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February 27, 2015
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[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.

Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to...

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It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they...

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The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its...

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The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays...

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I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure...

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As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve,...

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Irene brings wild weather

As I write this column, I hear the hum of portable generators outside the window. I have power, but neighbors down the road are out and have been since Irene swept through the area on August 28. Tropical-storm-force winds blew down trees and caused widespread power outages throughout the area, and heavy rains caused flooding and washouts on roads. Several instances of residential flooding were reported, and many farm fields were flooded.  Read more

September 11, 2001: The day the earth stood still

On September 11, 2001 life as we know it changed forever. At 9:59 EST, the unthinkable occurred when Al Qaeda-affiliated hijackers flew two jets into the World Trade Center towers. The approaching 10th anniversary of the event has stirred up a flood of memories for millions worldwide. For many of us, it has become an opportunity to work through this experience by sharing those memories with one another. Here is mine.  Read more

Wanted: wing and chili maestros

HONESDALE, PA — The Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) along with help from Rent-E-Quip, will hold the sixth annual Wing and Chili Taste-Off during this year’s “Harvest & Heritage Days,” to be held on Sunday, October 9 on Main Street, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Read more

Oral history project: get involved

WESTERN SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — In the fall of 2011, the Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL), with support from a Sullivan County Arts and Heritage Grant, will sponsor six free introductory courses in the art of oral history. WSPL will provide simple beginner training in approach, ethics, methods, technology, interviewing, presentation and preservation in hopes that volunteers can collect local oral histories for our new “Unearthed: Oral Histories of the Upper Delaware River” project.  Read more

PaPA holds art finale

WHITE MILLS, PA — ArtSpace at PaPA (Parker and Parker Art) will open its fall exhibition, “MAD: Music, Art and Dance,” on Saturday, September 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

PaPA will partner with Marsha Ismail-off and the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach, FL, with the original “Pas de Trois” performance, called “Does Art Imitate Life.” Fine artist and Russian ballet master Ismailoff has cross-referenced art and dance in a unique video performance.  Read more

Harvest Festival: Airing of the Quilts

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center will partner with Calico Geese Quilters for the third annual Airing of the Quilts on Sunday, September 11 at the Harvest Festival. This year’s event will include community quilt-making activities inspired by the Boise Idaho Quilt Project, which originated with women activists of the ‘60s. The idea is to invite the community to participate in making quilts that celebrate our common threads and our diversity.  Read more

Kirson leads Laugh Tour back to Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Laugh Tour will return to The Nutshell with The Tonight Show’s Jessica Kirson on Saturday, September 10. The event will start with a mixer at 7 p.m., followed by a show at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 the day of the show. They are available at The Nutshell or at www.TheLaughTour.com. The Nutshell is at 6692 Route 52 in Lake Huntington.  Read more

Entries sought for classic car show

HAWLEY, PA — The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce will host the third annual Fall Classic Car Show in Bingham Park on Sunday, October 2, rain or shine. Auto registration is at 10 a.m. until 12 noon and costs $6 per car in advance and $10 on the day of the event.  Read more

‘Wonderful Things’ auction benefits WJFF

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — WJFF Radio Catskill will host its second annual “Wonderful Things” auction on Saturday, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jeffersonville Fire Hall.

“Our listeners and friends have donated more than 250 items,” said Dawn Dorcas, president of WJFF’s board of trustees. “There is something for everyone in every category and at every price point starting at $2.”  Read more

African drumming at Seelig

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — African drumming master Kofi Donkor will bring his musical artistry to the Seelig Theater at SUNY Sullivan on Tuesday, September 20 at 6 p.m. in a performance titled “Drumming: The Heartbeat of Humanity.” It is sponsored by New Hope Community and SUNY Sullivan. The performance is free and open to the public.  Read more

CAG holds second annual “Friends” show

LIBERTY, NY — The Catskill Artists Gallery, 38 South Main St., will hold an exhibit featuring the work of gallery members and selected friends starting on Saturday, September 10 with a gala reception from 4 to 8 p.m. The show, titled “Friends,” will run through Sunday, November 20.  Read more

Share the Harvest in Milford

MILFORD, PA— The Milford Business Council’s fourth annual Share the Harvest will be held on Monday, September 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gardens of the River Rock Inn at 210 2nd Street.

The event is an opportunity to sample wonderful creations of more than a dozen local chefs from area restaurants, listen to live music and mingle with friends and neighbors. For each item of non-perishable food donated at the door, attendees receive a complimentary raffle ticket for the prizes donated by local Milford businesses.  Read more

Cabaret to benefit Try-City production

MATAMORAS, PA — Try-City Stagewill hold its annual cabaret fundraiser, featuring the cast of its upcoming production of “Guys and Dolls,” on Friday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverview Inn. The cabaret will help fund the presentation of the Broadway hit musical, to be presented from September 29 through October 2 at the Riverview Inn. Tickets cost $15. Cash bar and light fare will be available. Visit www.riverviewinninc.com, www.try-citystage.org or call 570/491-2173.

Dot-dot-dot...

The use of three dots at the end of a sentence has a name: ellipsis. The word’s origin has been traced to the Greek language and is a series of marks that “usually indicate an intentional omission of a word or sentence, or whole section from the original text being quoted,” (www.wikipedia.org).

An ellipsis can also be used to indicate a pause in speech, an unfinished thought, or, at the end of a sentence; a trailing off into silence (aposiopesis). “When placed at the beginning or end of a sentence, the ellipsis can also inspire a feeling of melancholy longing.”  Read more

‘Big Wind from Winnetka’

While August 26th was a beautiful blue sky day the forecast for the following days were six to eight inches of rain with winds up to 75 miles an hour. If Barbara and I were to go fishing, it was Friday or forget about it for at least a week. We headed for the Willowemoc late that afternoon. Upon reaching the stream, we found a pleasant surprise. Instead of a very low flow, the creek was running at mid-May levels with a temperature of 66 degrees.  Read more

The ‘Freedom’ Towers

“Now things will have to change,” was my first cogent thought after witnessing the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. It didn’t take long for me to make the connection between these horrific acts and the desperation engendered in the world by a corporate system run amok. Before the TV anchors had figured out that the two planes weren’t a fluke, I knew that much. But what a fool I was.  Read more

Contests for outdoor enthusiasts

We receive lots of positive feedback from readers about the photography that appears in the “River Talk” columns. Many of our fans are themselves photographers and very devoted to nature and outdoor recreation. Two upcoming photo contests may interest those who enjoy photographing their experiences in the natural world.

For those who like rambling with their favorite canine companion, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) announces its second annual statewide “Dogs in the Outdoors Photo Contest.”  Read more

Good night, Irene!

All it takes is one minor disaster to remind me of how dependent I have become on technology. Even though the hurricane could have been much worse, we still took a hit here in the mountains and I couldn’t help but think of Gilligan, his island... and how the song might have gone, were it today: “No phones, no lights, no Internet... ”  Read more

A Summer Mystery Part 4: The conclusion

Detective Brown wanted them all there by 3:30 p.m. sharp. Some had grumbled that they would have to get out of work early. But they all said they would be there.

Brown arrived last but had sent his partner ahead to secure some evidence and keep the peace. He suspected that tensions could be running high.  Read more

PEEC holds Harvest Festival

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature old-time activities and seasonal exhibits, including candle making, arts and crafts, and food preservation.
There will also be interpretive hikes, hands-on learning stations, conservation exhibits, live music, local food, beverages and a live animal presentation by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Pre-registration is not required and the admission costs $5 per car. Visit www.peec.org.

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