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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and...

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Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT...

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Apparently there is no evidence whatsoever that Marie Antoinette actually uttered such a callous statement in response to her subjects’ bemoaning their lack of bread. But it has stuck to her shoe...

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I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Wikipedia defines it as “an old adage, typically stated as: ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’” Ain’t that the truth. At the risk of sounding like a total nut...

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The great battle of our time will be over water—pure, fresh water in particular. All earthly life depends upon water for survival. The human population worldwide, now 7.3 billion, is projected to...

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The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through...

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How casinos would help Sullivan County

By James B. Huntington

As a result of last November’s election, there will be one or two casinos, almost certainly as parts of large resorts, opening in the Catskills in 2016. If one or two end up being built in Sullivan County, what effect might they have on jobs and joblessness here?

Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases county employment and unemployment data, which is not seasonally adjusted. As of March, Sullivan County had a civilian labor force of 32,224, with 29,512 employed and 2,712 unemployed, for an 8.4% unemployment rate.  Read more

Helping hummingbirds

They’re back! All around the Upper Delaware River region, hummingbirds are brightening our backyards with bursts of metallic green, red and golden plumage as they ply nectar feeders and early blooms for nourishment.

Hummingbirds must sync migration and nesting times with the flowering of nectar-bearing plants. According to Audubon, “climate change threatens to throw off this delicate balance, with unknown repercussions for hummingbirds.” (Visit birds.audubon.org/hummingbirds-home-effects-climate-change-feeding-behavior to learn more.)  Read more

Safety first

When you think of dangerous sports, you might think of mountain climbing or skydiving, maybe even hunting, but fishing is not likely to come to mind. In reality, all the above activities are very safe, statistically and practically, when properly practiced. Each sport has its own protocols, customs, precautions, established rules and guidelines; ignore any of them at your peril. You can get in trouble fishing just as easily as in any other outdoor activity.  Read more

Campilongo at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Jim Campilongo and Honeyfingers will be at The Cooperage on Friday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. Campilongo’s songwriting draws from blues, country, jazz and rock.  Read more

Roll up for The Magical History Tour of Sullivan County

BARRYVILLE, NY — The award-winning Delaware Company, in collaboration with The Museum at Bethel Woods and the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, will present the annual architectural-historical bus tour on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more

Celebrate May in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Kick off your summer at historic Honesdale’s Celebrate May on Saturday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is brought to you by the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP), with support from Wayne County Tourism.  Read more

Dharma met with a discussion group at CCE

LIBERTY, NY — Dharma the Wonder Dog took part in the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) “Growing Older with Pets: Keeping Our Best Friends Close” webinar, which provided information on a wide range of pet-related programs for the elderly. A meet-and-greet with the dog preceded an informal discussion group. For information on future programs, visit www.sullivancce.org.

Mixed media drawings by Barbara Buckman

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of mixed media drawings by Barbara Buckman opens with a reception on Friday, May 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through June 14.  Read more

GLBT Center to hold tea party, herb growing and recipe class

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold its inaugural tea party, herb growing and recipe class with the Mad Hausfrau, Lora Wiley-Lennartz, and gardening specialist, Doug Cramer, on Sunday, June 1, (rain date June 15) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a private home.  Read more

Blues and folk-rock with Suzie Vinnick

HAWLEY, PA — Six-time Canadian Maple Blues Award winner Suzie Vinnick takes the stage with Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. She will play folk, ballad, rock, blues and country-blues.  Read more

Time and the Valleys Museum opens for the season

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum opens for the season on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 and 25, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Opening weekend includes a special exhibit of military materials from its collection, hourly tours of the museum and discounts in the museum shop. Visitors with military photos or memorabilia are encouraged to come and share their stories and materials. All those with past military service receive free admission.  Read more

Community invited to join Livingston Manor Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Attention local businesses, community groups, schools, artists, musicians, performance groups and more, the 11th annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s own version of Mardi Gras, is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, rain or shine.

The Catskill Art Society invites you to take part in the region’s funkiest community parade and street fair. This year’s event has a “steampunk” theme, with a wild combo of retro 19th-century style, old-school science fiction and crazy design that is limited only by your imagination.  Read more

7th annual Shawnee Celtic Festival

SHAWNEE ON DELAWARE, PA — Kicking off the festivities of the summer season on Memorial Day weekend, Shawnee Mountain will host the Shawnee Celtic Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, on the grounds of the Monroe County ski area.  Read more

Cycling documentary to screen

GLEN SPEY, NY — “Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story” will screen at the historic Burn Brae Mansion on Saturday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket price of $25 includes barbeque reception starting at 4 p.m. The film follows the road that began in the housing projects of Harlem for “The Cheetah,” Nelson Beasley Vails, the youngest of 10 children.  Read more

Free movies for kids at Honesdale library

HONESDALE, PA — Cinema 6 is teaming up with the Wayne County Public Library to promote reading. During May, June and July one Saturday a month will be Free Movie Saturday.

On Saturday, May 31, come listen to a story at 9 p.m., enter a drawing for a book basket and a movie basket, sign up for a library card, then sit back, relax and watch “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at 10 p.m.  Read more

Art show to celebrate summertime

HUGUENOT, NY — Susan Miiller and Joan Kehlenbeck, in cooperation with the River Valley Artists Guild, have coordinated a summer-themed show to run from May 27 to July 15 at the Deerpark Town Hall.  Read more

A night at the brewery, a day in the garden…and all that jazz

Believe it or not, being the center of attention is not always my cup of tea. In my mind’s eye, I see some of you laughing and shaking your heads, but it’s true. In fact, there are times when I’m downright shy (hold the guffaws), so when I marched in to the Callicoon Brewing Co. (www.callicoonbrewing.com) the other night under the guise of spending some quality time with my “work wife,” the amazing Amanda Reed, I was not prepared for a surprise party.  Read more

Memorial Day Events

PARADES
Monday, May 26
HONESDALE, PA—10 a.m., down Main Street
MILFORD, PA—10 a.m., along Ann & Broad streets
ROSCOE, NY—10 a.m. Fritz Kirchner will lead a service at the Veterans’/Firemen’s Memorial Park immediately following the parade  Read more

From France to Callicoon: Biking around the world

CALLICOON, NY — What do you do when you realize your dream? When Bruno and Isabelle Frebourg dreamed of traveling around the world and meeting new people, they got started right away. The French couple has been cycling across 54 countries since 2006 and recently made a stop right here in the Upper Delaware River Valley.  Read more

Stalking spring

Consider rhubarb: long, ribbed stalks and not a seed or rind in sight. This is a vegetable, right? But in 1947, a New York court decided that since it’s used as a fruit, it should be counted as such for the purposes of regulations and duties. Thus, with one wave of a bureaucrat’s hand did the vegetable family lose one of its own.  Read more