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February 28, 2015
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[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.

Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to...

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It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they...

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The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its...

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The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays...

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I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure...

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As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve,...

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Award-winning trio at UpFront

PORT JERVIS, NY — The UpFront Exhibition Space will host the Volta Trio at its December 3 Holiday Artists Reception. The reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m., with the performance starting at 7 p.m. The event will follow the Port Jervis holiday tree lighting at Graeb Point.  Read more

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Cornell Cooperative Extension calendar  Read more

Sounds of winter

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 35th annual winter concert, “The Scenes, Scents, Sights and Sounds of Winter,” on Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42. The chorus, under the direction of conductor Kevin Giroux, with chamber orchestra and accompanists Lucille Horton and Keira Weyant, will present a program featuring works by George Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Charles Gounod, Gustav Holst, John Rutter and more.  Read more

Holiday celebrations at the library

REGION — While scouring the shelves at your local library searching for a special recipe or holiday stories for the kids, you might discover that festive events are taking place in your favorite reading rooms throughout the region—and the season. Workshops, concerts and even some shopping opportunities await those who explore the many special programs being held during the coming weeks, in book nooks scattered across the Upper Delaware River region.

Honesdale Happenings  Read more

Coping in the new economy

In this flailing economy, I have been searching for a semi-solid investment—something to see me through my semi-retirement years. I think I found it.

It has easily sourced raw materials, bio-degradable packaging and multiple applications. And so far, it’s legal.  Read more

Handmade for the Holidays

ROSCOE, NY — You can get your holiday shopping started at the scenic mountaintop location of Duke Pottery, at 855 County Rd. on the first two holiday weekends, Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27 and December 3 and 4. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all days.
The event is an exhibit of 25 artisans including pottery, jewelry, paintings, silk scarves, furniture, lampshades, vintage clothes and linens, handbags, tutus and more, all for sale. There will also be a pastry café, provided by Flour Power Bakery, wine tastings and a complimentary cup of local Java Love Coffee.  Read more

Roscoe PTA holds variety show

ROSCOE, NY — Roscoe Central School PTA will hold its annual variety show, “With Holiday Flair,” on Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m. in the RCS Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The cost for adults is $5, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for students. Children under four are admitted free.

Handel’s Messiah

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra will peform Handel’s Oratorio “Messiah” in concert at 4 p.m. on December 4 at Milford Bible Church, 110 Foxcroft Drive. Guest solo artists will include Alex Garrido (soprano), Patricia Ruggles (alto), Jeremy Blossey (tenor), and John-Andrew Fernandez (baritone).  Read more

CAS Members Show & Holiday Fair exhibit opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY —The CAS Arts Center presents the annual winter CAS Members Show & Holiday Fair running from November 26 to December 23. There will be an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The show, on display throughout the gallery, will exhibit the work of members of the Catskill Art Society and provides a venue for local holiday shopping. In addition to the gallery’s usual hours (Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), the arts center will be open Monday through Friday, December 19 through 23 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  Read more

Thanksgiving in Northern Wayne

EQUINUNK, PA — Thanksgiving Eve has been celebrated in worship for several years by member churches of the Northern Wayne Ministerium. On Wednesday, November 23 at 7 p.m., Equinunk United Methodist Church will host this year’s service. Because the early settlers were grateful for a good harvest back in 1620, they set aside a day for thanksgiving to God for his provision and bounty. The evening will feature prayer and preaching; music by the churches’ choirs; special children’s readings and Thanksgiving skits. There will be a time of fellowship immediately following worship.  Read more

‘800 Years’

PORT JERVIS, NY — There will be an exhibit of works by Stephen Patrick O’Donnell Sr. on Sunday, December 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Port Java at 19 Front St.

O’Donnell was born in Port Jervis. His forefathers were Irish immigrants hailing from County Donegal, Ireland. Settling in Lackawaxen, PA, his ancestors worked on both the D&H Canal and the Erie Lackawanna railroad. Back in Ireland, The O’Donnell’s, or O’Domhnaill’s as they are known in Gaelic, are famous for being deeply involved in the 800-year struggle for Irish independence, giving the upcoming exhibit its name, “800 Years.”  Read more

The Hickory Farms Escape

Previously, we learned about the origin of the Turkey Bandit. As a young turkey (poult), he escaped a local organic farm after his father was chosen as the “guest of honor” for the farmer’s Thanksgiving table; his father was never seen again. The young Bandit escaped and began his quest to free as many turkeys as he could, one farm at a time.

“I’m in position,” the Turkey Bandit’s radio crackled 10 years later. His partner had the farm under surveillance; he knew where the turkeys were kept and where the Bandit would enter to switch off the alarm.  Read more

Good things come in small packages

While the old adage is often true, the opposite (the bigger, the better ) carries some weight as well. I spent the weekend balancing the two, while careening through the Catskills appreciating various art forms, regardless of size.  Read more

A small gesture

It can be surprising how the smallest gesture can have a lasting impact.  Read more

DEC on deer management

Anyone traveling in the Upper Delaware region lately has likely noticed the rising number of animals on the move as winter closes in. Unfortunately, one outcome of this increased activity is roadway encounters with vehicles. Balancing the needs of rising human and deer populations in the region is an ongoing challenge.

Recently the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) adopted its new five-year Deer Management Plan. The plan was revised based on public comment and is now available on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7211.html.  Read more

Small town holidays in the country

REGION — The holiday season in the region will be filled with activities for people of all tastes and ages as communities put their best foot forward and deck themselves with sparkle and holiday cheer. From a traveling Santa to a winter festival, there are lots of opportunities to get swept up into the holiday spirit while not going too far from home. Whether you stay in your town or visit one that’s new to you, sampling the offerings of various communities is sure to bring feelings of warmth as the weather turns cold.

A river hamlet all lit up  Read more

The Hickory Farms Escape

Previously, we learned about the origin of the Turkey Bandit. As a young turkey (poult), he escaped a local organic farm after his father was chosen as the “guest of honor” for the farmer’s Thanksgiving table; his father was never seen again. The young Bandit escaped and began his quest to free as many turkeys as he could, one farm at a time.

“I’m in position,” the Turkey Bandit’s radio crackled 10 years later. His partner had the farm under surveillance; he knew where the turkeys were kept and where the Bandit would enter to switch off the alarm.  Read more

A fossil-fuel economy: observations from our past

The issue of drilling for natural gas in the Upper Delaware region is changing life drastically, physically in terms of economy, land, water and air, and relationally in the way people treat each other. Comments in editorials, Delaware River Basin Commission hearings and the like indicate that this industry is causing us to be a divided community. We all seem to want economic and environmental health and a strong community characterized by respect and kindness. What perspective might we gain by considering another nearby fossil fuel industry from a previous generation?  Read more

A mystery goose from the north

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I were paddling on Walker Lake in Shohola, PA when we spotted a migrant flock of Canada geese on the far shore. About a dozen or so geese were foraging and resting; they seemed like the typical small flock that stops over during this time of year during their migration south. One individual, however, caught my eye; even from afar, it seemed to have more white plumage than a normal Canada goose.   Read more

Back to back to Bethel: Let the good times roll

Considering that the brakes on my truck failed this past week, I was unsure that I would be rolling anywhere, much less to Louisiana or the prairie states—but a well-placed call to one of my (not so secret) crushes delivered a mechanic to my front door, tool belt (and brake pads) at the ready. Hearing the rising panic in my voice, he soothed my jangled nerves and got to work, making it possible for me to get on the road... in search of good times. (Thank you JW!)  Read more

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Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance