janet Burgan will open the show at 8 p.m. The suggested donation is $12 at the door; children under 12 will be admitted free. Bring lawn chairs  Read more

Dramatic readings in Port

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts is currently presenting a three-play reading series featuring the council’s first playwright in residence, Jan Buttram. “PAGE 2 STAGE,” will feature new works by the NYC playwright, actor and artistic director of NYC’s respected Abingdon Theater. The series was kicked off on Saturday, June 11 at the Up-front Exhibition Space, 31 Jersey Avenue.  Read more

Larry the Cable Guy at Mountain Laurel

BUSHKILL, PA — The Mountain Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center (www.mtlaurelpac.com) will present Larry the Cable Guy on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a comedy show, the “Crazy Comedy Olympics,” from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mountain Laurel has launched a box office at the venue that is open every Saturday throughout the summer. Concert fans looking to purchase tickets to any of the summer shows will be able to get their tickets in hand, and avoid all Ticketmaster charges simply by purchasing tickets at the box office, which will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more

Callicoon holds street fair

CALLICOON, NY — The 27th annual Callicoon Street Fair will be held on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will line the streets with a wide selection of merchandise, art, antiques, crafts and food. There will be live music by Fiddlin’ Around and the French Woods Jazz Band. Visitors can follow up a day at the fair and in town by attending the 8 p.m. Under the Moon in Callicoon concert (see page 18). Call 845/887-3016.

Osborne talks on ‘So Many Brave Men’

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Peter Osborne will discuss the subject of his new book, “So Many Brave Men: A History of the Minisink Ford” at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m.

The new book, co-written by Mark Hendrickson and Jon Inners, with Osborne, reveals new material about the battle of Minisink Ford. This presentation explores the history of the battle and the importance of it on the lives of the settlers who lived in the valley during the Revolutionary War.  Read more

Bluestone carving raffle to support library

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor artist Dick Kelly has created a stone relief carving to be raffled off for the benefit of the Livingston Manor Library. The native bluestone carving of a great blue heron standing in a pond, near a frog on a lily pad, is 48 inches by 18 inches by 2 inches, and will be engraved to the specifications of the raffle winner. The stone can serve as a bench top, a coffee table top or stood upright to adorn a house entryway or garden.  Read more

Museum holds country auction, Old Time Fair

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The second annual fundraising Country Auction will be held on Saturday, July 30 at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on St. Route 55. It will benefit Time and the Valleys Museum, located at 332 Main St., and be followed by the annual Old Time Fair.  Read more

‘Frack’ to be presented at Beekman Pavilion

BETHEL, NY — Filmmaker David Morris will present a free showing of his documentary “Frack” on Friday, July 29 at the Beekman Pavilion, 10 Horseshoe Lake Road at 8 p.m. With the possible commencement of hydraulic fracturing in upstate New York within the next months, the film provides an introduction to the process and its potential impacts on Bethel and other Sullivan County towns.

The screening will take place at Bethel’s new outdoor venue, the Beekman Pavilion. The pavilion, which is situated behind the recently restored Beekman House, also houses the Java Love and The Bake Shop.  Read more

From the Ground Up! celebrates the local

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — The Cutting Garden will present its sixth annual festival celebrating anything and everything that is grown, created and produced in Sullivan County on Saturday, August 6 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The Cutting Garden will have the Habitat for Humanity Quilt on display throughout the festival. Raffle tickets are available, with proceeds going to support their new project, a certified “passive house” in South Fallsburg. Passive houses aim to reduce heating energy consumption by 90%. The queen-sized quilt was designed and created by quilt artist Sally Abrams and Lori Nixon.  Read more

Ode to a Blueberry

You bunch up here and create a yin yin of blue amid the greenery.
My fingers pick you quickly into a bucket.

You collect without protest. You are happy to be joined.
Your numbers freeze well in a flat layer in an oblong pan.

Your colors turns to blue-black, a kind of purple, but still blue.
A frosty blue. Bears love you and I see their scat along the trail

where I steal you in high summer, wearing bells to warn the bears.
When it’s time I pour your collected selves into a pie shell to marry

with peaches, lemon, sugar and cinnamon, to create a circle  Read more

Tue., Sep. 16 Cub Scout Pack 71 Recruitment Event
Wed., Sep. 17 YEL! FEST #6
Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading