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The volume of the debate surrounding the death of up to a third of all honey bees in the United States during the winter, in a phenomena known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), was increased a notch this year as the results of a new Harvard study were released in May.

One thing I do around this time of year is check for monarch butterflies, usually by just walking down some nearby roads; there are a few milkweed plants growing off the side of the roads that...

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Few things captured my childhood imagination more than rocks. I spent hours searching the roadsides for quartz pebbles. I collected ripple marks and treasured the small, imperfect fossils I found...

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The folks at Hobby Lobby (which apparently is an evangelical ministry disguised as a craft store) took out a full-page ad in the papers recently, touting the notion that the United States was from...

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While these words strung together might seem esoteric, they are ringing in my ears as I review where I’ve been over the last few days. The reference is to a song from “HAIR” (the tribal love-rock...

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As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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Cream tea in the parish hall

CALLICOON, NY — Nellie Burnham’s Tea Room will make its annual appearance at St. James Episcopal Church on Route 17B, across from Roche’s Garage, on Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. It’s an authentic cream tea, just like you would find at many a parish hall in England.  Read more

Roscoe kids take ‘water snapshot’

ROSCOE, NY — As part of the Water Snapshot program sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior-National Park Service, the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Roscoe Central School walked to Riverside Park in Roscoe to perform water quality tests on samples from the Willowemoc River.  Read more

Groups sought for Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Participants are sought for the eighth annual Trout Parade, scheduled for Saturday, June 11 on Main Street in Livingston Manor. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be activities including an arts and crafts fair, specialty foods from local vendors and children’s activities, and discounts and special offers from participating merchants.  Read more

Collecting memories, artifacts and more

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — With the recent celebration of Mother’s Day still lingering in our memories, a unique project that recognizes the many contributions made by beloved women in the region is underway. “Apron Strings” is a living history project sponsored by the Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL).

Coordinator Laura Moran invites the Upper Delaware community to show and share memories of any female family member or mentor—whether alive or no longer with us—who helped to make them who they are today.  Read more

Linked in and on the run...

The question that hangs in the air is whether there is such a thing as “too much fun?” Judging by the past week, I hesitate to say “yes” but that said, I’m grateful that I must slow down for a brief shining moment and share my exploits, while sitting still.  Read more

Painting with Brownscombe

HONESDALE, PA — Painting with Jennie Brownscombe, a watercolor class for beginners age 10 and up, will be held on Sunday, May 22, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) museum. It is one of several events the WCHS will offer to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of Honesdale-born artist Brownescombe.

The course will be led by instructor Dottie Kerber, who has years of art experience exhibiting and teaching locally. Reservations cost $15 and must be made by May 14. The fee will cover all supplies, which participants can keep at the end of the class.  Read more

Sleep No More

Last night I was standing on the corner of Madison and 62nd Street waiting for the light to change, when a cab slowly drove by. It crept out of the shadows as if from a dream.

As it drove by, I saw, propped up on the passenger seat, a mask: an oddly shaped white plastic carnival mask. It surprised me. It was a mask I recognized.  Read more

Lay them to rest

It didn’t take long at all, once they got around to it—less than 40 minutes from arrival to departure. No time, apparently, for epic hand-to-hand struggles, breathless pursuits, or final, defiant soliloquies (though these will no doubt be added to the movie and video-game versions). A bit of gunfire, and the job was done. And just a few hours later, a weighted bag containing the shroud-wrapped corpse of Osama bin Laden slid off the deck of the USS Carl Vinson into the waters of the Arabian Sea.  Read more

A year-round arts economy

By WADE LAWRENCE
In some ways, it might be thought strange that I was asked to write a piece on my vision for the future of this area. I wasn’t born or raised here, didn’t attend school here and didn’t raise a family here. My vision is indelibly colored by what I have seen elsewhere and my dreams for the future of the cultural center for which I work.  Read more

Walking on water: pond skating in the summer

The spring emergence of insects is now well under way, benign and pesky alike. One of the more fascinating critters that are now visible is the pond skater, a member if the Gerridae family, which comprise several surface-dwelling insect species.  Read more

Spring cleaning: it’s the little things...

It just so happens that I am one of those who love to clean. I have found that when my environment is cluttered, my mind follows suit. So it was with anticipation, rather than dread, that I finally got down to business this week. The dust and cobwebs in the house were the least of my concerns, but rather the cobwebs in my mind that were on the forefront of the attack.  Read more

Sounds of spring in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — Throughout the month of May, Tusten Theatre will host three acoustic music events sponsored by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance: contemporary jazz string quartet Sweet Plantain, folk and Americana songwriter Harvey Reid, and master guitarist Frank Vignola with fellow guitarist Vinny Raniolo.  Read more

A night with the stars

MILANVILLE, PA — Norm Sullivan and Bill Yeaman will lead a star program at the Butterly Barn at 840 River Road, presented by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, on Friday, May 6 at 8:30 p.m.

Sullivan will provide a telescope, and Yeaman will search for constellations and tell their mythical stories. Bring binoculars if you have them, and dress for an evening outdoors. There will be light refreshments in the barn.

Wayne County Art Exhibit

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Art Exhibit will be on view at the Wayne County Court House from Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The exhibit is sponsored by the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging (AAA).
Carleen Faatz, Director of Community Services of Wayne County AAA, said, “Our focus is to encourage and foster creative interactive programs in our community and provide an opportunity for professional and amateur artists of all ages to participate in a conveniently located cultural exchange.” Call 570/253-4262.

‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

HONESDALE, PA — “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” a 2004 production featuring comedian Jim Carrey, will be the May 8 entry in the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema film series. Written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, the movie is a romantic fantasy in which Joel Barish, an introverted office worker (Carrey), and his flighty ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet), have their memories washed of one another after a nasty breakup.  Read more

SkyDog goes Mexican for Cinco de Mayo

NARROWSBURG, NY — The SkyDog Supper Club will celebrate Cinco de Mayo weekend with a meeting featuring Mexican cuisine and a showing of the Humphrey Bogart classic, “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” on Saturday, May 7 at the Tusten Town Hall, 210 Bridge Street.  Read more

Go fly a kite

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The 21st annual kite festival will be held at Sullivan County Community College from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The first 200 children to arrive will receive a free kite.
The free event is a combination of high-flying recreation and local arts. While participants are invited to fly their own kites, crowds also gather to watch expert kite flying demonstrations. There will be children’s rides and games, craft vendors, fresh food, and music by the Top 40 cover band, Six Pack Joe.

Madcap comedy in Lakeville

LAKEVILLE, PA — The Lakeside Players’ new comedy, “Double Occupancy,” a madcap comedy about two sexy senior citizens, will run on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, at Lake-ville Community Hall, Route 590. The Saturday per-formance is at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 3 p.m.  Read more

Pre-Mother’s Day bake, plant and book sale

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Writers Collective is hosting a sale with baked goods, flower and vegetable plants and seedlings, books and tee shirts on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale, which will take place in The Mews courtyard in Narrowsburg next to Narrowsburg Roasters, will offer plenty of specialty and homemade items sure to please your special person on Mother’s Day.  Read more

Springtime walks at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Two special walks that highlight Grey Towers’ landscape and the Pinchot family influence in Milford will be offered in May by the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers.
On Saturday, May 7, you can visit the historic gardens at Grey Towers National Historic Site and see them as they awaken from their winter slumber. The landscape tour, which begins at 11 a.m. at the Visitor Pavilion in the Grey Towers parking lot, features the historic Sweet Cherry Tree, seen below, and hundreds of bulbs in bloom.  Read more