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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.

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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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Let’s face it, I talk a lot. How fortunate for me then, that I found a way to do so and get paid for it, right, wrong or indifferent. Sadly, in this day of texting and instant gratification, the...

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During the year, I have been seeing a lot of turkey activity in area forests and fields as they scratch up the leaf litter, forage for food, or walk in the snow, leaving footprints with the toes...

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Highlights open house

HONESDALE, PA — Highlights for Children will hold its 24 annual Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, at the Highlights editorial offices at 803 Church St. The event features treats, entertainment and the always-popular craft room. Also included this year will be the display of entries in the raffle for the Highlights Hidden Pictures® Coloring Book for Grown-Up Children. Adults who enter will have a chance to win a copy of the new coloring book for grown-ups. The coloring sheet can be picked up and dropped off at the Highlights editorial offices.  Read more

Holiday craft fair and luncheon

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Grahamsville United Methodist Church will host its holiday craft fair and luncheon on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its fellowship hall. Local artists and craftsmen will be selling their jewelry, original watercolors, pottery, handmade soaps and much more. A lunch of soup, sandwiches and desserts will be available. The church is located on Route 55. For more information, call 845/985-7427 or 985-2283.

Christmas tea

MILFORD, PA — Celebrate Christmas with an authentic Christmas tea at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist, located on the corner of West Catherine Street and 5th Street, on December 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last seating will be taken at 2:30 p.m. The classic English-style tea will include three courses and a wide variety of teas.  Read more

Holiday Show at WAA

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) will celebrate the season with its annual holiday show from December 5 through 20. All are invited to an open house on Saturday, December 5, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The exhibit will highlight small works of art including paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media; drawings, photographs, sculptures and ceramics, as well as jewelry, art cards and more. In addition to the normal business hours of Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m., the gallery will have extended holiday hours on Saturdays in December until 7 p.m.  Read more

Auxiliary plans bake sale, Christmas boutique

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host its annual holiday bake sale and New to You Christmas Boutique on Wednesday, December 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, December 10, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, December 11, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the David Katz Conference Center on the hospital’s second floor.
The bake sale will feature a large variety of homemade cookies and breads. The New to You Boutique offers gently-used decorative Christmas items. All proceeds benefit the hospital.

Santa Express tours the Upper Delaware

MILFORD, PA — DP Luhrs True Value Hardware along with co-sponsor The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will host the Santa Express at the DP Luhrs True Value Hardware store and parking lot at 300 West Harford St. on Sunday, December 6.  Read more

Hanukkah in the Catskills—then and now

As the years pass, memories accrue, and I enjoy strolling down that lane from time to time—but sometimes… there are gaps. More often than not, I blame it on my deteriorating brain cells, but when it comes to Hanukkah and the Catskills, the gaps are more like a chasm.  Read more

The Root and The Bloom

My daughter Callison leaves tomorrow, after a month-long visit from her new home in Butte, MT. She has been sleeping in her old bedroom and she expressed surprise at how little it had been changed in her nearly two-year absence. It could serve as my office, she noted, the lack of which I like to complain about. If the thought occurred to me at all, I dismissed it. There is too much “her” here. Her books and an old guitar, dozens of scarves and shoes and framed photos of lifelong friends. It is a waste of good real estate, I suppose, to use it only as a guest room.  Read more

All aboard for Trains on Main

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce and the Catskill Art Society (CAS) will throw a grand opening party for Trains on Main, the annual holiday train spectacular, at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., on Saturday, December 5.  Read more

Eagle Day at a hawk watch

On Friday, November 13, the sky at Sunrise Mountain at Stokes State Forest, NJ dawned red with broken clouds and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. The wind wasn’t entirely favorable for migrating raptors I was there to count; they prefer to move during tailwinds. However, I have noticed that similar wind conditions make migrating raptors fly closer to the ridge as they try to maximize the effects of ridge lift.  Read more

Honesdale for the Holidays

HONESDALE, PA — Historic Honesdale and the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) offer the annual Honesdale for the Holidays event on Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28, sponsored by the Honesdale National Bank.

Many of Honesdale’s stores and businesses will host open houses with seasonal warmth. The Fred Miller Pavilion on Main Street will be alive with holiday music on both days, with DJ Tom Emanski on Friday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The music is sponsored by GHP member RE/MAX Wayne.  Read more

‘Philosophy of River’ in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Paintings by Kathe Frantz will be on exhibit at the Jeffersonville Library through the end of November. The exhibition, titled “Philosophy of River,” shows the Delaware River by combining river imagery with expressive line and color.
According to the artist, “Painting exactly what I see does not adequately describe the subject or the thoughts I have while being there. Painting is my way of expressing an actual experience of nature that defies mere copying.”  Read more

Choralaires Christmas concerts

HONESDALE AND HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne Choralaires will welcome the holidays with this year’s concert, “The Joy of Christmas,” to be performed on Sunday, November 29, at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 11th and Church streets in Honesdale; and Sunday, December 6, at 2:30 p.m. at B.V.M. Queen of Peace Church, Church and Chestnut streets, Hawley.  Read more

You can choose your friends…

But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us, as we choose with whom to break bread on turkey day. For me, it’s my family of friends, who have made a conscious decision to spend time with me (and I them) rather than getting together out of a sense of familial duty, based on bloodline, which often has no bearing on whether we actually like each other or not.  Read more

WJFF holiday show at Settlers

HAWLEY, PA — Hydro-powered non-profit radio station WJFF will hold its annual holiday show at The Settlers Inn, on Sunday, December 6 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. This year’s event features a live performance by Mist Covered Mountains, a Celtic-influenced Irish-style band. The show also includes a brunch catered by The Settlers Inn restaurant.  Read more

The Sea The Sea in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, November 28 at 8 p.m., Harmony Presents welcomes back The Sea The Sea. Managing Director Jill Carletti says, “The Sea The Sea’s ethereal, powerful and seemingly effortless song-craft and stage presence will easily take listeners on a journey through gorgeous sonic landscapes, and lovers of Simon and Garfunkel will swoon.” Appointed by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism based on a recommendation by a panel of music professionals, The Sea The Sea serves as ambassadors of music and song to encourage cultural literacy and promote the State of Connecticut.  Read more

Make your own wreath

PORT JERVIS, NY — There will be a course on how to make balsam wreaths on Monday, November 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Hub at the Port Jervis Library, in the community room. Make your own 18-inch diameter balsam wreath. Select items, provided by presenter Jeanne Lynn Roucken, will be used to decorate your wreath, and you will learn how to make a big decorative bow. Take your wreath home after the class. If you have wire cutters and scissors, please bring them to class. All other materials will be provided. The course is limited to the first 15 to register.  Read more

‘Nutcracker’ in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Dance Company will perform “The Nutcracker” at the Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 on Saturday, November 28 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Pictured are Margaret Polatnick of Milford as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Joseph Annicaro of Port Jervis, NY as the Cavalier. Tickets in advance cost $12, $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door cost $14, and $10 for children and seniors. For more information call 845/856-3373.


PORT JERVIS, NY — The third annual German Christmas Market, Christkidlmarket, will be held on Sunday, November 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (snow or shine) in the downtown Port Jervis area.  Read more

Holiday reception at Upfront

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its Winter Artists’ Reception on Saturday, December 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. This event will also combine a book signing by artist Dr. Lillian Longendorfer, for “The Quad Consortium and the Sword of Bale.” UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments. This event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. This show will run through December 28.  Read more