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July 30, 2015
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CALLICOON, NY — What to do with the silos? That is the question on North School Studio director Isaac Green Diebboll’s mind. Diebboll purchased the silos on Callicoon’s Main Street along with the adjoining weigh station. The silos’ previous purpose was to store coal, which would be transported to the weigh station where people could pick it up. But they have lain dormant for years, and now Diebboll wishes to bring new life to the silos, as part of the campus of his North School Studio (NSS).

Nothing says summer like firing up the barbeque, though all this rain is threatening to put a crimp in our grilling. But inclement weather could never stop me from making my favorite Thai-style...

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I was fairly young when I read Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but it certainly made an impression on many levels, including the now-famous quote: “You can choose your friends, but you sure...

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It’s July, and this is the time when young birds of all types are reaching the point where they are leaving their nests and learning to fend for themselves. Among the myriad of species of young...

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“We will be coming through with our snack service shortly; the list of items available for this trip is in the seatback in front of you. Today’s Wi-Fi entertainment can be found on the free app,...

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Actually, it was more like a midsummer dream of a weekend. While loath to admit that July is already gone, the plethora of events here in the Upper Delaware River region has been staggering of...

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The Upper Delaware River region is riddled with water bodies, ranging from rivers to lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands. Those who spend time near such waters are likely to encounter the northern...

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Punk pigs, cool chefs; A foodie fest in Narrowsburg

You could smell it before you could see it. The tantalizing aroma of fresh-cooked food, filled with flavor and promises of a soon-to-be feast, permeated the air. It was Pig Mountain, and it had arrived on Main Street in Narrowsburg, NY to 2,500 hungry people.  Read more

Lake Huntington News August 29

What a busy weekend: down to Queens and back in the same day for my sister’s 60th birthday; had a good time seeing all of the family. My mother was really missed; she was in all of our thoughts and prayers.  Read more

Lake Huntington News August 22

Have you ever been to a pig roast? In the last two weeks, I have been to two. The Knights of Columbus held one at Holy Cross Church on Sunday the 11. My brother is the Grand Knight, and he asked me to stop by and help him. He did not need me; the wives of the knights did a great job setting up and supplying the food. When I got there, I went over to him and he asked me to carry some pig down to the oven. I said, “OK,” and he gave me a metal tray with the head in it. Gross, gross, gross.  Read more

Mid-summer dragonfly watch

Along the shore of any given body of water, whether it’s a lake, river or stream, insects are usually very obvious. There may be some flies hatching out, butterflies and moths, and even some pesky mosquitoes or other biting bugs. The pesky biters are in jeopardy themselves from another group of insects that are on the prowl—the odonata family, or dragonflies and damselflies.  Read more

The last green drake

Boyd Corners Reservoir is the uppermost New York City reservoir on what was once the West Branch of the Croton River. Its outlet flows for barely a half mile before it empties into West Branch Reservoir.

Barbara and I spent many happy hours learning how to fish with a fly on this short stretch of water. There, in 1950, I caught my first trout on a fly. That fish took a Brown Bivisible, which was the only dry fly I was capable of tying.  Read more

An engaging column

I was nervous as Emily and I left our apartment and headed to the Union Square subway stop to catch the Q train up to the Paris Theater. We were headed to the theater under the guise of a test screening for the crime documentary I’ve been editing forever. I had a DVD in my backpack—along with an engagement ring.

The DVD did not have the crime documentary on it but instead had a cute little movie I made about my trip to get said engagement ring. Save for Emily and me, the theater would be empty, and when the seven-minute movie was over I was going to propose.  Read more

Contra dance at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Ragtag Rutabagas and The Cooperage Project will hold a special, “Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall” contra dance at The Cooperage on Saturday, August 24 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Before the dancing begins, around 6:30 p.m. there will be time to socialize with friends and fellow dancers and the contra dance team and refreshments.  Read more

Ceramic artists open show in Youngsville

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — “Containing the Abundance of Summer,” a new show featuring the works of ceramic artists Kathy Jeffers and Chris Parrow, opens at Domesticities at 4055 State Route 52 on Saturday, August 24 with an artists’ reception at 3 p.m.

In her Woodbourne studio, Jeffers uses lace and plants to create lush textures in her hand-built pieces. Her coiled and gathered work adds emphasis to richly colored glazes.  Read more

Rare tour of Wallenpaupack dam offered

LAKE WALLENPAUPACK, PA — Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL) will conduct free tours of the dam at Lake Wallenpaupack, on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours will include access to the dam itself for a rare view of the lake and the dry riverbed where the Wallenpaupack Creek once flowed, and of the hydroelectric plant on the Lackawaxen River at Kimbles. Hear about the history of how the dam was built, and learn about the increase in energy demand since the power plant began operating in the 1920s.  Read more

Harmonica lesson at the library

PORT JERVIS, NY — Learn to play the harmonica on Saturday, August 24 from 1 to 2:45 p.m. at the Port Jervis Library in the basement Community Room. This is a beginner’s class; no musical talent is required. The teacher is master harmonicist Patti Gessner. Students will learn how to play a piece of music by the end of the program, and afterward will take their new harmonicas home.  Read more

Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of bluegrass and folk

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum presents an evening of Americana and Bluegrass music featuring Hudson Valley favorites Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione on Saturday, August 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center. Admission costs $7 general admission, $5 for museum members.  Read more

Dueling wizards in the age of Internet

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The NACL Theatre will present “Black Wizard/Blue Wizard,” starring Eliza Bent and Dave Malloy, on Saturday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Pig Mountain draws chefs from NYC to Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Pig Mountain will be held on Saturday, August 24 on Main Street of Narrowsburg from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be 14 chefs cooking 14 pigs 14 different ways. Each chef will also prepare a vegetarian option. Wine will be sold by Narrowsburg Fine Wines and Spirits and The Heron will be selling beer.

The $30 admission price gets you 10 tickets each of which can be redeemed for a dish from 10 chefs or all from one chef or any way you like.  Read more

Guess who’s coming to dinner

Just when I thought I had seen (and heard) it all, along comes the Zac Brown Band (ZBB). I know a little bit about a lot of things, but ZBB was not on my radar, save for the knowledge that the band is wildly popular and that their one-night-only appearance at Bethel Woods sold out very quickly.  Read more

The Spirit Of Woodstock Lives On

BETHEL, NY — Forty-four years after the last chords echoed in the air, the legacy of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair still lingers over Sullivan County. The original festival, billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm, where 32 acts performed outdoors for more than 400,000 hippies and is “widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history.” (www.wikipedia.com) Rolling Stone magazine listed the event as one of the “50 Moments that Changed the History of Rock and Roll.”  Read more

The book slayer

People find many ways to pass time on the train. One of the most common is reading. I am a printer by trade; naturally I love the look and feel of ink on paper. I can read the New York Post on my iPad, but I still buy the paper from the guy on the street in front of Penn Station every night. I can’t say I deplore the new digital reading devices, but I find them cold and unfriendly, so it always warms my heart to see people reading books. One of the frequent flyers of my morning commute is a strange duck to say the least.  Read more

Governing from the center (Part 1)

One of the things I appreciate about social media sites like Twitter and Facebook is that they expose me to many things that I might otherwise miss. Usually, these items are posted by the people and organizations I follow, but every once in a great while I actually see a relevant and interesting advertisement. The other day, for example, my eye was caught by an ad on Facebook.

“Click ‘Like’ if you are tired of the gridlock in Washington, D.C.” it said.  Read more

Lake Huntington News August 15

The family of Pete and Anita Toscano are having an estate sale. If you never sold your parent’s life, it is the hardest thing ever. I knew I had to stop by and get a little something so I could always have a bit of them in my life. My husband is now the owner of the original Pete’s Pub sign: “The Working Man’s Country Club.” When I was at the sale, I ran into some of the workers who used to work in Pete’s. Great memories....  Read more

Drawings on display at Willow River Gallery

HONESDALE, PA — Drawings by Elizabeth Major Stark are now on display at the Willow River Gallery. The exhibit will be on display until September 28. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., or by appointment. Call 570/253-3013.

Music in the Park season ends with a bang

MILFORD, PA — The Music in the Park season ends on Sunday, August 18 at 1 p.m. in Ann Street Memorial park with performances by the First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Milford Praise Team, Walt Edwards and Marc Von Em.

The final summer concert of the Milford in the Park music season has something for everyone, whether it’s the inspirational sounds of the FPC of Milford Praise Team, the entertaining performances Walt Edwards or the energizing songs from Marc Von Em.
Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic.

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