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October 10, 2015
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It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet...

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An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the...

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People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the...

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Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have...

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Well, my active life here in the Upper Delaware River region is anything but dull. Just to be sure that I was properly defining my state of being, I looked it up, since “active” means different...

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In August, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a walk into the heart—or “eye”—of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA. In addition to experiencing the “quaking bog mat” that...

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St. Patrick’s Day parade in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — There will be a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Jeffersonville on Saturday, March 17, with lineup starting at 12 noon and the parade stepping off at 1 p.m. There will also be an Irish band at Mullallys along with 12 bagpipes, corned beef and cabbage, green carnations and homemade Irish soda bread. The parade will include green-decorated fire trucks, floats, “Daisy Duck” from the Jems Duck Race and special Irish sales throughout the village.

‘Water/Reflections’ in Wurtsboro

WURTSBORO, NY — “Water/Reflections” is the theme of an art exhibit presented by members of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance Gallery from March 24 through April 22. There will be a reception, free and open to the public, on Saturday, March 24, from 2 to 6 p.m.
The Wurtsboro Art Alliance gallery is located at 73 Sullivan Street, and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Email info@waagallery.org, or visit www.waagallery.org.

‘Hearts and Hammers for Habitat’ dance

HAWLEY, PA — There will be a “Hearts and Hammers for Habitat” dinner dance for Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County on Friday, March 23 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Ehrhardts Waterfront Resort. It will feature DJ Frankie Carll Productions, a silent auction, 50/50 and jewelry sale.
This year, Ehrhardts will be serving The Shoreline Buffet. To check out the menu visit www.Ehrhardts.com. Tickets cost $38 each. Call 570/251-7741.

Lorin performance rescheduled

MILFORD, PA — A performance by Martha Lorin for the Pike County Historical Society’s Winter Wednesdays series has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m., after having been snowed out on February 29. It will be held in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum, 608 Broad Street. Tickets cost $30 and include complimentary wine and cheese. Call 570/296-8126.

Cigarettes: two years later

The stack of old hard drives at Henry’s apartment took me back immediately, my own hand-scribbled “ABBY DOC” written sloppily on each of them. In their cases, the hard drives look like old VHS tapes. There was a stack of seven of them, a massive amount of information, though I remember that I only needed to have four of them plugged in at a time. The film was eventually to known as “Catfish.” But for two years, it was “The Abby Doc” around the office.  Read more

Do you have a vision?

We’d like to hear it.

Every four weeks, The River Reporter prints a “Visioning the Upper Delaware” column, written by one of our readers, addressing their vision for our area. They address challenges, propose solutions, or describe scenarios of what kind of place the Upper Delaware region could be, if it realized its best potential. The length is approximately 500 words.

If you have a vision you would like us to consider for a Visioning column, email us at copyeditor@riverreporter.com and describe it to us in a few sentences.

A commissioner looks to the future

By Jonathan Fritz

As the new Wayne County Commissioner, I have quickly realized what a widely varied and demanding job I signed on for. Well, I’ll happily profess that I love it. I’ve got a great crew around me and fellow commissioners, Brian Smith and Wendell Kay have been truly helpful and accommodating. We’ve realized that the three of us “click.” Each has their own bag of tools that we bring to the job, and collectively we can tackle anything.  Read more

Early fly hatch on the river

After visiting a friend at the hospital in Port Jervis during late February, I saw that it was turning into a fairly decent day outside; the weather was partly cloudy and the temperature was climbing into the high 40s. It was a good afternoon to drive up Route 97 and scout the river. I was mainly looking for eagles and other raptors. The first flying critters I spotted, however, were not birds at all, but a mass of flying insects. I had encountered one of the first fly hatches of the season on the river; the emergence of the black stonefly.  Read more

Register early for Lego contest

WAYMART, PA — The Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA) Home and Garden Festival will feature the annual Lego Building Contest, sponsored by Estemerwalt Log Homes, on Saturday, April 28 at Ladore Lodge Camp Retreat & Conference Center. The pre-registration deadline is April 15, and only 30 spots are available. Forms are available by calling 570/226-4941. Parents can also pick up a pre-registration form at Estemerwalt Log Homes on 505 Adams Pond Road in Honesdale.  Read more

Celtic music and corned beef at the Columns

MILFORD, PA — Celebrating its Irish roots, the Columns Museum will welcome Celeste Aldridge in the closing concert of the Pike County Historical Society’s Winter Wednesdays series on March 14 at 7 p.m. The original owner of the 1904 neo-classical manse was Dennis McLaughlin, a man who was known to appreciate an Irish ditty or two.  Read more

‘Shorts & Sweets for St. Patrick’s Day’

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Historical Society will present Big Sky Productions & Guests in a performance of “Shorts & Sweets for St. Patrick’s Day” on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum, 265 Main Street.

The evening will feature Irish music performed by Debbie Palmarini; and by the band Little Sparrow, which features Carol Smith, Aldo Troiani, Lynn Reno and Lester Wilson, with guest guitarist Jim Stickler. Other special guests may make an appearance as well.  Read more

Art at the Depot

PORT JERVIS, NY — Local financial advisory firm O’Donnell & Associates is donating its office space to host a showing of the works of three local fine artists. The showing will be held on the 2nd floor of the Historic Erie Depot Building, 15 Jersey Ave., 2nd Floor, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.  Read more

Arts Alive parties to benefit DVAA

REGION — Every April for the past three years, members and friends of Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) have hosted dozens of house parties around Sullivan County and the Upper Delaware River Valley to raise funds for DVAA’s programs and services. This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 and has been expanded to include participating restaurants. From a dinner, a movie and dessert to a distillery tour and tasting, several regional restaurants are partnering with DVAA to host their special event.  Read more

‘Family Matters’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Family Matters,” an exhibit of paintings by Peter Greene, opens with a reception on Saturday, March 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center at 37 Main Street. The exhibit will be on view through April 14.

“Life has been rich, built around a family whose stories continue to permeate my work,” said Greene. For over 30 years, he has been portraying family life through his paintings. Many of the paintings are set in sparse, dreamy interiors full of shadows and ochre tones.  Read more

Essay discussion at Ethelbert B. Crawford

MONTICELLO, NY — “The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity,” by Carlo M. Cipolla, will be discussed at the next meeting of the great books discussion program at the E.B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello. Copies of the story are available at the library or online at www.searchlores.org/realicra/basiclawsofhumanstupidity.htm.

Student art displayed in Hurleyville

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Elementary Art Show will hold an opening reception on Friday, March 9 at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville from 6 to 8 p.m.

The reception will display the artistic talents of the students, provide live music from Sullivan County students, crafts and activities for the kids. Each school district from around the county and BOCES (grades K-8) is submitting artwork for the show.

The artwork will be on display at the museum from March 9 through March 26. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

‘Luck of the Irish’ casino night

TAFTON, PA — The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor “Luck of the Irish” casino night, to be held on Saturday, March 17 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort in Tafton.

The evening will begin with the opening of the casino and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Bold Gold Media will supply music the entire evening. Irish entertainment will begin at 8 p.m. with music by Joe Roche of Mojo Music and the comedic talents of Roger Hunt. There will be something for everyone to enjoy—a delicious buffet served at 6:30 p.m., casino action, a show, silent auction, dancing and a 50/50 drawing.  Read more

Local quilter appears in national show: fiber revolution rolls on

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — In about 1988, Katharina Litchman was working in the Swiss bank UBS in Manhattan when a colleague showed her a picture of his wife’s quilting work. She thought the work was gorgeous. “I ran out—there was a quilt shop on the Upper East Side—and bought fabric and made my first quilt.”

Shortly thereafter, Katharina and her husband Ron bought their home near Youngsville, and Katharina’s quilt-making took off; she made many quilts for friends, family and customers. But during that period she was making traditional quilts.  Read more

Celebrating the equinox at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society is currently showing “Vernal Equinox,” a two- person exhibition featuring the three-dimensional environmental art of Ursula Clark and Naomi Teppich at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street.  Read more

Dine out for libraries

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of many participating area restaurants, and five percent of your bill will be donated to the seven Wayne County libraries. All will benefit, regardless of the restaurant you visit. A full list of restaurants can be found at www.waynelibraries.org.

Participating restaurants on Tuesday, March 20 include Shelly’s Family Restaurant, Hamlin; Gresham’s Chop House, Hawley; Cocoon Coffee House, Hawley; Settlers Inn, Hawley; Halfway House, Honesdale; and Inn at Starlight Lake, Starlight.  Read more

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