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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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Renaissance announces winners

FERNDALE, NY — The following businesses, individuals and organizations will receive 2012 Sullivan First Achievement Awards for their commitment to improving the appearance of Sullivan County during the Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference and Expo on Saturday, March 10 at the CVI Center.  Read more

Back in the saddle (again)

For something completely different, a song springs to mind as I ponder the last weeks and all that has transpired. With almost two full months under my belt since being released from the hospital, languishing on the couch (which is now in a secret, undisclosed location) no longer seems like a viable option. Now that I have an Internet connection, my world has once again opened its doors and invited me to participate. So I bit the proverbial bullet and ventured forth—with help from others, of course!  Read more

Why can’t we all just get along? Well, for starters...

Recently, I visited the Sunday worship service of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which meets in Beach Lake, PA. (In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that the minister of that congregation is also the publisher of this newspaper.) I was there to watch two of my favorite human beings, Mort Malkin and Christine San Jose, present a brief discussion they titled, “Can These Dis-United States Ever Find Common Ground?”—or, as I jokingly suggested they subtitle the program, “How Much Longer Can We Keep From Shooting Each Other?”  Read more

The Age of Wants

My daughter wants to curl her hair. Like me, she has straight hair without a thought of wave. Without a working electric curling iron, we have resorted to an antique iron held in the gas stove burner. I’m learning again how to use this old fashioned gizmo so that the curls come out fat and springy. She bounces around the house, enjoying this foray into curly-haired beauty.  Read more

Posies by Noriella brighten up the hospital

HONESDALE, PA — “The Grandeur of Spring” is one of the works of art by Lucille Norella that will be on display throughout March at Wayne Memorial Hospital’s second floor David Katz Conference Room and first floor corridor. The hospital is located on Park Street in Honesdale.

A Dessert Extravaganza for Literacy Volunteers

BETHEL, NY — The Literacy Volunteers presents a Dessert Extravaganza to benefit The Bethel Literacy Center and Past Perfect Bookstore in White Lake on Sunday, March 18 at Friends Restaurant in Smallwood from 1 to 3 p.m. The price per person is $20. This event is open to the public. To attend, call 845/292-7915 or 794-0017.

Fallsburg gets grant for free concerts

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Town of Fallsburg has received a grant of $1,240 for a free concert series that takes place in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Mother Joan LaLiberté was on hand at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) headquarters to accept the award on February 18, along with Certificates of Commendation to the Town of Fallsburg from State Senator John J. Bonacic and New York State Assemblymember Aileen M. Gunther.

The funds originate from the New York State Council on the Arts regranting program and are administered by DVAA.  Read more

SullivanArc exhibit opens at Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — In recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, SullivanArc will present Expresssions 2012 at the Loft Gallery of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance from Saturday, March 3 to Saturday, March 31. The artwork in the exhibit has been created by individuals with developmental disabilities. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

‘Through the Eyes of Wendell M. Upchurch’

PORT JERVIS, NY — Look “Through the Eyes of Wendell M. Upchurch” on March 3 at the UpFront Exhibition Space. This is the most complete series of Upchurch’s eccentric paintings ever shown in the Northeast. The works will be displayed from 12 noon to 9 p.m. with a reception from 3 to 7 p.m.

Upfront has acquired the rights to this complete collection and will offer the art for sale. Most have been stored away and not seen since his death 12 years ago.  Read more

Soup bash benefits museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Warm away your winter blues with a hot bowl of hearty homemade soup, a warm roll and a sweet treat. The Friends of the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation are holding their second annual Soup Dinner at 4 p.m. on March 3 at The Drew United Methodist Church, 49-51 Sussex St. in Port Jervis. For $5, each meal will consist of an assortment of 10 delicious hand-made soups (choose one), along with bread, beverage and dessert. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Eat-in or takeout will be available.  Read more

Carl Richards at Woodsongs

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Carl Richards Band ( will perform at Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, March 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. The band plays acoustic rock and roll, old country, original songs and a touch of blues. The band has been performing for more than 25 years, and has opened for such greats as Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck, Leon Russell, Delbert McClinton and Little Sammie Davis. The evening will also feature a debut performance by Sullivan County’s newest acoustic duo - Steve Schwartz and Antoine Magliano.  Read more

Library, arts alliance open joint facility

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) and the Wayne County Public Library (WCPL) will celebrate the grand re-opening at their new office and classroom space at 812 Main St., in the Jason Torrey Land Office on Friday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. WCPL’s Executive DirectorTamara Murray, said, “During tough economic times, non-profits need creative strategies to support programs, personnel and events. Collaboration is a paradigm shift, a new way of thinking and relating to resources, values and expertise that encourages individual sustainability and shared success.”  Read more

‘All About Nora’

Two weeks ago, while in the throes of recuperation, I sent up smoke signals in a column and on Facebook, asking for assistance. While I received many responses, my iffy Internet connection made it nigh-on impossible to follow up with most of them in a timely manner, and my frustration level reached the boiling point when I realized another weekend was going to be a wash for me.  Read more

Rohman’s Men’s Winter Olympics: 26 years and counting

SHOHOLA, PA — What started out as a men’s cheesecake cooking competition a quarter century ago has evolved into the 26th annual Men’s Winter Olympics held at Rohman’s Inn located in Shohola. The historic structure, which features a small bowling alley where bowlers set their own pins, was thronged with participants and observers on February 25.  Read more

Register for children’s theatre classes

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Registration is now open for children’s theatre classes at NACL. The classes will be held on Thursdays from April 19 to June 7.  Read more

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.

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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


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

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