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HONESDALE, PA — As peak oil and global warming have increased the urgency of finding replacements for fossil fuels, the option of biomass is one that is frequently mentioned without ever seeming to gain much of a foothold, at least in this country. But there are some locals who have been developing some interesting techniques and ideas about one kind of biomass that could prove a boon to our own area: grass pellets that can be burned, like wood pellets, for heat.

Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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A few weeks ago during a marathon in Lehigh Valley, a freight train interrupted the race, which caused many runners not to qualify for the Boston Marathon. News outlets showed photos of the...

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Let’s face it, I’m an emotional kind of guy. Happy or sad, grumpy or glad, I basically wear my heart on my sleeve for all the world to see. “I yam what I yam,” as Popeye would say, and I’ve...

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We now have the most astonishing spacecraft and telescopes probing the far reaches of the universe. The purposes of these probes and explorations are multiple. Theoretical physicist Stephen...

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A proposal was made before commissioners of the PA Game Commission (PGC) at its September 19th meeting to remove the osprey from the list of threatened species in Pennsylvania. The board of...

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Wild or stocked?

On Saturday, April 27 the Upper Delaware chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) was shown a PowerPoint presentation put together by Ed and Judy van Put. This program gave a fisher all the information needed to ascertain whether a trout was a wild fish, or a stocked fish. Ed’s beautiful pictures were sharp and showed how to examine and determine the origin of a trout. Judy van Put’s narration of the program reinforced what was shown in Ed’s photos. The van Puts are ready to put this program on for other TU chapters or conservation organizations.  Read more

My first pedicure

I hadn’t really thought about getting a pedicure ever before. Not because I’ve made an active choice not to get one, but it just hadn’t ever come up. The opportunity never presented itself. Well, not until last weekend.

I suppose that when you have a serious girlfriend these kinds of things seem much more doable.

Funny thing is, Emily didn’t even ask me to do it. She had said casually last Saturday, “I need to get a pedicure,” and went on to explain that now that it’s warmer she would want to be wearing open-toed shoes.  Read more

The Dance Center presents ballet ‘Giselle’

Maura Falli of Port Jervis, NY will star as Giselle in the ballet of the same name, and Larry Utter also of Port Jervis will dance opposite her as Albrecht as the Delaware Valley Dance Company presents the ballet on Saturday, May 18 at 12 noon and again at 7 p.m. at Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 in Milford, PA. Advance tickets cost $12 and $8 for children and seniors; at the door $14 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Contact The Dance Center at 845/856-3373.

Chimps in Tuxedos at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Company welcome Chimps in Tuxedos (www.chimpsintuxedos.com) performing standards of the ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as classic rock and Motown, Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. The Cat’s Friday night performer will be local favorite Gabe Rikard, starting at 7 p.m. Beginning this week, the saloon will be open Wednesdays through Fridays for dinner starting at 5 p.m., and beginning May 28, six days a week, Tuesdays through Sundays for lunch and dinner, starting at 11. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

‘Readings at The Coop: Writers in Conversation’ launches in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The first of a new series of happenings at The Cooperage, “Readings at the Coop: Writers in Conversation,” will take place on Saturday, May 11, with three authors reading some of their work. Mason Currey, who grew up in Honesdale, PA, will read from “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work;” Owen King from his novel “Double Feature;” and Domenica Ruta from her New York Times bestselling memoir “With or Without You.”

The monthly readings and conversations with writers is curated by Kelly McMasters and Mark Milroy, owners of Moody Road Studios at Maude Alley.  Read more

Prom king and queen crowned

Joshua Taylor, son of Charlene Taylor, was crowned king and Bridget McVeigh, daughter of Sean and Lynda McVeigh, was crowned queen at Honesdale High School’s annual junior-senior prom held Saturday, May 4. The theme of this year’s prom was “Light the Night.” The dinner dance, attended by 364 students and 20 chaperones, plus principal Diane Scarfalloto and vice principal John Kretschmer, was held at Camp Bryn Mawr. Junior class advisors Laura Lockwood, Shawn Garing and Joseph Kosiuk were in charge of the evening’s events.

Take a walk on the wild side

Ramps. I’ve heard the word bandied about for years here in the country, but until now, was completely ignorant about them. With the onset of gorgeous weather and the shedding of the coats, I decided that rather than relying on armchair research, I’d head out for Ramps Fest in Callicoon, NY (www.visitcallicoon.com) to see what all the fuss is about.  Read more

The doctor has a good barnyard manner; Making one chiropractic adjustment at a time

BEACH LAKE, PA — Harry the horse is seeing a chiropractor.

At first his owner, Holly Johannes of Beach Lake, didn’t know what was wrong. Harry’s a show horse, but last year he stopped cooperating in the show ring. The judges told Johannes that Harry was probably burned out, tired of competing, that it might be the end of his show days.  Read more

Lake Huntington News May 9

The Pride of Cochecton awards brunch was very nice at the Villa Roma. I was sitting next to Judy Yavarkovsky and we were talking about how hard it is cleaning out our mothers’ houses.

I suggested that we have a penny social and call it in honor of our dead mothers, but Judy did not think we had time to get it together before Mother’s Day. You have to laugh; there is so much to do and so many memories. It will make you nuts if you do not laugh.  Read more

The Bill Principle

When we bought our house, “sustainability” wasn’t part of our everyday vocabulary. We did know that a 100-year-old house was likely to bankrupt us with heating bills unless we made serious changes. Other than new wiring, no major renovations had been undertaken since the 1960s, a plus since the scary vintage state of the house meant that we could afford to buy it. But we had a lot of work to do if we were going to be both snug and solvent.  Read more

Welcome aboard

“Go West, Young Man!” Well, that is exactly the advice this Brooklyn boy took 12 years ago when I moved west to Glen Spey in Sullivan County to make it my year-round home.

However, there’s another saying with a promise of its own—“There are great riches in the East!” and for the readers of this column, the East is New York City—the Big Apple. Five days a week I arise at the crack of dawn and head east, commuting to my desk in a midtown Manhattan office, across the street from New York’s Penn Station (aka NYPenn).

It’s a full life.  Read more

Vacation

I just spent the last week away at the Villa Roma. With everything that was going on with my mother, I totally forgot about my timeshare, so we had to use it or lose it. I stayed up till 2 a.m. reading and slept till 11 a.m. It was very relaxing.  Read more

Wetland wildlife watching

If you have visited a lake, swamp or other wetland lately, you have probably heard the arrival of spring in the form of spring peepers, pickerel frogs, or maybe the honking of Canada geese. If you look closer, you might see some painted turtles basking on a log or some red-spotted newts swimming by the shore. Soon, other amphibians such as green frogs and American toads will add to the chorus of wetland habitats.  Read more

Local art finds a new home at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery, a new showcase for dozens of local artists, will host a grand opening and artists’ reception on Friday, May 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. Featuring the works of Nancy Wells, Allan Rubin and Candy Spilner, the exhibit will run through May 22. Also debuting will be large-scale installations by Tom Holmes and Daina Shobrys. Ramona Jan will perform at the opening with her handmade marionettes.

The gallery is located just across the street from The Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Co. on Route 17B. Visit www.straycatgallery.com.

Lakeside Players to present ‘Double Occupancy’

HONESDALE, PA — The Lakeside Players’ original comedy “Double Occupancy,” a madcap comedy about two sexy senior citizens, will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 3, 4 and 5, at Grace Episcopal Church Parish House Hall. Saturday and Sunday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.

Written by Lakeside founders Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, the play premiered at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront in 2011, when it was performed for 18 senior bus groups over three days.  Read more

Singer songwriter returns to the Catskills

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Folk musician and national award-winning songwriter Gina Holsopple will perform a concert on Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. After a visit to the area this winter, performing at SUNY Sullivan, Holsopple returns to play at this locally-owned business.  Read more

Tuesday workshop to paint a silk scarf

LIBERTY, NY — A scarf painting workshop will be offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County on Tuesday, May 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Each participant will make his or her own hand-painted silk scarf to take home.  Read more

First Sunday artist demonstration

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Arts and Crafts, Inc. (PCAC) is pleased to host artist Janet Campbell for its May First Sunday demonstration on May 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the Milford Borough Hall.

Campbell will demonstrate the watercolor technique of ‘pouring’ watercolors. Instead of using a brush, the colors are mixed with water in containers and poured onto the paper. The white of the paper is saved by masking, therefore planning is involved.  Read more

Choral society to premier works

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Choral Society will be in concert on May 19 at 4 p.m. at the Delaware Valley High School auditorium in a performance of works by John Rutter. The concert, “All Things Good,” is dedicated to children of the community and will feature the regional premier of Rutter’s “Mass of the Children,” scored for double choir (adult and children) and full symphony orchestra.  Read more

Fisher Film Festival at SUNY

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The sixth annual Fisher Film Festival will be held at SUNY Sullivan in the college’s Seelig Theatre on Saturday, May 4 at 12 noon. It will be held in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Kite Day celebration that will take place on the college’s front green.  Read more