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On Tuesday, September 1, two of the world’s most popular musical groups will be performing their Heart and Soul Tour at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

As Paul Harris and Tom Jorgensen of the Old Farmers Almanac explain, the phrase “dog days” “conjures up the hottest, most sultry days of summer,” coinciding with the rising, at dawn, of Sirius,...

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Successful anglers come in all shapes, sizes and skill levels. Sometimes it is the very first cast in a brand-new fishing career that happens to produce the “fish of a lifetime.”

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You rarely see their faces when they board. First thing up is their huge equipment bag, usually a helmet, tied to the side or the bottom, followed by their huge backpacks. The bigger boys board...

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‘Exploring the Small Farm Dream’

Guidance for turning ideas into action

By SANDY LONG

sandylong@riverreporter.com

HONESDALE, PA — It is said that everybody has a dream. For an increasing number of people, that dream revolves around the concept of small-scale farming that reconnects the farmer and the community she or he serves. To support those dreams, Penn State Extension (PSE) will offer “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” to be held in Honesdale in March.  Read more

What we have here, is a failure to communicate!

The past week has been an exercise in futility, to say the least. Last Thursday, we had a little snow. Didn’t amount to much; in fact I don’t think it was more than three inches. Even though it was just a dusting, the flakes were wet and dense, sticking to the trees and making the walkways slippery-—especially for me, since I’m still having difficulty navigating around the house, relearning how to use my abdominal muscles and overwhelmed with cabin fever.  Read more

Activities of daily living

My uncle’s home health aide is there to assist him with “ADL”—activities of daily living. It was a term I was blithely ignorant of before my aunt had a stroke earlier this month. He is in his mid-80s with multiple health problems. She is younger and not the one we were worried about. But the toll of caring for an older spouse—or a younger one who is infirm—is dear. She lost 60 pounds in a year and a half, and she never was a candidate for one of those reality shows about obesity.  Read more

A peek at a peregrine pair

It’s probably fair to say that, were she alive today, scientist and author Rachel Carson would be thrilled to find that a pair of peregrine falcons has again elected to build a nest on a ledge of the state office building in Harrisburg, PA that bears her name. Fledging young peregrines from the Rachel Carson State Office Building is especially fitting given Carson’s role in raising awareness of the terrible impacts of DDT on species such as peregrine falcons through her 1962 book, “Silent Spring.”  Read more

A peek at a peregrine pair

It’s probably fair to say that, were she alive today, scientist and author Rachel Carson would be thrilled to find that a pair of peregrine falcons has again elected to build a nest on a ledge of the state office building in Harrisburg, PA that bears her name. Fledging young peregrines from the Rachel Carson State Office Building is especially fitting given Carson’s role in raising awareness of the terrible impacts of DDT on species such as peregrine falcons through her 1962 book, “Silent Spring.”  Read more

Bethel Woods books Beach Boys, Dave Matthews

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has announced two new concerts for the upcoming season: the Beach Boys, scheduled for June 17, and the Dave Matthews Band, scheduled for June 30. For ticket information visit www.bethelwoodscenter.org

Help! I need somebody

For something completely different, I have music stuck in my head—and as usual, it pertains to my state of mind. I wish I could claim that it has something to do with being a savant of some sort, but sadly, not so much. This weird syndrome has gone on in my brain for so many years that I’ve stopped questioning why, and just let the endless melodies play on, hoping that inspiration will strike a chord.  Read more

Contribute a float for St. Patrick’s Day

ROCK HILL, NY — Rock Hill will hold its second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 10, starting at The Lodge on Rock Hill Drive and ending at the Rock Hill Fire Department on Glen Wild Road. There are still opportunities available to march in the parade  Read more

Mardi Gras on Main

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale will celebrate its fourth annual Mardi Gras on Main on Saturday, February 18. Organizations, individuals and businesses like Shear Expressions, shown here, will parade up and down Main Street from 1 to 4 p.m. in Mardi Gras regalia, passing out colorful Mardi Gras beads, many offering coupons and discounts. Members of the Honesdale High School musical production will offer hot chocolate and face painting from 1 to 3 p.m. in front of the Honesdale National Bank’s Corporate Center, 724 Main Street, and invite you to attend their musical “Seussical” that same evening.  Read more

‘Reggae Riot’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will host a “Reggae Riot” dinner and dance on Saturday, February 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The event will feature authentic Jamaican fare provided by Reggae Boy & Girl of Beacon; Jamaican beer, wine and other beverages; “The Real Ting” Raffle featuring prizes donated by local businesses (one chance included with each admission, with additional tickets available for purchase); and DJ music and dancing with Sharon Molloy.
Tickets cost $50 per person. Email kathryn@catskillartsociety.org or call 845/436-4227 for reservations.

Blues pianist kicks off Winter Wednesdays

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society’s music series Winter Wednesdays, will open on February 22 with the blues pianist and vocalist Ronny Whyte, at the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum, 608 Broad St., at 7 p.m. Whyte will be accompanied by Dave Stryker on guitar and Boots Maleson on bass. The series will continue on Wednesday, February 29 with blues vocalist Martha Lorin.  Read more

A safari theme for Crystal Cabin Fever

LAKEVILLE, PA — The sixth season of Crystal Cabin Fever is now underway and will continue through February 26 at the Sculpted Ice Works on Route 590 in Lakeville, between Hawley and Hamlin. The event features life-sized themed ice carvings and entertainment. This year’s theme is African Safari. There are dozens of ice carved African animals, a giant tree, an ice hut compete with thatched roof, an ice jeep, ice throne, ice wine bar and a 40-foot dual ice slide.  Read more

Ice Tee cancelled; wings are on

HAWLEY, PA — The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce has cancelled the 21st annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament, scheduled for Sunday, February 26, due to the lack of ice on Lake Wallenpaupack.
The 10th annual Chili Wing Cook Off scheduled for Sunday, March 4 is still on. Major sponsors for the 2012 event are Lowe’s, Miller Lite and Banko Beverage Company, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, C & C Equipment Rental, Have a Blast DJ Service and Bold Gold Media Group.  Read more

The Harris Observatory

HARRIS, NY — A special art project by Richard Torchia, The Harris Observatory, an immersive light show powered by the sun (see page 7 for details), will be on view from February 18 to March 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment. Email catskillcenterpieces@gmail.com. The show is free and open to the public.

There will be a grand opening on February 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. RSVP required; visit centerpieces.eventbrite.com.

For detailed information on the project and the CENTERpieces series of which it is a part, see this week’s Visioning column.

Valentine’s dance and food drive

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold a “Share Your Heart with the Community” Valentine’s dance and food drive on Saturday, February 18, at 8 p.m. at the Tom Quick Inn at 411 Broad St. The event is sponsored by J-Angelo Event Planning and will feature “Sugar” with music provided by Mark Krebs of Remarkable Sound. All are welcome.  Read more

Potluck dinner and seed exchange

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Slow Food UPDEriva, the local chapter of Slow Food, will hold a potluck and seed exchange on Saturday, February 25 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Channery Hill Farm, 77 Keller Road in Callicoon Center. Bring a dish to share and any seeds you may have in surplus. If you don’t have any seeds, no problem: you’ll be walking away with some heirloom tomato and lettuce seeds anyway.
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An ice slide is a popular recurring feature of the annual Crystal Cabin Fever event, held at Sculpted Ice Works in Lakeville, PA.

‘Don’t Look Now… We’re Being Shot At!’

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will present the Franco-British comedy, “Don’t Look Now… We’re Being Shot At,” as the latest entry in its winter film series on Sunday, February 19 at 8:15 p.m. This 1966 production, among the top grossing movies in French history, tells the tale of a hapless Royal Air Force bomber crew shot down over Paris during World War II and rescued by French civilians, who attempt to escort the airmen through the Nazi-occupied city so they can make their way back to England.  Read more

Fundraiser for ‘Journeys’ kicks off

MILFORD, PA — A program has been initiated to raise non-investor funds for “Journeys,” an independent feature currently in development and slated to shoot in Milford in September 2012.  Read more

Storytellers wanted

CALLICOON, NY — Yarnslingers seeks storytellers on the theme “The Nature of Youth” for a session at the Café Devine on Main St. on Sunday, March 25. True stories written in the first person only are sought, with a word limit of 850. The tentative time is 4 p.m.
By partcipating, you agree to be photographed and video taped by Cafe Devine and Yarnslingers. Photographs and videos will be used in perpetuity for promotional purposes only. Cafe Devine and Yarnslingers do not own any rights to your written material.  Read more

Back at NYU

It’s an odd thing to stand in front of a group of students and not know what to say. It’s a feeling that I have not experienced since I was a student myself and had never experienced from the perspective of a teacher. Until last week.

I always thought that I would like teaching and I knew I wanted to try it someday. The opportunity presented itself last month when the new chair of the film program at NYU contacted me and asked if I was interested in doing six weeks about the post-production process. I accepted. They gave me back my same NYU ID number: zsp200 is back in circulation.  Read more

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