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May 22, 2015
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REGION — As summer approaches in the beautiful Upper Delaware River Valley, ice cream shops open their doors and welcome tourists and locals alike to cool off and enjoy this summertime favorite (or all-year-round favorite, no one’s judging). Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I’ve rounded up some of the best options and outlined them below.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon last weekend, I thought things would be pretty quiet for me and the pup as I perused the events (...

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On the day before I started writing this column, I had a conversation with a National Park Service ranger on the subject of ospreys after one was sighted near one of the many bald eagle nests...

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Our loved ones are dying. This simple statement tells the whole complex and terrifying story of the resurgence of heroin addiction. Here in our Delaware River communities the national epidemic has...

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(Screwtape is a very high-level—or perhaps one should say very low-level—executive devil, in charge of the demonic “sales force” in North America. Readers of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape...

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Traditionally, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of the “busy season” here in the Upper Delaware River region, but it seems to me that the onslaught of events, parades, concerts, art shows and...

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One of spring’s many delights is the arrival of wildlife babies. Their survival is sometimes put to the test, as happened to seven red fox kits found in a Walmart parking lot in Trexlertown, PA....

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Wildflowers, warblers and plants at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), located at 538 Emery Rd., has a wide variety of events planned for May.

On Sunday, May 3 from 1 to 4 p.m., there will be a wildflower walk with local flower expert Josie D’Alessandro as she shares identification tips and natural history of the local flowers. Bring a bottle of water and a camera for some pictures.  Read more

Paslay to headline at ThunderBash

MONTICELLO, NY — Thunder 102, Monticello Casino and Raceway and the Sullivan County Visitors Association will hold ThunderBash on Saturday, May 2, “Tony Cellini Day.” Headlining the night of entertainment will be country music star and veteran song writer, Eric Paslay. Paslay’s first solo release, “Friday Night,” went to #1 in 2014. Recently featured as one of Country Radio Seminar’s New Faces of Country Music, his current single, “She Don’t Love You,” is moving up the charts.  Read more

Artists’ market opens in Shohola

SHOHOLA, PA — The Artists’ Market Community Center is opening in Shohola and offering art exhibits, classes and special events. Its mission is “bringing art to life in Sullivan County, NY and Pike County, PA.”  Read more

Sullivan County beverage tour

LIBERTY, NY— Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer the Sullivan County Grains to Grapes beverage tour on Saturday May 9, Mother’s Day weekend. Ticket holders will board the Rolling V coach bus at 10:45 a.m. at CCESC’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. and will return by 7 p.m.  Read more

PJCA-sponsors Kahlo trip

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Port Jervis Council for the Arts (PJCA) is sponsoring a bus trip to the Frida Kahlo/Art, Garden, Life exhibit in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory of the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx on Wednesday, May 27. One of the best-known artists of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo created colorful, often surreal paintings throughout a life filled with almost unbearable physical pain and personal anguish, recorded in numerous revealing self-portraits.  Read more

Wine tasting for the library

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Public Library (WCPL) will hold its eighth annual wine tasting fundraiser on Friday, April 24 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Wayne County Ford (971 Texas Palmyra Hwy./Rte. 6). It is a night of socializing while tasting food from local restaurants paired with a selection of three red and three white wines. This year’s pairing sponsors include The Alpine Wurst and Meat House, Camp Umpy’s Bagels & Stuff, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, Fiesta on Main, Hotel Wayne and The Settler’s Inn.  Read more

Americana and bluegrass

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of Americana and bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Annie and Mike Baglione and friend Kyle Hancharek on Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Rd. (just off Route 209).

Mike is a founding member of the bluegrass bands “Tin Roof,” “Oxford Depot” and the “Jersey Mountain Boys.” He has performed at clubs, coffee houses and on festival stages throughout the Northeast for the past 20 years, as well as performing live on radio stations WFDU, WJFF, WTBQ and WNYC.  Read more

Old Time Fiddlers

HONESDALE, PA — Master fiddler Steve Jacobi and The Old Time Fiddlers will return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m.  Read more

Contra dance returns to The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, April 25, Contra dancing, a form of traditional American set dancing, will return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. You and your partner dance a series of figures, or steps, with each other and with another couple. The figures are similar to those of old-time square dancing.

Beginners are welcome. Caller Laurie B. teaches each dance before it is actually called to the music. Also, first-time dancers will find experienced dancers extremely friendly and helpful.  Read more

Harpeth Rising

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Harpeth Rising, a group of classically trained musicians, on Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Dr.  Read more

Marvelous Milford; Doing it by the book

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 River. The village itself was laid out in 1796 by Judge John Biddis, who named the streets after his children and family, and the lanes after his favorite fruits and berries. Rich in history and historically significant, Milford has been drawing folks to settle, and visitors to spend time exploring its many charms ever since.  Read more

Writing on the river: contest announced

BARRYVILLE, NY — The Delaware Company, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the history and historic sites of the Upper Delaware, and The River Reporter (TRR) are co-sponsoring a “Tall Ships and Timber Rafting” writing contest, with tickets to the upcoming Tall Ships festival in Philadelphia, PA as the grand prizes ( The festival will feature majestic vessels from around the world, including replicas of those from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.  Read more

The bee hives of Bridge Street

NARROWSBURG, NY — While there are many local farms keeping bees, Juliette Bergogne and Anie Stanley decided to bring the bees to their business—on the rooftop of Maison Bergogne on Bridge Street in Narrowsburg. Above their bustling store filled with antique goods sit three bee hives, a technique used in urban farming. They will have six hives this coming season.  Read more

Mother’s little helper

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 sufficient enthusiasm on all these notable occasions. But few among us would dare to dismiss the second Sunday in May as just another manufactured celebration. For on that date every year, we pay tribute to the sainted creature who ushered us into this world. Why not honor her with a day off from cooking?  Read more

Long-eared bats get protection

Among the species of bat in our region is the Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis). Also known as the Northern Myotis, this and other species of bats have been affected by white nose syndrome (WNS). WNS is a fungus that affects bats while they are in their hibernacula over the winter; in affected hibernacula, bat mortality rates of 90% or more have been observed.  Read more

High schoolers join Upper Valley Winds in ‘Cuban Fire!’

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Valley Winds jazz orchestra will present a concert called “Cuban Fire! A Tribute to Johnny Richards” at 7 p.m., April 25, at the Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) auditorium. Tickets cost $20 at the door, or $15 if bought online. Not only are children under 15 admitted free, but so are all students at DVHS.  Read more

Preview new exhibits at WCHS museum

HONESDALE, PA — Pennsylvania State Rep. Sandra Major, (R/111th District) recently visited the Wayne County Historical Society’s (WCHS) main museum at 810 Main St. and donated a flag of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the museum. During Major’s visit, she previewed the new exhibits that will open to the public on Saturday, April 18 during the Spring Open House. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and light refreshments will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.  Read more

Home is where the heart is

Well, my heart anyhow, and I suspect most of yours as well. Now that we’ve had a few days in a row with temps above 40, I’m once again reminded of how much I love where I live and that without winter, spring would never smell as sweet. Zipping around the Upper Delaware River region with unfettered abandon, I couldn’t help but notice the sheer joy in my neighbors’ faces as well, as folks raked and swept, sprucing up their homes, waving at the Wonder Dog as we drove by.  Read more

‘Conversations with Interesting Neighbors’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Join Kevin McDonough, pop aficionado, for a Friday evening of culture and conversation on April 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library, part of the “Pop Matters: Conversations with Interesting Neighbors” series. McDonough will interview local artist Philip Jostrum, who worked in the art and production design departments of several big name Hollywood films in the 1970s. Registration is required. Programs without at least five people pre-registered may be cancelled. Visit or call 845/252-3360.

Library Week at Crawford

MONTICELLO, NY — Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will celebrate National Library Week, April 12 to 18, with a number of activities.  Read more

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