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April 29, 2016
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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.

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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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If the old adage (you are what you eat) is true, then yes—yes I am. In point of fact, it’s one of the few things that I can cook and do so a few times a year for holiday celebrations. With...

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People usually associate spring with the appearance of daffodils and emerging buds from plants in the garden. Indeed, there are many cultivated plants appearing now. Greens from garlic and other...

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Regarding golden parachutes

A few years ago, I worked for a small startup company. At one point, the founders of the company sought outside funding, and the financiers brought in a new CEO, a self-described “serial entrepreneur” from Colorado, as a condition for providing the money to help the company grow “to the next level.”  Read more

What’s up at the Narrowsburg Union?

While residents of Narrowsburg, New York observe the evolvement of the old Narrowsburg School into the new Narrowsburg Union, two somewhat unusual visitors have been watching the goings-on from atop a chimney at the building.  Read more

‘Damn Yankees!’ to take the stage

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On March 11, 12 and 13, Sullivan West will add “Damn Yankees!” to its musical repertoire. The show, based on the novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” by Douglass Wallop, was originally performed in 1955 on Broadway, where it ran for 1,019 performances. It was revived numerous times, most notably at West End in London and again on Broadway in 1994.  Read more

SEEDS seek items for auction

HONESDALE, PA — SEEDS seeks contributions from local businesses for a silent auction to be held at its upcoming fundraiser on Thursday, April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Area businesses are asked to help SEEDS raise funds by donating an item to auction. Gift certificates as well as other items are welcome; this is an opportunity to introduce your business to new customers and help the environment at the same time.

SEEDS promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living, to improve the health of our environment and local economy.  Read more

St. Patrick’s Day Party at St. Joseph’s

WURTSBORO, NY — There will be a St. Patrick’s Day Party in honor of St. Joseph on Sunday, March 13 from 1 to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Ladies Ancient Order Hibernians, Division 6, at St. Joseph’s Church Hall on Sullivan Street. There will be singing, music and dancing. Doors will open after 11 a.m. Mass, and food will be served starting at 1 p.m. There will be platters of sandwich fixings and salads, Irish soda bread, desserts, coffee, tea and sodas; BYOB.  Read more

Americana-soul band plays Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m. Harmony Presents will showcase Americana-Soul band, The Rigs. The Rigs are a trio formed by longtime musical collaborators Eric Robertson (bass, guitar, mandolin), Duncan Wickel (fiddle, cello, leslie) and Nicholas Falk (drums, banjo, bass).

“Rooted in American musical traditions from the Appalachian Mountains to the streets of New Orleans, The Rigs’ sound is influenced by artists like John Hartford, The Band, Sly and The Family Stone and The Meters,” said Harmony Presents managing director Jill Carletti.  Read more

Windy Kilt walk and St. Patrick’s Day Parade

NARROWSBURG, NY — Narrowsburg will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 20, with a Windy Kilt 5k walk/run in the morning, followed by a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Windy Kilt 5k will start at 10 a.m., across from the Narrowsburg Inn, and proceeds go to the Tusten Ambulance Corps and local charities. Lineup for the parade starts at 12 noon, and the parade steps off at 1 p.m. Visit www.windykilt5k.com.

‘Intricate Realities’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present “Intricate Realities,” a group exhibition featuring artwork by Hannah Raine Brenner-Leonard, Patrick Duffy and Jayoung Yoon at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., from March 19 through April 17. There will be an artist talk on March 19 at 3 p.m., followed immediately by a free opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m.  Read more

Vintage milk bottles at dairy history exhibit

HONESDALE, PA — Bruce Mackle, former long-time Wayne County Treasurer, pauses at Dairy Day 2015 with a Gammell & Kimbel milk bottle that he recently donated to the Wayne County Historical Society. Mackle donated his life-time collection of over 30 Wayne County milk bottles. These bottles and other items centered around Wayne County’s rich dairy-industry history will be featured in a new exhibit that will open on Saturday, April 16 at the Main Museum, 810 Main St.

Teddy Smith headlines at Laugh Tour

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Comedy Central’s Teddy Smith will headline at the Laugh Tour at the Arnold House on Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m. He’ll be joined by Rich Kiamco and Jonathan McBride of the Stress Factory.  Read more

Going back to school means fun for the whole family!

Although exhausted from flying around dressed as Peter Pan for last Friday’s Eighth Annual Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Dinner (see page 12), I managed to drag myself out of bed and head out to Narrowsburg, NY last Sunday to check out what’s happening at The Narrowsburg Union (the former Narrowsburg Central School). I had heard that the Union was hosting an open house, where folks could check out the refurbished building and see what courses are being offered for the enrichment of those seeking to learn something new.  Read more

Eighth Annual Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Dinner knocks it out of the park!

Last Friday night, the doors of the Villa Roma in Callicoon, NY swung open once again to welcome nearly 500 guests to the eighth annual Boys & Girls Clubs Celebrity Dinner and Tip Challenge. The club’s newly appointed executive director, Lori Rivenburgh, worked tirelessly with local civic leaders and organizations to put on a show that people will be talking about for months.  Read more

Out of sight, out of mind

The trend in consumer protection seems to be “what you don’t know can’t hurt you.” For example, look at Senate Bill 2609, nicknamed the DARK Act (“Denying Americans the Right to Know”), legislation that would void state laws passed in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine that require labeling of genetically modified foods, and would even make it illegal to label products GMO-free until guidelines are developed at some unspecified future date. Last week the Senate Agricultural Committee approved the bill for a full vote.  Read more

SUNY course signups, dance, yoga at Narrowsburg Union

NARROWSBURG, NY — Instructors from SUNY Sullivan will be at the Narrowsburg Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, offering signups for the following classes: a five-week painting class that will start on Tuesday, March 15 at 10 a.m. (10 to 12 noon); a five-week songwriting class starting on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. (7 to 9 p.m.); a five-week second session of the painting class starting on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. (7 to 9 p.m.); and a one-day drawing class to be held on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Read more

River flight

The third Saturday in February was a sunny, mild day along the Delaware River at the Lackawaxen confluence. This is a good spot to see wintering eagles from December into March, and Eagle Institute volunteers are present during weekends with spotting scopes and binoculars to help visitors in observing these majestic birds. It has been a mild winter with little river ice, but resident and migrant eagles can still be seen there with a little patience.  Read more

Food for Thought series

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s sustainable farmers present their annual Food for Thought series Saturdays, March 5, 12 and 19 at Wayne County Public Library, 1406 Main St. On March 5 at 10:30 a.m. there will be a talk about root cellaring—storing food below ground in nature’s winter, underground refrigerator—by farmers from The Anthill Farm and Nonnenmacher Acres. On March 12, former farmers’ market cook Jane Bollinger and Alicia Anderson of Lackawaxen Farm Company cook and share recipes for local vegetables that are available during this late winter season.  Read more

Anderson Fair documentary

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Salon Series will present the screening of the documentary, “For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair,” on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.  Read more

I won’t grow up!

Well, it finally happened. I discovered a way to combine fundraising, imagination, community involvement and my love of the arts, while prancing around like a fool for the amusement of others. Yep, it’s time once again for the eighth annual Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Dinner and Tip Challenge! Every year the organization (www.bgcorange.org) recruits local businesses and community and civic leaders to become “Celebrity Servers” and entertain hundreds while raising much-needed dollars for the clubs in Sullivan County.  Read more

Students’ art on display at ARTery

MILFORD, PA — The fifth annual Delaware Valley High School art exhibit will be held at the ARTery Gallery from March 11 through April 4. Gallery member and curator Marie Liu says, “The artists who own and operate this gallery live here in the region. We are thrilled to share our space with our young artists to give them a real life experience of the art business and encourage their artistic efforts.” The students will be present at an artists’ reception on Saturday, March 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Chef’s Do Dinner

MATAMORAS, PA — The Center for Developmental Disabilities (CDD) of Pike County has scheduled the 18th annual Chefs Do Dinner signature event on March 15 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing.  Read more