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CALLICOON, NY — What to do with the silos? That is the question on North School Studio director Isaac Green Diebboll’s mind. Diebboll purchased the silos on Callicoon’s Main Street along with the adjoining weigh station. The silos’ previous purpose was to store coal, which would be transported to the weigh station where people could pick it up. But they have lain dormant for years, and now Diebboll wishes to bring new life to the silos, as part of the campus of his North School Studio (NSS).

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‘Middle Ground’ opens at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “Middle Ground,” a two-person exhibition featuring the work of local artists Kathe Blackbird Frantz and Matthew Zappala, from Saturday, January 21 to Sunday, February 26 at 48 Main St. Frantz, one of whose works is shown here, is a painter from Callicoon whose work for this exhibition was inspired by the Delaware River Valley. Zappala, a graphic artist from Saugerties, will present woodcuts created from winter landscapes and unique collages that have the look of a woodcut. There will be an artists’ talk on January 21 at 1 p.m.  Read more

‘My Week with Marilyn’

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and the Callicoon Theater will present Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn,” opening from Friday, January 20 to Tuesday, January 24, as part of the CineArt series.  Read more

‘The Road Home’ at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will present “The Road Home” as the second offering in its winter Sunday Night Cinema film series on Sunday, January 22 at 8:15 p.m. at Cinema 6 Theater in the Route 6 Mall.

Directed by the multiple-award-winning Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, the film is based on a country girl’s reminiscence of her romance with her schoolteacher husband during the Cultural Revolution. “The Road Home” won the Silver Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.  Read more

Book signing in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Madeleine Coppola, a resident of Blooming Grove, will be signing copies of her romance novel “Child in the Mirror: A Novel” at the Broad Street Coffee House, 611 Broad St., on Tuesday, January 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.

In “Child in the Mirror,” set in New York City in the 1930s, Liz is
torn between the excitement of a fresh start in the big city and an ever-present black cloud looming overhead. Desperately she tries to fit in, but her imagination is relentless, playing tricks with her mind until she finally contemplates the possibility of going insane.

Pre-Valentine’s Day Fair

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — There will be a Pre-Valentine’s Day Fair on Friday, February 3 at The Towne Gift Shoppe, 4887 Main St. The open house, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will feature The Enchanted Florist, along with several other area businesses, for taste testing, shopping, fun, flowers, fairies and freebies. There will be a kids’ craft table and Java Love brewing for the adults. Call 845/482-4182.

Making a woodland terrarium

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Sullivan County will offer a workshop called “How to Make a Woodland Terrarium” on Thursday, February 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Education Center, 64 Ferndale Loomis Rd. The terrariums make imaginative Valentine’s Day gifts.  Read more

Ice Tee tournament set for February

HAWLEY, PA — The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce has postponed the 21st annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament to Sunday, February 26 due to ice conditions.

Two nine-hole courses will be created, complete with tree-lined fairways, greens, water traps, obstacles and roughs. Tee times are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Greens” fees are a non-refundable donation of $15 per person in advance; $20 on the day of the event.  Read more

Equinunk’s got talent

EQUINUNK, PA — The Calder Café, located in the new addition to the Equinunk Historical Society’s Calder House, in the center of Equinunk, is putting on its version of “ America’s Got Talent” on the first Friday of every month. The events are called “First Friday,” and musicians are invited to perform up to three songs or present up to 15 minutes of performance. The room is small, so acoustic music only is invited. There are desserts and coffee, tea and hot chocolate for purchase. Admission is free. Performances usually start around 7:15 p.m. Doors close at 9 p.m.  Read more

My trainer owes money all over town (maybe)

I couldn’t say for sure, but I have a hunch that my trainer, Mike, is involved with some shady people. Last week was the second time in the four months I’ve been seeing him that he showed up with a black eye. The first time I asked him what happened, he uncomfortably told me that he didn’t want to talk about it.

“I am an idiot,” was the only explanation he offered.

The second time, I didn’t ask.  Read more

Schoolyard habitats

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — “I believe schools often don’t realize what they have to work with right on their own grounds,” contends John Jose of Otter Creek Environmental Education Services based in Beach Lake.

To seize those opportunities, Jose has begun working with schools in Wayne County to help them expand the learning opportunities available outside their classroom walls. In doing so, Jose performs evaluations that take into account a school’s grounds from both a habitat and an educational perspective.  Read more

A gap in trapping regs

As currently regulated in Pennsylvania, trapping presents certain hazards of which outdoor recreationists should be aware.

I discovered this the hard way when our 15-pound Miniature Pinscher, Beetle, stepped on a foot-hold trap set along a public multi-purpose trail in the Delaware State Forest in Pike County, PA.

What started out as a healthy hike on Commonwealth land turned into a harrowing experience that resulted in a $230 veterinary bill, a set of questions and some unsettling answers.  Read more

Building trust in government

By CORA EDWARDS*

Given the fractious nature of American politics, why would anyone run for office? It’s a question I’ve asked myself more than once over the last 12 months, and my answer is always the same: I love Sullivan County, I want to work with others who love it too, and I believe we can achieve great things when we decide to work together.  Read more

Frozen waterworks

As the first week of January winds to a close, we are finally getting some typical winter cold weather; overnight temperatures dipped below zero degrees in a few spots in the region. The cold was sufficient to freeze over most of the area lakes and some snow squalls moved through the area, a small contribution to this year’s below average snowfall to date.  Read more

Vega to perform at event gallery

BETHEL, NY — Tickets will be on sale starting on January 13 for a performance by Grammy® Award-winning songwriter Suzanne Vega at the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Investigate evergreens with ethnobotany group

HONESDALE, PA — An ethnobotany group in Honesdale, facilitated by Nathaniel Whitmore, is focusing on evergreens this winter. Members of the group, which meets on Thursdays at 7 p.m., bring in twigs and cones from trees in their neighborhoods or that they gathered during walks in the woods. The specimens are studied in order to learn how to differentiate the various species of pine, spruce, fir etc. that can be found locally. Whitmore was surprised to find that the Western giant Douglas Fir grows (planted) just a couple of blocks from where the herbal group meets.  Read more

Learn secrets of Japanese swordsmanship

HAWLEY, PA —A level-one program designed to teach students the fundamentals of Japanese swordmanship will be held at the Elite Martial Arts Institute at the IGA Plaza on Route 6. It will begin with proper handling of the sword, starting with etiquette and continuing on with the techniques and strategies of the 12 Kata of the Omori Ryu. The Omori Ryu is the Shoden or first level of practice of Muso Shinden Ryu. Classes start on Monday, January 16 and will continue on Monday nights from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.  Read more

CAG becomes ‘gallery without walls’

LIBERTY, NY — The Catskill Artists Gallery is becoming a gallery without walls. It is closing its “bricks-and-mortar” location at 38 South Main Street in Liberty at the end of January, but will still be selling its usual array of fine art and craft in other ways.

The gallery is revising its website to enable direct sales online, and will also participate in selected art exhibitions and craft shows throughout the year. These events will be publicized at www.catskillartistsgallery.com.  Read more

Outsider hosts a short-film festival

ROSCOE, NY — The Outsider Studio Collective will host a short-film festival on Saturday, January 21 at 5 p.m. at the Beaverkill Church on Craigie Clare Road. The one-hour event will feature short, portrait-like films by some of the Beaverkill Valley’s friends, as well as filmmakers from NYC and the surrounding Catskill area.  Read more

Yarnslingers: ‘The Latest Local Lore’

CALLICOON, NY — There will be a free performance by Yarnslingers at the Café Devine in Callicoon on Friday, January 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., telling funny and poignant accounts that have all happened in our area.

Local writers/storytellers include Ann Finneran, Ramona Jan, Patti Zins, Marion Kaselle, Maura Stone, Jason Rahm, June Donahue and Glenn Pontier.

A new roof at the Columns

MILFORD, PA — The new mansard roof on the Columns Museum of the Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) has been completed. A major contribution of $15,000 came from ESSA Savings and Trust. Other funding came from dedicated members of the society and through fundraising events throughout the year. G.D.H. Construction did the work, and plans are in place for them to replace the front porch flat roofs in the spring. Fundraising efforts continue to complete phase two of the roof plan. All donations are tax deductible. Inquiries or donations can be sent to PCHS, PO Box 915, Milford, PA 18337.  Read more

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