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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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Porcupines on the prowl

Lately, I have been lucky to encounter three different porcupines during walks in the Ten Mile River area. The passive and slow-moving woodland inhabitant is a treat to see, as its inability to flee quickly or to harm the respectful observer allow for close study of its unique characteristics.  Read more

GLBT Night at "Idaho!"

FORESTBURGH, NY - Saturday, June 11 will be GLBT Night at "Idaho!," the new musical in its pre-Broadway run at Forestburgh Playhouse. The show will be at 8 p.m., preceded by cocktails at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $21.50. To get tickets, call the box office at 845/794-1194 and mention “Gays of Sullivan County” to get a 10% discount; or visit www.facebook.com/l/a8169gDo3aemHD0T84_KWP52t_w/www.centerstageticketing..... If you choose the online option, )there will be no place to put in the discount code, so tickets bought online cost $23.

Roots & Rhythm weekend approaches

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival will kick off on Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m. at Rusty Palmer’s, 1103 Texas Palmyra Highway.  Read more

D&H Canal history at Neversink Museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation opens its summer season with a new exhibit curated by museum historian Stephen Skye, “The Million Dollar Club: A Partnership of Giants.”  Read more

Swit reprises ‘Shirley Valentine’

FORESTBURGH, NY —Loretta Swit of M*A*S*H fame will reprise her award-winning role in “Shirley Valentine,” a story about an underappreciated woman who finds romance and her own worth at the Forestburgh Playhouse starting on Tuesday, June 14. The play will run through Sunday, June 19. It will be followed by a one-week run of the Neil Simon hit, “Biloxi Blues,” the second part of his autobiographical Eugene trilogy, from June 21 through 26. The World War II coming of age story centers on Eugene’s life when he is drafted and sent to Biloxi, MI for basic training. Visit www.fbplayhouse.org.

Concerts in Central Park

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Creative Arts Council’s summer of free concerts in Central Park will debut with the Northeasters Barbershop Chorus on Monday, June 13. On Thursday, June 16, Flashback will perform music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Concerts will continue at 7 p.m. every Monday and Thursday through July. There will also be a special Independence Day celebration on Sunday, July 3 instead of the on Monday, July 4.  Read more

Stargaze at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will present Music & Astronomy Under the Stars (MAUS) on Sunday, June 12, providing families with the opportunity to make telescopic observations while they wait for the Deep Purple performance to begin. Observations of the sun will take place prior to the concert, while the moon, planets, stars and nebulae can be seen after the performance. A concert ticket is required to stargaze from inside the gates.  Read more

‘Mother of All Yard Sales’ for Old Stone House

HASBROUCK, NY — The Old Stone House will host its first annual yard sale on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. This extraordinary two-day “Mother of All Yard Sales” event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days, and includes goods from dozens of Old Stone House supporters and friends. There’ll be cast-offs, leftovers and odd-lots of every description, from electronic products—some in their original boxes—to clothing, dinner wear, tools and appliances. All proceeds go to the Old Stone House, a community and arts center located near Ellenville, Grahamsville, Monticello and Liberty.  Read more

UpFront holds artists’ reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space’s Summer 2011 show is now open, and will run through July 31. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. In celebration, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.  Read more

Something old, something new

I find myself looking backward this week, so the last event I covered is still fresh in my mind, but not necessarily fresh. Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” is currently playing at the Rivoli Theatre in S. Fallsburg, NY (www.scdw.net) and having been written in 1939, certainly falls under “something old.”  Read more

‘Swing Era’ sound, community-style, historic setting

GREELEY, PA — You might just see your neighbor, wailing on a saxophone or blowing a brass horn up there, on that time-tested stage saturated with a sense of history. Across the wide wooden dance floor, the powerful sound of nearly 20 musicians and several vocalists will take you back to the days when the Swing Era big band sound was all the rage.  Read more

Chalk walk in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville will hold its Art Experience and Chalk Walk 2011 on Saturday, June 11. The sidewalks will come alive with the artistic stylings of artists of all ages. A variety of local artists will also be showcased. There will also be live music, face painting and food. Free chalk will be available for all the morning of the event at Ted’s Restaurant, The Red Door Shoppe and The Towne Gift Shoppe. Prizes will be awarded in four student categories. Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Veronica Mosey headlines Laugh Tour at Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Gays of Sullivan County will sponsor a visit of the Laugh Tour to The Nutshell Arts Center on Saturday, June 11, with a mixer starting at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 8 p.m. The Tonight Show’s Veronica Mosey will headline, with Comedy Central’s Nick Cobb as the feature. Chris Distefano, who just made the Elite 8 at Caroline’s On Broadway, will also be there. The emcee will be Rich Kamco of the Howard Stern Show, Sirius XM, Queer Eye and WE-tv.  Read more

Maddy

When Maddy walks down the street, she makes very funny noises. Well, I should clarify. When Maddy does just about anything, she makes very funny noises. But especially when she walks down the street or when she’s “spending time” with the gorilla (more on that later).

Maddy makes a sound that is somewhere between a frog and my grandfather. She breathes with a wheeze/cough/sneeze/growl. I must admit, it’s a little off-putting at first. Some people think that it’s a sound of aggression or distress. But it’s really neither. It’s just Maddy.  Read more

An agricultural haven: Part 1

By SONJA HEDLUND

Consumer demand for local food is strong and growing steadily. It is evident here in Sullivan County as well as in New York City. The opportunity to meet this demand brings the possibility of development in a county seeking to create a sustainable local economy.  Read more

Going organic: Roger Hill helps O’Neill’s Orchard make the transition

HONESDALE, PA — Weaning an apple orchard away from the synthetic products used to manage pests and disease is neither a fast nor an easy process. It’s more like a labor of love and a work in progress. But orchardist Roger Hill is up to the task; orchard owner Dolores O’Neill has taken the necessary leap of faith, and they’ve spent the past four years working to prove it can be done.  Read more

Concert at St. James celebrates ‘this fragile earth’

CALLICOON, NY — St. James Episcopal Church on Route 17B will present an evening of music and praise on Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m. Kevin Vertrees, organist and musical director, has assembled a group of local musicians to present a program consisting of a series of “musical meditations” themed on a line from the Book of Common Prayer: “this fragile earth, our island home.”  Read more

Sullivan’s longest running antique car show

ROCK HILL, NY — Antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill Firehouse on Sunday June 5 to show off to the public their antique and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. The car show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County. The Rock Hill firemen will provide food, there will be merchandise at a flea market and DJ Eric Bressi’s Elvis show will provide entertainment. The gates will open at 9 a.m. Call 845/292-3849 or 932-8923.  Read more

‘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.

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