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October 01, 2016
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HONESDALE, PA — As peak oil and global warming have increased the urgency of finding replacements for fossil fuels, the option of biomass is one that is frequently mentioned without ever seeming to gain much of a foothold, at least in this country. But there are some locals who have been developing some interesting techniques and ideas about one kind of biomass that could prove a boon to our own area: grass pellets that can be burned, like wood pellets, for heat.

Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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A few weeks ago during a marathon in Lehigh Valley, a freight train interrupted the race, which caused many runners not to qualify for the Boston Marathon. News outlets showed photos of the...

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Let’s face it, I’m an emotional kind of guy. Happy or sad, grumpy or glad, I basically wear my heart on my sleeve for all the world to see. “I yam what I yam,” as Popeye would say, and I’ve...

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We now have the most astonishing spacecraft and telescopes probing the far reaches of the universe. The purposes of these probes and explorations are multiple. Theoretical physicist Stephen...

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A proposal was made before commissioners of the PA Game Commission (PGC) at its September 19th meeting to remove the osprey from the list of threatened species in Pennsylvania. The board of...

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Wayne County Farm Tour

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Farm Tour is set for Saturday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will travel via mini-coach and visit three area farms, each unique in its management and products. You can bring a cooler; there will be meats, vegetables, milk, eggs, cheese, cider donuts and pies available for purchase.  Read more

Bethel arts council debuts

BETHEL, NY — The newly formed Bethel Council of the Arts will be holding its premiere event, an art auction and cocktail party reception, at Kauneonga Cove (1 Horseshoe Lake Rd./3575 Rte. 55) on Saturday, September 3. From 4 to 7 p.m., the public can view the works of some 30 local artists working in a variety of mediums, including James Hawley, Fancesca Robledo, Laurie Schwartz, Paul Stark and TRR’s Jonathan Charles Fox. A cocktail reception, featuring light refreshments and music by local musicians including Shlomo Franklin, runs from 7 to 10 p.m.  Read more

Big Eddy shorts to feature Sullivan locations, casts; Feature films include Younger’s ‘Bleed for This,’ Meyer’s ‘Little Boxes’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Big Eddy Film Festival, scheduled for Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18 in the Tusten Theatre, has already generated some buzz with the news that both its headliner, director Rob Meyer’s “Little Boxes,” and Ben Younger’s boxing-comeback film “Bleed for This” will be screened at the festival long before their general releases in November.  Read more

This time, it’s personal

Here in the Upper Delaware River region, it’s easy to keep track of the seasons, whether it’s the crops being harvested, the front porches festooned with flags, or simply the sun setting on the horizon. Of course, holidays keep us on our toes as well, and Labor Day is on the horizon too. In other climates (California, for instance) it’s easy to lose track of the days, and weeks often tend to blend, making it difficult to keep track of time passing. Having lived on both coasts, I can compare and contrast.  Read more

‘Empty When Full’ at the Loft

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Empty When Full,” an exhibition of sculpture by Matt Nolen, opens at the Loft Gallery at 37 Main St. on Friday, September 2, with an artist’s reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through September 24.

“As a painter, architect and storyteller, clay provides the means by which I can marry my loves: the painted surface, three dimensional form and narrative content. Ceramics gives me the language to communicate my stories to a world audience,” says Nolen, a studio artist living and working in New York City and Narrowsburg.  Read more

‘Lightness’ at Gallery EVA

CALLICOON, NY — The September exhibit at Gallery EVA, titled “Lightness,” will open on Saturday, September 3 with an artists’ reception from 5 to 9 p.m., including music from Janturan, at 35 Lower Main St. Artists featured in the show will be Scott Klee Clark, Michael Roberto, Monart Renaud, Eva Drizhal, E. Morisot and Amy Goff.

Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., sometimes Monday and by appointment. For more information call 845/887-3202.

‘Paintings’ at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Paintings,” an exhibit of oil on linen by Phillip Gabrielli, opens with a reception on Friday, September 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery at 37 Main St. The exhibit will be on view through September 24.

Italian-born Gabrielli will be exhibiting warmly lit and deeply shadowed trompe l’oeil still lifes portraying fruit, flowers, wooden boxes and classically-inspired mini paintings. He now lives and works in an old reconstructed hay barn in Sullivan County.  Read more

‘The Borscht Belt’ at the Laundry King

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society and the Livingston Manor Free Library present author and photographer Marisa Scheinfeld with a reading and photo show from her book “The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland” at the Laundry King, an exhibit space of the Catskill Art Society located at 65 Main St., on Saturday, September 3 at 2 p.m.  Read more

DENiZEN Fuses the material and digital worlds

BARRYVILLE, NY — The new studio space DENiZEN, located at 3512 Rte. 97, will host a special event from Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5.  Read more

‘Adrenaline Honey’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) presents an exhibition curated by Robin Winters titled “Adrenaline Honey,” featuring artwork by Marianna Rothen and Mike Osterhout, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. from September 3 through October 10. There will be an artists’ talk at 3 p.m. and an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

‘Birds at Home’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — “Birds at Home,” an art exhibition exploring the relationships between people and birds, will open with a reception on Saturday, September 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. The group exhibition runs through October 10.

Humans often have a more direct connection with birds than other wild animals. We can hear them even when we can’t see them, watch their aerial acrobatics from a long way off and entice them to our bird feeders for closer observation.  Read more

Woody Allen’s latest at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and the Callicoon Theater will present Woody Allen’s latest film, “Café Society,” starting on Friday, September 2 and running through Monday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m. There will also be matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Read more

Narrowsburg Music Day

NARROWSBURG, NY — On Sunday September 4, the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra partners with local businesses to present Narrowsburg Music Day. At 2 p.m., a free concert by Rare Form will be held on the Main Street deck, overlooking the Big Eddy by the Eagle Observatory, sponsored by Narrowsburg Electric. Listeners can anticipate a mix of alternative rock, funk and jams from local singer/guitarist/songwriter Jason Merrill, Gabby Borges and multi-instrumentalist Matt Reinhardt.  Read more

‘Classic comedy, period’

NARROWSBURG, NY — ACT Underground Theatre will present its second offering of the 2016 season with a staged reading of “Art” by Yasmina Reza on Friday, September 9, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, September 10, at 2 and 7 p.m. at Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. The staged reading features Peter Turchiano, Craig Tessler and Jim Sullivan and is directed by Wendy Kaufman.  Read more

Acoustic concert at the community center

COCHECTON CENTER, NY — The Cochecton Center Community Center (CCCC) will present an acoustic concert featuring “Americana Outlaw” Kate Vargas, a singer-songwriter in New York City. Born and raised in New Mexico, southwestern culture and storytelling traditions inspire many of her lyrical themes. Vargas’s music features tales and truths weaving through a delightful blend of folk, blues and rock. New York City singer-songwriter Andrea Wittgens will join her. A $15 cash donation is requested, a portion of which will go to the paint fund to repaint the CCCC’s historic building.

An encore for The Slipper Room

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Slipper Room, the popular burlesque group that has attracted sell-out crowds to NACL Theatre for several years now, will return on September 3 at 8:30 p.m. The show mixes burlesque, comedy, circus, political commentary, magic, music, feathers and sequins. Hosted by James Habacker, the brilliant performer and owner of The Slipper Room venue on the Lower East Side of New York City, the touring show never fails to surprise even the most daring NACL audience members. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $10 for people under age 30, and can be purchased at www.NACL.org.  Read more

‘Visions of Spain’ in Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — The Barryville Area Arts Association, in collaboration with The Hispanic Society of America, will present “Visions of Spain” on Saturday, September 3 from 4 to 6 p.m., in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event will feature live Spanish guitar music by Peter Kolesar, including “Pavan,” written around 1536, from the first printed book of music for the guitar/vihuela, and other early pieces. Depending on the mood of the crowd, there may also be 19th century classics like “Romanza Anonimo” and/or flamenco toques such as Farruca, Soleares, or Sequidillas.  Read more

Brewery in Eldred celebrates one year in business

ELDRED, NY — One thing you might not think of when thinking about making beer (or staring into your beer glass, pondering its flavor and froth), is that beer is mostly water. So the water used to make it, one would think, is of utmost importance. When Bill Lenczuk and his wife Cindy started Shrewd Fox Brewery in Eldred, he knew the importance of water in brewing beer. The brewery is located in the old post office, and Lenczuk said, “The well water is well suited for making beer.” Bingo.  Read more

A culture of creativity

Maybe the tide is turning. Historically, the brain drain of rural areas like ours led all the bright young people with dreams to the cities, never to return. But in places like Highland Lake and Narrowsburg and even Monticello, NY, some of the most creative minds I know are building their own dreams.

It’s not just that the cities are expensive (they are) or crowded (ditto) or any of the other negatives that are often lodged regarding them, but that this place and others like it are so conducive to living comfortably without so many of the stresses that burden a creative mind.  Read more

Planning for PA wildlife protection

Were you aware that Pennsylvania has a Wildlife Action Plan that guides how the state strives to conserve its most threatened wildlife species? First published in 2005, the 2015-2025 plan has again been updated and will be presented by the PA Fish and Boat and PA Game Commissions at the next Environmental Issues Forum of the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee scheduled for October 24.  Read more