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MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else…” So said Emily Dickinson, the eminent poet of microcosm and wonder.

I think of this as I sort through the laundry, sweep up...

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The past few weeks have been challenging, not only personally, but for many I have come into contact with as well. Even though I tend to think of myself as the guy who reports on the good times...

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In a week or two, huge numbers of broad-winged hawks will fill the skies in some areas like Hawk Mountain in PA or Sunrise Mountain in New Jersey. That will be near-peak migration time for them as...

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Well… I’m not at all sure that I “oughta be,” but as it happens, I am this week. Usually, I’m pretty busy on the other side of the camera, attempting to capture all that is happening throughout...

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Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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Lost & Found

During a long life, one loses things. I was warned that in moving out of our long-time city residence things would be lost. I was prepared. But what about the things that are found? This, I was not prepared for.  Read more

February 4, 2013

When I am out and about in the community so many people ask me, “how is your mother doing? I follow her in your column.” She is much better; thanks for the thoughts and prayers. I told you on January 14 she had a new great-granddaughter, Catherine Jane Marie, and on January 29 another great-granddaughter, Brianna Marie. Both are doing well and my mother is very happy. As for her health, she is amazing. I called her the other day and she told me she was going to Empire City with my godmother; I call them Dipsy and Doodle. She did fine and felt great.  Read more

Who’s hungry?

I recently enjoyed observing a 9-year-old girl wake to the pleasures of bird watching. Joei Marie is the recipient of an introductory birding kit I purchased from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Using the birding log and identification materials included in the kit, Joei began her “life list” by observing the birds that visited our feeders.  Read more

Freedom’s just another word...

Or is it? My dictionary defines freedom as “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” We are lucky, here in the “land of the free,” though far too often we take our rights and freedoms for granted. We have the right to freely vote to elect the candidates of our choice; we are free to take to the streets to demonstrate or protest what we do not like; we are free to bear arms (definitely a hotly debated topic of conversation throughout the Upper Delaware Valley these days).  Read more

Road trip

Trinidad, California is on the coast. A rock cliff lines the ocean view out of the window of the bed and breakfast where we are staying. We arrived at night, drove down from Portland, OR, and so I didn’t see the view until the morning. I was surprised when the sun poked through the fog and revealed the ocean.

Down below, huge rocks jut out from the water. From this distance, it’s difficult to imagine how big they are, but they look enormous. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before, otherworldly.  Read more

Think “Snow” at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance

WURTSBORO, NY — Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) Gallery will open its 2013 season with an exhibit entitled “Snow,” to run from February 9 (during Wurtsboro’s Winterfest celebration) through March 3. “Snow” will feature the work of WAA members, including Michael Piotrowski, Roberta Rosenthal, Sandy Spitzer, David Munford and others.  Read more

Opening reception for featured artist at The Gallery at Chant Realtors

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Mariana Russo is the featured artist at The Gallery at Chant Realtors LV, 631 Rte 739. A colorful showcase of nature-inspired collage and paintings will be on exhibit and offered for sale from February 1 through 28. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, February 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is open seven days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Argentinean-born artist was educated at the Argentina National School of Art and the National Technical Institute. Call 570/775-7337.

Vintage quilt show

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Domesticities will host an opening reception on February 2 at 3 p.m. for quilt maker and quilt collector Mia Koerner, who will display some of her vintage quilts during the month of February.  Read more

Taste of the Tri-States dinner and music

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis High School Drama Club will host an evening of food and entertainment at the third annual Taste of the Tri-States on Friday, February 1 at 6 p.m. in the Port Jervis High School gymnasium. Some of the area’s eateries will prepare specialty dishes for the event, and entertainment will be provided by the high-powered Irish rock band, EMISH.

Proceeds will be used to cover costs for the high school’s spring production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” to be presented March 15 through 17.  Read more

NACL Theatre beats fundraising goal

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre has exceeded its recent fundraising goal of $12,000, receiving $22,290 in donations from 241 people during a 30-day online Kickstarter campaign. The funds will enable the ensemble theatre company to finish its new work, “struck.” Funding was enhanced by a local sponsorship from Catskill Farms in Eldred.

In this play, a woman who suffers a stroke experiences (along with the audience) a surreal journey as her body, mind and soul dangle, sing, skate and dance between life and death.  Read more

Musicians gather for Great Sullivan County Foodraiser

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Stacy & Friends and Community Unity will hold the fifth annual Great Sullivan County Foodraiser, a musical benefit for county food pantries, on Saturday, February 2. From blues to jazz to country, the music starts at 6 p.m. and continues into the night at three venues: the Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distillery in Bethel, Dutch’s Tavern in Rock Hill and Mr. Willy’s in Monticello. A Yellow Cab shuttle will be available for transportation among the venues.  Read more

Honesdale shelter beckons the homeless

HONESDALE, PA — As cold as it was last week (on several nights the temperature fell to minus numbers), Rev. Edward Erb of Grace Episcopal Church worries about the homeless people he knows who spend their days—and sometimes nights—living on the streets and in the public places of Honesdale, or surviving by depending on the kindness of strangers.  Read more

January 31, 2013

Hello, hope all is well with everyone. My mother is holding her own and doing better. She cracks me up with her schedule—seeing a home care nurse, physical therapist and social worker. She has a person coming in every day, which is good because she gets up and gets dressed. No lying around and being tired all day.

She has not been out except to the doctors. Hopefully when the weather gets warmer, she will get out and about. Thanks for all the well wishes; they keep her going and the prayers always work and are welcomed.  Read more

January 25, 2013

Just got back from my visit down in Queens with my mother; she is doing much better.

My sister, with whom my mother lives in the winter, is really not a cook, so when I go down I try to make everyone’s favorite. My niece wanted pasta fagioli, my nephew wanted homemade chicken soup and my sister wanted pulled pork. My mother got hers when my cousin stopped by with a box of Reinwald’s Bakery crumb cake and rice pudding. Do you see where my bad eating habits come from?  Read more

2013 bald eagle mid-winter survey

Around the 10th of January, a number of people throughout the country brave the cold and go out in the field to count eagles. The counting can be done from a fixed location, or by traveling a route by car, aircraft, or even by boat in ice-free areas. The counts are collected by state or federal agencies and the results are compared with previous years.  Read more

First Trout

In the year 1936, my parents built a small bungalow in what was then rural Putnam County, NY. It was mostly used as a weekend retreat. Once bass season opened, my father would often go off fishing early every Saturday morning. How I wished to be taken along. I was always told that I was too young. Of course, when something is denied, it becomes even more desired. When I was 11, my father gave me an old bamboo rod, equipped with a Shakespeare “Wonder Reel.” He suggested I use this rod to fish for trout in the Peekskill Hollow Brook. Yippee!  Read more

Les Miserables at the Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Theater will share a percentage of its profits and $1 per person from ticket sales to benefit the programs and services of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance during the showing of Golden Globe best picture “Les Miserables” starting Friday, January 25.

The film, which is rated PG-13, will run through Thursday, January 31 with screenings at 7:30 p.m., and matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission costs $9.50; $8 on Mondays and for matinees; and $7 for children under 12.  Read more

Bridal show slated for Woodloch resort

HAWLEY, PA — The Inn at Woodloch will host its first ever bridal show featuring many wedding vendors and professionals from the region on Sunday, January 27 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Vendors include bridal shops, salons, photographers, bakeries, DJs and more. In addition to meeting vendors and learning about wedding planning, prospective brides will be able to sample foods, enjoy a free glass of champagne and hear the musical entertainment of a live band. Cost of admission is $8. The Inn at Woodloch is located at 731 Welcome Lake Road.

Book swap at Belle Reve Senior Living

MILFORD, PA — Belle Reve Senior Living will hold a book swap on Saturday, January 26 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Books ranging from children’s to adult will be available. Due to an overwhelming response, additional books are no longer being accepted for this swap. However, there are plenty of books to take home and enjoy.
Leftover books will be donated to Boy Scout Troop 77 for their annual yard sale.
For more information, visit www.bellerevesl.com or call 570/409-9191.

Stamp collectors to hold auction

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Philatelic Society will hold a 20-lot auction at its February 3 meeting at 1 p.m. at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 2 Jefferson St. Several appraisers also will be on hand for collectors who want an estimate of what their stamps are worth. There will also be a regular trading session, door prizes and giveaways. Contact Art Rosenzweig at 845/794-2586.