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May 27, 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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Humans of Honesdale; New photography project captures the spirit of community

HONESDALE, PA — The Internet can be a scary place. Hateful comments and illicit activity have, sadly, become the norm for its more than two billion users. However, sometimes, a light emerges among the rubble and the Internet can serve as a beacon of hope that unites us. That is what websites and pages like Upworthy, Buzzfeed, and Humans of New York do, and now there’s a local movement: Humans of Honesdale.  Read more

Health, climate and poverty

I’m a long time allergy sufferer, and my sinuses serve as a barometer signaling changes in air pressure and as a weathervane announcing the arrival of exotic pollens borne on southerly winds. Moldy buildings activate an early-warning system of sneezes and watery eyes. Mold is a key long-term problem associated with the heavier rains and increased flooding caused by climate change, so I always listen up when the health impacts of global warming are discussed.  Read more

Eagles vs. the elements

The vernal equinox has arrived in the region, along with some subtle hints that winter is on its way out; temperatures in the 50s have occurred, but are still getting into the teens at night. March can bring all kinds of weather, mild one day and a blizzard the next.  Read more

Out like a lion?

Waking up to three fresh inches of snow the other day, I shook my head and turned on the computer, positive that I had mixed up the words to Lorie Hill’s old poem in my head. “March roars in like a lion so fierce, the wind so cold, it seems to pierce,” I read. “The month rolls on and spring draws near, and March goes out like a lamb so dear.” Still confused, I rubbed my eyes and checked the thermometer. Sure enough, the “dear lamb” had provided us with 18 frosty degrees to welcome spring. (Sigh.)  Read more

New exhibits at WCHS

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society will unveil three new exhibits at its museum on Main Street in April 2015. A sneak preview will take place on Thursday, April 16 immediately after the 7 p.m. board of trustees’ meeting. Members are invited to attend the trustees’ meeting and the exhibit preview. On Saturday, April 18 the museum will host its annual Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Read more

Laugh Tour comes to Arnold House

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Susan Prekel will headline the Laugh Tour at Arnold House on Saturday, April 11 at 9 p.m. The show will be hosted by Jonathan McBride and will also feature Rich Kiamko.  Read more

International TableTop Day

HONESDALE, PA — International TableTop Day will take place at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Saturday, April 11. The day kicks off at 11 a.m. and run s through 9 p.m.  Read more

Crackers lead acoustic open mic

HONESDALE, PA — The Crackers will lead an acoustic-style open-mic night at The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St., on Wednesday, April 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. The Crackers consist of John Rocklin on guitar and vocals, Ron Huber on the big bass fiddle and vocals, Jan London on lead guitar, Laura Kortright on fiddle and Shawn Caden on mandolin and vocals. This is a donation-based event and contributions are appreciated. BYOB. Visit www.the or call 570/253-2020.

Award-winning author at luncheon

HONESDALE, PA — Award-winning, internationally known author Suzanne Fisher Staples will speak after a buffet-style luncheon arranged by the Wayne County Public Library on Thursday, April 9 at 12 noon. The event will be held at the Hotel Wayne at the corner of Park and Main streets. Staples will speak about her novels set in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Read more

Bluegrass duo in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will present bluegrass duo Billy Strings and Don Julin on Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Managing director Jill Carletti said, “Billy Strings and Don Julin are one of the hottest new acts in the north central U.S., and an unlikely duo. One’s an old timer with a minimalist approach to mandolin, and the other is a fiery young flatpicker with a flair for modern bluegrass. One’s been playing since childhood, while the other picked up music later in life.  Read more

Thomas Kennedy Local History Festival

HAWLEY, PA — The newly renamed Thomas Kennedy Local History Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Hawley Silk Mill.  Read more

Appalachian Mountain Boys at Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The “Duke of Bluegrass,” Louie Setzer, and The Appalachian Mountain Boys return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Setzer and The Appalachian Mountain Boys combine traditional bluegrass, country and gospel music with a sound all their own. Known as “The man with Titanium Tonsils,” Setzer is a premier vocalist with a unique vocal styling, heavily influenced by first generation masters Jimmy Martin and Mac Wiseman. Setzer caught the Bluegrass “bug” in his 20s after attending his first festival.  Read more

Public transportation to the river corridor; New shuttle will link river hamlets to Manhattan

RIVER VALLEY — A shuttle bus service will run from New York City to the river towns in the Upper Delaware Valley for four weekends this summer, beginning in the last weekend in June. The cost will be $40 each way, and the promoters hope the service will be popular enough with the traveling public that it may be expanded next year.  Read more

Thanks for asking

While looking for a clue to the pain in my gut two years ago, I was greeted by numerous medical professionals and their various tools. The emergency room doctors wanted to make sure I was not going to die on their watch, and after they assured themselves of that, paid no more attention. My primary care physician suggested a test for H-pylori and was very pleased with himself when a test proved him right. Antibiotics cleared up the strange organism. The pain continued.  Read more

Deer lore and more

Information is being sought on several matters concerning white-tailed deer in the Upper Delaware River region. In the first, researchers with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are asking the public how they think deer respond to changes in weather and moonlight. To explore the “truth in deer truisms,” they will then compare survey responses with data from movements of radio-collared deer.  Read more

Battle of the Bands; In tune with Callicoon… and beyond!

“When it rains, it pours,” I wheezed at the dog as we headed out the door last Saturday night, in search of entertainment. I had three musical notes on my list to check out in Callicoon, NY, along with a few art shows and a lecture down by the river thrown in for good measure, so with umbrella in hand (and a slicker for the pup) we took off, understanding that something along the way was bound to get short shrift. “It’s the nature of the beast,” she barked back at me, tugging at her leash, “Let’s roll!”  Read more

Auditions for ‘Fiddler’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof” on Wednesday, April 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, April 12, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Main St. Performance dates are August 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23, at the Rivoli. Traditional casting includes roles for all ages, children through older adults. Come to the audition prepared with sheet music for a song that shows off your range, either from “Fiddler” or another show tune. An accompanist will be provided.  Read more

Cello and organ in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Internationally heralded cellist Yosif Feigelson and organist/conductor Gwendolyn Toth will present a concert April 11, 7:30 p.m., at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist. The Mostly Bach program will include organ works, some of the suites for unaccompanied cello, “Wachet Auf,” “Pastorale,” and music by Pachelbel. Tickets cost $45, and the concert will raise funds for structural improvements at the historic church.  Read more

‘Hard Evidence’ debuts in the Elevator Gallery

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present the artwork of Frank Shuback in “Hard Evidence,” an exhibition in the Elevator Gallery, running from April 4 to May 31 at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 4 from 3 to 6 p.m.

“Hard Evidence” is a series of clues to current events, using design and color to draw together elements from around the world. Shuback picks up found objects in wood, metal, plastic and glass from antique shops and bends them to his own imagination.  Read more

Maple syrup tasting and talk

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — There will be a presentaation on maple syrup on Thursday, April 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library, sponsored by Diehl’s Maple Syrup in Callicoon. Learn all about the process in which maple syrup is made from a local farm family. Registration is required for this event. Visit or call 845/482-4350.

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