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HAWLEY, PA — If you enjoy dining outdoors, or music outdoors, or both, consider putting The Settlers Inn on your list of summer destinations. The beautifully restored craftsman lodge on Hawley’s Main Avenue hosts a weekly Jazz on the Deck series every Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. during the summer, rain or shine, and there is no cover charge. Select Friday and Sunday shows are also planned. Next up, on, July 8, the Compass Jazz Quartet will be featured. The series continues through September 6.

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Yes, it’s finally here—summer. Concerts under the stars, barbeques, fireflies, dips in the lake and camp for the kids. Summer. It conjures up so many memories of my youth that I can’t help but wax...

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With summer’s arrival, more cold-blooded creatures are making themselves noticed. All of the frogs and toads have started or finished their courtship calls, and some waterways have tadpoles from...

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My uncle George sees the gulls flying overhead as Japanese bombers over Pearl Harbor. I tell him that one looks like the airplane coming in low and fast over Greenwich Street headed for the World...

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Late fall bugs

After the Halloween snow that coated the roads and trees, it seemed that winter was trying to get a foothold in time for November. November, however, was not ready for winter. The Halloween snow soon melted, and by the end of the month, the weather was very mild. During the weekend after Thanksgiving, temperatures were approaching 60 degrees.  Read more

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Mrs. Claus tells a story

MILFORD, PA — The Ann Street School will host Story Time with Mrs. Claus on Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The school is located in the Milford United Methodist Church, 206 East Ann Street. Children will hear a special story from Mrs. Claus, make a holiday craft, eat yummy treats and have a chance to have a picture taken with Mrs. Claus. The cost is $5 per child. Call 570/296-6124.

Calkins Creamery holiday open house

CALKINS, PA — Calkins Creamery, 288 Calkins Road, will host a holiday open house on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Creamery staff will treat visitors to warm chocolate chip cookies, coffee and good cheer. Guests will have the opportunity to sample the Creamery’s 14 varieties of raw milk cheeses and new pasteurized fresh cheese varieties including Moo Mozz, baby brie, and Quark cheese dips such as Georgic and Ole.  Read more

Santa and pals in town

HONESDALE, PA — Santa will be making the rounds in Honesdale during the upcoming week. On Thursday, December 15, he will visit Art’s for Him & Her Too, 843 Main Street, from 5 to 7 p.m. On Friday, December 16, he will make a stop at Little Duck House, 623 Main Street from 5 to 7 p.m., sponsored by Connections Magazine. On Saturday, December 17, enjoy a holiday pizza party with Santa and all-you-can-eat pizza, salad and beverage from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Elegante Restaurant & Pizzeria, 851 Main Street for $7.95 per person, free for kids under one.  Read more

Santa in Matamoras

MATAMORAS, PA — Continuing on his travels through the area, Santa will arrive at the Home Depot from 10 a.m. and stay until noon on Saturday, December 17. He will give his sleigh a rest and travel aboard the Lumberland, NY fire truck. The Home Depot associates join the festivities. There will be candy canes, balloons and fun for children of all ages.

‘Christmas in Connecticut’ in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema series closes out the year with a showing of the classic holiday movie “Christmas in Connecticut.” This 1945 comedy, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet, centers on Elizabeth Lane (Stanwyck), a food writer who has lied in print about her idyllic rural family life and abilities as a gourmet cook.  Read more

Celebrating the solstice

BEACH LAKE, PA —Laurie Stuart will present a solstice service that explores the balancing of the light and the dark and our relationship within it on Sunday, December 18 at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center. Taking off from the word “syzygy,” meaning the lining up of three celestial bodies or the combining of two of any things, either alike or opposite, the interactive one-hour service will feature stories, carols and candle lighting.  Read more

Free holiday party for K-3 kids

MATAMORAS, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business and J-Angelo Event Planning will hold a free holiday party for children in Kindergarten to third grades on Sunday, December 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing, Fountain Room, 120 Routes 6 and 209.  Read more

Happy Holidaze!

I’m often scatterbrained and frequently perplexed—but this week, I found myself even more dazed and confused than usual. The dizzying array of holiday events, parties and fundraisers has me in a tizzy and I momentarily lost my way. Naturally, I’m looking to place blame, rather than own up to a lack of focus, so I’ll chalk it up to attending the Delaware Valley Opera’s (DVO, www.delawarevalleyopera.org) magical and enchanting production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” After all, those crazy kids are well known for getting into trouble and losing their way in the woods.  Read more

Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center to receive $13,500 in grants

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) Producing Director Norman Duttweiler has announced that the local not-for-profit performing arts organization will receive two state arts grants to support its work of bringing live theatre to both summer audiences and local high schools students. These are the first The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grants the theatre company has ever been awarded.  Read more

A church celebrates with a Living Nativity

BETHANY, PA — Every year, local churches in our area find special ways to celebrate the Christmas season. Among the most interesting of such traditions is a living nativity held by the Bethany Presbyterian Church. At the annual event, members of the congregation reproduce realistic scenes from the New Testament’s story of the nativity of Jesus Christ, with actors and live animals.

Beginning in the historic church on Route 670, the scenes spill out onto the church grounds with imaginative interpretations of the traditional story, colored by modern music and even humorous themes.  Read more

Scrap Seekers

Scrap metal collection isn’t just the domain of teenagers looking to make an extra buck anymore. In years past, there were always kids asking to haul away your junk for free. It was like the paper route job of rural kids.

But now, as scrap metal prices continue to rise and people are feeling the pinch of a difficult economy, scrap collection is turning into a full-time job. It’s an interesting development in our local economy.  Read more

‘The Year the War Came Home,’ by Richard Paterson

MILFORD, PA — Milford author Richard Paterson has self-published a novel, “The Year the War Came Home,” that spans seven months, November 1969 to July 1970. The story weaves in historic events of the period—including the Vietnam War, Kent State shootings, first draft lottery, Apollo 13 and the My-Lai massacre.  Read more

‘By the Grace of God,’ by Jean Potter

LORDS VALLEY, PA — “By the Grace of God” is Jean Potter’s story about the traumatic events of 9/11 and the extraordinary effect it had on her and her husband Dan. Jean was working in the North Tower at the time of the incident, and Dan served as a New York City firefighter and was a first responder to the scene. The book covers the impact of the event: having to cope with the effects of post traumatic stress disorder; moving because they could no longer live in a home haunted by three thousand ghosts; giving up their jobs and leaving the city they had grown to love.  Read more

A historical ornament

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society joins in the celebration of Honesdale National Bank’s 175th birthday with the release of this year’s ornament depicting the bank. The Honesdale Bank opened its doors in 1836, with Richard L. Seely as its first president, and although its name has been changed, it has provided 175 years of continuous service to the Wayne County community.  Read more

Holiday Shopping Bazaar benefits food pantries

CALLICOON, NY — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Catskills, in association with the Sullivan County Visitors Association, will present the second annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at the enclosed tennis courts of the Villa Roma resort. Two of this year’s beneficiaries are the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Narrowsburg, NY (emilygrillo@yahoo.com; 570/729-4038) and the Federation for the Homeless, 9 Monticello Street, Monticello, NY 12701-1807, 845/794-2604.  Read more

Winter warmth for Cosor kids

WOODRIDGE, NY — Through the generosity of community members and the hard work of the Kiwanis Club of Woodridge, the club recently donated gloves, hats, underwear and socks to the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School (BCES). There is a real need for these items on the part of some of the youngsters of the Fallsburg Central School District. The clothing will be kept at the school and given to the children as the need arises throughout the winter and the balance of the school year.  Read more

Deck the Doors contest

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Sullivan First will hold its 15th annual Deck the Doors holiday decorating contest on Thursday, December 15. Winners of the contest will be awarded prizes provided by Hurleyville business owners. The group will tour every road in Hurleyville on the night of the contest and judge doors decorated for the holidays. All holiday-decorated doors in the hamlet, including residences and businesses, are eligible.  Read more

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