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November 25, 2014
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As owners of vintage houses know, each house has its own character, often just waiting to be discovered when a renovation project or home addition is planned, according to nationally known architect Mark Alan Hewitt. Along with Gordon Bock, the former editor of This Old House Journal, he gave a presentation about working on old houses at Lumberland Town Hall in early October to a full house. Their talk was based on a book they have co-authored on the subject, “The Vintage House,” which is full of ideas for sensitive additions and successful upgrades.

Who loves moving? Who loves change? OK, I see a few of you out there holding your hand up in the air, but for most of us, moving is more than a little stressful. In my never-ending quest for peace...

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Around Halloween, I spotted what first appeared to be a large spider on the side of my house. As I got closer, however, I saw that it had six legs, not eight as a spider would have, and it took on...

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I wasn’t looking to return to my past life (always a risky enterprise) when we went to my daughter, Lily’s, Junior High All-State choral concert. But it was inevitable when the music festival was...

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I never quite understood the logic:

“Finish everything on your plate, young man; for goodness’ sake, you know there are children starving in India.”

If your parents grew up during...

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You know what they say—“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” So far, I have seen no opera divas warming up in the wings. Although I have already moved two fairly large truckloads to my...

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A variety of afflictions affect trees in the Upper Delaware River region, ranging from those caused by insects, like the hemlock wooly adelgid to others caused by fungi like anthracnose. “River...

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Community invited to join Livingston Manor Trout Parade

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Attention local businesses, community groups, schools, artists, musicians, performance groups and more, the 11th annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s own version of Mardi Gras, is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, rain or shine.

The Catskill Art Society invites you to take part in the region’s funkiest community parade and street fair. This year’s event has a “steampunk” theme, with a wild combo of retro 19th-century style, old-school science fiction and crazy design that is limited only by your imagination.  Read more

7th annual Shawnee Celtic Festival

SHAWNEE ON DELAWARE, PA — Kicking off the festivities of the summer season on Memorial Day weekend, Shawnee Mountain will host the Shawnee Celtic Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, on the grounds of the Monroe County ski area.  Read more

Cycling documentary to screen

GLEN SPEY, NY — “Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story” will screen at the historic Burn Brae Mansion on Saturday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket price of $25 includes barbeque reception starting at 4 p.m. The film follows the road that began in the housing projects of Harlem for “The Cheetah,” Nelson Beasley Vails, the youngest of 10 children.  Read more

Free movies for kids at Honesdale library

HONESDALE, PA — Cinema 6 is teaming up with the Wayne County Public Library to promote reading. During May, June and July one Saturday a month will be Free Movie Saturday.

On Saturday, May 31, come listen to a story at 9 p.m., enter a drawing for a book basket and a movie basket, sign up for a library card, then sit back, relax and watch “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at 10 p.m.  Read more

Art show to celebrate summertime

HUGUENOT, NY — Susan Miiller and Joan Kehlenbeck, in cooperation with the River Valley Artists Guild, have coordinated a summer-themed show to run from May 27 to July 15 at the Deerpark Town Hall.  Read more

A night at the brewery, a day in the garden…and all that jazz

Believe it or not, being the center of attention is not always my cup of tea. In my mind’s eye, I see some of you laughing and shaking your heads, but it’s true. In fact, there are times when I’m downright shy (hold the guffaws), so when I marched in to the Callicoon Brewing Co. (www.callicoonbrewing.com) the other night under the guise of spending some quality time with my “work wife,” the amazing Amanda Reed, I was not prepared for a surprise party.  Read more

Memorial Day Events

PARADES
Monday, May 26
HONESDALE, PA—10 a.m., down Main Street
MILFORD, PA—10 a.m., along Ann & Broad streets
ROSCOE, NY—10 a.m. Fritz Kirchner will lead a service at the Veterans’/Firemen’s Memorial Park immediately following the parade  Read more

From France to Callicoon: Biking around the world

CALLICOON, NY — What do you do when you realize your dream? When Bruno and Isabelle Frebourg dreamed of traveling around the world and meeting new people, they got started right away. The French couple has been cycling across 54 countries since 2006 and recently made a stop right here in the Upper Delaware River Valley.  Read more

Stalking spring

Consider rhubarb: long, ribbed stalks and not a seed or rind in sight. This is a vegetable, right? But in 1947, a New York court decided that since it’s used as a fruit, it should be counted as such for the purposes of regulations and duties. Thus, with one wave of a bureaucrat’s hand did the vegetable family lose one of its own.  Read more

If you call them, they will come

If you remember “Field of Dreams,” the iconic 1989 baseball film, Archibald “Doc” Graham had a choice to make. “Doc” was also known as “Moonlight” Graham in his baseball years, and although he played two innings of professional ball with the New York Giants, he never got to bat. This was the premise of the offer that Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) makes to “Doc” Graham (Burt Lancaster)—to play in his “field” on his Iowa corn farm and get a chance to bat with some Hall of Famer’s, including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (Ray Loitta).  Read more

Counting eaglet heads

Bald eagle young have been hatching around mid-April, with some early and late exceptions, and now that they are two weeks old or more, they are more visible in the nest. The heads of these eaglets are popping over nest walls, enabling observation and head counts. Small they are, but not for long. The eaglets, which can be cupped in both hands now, will be 10 pounds and have a wingspan of 6.5 feet in 10 short weeks.  Read more

Tango at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Learn the basic steps of Argentine Tango at The Cooperage on May 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. This workshop will be led by Karen and Mike Lucey of Tango in the Tent, a tango organization based out of Factoryville, PA. For nearly a decade on each summer Sunday afternoon, the Luceys have opened up a tent in their backyard and invited the public to join them to dance tango.  Read more

Classical ballet ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ to be performed

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley Dance Company will perform “The Sleeping Beauty” at the Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 on Saturday, May 17 at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Tickets in advance cost $12, $8 for children and seniors. Tickets at the door cost $14, $10 for children and seniors. For more information contact The Dance Center at 845/856-3373. Pictured are Paige Bodnar of Milford, PA as Princess Aurora and Drake Eshleman of Matamoras, PA as Prince Desiree in “The Sleeping Beauty.”

Art show at River House

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — River House kicks off the season with the first of a meet-the-artist series called Artology on Saturday, May 17 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. This show features Nichole Christian and Pierre Chambres.

Christian, who is from Detroit, is the co-author of “Canvas Detroit,” which profiles the work of nearly 40 artists who are changing the landscape of America’s most misunderstood city. Her work also appears in the books “Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood” and “Portraits 9/11/01: The Collected Portraits of Grief” from The New York Times.  Read more

String ensemble to perform at Historic Port Jervis Church

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis Council for the Arts holds a spring concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday May 17, at Deerpark Reformed Church, 30 East Main St. The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra’s String Ensemble performs popular favorites, show tunes and classical pieces. A reception follows.  Read more

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

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