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October 13, 2015
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It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet...

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An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the...

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People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the...

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Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have...

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Well, my active life here in the Upper Delaware River region is anything but dull. Just to be sure that I was properly defining my state of being, I looked it up, since “active” means different...

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In August, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a walk into the heart—or “eye”—of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA. In addition to experiencing the “quaking bog mat” that...

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Singer holds CD release party

ROCK HILL, NY — The release party for the new CD “Take The Day Off: Escape With Jazz,” with vocalist Donna Singer and The Doug Richards Trio, will take place on Tuesday, April 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant, 277 Rock Hill Drive.

Singer, Richards and the trio will perform songs from the new CD. “Donna Singer is a first call vocalist... with an effervescent spirit and impeccable phrasing,” wrote @Critical Jazz in a review of the CD, and Midwest Record wrote that the CD has “got so much heart and passion that it’s unstoppable.”  Read more

NACL Theatre plans its season

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Now in its 12th year, NACL Theatre is planning a full summer schedule, to kick off on Memorial Day Weekend. It also offers After School Youth Drama classes beginning on April 19, and artist residencies and retreats. For more information see story on page 5 and visit www.nacl.org.

Let my people go!

It would seem that use of the lunar calendar has its advantages. Rather than attempting to fit holidays into the school schedule, or playing fast and loose with historical dates simply to create a three-day weekend, staying true to Biblical reference can be equally convenient. This year, both Easter and Passover occurred at the same time, which had more to do with the phases of the moon than man’s interference.  Read more

One year later

Tommy “The Easter Bunny” and the young bunny who lived across the street had been together for a whole year. Even before that, Tommy had had a crush on her for as long as she lived across Cottontail Lane.

“One of these days,” he would think to himself as he gazed sheepishly at her from across the room and sipped his carrot juice on the rocks.  Read more

How many nations are we, anyway?

While Bill Clinton was in the White House, you might recall, some members of the conservative gun-enthusiast community took to sporting bumperstickers that defiantly declared “My President is Charlton Heston” (Heston, of course, being the president of the National Rifle Association at the time). During the Bush Regime, I toyed with making a similar bumper sticker myself—though mine would have said “My President is Ralph Nader.” (However, I realized that might have put me in danger of severe reprisal—not so much from gung-ho nationalists as from unforgiving Al Gore supporters.)  Read more

Visions of a madman

By Michael Morris

When I was offered the opportunity to write this article about my visions for the area, my first inclination was to write about the projects I am involved in and the benefits to the community. Then it struck me that my visions depend on the American people returning to the way we were as a nation on December 8, 1941.  Read more

Keeping track

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — When it comes to spring sports, baseball and softball are diamonds in the rough and golf played on the emerald greens is another priceless gem. But for its multi-faceted glittering movement, track and field is considered by many to be the crown jewel. While the aforementioned sports feature compelling moments and drama, they are also prone to periods of stasis. Not so with track and field, which is a non-stop cavalcade of action as runners, jumpers and throwers compete simultaneously in what amounts to an athletic cirque du soleil.  Read more

Delaware River history 'Unearthed'

NARROWSBURG, NY - Last weekend, the Narrowsburg library hosted the inaugural presentation of an oral history titled “Unearthed.” The first recordings focused on long-time residents and their relationships with the Delaware River. Seen here are organizer Laura Moran, left, Beverly Sterner, Nora Brown, Grace Johansen, Susan Klikus, Linda Slocum and artistic Director Tannis Kowalchuk.

Lions and a bunny at the Corner Piazza

ELDRED, NY — The newly chartered Eldred Lions Club will be hosting an Easter Bunny party at the Corner Piazza on Saturday, April 7 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The event will feature a visit from the Easter Bunny, the decoration of an Easter tree, an Easter Bonnet Parade, music and fun. All children who wear an Easter bonnet will receive a free cup of soft-serve ice cream courtesy of the Eldred Lions Club and the Corner store in Eldred. Photo services will be provided by Regina Lynn Photography. The event is free.

DVHS presents ‘How to Succeed’

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) Drama Club will present “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on April 13, 14, and 15 in the DVHS auditorium. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday April 13 and Saturday April 14, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday April 15.

The three performances will also feature a café where theater-goers can enjoy homemade refreshments, open for one hour before and after each performance and during intermission. You can also come early to enjoy the student art show presented by the DVHS art department.  Read more

Woodsongs Coffeehouse features Steve Lane

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum will feature Steve Lane (www.myspace.com/stevelanemusic) of Port Jervis on Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Lane was raised in a farmhouse on old-time country music, and has become a noted alternative country music songwriter. He learned the guitar from his country-music father Don Lane and brother Dan, and other musicians that hung around their house when he was a child. His father will perform with him at the coffeehouse. The evening will also include a return performance by Van Manakas (www.vanmanakas.com).  Read more

New Hope bares its ‘Heart & Soul’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Fine Arts Enrichment Program of the New Hope Community has partnered with the Catskill Art Society (CAS) in April to present a collective exhibition of paintings which titled “The Heart and Soul of New Hope.” The work will be on view at the Livingston Manor venue from April 14 through May 6. An artist’s reception is schedule for April 17 from 4:30 to 7:30pm at the CAS Center.

For more information regarding the exhibition and the arts program at New Hope Community, email bwoolf@newhopecommunity.org. For information about CAS, call 845/436-4227.

Hinchey announces 2012 Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) recently announced the beginning of the 2012 Congressional Art Competition. The contest is open to all students in grades nine through 12 who either reside or attend high school in New York’s 22nd Congressional District. For a second year in a row, the competition is going online. The first-place winner will have his or her artwork publicly displayed on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for one year. To participate, visit hinchey.house.gov/art.  Read more

Book signing at Havens Treasures

MILFORD, PA — Author Madeleine Coppola, a resident of Blooming Grove, will participate in a book signing event for her book “Child in the Mirror” on Sunday, April 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Havens Treasures Thrift Shop, 149 Sawkill Ave.  Read more

Spring at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold a spring waterfall tour on Saturday, April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. Dress in warm layers, wear sturdy footwear, and bring a camera. The cost is $20.

On Saturday, April 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a search for salamander eggs. Salamanders are stirring in the woods now; nearby breeding pools will be explored for salamander egg masses. PEEC will provide nets and collection jars for up-close study. The cost is $5.

Pre-registration is requested. Visit www.peec.org, peec@peec.org or call 570/828-2319.

Foods of the Delaware Highlands dinner

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Celebrate the new partnership between the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Eagle Institute at the fifth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala on April 28, to benefit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. The event, held at Hawley’s Settlers Inn, features a four-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by a live auction. There will also be a silent auction celebrating the bounty of our local businesses and products.  Read more

Morton headlines at RiverFolk

CALLICOON, NY — RiverFolk Concerts will feature Lois Morton at a concert at Jeff Moore’s house, 29 Head Rd., on Saturday, April 14. There will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m., with the concert starting at 7 p.m. The evening will also feature a raffle to benefit Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) for its Savor the Arts event.  Read more

High school art show displayed at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Sullivan County BOCES, in partnership with the Catskill Art Society (CAS), will present the CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show from April 14 to May 6. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 14 at CAS, located at 48 Main St., from 2 to 4 p.m.  Read more

SUNY Sullivan holds “Back to the Fuchsia” women’s day

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — What could be better than a day set aside where women can come together to learn, share and have a really good time? There is such a day and it’s called “Back to the Fuschia,” the 16th annual Celebration of Being a Woman conference, on Saturday, April 28 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Professional comedian Robin Fox will be the keynote speaker.  Read more

Harbinger of spring

I was on a hike on a trail in Shohola during mid-March when I spotted what appeared to be a butterfly flying in the distance. I waited and watched as it landed nearby. What butterfly flies around in March when it is still cold and several weeks from “greening up” time?

The answer was soon obvious as I got close enough to identify this dark-colored butterfly with a yellow fringe around its wings. I was looking at a mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiope) on a late winter jaunt. One of the nicknames for this species is “Harbinger of Spring.” It did indeed make an early appearance.  Read more

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