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December 05, 2016
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PORT JERVIS, NY — Since 2013 the Port Jervis Tourism Board has sponsored Christkindlmarkt, which is promoted as a family event in the tradition of markets held in Germany during the holiday season.

This year the market is scheduled to take place on November 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Jersey Avenue in Port Jervis.

Having expectations is natural, I suppose, but sometimes lead to heartache. As with most things, there are “two sides to every coin,” and while expectations are a good thing when setting goals, it...

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The 2016 fishing season is all but over. The huge issue facing America has not yet been fully settled or resolved. I am speaking, of course of whether fly fishing trumps all other fishing methods...

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Photo caption: If you are concerned about the impacts of monofilament debris on wildlife, volunteer to maintain a recycling bin at your favorite fishing spot, marina or dock. Visit...

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Well, I was hoping by the Friday after the election, things would return to normal in the third car of the 5:07 a.m. out of Port Jervis; silly me. It had been a slow boil to Tuesday’s election and...

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So here’s the thing about writing a “personal” column—it’s personal. On one hand, that makes my job easier, since I am recounting my own experience here in the Upper Delaware River region and...

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Reports from Mexico indicate that monarch butterflies have started to stream into their overwintering grounds at the volcanic hills near Aputzio de Juarez (about 100 miles west of Mexico City)...

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Lake Huntington News may 16

What a great time I had this weekend. You know how it is when you just need to get away, and so I went camping with my husband, brother Teddy, his granddaughter Kayla and our friend Trevor at Jelly Stone National Park in Woodburne. They rent cabins there that are like little apartments. There’s nothing like watching a burning fire till the sun goes down, and when you go to sleep listening to the rain hitting a tin roof. On the way home, we stopped off at McDonald's; it was Mother’s day and I was in a blah mood. My mother was a big ice cream lover, so to honor her I got a strawberry sundae.  Read more

Fascism 101

“You, you, fascist!”

There are very few words in our political vocabularies that are more emotionally loaded, while at the same time more saddled with multiple, not-quite-identical meanings. When a Google search on “Bush fascist” yields 5.2 million hits, and a search on “Obama fascist” yields 5.9 million, you have to wonder just what this word is supposed to mean, anyway.  Read more

Feast of weeds

The asparagus is up. The stout, purple stalks put those pencil-thin, store-bought shoots to shame. We have been enjoying them along with the other early spring wild things—leeks and dandelions and toothwort.

I have been gathering wild leeks (ramps as they are called in finer restaurants) with friends in the woodlands near my home. And, it is just a step outside the back door for a feast of weeds from the lawn. Dandelion greens, wilted with a dressing of vinegar and bacon grease or olive oil, make a delicious salad as well as a nutritious, green smoothie.  Read more

Upper Delaware BioBlitz

On June 29, the public is invited to experience the diversity of life on a property owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation in the Northeast corner of Wayne County, during the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz.

At a BioBlitz, biologists and volunteers gather to collect, identify and catalogue as many living things as possible on a demarcated property in a 24-hour period.  Read more

Wild or stocked?

On Saturday, April 27 the Upper Delaware chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) was shown a PowerPoint presentation put together by Ed and Judy van Put. This program gave a fisher all the information needed to ascertain whether a trout was a wild fish, or a stocked fish. Ed’s beautiful pictures were sharp and showed how to examine and determine the origin of a trout. Judy van Put’s narration of the program reinforced what was shown in Ed’s photos. The van Puts are ready to put this program on for other TU chapters or conservation organizations.  Read more

My first pedicure

I hadn’t really thought about getting a pedicure ever before. Not because I’ve made an active choice not to get one, but it just hadn’t ever come up. The opportunity never presented itself. Well, not until last weekend.

I suppose that when you have a serious girlfriend these kinds of things seem much more doable.

Funny thing is, Emily didn’t even ask me to do it. She had said casually last Saturday, “I need to get a pedicure,” and went on to explain that now that it’s warmer she would want to be wearing open-toed shoes.  Read more

The Dance Center presents ballet ‘Giselle’

Maura Falli of Port Jervis, NY will star as Giselle in the ballet of the same name, and Larry Utter also of Port Jervis will dance opposite her as Albrecht as the Delaware Valley Dance Company presents the ballet on Saturday, May 18 at 12 noon and again at 7 p.m. at Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 in Milford, PA. Advance tickets cost $12 and $8 for children and seniors; at the door $14 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Contact The Dance Center at 845/856-3373.

Chimps in Tuxedos at the Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Company welcome Chimps in Tuxedos (www.chimpsintuxedos.com) performing standards of the ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as classic rock and Motown, Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. The Cat’s Friday night performer will be local favorite Gabe Rikard, starting at 7 p.m. Beginning this week, the saloon will be open Wednesdays through Fridays for dinner starting at 5 p.m., and beginning May 28, six days a week, Tuesdays through Sundays for lunch and dinner, starting at 11. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

‘Readings at The Coop: Writers in Conversation’ launches in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The first of a new series of happenings at The Cooperage, “Readings at the Coop: Writers in Conversation,” will take place on Saturday, May 11, with three authors reading some of their work. Mason Currey, who grew up in Honesdale, PA, will read from “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work;” Owen King from his novel “Double Feature;” and Domenica Ruta from her New York Times bestselling memoir “With or Without You.”

The monthly readings and conversations with writers is curated by Kelly McMasters and Mark Milroy, owners of Moody Road Studios at Maude Alley.  Read more

Prom king and queen crowned

Joshua Taylor, son of Charlene Taylor, was crowned king and Bridget McVeigh, daughter of Sean and Lynda McVeigh, was crowned queen at Honesdale High School’s annual junior-senior prom held Saturday, May 4. The theme of this year’s prom was “Light the Night.” The dinner dance, attended by 364 students and 20 chaperones, plus principal Diane Scarfalloto and vice principal John Kretschmer, was held at Camp Bryn Mawr. Junior class advisors Laura Lockwood, Shawn Garing and Joseph Kosiuk were in charge of the evening’s events.

Take a walk on the wild side

Ramps. I’ve heard the word bandied about for years here in the country, but until now, was completely ignorant about them. With the onset of gorgeous weather and the shedding of the coats, I decided that rather than relying on armchair research, I’d head out for Ramps Fest in Callicoon, NY (www.visitcallicoon.com) to see what all the fuss is about.  Read more

The doctor has a good barnyard manner; Making one chiropractic adjustment at a time

BEACH LAKE, PA — Harry the horse is seeing a chiropractor.

At first his owner, Holly Johannes of Beach Lake, didn’t know what was wrong. Harry’s a show horse, but last year he stopped cooperating in the show ring. The judges told Johannes that Harry was probably burned out, tired of competing, that it might be the end of his show days.  Read more

Lake Huntington News May 9

The Pride of Cochecton awards brunch was very nice at the Villa Roma. I was sitting next to Judy Yavarkovsky and we were talking about how hard it is cleaning out our mothers’ houses.

I suggested that we have a penny social and call it in honor of our dead mothers, but Judy did not think we had time to get it together before Mother’s Day. You have to laugh; there is so much to do and so many memories. It will make you nuts if you do not laugh.  Read more

The Bill Principle

When we bought our house, “sustainability” wasn’t part of our everyday vocabulary. We did know that a 100-year-old house was likely to bankrupt us with heating bills unless we made serious changes. Other than new wiring, no major renovations had been undertaken since the 1960s, a plus since the scary vintage state of the house meant that we could afford to buy it. But we had a lot of work to do if we were going to be both snug and solvent.  Read more

Welcome aboard

“Go West, Young Man!” Well, that is exactly the advice this Brooklyn boy took 12 years ago when I moved west to Glen Spey in Sullivan County to make it my year-round home.

However, there’s another saying with a promise of its own—“There are great riches in the East!” and for the readers of this column, the East is New York City—the Big Apple. Five days a week I arise at the crack of dawn and head east, commuting to my desk in a midtown Manhattan office, across the street from New York’s Penn Station (aka NYPenn).

It’s a full life.  Read more

Vacation

I just spent the last week away at the Villa Roma. With everything that was going on with my mother, I totally forgot about my timeshare, so we had to use it or lose it. I stayed up till 2 a.m. reading and slept till 11 a.m. It was very relaxing.  Read more

Wetland wildlife watching

If you have visited a lake, swamp or other wetland lately, you have probably heard the arrival of spring in the form of spring peepers, pickerel frogs, or maybe the honking of Canada geese. If you look closer, you might see some painted turtles basking on a log or some red-spotted newts swimming by the shore. Soon, other amphibians such as green frogs and American toads will add to the chorus of wetland habitats.  Read more

Local art finds a new home at the Stray Cat

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery, a new showcase for dozens of local artists, will host a grand opening and artists’ reception on Friday, May 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. Featuring the works of Nancy Wells, Allan Rubin and Candy Spilner, the exhibit will run through May 22. Also debuting will be large-scale installations by Tom Holmes and Daina Shobrys. Ramona Jan will perform at the opening with her handmade marionettes.

The gallery is located just across the street from The Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Co. on Route 17B. Visit www.straycatgallery.com.

Lakeside Players to present ‘Double Occupancy’

HONESDALE, PA — The Lakeside Players’ original comedy “Double Occupancy,” a madcap comedy about two sexy senior citizens, will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 3, 4 and 5, at Grace Episcopal Church Parish House Hall. Saturday and Sunday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.

Written by Lakeside founders Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, the play premiered at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront in 2011, when it was performed for 18 senior bus groups over three days.  Read more

Singer songwriter returns to the Catskills

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Folk musician and national award-winning songwriter Gina Holsopple will perform a concert on Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. After a visit to the area this winter, performing at SUNY Sullivan, Holsopple returns to play at this locally-owned business.  Read more