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September 29, 2016
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HONESDALE, PA — As peak oil and global warming have increased the urgency of finding replacements for fossil fuels, the option of biomass is one that is frequently mentioned without ever seeming to gain much of a foothold, at least in this country. But there are some locals who have been developing some interesting techniques and ideas about one kind of biomass that could prove a boon to our own area: grass pellets that can be burned, like wood pellets, for heat.

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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A few weeks ago during a marathon in Lehigh Valley, a freight train interrupted the race, which caused many runners not to qualify for the Boston Marathon. News outlets showed photos of the...

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Let’s face it, I’m an emotional kind of guy. Happy or sad, grumpy or glad, I basically wear my heart on my sleeve for all the world to see. “I yam what I yam,” as Popeye would say, and I’ve...

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We now have the most astonishing spacecraft and telescopes probing the far reaches of the universe. The purposes of these probes and explorations are multiple. Theoretical physicist Stephen...

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A proposal was made before commissioners of the PA Game Commission (PGC) at its September 19th meeting to remove the osprey from the list of threatened species in Pennsylvania. The board of...

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Memorial Day Events

PARADES

Monday, May 30

FREMONT CENTER, NY — 132nd Annual Memorial Day Parade through Fremont Center to the baseball field.Lineup 9 a.m. just above the Fremont Center Community Church. Expect road closure. Special memorial service 9:30 a.m. at New Veteran’s Park (next to town barn). Parade starts 10 a.m. An award ceremony will follow.

HAWLEY, PA — Memorial Day parade Main to Church Street to Hudson. Lineup 12 noon, steps off 1 p.m. immediately following American Legion Program at the monument. Hot dogs at the senior center for participants.  Read more

A day on the river

I grew up on the Delaware River, almost literally (on River Road), and often went swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, snorkeling, sun bathing, you name it. However, I am far from a river expert; so when I had the opportunity to do a river trip with the National Park Service (NPS) I knew I would be learning a lot.  Read more

Yes, Sancho Panza, chivalry is alive!

A track fire that disrupted the Metro-North commute in East Harlem recently left thousands stranded in Grand Central Terminal for their commute home and over the next few days added to their daily trials and tribulations. It is during these times that the cream really rises to the top and we find our modern day knights.  Read more

Rehabbing regional wildlife

A month or so ago, I transported a female downy woodpecker to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center (PWRC) in Stroudsburg, PA after my neighbor found it in her driveway, suffering from what appeared to be a broken wing. The tiny bird’s feisty spirit kept it strong enough to make the trip and upon intake, its prognosis was deemed to be good.  Read more

Our fly-fishing heritage

Somehow it seems strange to me that it was a movie that triggered the amazing growth of fly fishing interest. The movie was, of course, “A River Runs Through It.” Norman Maclean’s novel, on which it is based, is a must read.

Our own Delaware River fly-fishing culture is anchored on both sides of the river. Penn State was the first university to offer courses in fly fishing in the 1930s. A thank you to George Harvey for making that program a fly-fishing treasure.  Read more

Time and the Valleys opens May 28

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum opens for the season Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 and 29, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Opening weekend activities include a special Memorial Day display of rarely seen military photos and artifacts from our collection, discounts in the museums shop and hourly tours of exhibitions:  Read more

I’ve got a secret

First of all, let me just go on the record and declare that if you share a secret with me, I’m really good at keeping it. Conversely, if I’m told something without a confidentiality clause attached, I consider it fair game and am more than likely to blab—man about town that I am. Fair warning.  Read more

Arts in the Park application deadline extended

HANCOCK, NY — The application period to participate in the Arts in the Park event in the Hancock Town Square on Saturday, August 6 has been extended to July 1. Fine artists, craftspeople, woodworkers, writers/poets, and photographers may apply. The event also will include live music, food and a children’s “Aspiring Artists” contest with cash awards.

This will be an opportunity for artists to showcase their work and to reach new customers and art lovers.  Read more

Heroes Bike Run raises funds

ORANGE, SULLIVAN and ULSTER COUNTIES, NY — BBG&G Advertising’s second annual Heroes Bike Run will take place on Saturday, May 21, starting at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery, and running 60 miles through Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. It will benefit the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc. and Paws of War.  Read more

Magical History Tour focuses on fishing, tourism

LIBERTY, NY — Now in its 21st year, the Magical History Tour will roll out on June 25 to sightsee, museum hop and hear about Sullivan County’s storied past and present. There will be two tours led by Sullivan County Historian John Conway and Liberty/NYC architect Robert Dadras, leaving from and returning to the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, 46 South Main St. The first leaves at 8:30 a.m. (registration begins at 8) and returns at 12:30 p.m., and the second leaves at 1:30 p.m. (registration begins at 1) and returns at 5:30 p.m.  Read more

A weekend of duos in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will feature a soul-rock and modern pop duo, Nalani&Sarina, on Friday, May 21 at 8 p.m., and a Toronto-based roots-rock duo, The Young Novelists, on Saturday, May 22 at 8 p.m.

Sisters Nalani&Sarina, 22, have rocketed from a small town in west-central New Jersey to national notoriety and recognition. Music critic and SiriusXM radio host Dave Marsh recently called their latest EP, “Scattered World,” “some of the best music being made in 2016,” and fans, critics and taste-makers have echoed his praise.  Read more

Equinunk memorializes the Seccias

EQUINUNK, PA — The Equinunk Historical Society will honor the Seccia family on Saturday, May 28, with a tribute at 12 noon. The annual old-fashioned ice cream social will take place after the noon tribute ceremony.

Tony Seccia, well-known as the oldest active Boy Scout in PA and possibly in the U.S., died in January 2016. He was 101 years old. He and his brothers all served their country in WW II, in different branches of the military, and each returned home safely.  Read more

CAS members show opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present its seventh annual Summer Members Show at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from May 21 to June 19. There will be a free opening reception on Saturday, May 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

All artwork is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists and the nonprofit CAS Arts Center.  Read more

Impressionism, music and images

MILFORD, PA — Kindred Spirits will sponsor a performance by a trio consisting of baritone Mischa Bouvier, pianist Irina Nuzova and cellist Yosif Feigelson on May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre.

They will perform music by major French composers who were born in the 19th century, including Ravel, Debussy and Faure. While the musicians are playing, a slideshow will project paintings by the composers’ contemporaries and, in many cases, friends, including Impressionists Monet, Renoir and Degas.  Read more

‘Lemons Brook Farm: Lens, Pen and Place’

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will present the digital and spoken word event, “Lemons Brook Farm: Lens, Pen and Place,” on Saturday, May 21, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the farmhouse where its New York office is based, 120 Segar and Rosenberg Rd.  Read more

‘Artists Assembly’ brings creative people together

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society has announced the launch of “Artists Assembly,” a monthly gathering of area artists. This is a unique opportunity to rendezvous with fellow artists, share the creative process and get feedback from like-minded people in a creative social setting. Refreshments are provided, but participants are free to bring a snack or drink to share.

Upcoming dates are Friday, May 27 and Friday, June 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. Full event listings can be found at www.catskillartsociety.org/events.  Read more

Jazz trio in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — New York City-based jazz bassist and composer Ben Allison performs with his trio The Easy Way at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m.

Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Allison draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th-century classical and world music traditions, seamlessly blending them into a cohesive whole.  Read more

Independent campsites offer a break from city congestion

Michael D’Agostino and his wife Eloise were driving home from a “disastrous” camping trip (let’s just say a Wiccan full-moon ceremony was involved), when they passed by a bucolic farm. “What if we could camp there?” D’Agostino mused. Then the lightning bolt hit. What if we could camp THERE?  Read more

Spring wildflower traditions

Wildflowers made me who I am. One of my first memories is of a walk in the woods to see the first May flowers—the pin-striped blooms of the spring beauty and the delicate, fur-stemmed hepatica. The trout lily and trillium, blue cohosh and wild ginger were all old friends to be visited each year in “The May-Flower Woods” as I grew up on our old farm. I know where to find them still in their same, specific spots in that same woods along Neering Road.  Read more

What do we wanna be when we grow up?

By the time these words come to you, dear reader, a threshold shall have been passed. My daughter Marietta will have graduated from Hampshire College, joining tens of thousands of other young men and women starting out on the next phases of their lives. (Your cheers and applause are well-deserved; she’s worked extremely hard, and I’m a very proud father.)  Read more