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June 24, 2016
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The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.

In 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz launched an ongoing effort to catalogue as many species as possible throughout the watershed. This year’s event returns to the 2014 site at the Ten Mile...

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When I think of the term “baby on board,” I think of those signs that used to be popular in the back window of cars. They were meant as a warning to other drivers that the car did indeed have a...

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There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those...

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June is officially bustin’ out all over. The hills are alive and the Upper Delaware River region is thrumming with activity. In the last few days, the Wonder Dog and I have been to the theatre, a...

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After a successful outing on the water, it’s hard not to fall for the misguided belief that “I’m getting pretty good at this fishing game!”

Unless you are targeting sunnies and perch, your...

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In last week’s Rivertalk column, Sandy Long told us that the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held this coming weekend at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY. On Saturday, June 25...

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Classic film series opens with ‘Red Dust’

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will present its third classic film series at the UDGLBT Center, 201 W. Harford St., beginning on Tuesday, January 26 at 7 p.m. and finishing on Tuesday, March 1. This series, hosted by John DiLeo, will feature classic movies from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. DiLeo ( is the author of five books about classic movies. The first movie will be “Red Dust” (1932), with Clark Gable and Jean Harlow. On February 2, the movie will be “Laura.”  Read more

Pinewood Derby

SHOHOLA, PA — The Milford Cub Scout Pack 71 is holding a Pinewood Derby on January 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shohola Elementary School. The public is invited to check out the race on a digital track, and any youth (girls as well as boys) interested in racing can enter. Participants must register by January 27.  Read more

DVHS hosts district chorus

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) music department will host the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District Chorus in February. Two hundred and ten selected students from 55 different high schools will join together starting on February 4 for two days of rehearsal, camaraderie and the opportunity to audition for a spot at the regional level chorus event. They will culminate in a concert open to the public on February 5 at 7 p.m. at the DVHS auditorium.  Read more

Skating rink opens

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Skate of the Union skating rink will hold a grand opening on Saturday, January 23 from 12:30 to 9 p.m. The rink is located on Kirk Road. There will be ample parking, log benches, a firepit and tiki torches, a port-a-john and, of course, skating. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. Ongoing hours will be Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. Ice hockey hours will be Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Eagle Day

HAWLEY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Talen Energy will present Eagle Day on Saturday, January 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. Enjoy “Live Birds of Prey” with Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (two opportunities, at 1 and 3 p.m.) Visit the library for hands-on activities provided by Lacawac Sanctuary for all ages to learn about eagles and other native birds. Visit

‘Brittania Road’ at Book and Brew

PORT JERVIS, NY — The feature book at the January 27 meeting of The Book and Brew Review group will be “22 Brittania Road,” by Amanda Hodgkinson. The group will meet to review the book over food and beverages at El Patron, 104 US-6 at 6:30 p.m. The group, facilitated by Kate Gessner and Taylor Sauschuck, trainers at The Public Computer Center (The Hub) at the Port Jervis Free Library, reads a book every month and then meets at a local restaurant or pub to review the book. It is open to all.  Read more

‘Blue Tattoo’ documentary screening features Crookston

HONESDALE, PA — The documentary film “Blue Tattoo: Dina’s Story, Joe’s Song” will be shown at 3 p.m. on January 24 at The Cooperage, with an introduction by Joe Crookston.  Read more

Indie-folk at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase folk duo the DuPont Brothers in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr. on Saturday, January 23 at 8 p.m.  Read more

I’m hooked on social media—are you?

I think I might have a problem, and it’s called the Internet. While the World Wide Web has come to offer so much to so many, it is not without drawbacks, and I find myself having issues with social media. Oh, sure, it started out innocently enough. My pals who had dabbled in it back in the days of MySpace encouraged me to check it out, but that site was clearly targeted for a younger group and didn’t really interest me.  Read more

The name game

We have a new kitten, a bouncing, tail-chasing three month old “silver tabby,” now named Ralphie. He came to us from the litter of a friend’s cat after months of relentless sweet-talk and wheedling from my 13-year-old daughter.

He wasn’t always named Ralphie, but an R-starting name complemen-ted the names of our other two cats, named Rocket and Raven. (Giving your children names that all begin with the same letter is a practice I’ve never really liked, but it works well with animals.)  Read more


Do you remember learning about fractions, back in fifth grade or so? Then you might remember those terms, “LCD” and “GCF.” They came in handy when simplifying fractions, or adding them together…

But don’t worry, we’re not here to talk about math, we’re talking about politics.  Read more

The world at our feet

Winter has arrived, but the snow, so far, has been minimal. Should the day come when you catch yourself whining about the weather, crabbing about cabin fever, or getting grumpy over the lack of color in the local landscape, get ahead of the gloom by getting down, as in—nearer to the ground.

With so many things—at eye level and upward—tugging at our senses, it’s easy to lose track of the ground beneath us, and all the wonders we can encounter there. With a new year freshly here, set a goal to get to know what’s going on down in the zone where your feet usually hang out.  Read more

High hopes for 2016

This is destined to be a great year, especially for those who will be enjoying time on the water. We are off to a good start in January, aptly named for Janus, the god of beginnings. The word January also derives from the Latin word “ianua,” meaning “door.” January is the door to the coming year.  Read more

Internship opportunities at Time and the Valleys

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum located on St. Rte. 55 is seeking applications for its internship program. Interns are needed in several different areas, and all interns will gain experience working in a non-profit organization.Volunteer interns are needed for:
Education: Interns will have the opportunity to develop and implement educational programming, and work directly teaching students.

Archives: Interns will contribute to the effort to maintain, preserve, store and catalogue the collection.  Read more

Word of the day: Staycation!

So far, 2016 has been different. With little to no snow and temperatures fluctuating between zero and fifty degrees, trying to make a decision regarding a vacation destination this year was puzzling.  Read more

Angeli and Spillner at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will begin its 2016 Exhibition Season with “Into the Storm,” featuring artwork by Daniel Angeli, and “Candy Spilner, Paintings,” featuring three-dimensional wall constructions by Candy Spilner, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from January 30 through February 28. CAS will host an artists’ talk on Saturday, January 30 at 2 p.m., followed immediately by a free opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

Auditions for SUNY’s ‘Ragtime’

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The SUNY Sullivan Theater Program will hold auditions for its upcoming production of “Ragtime” on Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Seelig Theatre. Callbacks will be January 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. The musical is based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel “Ragtime.”  Read more

Submissions sought for ‘Altered Egos’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA’s) online gallery is soliciting submissions for its upcoming exhibit “Altered Egos,” a curated exhibition that will feature manipulated self portraits in any media. The entry deadline is January 16. The exhibition will run from February 6 through May 28.  Read more

Callicoon indoor market

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon’s indoor farmers’ market will continue in 2016 at the Delaware Youth Center on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Upcoming dates through April will be January 17 and 31, February 14 and 28, March 13, and April 3 and 17.

NACL drama classes for kids at Narrowsburg Union

NARROWSBURG, NY — NACL Theatre will hold a winter session of drama classes for children in grades K through 6. Classes will be held at The Narrowsburg Union located at 7 Erie Ave. They will be held Saturday mornings starting on January 23 and run for eight weeks.
Children’s Creative Drama engages children in theatre games and original play-making practices that focus on imagination, collaborative play-making and skills that build theatrical expression.  Read more