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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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Honey Dewdrops ‘churn like a paddlewheel’

HAWLEY, PA — The Honey Dewdrops, comprising the duo of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, will bring a blend of folk and roots music to Hawley on Friday, March 4 for a show at Harmony Presents. The concert starts at 8pm.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine wrote of the Honey Dewdrops’ music, “Handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that churn like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway,” and Sing Out Magazine refers to their “Gorgeous harmonies, thrilling arrangements, and some remarkably insightful, honest writing .”  Read more

Joseph in the Well: violin duo in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase 2015 Sammie Music Award’s Artist of the Year and Outstanding New Artist, Joseph in the Well on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. Managing director of Harmony Presents, Jill Carletti said, “Joseph in the Well is an original music project led by violinist-looper Joe Kye. This incredible duo features violin, lush string loops, upright bass, and percussion and their unique sound has been influenced by artists including Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, and Miles Davis.”  Read more

POPS Prism Concert

LIBERTY, NY — As part of its celebration for Music in Our Schools Month, the Liberty Central School High School music department will present its annual POPS Prism Concert on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in the David E. Panebaker Auditorium (snow date is March 10). The concert will feature all of high school’s performing ensembles. The program will also feature some student soloists, small ensembles and duets performing an array of popular tunes, past and present.  Read more

Female Renaissance artists

SHOHOLA, PA — At a special exhibit for Women’s History month at the Artists’ Market Community Center, you’ll learn how men often attached their names to artwork created by Renaissance and Baroque women. There will be a free reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 5 at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave.  Read more

A bridge and its community; Skinners Falls Bridge closure would come with a cost

MILANVILLE, PA — When asked if the closure of the Skinners Falls Bridge affects business, Vanessa DeGori of the Milanville General Store answered with a resounding “Definitely.” The beloved general store is the only business in the tiny town (or village) of Milanville on the shores of the Delaware River. The family-run store offers everything from gas and snacks to subs and pizzas, with friendly service where everyone knows your name. The historic store has been in business since 1850; the DeGori family has owned it since 1979.  Read more

Turtle Beach

In Costa Rica there are many beaches along the Pacific where sea turtles go to lay their eggs. It’s a popular tourist activity, and so I went with a friend recently. The beach our local guide took us to was spectacularly beautiful, even in the dark, which is when you must go if you want to see turtles defend against their mortality. Playa Grande’s waves glide evenly onto the golden sand beach spreading white foam that glows in the moonlight. Gigantic rock formations jut out of the sea.  Read more

Turtle Beach

In Costa Rica there are many beaches along the Pacific where sea turtles go to lay their eggs. It’s a popular tourist activity, and so I went with a friend recently. The beach our local guide took us to was spectacularly beautiful, even in the dark, which is when you must go if you want to see turtles defend against their mortality. Playa Grande’s waves glide evenly onto the golden sand beach spreading white foam that glows in the moonlight. Gigantic rock formations jut out of the sea.  Read more

Pledging to protect our water

Countless individuals have worked with great dedication to protect the magnificent Delaware River—and other regional waterways—from a variety of potential harms. Sometimes that has called for heroic feats of activism to fend off the impacts of power lines, pipelines and natural gas extraction. In reality, all of the individual actions we take, based upon the choices we make, impact the quality of our water, and each of us can implement meaningful and manageable steps to minimize those impacts and protect our water.  Read more

Culture & Heritage Grants available

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sullivan County nonprofit arts and community groups are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grants program, administered through the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in Narrowsburg. The grants assist artists and nonprofit organizations to present or produce cultural programming in Sullivan County. Projects must be completed by the end of 2016.  Read more

The best-laid plans…

I may not be the first in line to point out my shortcomings, because as the old standard says, “That’s what friends are for,” but I am well aware that I have some. Over the years, I’ve attempted to change, but like the leopard and its spots… well, you get where I’m going with this. Suffice it to say that now I have liver spots and yet, I still try. Admittedly, I’m not great with change. Although I change my clothes frequently enough, I rarely buy new ones. I prefer to stay in one place, yet circumstances have decreed that I move a few times over the years.  Read more

Celebrity Dinner raises money for kids

CALLICOON, NY — The Boys and Girls Clubs of Town of Wallkill, serving northern Orange and Sullivan counties, will hold the eighth annual Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner on Friday, March 4 at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center. The theme of this year’s event is “Storybook Characters on the Boardwalk.” It will once again feature Sullivan County business, community and civic leaders including honorary chairman Greg Goldstein. Funds raised via the dinner are used to support youth programs throughout the county.  Read more

Soul-grass duo at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase Hank and Pattie, an Americana-Soulgrass duo on Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m. “These bluegrass ambassadors have joined forces to create an original and energetic soul-grass band. The duo takes traditional bluegrass and infuses it with their own flair, drawing from a melting pot of styles including Latin and Jazz,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Remembering Phil Ochs Song Night

HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts will present a night of music commemorating the life and music of 1960s American protest singer Phil Ochs, while also highlighting new talents making music in Phil’s spirit. The show will be hosted by Phil’s sister, Sonny Ochs, and take place at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.  Read more

Shakespeare film series debuts at Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — On Thursday, February 25, The Cooperage Project will present the initial session of “Such Sweet Thunder: Shakespeare on Film” at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. The new series is curated by Robert Dugan, Ph.D. This month’s film, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” starring Calista Flockheart, Stanley Tucci, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Klein, will begin at 7 p.m.  Read more

Big D exhibit in Starlight

STARLIGHT, PA —”Fall in Lew Beach, New York,” by Karen Ann Jones of Liberty, NY, is one of the works of art on display in the Big D Arts and Crafts League’s show at the Inn at Starlight Lake. The exhibit includes oils, watercolors and photography by league members. The Inn is located on Starlight Lake Road. For more information, contact the inn at 800/248-2519 or visit www.innatstarlightlake.com.

Paint parties in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, is now hosting “Libations & Creations” paint parties in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill. The next one is on Friday, February 26, when the group will be painting “Cherry Blossom Mountainside” together.  Read more

Soup-er Sunday

Bethany, PA — You can take the edge of the cold weather off with a hot bowl of soup at Bethany’s annual Soup-er Sunday, February 28. Hosted at the Bethany Public Library, this annual fundraising event starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the Bethany Public Library, the restoration of the Bethany park band shell, and the Bethany Historical Society.  Read more

The force behind the Narrowsburg Union; Waking Rip van Winkle

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Weiden family has been a part of the Tusten community since 1904—that’s over 100 years ago. The family farm located five miles outside of town has been passed down through generations, and currently is a second home to married couple Brendan and Kathleen (Kathy) Weiden, who own the Narrowsburg Union.  Read more

Whey of life

There is something magical about the transformation of milk into cheese. As Clifton Fadiman once mused, “Cheese is milk’s leap toward immortality.” We many not all be equipped with the necessary time, bacteria and expertise to make a sophisticated product like Parmesan, for example, but whipping up a batch of fresh cheese turns out to be quite easy and rewarding.  Read more

Miss Margret’s notes

Miss Margret sat quietly in her corner next to the window; across her lap was the work bag she was using as a desk. On the seat beside her was a collection of note cards, each grouped by subject, from what I could tell. Thank you cards on top of birthday cards on top of sympathy cards: six lots in all. She was looking out the train window from time to time taking in the scenery and contemplating the words she would write next. Dressed impeccably from head to toe, ready for the business of the day, she wore a pleated skirt of a royal blue that matched the blue frills of her white blouse.  Read more