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SAUGERTIES, NY — One thing that makes diners so special is you know what to expect from them—breakfast foods and standard American favorites, old school or art deco décor, coffee—and yet the beauty is that each is different in its own way. That’s what Alecia Eberhardt and Tom Smith capture: the beauty of diners. They feature diners in the Catskills and other areas on their photo project Diner Porn.

I met Charles, the shoe man, under slightly peculiar circumstances. It was a Wednesday afternoon and I was going to lunch at the new restaurant around the corner from my office. After three years...

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The second Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held last weekend, with the blessing of terrific weather, dedicated volunteers and an ideal site making for another successful event. Activities took place...

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I’m preoccupied lately with trying to reduce plastic in my life, beyond obvious things like avoiding single-serve containers, carrying drinking water in a glass bottle, shopping with reusable bags...

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It’s a noun, and has but one meaning: “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period, place or thing with happy personal associations” (...

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My fishing partners and I are hooked in the quest for large fish. What constitutes a “large” fish is subjective. We all want trout of 20 inches plus. If you fish after dark, the gold standard is a...

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One thing I do around this time of year is check for monarch butterflies, usually by just walking down some nearby roads; there are a few milkweed plants growing off the side of the roads that...

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My enemy (in the abstract)

“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world.

It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”

― L.R. Knost

Every once in a while (as I may have observed here before), something comes across the Internet, amongst all the kitty-cat videos and trivial “Mmmm, nice lunch!” status updates, that make a reader stop dead for a moment.  Read more

First Jobs

What was your first job?

My first job was as a reporter at the Sullivan County Democrat in Callicoon, where I worked during the summers when I was home from college. It was an interesting time in our river valley—the National Park Service was holding public hearings on the Upper Delaware wild and scenic park plan, and there was lots of fist shaking and yelling going on. It was exciting, and eventually I even learned how to operate the 35mm camera so that my photos of those wild crowds came out in focus.  Read more

Double trouble

The first time Emily asked me what I thought about getting another dog I deflected the question.

Faithful readers will know that Emily and I have a French bulldog named Madeline. She’s getting on in years, and Emily had been reading that adding a young dog into the mix is known to extend an old dog’s life.  Read more

Spring Fling Party to welcome Catskill Mountainkeeper to Livingston Manor

Livingston Manor, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will join the town in welcoming Catskill Mountainkeeper to Livingston Manor with a Spring Fling Party at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, March 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend for this casual seasonal bash.  Read more

Community center wins grant for Music Night

PHILLIPSPORT, NY — The Phillipsport Community Center (PCC) recently announced that the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) has awarded the group $1,500 to pay for Music Night performances. President Matthew Migliaccio will receive the award by the end of March at a presentation made by the DVAA in Narrowsburg.  Read more

Music scholarship opportunity for Sullivan West seniors

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Bodenstein Music Scholarship is offered to seniors at Sullivan West Central School who wish to pursue music education in college or with a master teacher. The scholarship is open to both vocal and instrumental students. One Music Advancement scholarship in the amount of $500 is awarded annually, given a suitable candidate. At the discretion of the jury, a $100 Music Achievement prize may also be awarded.  Read more

Sound shower and workshop to celebrate spring

NARROWSBURG, NY — Musician and integrative healer Rakel Terceno returns to Beaverbrook Cottage for a community healing sound co-creation in celebration of the spring equinox. The event will take place on Sunday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Beaverbrook Cottage, 1256 Crystal Lake Rd.  Read more

Louie Setzer and the Appalachian Mountain Boys

HONESDALE, PA — The “Duke of Bluegrass” Louie Setzer is coming to The Cooperage with his band The Appalachian Mountain Boys on Saturday, March 15 at 7 p.m. Joining Setzer is Jeff Propert, who will be playing various string instruments, Ron Penska on the upright bass, David Cavage on banjo and Joe Fili playing the fiddle.  Read more

Theatrical reading with Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — In addition to the weekly Saturday concerts and monthly comedy nights, Harmony Presents will have two more Friday events in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill.  Read more

CAS presents ‘Yarnslingers: Memoirs’ storytelling series

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for their partnership series “Yarnslingers: Memoirs” at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, March 15 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Two bands to play at the Nutshell this weekend

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Collabonation Productions returns to The Nutshell Arts Center with its 2014 debut showcasing Elephant Wrecking Ball and LeSpecial on Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m.  Read more

Teen bowling event held by Grace Lutheran Church

CALLICOON, NY — A teen bowling event will be held at Krystal Bowl, 9202 State Rte. 97, on Saturday, March 15 at 4 p.m. For a cost of $5, all will enjoy two games of bowling and a supper. Grace Lutheran Church in North Branch is hosting this event through one of its pastors, Rev. Norm David.  Read more

Dinner & a show at the Hawley Silk Mill St. Patty’s weekend

HAWLEY, PA — Over St. Patty’s day weekend Harmony Presents will host Greg Klyma in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Klyma uses a story-telling approach to his music. Although he isn’t Irish, he will perform stories and songs that tell of people who work hard, love their families, and take care of each other.  Read more

Fourth annual Rock Hill St. Patrick’s Day Parade

ROCK HILL, NY — Join the Rock Hill Business and Community Association and the Rock Hill Fire Department for the fourth annual Rock Hill St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 15 at 1 p.m. The day’s activities kick off at 12 noon with a special kids section, located outside the Rock Hill Trading Post, which will include face painting and arts and crafts by the YMCA of Sullivan County and cupcakes by Edible Art By Erin.  Read more

Narrowsburg St. Patrick’s Day parade and pancake breakfast

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce and Catskill Hudson Bank will host a Saint Patrick’s Day pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Tusten Town Hall, 210 Bridge St. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Tusten Town Hall’s kitchen equipment fund to upgrade refrigeration.  Read more

Putting the ‘fun’ in fundraiser!

Yes, it finally happened. After months of planning, weeks of preparation and days of excited anticipation, the gang at The River Reporter gathered in Callicoon, NY (www.villaroma.com) and joined nearly 100 civic-minded individuals, donned fantastic costumes and spent a few hours entertaining more than 500 guests who turned out to take in the show benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sullivan County (www.bgcorange.org) for the sixth annual Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner.  Read more

Sullivan County unplugged; Roscoe: memories of the country

ROSCOE, NY — If winter doldrums and contemporary life are getting you down, try spending a couple of hours reading “Roscoe: Memories of the Country,” a charming collective memoir of summer vacations spent on a relatives’ dairy farm outside Roscoe. Written by 10 members of the extended Schramm family, each contributing one chapter, this short book edited by Thom Schramm tells of daily routines and memorable events seen through the eyes of New York metro area children reveling in the natural world and tight-knit community of mid-20th-century Sullivan County.  Read more

Pike celebrates two centuries

Pike County, PA is celebrating its 200th year and the Pike County Historical Society (PCHS), in cooperation with the county commissioners, is hosting a celebratory banquet at Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley, PA on March 26 to mark the milestone.  Read more

Engineering a win-win

All around New York State, municipal entities are working out ways to secure the benefits of solar electricity to power their facilities. Onondaga County is installing a solar array at the county’s wastewater management facility. Seneca County will soon power its law enforcement center with solar, and the Schodack Central School District is installing solar panels at four buildings and creating a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) academic instruction program around the installation and operation of the arrays.  Read more

The gravy train

With all the hoopla surrounding the Thanksgiving turkey—to brine or not, to stuff or not, to baste or not—not to mention the myriad sides, the gravy is often relegated to the back burner, so to speak. But this essential sauce can mask a multitude of sins (dry turkey, gluey mashed potatoes, leaden stuffing) and deserves more careful consideration. There are several schools of thought on what makes the best gravy, though pan drippings and giblets are generally involved, and for some reason it seems to be a frequent source of anxiety.  Read more

Tue., Jul. 1 Handbag sale
Tue., Jul. 1 Pajama Rama Story Time
Wed., Jul. 2 Tastes of Wayne
Thu., Jul. 3 Meet and greet with Nick Troiano