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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and...

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Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT...

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Apparently there is no evidence whatsoever that Marie Antoinette actually uttered such a callous statement in response to her subjects’ bemoaning their lack of bread. But it has stuck to her shoe...

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I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Wikipedia defines it as “an old adage, typically stated as: ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’” Ain’t that the truth. At the risk of sounding like a total nut...

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The great battle of our time will be over water—pure, fresh water in particular. All earthly life depends upon water for survival. The human population worldwide, now 7.3 billion, is projected to...

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The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through...

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Lake Superior passes available

BETHEL, NY — 2011 Lake Superior State Park Season Passes are available for Sullivan County residents at the Division of Public Works (DPW) office, 100 North St., Monticello, for $15. To purchase a pass, bring proof of residency or property ownership to the DPW office Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. 2010 season pass holders can download the renewal form from www.co.sullivan.ny.us and apply for their 2011 season pass by mail. One-time admission fees are $5 per person; children under three years old are free. Senior citizens get free admission to the park on weekdays only.  Read more

Submit sketches for a painted bear

MILFORD, PA —The Black Bear Film Festival is inviting submissions of artists’ sketches for its painted bear sculptures. The bears will grace the streets of Milford for several months before the festival begins, which this year will be the weekend of October 14 to 16. The deadline for submission is May 6. Concept sketches will be voted on by a design committee, and the unpainted bears will be provided to each selected artist. Send sketches to BBFF,115 MillStreet Ste 3 #186 Milford, PA, 18337. Call 570/409-0909.

Foods of the Delaware supports land protection

HAWLEY, PA — The fourth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala will be held on April 30 to benefit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. The event, held at Hawley’s Settlers Inn, features a five-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by a live auction led by Sean Strub.

Water walk awakens love of place

NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA — Looking for inspiration lately? Some good news to balance the bad? How about this: six women from New York and Pennsylvania walking 90 miles in one week, battling blisters, dealing with darkness, rising with the sun and taking to the road again—all to raise awareness of the sacredness of water and land.  Read more

Road toads

Amphibians of all varieties make a habit of migrating across the road where I live, prompting my annual pilgrimages to the ribbon of pavement that runs in front of my home. The journeys begin after nightfall on rainy evenings, necessitating the donning of headlamp and reflective clothing for me.

I search for salamanders, frogs and toads, depending on the time of year. When I come upon a creature that has not yet fallen victim to a vehicle, I gently relocate it to safety.  Read more

Body and soul

A series of events recently led me to River Brook Farm, the organic farm closest to my home. In my attempt to conserve gasoline, I had never taken the 17-mile drive, since I don’t generally head up Route 97. But I had an engagement in Milanville, PA one Saturday in February, so I made a short detour to C. Meyer Road on the New York side, after hearing raves about Alice and Neil Fitzgerald, proprietors of the farm, and the certified organic crops they grow.  Read more

The painted turtles of spring

After what seemed to be an endless winter, signs of spring are appearing in the woods and on the shores of rivers and lakes, and the singers such as the wood thrush and the spring peeper hail spring’s arrival. On the 9th of April, during a kayak trip on Walker Lake in Shohola, PA, I spotted some more signs of milder weather: many painted turtles basking on the shore.  Read more

Winners of CAS High School Art Show announced

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Winners of the CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show, currently on display at the CAS Center, have been announced. First and second prize winners were selected by an outside jury panel of artists and experts. Students were invited to the Arts Center to select a Student Prize award in each category as well.

Black & White Drawing
1st place Alana Simetaniuk, Eldred
2nd place Tyler Shaver, Livingston Manor
Student Prize Molly Stahl, Livingston Manor

Color Drawing
1st place Christian Turner, SC BOCES  Read more

Barryville’s artisan fair seeks vendors

BARRYVILLE, NY — BrookHouse Gallery is still accepting applications for vendors for its artisan fair this summer. It is looking for quality hand-made crafts, fine art, outdoor garden sculpture and hand-crafted furniture. The deadline for vendor application is May 1.
Acceptance will be on first-come, first-served basis. Email kim@kimlustpottery.com.

Scout exhibit opens in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — As Honesdale’s Troop 1 celebrates its 100th anniversary, a flag and bugle ceremony on the steps of the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., will open a special exhibit at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, followed by an open house from 4 to 7 p.m., with refreshments and free museum admission.  Read more

Foods of the Delaware supports land protection

HAWLEY, PA — The fourth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala will be held on April 30 to benefit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. The event, held at Hawley’s Settlers Inn, features a five-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by live auction led by Sean Strub.  Read more

Local band to play NYC contest

NEW YORK CITY — The Livingston Manor band MAZMYTH has taken first prize in the Break Contest, a battle of the bands sponsored by the organizers of Bamboozle. The contest was held at the Chance in Poughkeepsie starting in February. As first-prize winners, MAZMYTH will play in the championship round on April 23 at Gramercy Theater in NYC. Four members of the band—Matt Smith, Steven Freitas, Dan Smith and Jordan Dumond—attended Livingston Manor Central School.

‘Bye Bye Birdie’ at DVHS

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) Drama Club will present “Bye Bye Birdie” in the DVHS auditorium. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1.
The performances will also feature the Sweet Apple Cafe. The café will be open for one hour before and after each performance, and during intermission. Come early to see the student art show presented by the DVHS art department.
The story of “Bye Bye Birdie” was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957.  Read more

‘Man vs. Mother Nature”

NARROWSBURG, NY— “Man vs. (Mother) Nature,” an exhibition curated by Karen Hudson and featuring a group of 20 local and regional artists, opens at the Loft Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center in Narrowsburg on Friday, April 29, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will be on view through May 28.  Read more

Big D features Jones, Cuellar and Harrow

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature artists Karen Jones, Dorlene Cuellar and Caroline Harrow at their May show at the Starlight Inn. The opening reception will be on Sunday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m., and the show will be there for the month of May.
Jones lives in Liberty, NY, and says that digital photography has opened up a whole new world for her. She has found that there is more out there than just taking photos of people. She most enjoys taking photos of local spots as well as popular vacation sites.  Read more

Earth Day celebrations

Earth Day Festival at Monti high

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello High School Eco Club will host an Arbor-Earth Day Festival on April 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Monticello High School by the auditorium.

There will be school clubs, environmentally friendly exhibitors, and activities and crafts for children. The club will present awards to the winners of the elementary school poster contest and middle and high school essay contests, as well as its second Eco Hero Award, at the festival.  Read more

Easter celebrations


Easter Bunny visits Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — In spite of chilly weather and an overcast sky, 35 children and their parents came to Rohman Park in Shohola on Saturday, April 16 to hunt for Easter eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. The event was sponsored by the township’s Park and Recreation Committee.  Read more

Celebrating Easter

Native son’s opera to be performed in NYC

NEW YORK CITY — The opera “Angel of the Amazon,” by Evan Mack, will be performed from May 6 to May 22 in the Jerome Robbins Theater at the
Baryshnikov Arts Center,
450 W. 37th Street (www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=ANG18). Mack was born and raised in Forestburgh and is a 1999 graduate of Port Jervis High School.  Read more

DIGit calls for submissions

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is calling for video and audio works for the DIGit Media Exposition, to be held from June 3 to 25. Both amateur and professional media artists are welcome to submit. Works will be presented in several venues throughout Narrowsburg, including the Delaware Arts Center and the Tusten Theatre. A panel of professional videographers, filmmakers and sound artists jury the works.  Read more

When it rains, it pours

There must be a better way. As I perused my calendar of events this past week, I became a little overwhelmed. I know the weather is improving and that everyone wants to get out and do something, rather than sitting by the fire waiting for the (seemingly) endless winter to draw to a close, but does it all have to happen at once?  Read more