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January 25, 2015
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HONESDALE, PA — A new business has opened in Honesdale at 10th and Main streets. BLOOM sells jewelry, beads, scarves, pottery and more. But that’s not all. The beads you see in the store are the same glass and silver ones used for The Portable Playhouse, a non-profit organization that brings jewelry making to hospitals.

I’ve hung the new, 2015 calendars in all our rooms. Each one has a different theme and set of glossy photos. There’s the one with shots of wildlife and another with glorious beachfronts. Then...

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I notice the tip jar on the counter of a deli where I get my coffee before I head into the office and most days just give it a glance and walk away. Today I stopped, looked at the girl behind the...

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A few months ago, yet another large and important study was released with irrefutable evidence that 30% of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease could be prevented if high-risk...

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Well, that’s not entirely true. I did fall on the driveway yesterday and it wasn’t easy getting up, but I managed—old bones intact. Having written (extensively) about the ice last week, I thought...

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One factor in being a successful angler is being in the right place at the right time. We have all heard the old saw, “You should have been here yesterday,” once or twice too often. These are not...

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Find a high-quality cold water stream that supports a brook trout habitat, and chances are that the stream is shaded by many eastern hemlock trees. In shading the stream, the hemlock trees are...

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We have the power

A few weeks ago on WJFF’s broadcast of “Alternative Radio,” I heard Paul Cienfuegos, a community organizer for over 30 years, deliver a speech he titled “We the People.”  Read more

Not a moment too soon

As of the day of this writing, I have officially joined the ranks of the carless.  Read more

Halloween snow

REGION — River Reporter columnist Jonathan Fox captured these images during the rare October snowstorm last weekend. For more on Fox’s snowy Halloween, see “All dressed up and no place to go.”

Spooky birds

There is likely not a bird more maligned than a vulture. In the movies, especially westerns, they are typically portrayed circling over hapless people stranded in the desert. To look at them invokes comments such as, “What an ugly bird!” Indeed, they are not likely to win any beauty contests in the bird world. In nature however, adaptations usually have a purpose, even the vulture’s seemingly unsightly head.  Read more

Light at The Museum

BETHEL, NY — The Museum at Bethel Woods will present The Pig Light Show, featuring the work of Marc Rubinstein, in the Special Exhibit Gallery from Saturday, November 5 through Saturday, December 31.

Music performances of the ‘60s and ‘70s were sensory experiences to delight both the ears and eyes. The development of psychedelic folk, pop and rock music, along with the altered consciousness of the audience, served as the impetus for development of a light show that could further enhance the performance and its sensory impact while also offering a “performance within a performance.”  Read more

Art reception in Port

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts will hold an Art in Public Spaces opening reception on Saturday, November 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Grill at River Bend, located on the grounds of the Lynx at River Bend Golf Club, 87 Neversink Drive. The event will include live music, an assortment of fabulous foods provided courtesy of The Grill at River Bend and a raffle for a piece of original art by a local artists. The 25 local artists included in the show are Elva Zingaro, Wendell M.  Read more

'Le Grand Voyage’ at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will present “Le Grand Voyage” as the November 6 entry in its Sunday Night Cinema Fall Series, starting at 7 p.m.  Read more

Inspiration in Liberty

LIBERTY, NY— Painter/poet Clyde Washington will give a performance, “The Inspirational Art Show,” at the Days Inn on Sullivan Street on Saturday, November 12 at 2 and 5 p.m.

South Carolina native and long-time Liberty resident Washington presents a unique combination of his surrealistic/primitivistic paintings accompanied by readings of his own poetry. Washington has written a poem that specifically enhances the message of each painting, and he gives a dramatic reading of each poem as he passes in front of the artwork.  Read more

‘Separate, but Equal’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will host a film screening and discussion with filmmaker Shawn Wilson of “Separate, but Equal” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street. In the feature-length documentary, artist Henry Clay Anderson’s photographs and the stories surrounding them reshape the image of African Americans in Mississippi during legal segregation.  Read more

Laugh Tour returns to Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Laugh Tour will make another visit to the Nutshell Arts Center at 6692 Route 52 on Saturday, November 12. Jessica Kirson will headline and Rich Kamco will emcee. The evening will start with a happy hour at 7 p.m. followed by the show at 8 p.m.

Kirson has appeared on the Tonight Show, MTV and Comedy Central, among other venues. Kiamco has appeared on The Howard Stern Show, Sirius XM, Queer Eye and WE-TV. Special guests will be Frank Liotti of Laughing Skull and Alison Forns, a contributing writer of Saturday Night Live.  Read more

Pure Prairie League at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — The country-rock pioneers Pure Prairie League will take the stage at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Friday, November 11, at 8 p.m. The performance is a part of the Fall 2011 Event Gallery Concert Series, which features an eclectic array of artists in an intimate setting.  Read more

‘Journeys’ of the heart

MILFORD, PA — The daughter of a beloved and respected attorney recently returned to Milford to scout potential locations for a movie that will be filmed in the town beginning in fall 2012. The film honors the memory of the father she calls, “the most amazing man I’ve ever known.”  Read more

‘Be Mine Always’ call for submissions

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will host its fourth annual exhibition of poetry, poem objects and photographs with a Valentine’s Day theme. This year, “Be Mine Always” will have a purely romantic focus expressing stages of romance, marriage, new and lasting love.

Poetry selections are curated by Mary Greene of The River Reporter and the Upper Delaware Writers Collective, and the photographs curated by gallery director Rocky Pinciotti. Visit www.artsal liancesite.org or call 845/252-7576.

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All dressed up with nowhere to go

I have a few childhood memories of flurries on Halloween, which did not deter us from going door to door. So when the weather report suggested snow over the weekend, I wasn’t overly concerned. Planning to attend parties all over the county, I had prepared several wildly different costumes, in an attempt to avoid derision over repetition.  Read more

Turning 21

Our last child has come of age. With our guidance, and without it, she learned to walk and to read, to cook and sew and ride a bike and drive a car. Singing seemed to be divinely granted. There were piano lessons and Girl Scouts and summer camp and basketball league. She was an easy learner and an eager one. She spurned my attempts to guide her sartorial style, developing her own at 18 months when she insisted on dressing herself—many times a day.  Read more

Anyone home?

To most of us, a rotting stump is—well—a rotting stump. But for many other life forms, ranging from micro-organisms to insects to birds (and the occasional amphibian), rotting wood can be a valuable resource for food and shelter. While exercising caution, make it a point to inspect such potential treasure-troves when you encounter them. Click the thumbnail photos at upper left to see who calls this stump "home."

Washington and Wall Street: ‘Women of Wisdom’ talk on civil disobedience

PLEASE NOTE: This event was postponed due to a snowstorm. It has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Tusten Library in Narrowsburg.

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. “Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it,” he urged in 1849 in “Civil Disobedience.”  Read more

Monticello Halloween parade

MONTICELLO, NY — The Village of Monticello, working in cooperation with the local business community and youth groups, will hold a Halloween parade on Sunday, October 30 on Broadway.

Line-up for the parade will start at 2 p.m. at the parking lot on the corner of St. John Street and Broadway (across from the courthouse). The parade will step off at 3 p.m. and will travel down Broadway, ending at the Ted Stroebele Center (Neighborhood Facility) on Jefferson Street.  Read more

Ghosties and ghoulies on the Stourbridge Line

HONESDALE, PA — The Stourbridge Line will hold its annual Halloween Ghost Train excursion on Saturday, October 29. There will be ghosts and goblins galore, costumes and music. The train will stop at the Hawley Station Pumpkin Patch where cider, pumpkins and donuts will be available for purchase.

The train departs the Wayne County Visitor Center in Honesdale at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under and children age two and under are admitted free if held on the lap. Call 866/637-2457.

A parade, a party and a haunted house

BETHEL, NY — There will be a parade, party and haunted house event at Dr. Duggan Community Center at 3460 Rte. 55 on Monday, October 31. The costume parade is for infants to sixth graders. The lineup is at 5:30 p.m. The haunted house will be held inside the center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is for grades two through six, and trunk-or-treat will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the town hall parking lot. There will be prizes for all youth.

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