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September 18, 2014
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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two successful businessmen. Two beautiful and loving families. Two young boys with leukemia.

Unhappy story? Not for the Mongiello and Scancarello families—Anthony Scancarello (age 8) and Anthony (“Lilo”) Mongiello (age 5) are leukemia survivors. And that’s not the end of the story either. The boys and their families are working hard to help other leukemia sufferers.

Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society...

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We are suspended between summer and fall—in the gold and green pause—just a few seconds before autumn begins.

My friend’s son asks: “Would you rather have a million dollars or be able to...

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Maybe you remember: it was a beautiful Tuesday morning, clear and sunny. I had spent a couple of early morning hours training with my martial arts teacher, and I was headed home to start in on my...

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For me, the term itself borders on the oxymoron. Early in life, my mother drummed punctuality into my head and insisted that bad manners were not to be tolerated. “It’s rude,” she’d say, “and...

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I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus...

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The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending...

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Easter Bunny dog photo shoot

HONESDALE, PA — There will be an Easter Bunny Photo Shoot for your dog at Your Dog’s Place training center, located on Route 191 just 3 miles north of Honesdale, on Sunday, April 10 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. You can have a custom portrait taken of your bunny munchkin by Photo Fox Studios. The cost is $15 for your Sit, Down or Just Wag session and a five-by-seven-inch print, or $20 for the five-by-seven-inch print including a digital image emailed to you.
Call 570/729-8977 or 698-8407.

Beaucoup Blue at Dancing Cat

BETHEL, NY — Beaucoup Blue, a Philadelphia-based duo of father and son David and Adrian Mowry that won the 2006 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Acoustic Blues Competition, will perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Route 17 B on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. as part of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA) Savor the Arts fundraising program. There will be complimentary appetizers from Dancing Cat Saloon, 20% off all dinners for attendees prior to the show.  Read more

Spring concert series from DVO

NARROWSBURG, NY and HONESDALE, PA — The Delaware Valley Opera will open its anniversary season with a concert series “Voices of the Valley.” The first concert will be “An Evening of Spanish Zarzuela and Song,” on Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg and on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale. Admission to each concert costs $15. The next concert will be “An Evening of German Songs” on Friday, April 22 at the Tusten Theatre. Visit www.info@delawarevalleyopera.org.

Sullivan County and the Civil War

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville presents “Sullivan County and the Civil War” on Sunday, April 10. There will be displays and re-enactors from the the New York State 143rd and the 156th Regiments of Volunteers of the Civil War. Eileen Kalter, Richard Chiger and Sally Gladden from the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will share letters written by soldiers and citizens during the Civil War. Also, Nick Ost and Matthew Boswell will present a staged reading of an originial Civil War one-act play entitled “Time Out” written by Sally Gladden.  Read more

GLBT center presents ‘Ladies of the ‘80s’

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center will hold a “Ladies of the ‘80s” drag show and dance party, starring Anita Mann, Karyn Thomas and Gio Michaels, on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Black Walnut Inn. There is a $20 cover charge. Visit www.udglbtcenter.blogspot.com or call 570/296-6322.

Book sale and antiques appraisal

SHOHOLA, PA — The Shohola Railroad and Historical Society (SRHS) will hold a book sale and antiques appraisal fair on Saturday, April 9 at St. Jacobi Lutheran Church, at 108 Glen Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A wide assortment of new and gently used books has been donated, and is available at bargain prices. There are books for all ages and all interests, including mysteries, cookbooks, children’s stories, how-tos, autobiographies, romance and more.  Read more

Gene Wilder film at Sunday Night Cinema

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema will present the Gene Wilder film “Haunted Honeymoon” on April 10. Showings of the film series are at 7 p.m. at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 32 Commercial Street. A donation of $5 per person is suggested, to help support the activities of the Arts Alliance. The film will be preceded with a short introduction and followed by a discussion. Visit www.wayne countyartsalliance.org or call 570/253-6850.

Africa and the Middle East at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will host two free, interactive performances that pay tribute to different cultures and performing arts. These family-friendly performances will educate the audience, incorporating the legacy and future of Arabic and African drum music. Kofi and Sankofa African Drum and Dance Ensemble will perform on Sunday, April 10, followed by internationally acclaimed Arab musician Simon Shaheen on Saturday, May 7. Both performances are at 2 p.m. in the Event Gallery.  Read more

Laugh Tour returns to Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Laugh Tour will return to the Nutshell on Saturday, April 9, with Dan Naturman and Rich Kiamco. A cash bar will open at 7 p.m., and the show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/164725 or call the ticket hotline at 800/838-3006.

Spring musical church service in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — William Samford, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Hawley, is currently working with local musicians on a service to be held at 10 a.m. on April 10, the sermon/musical, “Who I Was Born to Be.” The musical depicts the life of Jesus. Many of the arrangements have been written by local musicians. All are welcome to attend this special service, and are invited to stay for coffee and fellowship, and to meet and greet the musicians.

Catskill Artists Gallery holds spring exhibition

LIBERTY, NY — The Catskill Artists Gallery (CAG) will hold a spring members exhibition and sale starting with an artists’ reception on Saturday, April 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. It will feature new work by members Robert Friedman, Cate Gundlah, Kathy Jeffers, Buff McAllister and Hank Schneider.
During the opening, guests will be able to sample the CAG’s famous goodies, along with wine, soda and other refreshments.  Read more

‘La Bella Figura’

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery focus on nudes and figures, like this painting by Al Rosser, in its April show titled ”La Bella Figura,” a collaborative effort of its co-op artist membership. It will open on April 7, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Read more

The Living Building Challenge: transformative development

REGION — Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower, a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, that generates all of its own energy with renewable sources, captures and treats all of its water. Imagine a city block sharing resources from building to building, growing food and functioning without a dependency on fossil fuel-based transportation. Imagine true sustainability in our homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically benign.  Read more

The cane

“It’s back… dunt, dunt dah,” my daughter Lily announces as I slowly make my way with the cane. Yes, it’s back, this old, heavy, wooden cane, a hand-me-down from my cousin Elizabeth to my mother and now to me. Misplacing it, hunting for it, the familiar clatter of dropping it, are now, strangely, mine.  Read more

Spring along the Delaware

The plant depicted here belongs along the banks of the Delaware River, and in fact, has already emerged and fallen under the scrutiny of my camera lens last week. The other items appearing at top, left, do not, and appeared just upriver from this skunk cabbage.

The river’s borders can seem especially dreary at this time of year, as flooding and receding waters deposit all manner of trash on its banks. Although it might appear that very little is going on along those edges, the deep maroon and chartreuse clusters of skunk cabbage tell a different story.  Read more

The Good Life

When the earthquake struck Japan, people in Tokyo were trapped because public transportation was disrupted. On the third day after the quake, people were taking the last remaining food from stores. After four days, severe shortages of food and water spread across the country. Then the nuclear reactor exploded.  Read more

Are you sure you want to eat that?

Writing last month’s column, I wasn’t sure what I found more disturbing—that hydrofracking giant Halliburton expected us to believe their new fracking system “made up of ingredients sourced entirely from the food industry” was safe, or that the food on supermarket shelves contained additives that could fracture shale.  Read more

Rest assured

You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief when, in November, 2010, hydro-fracking Halliburton announced the creation of “CleanStim™ Formulation, a fracture fluid system comprised of materials sourced entirely from the food industry,” calling it “an exciting new innovation in the field.” The announcement came, no doubt, as comforting news to millions of people who rely on the purity of the Upper Delaware River drinking water, and to millions whose water is drawn from the aquifer that mingles underground with the Marcellus Shale.  Read more

Where does it hurt?

Last month a friend of mine asked me for advice on how to properly dispose of her unused and expired medications and their packaging. She knew that improper disposal poses a threat to humans as well as aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.  Read more

Three at Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA — Three Catskill area artists will be showing their work at the Inn at Starlight Lake during the entire month of April. There will be an opening reception at the Inn with the artists on April 2 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction