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I grew up on the Delaware River, almost literally (on River Road), and often went swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, snorkeling, sun bathing, you name it. However, I am far from a river expert; so when I had the opportunity to do a river trip with the National Park Service (NPS) I knew I would be learning a lot.

First of all, let me just go on the record and declare that if you share a secret with me, I’m really good at keeping it. Conversely, if I’m told something without a confidentiality clause...

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Somehow it seems strange to me that it was a movie that triggered the amazing growth of fly fishing interest. The movie was, of course, “A River Runs Through It.” Norman Maclean’s novel, on which...

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A month or so ago, I transported a female downy woodpecker to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center (PWRC) in Stroudsburg, PA after my neighbor found it in her driveway,...

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A track fire that disrupted the Metro-North commute in East Harlem recently left thousands stranded in Grand Central Terminal for their commute home and over the next few days added to their daily...

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Let’s face it, I talk a lot. How fortunate for me then, that I found a way to do so and get paid for it, right, wrong or indifferent. Sadly, in this day of texting and instant gratification, the...

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During the year, I have been seeing a lot of turkey activity in area forests and fields as they scratch up the leaf litter, forage for food, or walk in the snow, leaving footprints with the toes...

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A perfect place to play; Church and scouts gift New Hope Manor with new playground

By SANDY LONG

BARRYVILLE, NY — Sometimes the perfect partnerships come together like pieces of a puzzle falling neatly into place, solving a problem while uniting people in a common goal.

That’s just what happened at New Hope Manor (NHM), an all-female residential substance abuse treatment community in Barryville that is one of very few such facilities that also accommodate residents’ infants and young children, allowing mother and child to remain together.  Read more

Sandy’s Legacy

We will always remember Hurricane Sandy. Not for the mighty wrath of her destruction, but for the odd serendipity of her timing.  Read more

November nuances

As colder weather arrives, geese can be heard overhead on their southward flight and deer are in the midst of the fall rut. This is usually the month when the snow starts to fly and the ground turns from brown to white. Migratory species such as bufflehead and green-winged teal can be spotted on waterways through the fall season.  Read more

Shop local at the Holiday Market at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will hold its annual Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Event Gallery. The market will feature regional artisan craft and specialty food vendors, music, children’s arts and crafts and more activities, including photos with Santa.

The Museum and The Muse Café will also be open. Shoppers are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the annual holiday toy drive Sullivan County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

Visit BethelWoodsCenter.org or call 866/781-2922.

‘The Santaland Diaries’ performed for the holidays

MILFORD, PA — Tri-State Actors Theater and The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) announce two performances of David Sedaris’ tale “The Santaland Diaries,” to be held on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in the Foundation Room of the PCHS, 608 Harford St. The play is based on the author’s outlandish real-life experiences as a Macy’s Christmas elf. The play contains mature language and themes. Seating at the PCHS is limited.  Read more

‘Holiday Trains on Main’ displays

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Handmade model trains will be on display at the CAS Arts Center and Morgan Outdoors beginning Saturday, December 1. The CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. will hold a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. to introduce “Holiday Trains on Main,” complete with festive music and visits with Santa.

Wilkes and Bernard Photography will be at CAS to take instant portraits with Santa from 2 to 5 p.m. Professional photographs will be taken and prints made on the spot for $10. Proceeds will benefit CAS.  Read more

‘Christmas Olde & New’ at the Milford Theater

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society will perform a Christmas concert entitled “Christmas Olde & New” on December 2 at the Milford Theater. Returning guest artist, Diane Michaels (harp), will perform with the society in Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” in its original form, featuring member solo artists Adista Wightman and Susan Rustin. A collection of old and new carols will also be performed, featuring an instrumental surprise or two along the way.  Read more

Concert to benefit local food pantry

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Choral Society will hold its 11th annual holiday concert to benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry on Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the historic sanctuary of Good Shepherd Church on the corner of 5th and Catharine streets.  Read more

Local Boys to host Holiday Lighting Fund Benefit

HONESDALE, PA — The Local Boys will perform on Saturday, December 1, at Grace Episcopal Parish Hall at 7 p.m.

A free-will donation is requested at the door. George Schmitt of Classic Hits 105.3 will MC an evening filled with music, a tricky tray with lots of items and a 50/50 raffle. There will be refreshments available for purchase, thanks to the members of the church.  Read more

21st annual Highlights Holiday Open House

HONESDALE, PA — The Highlights Holiday Open House will be held on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Highlights editorial offices at 803 Church St.

The event features activities, treats, entertainment, an art show and the craft room where kids can create whatever they want with craft supplies.

The entertainment includes music, storytelling, puppetry, sing-alongs and more. There will be face painting and balloon animals. Children may choose a surprise from the giant grab bag under the Christmas tree, and everyone can register for a free drawing to win special gifts.

Helena Clare Pittman to read from her new book

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Author and artist Helena Clare Pittman will read from her new book at Domesticities on Saturday, December 1 at 2 p.m. “Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn” is based on Pittman’s root memories of childhood. The story is told from Ruthie’s point of view.  Read more

There’s an app for that!

At the risk of sounding like a spokesperson for product placement, I love my iPad. The last week has been beyond delightful on so many levels, including (but not limited to) my ongoing love affair with technology. To be honest, I did not feel that I could live in the country full time until the Internet was available in the Upper Delaware Valley. Although slow to start, it is now in full swing. Being able to live in this environment and take advantage of all that the lifestyle has to offer, while being connected to the World Wide Web, is ideal.  Read more

‘The true Santa Claus’: A once-in-a-lifetime Christmas gift from Mr. Claus

‘Tis the season of giving. While many are happy to receive material gifts, there are some gifts that have no price value. They are the gifts of life, and they are priceless.  Read more

New PA reg requires life jackets

Fall and winter water recreationists should be aware of a new regulation that applies to all Pennsylvania waters. Passed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) in September 2011, the regulation went into effect on November 1, 2012 and continues through April 30, 2013. It requires boaters to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.  Read more

Time flies when you are having fun

Some random thoughts from a fellow who, on November 10, was married to his petite fishing partner for 65 years. Whew!  Read more

Beijing

The first night Emily and I spend in Beijing, we sit in a restaurant with a group of friends; a bottle of Jameson and a boom box rest on the table. The Jameson was bought at the airport and the boom box is blaring rap music. Surprisingly, no one at the restaurant says a word. Welcome to Beijing.

“There aren’t any rules here,” Greg, the groom of the wedding we are here attending, explains. “Don’t just look both ways when you cross the street, look all ways,” he pauses. “Traffic laws aren’t really enforced.”

We cross the streets with extreme caution.  Read more

Holiday art show

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance’s annual holiday art show, which will run until December 23, features paintings, watercolors, drawings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, prints and note cards. The year’s show is dedicated to John Neilson, the alliance’s founding member who recently passed away.

The alliance’s gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Email info@waagallery.org or visit www.waagallery.org.

An opera for Christmas

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti twice this Christmas season. It will be at Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m. Admission is free but a ticket is required. Crafts and dance for children will begin at 12:20 p.m. Make reservations at www.bethelwoodscenter.org or call 845/583-2050.  Read more

Villalobos Brothers at The Cooperage

Honesdale, PA — New world music and classical fusion ensemble the Villalobos Brothers will play at The Cooperage on November 24 at 7 p.m. Mexican-born Ernesto, Alberto and Luis Villalobos will play music that blends the rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music.

Leading proponents of Latin music, the Villalobos Brothers have performed at Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center and on many other prestigious stages.

Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Holiday tree lighting in Roscoe

ROSCOE, NY — The Roscoe Chamber of Commerce announces the town’s annual holiday tree lighting celebration in Roscoe Riverside Park on Saturday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. Follow the path of luminaries to the holiday tree location. Bring a candle or lantern to light up the night. There will be caroling, hot cocoa, s’mores and cookies. For further information, call 607/498-5397.