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October 23, 2014
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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and...

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Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT...

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The great battle of our time will be over water—pure, fresh water in particular. All earthly life depends upon water for survival. The human population worldwide, now 7.3 billion, is projected to...

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The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through...

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Open house for Art on the Edge

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will hold an open house at Art on The Edge at the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, July 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. A $10 donation to benefit WCAA community art programs is suggested.

Art on The Edge is an exhibition featuring contemporary collective works by local and regional artists, curated by Rocky Pinciotti and hosted by the WCAA, a grassroots non-profit arts organization whose vision is “to enrich our community through the arts.”  Read more

Reunion planned at Bethel School

BERLIN TOWNSHIP, PA — A reunion gathering is planned for the July 24 open house at the Bethel School. All Bethel School alumni are invited. Attempts are being made to contact everyone who attended the school. Former students are invited to bring their mementos as well as their memories.

All Bethel School open houses are held from 1 to 4 p.m. with the special presentations at 2 p.m. There is no admission charge and everyone, especially children, is invited to attend.

The Bethel School is located on Bethel School Road off Route 652. Call 570/253-3240.

Jeffersonville Lions Club holds charity horse show

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Jeffersonville Lions Club will host its annual charity horse show at Stone Wall Farms on Saturday, July 23. Hunt seat classes for all levels of horse and rider are on the schedule and Marshall & Sterling classes are offered. The farm is on Callicoon Center Road outside Jeffersonville, and spectators are welcome. Email diehlmein09@yahoo.com or call 845/482-5568.

Cooper Boone at Neversink museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will host Cooper Boone, a benefit concert on Friday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. Singer, songwriter, performer, chef, online video star, clinical psychologist and Hollywood Music Award winner Cooper Boone has shared the stage with Craig Morgan, Trace Adkins, Bucky Covingoton and more, and has co-written two albums worth of award-winning songs. Boone’s music includes upbeat crowd-pleasers like “She’s All That” and personal, heartfelt fare like “Celia’s Hands,” Boone’s homage to his grandmother.  Read more

Sidewalk sales, Hawaiian style

HONESDALE, PA — The “Aloha Honesdale” annual sidewalk sales will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 21, 22 and 23, sponsored by The Dime Bank, with support from Wayne County Tourism. Main Street will be filled with merchandise offered by local stores, area vendors and artists and area non-profits, all with a Hawaiian theme. Visitors can view the 2011 Wayne County Arts Alliance project, “Express Mail,” with mailboxes decorated by local artists at businesses all around Honesdale, and participate in the “It’s NOT Your Mama’s Muumuu” contest from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Read more

Book sale at Callicoon Street Fair

CALLICOON, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will hold a book fairduring the annual Callicoon Street Fair on Saturday, July 30 at the Delaware Free Branch. During the last hour books will be available to take home at $2 a bag. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Also available will be information about the library’s Public Computer Center, which offers free one-on-one computer assistance and classes. Call 845/887-4040.

Jewish film festival in Bethel

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY— The Catskill Film Festival will present its first annual Jewish Film Festival on Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m. at the the newly constructed pavilion across the street from the Fat Lady Café. The festival will start on July 23 and run weekly through August 27.

The series entry for July 23 will by the Woody Allen comedy “Radio Days,” a 1987 film set in 1940s Rockaway Beach, Queens. The film presents an affectionate look at the heyday of radio, marriage, celebrities, the war in Europe and secret decoder rings. It was nominated for two Academy Awards.  Read more

‘Classic to Cool’ concludes with gala finale

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) “Classic to Cool” festival will conclude this weekend, starting on Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. with “At Work & Play Behind the Notes,” a free open rehearsal at the Eddie Adams Farm. The Saturday concert, at 8 p.m., will feature music by Brahms, Reger and Respighi in the “Gala Grand Finale,” followed by an artists’ reception on the barn porch under the stars, also at the farm. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Friday and Saturday’s events will be at the Eddie Adams barn.  Read more

DVO begins 25th season: It ain’t over ‘till (somebody) sings

NARROWSBURG, NY — I was exposed to the world of opera at an early age. Inspired by the grandeur and incredible music, I became a fan quickly, and remain so to this day. So I was delighted to discover, after moving to the region, that the Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) and a company of talented, driven professionals is dedicated to presenting quality productions right here in the Upper Delaware region.  Read more

A summer mystery: Part I: The setup

Eddie had washed the windows and polished the door handle. He had futzed with the flowers and dusted his desk. It was getting to be time to head down to the basement, and he was sort of dreading it. The low hum of the AC kept the lobby cool. The basement would be sweltering.

The Met game was just starting and he decided to give it a few innings. If he got lucky, maybe the heat would let up.

“Sorry about the cardboard,” Santiago, the daytime doorman, had said while he was leaving. And Eddie had said it was fine, even though it had annoyed him a little bit.  Read more

Are the grateful dead? Nothing could be “furthur” from the truth

Somewhere in the dark recesses of my sick and twisted mind, everything makes sense. To me. Sadly, the rest of the world is often clueless when it comes to my thought processes, but the kind folks at TRR allow my eccentricities to flourish, and this week I whirled a bit.  Read more

Celebrating the river in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — RiverFest will celebrate its 21st annual summer with live music, original art, local craft vendors, information about the ecosystem and more on Sunday, July 24 in Narrowsburg. The festivities begin at 9:45 a.m. with River Dogs on Parade, at which pooches and their owners parade from the former Narrowsburg Central School on Erie Street in Narrowsburg to the Main Street bandstand.  Read more

Liberty Free premieres Askew play

Liberty Free premieres Askew play

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre will present the world premiere of “Strange Business,” a new play by award-winning novelist and playwright Rilla Askew, on Thursday through Sunday, July 28 through 31 and August 4 through 7. The play was adapted for the stage by the author from the title story in her short story collection. Author Askew is featured in the cast.  Read more

The day of the dragonfly

Pass near any lake, pond, or stream shore and it is not hard to spot dragonfly or damselfly activity. They are both members of the Odonata family, characterized by their dual set of large wings and their voracious appetite for mosquitoes and other flying insects. Different species of odonates emerge at different times of the summer, so there is always variety to be seen. For some people, dragonfly watching rivals bird watching.  Read more

Difficult times

In baseball when a batter fails to hit well over a period of time, it is said the batter is in a hitting slump. As a fly fisher I have been in a season-long fish-catching slump. While those that I usually fish with have not exactly been wearing out the trout, my results have been very disappointing. Of course, my time on the streams has been greatly curtailed. Heavy and frequent rains have turned the rivers into raging chocolate-colored rapids. On those days when I have been able to go fishing, I return home without even a tale of the big one that eluded me.  Read more

Celebrating Zane Grey and the Delaware River

LACKAWAXEN, NY — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the seventh annual Zane Grey Festival at the Zane Grey Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. This year, the festival will also celebrate the Delaware River, which is the 2011 Pennsylvania River of the Year. The Lackawaxen and Delaware rivers, which fulfilled his love for fishing and the outdoors,are what initially drew Grey to the area. Zane and his brother Romer would eventually settle in Lackawaxen and call the area home. left  Read more

Flamenco at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Ensemble Segue will perform flamenco music and dance at the Pocono Environmental Education Center on July 16. The ensemble features violinist Sarah E. Geller, guitarist Jared Newman and dancer Eva Conti Algeria, and the program, “Ritmo, Color y Pasión,” will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Read more

Kittatinny zip line is nation’s fourth largest

BARRYVILLE, NY — The oldest canoe livery service along the Upper Delaware River, Kittatinny Canoes, has built a zip line that flies 3,000 feet down the hillside and can top speeds of 60 miles per hour. Owner and entrepreneur Dave Jones got the idea for the zip line after he rode one in Chile. Jones knew he already had the perfect site for the line. From a high hill with a large drop in elevation, views of the Delaware River and the valley surrounding the Kittatinny land, Jones said it worked perfectly with the structure of the line.  Read more

A sneak preview: the Literary Gazette

REGION — The River Reporter is nearly ready to launch its Literary Gazette, an annual publication showcasing regional writers and photographers. This year’s theme is dreams as inspiration and material for creating art. The featured photographer is Norma Bernstock of Milford, PA, who has worked with Polaroid film to create an enhanced, almost painterly affect. Here is a sampling of what readers will find in the Gazette, to be published on July 21.

Innocent Herbal
By ROBERT CARNEVALE

I was walking along with my thoughts
in a wood where sassafras thrive.  Read more

Classic cars collect in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — What is family-friendly, free of charge and features some of the finest classic cars in the region? It’s the Coasters Car Club of Northeast PA’s monthly gathering in Hawley’s Bingham Park. Vintage motorcars are on display from 5 p.m. until dusk on the first Friday of the month, with the next meetup scheduled for August 5. Antique auto enthusiasts roll into town and arrange between 50 to 100 classic cars near the park’s bandstand. The public is invited to cruise the collection, view the vehicles and talk to their passionate owners.  Read more