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Over the years, witches have gotten a bad rap. For instance, Shakespeare’s infamous hags that appear in “Macbeth” are discovered in a dark cave lit by flickering flames while lightning strikes and thunder booms. “Double, double, toil and trouble,” they chant, while tossing disgusting ingredients into their cauldron to complete the spell… “Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and toe of dog.” The well-known incantation conjures up images designed to strike fear of the unknown into the hearts of man… and succeeds.

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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By Margaret Dietrich and Marianne Ofenloch

Recently, a gathering of Pike County residents heard about the state of poverty in our area, when Todd Behr, professor of economics at East...

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One early morning last week Emily and I got up early and headed down to the city clerk’s office on Worth Street to get our marriage license. The office opens at 8:30, and we made it there by 8:45...

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…Well, maybe a little. After all, it’s my column. Even though I do share personal information in the pages of The River Reporter, it’s just an excuse to write about my observations of what all of...

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A couple of months back during August, a concerned Pennsylvania landowner contacted the National Park Service (NPS), Upper Delaware to report that an owl was on the ground in his yard and had been...

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The outburst

It had been one of those days when nothing really goes right. My bad mood swirled around my head like a dark mist as I trudged slowly home. Every step was a bother and even the warm reds and yellows of a beautiful setting sun in the distance didn’t cheer me up.  Read more

Eldred Community Pride Day

ELDRED, NY — Eldred Junior/Senior High School holds the second annual Community Pride Day on May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school. The day kicks off with a 5K run/walk, a fundraiser for the Sheila Birkett Gift of Life Scholarship Fund (birkettgiftoflife.org). Sign up for the race for $25 at eldredfaculty.wix.com/eldred2014using. Participants receive a T-shirt, food and water following the race. A carnival with vendors from the school and community runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Email hooverm@eldred.k12.ny.us for more information.

ParksvilleUSA Music Festival continues with Coyote Anderson Quartet

PARKSVILLE, NY — The ParksvilleUSA Music Festival holds its second concert with The Coyote Anderson Quartet on Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. at The Dead End Café. This new modern-jazz group performs primarily original compositions of guitarist and Sullivan County native Coyote Anderson, who won Honorable Mention in the 2014 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Awards and is a regular member of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop.  Read more

Garden Day in Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor hosts Garden Day on Saturday, May 17 (rain or shine) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street. Celebrate spring with Livingston Manor’s library, chamber of commerce, Renaissance team, the Garden LARCS and Sullivan County Audubon in this community-wide event.  Read more

Local producer’s documentary on the creation of New York City reservoirs

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Documentary producer Nancy Burnett presents her audio documentary, “The Battle for Water: One Big City and Many Little Towns,” at the Time and the Valleys Museum on Sunday, May 18 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. It tells the story of homes lost and communities destroyed for the creation of New York City’s upstate reservoirs, and the hatred that resulted.  Read more

Art installation at the Plunk Shop

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — “Chuck,” an art installation about a whole lot of stuff, opens at the Plunk Shop at 39 Main St. on Saturday, May 17, between 4 and 7 p.m. At 5 p.m. Karen Hudson, local country-western star, will premiere the music video to her hit song “Mama Was a Train Wreck.”

The show is a multi-media, multi-layered collage featuring the detritus of a family’s life, found many years after the fact. Featured local artists are Robyn Almquist, Claire Coleman, Joanna Hartell, James Karpowicz, Eustacia Marsales, Catherine Skalda and visiting artist Sam Gurry.  Read more

Evening of bluegrass and folk at Neversink Valley Museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of Americana and bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209). General admission costs $7, $5 for museum members.

Mike, a founding member of the bluegrass bands Tin Roof, Oxford Depot and the Jersey Mountain Boys, has performed throughout the Northeast for the past 20 years, making numerous appearances at Bodles Opera House and the Warwick Valley Winery.  Read more

Storytellers read their memoirs in ongoing series

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) presents the storytelling group Yarnslingers for their partnership series “Yarnslingers: Memoirs” at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m.  Read more

International artists return spontaneity to classical music

HAWLEY AND MILFORD, PA — Milford-grown violinist/composer Eugene Feygelson and pianist Bobby Mitchell perform at the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m., and at the Milford Theatre on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. While Feygelson and Mitchell will present Romantic-era chamber music by Brahms, Strauss, Chopin and contemporary South African composer Martin Scherzinger, they like to leave things to chance and take risks during performances. The result is a combination of classical music’s complexity with the excitement of a live jazz performance.  Read more

Americana Cajun jazz at the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents welcomes Americana Cajun jazz musicians The Amigos Band to the underground theater of the Silk Mill on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. This act delivers its own takes on American standards and plays original songs arranged for the group’s mix of alto saxophone, accordion and acoustic guitar. They have appeared in performances with Pete Seeger, David Amram, New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band and bluegrass legend Tony Rice.  Read more

Take a picture; it’ll last longer!

It’s no secret that I love what I do for a living. Whether it’s catching a new show in town, checking out the latest art installation, or attending local events in any number of charming hamlets and villages scattered across this gorgeous playground we call home, there is always something stimulating and picturesque calling to me.  Read more

Honesdale High School students keep on rockin’ at The Cooperage

Honesdale, PA — Honesdale High School’s Keep On Rockin’ Club showcases its talent at The Cooperage on Saturday, May 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. This annual event welcomes returning and rookie musicians alike to demonstrate their skills. Students in this club have a set time during the school day to work on advancing their musical interests by learning new instruments, forming bands, or simply jamming. These opportunities have allowed great talent and musical collaboration to emerge from local kids. For more information visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

Movies in Monticello: ‘Gravity’ and ‘Brave’

MONTICELLO, NY — The youth committee of the Monticello Interfaith Council hosts an ongoing series of free PG and PG-13 movies with screenings on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons every month at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center at 10 Jefferson St. Snacks are available for 50 cents.

“Gravity,” a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat science fiction thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts facing the destruction of their space shuttle, will be shown on Friday, May 16 at 6 p.m. Rated PG-13.  Read more

Short-movie festival in Honesdale is seeking submissions

REGION — The Canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival is coming to Honesdale, PA, on Saturday, November 1. Submit your original short movie with a spooky theme (horror, psychological, thriller, campy, creepy, eerie). Movies must have a running time of five minutes or less and should not include excessive violence or explicit sexual content. All entries are due by October 4. For more information or for the submission form, visit www.canaltown552.com or contact Canaltown at canaltown552@gmail.com.

A valley so green; Where summertime campers learn about the environment

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Summer camps come in all shapes and sizes, from those offering the traditional experience (recreation, arts and crafts, games and activities) to specialized camps focused on a particular interest (the performing arts, or science education, or instruction in a sport, etc.).  Read more

Change the rules

I spent my adolescence in North Carolina, during the storied reign of Dean Smith as basketball coach for the UNC “Tar Heels.” An important part of UNC’s strategy during those years was the “Four Corners Offense.” Having established a lead, four Tar Heel players would stake out the corners of the offensive court and use up as much time as possible just passing the ball back and forth.  Read more

The 4-H ‘Leek-A-Thon’

Following in the tradition of Appalachia, we recently held our own ramp festival celebrating our native wild onion. Dubbed the “Leek-A-Thon,” by my husband John, our 4-H club gathered to dig wild leeks (also known as ramps) in the moist woods of our old farm.  Read more

Have a say in PA survey

The state of Pennsylvania is in the process of updating its Outdoor Recreation Plan. Every five years, states must update their plans in order to remain eligible to receive federal Land and Water Conservation funds. Part of that process includes an online survey in which residents can weigh in on the recreational activities and conservation goals that are most important to them. The deadline to complete the survey is May 16.  Read more

Mothers and other river champions

Our Upper Delaware fishery has a rich and fascinating history. We have an abundance of fishing opportunities in our backyard that are all too easy to take for granted. Threats to our fisheries are never far around the bend. Yet there always seems to be a “river champion” who rises to the occasion, or goes quietly about her everyday efforts to improve the river or angling opportunities. I use the word “her” advisedly, for our fishery has had an abundant share of woman protectors and activists. This column is far too short to mention more than just a sampling.  Read more

‘Catfish Goes the Distance’ in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will present the first staged production of “Catfish Goes the Distance” by Milford, PA playwright John Klemeyer. The Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St., will host the one-act play for two performances: Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. The play is part of DVAA’s spring cultural series.  Read more