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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Meet local authors at the Authors Festival

HAWLEY, PA — The Hawley Silk Mill has announced the first annual Authors Festival, part of a projected series of events designed to promote the cultural richness of the local community, on Saturday, February 8, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The public is invited to meet and speak with local authors about their books, which will be available at the event for purchase and signing.  Read more

Benchmarking Utopia; The art and words of Francis Cape

LAVA, NY — He may not be the first bona fide man of the world to call Tusten his year-round home, but internationally acclaimed woodworking artist Francis Cape is certainly a candidate for most civic-minded new resident. The son of a British career diplomat, his youth was spent moving from one world capital to the next. Cape returned to his native United Kingdom (UK) as an adult, there to complete a woodworking apprenticeship as well as his higher education.  Read more

The heart of Art

My friend Art Peck was not a simple man. What he knew about the world, he mostly learned from experience. When he wanted to know more, he turned to a book, or the Internet, or to someone with more experience. With less than an 8th grade formal education, he built a small empire, several boats, a few cars and a house. He was born smart, not raised smart. He had his own ideas, whether about politics, or the environment, or business, or art, or the way a mutual friend kept house.  Read more

Milestones for citizen science

Those who love birds and want to support their welfare will be eager to know of two bird-related developments in which citizens have played important roles.

Recently, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology released its new app, Merlin, designed as a birding coach for beginning and intermediate bird watchers. Using a series of questions, Merlin helps identify which birds are most likely to be seen, based on location, date and a brief description. Drawing upon more than 70 million sightings submitted from birders across the United States and Canada, possible species are listed.  Read more

Back to school

“Editing, after all, is an art achieved largely by subtraction, by a negation of all of those elements that do not serve the final product.”

It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m preparing for my upcoming class at New York University as an adjunct professor. It’s the third time I’ve assembled a lecture about the role of an editor, and I glance briefly over my previous notes: inspiring quotes about the art of editing, a few examples of famously edited scenes, and a brief bio of my own work.  Read more

Lights + camera = action

Let’s face it: the weather outside is frightful. Arctic blasts and powerful gusts have combined to create record-breaking temps across the country and right here in the Upper Delaware River region. To add insult to injury, I live on top of a mountain, exposed to the elements, teetering on a precipice, constantly flirting with the kinds of challenges that life in a trailer (that’s right) provides. That said, there is plenty of action in the mountains.  Read more

Final Friday Comedy Nights hold premiere

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will hold its first Final Friday Comedy Night on Friday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill. Comedy nights are scheduled to take place on the last Friday of each month. For January 31, the comedians will be Mike Cannon, Kate Wolff and Emma Willman.  Read more

An Americana romp with Spuyten Duyvil

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced: “Spite-n Dive-l”) on Saturday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill located on the ground floor at 8 Silk Mill Dr.  Read more

Library offers free story times for children

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library has weekly story times for toddlers, ages 20 to 36 months, and preschoolers, ages three to four years.  Read more

A night of coffee and music

HONESDALE, PA — Coffee House is back at The Cooperage. Stop by on Saturday, February 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. for a night of coffee and music by local musicians.  Read more

Express yourself at dance improv workshop

HONESDALE, PA — On Wednesday, February 5 at 7 p.m., The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. in Honesdale will once again be a safe space where all will be encouraged to move in their own unique ways and to release their deepest creative impulses.  Read more

Wildlife photography at Chant Realtors

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Wildlife photographer and author, Nancy Hopping, makes a return engagement to The Gallery at Chant Realtors Lords Valley in February. A reception welcoming Hopping back to Lords Valley for the month-long exhibition and sale of her work will be held on Saturday, February 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. Hopping has been photographing wildlife since she was 12 and has learned much about animals in nature. “If you learn where animals live and what they feed on, you get better photos,” said Hopping. For more information, call 570/775-7337.

Oscar-nominated ‘Nebraska’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater will present the Oscar-nominated film “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern starting Friday, January 31.  Read more

There’s science behind that magic

HONESDALE, PA — Last Saturday afternoon, Bob Friedhoffer, aka Professor Bob, of Damascus Township, PA and New York City, took to the stage at The Cooperage to a room crowded with children to present his Scientific Magic Show. On the theory that young people not only like magic shows, but also want to know how things work, Friedhoffer entertained everyone—children and adults alike—with a collection of magic tricks. But then, unlike other magicians, he revealed not only how he accomplished the tricks, but also some of the scientific principles involved.  Read more

Tourism in the age of casinos; The challenge of retaining local charm and scenic natural assets

By ALAN SORENSEN

With the prospect of at least one casino destination resort coming to Sullivan County, it is not too early to begin to plan for the transition from “Desperation Economics” (i.e. taking any economic development that comes our way) to “Growth Management” where we begin to shape new development to enhance our built environment.  Read more

Otters on the rise

As people are riding up and down New York State Route 97 to look for eagles or check out the ever changing ice conditions, other sights are there to see, too. A close look at the water might reveal a dark brown mammal, one to two feet long with a square looking snout and a long muscular tail. It may be in the water, on the ice, or along the river bank. This sleek looking critter would be the North American river otter (Lontra canadensis). This aquatic mammal, although very elusive, is spotted frequently along area waterways, but this was not always the case.  Read more

One last cast

When I wrote my last column in August, I was very concerned about the wellbeing of my best fishing partner, Barbara Ann. It seems that while I was expecting a fastball, life was about to throw me a nasty curve. In the last six weeks, Barbara’s blood work has improved to the point where she takes her chronic myeloid leukemia medication just every other day. Meanwhile, my own physical condition has deteriorated so badly that I will not be doing any pitching in Clem’s Quiz, come the opening of baseball season.  Read more

A Penny for your thoughts

[Editor’s note: After the week’s issue of the newspaper went to press, Penny Carman Blume passed away on Tuesday afternoon, January 21, 2014.]  Read more

An opportunity for theatre creators

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will offer the Deep Space Performance Residency program for artists and groups who make devised, original, or ensemble performance. NACL offers extended time in the company’s theatre and residence in Highland Lake from June through October for performances in their final stage of production. Each week-long residency will culminate in a public performance as part of the 2014 NACL presenting season. Resident companies must work with their own technicians, designers and performers.  Read more

Bus trip to the 184th Philadelphia Flower Show

LIBERTY, NY — Experience the combination of art and horticulture at the 184th Philadelphia Horticultural Society Flower Show by joining a bus trip with the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County’s Master Gardener volunteers on Tuesday, March 4. Participants will board the chartered bus at 7:45 a.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more