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September 20, 2014
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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two successful businessmen. Two beautiful and loving families. Two young boys with leukemia.

Unhappy story? Not for the Mongiello and Scancarello families—Anthony Scancarello (age 8) and Anthony (“Lilo”) Mongiello (age 5) are leukemia survivors. And that’s not the end of the story either. The boys and their families are working hard to help other leukemia sufferers.

Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society...

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We are suspended between summer and fall—in the gold and green pause—just a few seconds before autumn begins.

My friend’s son asks: “Would you rather have a million dollars or be able to...

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Maybe you remember: it was a beautiful Tuesday morning, clear and sunny. I had spent a couple of early morning hours training with my martial arts teacher, and I was headed home to start in on my...

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For me, the term itself borders on the oxymoron. Early in life, my mother drummed punctuality into my head and insisted that bad manners were not to be tolerated. “It’s rude,” she’d say, “and...

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I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus...

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The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler with Labor Day come and gone and fall just around the corner. However, even during the warmer days of August, there were signs of the impending...

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Plant sale and gardening program at PEEC

LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — Celebrate the blossoming of spring with the Pocono Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC’s) Native Plant Sale. It will be held on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission to attend the sale and many varieties of native, and deer- resistant flowers, shrubs and grasses will be available. Perennials include coneflowers, bee balm, asters, foxglove, yarrow, cranesbill, lungwort and more. PEEC members can attend a pre-sale on Friday, May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Connor Garvey returns with special guest Jenna Lindbo

HONESDALE, PA — Riverfolk Concerts welcomes back Connor Garvey, nominee this year for Male Performer of the Year in the New England Music Awards, with special guest Jenna Lindbo, at The Cooperage on Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Vaudeville in the Catskills’ summer production celebrates the Golden Age

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Vaudeville in the Catskills is holding auditions for its 2014 summer production, “Vaudeville in the Catskills Celebrates the Golden Age!” Vaudeville in the Catskills is a lively theatrical production that takes place in the Borscht Belt and presents entertainment as it occurred throughout the Catskills’ rich history.  Read more

Open poetry reading in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS, NY — An open poetry reading by local authors will be held on Tuesday, May 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the reference room of the Port Jervis Free Library. Sign up at 6:30 p.m., reading begins at 7 p.m.

There are many respected and renowned poets who call the area home. Celebrate your love of poetry with an open poetry reading. Light refreshments will be served to enhance your experience of hearing the poets’ words delivered in person.

NACL Theatre hosts performer training

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre artists will hold a retreat that is an intensive week-long immersion into NACL’s performer training and creative methods from June 1 to 8. Designed for performers, dancers, directors, writers, ensemble members and solo artists, the intensive takes place at NACL in rural Highland Lake, NY and explores techniques of original theatre-making, physical composition, song creation, writing and collaboration.  Read more

Neo-Motown Caleb Hawley returns to Hawley, PA

HAWLEY, PA — Neo-Motown grooves, jazz and retro soul come together in the music of Caleb Hawley, who returns to perform at Harmony Presents in the Silk Mill on Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Influenced by artists like Randy Newman and Ray Charles, Hawley’s music has soulful voice, intricate lyrics and cutting-edge chords.  Read more

Celebrate spring with a palette of color

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Art Exhibit arrives to celebrate springtime on Monday, May 12. Hosted by the Wayne County Court House and displayed in the lobby, the exhibit is sponsored by the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging. The exhibit is open to the public Monday, May 12 at 8:30 a.m. and closes on Friday, May 16 at 3 p.m.  Read more

4-H auction and barbeque: Country-style night of fun

SLATE HILL, NY — A 4-H auction will be held on Saturday, May 10 at 7 p.m. with a chicken barbeque at 6 p.m. at Bergen Farm, Bergen Circle. Admittance to the auction is free, with a fee of $10 for the chicken barbeque.  Read more

Senior Fair at the Honesdale library

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Public Library will hold its senior fair on Wednesday, May 14 for a day of fun, learning and camaraderie. The series consists of three sessions of one hour each. Each hour has choices. It begins with a welcome demonstration of the library’s online services.  Read more

‘Rebirth’ at the ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery presents a members’ theme show titled “Rebirth.” Join them for an Art After Dark reception on Saturday, May 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Read more

All work and no play?

No, that can’t be right. Some folks think my life is all play and no work, but that doesn’t quite fit either. I believe that my busy schedule of concerts, art shows, festivals and parades suits me, and as the dog and I careen through the four counties, 60 communities and two states that serve as the territory we cover for The River Reporter here in the Upper Delaware River region, I would prefer to think that although I may be a lot of things, dull isn’t one of them. Nor is my events calendar, which is quickly filling up.  Read more

The saxophone kid

Rowan Lynch has played the saxophone for three years and has already performed at many locations, written original music for and recorded a jazz album with the Rowan Lynch Quartet, participated in the Keystone College Summer Jazz Institute, and played at the Scranton Jazz Festival. Oh yeah, and he’s only 13.  Read more

There’s a better way

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has devised an innovative way to address high electricity rates paid by residents of Long Island. Unfortunately, it’s at the expense of the ratepayers of Orange, Dutchess and Ulster counties. Claiming to address capacity issues for delivery of power to New York City, FERC has created a New Capacity Zone(NCZ) that lumps these Mid-Hudson counties in with those downstate, effectively increasing upstate customers’ electricity rates by 4% this year.  Read more

Counting birds in May

The warmer weather of spring is trying to establish itself, and with the weather come some birds that have not been seen or heard since last summer. The melodic song of the wood thrush or the high pitched whistle of the broad-winged hawk are soon to be heard as they return to the region and start their breeding rituals and calls. One event coming up, which helps map populations and species distribution in the state of Pennsylvania, is the annual Pennsylvania Migration Count (PAMC).  Read more

Memphis

They’ve kept the outside of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in basically the same condition as it was the night Martin Luther King Jr. was shot on April 4, 1968. The same dingy neon sign still hangs (though I’m certain it’s been redone), and the old motel facade stretches down the length of the street. There are even a few period cars parked perfectly, which definitely help sell the time travel vibe.

It’s kind of a strange idea for a Civil Rights Museum, but the effect is absolutely stunning. You feel it. History happened here.  Read more

NACL Theatre to hold free workshops

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Workshops for The Weather Project Pageant Play will be held weekly at NACL Theatre starting May 5. The free workshops are open to all who wish to get involved in the creation and performance of The Weather Project Community Pageant Play on August 9.  Read more

Spring education offerings continue to grow at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts continues to expand its cultural offerings with diverse programming aimed at audiences of all ages. As part of its World Stage Series, Bethel Woods will present a performance by Aztec Dance with Atl-Tlachinolli. Additionally, Project: Identity, a pilot program created to get teens more engaged with Bethel Woods, will culminate in a free, public performance.  Read more

The Art of Kindness, a charity fundraiser

MILFORD, PA — Safe Haven of Pike County (SHPC) will host its third annual Art of Kindness, a distinctive live auction of art in which those in attendance learn the secrets behind various fine and practical works of art from the artists and artisans directly. This charity fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Biondo Investment Advisors Building (The One) on Routes 6 & 209.  Read more

‘HolyHolyHoly’ opens Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop season

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will open its 2014 season with the play “HolyHolyHoly,” written by Bill Duncan, author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning play “Trust.”

“HolyHolyHoly” tells of three men, the faith that nourished them and the women who loved them. And then there’s the awkward aspect: Avery, Will and Zeke are priests. Or were.  Read more

Iconic folk duo Aztec Two-Step comes to Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance presents the iconic folk-rock pair Aztec Two-Step at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m. The concert kicks off DVAA’s spring cultural series.

Aztec Two-Step will perform a “Classic Duos” concert of songs by Simon and Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, in addition to their own acoustic folk-rock classics.

For more than four decades, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have been writing and performing songs that helped make their generation’s musical memories, all the while inspiring a generation of young singer-songwriters.  Read more

Thu., Sep. 18 Pork dinner
Thu., Sep. 18 Family Game Night
Fri., Sep. 19 Silverstein: A Theatrical Reading
Sat., Sep. 20 Art & antique auction