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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Spring Fling Party to welcome Catskill Mountainkeeper to Livingston Manor

Livingston Manor, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will join the town in welcoming Catskill Mountainkeeper to Livingston Manor with a Spring Fling Party at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, March 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend for this casual seasonal bash.  Read more

Community center wins grant for Music Night

PHILLIPSPORT, NY — The Phillipsport Community Center (PCC) recently announced that the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) has awarded the group $1,500 to pay for Music Night performances. President Matthew Migliaccio will receive the award by the end of March at a presentation made by the DVAA in Narrowsburg.  Read more

Music scholarship opportunity for Sullivan West seniors

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Bodenstein Music Scholarship is offered to seniors at Sullivan West Central School who wish to pursue music education in college or with a master teacher. The scholarship is open to both vocal and instrumental students. One Music Advancement scholarship in the amount of $500 is awarded annually, given a suitable candidate. At the discretion of the jury, a $100 Music Achievement prize may also be awarded.  Read more

Sound shower and workshop to celebrate spring

NARROWSBURG, NY — Musician and integrative healer Rakel Terceno returns to Beaverbrook Cottage for a community healing sound co-creation in celebration of the spring equinox. The event will take place on Sunday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Beaverbrook Cottage, 1256 Crystal Lake Rd.  Read more

Louie Setzer and the Appalachian Mountain Boys

HONESDALE, PA — The “Duke of Bluegrass” Louie Setzer is coming to The Cooperage with his band The Appalachian Mountain Boys on Saturday, March 15 at 7 p.m. Joining Setzer is Jeff Propert, who will be playing various string instruments, Ron Penska on the upright bass, David Cavage on banjo and Joe Fili playing the fiddle.  Read more

Theatrical reading with Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — In addition to the weekly Saturday concerts and monthly comedy nights, Harmony Presents will have two more Friday events in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill.  Read more

CAS presents ‘Yarnslingers: Memoirs’ storytelling series

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for their partnership series “Yarnslingers: Memoirs” at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, March 15 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Two bands to play at the Nutshell this weekend

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Collabonation Productions returns to The Nutshell Arts Center with its 2014 debut showcasing Elephant Wrecking Ball and LeSpecial on Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m.  Read more

Teen bowling event held by Grace Lutheran Church

CALLICOON, NY — A teen bowling event will be held at Krystal Bowl, 9202 State Rte. 97, on Saturday, March 15 at 4 p.m. For a cost of $5, all will enjoy two games of bowling and a supper. Grace Lutheran Church in North Branch is hosting this event through one of its pastors, Rev. Norm David.  Read more

Dinner & a show at the Hawley Silk Mill St. Patty’s weekend

HAWLEY, PA — Over St. Patty’s day weekend Harmony Presents will host Greg Klyma in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Klyma uses a story-telling approach to his music. Although he isn’t Irish, he will perform stories and songs that tell of people who work hard, love their families, and take care of each other.  Read more

Fourth annual Rock Hill St. Patrick’s Day Parade

ROCK HILL, NY — Join the Rock Hill Business and Community Association and the Rock Hill Fire Department for the fourth annual Rock Hill St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 15 at 1 p.m. The day’s activities kick off at 12 noon with a special kids section, located outside the Rock Hill Trading Post, which will include face painting and arts and crafts by the YMCA of Sullivan County and cupcakes by Edible Art By Erin.  Read more

Narrowsburg St. Patrick’s Day parade and pancake breakfast

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce and Catskill Hudson Bank will host a Saint Patrick’s Day pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Tusten Town Hall, 210 Bridge St. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Tusten Town Hall’s kitchen equipment fund to upgrade refrigeration.  Read more

Putting the ‘fun’ in fundraiser!

Yes, it finally happened. After months of planning, weeks of preparation and days of excited anticipation, the gang at The River Reporter gathered in Callicoon, NY (www.villaroma.com) and joined nearly 100 civic-minded individuals, donned fantastic costumes and spent a few hours entertaining more than 500 guests who turned out to take in the show benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sullivan County (www.bgcorange.org) for the sixth annual Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner.  Read more

Sullivan County unplugged; Roscoe: memories of the country

ROSCOE, NY — If winter doldrums and contemporary life are getting you down, try spending a couple of hours reading “Roscoe: Memories of the Country,” a charming collective memoir of summer vacations spent on a relatives’ dairy farm outside Roscoe. Written by 10 members of the extended Schramm family, each contributing one chapter, this short book edited by Thom Schramm tells of daily routines and memorable events seen through the eyes of New York metro area children reveling in the natural world and tight-knit community of mid-20th-century Sullivan County.  Read more

Pike celebrates two centuries

Pike County, PA is celebrating its 200th year and the Pike County Historical Society (PCHS), in cooperation with the county commissioners, is hosting a celebratory banquet at Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley, PA on March 26 to mark the milestone.  Read more

Engineering a win-win

All around New York State, municipal entities are working out ways to secure the benefits of solar electricity to power their facilities. Onondaga County is installing a solar array at the county’s wastewater management facility. Seneca County will soon power its law enforcement center with solar, and the Schodack Central School District is installing solar panels at four buildings and creating a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) academic instruction program around the installation and operation of the arrays.  Read more

The gravy train

With all the hoopla surrounding the Thanksgiving turkey—to brine or not, to stuff or not, to baste or not—not to mention the myriad sides, the gravy is often relegated to the back burner, so to speak. But this essential sauce can mask a multitude of sins (dry turkey, gluey mashed potatoes, leaden stuffing) and deserves more careful consideration. There are several schools of thought on what makes the best gravy, though pan drippings and giblets are generally involved, and for some reason it seems to be a frequent source of anxiety.  Read more

The Morning After (a recipe)

The holidays require stamina. You pour your heart and soul into cooking an elaborate feast for family and friends, you linger at the table for hours toasting auld lang syne and then you tumble into bed exhausted. The next day? You get up and do it again, especially if you have houseguests! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving…  Read more

Soup's on

I recently returned from a trip to Oaxaca, the southeastern state of Mexico renowned for, among many other things, its delicious moles [PRON: MOH-layz]. I brought back with me a renewed appreciation for those deeply complex and artfully spiced sauces, but also a rotten case of the flu. As I lay semi-delirious in my sickbed, subsisting on cold oranges and hot ginger tea, I envisioned at the end of this miserable road a big bowl of the hearty and restorative stew called pozole [PRON: poh-SOHL-eh].  Read more

Rooting around

By this time every winter, the promise of spring becomes almost painfully tantalizing. Though we still gravitate to the soups, stews and casseroles that insulate us from those howling storms, thoughts drift to baby greens and the first tender asparagus of the season. But those are weeks away, and we who like to eat local must try to make do with our dwindling stockpile of root vegetables. One of my favorites, for its incredible versatility and nutty sweetness, is celery root (Apium graveolens rapaceum), also known as celeriac, turnip-rooted celery or knob celery.  Read more