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November 27, 2014
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Photos by Laura Silverman

In the wake of all that feasting, it’s hard to believe stomachs will growl once again. But a new day dawns and here come the barbarian hordes, clamoring for their lunch. Leftover turkey? Bring it on! Many people actually prefer that mile-high sandwich (loaded with cranberry sauce and even a layer of stuffing) to the original Thanksgiving line-up. With any luck, no fit of weary pique caused you to discard the carcass of that big bird. There’s gold in there! A pot of turkey soup with wild rice and kale on Friday makes an ideal counterpoint to the orgy of carbs on Thursday.

A variety of afflictions affect trees in the Upper Delaware River region, ranging from those caused by insects, like the hemlock wooly adelgid to others caused by fungi like anthracnose. “River...

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We set the clocks back this time of year, thrusting us back into the darkness of the morning. My morning has me out of the house before 5 a.m. each day. There is a different world outside my door...

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In the wake of all that feasting, it’s hard to believe stomachs will growl once again. But a new day dawns and here come the barbarian hordes, clamoring for their lunch. Leftover turkey? Bring it...

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More often than not, I find myself zipping from county to county in search of arts and leisure scattered throughout the Upper Delaware River region. As luck would have it, I noticed that I had...

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From the perspective of an angler, there is a lot to be thankful for at this time of year. To begin with, just look at how far we’ve come. In the mid-19th century, fishing was pretty primitive. It...

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As you read this, you may be getting ready for that big Thanksgiving dinner. Most people associate the Thanksgiving holiday with turkey and turkey will be on the menus of most households across...

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Cabaret to benefit Try-City production

MATAMORAS, PA — Try-City Stagewill hold its annual cabaret fundraiser, featuring the cast of its upcoming production of “Guys and Dolls,” on Friday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverview Inn. The cabaret will help fund the presentation of the Broadway hit musical, to be presented from September 29 through October 2 at the Riverview Inn. Tickets cost $15. Cash bar and light fare will be available. Visit www.riverviewinninc.com, www.try-citystage.org or call 570/491-2173.

Dot-dot-dot...

The use of three dots at the end of a sentence has a name: ellipsis. The word’s origin has been traced to the Greek language and is a series of marks that “usually indicate an intentional omission of a word or sentence, or whole section from the original text being quoted,” (www.wikipedia.org).

An ellipsis can also be used to indicate a pause in speech, an unfinished thought, or, at the end of a sentence; a trailing off into silence (aposiopesis). “When placed at the beginning or end of a sentence, the ellipsis can also inspire a feeling of melancholy longing.”  Read more

‘Big Wind from Winnetka’

While August 26th was a beautiful blue sky day the forecast for the following days were six to eight inches of rain with winds up to 75 miles an hour. If Barbara and I were to go fishing, it was Friday or forget about it for at least a week. We headed for the Willowemoc late that afternoon. Upon reaching the stream, we found a pleasant surprise. Instead of a very low flow, the creek was running at mid-May levels with a temperature of 66 degrees.  Read more

The ‘Freedom’ Towers

“Now things will have to change,” was my first cogent thought after witnessing the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. It didn’t take long for me to make the connection between these horrific acts and the desperation engendered in the world by a corporate system run amok. Before the TV anchors had figured out that the two planes weren’t a fluke, I knew that much. But what a fool I was.  Read more

Contests for outdoor enthusiasts

We receive lots of positive feedback from readers about the photography that appears in the “River Talk” columns. Many of our fans are themselves photographers and very devoted to nature and outdoor recreation. Two upcoming photo contests may interest those who enjoy photographing their experiences in the natural world.

For those who like rambling with their favorite canine companion, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) announces its second annual statewide “Dogs in the Outdoors Photo Contest.”  Read more

Good night, Irene!

All it takes is one minor disaster to remind me of how dependent I have become on technology. Even though the hurricane could have been much worse, we still took a hit here in the mountains and I couldn’t help but think of Gilligan, his island... and how the song might have gone, were it today: “No phones, no lights, no Internet... ”  Read more

A Summer Mystery Part 4: The conclusion

Detective Brown wanted them all there by 3:30 p.m. sharp. Some had grumbled that they would have to get out of work early. But they all said they would be there.

Brown arrived last but had sent his partner ahead to secure some evidence and keep the peace. He suspected that tensions could be running high.  Read more

PEEC holds Harvest Festival

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature old-time activities and seasonal exhibits, including candle making, arts and crafts, and food preservation.
There will also be interpretive hikes, hands-on learning stations, conservation exhibits, live music, local food, beverages and a live animal presentation by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Pre-registration is not required and the admission costs $5 per car. Visit www.peec.org.

‘Friday Night Jazz’ leads off jazz festival

LIBERTY, NY – The Liberty Jazz Festival will come to town this weekend, sponsored by the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Liberty Parks & Recreation Department, the Liberty Community Development Corporation, Gitlin & Associates, Jeff Bank, Thunder 102 and other community businesses. On September 2 at 7 p.m., the festival will feature “Friday Night Jazz,” with Galen Pittman on the piano, at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center at 46 South Main Street.
Admission is free. Call 845/292-2394.

Dust Poets play at Catskill Distilling

The performance of the Dust Poets at Catskill Distilling has been canceled.

BETHEL, NY — The eclectic chamber folk ensemble Dust Poets, will perform at the Catskill Distilling Company on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. The group draws on folk, bluegrass, gritty alt-country and ‘60s soul, while tackling topics such as homelessness, loss, life on the road, and the pitfalls of an oil-crazed culture. Tickets cost $16 in advance, or $18 at the door. Call 845/252-6783 or 583-3141.

Jeff Fest’s duck race approaches

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — This year’s Jeff Fest, with its centerpiece duck race, will be held on Saturday, September 17. The duck race will occur at 1 p.m., with a total of 1,500 ducks swimming. The first-place duck will win $300, second place $200, and third place $100. A total of 17 merchant “Pokey Duck” gift certificates will be won by the slowest last place 17 ducks.  Read more

GALA events

REGION — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Catskills (GALA Catskills) has two events planned for Labor Day Weekend. It will hold a barn sale on Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at 6752 Rte. 52 in Lake Huntington, NY, two miles from the intersection of Routes 17B and 52.  Read more

Healing, hope and horses heading to Lake Ariel

BEACH LAKE, PA — The past year has proven to be a positive one for a special non-profit organization that brings together humans, horses and hope, in a program that provides healing for all involved.

Currently located on a farm in Beach Lake that Hope Hill Ministry (HHM) has been leasing, the young organization and its founder, Keely Ehrhardt, have achieved a milestone and will be relocating to a permanent home on a 12-acre farm in Lake Ariel.  Read more

Hope for home

When I was younger, I could not wait to get away from Honesdale, PA. Now that I have come and gone a few times, I’m torn about staying around here. I love this region, the land, the trees, the people. It’s my favorite place. As a recent college grad, you might think Northeast Pennsylvania holds little promise for me. I’d have said the same five years ago. But I’ve been employed around here for a few months, thanks to two local non-profits, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS) and Transition Honesdale.  Read more

Hurricane postponements/cancellations

Sunday concert at Bethel Woods canceled; Wine Festival postponed to October 1

BETHEL, NY (August 25, 2011)-- The New York Pops concert scheduled for Sunday, August 28 has been cancelled. Ticket holders will receive automatic refunds on their credit cards. Cash purchasers need to return tickets to point-of-purchase for refunds or call Ticketmaster customer service at 800/653-8000.  Read more

Music and more celebrate Luxton monument

NARROWSBURG, NY - A variety of musical entertainment, including performances by musician Jimmy Smith and special guest singer, songwriter and recording artist Halley Hiatt, was featured at the community event celebrating the newest monument at Luxton Lake's park. The new monument and grounds won the 2011 Sullivan County Democrat Stewardship Award for Historic Preservation granted by the Sullivan Renaissance.

An astonished deer

On August 8, after the meeting of the “Bamboo Gang,” I fished at one of my favorite spots on the East Branch of the Delaware. As I walked past where a small tributary runs under Route 30, I was surprised to hear the sounds of running water.  Read more

March of the amphibians

The middle of summer is usually the dry time of year where watering is required to keep lawns and gardens in good condition. This August, however, we have had ample rain; enough to keep things somewhat moist. Rivers and streams are running a bit higher than normal too; it’s been nice to paddle the river without having to “ooch” over the shallower rapids and bars.  Read more

Local singer Verderame performs at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor singer/songwriter Kimberly Verderame will perform at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center at 48 Main Street on Saturday, August 27 at 1 p.m. Verderame is an 18-year-old solo artist who performs original songs, and is promoting her first album “On My Way.” The concert is free and open to the public. Admission is by suggested donation. All proceeds benefit the Catskill Art Society. Light refreshments will be served after the performance. The CAS Arts Center is fully wheelchair accessible. Visit www.kimvmusic.com.

Early birds get benefits for Forestburgh 2012

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center at The Forestburgh Playhouse will provide deep discounts for summer subscriptions for 2012 for those who subscribe before September 2. Other potential benefits include priority seating at cabarets.

The season will include “Guys and Dolls,” “Camelot,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “West Side Story,” “Spamalot,” “Murder Among Friends” and Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park.”

There are five different subscription offers, combining different choices of shows, seating and benefits. Visit www.fbplayhouse.org.

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
Thu., Nov. 13 Popular Google Apps
Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance