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August 22, 2014
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"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

You know what they say: “everyone has an opinion….” and while that is certainly true, not everyone has a public forum with which to express theirs. I often feel like the luckiest guy in the world...

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ther than during the winter months, August may be the toughest one for anglers, especially trout anglers. To start with, it’s hard to find water with a temperature in the 60s. So we’re relegated...

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A few weeks after I proposed to Emily last August we set a date for our wedding: November 22, 2014. At the time this was 14 months away, which obviously felt like an eternity.
Emily came...

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Soup's on

I recently returned from a trip to Oaxaca, the southeastern state of Mexico renowned for, among many other things, its delicious moles [PRON: MOH-layz]. I brought back with me a renewed appreciation for those deeply complex and artfully spiced sauces, but also a rotten case of the flu. As I lay semi-delirious in my sickbed, subsisting on cold oranges and hot ginger tea, I envisioned at the end of this miserable road a big bowl of the hearty and restorative stew called pozole [PRON: poh-SOHL-eh].  Read more

Rooting around

By this time every winter, the promise of spring becomes almost painfully tantalizing. Though we still gravitate to the soups, stews and casseroles that insulate us from those howling storms, thoughts drift to baby greens and the first tender asparagus of the season. But those are weeks away, and we who like to eat local must try to make do with our dwindling stockpile of root vegetables. One of my favorites, for its incredible versatility and nutty sweetness, is celery root (Apium graveolens rapaceum), also known as celeriac, turnip-rooted celery or knob celery.  Read more

Remarkable art at the SullivanArc show

NARROWSBURG, NY — On Saturday, March 1 the art exhibit “Expressions 2014” debuted at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in the Loft Gallery. The show is a collection of paintings created by people with developmental disabilities from SullivanArc. Many of the artists have limited mobility or are unable to speak or articulate words, and they were at the opening to show off their work and received many compliments from those in attendance. Indeed, the paintings are colorful, interesting, and filled with wonderful plays on line, texture and light.  Read more

Keyboards wizard Bob Malone at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will bring Bob Malone back to the area for a show at The Cooperage on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. Los Angeles-based Malone plays keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty. His sound is a hybrid of rock, blues, and New Orleans R&B.  Read more

Celtic band RUNA at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, March 8, RUNA will be at The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. at 7:30 p.m. RUNA is a Celtic roots music band that draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary approach to traditional and more recent Celtic material.  Read more

Fest gathers 15 local historical groups

HAWLEY, PA — The roster of historical organizations that will be represented at the March 8 Wayne-Pike Local History Festival stands at fifteen.  Read more

Bashakill hike & wine tasting eco tour

WURTSBORO, NY — Hike the Bashakill with a certified tour guide and enjoy the wines made at the Bashakill Winery on an eco-trip sponsored by the Catskill Mountainkeeper and CD Trips LLC on March 29. There will be live entertainment by Denis Newberg.  Read more

Julia Easterlin: One woman, many voices

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents will present Julia Easterlin, a “one-woman chorus.” Playing festivals, intimate listening rooms and everywhere between, this musician echoes the likes of artists like Feist, Regina Spektor, Florence and the Machine and DiDo. Easterlin layers vocals upon vocals, building a one woman chorus accompanied by a duo of musicians.  Read more

Salon Series continues at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — Salon Series, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s winter weekend series of performances, talks and readings, will continue from March 9 through April 6. Audiences can look forward to ethnic folk musicians Simple Gifts on March 9; Jazzmosis, a rock/jazz fusion quartet, on March 23; Tara Kelly and Tim Farrand playing classical duets on March 30; and an April 6 reading of Bill Donnelly’s comedy “Siverstein.” Salon events are held in the Krause Recital Hall at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.  Read more

Students display their artwork

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present its third annual Young Artists Exhibit, featuring the creations of art students from the Delaware Valley High School (DVHS). Meet the students at the Art After Dark reception on Saturday, March 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. A simultaneous reception for photography students will be next door.  Read more

Fire and ice

Soup and sandwich, salt and pepper, even Bert and Ernie. Some things just go together, but fire and ice? Heading out the door last Friday, I noted that Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band were in the region, slated to perform on both sides of the river. Their first stop was in Bethel, NY (www.catskilldistillingcompany.com), so I grabbed the Wonder Dog and (side-stepping the ice that covered my walkway) headed out, confident that they would provide a hot time in the old town that night.  Read more

Sharon Molloy: dog whisperer

Pet portrait artist Sharon Molloy is on a spiritual journey. Born and raised in the U.K. and classically trained at the Winchester School of Art, she left England at age 21 and headed east. “I began my journey by traveling to India, searching for something,” she recalled during a recent interview. Unsure of what that “something” was, the artist found herself studying meditation, and soon her path led her to Thailand and then Japan, seeking “inner truth and inspiration through artistic expression.”  Read more

What was I thinking?

Sheila is in Costa Rica with friends, where the sunsets are “spectacular!” John and Robert are on their way to Jamaica to rest their heads in Noel Coward’s bedroom. Barry and Tony are just back from Cabo. What am I doing wrong?  Read more

Golden eagles 'phone home'

If you have been lucky this winter, you may have seen a migrant golden eagle; a few visit each winter from Canada. Recently though, migrations of eagles and other raptors have incurred additional risk with the increase in the numbers of wind turbines on ridges that raptors use for orographic or ridge lift during migration.  Read more

Thoughts on February

[Editor’s note: The River Reporter welcomes Andy Boyar, one of the most passionate fishers we know, as our new fishing columnist. His column will run during the fourth week of every month in the winter months and twice a month—the second and fourth weeks—once the fishing season starts. Welcome aboard, Andy!]  Read more

Opossum afoot

As winter’s grip begins to loosen, wildlife start to emerge and our encounters with them increase. Such was the case for a small opossum that appeared at my door one recent evening as it scrounged for sustenance.

Well adapted in terms of diet, opossums are omnivores and enjoy a variety of foods such as fruits, seeds, meat, eggs, insects and carrion. Although they often den in hollow trees, logs or brush piles, opossums are also well adapted to human environments and will sometimes seek shelter in culverts and beneath outbuildings.  Read more

Member art show at Starlight Lake

STARLIGHT, PA — “Winter Barn” by Diane Kimberley is among the works of art to be featured during the month of March for The Big D Arts and Crafts League member show in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake. There will be oils, watercolors, photography, scratch boards as well as tiles. For more information, call 800/248-2519 or visit www.innatstarlightlake.com.

Community meeting

“We know that many of the neighbors are here,” the woman in a business suit said diplomatically. “We, of course, expect that most of them are against us getting this application approved.”  Read more

Birds of a feather

After weeks of being cooped up with the winter blues, I rejoined the world last week and ventured forth, thanks to Mother Nature’s reprieve. Warmer temps and the recent snowmelt resulted in my feeling far less chicken about driving around the Upper Delaware River valley, so I spread my wings and flew to Callicoon, NY and a rare night out with like-minded folks.  Read more

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