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Over the years, witches have gotten a bad rap. For instance, Shakespeare’s infamous hags that appear in “Macbeth” are discovered in a dark cave lit by flickering flames while lightning strikes and thunder booms. “Double, double, toil and trouble,” they chant, while tossing disgusting ingredients into their cauldron to complete the spell… “Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and toe of dog.” The well-known incantation conjures up images designed to strike fear of the unknown into the hearts of man… and succeeds.

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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By Margaret Dietrich and Marianne Ofenloch

Recently, a gathering of Pike County residents heard about the state of poverty in our area, when Todd Behr, professor of economics at East...

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One early morning last week Emily and I got up early and headed down to the city clerk’s office on Worth Street to get our marriage license. The office opens at 8:30, and we made it there by 8:45...

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…Well, maybe a little. After all, it’s my column. Even though I do share personal information in the pages of The River Reporter, it’s just an excuse to write about my observations of what all of...

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A couple of months back during August, a concerned Pennsylvania landowner contacted the National Park Service (NPS), Upper Delaware to report that an owl was on the ground in his yard and had been...

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The Old Time Fiddlers celebrate 35th anniversary

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Old Time Fiddlers are celebrating 35 years of performing traditional music. They have a special concert and workshop on Saturday, September 13 to commemorate this occasion. Tim Crouch will offer a workshop on fiddling at the Beach Lake Fire Hall at 2 p.m. This workshop is free for fiddlers or people thinking they want to learn how to play the fiddle. At 7:30 p.m. a concert will commence, featuring The Old Time Fiddlers followed by Tim Crouch.  Read more

CineArt presents ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

CALLICOON, NY — CineArt will present “The Hundred-Foot Journey” at the Callicoon Theater from Friday, September 12 to Monday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m., with one matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The film stars Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal and Charlotte LeBon and is directed by Lasse Hallström and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. The film is rated PG.

Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family clashes with Madame Mallory (Mirren), the proprietress of a celebrated French restaurant, after they open their own eatery only 100 feet from her restaurant.  Read more

Movies in Monticello: ‘Belle’ and ‘Up’

MONTICELLO, NY — The Youth Committee of the Monticello Interfaith Council, in partnership with the Village of Monticello, is holding an ongoing series of free movies for the community. The group holds matinee showings on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center. Snacks and refreshments will be available.  Read more

Laugh Tour brings live comedy series to Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Laugh Tour comedy series will be held on September 13, October 11 and November 8 at the Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Rd. On Saturday, September 13 at 9 p.m. the headliner is Ophira Eisenberg. She has been seen on “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” Comedy Central, VH-1, NPR’s “Ask Me Another” and “The Today Show.” The host is Rich Kiamco, as seen on “The Howard Stern Show,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” BRAVO, “Good Day NY,” and WE-TV.  Read more

Tribute to American Movies: Manhattan Symphonie returns to Milford Theatre

MILFORD, PA — The Manhattan Symphonie ensemble is returning to the Milford Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on September 13. The concert is presented by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs.  Read more

Conan featured Nick Vatterott headlines Comedy Night

HAWLEY, PA — Nick Vatterott headlines Comedy Night at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, September 12 at 8:30 p.m. In 2010, Vatterott was named one of the “break-outs” at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival by the Hollywood Reporter and since then has performed on “Conan,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and has a half-hour special on Comedy Central. Also performing are comedians Mara Marek and Andrew Collin.  Read more

Historian Carol Smythe on her new book

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Town Historian Carol Smythe will give a talk on her new book, “Around Neversink: From the Rondout Reservoir to the Neversink Reservoir,” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 at the Time and the Valleys Museum on St. Rt. 55.  Read more

The Boxcar Lilies: Angelic three-part harmonies

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host The Boxcar Lilies in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. The trio plays a mix of folk, country and bluegrass accompanied by clawhammer banjo, ukulele, bass and washboard.  Read more

Coaxing music from a cigar box

NORTH BRANCH, NY — Cigar box guitars—made from cigar boxes, as the name suggests, or almost any other kind of box that serves as a resonator— have served generations of musicians. Some of them simply couldn’t afford to buy a regular guitar and some went on to become famous, including music legends Jimmy Hendrix and Paul McCartney, said Mike “Katfish” Karash at his recent workshops at the Old North Branch Inn. Most folks who play them don’t make it that far but simply enjoy playing or making the instruments.  Read more

Science and sensibility

I got some shocked questions recently from friends horrified by gruesome reports of birds fatally burned mid-air at a solar energy facility in the Mohave Desert. Buried in the news coverage was the fact that this was not a conventional photovoltaic (PV) array, but rather a solar thermal installation using concentrated solar power (CSP). The plant deploys 300,000 garage door-size mirrors that concentrate sunlight to boil water in three 40-story towers, producing steam for turbines that generate electricity.  Read more

Bamboozled over bug I.D.’s?

Many people who venture outdoors will recognize the red-winged blackbird for what it is; a black bird with red or yellow shoulder patches. However, if the same people see a streaky brown bird nearby, many will not associate it with a red-winged blackbird. It probably is the same species, but is a female. The dull-colored female has none of the contrasting black-and-red plumage of the male.  Read more

Americana romp with Spuyten Duyvil

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents will showcase Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced “Spite-n Dive-l”). Hailing from the Hudson Valley, the band features vocals, traditional jug band energy, slide guitar, incendiary fiddle and Chicago-style blues harp.

Stephen D. Winick of the The Huffington Post described the band as “channeling straight honky-tonk country one minute and drug-addled mystical blues the next... ”  Read more

Free Milford walking tour highlights Pinchot family history

MILFORD PA — A walking tour of downtown Milford that illustrates the many contributions to the community made by the prominent Pinchot family since the 1800s is planned for Saturday, September 13, beginning at 11 a.m. Participants should meet on the lawn of the Milford Community House at the intersection of Broad and Harford streets, rain or shine.  Read more

Wyndham Baird covers Bob Dylan songs

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — On two nights next week, Wyndham Baird performs “Another Side of Nashville,” songs from Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” and “Nashville Skyline” era. On Tuesday, September 9 he will appear at the Old North Branch Inn (845/482-5925) in North Branch and on Wednesday, September 10 at the Dancing Cat Saloon (845/583-3141) in Bethel. Each performance begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free with a suggested donation.

Flora and fauna artist workshops combine nature and art

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Join the Western Sullivan Public Library for a five-part series that combines the science of our local flora and fauna and the creativity of local artists to produce original artwork of your own. All participants are invited to display their artwork at the Jeffersonville branch.  Read more

Barker jazzes up CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present the renowned jazz drummer Thurman Barker and his band for a concert at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, September 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $10.  Read more

Musical Chairs to have screening at SUNY Sullivan

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan will host a screening of the film “Musical Chairs” on Thursday, September 11, at 2:30 p.m. in the Seelig Theatre. Admission to the screening is free, and the film’s producer, Janet Carrus, will be on hand to introduce the film and facilitate a period of question and answer following the screening. The film is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.  Read more

The Catskills by Moonlight

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — A topographic map of the moon over 10 feet tall will be on display at Morgan Outdoors starting September 6, kicking off a month focused on the moon titled “The Catskills By Moonlight” with Jim McKeegan and Russ Johansen.

In addition to the map, compiled in 1963 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Army Map Service, two free indoor/outdoor programs will offer a new appreciation for our nearest celestial neighbor, the subject of prose, poetry, art, music, inventions and exploration.  Read more

The flood of 2014

When the water started to fall, my first thought was that it was raining. But the downpour seemed much closer and not muffled by the windows of our apartment.

My second thought was that I had foolishly left the water running in the bathroom. I checked; I had not.

As I walked into the kitchen, the sound got louder, and I realized that something was very wrong; water poured down through a light socket and splashed loudly to the floor.  Read more

Fall festivals at Bethel Woods celebrate the bounty of the season

BETHEL, NY — The annual Harvest Festival, celebrating Sullivan County’s farm-to-table tradition, as well as the beauty and talent of the region, returns to Bethel Woods for its 16th season. The free festival runs every Sunday through September 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival grew from a small farmers’ market with a handful of products to a full-scale festival featuring close to 100 local farms; fresh produce and baked goods; artists, vendors, and craftspeople; children’s activities; and live performances with changing themes each Sunday.  Read more