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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two successful businessmen. Two beautiful and loving families. Two young boys with leukemia.

Unhappy story? Not for the Mongiello and Scancarello families—Anthony Scancarello (age 8) and Anthony (“Lilo”) Mongiello (age 5) are leukemia survivors. And that’s not the end of the story either. The boys and their families are working hard to help other leukemia sufferers.

Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society...

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We are suspended between summer and fall—in the gold and green pause—just a few seconds before autumn begins.

My friend’s son asks: “Would you rather have a million dollars or be able to...

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Maybe you remember: it was a beautiful Tuesday morning, clear and sunny. I had spent a couple of early morning hours training with my martial arts teacher, and I was headed home to start in on my...

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For me, the term itself borders on the oxymoron. Early in life, my mother drummed punctuality into my head and insisted that bad manners were not to be tolerated. “It’s rude,” she’d say, “and...

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I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus...

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The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending...

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A walk around the block

What marvels may be seen, out there amidst the green? Each of these images (also see photos at top left) was photographed within walking distance of The River Reporter’s office on Erie Avenue in Narrowsburg, NY, proof that one need not venture far to find something fascinating in the natural world. Take a stroll today—and don’t forget your camera!

Country Ark Farm

MILFORD, PA — For 23 years, the Ciancitto family has been quietly going about their chosen work, down a dirt road just outside Milford, where they care for more than 100 domestic and exotic animals whose existence enriches the lives of people challenged with various disabilities.  Read more

Audubon in Manor, all week long

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be a celebration of all things Audubon in Livingston Manor from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, July 3.
The week will get started with the opening of an Audubon and Friends art exhibition at Flour Power Bakery, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the upstairs gallery. The exhibit will be open to the general public through July 17. It will feature 17 artists and photographers, and the Sullivan County Audubon Society will highlight the exhibit with an information station on our local birds and butterflies and information on their activities in Sullivan County.  Read more

‘Flicks from the Underground’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The eighth annual DIGit festival will conclude with “Flicks from the Underground,” a screening of videos and films from performance artists from the 1970s to the present, curated by video artist Ron Littke. The videos, originally intended to be shown in galleries, clubs and performance spaces, are funny, irreverent, surprising and different. Most of the videos come from the Franklin Furnace archives. Many haven’t been shown publicly for over 20 years.  Read more

Readings from ‘Bad Church, Good Church’

DINGMAN, PA — Local author and journalist Tom Kane will give a reading of his recently published book, “Bad Church, Good Church: A Memoir of a Former Catholic Priest” on Thursday, June 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Dingman Township Branch of Pike County Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. The branch is located at 100 Bond Court, on Log Tavern Road near the intersection with Route 739 in Dingman Township.

NACL opens with “Darwinii”

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will open its 11th season on Sunday, June 26 at 4 p.m. with “Darwinii: The Comeuppance of Man.” The play is written by Glen Berger (author of Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark”) in collaboration with performer/theatre maker Brett Keyser. It features Keyser in the role of Cristóbal, an Argentine man accused of various crimes, including stealing original Charles Darwin manuscripts from rare book libraries around the world. Why? Because he’s convinced he’s the great-great-great-great bastard grandson of the father of Natural Selection.  Read more

Simon’s ‘Biloxi Blues’ at Forestburgh

FORESTBURGH, NY — Neil Simon’s hit, “Biloxi Blues,” will play at the Forestburgh Playhouse through Sunday, June 26. The play, written by Simon at the peak of his comic power, is a heartwarming story based on his own experiences in the army during Wolrd War II. The coming of age chronicle centers on the main character, Eugene Morris Jerome, played by Tyler Bellmon, when he is drafted and sent to Biloxi, MI for basic training.  Read more

Capturing winged beauty

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — “Birds of Sullivan County—A Photographic Exhibition” will open at Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, June 25, with a reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It will run through July 24. Photographers include Stephen Davis of Eldred, Gene McGarry of Woodstock and Valerie Freer of Ellenville.  Read more

Garden party benefits DVAA

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — There will be a garden party benefit for the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA) Arts Alive Drive on Saturday, June 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Cutting Garden, 4055 State Rte. 52.

Enjoy the garden while helping the DVAA to reach its goal. Wear your best garden party outfit, and enter the contests for The Best Party Hat, The Best Gardening Hat and the Most Unique Hat. There will be prizes, punch and party food.  Read more

Hudson in one-woman show at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Singer-songwriter Karen Hudson’s one-woman show, “Compartments—Shedding Light on Dark Places,” will be presented on Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center. The show is a concert and art exhibit that combines music, storytelling and mixed media art. It features sculptural dioramas Hudson created based on autobiographical events and fears that arose from them, and the songs that tell each story, with special guest guitarist “Homeboy” Steve Antonakos.  Read more

Extension to hold golf tournament

SWAN LAKE, NY —Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Sullivan County will hold its fifth annual CCE Golf Classic on Saturday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Swan Lake Golf and Country Club. The rain date is Sunday, July 10 at 12 noon.

This day includes a dinner after the round and some chances at prizes donated by local businesses. There will be hole-in-one prizes donated by M & M Auto Group. There will also be a putting and longest drive contest.  Read more

Jazz at the museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will present an evening of jazz and blues with vocalist Ellen Kaye and guitarist Ethan Fein on Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. That evening, the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s center will be turned into a New York City jazz club.  Read more

Summertime, when the livin’ was easy

The summer blockbuster that just came out in movie theaters about the kids and the aliens doesn’t make much sense. I went to a matinee last Sunday. It was playing every hour, the way those big movies do. I left feeling a little let down and overall disappointed.

It just wasn’t... believable.

Don’t you find that the “Summer blockbuster that just came out in theaters” can’t quite live up to it’s own hype? You’ve seen the posters everywhere; you’ve caught those vague TV spots. The pull quotes. That buzz. Spoilers.  Read more

Haystock 2011 to benefit Farmhearts

CALLICOON, NY — Haystock, a fundraiser for Farmhearts, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping our regional farmers, will be held at the Delaware Youth Center at 8 Creamery Road on Saturday, July 2 at 6 p.m. The event will also serve as the July meeting of Tusten Concerned Citizens.  Read more

Pain management? Don’t make me laugh.

Last week, after participating in Prayers for World Peace at the Kadampa Meditation Center ( www.kadampanewyork.org ), I was approached by one of the nuns for a favor. Knowing that I drive a pickup, she asked if I could spare some time and help the Temple out with a dump-run, since they had a lot of refuse to dispose of responsibly.  Read more

Learning about local food

Barryville Greenmarket Foundation expands market with new series

BARRYVILLE, NY — This year, folks can get even more than the fabulous locally produced goods already available at the Barryville Farmers Market. The 2011 weekly market has expanded to offer additional vendors and an ongoing educational and demonstration series entitled, “Farmers Teach,” presented by the Barryville Greenmarket Foundation with funding from the Pratt-Heins Foundation.  Read more

A moon moth stops in for coffee

I stopped in the Windy Dog Restaurant in Shohola one morning in late May when Mo, the cook there, showed me a huge moth that he spotted resting on one of the window screens. This moth had large eyespots on each wing, and each of the lime-green wings was lined with a maroon-red border. On each hind wing was a long tail. Mo had spotted a luna moth.  Read more

'3 Designing Women'

BARRYVILLE, NY — The BrookHouse Gallery will present “3 Designing Women,” an exhibit featuring the mixed media work of Yvonne Parker, fiber design by Laurie Stuart and rug design by Liza Phillips, opening on Saturday, June 18. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.

Also on exhibit at the gallery are ceramics by Kim Lust, sculpture by Janet Rutkowski, Walter Kenul and Tom Holmes, and paintings by David Lee Bush.

The gallery is located at 5 Austin Road, off Route 97. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Roots & Rhythm

HONESDALE, PA — Dave Alvin will headline a full day of musical talent in downtown Honesdale’s Roots & Rhythm Music and Arts Festvial on Saturday, June 18, with a performance at 8 p.m. on the Main Stage in Central Park.  Read more

Milford Music Festival

MILFORD, PA — The recently renovated historic Milford Theatre will open the weekend of the Milford Music Festival on Friday, June 17 with “So in Love with Broadway” starring Milford’s Carolann Page. A Broadway and opera star, Page will present a cabaret evening of songs from Cole Porter to Stephen Sondheim. In addition, the newly renovated Broad Street Coffee will offer Obi Kaye, global percussionist, in the first of a series of performances it will sponsor throughout the weekend.  Read more

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction