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While walking at Shohola Recreation Area in Pike County, PA recently, I came upon an Eastern painted turtle crossing a dirt road. I bent down for a closer look and noticed that she was sporting a...

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She responds to me with, “Oh… Daddy,” when I tell her how cute she looks in her PJs with her pig tails swinging down the hall. She is doing a quick skip as she leads me to the kitchen and can’t...

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I don’t want to bum you out, but… summer is half over. Hard to believe, right? Around Memorial Day, I vowed to “stop and smell the roses” and take my time this season, relish the moment and drink...

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Since my last column, I’ve had the opportunity to fish two different lakes. Ordinarily I would be checking USGS sites on my laptop to find some cold, clear stream or river. However, the weather...

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With the arrival of warm mid-summer days, many of us are taking advantage of the swimming and fishing opportunities in nearby natural waterways, and many people encounter wildlife of all types...

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Trout Parade to bring festive, fishy fun to Main Street

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 11th annual Trout Parade will be held on Saturday, June 14 in Livingston Manor, rain or shine. Attendees can expect to find lots of fishy fun along Main Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including an arts-and-crafts fair, children’s activities, and specialty foods from local vendors. Entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. on Main Street, including a musical performance by Karen Hudson, face painting by Miss Sunshine the Clown, and stilt walking by Brett Keyser and Tannis Kowalchuk of the NACL Theatre.  Read more

Before the parade passes by

Wow. June is already slipping by. It fascinates me that while the winter months seem to drag on forever, the warmer weeks fly by at a breakneck pace that is dizzying. Granted, there is more to see and do between spring and fall than at other times, but still... wow.  Read more

Downhill racers rely on gravity power; Welcome to the Port Jervis Soap Box Derby

PORT JERVIS, NY — While many from the Upper Delaware region traveled south to watch stock cars burn thousands of gallons of gasoline at the Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 8, a smaller, yet just as passionate fan base gathered to watch a different kind of stock car barrel down Sussex Street in Port Jervis, NY—only these cars burned no fuel and were driven by children.  Read more

Capitalizing on the benefits of green

On a day’s outing to SUNY Orange last month for the presentation, “Getting to the Triple Bottom Line: Innovative Finance Strategies to Green Your Business,” I learned about some amazing New York State programs that offer incentives and creative financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy for businesses of all sizes.  Read more

Lending a hand

While traveling along a Pike County roadway, my parents, some friends and I came upon a small bird stranded in the middle of our lane. Tilted backward onto its tail feathers, with its beak open to the sky, we feared the worst for this helpless creature. As we looked for a place to pull over, several other cars passed above the bird, which appeared unable to move. Dad hopped out and gently gathered the beautiful orange and black bird into his hands. When he returned to the car, we saw that our new friend was a male Baltimore oriole that probably collided with a vehicle.  Read more

Southern Comfort

It would be inaccurate to describe myself as a country boy. Born and raised in upstate New York, I had little exposure to country music. My parents listened to Sinatra and Streisand, and my years in Hebrew school did not prepare me for the likes of Merle Haggard or Dolly Parton, so I was a little late to the tailgate party. When I began touring the United States, with nothing but an eight-track to propel me down the dusty back roads of Texas, I turned to the radio. And much to my surprise, my love of the genre was born.  Read more

Fort Delaware opens for the summer season

NARROWSBURG, NY — Costumed historical interpreters Debra and John Conway welcome guests to Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History, which depicts the lives and lifestyles of the area’s first European settlers. Originally envisioned by former Sullivan County Historian James W. Burbank, the reproduction of the settlers’ Lower Fort opened on Memorial Day 1957. For information and hours of operation, visit

Community chorus concert: ‘Poetry of Music’

WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will present its 37th annual Spring Concert on Sunday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42. The concert theme chosen by conductor Kevin Giroux is “The Poetry of Music.” The pieces performed have text written by poets, some famous and some not so famous. The signature piece will be by Benjamin Britten, “Rejoice in the Lamb” with text by Christopher Smart.

The Sullivan County Community Chorus consists of members from Sullivan County, whose ages range from 16 to over 80 years of age.  Read more

Gabriel Butterfield Band to play Life Celebration Concert

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Radio station WJFF and The Friends of Maris Hearn present the eighth annual Life Celebration Concert featuring The Gabriel Butterfield Band on Saturday, June 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum.  Read more

Black Bear Film Festival announces new headquarters

MILFORD, PA — The three-day Black Bear Film Festival of creativity, culture, art and entertainment brings together audiences and artists, tourists and residents. As it prepares for its 15th year, the film festival main office has set up shop in a new spot: the Milford Community House.

The festival will have its main office on the second floor of this landmark building located at 201 Broad St. The film festival office is open now until the weekend of the festival, October 17 to 19.  Read more

Eldred Lions Club sponsors Touch-A-Truck event

ELDRED, NY — The Eldred Lions Club will host its second Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, June 7 across the street from the Corner ice cream shop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the kids to see and touch firsthand some of the many construction, military, service, and utility vehicles on display. For more information or if you’d like to display a vehicle, call Lou Monteleone at 845/557-3321.

The Sea The Sea returns

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents welcomes back the duo The Sea The Sea to the Boiler Room in the Silk Mill on Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. This group is made up of Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley who get their band’s name from an ancient Greek history, and means “A cry of joy” to this duo.

Appointed by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, The Sea The Sea serves as ambassadors of music and song to encourage cultural literacy and promote the State of Connecticut.  Read more

Father-daughter team of poets to offer reading

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present local poet William Greenfield and his daughter Sonia Greenfield for a reading of their poetry at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, June 7 from 3 to 4 p.m.  Read more

Matt Hoffmann Jazz Quintet at Tusten Theatre

NARROWSBURG, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance winds up the Spring Cultural Series on Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. with a concert by the Matt Hoffmann Jazz Quintet, followed by a CD release party for “Communion.”  Read more

‘Belle’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater present “Belle,” inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a British Royal Navy admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.  Read more

Jazz performer to sweeten up Lemon Social

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society (PCHS) and Museum will host its first Lemon Social, a party where yellow is the color of the day and lemons are the citrus of the day, on Sunday, June 8. The event begins at 3 p.m. with cocktails and a lemon social hour, followed by Martha Lorin and her pianist Bill Valencenti performing in the Museum’s Foundation Room. Lemon Socials were popular in the early 1900s.  Read more

Tour a working farm

HONESDALE, PA — The public is invited to tour a sustainable farm in Dyberry Township on Sunday, June 8 at 12 noon. Old School Farm, 303 Upper Woods Rd., is a small bio-diverse farm in its beginning stages, specializing in growing vegetables following organic practices. Free-range organic eggs are available most of the year.  Read more

Artists wanted for Peace Walk

MOUNTAINDALE, NY — The Town of Fallsburg announced the launch of a public art project that will be installed along the O&W Rail Trail between the hamlets of Mountaindale and Woodridge.

Titled the “Peace Walk,” the project will feature 15 peace signs interpreted by local artists. Visitors will be able to interact with the sculptures by taking “selfies” at each of the 15 peace signs and posting them on the Peace Walk Facebook page.  Read more

Coffee House at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Coffee House at The Cooperage will be held on Saturday, June 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. The night will feature local musicians including Victor Stephen Kunitsky, Distorted Relations and Doug Rogers and the Back Seat Drivers.  Read more

Raising wild gamebirds; A lesson in caretaking

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — This summer, Erin Denman, 14, a student in Tri-Valley Central School District, and Dustyn Kratz, 13, a student in Liberty Central School District, are among a select group of young people from 4H involved in raising wild pheasant chicks, which they will release into the wild this fall. This Cooperative Pheasant Chick Program goes back more than 100 years in New York State (NYS), and not only students, but also sportsmen’s and game hunting clubs participate, releasing the birds on their own property or in designated areas.  Read more