By Jonathan Fritz
As the new Wayne County Commissioner, I have quickly realized what a widely varied and demanding job I signed on for. Well, I’ll happily profess that I love it. I’ve got a great crew around me and fellow commissioners, Brian Smith and Wendell Kay have been truly helpful and accommodating. We’ve realized that the three of us “click.” Each has their own bag of tools that we bring to the job, and collectively we can tackle anything. Read more
After visiting a friend at the hospital in Port Jervis during late February, I saw that it was turning into a fairly decent day outside; the weather was partly cloudy and the temperature was climbing into the high 40s. It was a good afternoon to drive up Route 97 and scout the river. I was mainly looking for eagles and other raptors. The first flying critters I spotted, however, were not birds at all, but a mass of flying insects. I had encountered one of the first fly hatches of the season on the river; the emergence of the black stonefly. Read more
WAYMART, PA — The Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA) Home and Garden Festival will feature the annual Lego Building Contest, sponsored by Estemerwalt Log Homes, on Saturday, April 28 at Ladore Lodge Camp Retreat & Conference Center. The pre-registration deadline is April 15, and only 30 spots are available. Forms are available by calling 570/226-4941. Parents can also pick up a pre-registration form at Estemerwalt Log Homes on 505 Adams Pond Road in Honesdale. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Celebrating its Irish roots, the Columns Museum will welcome Celeste Aldridge in the closing concert of the Pike County Historical Society’s Winter Wednesdays series on March 14 at 7 p.m. The original owner of the 1904 neo-classical manse was Dennis McLaughlin, a man who was known to appreciate an Irish ditty or two. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Historical Society will present Big Sky Productions & Guests in a performance of “Shorts & Sweets for St. Patrick’s Day” on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main Street.
The evening will feature Irish music performed by Debbie Palmarini; and by the band Little Sparrow, which features Carol Smith, Aldo Troiani, Lynn Reno and Lester Wilson, with guest guitarist Jim Stickler. Other special guests may make an appearance as well. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Local financial advisory firm O’Donnell & Associates is donating its office space to host a showing of the works of three local fine artists. The showing will be held on the 2nd floor of the Historic Erie Depot Building, 15 Jersey Ave., 2nd Floor, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. Read more
REGION — Every April for the past three years, members and friends of Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) have hosted dozens of house parties around Sullivan County and the Upper Delaware River Valley to raise funds for DVAA’s programs and services. This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 and has been expanded to include participating restaurants. From a dinner, a movie and dessert to a distillery tour and tasting, several regional restaurants are partnering with DVAA to host their special event. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — “Family Matters,” an exhibit of paintings by Peter Greene, opens with a reception on Saturday, March 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center at 37 Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through April 14.
“Life has been rich, built around a family whose stories continue to permeate my work,” said Greene. For over 30 years, he has been portraying family life through his paintings. Many of the paintings are set in sparse, dreamy interiors full of shadows and ochre tones. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — “The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity,” by Carlo M. Cipolla, will be discussed at the next meeting of the great books discussion program at the E.B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello. Copies of the story are available at the library or online at www.searchlores.org/realicra/basiclawsofhumanstupidity.htm.
HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Elementary Art Show will hold an opening reception on Friday, March 9 at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville from 6 to 8 p.m.
The reception will display the artistic talents of the students, provide live music from Sullivan County students, crafts and activities for the kids. Each school district from around the county and BOCES (grades K-8) is submitting artwork for the show.
The artwork will be on display at the museum from March 9 through March 26. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
TAFTON, PA — The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor “Luck of the Irish” casino night, to be held on Saturday, March 17 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort in Tafton.
The evening will begin with the opening of the casino and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Bold Gold Media will supply music the entire evening. Irish entertainment will begin at 8 p.m. with music by Joe Roche of Mojo Music and the comedic talents of Roger Hunt. There will be something for everyone to enjoy—a delicious buffet served at 6:30 p.m., casino action, a show, silent auction, dancing and a 50/50 drawing. Read more
YOUNGSVILLE, NY — In about 1988, Katharina Litchman was working in the Swiss bank UBS in Manhattan when a colleague showed her a picture of his wife’s quilting work. She thought the work was gorgeous. “I ran out—there was a quilt shop on the Upper East Side—and bought fabric and made my first quilt.”
Shortly thereafter, Katharina and her husband Ron bought their home near Youngsville, and Katharina’s quilt-making took off; she made many quilts for friends, family and customers. But during that period she was making traditional quilts. Read more
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of many participating area restaurants, and five percent of your bill will be donated to the seven Wayne County libraries. All will benefit, regardless of the restaurant you visit. A full list of restaurants can be found at www.waynelibraries.org.
Participating restaurants on Tuesday, March 20 include Shelly’s Family Restaurant, Hamlin; Gresham’s Chop House, Hawley; Cocoon Coffee House, Hawley; Settlers Inn, Hawley; Halfway House, Honesdale; and Inn at Starlight Lake, Starlight. Read more
FERNDALE, NY — The following businesses, individuals and organizations will receive 2012 Sullivan First Achievement Awards for their commitment to improving the appearance of Sullivan County during the Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference and Expo on Saturday, March 10 at the CVI Center. Read more
For something completely different, a song springs to mind as I ponder the last weeks and all that has transpired. With almost two full months under my belt since being released from the hospital, languishing on the couch (which is now in a secret, undisclosed location) no longer seems like a viable option. Now that I have an Internet connection, my world has once again opened its doors and invited me to participate. So I bit the proverbial bullet and ventured forth—with help from others, of course! Read more
Recently, I visited the Sunday worship service of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which meets in Beach Lake, PA. (In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that the minister of that congregation is also the publisher of this newspaper.) I was there to watch two of my favorite human beings, Mort Malkin and Christine San Jose, present a brief discussion they titled, “Can These Dis-United States Ever Find Common Ground?”—or, as I jokingly suggested they subtitle the program, “How Much Longer Can We Keep From Shooting Each Other?” Read more
My daughter wants to curl her hair. Like me, she has straight hair without a thought of wave. Without a working electric curling iron, we have resorted to an antique iron held in the gas stove burner. I’m learning again how to use this old fashioned gizmo so that the curls come out fat and springy. She bounces around the house, enjoying this foray into curly-haired beauty. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — “The Grandeur of Spring” is one of the works of art by Lucille Norella that will be on display throughout March at Wayne Memorial Hospital’s second floor David Katz Conference Room and first floor corridor. The hospital is located on Park Street in Honesdale.
BETHEL, NY — The Literacy Volunteers presents a Dessert Extravaganza to benefit The Bethel Literacy Center and Past Perfect Bookstore in White Lake on Sunday, March 18 at Friends Restaurant in Smallwood from 1 to 3 p.m. The price per person is $20. This event is open to the public. To attend, call 845/292-7915 or 794-0017.