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REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon last weekend, I thought things would be pretty quiet for me and the pup as I perused the events (...

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On the day before I started writing this column, I had a conversation with a National Park Service ranger on the subject of ospreys after one was sighted near one of the many bald eagle nests...

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Our loved ones are dying. This simple statement tells the whole complex and terrifying story of the resurgence of heroin addiction. Here in our Delaware River communities the national epidemic has...

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(Screwtape is a very high-level—or perhaps one should say very low-level—executive devil, in charge of the demonic “sales force” in North America. Readers of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape...

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Traditionally, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of the “busy season” here in the Upper Delaware River region, but it seems to me that the onslaught of events, parades, concerts, art shows and...

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One of spring’s many delights is the arrival of wildlife babies. Their survival is sometimes put to the test, as happened to seven red fox kits found in a Walmart parking lot in Trexlertown, PA....

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Fishing ‘time’

I’ve heard it said that we have the concept of “time” so everything doesn’t happen all at once. Well that’s a handy explanation, especially for anglers without advanced degrees in physics. As far as I know, Einstein, Sagan and Hawking were never known as anglers, so that makes us even, sort of.

We use expressions involving time on a regular basis. What time should we meet? What time is the hatch? How long is that drift? We had a great time, or maybe next time. You’d think time is like clockwork—however, in fishing, time warps, suspends, drags, bends and flies.  Read more

It’s a wonderful life

I haven’t exactly been grumpy, but I wasn’t feeling the spirit move me either, until I got the Bah! Humbug! knocked out of me over the last week as I dashed through the snow, careening through the Upper Delaware River region at a breakneck pace in search of all things festive. Last week’s weather had me a bit out of sorts, since some events were cancelled due to slick roads. But the celebrations that the Wonder Dog and I have attended recently reinforced my ongoing love of community, breathing new life into the notion that sometimes (just sometimes!) it truly is a wonderful life.  Read more

Megan Jean and the KFB at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, December 20 at 8 p.m. in the Hawley Silk Mill, Harmony Presents brings a unique mix of Gypsy-Americana, vintage bluegrass, voodoo blues and ragtime to Hawley. Winners of Floydfest’s “Under the Radar” contest, this unconventional duo, Megan Jean and the KFB, is known for its lavish showmanship, entertaining and thought-provoking ghost stories and layered cultural and historical influences.  Read more

Pig Paintings: unique gifts for a great cause

HONESDALE, PA — There’s still time to secure that one-of-a-kind gift, painted by special artists that happen to be pigs, and whose paintings are custom creations like no other. Here, Pee Wee Super Pig paints one for a fan at Tractor Supply in Honesdale during a fundraising event for Billy’s New Hope Barn in Wayne County, a non-profit organization that provides safe haven for unwanted, abused and neglected farm animals. Paintings range in price; this size was available for a donation of $10. In addition, sponsorship of an animal is available for $25.  Read more

‘The Snowflake Man:’ a puppet show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present “The Snowflake Man,” an original puppet show by Sarah Frechette of PUPPETKABOB, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, December 20 from 2 to 3 p.m.  Read more

Santa Express lights up Ingber Park

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The family of the late Brian Ingber, for whom Fallsburg’s Ingber Park is named, gathers in the park along with other Fallsburg residents to receive a visit from the Santa Express. They are Brian’s brother Daniel Ingber, left, and wife Mona; Brian’s wife Linda and his son Noah. Linda is the administrative assistant to Town Supervisor Steve Vegliante and one of the key organizers of the event.  Read more

Celebrate Hanukkah at Agudas Achim

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — If you are looking for a place to experience the joy and meaning of Hanukkah, Congregation Agudas Achim invites you to its Hanukkah and Shabbat celebration to be held on Friday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. The gathering will feature a Hanukkah covered-dish dinner. There will also be a special lighting of hanukkiahs (menorahs). All are encouraged to bring one from home with candles. In these ways , we can share the special gift of this holiday season.  Read more

Barryville holiday farmers’ market

SHOHOLA, PA — The Barryville Farmers’ Market will have a special indoor holiday session on Saturday, December 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can come get local ingredients for your holiday celebrations at the Shohola Fire Department, which is just two miles from Barryville, NY at 325 Route 434, Shohola, PA. Many of the regular vendors will be attending. Visit or call 570/224-8013.

A superabundant toy drive

NARROWSBURG, NY — Hundreds of toys were collected this year for Open Your Heart for Local Children toy drive, sponsored by the Narrowsburg Ecumenical Food Pantry and affiliated local churches. See “Lake Huntington News on page 9” for more details. Call 845/252-6761.

PEARL Café, too, shares the feast

DAMASCUS, PA — The PEARL Café in Abrahamsville serves a free meal every first Saturday of the month at 12 noon to the community, and belongs in the list of such providers in last week’s “Share the Feast” feature. All are welcome to share food and friendship at the PEARL Café at the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church, 623 Callicoon Rd.  Read more

Warmth shelter open more nights

HONESDALE, NY — The emergency shelter “Warmth in the Night,” which officially opened its doors for the season on December 1 at Grace Episcopal Church, will now be available even when it’s not quite as cold outside. Due to the inflow of a good number of new volunteers—whose generosity is in keeping with the spirit of the holiday season—the shelter will now be open on any night when temperatures are below freezing. Previously, the criterion for opening the shelter had been temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.  Read more

Celebrate the holidays with City Stage

MILFORD, PA — City Stage will be at the historic Milford Theatre on Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the holidays with music, song and dance. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate. The group is partnering with local food pantries to help our neighbors who might be having a tough time this year. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door. Visit

CAS open house at The Laundry King

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society has announced the opening of a temporary new performance space and community-curated event venue, The Laundry King, a repurposed storefront at 65 Main St. CAS will use this space for 15 months or until its renovation is completed on the second floor of its main building at 48 Main St.  Read more

Messiah sing-along

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — WJFF will host a free Messiah community sing on Sunday, December 21 at 3 p.m. at the Seelig Theatre of SUNY Sullivan. Unlike a traditional concert version of George Frideric Handel’s famed 1741 Oratorio, this production will be sung by those attending. Hudson Opera theater conductor Ron De Fesi will lead the ensemble, and the Delaware Valley Opera’s Kathy Geary (soprano), Carol Diefenbach (mezzo-soprano), Eric Barsness (bass) and Kevin Harnek (tenor) will be soloists.  Read more

Game night December 18

HONESDALE, PA — The holiday season is all about family, and The Cooperage provides a great opportunity for quality family time together with its Thursday family game nights. The final game night of 2014 will take place on Thursday, December 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1030 Main St. There will be all kinds of games to play—board games, card games, brain games. But if you have a favorite, you are encouraged to bring it. Donations are appreciated, and snacks are available for purchase.  Read more

‘Light up the Dark’ in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — On December 21, all are welcome to gather at 5 p.m. at North School Studio’s Weigh Station on Main Street, across from Peck’s Market, to participate in a lantern walk to celebrate the longest night of the year. It is a night that evokes reflection and gratitude for endings and beginnings, sorrows and joys, a time to gather and consider our place and legacy in the universe.  Read more

Local art for the holidays; The perfect last-minute gift

REGION — It’s one week before Christmas and you might still need to get gifts for loved ones on your list. A great gift idea is to purchase local art from one of the many galleries in our area. Many galleries are exhibiting special holiday shows, and they won’t be on display for much longer. So not only will you be shopping, but you can also take this time to view the exhibits, support local art, and have a good time. Buying art is a special and one-of-a-kind gift that people will appreciate. It also supports local artists and gives money back to the community.  Read more

The evil that men do

Quick! Name a bunch of famous silent film comedy stars! Charlie Chaplin, check… Buster Keaton, of course… You remembered Harold Lloyd? Good for you!

How about Roscoe Arbuckle?

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle (1887-1933) was an immensely successful entertainer. A singer, comedian, silent film actor and director, he was a superstar of the early years of the 20th century. According to Wikipedia, he helped launch the careers of both Buster Keaton and Bob Hope, and he was one of the most popular and highly paid performers of his time.  Read more

O Christmas tree

We had a Christmas tree all picked out in August. A perfect little white pine conveniently located on the incline of the road bank on the old farm. There would be no trudging through snow or thicket this year, I thought. No need to resort to the Boy Scout tree sale down at the gas station in Hancock. None of the contortions that are required to bungee cord a prickly spruce into the trunk of my Honda Civic.

Of all this I was certain until a few weeks ago, when a tree trimming service, the hire of the electric company, cut our tree down.  Read more

Mild days may yield surprises

It was the last week in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, when I was driving in the pre-dawn darkness on a quiet road. A steady rain was ushering in a couple of days of unseasonably mild weather for this time of year. A few leaves were on the wet road, and all seemed normal until one of the leaves hopped. A look at the size of the hopping “leaf” and the length of the hop indicated that it could be an American toad.  Read more

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