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The volume of the debate surrounding the death of up to a third of all honey bees in the United States during the winter, in a phenomena known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), was increased a notch this year as the results of a new Harvard study were released in May.

One thing I do around this time of year is check for monarch butterflies, usually by just walking down some nearby roads; there are a few milkweed plants growing off the side of the roads that...

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Few things captured my childhood imagination more than rocks. I spent hours searching the roadsides for quartz pebbles. I collected ripple marks and treasured the small, imperfect fossils I found...

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The folks at Hobby Lobby (which apparently is an evangelical ministry disguised as a craft store) took out a full-page ad in the papers recently, touting the notion that the United States was from...

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While these words strung together might seem esoteric, they are ringing in my ears as I review where I’ve been over the last few days. The reference is to a song from “HAIR” (the tribal love-rock...

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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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Chili and wing cook off at Ehrhardt’s

HAWLEY, PA — The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce will present the 12th annual Chili and Wing Cook Off on Sunday, March 2 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant. Participants can enter their favorite chili and/or wing recipe to be tasted and judged to win prizes. The cook-off begins at 12 noon. The doors remain open for admission with food available until 3 p.m.  Read more

Art exhibit by people with developmental disabilities

NARROWSBURG, NY — SullivanArc hopes to help draw attention to National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month during March with its seventh annual art exhibit titled “Expressions 2014,” featuring paintings by people with developmental disabilities. The opening reception is on Saturday, March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in the second floor LOFT Gallery. The event is free and the public is invited.  Read more

DV Music Department to hold fundraising craft fair

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley (DV) Music Department Booster Club will hold a vendor and craft fair on Saturday, March 1 in the DV Middle School cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be over 16 vendors selling jewelry, Mary Kay Cosmetics, hand bags, Tupperware and more.  Read more

Danny Fitzgerald blues and jazz at two local venues

HONESDALE, PA AND BETHEL, NY — Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost and Wandering Blues and Jazz Band will perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon, Route 17B in Bethel on Friday, February 28 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, March 1 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. in Honesdale at 7 p.m. The show will feature original jazz and blues music from the world-famous street band.  Read more

Americana Groove with Andrew & Noah

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Andrew & Noah, most commonly known in band formation as the Andrew & Noah Band, on Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hawley Silk Mill. Having a sound they’ve coined as “Americana Groove,” these two brothers have been to festival stages and concert halls all over North America. Their material, written by fiddler Andrew and guitarist Noah VanNorstrand, is a mix of Appalachian, Celtic, classic country and Bluegrass, jazz and swing, Cajun, Zydeco and alternative folk.  Read more

UpFront presents the late Milford icon Joe Splendora

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will have the remaining contents of the Estate of the Works of Joe Splendora. This collection of over 220 oil paintings and watercolors will be on exhibit on Saturday, March 1 from 3 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Final Friday Comedy Nights continue

HAWLEY, PA — On Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents will host another Final Friday Comedy Night in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill located on the ground floor at 8 Silk Mill Dri. The line-up consists of Eric Neumann, Brian DeMoy and Marc Gerber.  Read more

Taking the time for new life; Furniture restoration and body building

LIBERTY, NY — On a rural back road in Liberty there exists an unseen world.  Read more

A chance encounter

Valentine’s Day always brings a crowd on the train trying to get home early to loved ones. When it landed on Friday this year, the train was especially packed with travelers, flowers in hand, myself included. I grabbed the train north from Hoboken Terminal, and it being the first station, I got a two-for-one, not only a seat on what would be a crowed train, but also a chance encounter.  Read more

Some winter projects are for the birds!

As I look out the window, it is snowing; there is already 12 inches on the ground from a previous storm, and now another foot or so is forecast to fall. Most of us have already stocked up on groceries. Schools have closed for the day and the kids are likely looking for something to do. Will mid-February be the onset of cabin fever for the region?  Read more

2014 Artists in the Community grant opportunities

NARROWSBURG, NY — Applications are now available for 2014 Artists in the Community grants. Any individual artist who is a resident of Sullivan County can apply.  Read more

Call for visual artists: ‘The Weather Outside My Window’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Weather Project (TWP) is a series of events, performances, symposiums and workshops about the weather and climate change produced by NACL Theatre and a variety of community organizations. Two centerpieces of the project include the creation of a massive outdoor pageant play slated for August 9, 2014 in the Town of Highland; and a public art show titled “The Weather Outside My Window.”  Read more

Short film being shot in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — Nicholas Giuricich is preparing to direct a short film he wrote, “The Commitment,” this coming March in Monticello. An intense family drama, the film treats the difficult question of whether to stay or to leave the abusive people in one’s life.  Read more

Apply for NACL Theatre retreat

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Apply now to be a participant of the 2014 NACL Theatre retreat, to be held June 1 to 8, 2014. Led by NACL Theatre artists, the retreat is designed for performers, dancers, directors, writers, ensemble members and solo artists. The week-long intensive takes place at NACL in Highland Lake and explores techniques of original theatre-making, physical composition, song, creation, writing and collaboration.  Read more

Concert fundraiser for Milford Music in the Park

MILFORD, PA — A fundraiser for Milford Music in the Park will be held on Friday, February 21 at the Waterwheel Café. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. and goes until around 10:30 p.m. Help set the tone for the 2014 Music in the Park Summer Concert series. Organizers won’t know until after the fundraiser who will be performing this year.  Read more

GLBT center to hold Valentine’s dance

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold the third annual “Share Your Heart with the Community” Valentine’s Dance and Food Drive on Saturday, February 22 at 8 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing, located at 120 Route 6 and 209.  Read more

Lyle Divinsky plays original songs at Harmony Presents

HAWELY, PA — On Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents will host Lyle Divinsky, favorably called the Sasquatch of Soul by fans and first-time listeners alike, at the Boiler Room in the Hawley Silk Mill. Divinsky’s original works feel like instant classics, capturing a sound that could easily have had a life on 45s and crackly AM radio. He plays a mix of soul, funk and groove.  Read more

Recent works by Helena Clare Pittman at Alliance Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — “You Say Tomato and I Say Sfumato: Quotations,” an exhibit of recent works by Helena Clare Pittman, opens with a reception on Saturday, February 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., preceded by an Artist’s Talk at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through March 15.  Read more

The sun will come out tomorrow

Well, I wouldn’t bet my bottom dollar on it just yet. The snowfall has been epic this winter and at times, it’s been difficult to get out. As usual, the assortment of events scheduled around the Upper Delaware valley has been inviting, but without an actual sleigh, hard to get to. Each week I fill in my calendar with plans, but hesitate to get attached, since very often cancellations cascade in a domino effect, leaving me stranded on the mountain, eyeing the growing pile of laundry with disdain.  Read more

Taking the plunge in icy waters; Hardy dippers support dive teams

HAWLEY, PA — As the snow fell again on Saturday, a day when most reasonable people chose to stay home, 180 people made the trek to the Lighthouse Harbor Marina on Lake Wallenpaupack for the third annual Paupack Plunge. But these were not your average, reasonable people. They came donning nothing more than a pair of shorts, sneakers, or shell bikini, along with really thick skin and a brave sense of purpose. In a series of groups, these adventurous polar plungers waded headlong into a pool-sized hole sawed out of the 16-inch thick ice at the edge of the lake and into the 32-degree water.  Read more