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REGION — When her 92-year-old husband became ill in the summer of 2014, she was able to manage well enough, driving him to multiple doctor visits, seeing to his comfort and tending to household chores like grocery shopping, cleaning, meal preparation and laundry.

There are so many established days of commemoration that between Siblings Day (April 10th), World Mosquito Day (August 20th) and National Cat Day (October 29th) it can be difficult to rouse...

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There are many reasons to visit Milford, PA. Long before being incorporated in 1874, the Native Americans and settlers who lived there enjoyed the forests, lakes and fresh waters of the Delaware...

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Tuning in to the shifting of the seasons is restorative on many levels. In the Upper Delaware River region, it’s time to shake off the shackles of the snow-laden season and wake up our winter-...

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As a young fisherman I can remember the great fishing trips to the Ramapo River just outside the town of Tuxedo. The crystal-clear waters were so clean back then we would swim there in the summer...

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I make it a habit to arrive early when I expect a sold-out crowd to be attending an event here in the Upper Delaware River region, which happens frequently, and last Saturday was no exception....

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As I stabilize my kayak by grabbing an underwater branch to keep from spooking some basking painted turtles on the shore, one thing is readily apparent: the water is cold, numbingly cold. Someone...

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Marital fable in Milford

Janet was happily married, at least she thought she was. Then Keith left. Janet’s mother blames it all on Janet. Then Janet meets Matthew. Things are looking up. Mom likes Matthew. But. Keith is being a jerk. In relationships, does everyone get what they deserve? Well, in fables they do. “What I Didn’t Know Then, a marital fable” featuring Darren Fouse, left, James Heisel, Evelyn Albino and Cass Collins is a new play by John Klemeyer that will be at the Milford Theatre on October 10 at 8 p.m., 11 at 8 p.m. and 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 at the door.

SUNY Sullivan announces 2014-15 Met Live Series

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will host the return of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HDseries to its Seelig Theatre. Beginning on Saturday, October 11 and continuing on selected Saturdays through April 25, opera lovers will be able to enjoy live, on-screen performances from the Met Opera’s Peabody and Emmy award-winning Live in HD series. This season’s schedule of performances includes:

Giuseppe Verdi

Macbeth — October 11  Read more

‘Ah, New York’ at the Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance presents “Ah, New York – Fortitude, Frustration and Fantasy,” an ACT Underground Reader’s Theatre production, at the Tusten Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12. Staged readings of three new plays will be presented in a way that creates an overall sense of a singular evening of theatre.  Read more

Historic Honesdale’s Harvest & Heritage Days

HONESDALE, PA — Historic Honesdale rolls out the pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, fall colors and scarecrows, for its annual “Harvest & Heritage Days” on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, sponsored this year by The Honesdale National Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism.

Craft vendors will line Main Street on both days. Scarecrows will be displayed in front of businesses. Old-fashioned hayrides will be offered downtown, for a small fee, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

The end

This is the end, beautiful friends, the end.

This isn’t the last column I will write, but it’s close. So, perhaps “the end is near” is more appropriate. I’m getting my farewell out of the way now so the actual last “Letter Home” isn’t a bummer. More and more I’m seeing the importance of happy endings.

As most of you know, I grew up on the streets of Narrowsburg and in the offices of this newspaper. Soon after I arrived at NYU, I started writing this column.  Read more


Although I’m in no mood to think about a certain ho-ho-holiday looming on the horizon, I have spent the past week or so ruminating on the past, since Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) has already come and gone. While I may not have worn a funny hat or used a noisemaker (I make enough noise all year long), I did celebrate in my own way prior to the most solemn day in Judaism—Yom Kippur.  Read more

Fall fiddle festival showcases styles of traditional music

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers of northeast Pennsylvania will again host their annual fiddle festival on Sunday, October 19 at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, 1033 Beach Lake Hwy./Route 652. Doors will open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2 p.m. Fiddlers will have a 15-minute showcase to perform their favorite tunes and songs.  Read more

Once again Ellis, with special guest Honor Finnegan

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present Ellis at The Cooperage on Sunday, October 12 at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 with light fare cooked by Jill Padua. Ellis performed at The Cooperage in May and she is back, this time with special guest Honor Finnegan.  Read more

Through the eyes of JoAnne Kalish

MILFORD, PA — The Columns Museum will hold an opening reception for an exhibit featuring the photography of JoAnne Kalish on Friday, October 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Kalish will speak about her work and travels at the opening. The exhibit will be on display through early December.

Kalish’s passion for photography came about at a young age. She was the first woman photographer hired to work for Sports Illustrated, photographing various sporting events and their star athletes. She was contracted by the International Olympic Committee to provide photographic coverage of the 1984 Olympic Games.  Read more

‘Love, Sex and the IRS’ at the Rivoli

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore’s “Love, Sex and the IRS” at the Rivoli Theatre for six performances October 10 through the 19.

Two men, Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur, are out-of-work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the “couple” they’re going to be investigated. Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon’s fiancée, Kate.  Read more

Homegrown music by Byrdgrass at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Byrdgrass, a North Jersey band that plays “bluegrass with a kick” that has performed in venues from Jersey City and Hoboken to Lake Placid, NY and the Adirondacks, will bring its music to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., for an early evening concert and dance party on Saturday, October 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Read more

NACL presents duet ‘Underground Railroad Game’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present “Underground Railroad Game” by Groundswell Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) on Saturday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. at NACL Theatre. Viewer discretion is advised; there will be nudity.  Read more

‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ composer to perform at the Columns Museum

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society and Museum will host an evening with famed jazz musician and composer Bob Dorough on Saturday, October 11 at 7 p.m. Dorough worked as the musical director of ABC-TV’s “Schoolhouse Rock,” a Saturday morning cartoon show that entertained and educated children during the years 1973 to 1985.  Read more

Exhibit celebrates Catskill waters

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — An opening reception for the new exhibition “Celebrating Catskill Waters: Past & Present,” will be held on Thursday, October 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum. There will also be an introduction to the museum’s next project: recreating a 1930s Catskill farm taken for the building of New York City’s water supply. Speakers include Emily Lloyd, the new commissioner for NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection, and Congressman Chris Gibson.  Read more

CineArt presents ‘My Old Lady’

CALLICOON, NY — “My Old Lady,” (PG-13), a CineArt presentation starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas, will be screened at the Callicoon Theater from Friday, October 10 to Tuesday, October 14.  Read more

New Hope Community art exhibit to open at Liberty Library

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — New Hope Community will present its art exhibit in the Liberty Library with an opening reception on Thursday, October 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is open to all and will include light refreshments. The exhibit will present 18 works by 11 New Hope artists.  Read more

Autumn harvest of the Native Americans

As a lifelong lover of pumpkin pie, I was delighted to learn that the main squash of the Lenape was pumpkin. The Lenni Lenape (Delaware) Indians were quite agricultural, with a focus (like many Native gardeners) on the “three sisters:” corn, beans and squash. These three staple crops supported Native American culture over much of the country.  Read more

Bigger or better?

Over the past decade or so, I have heard many variations on the theme that the American way of life is one of plenitude and that asking Americans to change how they live is somehow un-American. These arguments peaked in 2001 as Congress debated renewed CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards for fuel efficiency, and the Bush Administration unveiled an energy policy that stressed expanded fossil fuel supply and cut Department of Energy funding for energy efficiency research by 29%.  Read more

Don’t tread on me (Or run me over either, please)

Some years back, I was riding a motorcycle on a sparsely traveled road in Pike County, PA when I saw what looked like a stick in the middle of the road. There was enough room in the travel lane to avoid the stick, and as I got closer, I took another glance at it. It wasn’t a stick at all, but a medium-sized timber rattlesnake, maybe three feet long or so. Neither snake or rider was the worse for wear, although it did find a quieter place to bask.  Read more

I heard it through the grapevine

If it’s second-hand conversation, is it gossip? My dictionary suggests that gossip means “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.” It goes on to give me synonyms such as “tidbits, whispers and canards.” I always thought “canard” was French for “duck,” so I looked that up too, just to be sure. Sure enough, “an aquatic bird” came up ( along with “an unfounded rumor,” and my newest favorite word took flight. Canard.  Read more

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