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September 21, 2014
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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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‘Water: A Love/Hate Relationship:' Paintings by Raul Serrano

NARROWSBURG, NY — “While looking over all of the works I had produced in the last few years, I realized that water—used as a symbol or as a physical manifestation of an emotional state—was an important element in many of them,” said painter Raul Serrano, who will exhibit work in an exhibition titled “Water: A Love/Hate Relationship” opening with a reception on Friday, April 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at 37 Main Street.  Read more

Carrot juice on the rocks

The Easter Bunny’s stump on Cotton Tail Lane was thumping until late in the evening on Easter Sunday. Creatures from every walk of life had come to hang out, eat some candy and pay their respect to Tommy “The Easter Bunny.”

Tommy sat in his favorite chair in the corner and looked around the room. The Young Bunny from across the street was there; she was so cute. He really wanted to talk to her, but didn’t have the energy. His feet ached from all the hopping. As usual, things had gone off without a hitch and it had been a long day of hiding eggs and waiting for children to find them.  Read more

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up...

I guess it was bound to happen, but given the fact that my crystal ball is once again in the shop, I didn’t see it coming. For something completely different, Mother Nature gave me some trouble last week, so there were fallen trees, insurance agents and piles of aggravation to occupy me and keep me close to home.  Read more

Port Jervis students exhibit at Up Front

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts will sponsor the Port Jervis High School Students Exhibit at Up Front Exhibition Space, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. A variety of works, including ceramics, printmaking, drawing, painting, and collage will be exhibited.  Read more

Foodstock celebrates foods and wines

CALLICOON, NY — WJFF 90.5 Radio Catskill in Jeffersonville and Catskill Harvest Market will present Foodstock, a festival of fine local foods and wines, on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Villa Roma Resort’s tennis building in Callicoon.  Read more

Grey Towers offers special tours

MILFORD, PA — Special pre-season tours of all three floors of the mansion at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 151 Grey Towers Drive, will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. from May 1 until Memorial Day weekend, when the site opens for the season seven days a week.
The second and third floors of the mansion are not included in the regular tour because they are used for conferences and meetings, limiting visitor access. Regular fees apply for these special three-floor tours.  Read more

‘Pasta for the Arts’

LAKEVILLE, PA — The Black Bear Conservatory of Music in Hawley will partner with the Wallenpaupack Area Middle School Jazz Band for an afternoon of music and food on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Capri Restaurant.

The fundraising event will feature an opening performance by conservatory students. A salad and pasta buffet will follow. The program will conclude with a 45-minute program of classic jazz by the 20-member Wallenpaupack Area Middle School Jazz Band.  Read more

Bucky Covington at ThunderBash

LIBERTY, NY — Bucky Covington, American Idol finalist and country artist, will headline the sixth annual ThunderBash, presented by Thunder 102 and the Town of Thompson at the Monticello Casino and Raceway on May 14. The free event will also feature Nashville recording artists David Adam Byrnes and Tommy Steele, along with regional favorites Iron Cowboy and Sullivan County’s own (and Nashville singer/songwriters) Somerville with Alyssa Startup.  Read more

History of New York as a film location

CUDDEBACKVILE, NY — The members and friends of The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation will host a talk by Kathie Manthorne about the history of New York as a film location on Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the D & H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road, just off Route 209.
New York scenery has been the “star” of moving pictures since the 1890s. The talk examines a series of locales, including Fort Lee and the Palisades, the Cuddebackville area and Niagara Falls, by illustrating their appearance in movie clips and still images.  Read more

Clarinetist Drucker plays Mozart at St. Andrew’s

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — A chamber music group featuring clarinetist Stanley Drucker will perform works by Mozart on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, located at 5277 State Route 42.
One of the works, Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581, is Mozart’s only completed clarinet quintet, and is one of the earliest and best-known works written especially for the instrument. It remains exceptionally popular today due to its lyrical melodies.  Read more

Noriella featured at Wayne Bank

HONESDALE AND WAYMART, PA — Art by Lucille Norella, like “Magniloquent,” shown here, is being featured at the Wayne Bank Art Wall in Honesdale and at the Wayne Bank in Waymart for the months of April and May. The exhibits are sponsored by the Wayne County Arts Alliance. Noriella’s work, made from locally grown flowers, can be viewed during regular business hours. Visit www.artbynorella.50megs.com.

Glass blowing demonstrations

PORT JERVIS, NY — Gillinder Brothers, Inc. will hold a series of glass blowing demonstrations and glass factory tours this season. The first event, including guest artists Al Hough, Bill Happel, Professor Bernard and Charlie Gillinder, will be given on Saturday, May 7 at Gillinder Glass, located at the corners of Erie & Liberty Streets. Guided tours are given between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tour rates are $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and children. Groups welcome. Call 845/ 856-5375.

New poetry series opens with Michael Sean Collins

MILFORD, PA — The Patisserie will open its doors to a new Poetry & Open Mic Series at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. With the closing of the 7th Street Coffee Shop, Patisserie owners Mark Edmonds and Christian Garcia and Claudine DiNapoli, host of the Up Front Exhibition Space Poetry/Music Series, feel this is an opportunity to start a new poetry series with a new venue.

The guest artist will be Canadian actor, poet and performance artist Michael Sean Collins. There will be an open mic following the feature reader. The cafe will be open for business during the series.  Read more

Puppet show at the library

HONESDALE, PA — Master puppeteer Steve Abrams will introduce children ages three and up to the world of puppet theatre with his performance of “Raven’s Feast” on May 5 at 5 p.m. at the Wayne County Public Library, 1406 Main St. Abrams will entertain the audience with stories and myths from the Native American culture of the Northwest Coast, using a tabletop, props and puppets to introduce the Raven in three tales. The free program is funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Registration is required.  Read more

Lake Superior passes available

BETHEL, NY — 2011 Lake Superior State Park Season Passes are available for Sullivan County residents at the Division of Public Works (DPW) office, 100 North St., Monticello, for $15. To purchase a pass, bring proof of residency or property ownership to the DPW office Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. 2010 season pass holders can download the renewal form from www.co.sullivan.ny.us and apply for their 2011 season pass by mail. One-time admission fees are $5 per person; children under three years old are free. Senior citizens get free admission to the park on weekdays only.  Read more

Submit sketches for a painted bear

MILFORD, PA —The Black Bear Film Festival is inviting submissions of artists’ sketches for its painted bear sculptures. The bears will grace the streets of Milford for several months before the festival begins, which this year will be the weekend of October 14 to 16. The deadline for submission is May 6. Concept sketches will be voted on by a design committee, and the unpainted bears will be provided to each selected artist. Send sketches to BBFF,115 MillStreet Ste 3 #186 Milford, PA, 18337. Call 570/409-0909.

Foods of the Delaware supports land protection

HAWLEY, PA — The fourth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala will be held on April 30 to benefit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. The event, held at Hawley’s Settlers Inn, features a five-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by a live auction led by Sean Strub.

Water walk awakens love of place

NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA — Looking for inspiration lately? Some good news to balance the bad? How about this: six women from New York and Pennsylvania walking 90 miles in one week, battling blisters, dealing with darkness, rising with the sun and taking to the road again—all to raise awareness of the sacredness of water and land.  Read more

Road toads

Amphibians of all varieties make a habit of migrating across the road where I live, prompting my annual pilgrimages to the ribbon of pavement that runs in front of my home. The journeys begin after nightfall on rainy evenings, necessitating the donning of headlamp and reflective clothing for me.

I search for salamanders, frogs and toads, depending on the time of year. When I come upon a creature that has not yet fallen victim to a vehicle, I gently relocate it to safety.  Read more

Body and soul

A series of events recently led me to River Brook Farm, the organic farm closest to my home. In my attempt to conserve gasoline, I had never taken the 17-mile drive, since I don’t generally head up Route 97. But I had an engagement in Milanville, PA one Saturday in February, so I made a short detour to C. Meyer Road on the New York side, after hearing raves about Alice and Neil Fitzgerald, proprietors of the farm, and the certified organic crops they grow.  Read more

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