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
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
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
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
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
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 cooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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 www.wsplonline.org or call 845/482-4350.