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October 23, 2014
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THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.

A few weeks back, a neighbor told me he was finding what looked like berries on the ground, even though he said no berry trees were anywhere in the area. I asked him about the size and color, and...

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Fall brings the changing of the foliage to the Upper Delaware Valley. Along with the falling leaves come the “slippery rail” excuse for train delays. It seems, according to New Jersey Transit (NJT...

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Apparently there is no evidence whatsoever that Marie Antoinette actually uttered such a callous statement in response to her subjects’ bemoaning their lack of bread. But it has stuck to her shoe...

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I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Wikipedia defines it as “an old adage, typically stated as: ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’” Ain’t that the truth. At the risk of sounding like a total nut...

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The great battle of our time will be over water—pure, fresh water in particular. All earthly life depends upon water for survival. The human population worldwide, now 7.3 billion, is projected to...

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The fast-flying days of flaming fall foliage have held us in thrall lately as the Upper Delaware Region advances toward the cold and inward months of winter. Watching the leaves turn through...

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Church to host Applefest

HONESDALE, PA — The Central United Methodist Church, on the corner of Church and 11th streets, will host Applefest on September 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. JoJo the clown, left, will entertain children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day also features games, food, a craft fair, a magic show at 1 p.m., apple baking/cooking and scarecrow contests, a dunk tank and silent basket auction. For information, call 570/253-3291.

Mixed media exhibit at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of mixed-medium abstracts by Beau Gostomsky titled “Chai #18” opens with a reception at the River Gallery-The Art of Living, 8 Main St., on Saturday, September 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. It is on display through November 15. Beau Gostomsky is a self-taught artist with a fascination for all things distressed, rusty, salvaged, scraped and banged up. Current curiosity includes collage, antique paper ephemera, lettering, inks, rubber stamps, art journaling, and altered books. He lives with his husband Jeff in Barryville NY.  Read more

NACL Theatre presents ‘Henri’ by Sprat Theatre

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — A play about Alzheimer’s disease will be held on Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. at NACL Theatre. Sprat Theatre Company’s performance, “Henri,” is a theatrical etude that explores the important moments in the life of title character, Henri, from youth to old age. The performance is designed to bring audiences closer to an understanding of aging and Alzheimer’s disease.  Read more

Slave to the Fitbit

I set out from work with an unusual mission. I was not headed to the subway. No no, there would be none of that wimpy stuff for me on this late summer evening. I was going to walk the 50-plus blocks home.

The sun was setting in the distance, and it was a lovely evening. But that wasn’t why I was going to walk. Truth is, I needed the steps. Desperately. You see, I was (am) deep in a step counting contest with my father and I am losing. Badly.  Read more

Cochecton man recounts history through letters and diaries

COCHECTON, NY — The Cochecton Preservation Society will host its annual Coffee, Tea and History on Sunday, September 21 at the Cochecton Train Station located at 8537 Route 97 at 1 p.m. The presentation, “The Oldest House in Cochecton; Its History and Inhabitants” is made possible by Joe DeFalco, who is currently writing a book on the subject.  Read more

Tickets on sale for dramatic reading of Poe at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Tickets for the popular dramatic reading of selected works of Edgar Allan Poe at Grey Towers National Historic Site will become available to the public on September 29. “Forevermore: A Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe,” will be presented on Halloween, Friday, October 31at 6 and 8 p.m. and will include four selected works of Poe.  Read more

Early-bird tickets to Hawley Harvest Hoedown available now

HAWLEY, PA — Northeast Pennsylvania bluegrass band The Coal Town Rounders will play at the annual Hawley Harvest Hoedown with two other bluegrass and folk bands, Cricket Tell The Weather and Miles to Dayton, on October 18 at 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 512 Keystone St.  Read more

Harvest Festival at PEEC offers hikes, crafts and more

LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its fourth annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The festival celebrates the autumnal equinox and traditional harvest season that occurs in September. The Harvest Festival will include local farms, handmade items and environmental activities.  Read more

Indian classical music at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present musicians Steve Gorn and Bill Buchen for “Luminous Ragas: A Concert of Indian Classical Music” at the CAS Arts Center on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Raga means “to color the mind” and traditionally each raga is associated with a time of day, a season, or a quality of light. In this concert Gorn will play Indian ragas on the bansuri bamboo flute, accompanied on tabla by Buchen, and will reveal the beauty and subtleties of the music through a unique guided listening meditation.  Read more

Wayne historical figure to be luncheon topic

HONESDALE, PA — Scholar Dr. Bambi Lobdell, author of “A Strange Sort of Being,” which examines the life of 19th-century Wayne County historical figure Lucy Ann Lobdell, will be the speaker at a luncheon at the Hotel Wayne on Friday, October 10 at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Lobdell will offer her interpretation of the fascinating and colorful story of Lucy Ann, who called herself Joseph, dressed in men’s clothing and was known as the “Female Hunter of Delaware County.”  Read more

Time and the Valleys Museum offers day of free admission

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum will offer free admission to museum visitors on Saturday, September 27 as a participant of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Day Live! Program.

Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country offer free admission to anyone with a Museum Day Live! ticket. Visitors must download a ticket from the Smithsonian’s website at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.  Read more

Book reading by former Department of State officer

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present author Ron Capps for a reading of his new memoir “Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years” at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., on Saturday, September 20 at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and small donations will be accepted at the door.  Read more

Milford Music Festival returns in September

MILFORD, PA — The music returns to Milford’s historic district as the encore of Milford MusicFest 2014 takes place Saturday, September 20. A full day of free concerts will fill the town from 10:30 a.m. well into the evening. Highlights of the day include crowd favorites SaRon Crenshaw Trio at Davis Chant Realty, The Merchants of Groove with two performances (one at Harrington House and another at The Artisan Exchange), traditional Irish music by The Tara Minstrels at The Flying Pig Tea Room, as well as a full schedule of performances by the students of the Delaware Valley Music Department.  Read more

Yarnslingers presents monthly storytelling series

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present the storytelling group Yarnslingers for their partnership series “Yarnslingers: Memoirs” at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, September 20 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Discover the funny side of life with Lois Morton

FORESTBURGH, NY — The Forestburgh Tavern will present Lois Morton as part of its fall series on Friday, September 19. Doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner and drinks, and show time is 8 p.m. Morton, a performing songwriter, is the 2014 Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) award winner for best revue.

“She’s a plucky, sassy songwriter who writes laugh-out-loud funny material that sparkles with the glow of truth,” said Rob Lester of Cabaret Scenes.  Read more

‘Fashionably late’

For me, the term itself borders on the oxymoron. Early in life, my mother drummed punctuality into my head and insisted that bad manners were not to be tolerated. “It’s rude,” she’d say, “and there is nothing fashionable about it.” Even as a youngster, I had a secret desire to be popular and left no stone unturned in my quest. I struggled to develop personal style and was never very good at dressing myself, so I pursued other avenues with which to appear worldly. One day I strutted into the dining room (late for dinner) and thrust the dictionary into my (very stylish) mother’s lap.  Read more

Two young survivors

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two successful businessmen. Two beautiful and loving families. Two young boys with leukemia.

Unhappy story? Not for the Mongiello and Scancarello families—Anthony Scancarello (age 8) and Anthony (“Lilo”) Mongiello (age 5) are leukemia survivors. And that’s not the end of the story either. The boys and their families are working hard to help other leukemia sufferers.  Read more

The unending war

Maybe you remember: it was a beautiful Tuesday morning, clear and sunny. I had spent a couple of early morning hours training with my martial arts teacher, and I was headed home to start in on my day’s obligations for my telecommuting job. I stopped at a health food store in Hamlin for a beverage—and it soon became clear that something was not right. The radio was tuned to NPR and the news people were still on the air, though it was now way past the time for the morning news programs.

And what they were saying made no sense.

“What… happened?” I asked the clerk.  Read more

Late summer spectacular

We are suspended between summer and fall—in the gold and green pause—just a few seconds before autumn begins.

My friend’s son asks: “Would you rather have a million dollars or be able to see one spectacular thing every week for the rest of your life?”In the game of “Would you rather…” what does the word spectacular mean to a teenager? What does spectacular mean to you? And just what does spectacular mean to me?  Read more

Celebrating public lands

Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, following 60 drafts authored primarily by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society and eight years of diligent effort.  Read more