By James B. Huntington
As a result of last November’s election, there will be one or two casinos, almost certainly as parts of large resorts, opening in the Catskills in 2016. If one or two end up being built in Sullivan County, what effect might they have on jobs and joblessness here?
Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases county employment and unemployment data, which is not seasonally adjusted. As of March, Sullivan County had a civilian labor force of 32,224, with 29,512 employed and 2,712 unemployed, for an 8.4% unemployment rate. Read more
They’re back! All around the Upper Delaware River region, hummingbirds are brightening our backyards with bursts of metallic green, red and golden plumage as they ply nectar feeders and early blooms for nourishment.
Hummingbirds must sync migration and nesting times with the flowering of nectar-bearing plants. According to Audubon, “climate change threatens to throw off this delicate balance, with unknown repercussions for hummingbirds.” (Visit birds.audubon.org/hummingbirds-home-effects-climate-change-feeding-behavior to learn more.) Read more
When you think of dangerous sports, you might think of mountain climbing or skydiving, maybe even hunting, but fishing is not likely to come to mind. In reality, all the above activities are very safe, statistically and practically, when properly practiced. Each sport has its own protocols, customs, precautions, established rules and guidelines; ignore any of them at your peril. You can get in trouble fishing just as easily as in any other outdoor activity. Read more
BARRYVILLE, NY — The award-winning Delaware Company, in collaboration with The Museum at Bethel Woods and the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, will present the annual architectural-historical bus tour on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — Dharma the Wonder Dog took part in the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) “Growing Older with Pets: Keeping Our Best Friends Close” webinar, which provided information on a wide range of pet-related programs for the elderly. A meet-and-greet with the dog preceded an informal discussion group. For information on future programs, visit www.sullivancce.org.
MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold its inaugural tea party, herb growing and recipe class with the Mad Hausfrau, Lora Wiley-Lennartz, and gardening specialist, Doug Cramer, on Sunday, June 1, (rain date June 15) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a private home. Read more
GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum opens for the season on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 and 25, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Opening weekend includes a special exhibit of military materials from its collection, hourly tours of the museum and discounts in the museum shop. Visitors with military photos or memorabilia are encouraged to come and share their stories and materials. All those with past military service receive free admission. Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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