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February 27, 2015
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[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.

Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to...

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It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they...

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The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its...

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The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays...

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I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure...

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As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve,...

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The heart of the matter

If it’s true that a school is the heart of a community, someone ripped our heart out more than a decade ago. This being a democracy, we may have no one to blame but ourselves. But blame is not the answer—action is.  Read more

Boardwalk trail opens at Darling Preserve

A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature Preserve at Two Mile Run, pieced together over time and through partnerships.  Read more

‘More eagles than people!’

Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull, Rich Roth of Eldred did a Delaware float with two buddies and they caught 105 smallies. That’s hardly dull.

Smallmouth have always been part of our fishing heritage. Find an old photo of Zane Grey, and he’s apt to be holding a smallmouth dubbed “Grandpa” or perhaps “King of the Lackawaxen.”  Read more

Pig Mountain draws thousands

NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)  Read more

‘Tree Walk’ planned at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — A guided informational “tree walk” is planned for 11:30 a.m., Sunday, September 7 on the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Tpk. The walk is limited to 20 participants; however, a second will be offered at 1:30 p.m. if the earlier walk fills up. Reservations are required; regular tour fees apply.  Read more

Local authors reading & book signing

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Local authors will read from their newly published works and works in progress on Saturday, September 6, 6:30 p.m., at the Old North Branch Inn, 869 North Branch–Hortonville Rd. These literary artists include author/members of the of Writers Circle of Wayne County—George Brown, Consuela Golden, Bernard LoPinto, Dawn McIntyre and Leslie Rutkin—and poet/members of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective—Paul Cooper, Nancy Dymond and Karen Morris. Books will be available for purchase and for personalized signing. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered.  Read more

Music all day in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sunday, August 31 is Narrowsburg Music Day, a full day of musical events that starts at 2 p.m. with a free open-air concert by the Joe Piela Band on the Main Street deck.
At 7:30 p.m., the 24th annual Music of Our Time concert will showcase the Emerald Trio at the Tusten Theater, 210 Bridge St.  Read more

An evening of film comedies

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation sponsors an evening of early slapstick comedies by the “King of Comedy,” Mack Sennett (1880-1960), at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3 at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. “Mack Sennett: Madcap Mayhem!” will be hosted by Seth Goldman, director of the museum’s Institute of Early Film Studies, who will talk about Sennett’s pioneering work.  Read more

The Blind Owl band at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Blind Owl Band will perform at The Cooperage on Friday, August 29. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

The band, which formed in Saranac Lake, NY in 2011, calls its own brand of contemporary northern bluegrass “Adirondack freight train string music.” Its current album, “This Train We Ride is Made of Wood and Steel,” is described as “a testament to their past whilst forging a path where their sound is becoming uniquely their own” (Upstate Live, New York State’s Music Guide).  Read more

It ain’t over till it’s over…

Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing the mighty Delaware to check out a festival, (www.wallylakefest.com) and escorting the pup (www.facebook.com/DharmaTheWonderDog) to her personal appearance with the kids in Callicoon, NY (www.delawareyouthcenter.org) so that she could help raise funds for the Grover Hermann Hospital and the auxiliary’s goal of acquiring new sonogram equipment.  Read more

Shandalee Music Festival ends season at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY — For the grand finale of its 21st anniversary season, the Shandelee Music Festival partners with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to co-produce a concert featuring internationally award-winning artists Lana Trotovšek, violin, and Anna Shelest, piano.

The “Afternoon of Chamber Music” will take place at the Bethel Woods Event Gallery on Sunday, September 7, beginning at 3 p.m.  Read more

Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge

GLEN SPEY, NY — The Eldred High School girls varsity soccer team kicked off what will be a school-wide sports team Ice Bucket Challenge after their morning practice at George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School Thursday, August 21. It had been scorching hot the previous few days, but on this day, clouds appeared, and it was cool. The girls, however, were hot after their soccer practice and took part enthusiastically, pouring the ice buckets, standing in a line, encouraging each other.  Read more

Slipping into darkness

The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie ahead and the excitement that goes with them, waiting to unfold. The commuter, however, as much he or she enjoys the beginning of summer, knows the joy will be short lived. Every day after the longest day of the year we lose eight minutes of sunshine. Every day comes closer to slipping back into the darkness. To the commuter this will mean eight months of dark mornings and even darker trips home.  Read more

Peace, Love & Music

"If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the '60s, that's a problem. Peace and love are eternal." — John Lennon
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A purple problem

A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some pretty purple flowers. These flowers caught my eye for a different reason though; they were all of the invasive plant species purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). Perhaps the owner or an unwitting landscaper saw the pretty flowers along a roadside and decided to transplant them, not knowing the undesirable qualities of this plant.  Read more

Monarch butterfly program with Ed Wesely

LIBERTY, NY — A monarch butterfly program will be held Saturday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. For twenty years, Ed Wesely and Barbara Yeaman rescued monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars from threatened habitats, reared, and released them. With the help of local school children, they’ve nurtured and that released over 6,000 adult monarchs.  Read more

Dragonfly walk Saturday

LOOKOUT, PA — A walk titled “The Wonderful World Of Dragonflies” will be held on Saturday, August 23 at 10 a.m. at Browning Beaver Meadow Sanctuary. Meet at the Observation Deck parking area. Join David Trently on a search through the fields and around the pond for dragonflies and damselflies. David will point out the differences between these types of insects. You’ll learn how to identify many of them – and maybe even have the opportunity to hold one in your hand. Learn how you can help scientists by photographing individuals as you travel around your favorite places.  Read more

Entertainment abounds at Wally Lake Fest this weekend

HAWLEY, PA — Lake Wallenpaupack, the third largest lake in Pennsylvania, holds its fifth annual Wally Lake Fest this weekend beginning on Friday, August 22 and running through Sunday August 24.  Read more

NACL continues 2014 season with experimental multi-media show

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre continues its 14th season of new and innovative performance. An experimental multi-media presentation of Loarca’s Blood Wedding will be held Saturday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Woody Allen’s ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

CALLICOON, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight” starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth on Friday, August 29 to Thursday, September 4 nightly at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
Thu., Nov. 13 Popular Google Apps
Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance