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Veteran actor Richard Hoehler has been around the block a few times, and when he’s not pounding the pavement in New York City, one can find him at his home in Glen Spey, NY, where, for the past 12 years, he often finds himself musing about his experiences in New York and the people who live there. One such story is played out in R.J. Bartholomew’s “I of the Storm,” a one-man show currently running at the Playroom Theater on Manhattan’s West 46th Street, and coming to Narrowsburg’s Tusten Theatre for one performance only on Saturday, May 2.

In the space of 24 little hours, we’ve gone from spring to winter and back again. Simply being able to open a window has been a thrill, and hearing the birds singing in the trees has given rise to...

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At this time of year, the dingy snowbanks are slowly absorbed into the thawing earth, revealing the dregs of accumulated garbage along rural roadways in the Upper Delaware River region. The...

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In the house where I grew up there was a large, walk-in closet at the top of the stairs. The closet might have been a tiny second-floor bedroom at one time, when the house was new and lodged more...

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I hope everyone had a happy Easter/Passover/Spring Equinox season… to the extent that such a thing was possible, at least, given all the religiously-themed squabbling that’s been going on recently...

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Well, my heart anyhow, and I suspect most of yours as well. Now that we’ve had a few days in a row with temps above 40, I’m once again reminded of how much I love where I live and that without...

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Among the species of bat in our region is the Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis). Also known as the Northern Myotis, this and other species of bats have been affected by white nose...

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Moving day (Part two) Out with the old….

You know what they say—“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” So far, I have seen no opera divas warming up in the wings. Although I have already moved two fairly large truckloads to my beautiful new home, I have yet to get the storage space squared away and still have boxes and crates piled up by the door of the old place, waiting to be transferred to an undisclosed location, somewhere in Sullivan County (www.scva.net).  Read more

Opening reception for Cheryl Korb at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be an artist’s reception for primitive landscape artist Cheryl Korb “Home For The Holidays” on Saturday, November 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The River Gallery, 8 Main St.

A self-taught artist from northeastern Pennsylvania, Cheryl Korb still lives on the farm where she was born. After raising a family of three children, she had time to pursue her dream, which was to make paintings inspired by Grandma Moses. She began painting the landscape she knows best: her own backyard.  Read more

Santa Express ready to depart North Pole

SULLIVAN AND ORANGE COUNTIES, NY — Straight from the North Pole, Santa Express will roll into 10 towns in Sullivan and Orange counties and one in Pike County, PA on three consecutive weekends beginning with its first stop on Sunday, November 30 on Front Street in Port Jervis. Santa and his friends will greet hundreds of children and their families from the jolly old man’s 65-foot-long “sleigh” and the Snow Queen will give a special performance from the Santa Express float.  Read more

Third annual ‘Christmas with the Crackers’ benefit

HONESDALE, PA — The third annual “Christmas with the Crackers” benefit concert, supporting Toys for Tots of Wayne and Pike Counties, will be held at The Cooperage from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 21. Admission is $10, or a new unwrapped toy.  Read more

Adding the new to the old: How to build an addition on vintage houses

As owners of vintage houses know, each house has its own character, often just waiting to be discovered when a renovation project or home addition is planned, according to nationally known architect Mark Alan Hewitt. Along with Gordon Bock, the former editor of This Old House Journal, he gave a presentation about working on old houses at Lumberland Town Hall in early October to a full house. Their talk was based on a book they have co-authored on the subject, “The Vintage House,” which is full of ideas for sensitive additions and successful upgrades.  Read more

Gratitude and ambivalence

I never quite understood the logic:

“Finish everything on your plate, young man; for goodness’ sake, you know there are children starving in India.”

If your parents grew up during the Depression, as mine did, it’s a good bet that you heard that line, or something like it, more than a few times during your childhood. The reasoning, I suppose, was that whether or not you particularly liked what happened to be on your plate, you should not only eat it all, but also be grateful for it, because there were other children in other parts of the world who would be thankful for anything.  Read more

Back to Cortland, NY

I wasn’t looking to return to my past life (always a risky enterprise) when we went to my daughter, Lily’s, Junior High All-State choral concert. But it was inevitable when the music festival was held at the high school in Cortland, NY—the town where I went to college in the mid ‘80s.

I hadn’t been back to the college or town (which I had never realized is actually classified as a city) since graduating in 1989, choosing to cruise past on I-81 when travelling upstate.  Read more

Wheel bugs: Good for the garden, look but don’t touch

Around Halloween, I spotted what first appeared to be a large spider on the side of my house. As I got closer, however, I saw that it had six legs, not eight as a spider would have, and it took on the appearance of a long-legged beetle with an iridescent gold abdomen. This bug certainly fit the bill for Halloween; it had long spidery legs with even longer antennae, a long proboscis that made it look like it meant business, and to top it off, it had what looked to be part of a cog sticking out of its thorax.  Read more

Art in Sixes

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Art in Sixes,” an exhibition of small art works by local artists, opens at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Saturday, November 15, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through December 23.  Read more

Moving day

Who loves moving? Who loves change? OK, I see a few of you out there holding your hand up in the air, but for most of us, moving is more than a little stressful. In my never-ending quest for peace of mind, I turned to the Internet for solace. Oy. Instead of finding soothing words of encouragement, I discovered these “shocking stats about moving-related stress” (www.moversnmoreservice.com): “Many studies conducted in the U.S. show that people believe that moving to a new home will be one of the most stressful events in their lives,” I read, through blurred sleepless eyes.  Read more

Life lessons I should know by now

There seems to be something about human nature that no matter how many times you may hear advice or words of wisdom, it doesn’t truly sink in until you’ve experienced it for yourself.

Over the past few months I’ve personally learned a few new ones, and I’m sharing them with you in the hope that you will find them helpful.

Know the plan (even if it’s not your problem)  Read more

Solo performance by Kowalchuk in ‘Shakespeare’s Will’

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage presents “Shakespeare’s Will” by Vern Thiessen, a production of NACL Theatre, performed by Tannis Kowalchuk at The Cooperage on Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are a $20 suggested donation. Call 570/253-2020 to reserve.  Read more

Call to artists: CAS Winter Members Show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its annual CAS Winter Members Show, an exhibition of work by its member artists, on display from November 22 through December 29. Artists are invited to drop off up to two works for the show at the arts center now through Monday, November 17. All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center.  Read more

Music and art combine for ‘WaterMusic’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) will present a concert called “WaterMusic” on Saturday, November 15 at 3 p.m. in the CAS Arts Center galleries to coincide with the Catskill Art Society’s (CAS) “River and Biota” exhibition. The program is part two of the collaboration that began in 2010 between WCM, CAS and the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS), and inspired by the historic Zuber & Co. wallpaper murals installed in the school’s grand staircase.  Read more

Delta blues and swampy rock-n-roll with David Jacobs-Strain

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will welcome David Jacobs-Strain, a slide guitar player and storyteller, on Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. in the Boiler Room in the Hawley Silk Mill. He will be accompanied by harmonica player Bob Beach.  Read more

Lysander Piano Trio to play Pike County

MILFORD, PA — The award-winning Lysander Piano Trio will appear at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m. Pianist Liza Stepanova, violinist Itamar Zorman, and cellist Michael Katz will play a show titled “The Call of the Exotic.” The music includes “Jacob’s Dream” by Josef Haydn, “Spring” from “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla, and “Variations on a Hebrew Melody” by Paul Ben-Haim.  Read more

Canaltown announces winners of Short Spooky Movie Festival

HONESDALE, PA — The Canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival announced the winners of the 2014 Spooky Awards. The international festival, presented by Canaltown, took place on November 1 at The Cooperage in Honesdale and featured original movies by filmmakers from Honesdale, the surrounding area and the world.  Read more

The out back

My 90-something great-grandfather had one in the ‘50s—a little house behind the bare-bones cottage that lacked even running water. It looked like a Tobacco Road shack and smelled to high heaven, but it served its purpose as a no-frills answer to nature’s calls.  Read more

Sustaining our communities

It’s a bit of a bummer that the Thanksgiving season coincides each year with the formulation of our municipal budgets. While most of us are planning the menu for family gatherings, our town boards are crunching numbers and losing sleep trying to control expenses while ensuring continuity of the basic services that keep us safe.  Read more

Protecting Pike’s natural resources

If someone were to seek your advice about the top three environmental concerns in Pike County, what would your answer be? That question is currently being asked in the form of a short survey by the Pike County Conservation District (PCCD). PCCD is in the process of updating its strategic plan for the future of Pike’s natural resources by seeking input from residents, visitors and other interested parties. The survey asks responders to identify the most pressing issues and to list examples of services PCCD should provide, along with potential audiences for those services.  Read more

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