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The volume of the debate surrounding the death of up to a third of all honey bees in the United States during the winter, in a phenomena known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), was increased a notch this year as the results of a new Harvard study were released in May.

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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Few things captured my childhood imagination more than rocks. I spent hours searching the roadsides for quartz pebbles. I collected ripple marks and treasured the small, imperfect fossils I found...

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The folks at Hobby Lobby (which apparently is an evangelical ministry disguised as a craft store) took out a full-page ad in the papers recently, touting the notion that the United States was from...

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While these words strung together might seem esoteric, they are ringing in my ears as I review where I’ve been over the last few days. The reference is to a song from “HAIR” (the tribal love-rock...

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As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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Where does it hurt?

Last month a friend of mine asked me for advice on how to properly dispose of her unused and expired medications and their packaging. She knew that improper disposal poses a threat to humans as well as aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.  Read more

Three at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — Three Catskill area artists will be showing their work at the Inn at Starlight Lake during the entire month of April. There will be an opening reception at the Inn with the artists on April 2 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

‘Rivers and Roads’ in Roscoe

ROSCOE, NY — Roscoe UpstArts will present “The River and Roads Show,” starting with an opening reception on Saturday, April 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1968 Old Route 17. The Rockland-Roscoe Fire District has donated the exhibition space, a temporarily empty automobile showroom. The eclectic group show features local and New York City-based artists inspired by rivers and all they evoke.  Read more

‘Frack!’ comes to Glen Spey

GLEN SPEY, NY — A new documentary by filmmaker David Morris will be screened at Mountain View Manor Resort in Glen Spey on Saturday, April 2. “Frack!” tells the story of the unconventional gas-drilling (“fracking”) frenzy sweeping the Marcellus Shale region including the Catskills and Upper Delaware River watershed, threatening pristine areas that provide drinking water for over 15 million people.  Read more

A fashionable tea at the Columns

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will offer a vintage fashion show and tea on the main floor of the Columns Museum on April 3 at 3:30 p.m. The tea will be a “Farmer’s Tea,” consisting of Cornish pasties, sweets and tea. The fashion show will include clothing from the Victorian era up to the ‘60s. The models will be locals. There will be live music and door prizes. Tickets cost $25 and include the show and tea. All donations are tax deductable.  Read more

‘Top Girls’ at Krause Hall

NARROWSBURG, NY — A reading of Caryl Churchill’s play “Top Girls” will take place on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. at Krause Recital Hall in the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The reading, directed by Penelope Morgan-Lohr, will benefit Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Arts Alive drive. The suggested donation is $15.  Read more

‘Shorts and Sweets’

HASBROUCK, NY — The Concerned Citizens of Hasbrouck, in cooperation with Big Sky Productions, will present “Shorts and Sweets for April Fools”—an afternoon of short stories with homemade desserts—on Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m.
Selections will be read by Big Sky’s artistic director Carol Montana, and will include stories by Robert Fulghum, Neil Gaiman and Thomas Meehan.  Read more

Sawka at the Red Eft

WURTSBORO, NY — There will be an artists’ reception for “Passion and Art,” an exhibit of the works of Jan Sawka, on Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Red Eft Gallery, 159 Sullivan Street. The show will be on view until May 7. The exhibit will feature a lecture on Sawka on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at Utopia Direction at 7 West Street in Warwick, following which there will be champagne reception at the Red Eft.  Read more

The ACPT

The announcers’ voices were steady and excited.

“David’s still got the mistake on one across but he’s making good time with the bottom left corner of the puzzle. Ken’s got one across and he’s got the entire right side of the puzzle.”  Read more

By the numbers

Eleven. The frigid number of degrees on the thermometer as I left the house and headed to Monticello, NY to catch “Kiss Me Kate” at the high school on Friday. The book, written by husband-and-wife team Samuel and Bella Spewack, adds sparkle to the (IMHO) incredibly clever score, penned by the incomparable Cole Porter, who created 15 original songs for this homage to Shakespeare.  Read more

Casting call

HURLEYLVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (SCDW) has put out a casting call for its summer production of “Hairspray.” Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main Street, from 2 to 5 p.m. Production dates will be the first two weekends of August, at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg.
Strong singers and dancers are needed to play a variety of male and female roles of high school age, and in the 40s or 50s. Alternate audition times can be scheduled. Email MLori1962@aol.com or call 845/701-0142.

Caution: Eagles at work

With the first sign of spring comes time for year-round resident birds to repair nests or build new ones in preparation for a new breeding season. For our resident eagles, that work has already begun over the course of the winter, and as of the beginning of March, a few pairs have already started to incubate eggs. Once incubation has started, the adults will share this duty until the eggs hatch about 35 days later. Rearing the young takes another 12 weeks or so until they are ready to fledge.  Read more

WCM features Debussy in season premiere

HORTONVILLE, NY — Harp, viola and flute are on the bill as Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) ushers in its 18th season with two unique spring concerts: at 2:30 p.m. on April 3 in Hortonville, and at 4 p.m. on April 17 in Brooklyn. Harpist Elaine Christy joins violist Dov Scheindlin and flutist Judith Pearce in both programs, the centerpiece of which is Debussy’s penultimate work, his Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp.  Read more

Mind, Body, & Spirit Expo

MATAMORAS, PA — Spiritual Journeys, a local spiritual gift shop in Milford, will present a Mind, Body, & Spirit Expo on Sunday April 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing. Partial proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jean Work Scholarship Fund for GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center.  Read more

‘Art classes at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will host a number of courses in spring. Among them are a Kids Wheel-throwing Clay Class, on six Sundays starting April 17; Pots for Tots, on six Sundays starting April 17; Fine Art is Fun, on six consecutive Saturdays starting April 2; Art for Kids, on six consecutive Saturdays starting April 2; and How to Photograph Your Artwork, one session on Saturday, April 2.

Fees start at $45. Classes are held at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, with a five student minimum. Visit www.catskillartsociety.org or call 845/436-4227.

Taste of Cherry’ at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Spring Sunday Night Cinema Series presents “Taste of Cherry” on March 27 at 7 p.m. Directed by Iranian-born filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, the 1997 film is about a mysterious middle-aged man who drives around the outskirts of a city offering strangers money to help him commit suicide. It raises questions about the morality of suicide and the nature of compassion, and won the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.  Read more

Write a play over the weekend

JEFFERSONVILLE AND NARROWSBURG, NY — The Western Sullivan Public Library will host a two-day playwriting program at the Jeffersonville and Narrowsburg branches on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27. Both days there will be a playwriting seminar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Jeffersonville branch, led by playwright and workshop mentor Bonnie Culver.  Read more

Kiss Me Kate’ at Monti high

MONTICELLO, NY— Monticello High School will persent the musical “Kiss Me, Kate” on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium at Monticello High School. A twist on Shakespeare ’s “Taming of the Shrew,” the musical features a book by Samuel and Bella Spewack and music and lyrics by Cole Porter, including such memorable numbers as “Another Openin,’ Another Show,” “Why Can’t You Behave.” Tickets are available at the door and through MHS students and cost $5 for adults, $3 for students, with free admission for senior citizens.

An evening of storytelling at Flour Power

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Outsider Studio Collective will present an evening of storytelling and narrative art with guest storyteller Judith Katz at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at Flour Power Bakery. Listen to 12 stories pertaining to “baggage,” then view an art exhibit of works that are narrative in style. Treats will be available for purchase. Email a4aange@msn.com or visit www.theoutsidersstudio.com.

Space out at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — The Museum at Bethel Woods will present “Spaced Out! The Final Frontier in Album Covers,” a touring exhibition organized by Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, WA.

The special exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first American in space, and will be on display from Saturday, April 2 through Sunday, June 26. It features 117 space-themed record album covers that were released between 1940 and 1969, the dawn of the space age, when space was a mystery, and space exploration was seen as adventurous and groovy.  Read more