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I grew up on the Delaware River, almost literally (on River Road), and often went swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, snorkeling, sun bathing, you name it. However, I am far from a river expert; so when I had the opportunity to do a river trip with the National Park Service (NPS) I knew I would be learning a lot.

First of all, let me just go on the record and declare that if you share a secret with me, I’m really good at keeping it. Conversely, if I’m told something without a confidentiality clause...

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Somehow it seems strange to me that it was a movie that triggered the amazing growth of fly fishing interest. The movie was, of course, “A River Runs Through It.” Norman Maclean’s novel, on which...

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A month or so ago, I transported a female downy woodpecker to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center (PWRC) in Stroudsburg, PA after my neighbor found it in her driveway,...

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A track fire that disrupted the Metro-North commute in East Harlem recently left thousands stranded in Grand Central Terminal for their commute home and over the next few days added to their daily...

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Let’s face it, I talk a lot. How fortunate for me then, that I found a way to do so and get paid for it, right, wrong or indifferent. Sadly, in this day of texting and instant gratification, the...

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During the year, I have been seeing a lot of turkey activity in area forests and fields as they scratch up the leaf litter, forage for food, or walk in the snow, leaving footprints with the toes...

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Ministers of Sound play the blues

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Alexis P Suter and the Ministers of Sound on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, said, “Blues Music Award nominee Alexis P Suter is a bass/baritone vocalist with the ability to go to ‘that other place’ where singers go when they are lost in the music. It is no wonder the late B.B. King and the late Levon Helm were big fans. The Ministers of Sound deliver unforgettable gospel, blues and time-honored American music.”  Read more

‘Founding Mothers’

SHOHOLA, PA — The Artists’ Market Community Center will host an exhibit titled “Founding Mothers” in the month of May. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 7 from 4 to 6 p.m., which will include a Q&A session.

The exhibit includes portraits and some interesting tidbits about the hands that rocked the cradles of our Founding Fathers. For example, Mary Ball Washington: we need to thank her twice, once for giving birth to George, and a second time for talking him into accepting the presidency after he was elected.  Read more

Tabletop game day at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will participate in the fourth annual International TableTop Day on Sunday, May 1. The fun will kick off at 11 a.m. and will run to 8 p.m. The event is a worldwide celebration of board games that takes place at locations across the globe.  Read more

‘Elektra’ at SUNY

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan’s 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera HD Live Series will conclude on Saturday, April 30 at 12:55 p.m. with the presentation of “Elektra,” Strauss’s fiery tragedy about an ancient Greek princess hell-bent on revenge.  Read more

Caggiano at Lords Valley Gallery

LORDS VALLEY, PA — From May 1 to June 26, the Gallery at Chant Realtors in Lords Valley will showcase paintings by artist Mike Caggiano. Caggiano has studied at the Art Students League, the Omega Institute and at the University of Scranton.

He works in oil, acrylic and lately has been concentrating more on water mediums with particular interest in Chinese watercolor techniques. A prolific painter, Caggiano is always open to new ideas. He says, “There is so much art to love, I love to experiment and discover.”  Read more

Trailer Choir headlines ThunderBash

MONTICELLO, NY — Thunder 102 (102.1 FM), Monticello Casino and Raceway, The Sullivan County Visitors Association and the Sullivan County Partnership will hold the 11th annual ThunderBash at the Monticello Casino and Raceway on Saturday, May 7. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Read more

‘Best emerging band’ returns to Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Addi and Jacq for a return performance on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m. The duo recently was crowned “best emerging band in NYC” when they won 2015 NPR-WNYC Battle of the Boroughs.

Addi McDaniel has been called “a dynamo with a brass plated voice” by the Los Angeles Times, and Jacqueline Kerrod an “exceptionally virtuosic and sensitive harpist” by Classical Source. Addi and Jacq’s musical influences include everyone from Mozart to Radiohead, Rufus Wainwright to Paul Simon.  Read more

They wave, I wave back: What drives a community activist?

If you go to the Tusten Town Board meetings, one of the faces that will become most familiar to you is that of Iris Helfeld. She is someone who is so passionate and so involved with community she should win an award. Oh wait—she did.  Read more

On ramps

The growing interest in eating local has earned wild edibles a well deserved new popularity. Few foods better represent terroir, that characteristic flavor of the region, than something plucked directly from the forests and fields. This goes a long way to explain the near hysteria that erupts every year when ramps emerge from the earth. Suddenly, no foodie’s Instagram feed is complete without several shots of these highly seasonal native plants.  Read more

Puppy power

Many of my fellow commuters are pet people; they would prefer talking about what their pets did over the weekend to talking about their kids or significant other. Everyone has great stories of the weekend adventures, and with the current turkey-mating season in full swing, some of the stories are quite funny—especially to dog people. We were raising two Corgis who just love to herd these big birds, or squirrels, or just about anything that moves. Our dogs have plenty of area to run on our 10 acres and have been trained over the years not to wander too far from home.  Read more

Seizing spring

Spring has sprung, and along with it, a host of fun and informative opportunities to get out of the house and into the world of nature and its endless wonders. Make plans now to seize every chance to connect with this rejuvenating season.

From April 22 to 24, Hawley EarthFest takes place in and around the town of Hawley, PA. Activities for all ages are planned, including an Environmental Expo in Bingham Park and the ever-popular Species Parade. See the full schedule of events at www.hawleyearthfest.com/schedule.  Read more

Spring has sprung!

April is usually a fine month and especially so this year. The soil is thawed, there are buds everywhere and grass is greening. Wild turkeys are cackling and gobbling—their mating season is on. The brooks, streams and rivers of our watershed are all open. How terrific!

The fisher’s clock is now set to prime time. Caddis and early mayflies are hatching, and the trout are feeding on them greedily. Local chapters of Trout Unlimited have already scheduled events and meetings. River shoreline clean-ups are on the drawing board. Hope you will participate.  Read more

The ‘it’ factor

By its very definition, the “it” factor is indefinable. Often referred to as someone with je ne sais quoi, the term is frequently applied to entertainers who are brimming with appeal, even though it may be difficult to explain why, exactly. People who exude “it” might not be the most attractive in the room, or even the most adept at their chosen profession, but their connection with an audience is undeniable and often accompanied by an air of mystery.  Read more

High School Art Show at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS), in partnership with Sullivan County BOCES, will present the annual CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show, an exhibition of work by Sullivan County public high school students, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from April 23 to May 15. There will be an opening reception on April 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This exhibit will present the work of high school students from all eight of the county’s districts (Eldred, Fallsburg, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Monticello, Roscoe, Sullivan West and Tri-Valley) plus student work from BOCES.  Read more

Fiddling phenoms to play at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Irish fiddling sensation Haley Richardson and her brother Dylan, a young duo of traditional Irish musicians who are making their mark in the Irish music world, will perform on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St.  Read more

Painting and bluegrass at Harmony

HAWLEY, PA — There will be a painting party and a bluegrass concert at the Silk Mill this week, sponsored by Harmony Presents.

On Friday, April 22, there will be a Paint Your Pet paint party at 7 p.m. Attendees select their pet photo about a week prior to the event. They will be shown different painting techniques and have ample one-on-one attention. The cost is $55 in advance and $58 at the door.  Read more

Maple Syrup Festival in Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville will hold a Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 23. Learn about local maple syrup, maple syrup products and how it’s all made.  Read more

‘Doors through Life’

WOODBOURNE, NY — Local fiber artist Buff McAllister will show a series of fabric collage works featuring doors at the International Center for a Culture of Compassion, located at 2299 Ulster Heights Rd., from April 23 through May 15, on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an opening reception on April 23 from 4 to 7 p.m., and a closing reception on May 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. The 19 pieces in the series use doors and their many symbolic meanings to tell a story of the human journey.  Read more

Hawley celebrates EarthFest

HAWLEY, PA — From April 22 to 24, the Downtown Hawley Partnership and co-sponsors invite you to Hawley EarthFest, a weekend-long celebration of love for planet Earth, now in its third year.

Saturday highlights include the Environmental Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bingham Park, with live animals, demonstrations and exhibits, the #WildHawley Species Parade at 2 p.m. and a bluegrass concert that evening at Harmony Presents at the Silk Mill. On Sunday morning, participate in Birding and Breakfast with the NEPA Audubon Society—a one-hour walk followed by breakfast at The Settlers Inn.  Read more

Luxury meets functionality; The Velvet Maple opens in Honesdale

Alessandra Iavarone’s new favorite word is “juxtaposition.” Her store, The Velvet Maple, on Main Street in Honesdale, PA, is a study in contrast—chandelier versus industrial, trendy but functional, cutting edge meets classic. In the shop you’ll find clothing, accessories, home décor, textiles and more.  Read more