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REGION — Most tomato lovers know that the fruit (yeah, we’ll get to the fruit-vegetable thing in a minute) of their desires did not originate in Italy, as some might guess, but instead in South America well before the conquistadores arrived on the scene. But the Europeans who eventually invaded South America took a shine to tomatoes and brought them back to Europe, where they gradually gained popularity.

Probably. The haunting ballad with that same title was composed by Billy Barnes in 1966 and plays repeatedly in my head annually, as various counties host down-home fairs that beckon throughout...

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In July, I shared some photos of early summer’s flowered finery (...

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This summer has seen many endings. Local legends Tom Kane, Grace Johansen and Charles Knapp have slipped the mortal coil, along with our dear canine companion, Aengus. Another dear friend is in...

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With Labor Day looming, I’m guessing that my spring cleaning will have to wait. Observing folks throughout the Upper Delaware River region packing up their boating supplies, I’m reminded that I’m...

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In our region of the Delaware River, the more serious (or perhaps compulsive) fishing enthusiasts generally consider the fishing seasons to run from April 1 through the end of October, perhaps, or...

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) have announced that they are seeking public input on the draft 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan. The...

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NYU Part 2

Basically since the first week, the class I am teaching at New York University has very quickly turned into something that I just do. It’s now officially part of my routine.

At first, I got to school a half an hour early and anxiously waited in the room, hands folded and smiling warmly when the students showed up. Last week when I showed up exactly on time, the (mostly) full class was waiting for me. My sunglasses were still perched low on my nose, and I was a bit groggy from the previous (a-bit-later-than-it-should-have-been) night.

Here’s the dialogue.  Read more

Wild about wind in Sullivan County

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There is abundant energy in the winds that blow through Sullivan County, and two men are continuing to advance the potential to harvest that resource for local communities.  Read more

A beaver abode

A five-minute walk from The River Reporter office on Erie Avenue in Narrowsburg, NY leads to a site where a beaver has constructed a lodge from nature’s building supplies gathered along the banks of the Delaware River. Although ice has threatened the structure several times, the mild winter has largely left the water in a fluid state, allowing the mound of saplings, branches and brush to remain intact.  Read more

Hemp

In last month’s column, I wrote about the good news and bad news regarding recycled polar fleece. I also mentioned that cotton acreage covers 2.5 percent of our planet’s cultivated land, yet uses more insecticides than any other single major crop.  Read more

Critters on the air: keeping track of who’s where

Since the 1950s, researchers have been using telemetry to study the movements of animals in the wild. One limitation back then was that only large animals, such as elk or bear, could be telemetered, because the technology of the day was vacuum tubes and relativity short-lived battery packs. But then came the age of the transistor, then the integrated circuit, and finally, hybrid chips containing millions of transistors. One desktop PC would have filled up an average town meeting hall in 1975 for a system of equivalent capability.  Read more

The case of the vanishing key

Let us go back in time to August 21, 2010. Due to the generosity of Mr. Gibson McKean, my fishing buddy Dr. Oliver Herz, DVM, and I were to have an opportunity to fish Cliff Lake. Mr. McKean owns the land surrounding the lake and also has the key to unlock the gate guarding the premises. We were to meet Mr. McKean at noon so that he could guide us through the maze of dirt roads that lead to the lake and also unlock the gate for us.  Read more

Card parties at The Columns

MILFORD, PA — Beginners and veterans alike are welcome to join some of Milford’s finest card players for Canasta in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum, located at 608 Broad Street, starting on Monday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.  Read more

Breakfast with the cat

PORT JERVIS — The Erie Trackside in Port Jervis will present Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat on Saturday, March 3 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s Little Lambs Early Childhood Learning Center. The all-you-can-eat buffet will feature blueberry pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, western omelets and more. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children. Bring your camera for a picture with the cat. Call 845/858-4208.

Square dances to be held at Grace Church

HONESDALE, PA — Square dances will be held on February 25, March 24, April 28 and May 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 827 Church Street. Music will be provided by the Uphill String Band. The cost is $8 per person, $15 per family. Light refreshments will be provided. Call 570/253-2706.

Weinstein in ‘Denial’

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Denial,” an exhibit of silk screen and linoleum block prints by Joyce Ellen Weinstein, opens with a reception on Saturday, February 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center. The exhibit runs through March 17.  Read more

County music festival

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County All County Festival, hosted by the Sullivan County Music Educators Association (SCMEA), will be held on Saturday, March 3 at Monticello High School. There will be two concerts: one at 2:30 p.m., and one at 5 p.m.  Read more

Local musicians showcase in Nashville

LIBERTY, NY — Local musicians Somerville, featuring Alyssa Startup, were featured on The Billy Block Show live from Nashville, TN on Tuesday, February 21, introduced by Thunder 102 on-air personality Paul Ciliberto of Ciliberto & Friends.  Read more

Historical society sponsors tenement tour

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Tusten Historical Society will sponsor a bus trip to the Tenement Museum in NYC on April 11. The museum is located at 97 Orchard Street in the heart of the lower East Side. Learn about our immigrant ancestors and how they lived in an authentic 19th-century tenement building. A morning tour is planned and there will also be several hours to tour the historic neighborhood and shop in the famous Orchard Street discount stores. The trip has been planned to occur during spring break so that students will be able to participate.  Read more

‘The Burmese Harp’

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Arts Alliance will present the Japanese war movie, “The Burmese Harp,” on February 26 in its Sunday Night Cinema series. Set in the jungles of Burma, this 1956 production tells the story of a Japanese army unit that refuses to surrender at the end of World War II and a soldier who becomes a monk in penance for his failure to convince the unit to stop fighting. Directed by Kon Ichikawa, “The Burmese Harp” is one of the first movies to portray the war from the perspective of Japanese troops. It is 116 minutes long and is unrated.  Read more

Call for artists

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery at 210 Broad St. invites submissions to the “New Visions” regional juried exhibit and sale in April 2012. A cooperative, member-owned and operated gallery in the heart of downtown Milford, the ARTery will open its space to non-members for the month of April. The deadline for submissions is March 10.

A prospectus can be downloaded from www.arteryonline.com, or or call 570/409-1234 to have one mailed.

‘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

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