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August 22, 2014
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"If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the '60s, that's a problem. Peace and love are eternal." — John Lennon

You know what they say: “everyone has an opinion….” and while that is certainly true, not everyone has a public forum with which to express theirs. I often feel like the luckiest guy in the world...

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ther than during the winter months, August may be the toughest one for anglers, especially trout anglers. To start with, it’s hard to find water with a temperature in the 60s. So we’re relegated...

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A few weeks after I proposed to Emily last August we set a date for our wedding: November 22, 2014. At the time this was 14 months away, which obviously felt like an eternity.
Emily came...

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‘Frack’ on the Delaware, with potluck

CALLICOON, NY — Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy will present an evening on the Delaware featuring a potluck of homemade desserts and a special screening of the movie “Frack,” with music by Marc Black, on Saturday, June 4 at the Delaware Valley Youth Center at 8 Creamery Road. Participants are invited to come early and picnic in the park and BYOB. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Frack director David Morris and others will be on hand to answer questions. Win a homemade pie in the raffle. Donations accepted at the door.

Free watercolor classes with Jack Yelle

ROSCOE, NY — Renowned artist Jack Yelle of Morning Star Creations will offer a series of free watercolor workshops this summer for adults and youth 14 years and older at the Roscoe Free Library. There will be nine classes given on Saturdays starting June 4 and ending August 20. The two-hour sessions will run from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and all materials will be supplied. Each class will consist of a demonstration and a hand-out on the subject, presenting the step-by-step procedure for completing the watercolor painting.  Read more

Run, walk, stroll for the arts

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — There will be a 5K walk for the arts, supporting the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), around Lake Huntington on Sunday, June 5. It begins at 10 a.m. at Gasko & Meyer Distributors, 436 State Route 52.  Read more

Hikes, tours and music at Grey Towers

MILFORD PA — Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, will offer a series of weekend programs in June. On Saturday, June 11, visitors can watch as the Lost Art Lacers of North New Jersey demonstrate their craft of lacemaking on the grounds of Grey Towers. On Saturday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m., the J’aime Trio string ensemble will perform in the tented terrace area. It is presented by the Grey Towers Heritage Association and the Kindred Spirits Arts Program. Tickets are available on line at www.kindredspiritsprograms.org or at Grey Towers.  Read more

Gallery show complements Roots & Rhythm

HONESDALE, PA — In anticipation of Honesdale’s annual Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival on June 18, the Hanson Gallery will present a Roots & Rhythm Music Art Collection Tribute with an opening reception on Saturday, June 4. Refreshments will be served.  Read more

Celebrating the history of the iron industry

SCRANTON, PA — The second annual Arts on Fire will be held on Saturday, June 4 at the historic iron furnaces in Scranton. The event will feature an all-day iron pour, fine craft vendors, food, live music, historical displays and tours of the furnaces. Events will start at 11 a.m. and continue to 6 p.m.

Arts on Fire is free and open to the public thanks to the support of local funders, including Arts ENGAGE! Keystone Iron Works Grant, Lackawanna County, LHVA, Keystone College, General Dynamics, RJ Walker, PennStar, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, IBEW and Penn Security Bank.  Read more

Hearn celebrated with Tusten concert

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Friends of Maris Hearn will present the fifth annual Maris Hearn Life Celebration Concert at the Tusten Theatre on Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:30pm.

The concert will feature Marc Black and Alana Amram & The Rough Gems in a benefit for Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy and Catskill Mountainkeeper.  Read more

Community chorus goes for the Triple Crown

WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its annual spring concert on Sunday, June 5 at 3 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42, with a Triple Crown theme. The chorus will move from “Halter Breaking” to “Ground Exercises” and “Learning the Gaits and Responding to Commands” to a “Cool Down” and “Taking It Easy.”  Read more

Manor caboose to re-open; historical info sought

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — After sitting idle for a number of years, plans are in place to re-open the Livingston Manor information caboose on weekends from Memorial Day until Columbus Day. The caboose greets people coming off and getting on Route 17 at exit 96. Inside will be fliers, pamphlets, maps and other information to help visitors to the region find things to do and see in the area. If you have fliers for your business that you want displayed in the caboose, call 845/439-5867.  Read more

Illuminations on exhibit

TWIN LAKES, PA — This illumination will be among the works exhibited at the first Amercian show of artist Gloria Gehl, a native of Canada and resident of Pennsylvania, on Saturday, June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. in her garden, 106 Robert Road at Twin Lakes. The works on show will be illuminations based on 11th to 17th century manuscripts. The work is painted in gouache and watercolor, with 23 K gold leaf on acid free, hot-press watercolor paper. The pieces average four square inches. There will be approximately 30 framed pieces for sale.  Read more

Plein air painters start new season

MILFORD, PA — Joan Polishook, artist and founder of Come Paint With Me©, will lead off the 14th season of her program at Grey Towers on June 2. Artists are invited to meet at 10 a.m. at the Visitors Pavilion, where they will be greeted by members of the Forest Service, the Grey Towers Heritage Association and Polishook, who will present a brief overview on the importance of journaling for a plein air artist.  Read more

‘Then There Were None’ at Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The year is 1943. Eight guests and two house servants who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon, England. One by one they begin to die in Agatha Christie’s classic, “And Then There Were None,” to be presented by the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop from June 3 to June 12 at the Rivoli Theatre.  Read more

Critters in the rain

During the middle of last month, a cut-off low-pressure system drifted over our area and became stagnant. This resulted in over a week of intermittent rain, clouds, low ceiling and visibilities, and the general absence of that bright thing in the sky we call “the sun.” As we either worked in the rain or waited for the drier periods to arrive, most plants throve. River levels rose several feet and lakes and reservoirs got topped off.  Read more

An all-day party surrounds the Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The eighth annual Trout Parade will be held on Saturday, June 11. Attendees can expect to find fishy fun along Main Street from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. including specialty foods from local vendors, an arts and crafts fair and children’s activities. The parade will step off at 1 p.m., led by the 2011 Grand Marshal Ramsay Adams, executive director of Catskill Mountainkeeper.  Read more

Old hippies never die…

They go Phishing. Well, this old hippie did anyway. Sort of. With so much talk about the band “Phish” (that I had never heard of) coming to town, I debated with myself over how to write about it. I knew little about the group itself ( www.phish.com ), but from what I gathered, this was to be no ordinary concert at the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center ( www.bethelwoodscenter.org ). It was to be more of an “event,” since the group (and their faithful followers) would be in Sullivan County for three days.  Read more

Cake of the Week

“Cake of the Week” has survived another year in Mr. O.’s classroom at Sullivan West.

Kids have been bringing in historically themed cakes for extra credit since before the merger, when my husband, John, aka “Mr. O.,” was teaching social studies at Narrowsburg. (Sullivan West School District, as we now know it, is the result of the 1999 merger of the three districts of Narrowsburg, Jeffersonville/Youngsville and Delaware Valley.)  Read more

Those sweet grass rods

In June 2004, I began the fishing column that I write for The River Reporter with this sentence: “I’m in love again, head over heels in love again.” Readers were momentarily startled by this seemingly public confession of being unfaithful. As they read further they found my new love was seven and one half feet tall and weighed only four ounces. I had gone back to casting an old, long-unused, five-strip bamboo fly rod made by that maverick among rod makers, Nat Uslan. The sweet feeling of casting that rod made me wonder why on earth I had forsaken bamboo for graphite these many years.  Read more

Bat plan released

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently unveiled a national management plan to address the threat posed by white-nose syndrome (WNS), which has killed more than a million hibernating bats in eastern North America since it was discovered in a cave near Albany, NY in 2006.

The deadly disease has since spread to 18 states, including Pennsylvania, and four Canadian provinces. It is believed to be caused by the previously unidentified fungus, Geomyces destructans.  Read more

Masters of guitar in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — Guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo will play sounds from Mozart to Django Reinhardt on Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge Street.  Read more

Animal blessing at St. James Spring Fair

CALLICOON, NY — St. James Episcopal Church will hold its annual spring fair on the Curtis family’s lawn, along Route 97 in Callicoon, on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. The event is a combination yard sale, bake sale and book sale, and this year it will also include a Blessing of Animals on Saturday at 2 p.m., led by Mother Joan LaLiberte. Bring your pet, and head for the enclosed backyard for a blessing for dogs, cats, gerbils, ferrets and other creatures. LaLiberte admits to having once blessed a pet snake, but would prefer not to do so on this occasion.  Read more