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August 30, 2014
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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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Black Bear Film Festival coming to Milford

MILFORD, PA — Artful sculptures by local artists designed in the shape of a bear will grace the 13th annual Black Bear Film Festival in Milford from October 12 to 14. Among those on display will be “Bare Metallic,” created by Michael R. Contreras, owner and operator of MJM Painting and Authentic Restoration Company.

One of the many enhanced services MJM offers is creating metallic effects with paint, which in this case served as inspiration for Contreras’ bear. The artist can be reached by email at mjmpaintingllc@yahoo.com or by calling 973/714-8566.  Read more

Get lost in a four-acre corn maze at Cunningham Family Farms

BETHEL, NY — Sullivan County’s largest corn maze premiers this fall at Bethel’s Cunningham Family Farms, which is holding its grand opening Saturday, September 29 beginning at 11 a.m. Activities include a ride on the hay wagon, shooting a corn cannon or pumpkin sling, or you can wind your way through the hay bale maze and play games in the barn yard. Ornamental corn and fall decorations will be offered for sale in the farm’s market.  Read more

Book club with Ms. Betty

HONESDALE, PA — A new, after-school book club for 9 to 12 year olds will begin on October 2 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale. The first book selected is “The BFG” by Roald Dahl. Book club participants will read, chat, create some art, play some games and maybe make some “Frobscottle.” Only club members will learn what that secret word means.

For more information, call the library at 570/253-1220 or email children’s librarian Betty Lawson at blawson@waynelibraries.org.

Livingston Manor alive with birds of prey

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY —Livingston Manor’s first Birds of Prey Day will be held Saturday, September 29 at the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS). The event is hosted by falconer Peter Chiavaro, a resident of Livingston Manor. Dozens of bird of prey will be on hand, including falcons, hawks and owls.

The public is invited to get close to the birds throughout the day. An outdoor tent will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Demonstrations will be held in the LMCS gymnasium at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. A flying event will be held at 1 p.m.  Read more

Before the parade passes by

With the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah here already, once again I pause to reflect. The next 10 days, leading up to Yom Kippur, are important, not only to me, but to millions of Jews around the world. It seems like only yesterday that I wrote a bit about this subject, and my inner voice cried out with trite expressions. The mere fact that “time flies” and “waits for no man” are true, I suppose, and although I celebrate the New Year, I’m also taking stock of what has transpired over the last 12 months, some of which (like life itself) has been a bit icky.  Read more

Early hawk migration report

The lower sun angles and the cooler temperatures of September trigger some changes in nature; for some birds, this is the cue to start heading for warmer climes. Hummingbirds exit the region this month, as well as many other bird species. This is the start time for some raptor species as well. In the right locations, this is a good opportunity to see high numbers and a variety of raptors.  Read more

‘What is it? Wednesday’

School has begun and with it starts a whole new year of “What is it? Wednesdays” in my husband John’s 12th grade social studies classes at Sullivan West.

What is “What is it? Wednesday” you ask? Well, are you old enough to have used the gramophone, 45 records, eight-track tapes, the Walkman or only the Ipod?  Read more

‘What is it? Wednesday’

School has begun and with it starts a whole new year of “What is it? Wednesdays” in my husband John’s 12th grade social studies classes at Sullivan West.

What is “What is it? Wednesday” you ask? Well, are you old enough to have used the gramophone, 45 records, eight-track tapes, the Walkman or only the Ipod?  Read more

Celebrate Catskill Art Society’s 40th anniversary

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Art Society (CAS) will host a party to celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary on Saturday, September 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the CAS Arts Center, located at 48 Main St.

Everyone is invited to enjoy a dinner catered by Flour Power Bakery and Café, wine from Eminence Road Farm Winery and Callicoon Wine Merchant and live music. Tours of CAS’s proposed second-floor theatre and performance space will also be provided.  Read more

‘Almost, Maine’ carries on a family tradition

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop’s (SCDW) next production, “Almost, Maine,” will be presented on Friday and Saturday, September 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. at the Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Rte. 42. The comedy comprises a series of short plays about love and loss in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. The vignettes explore the sudden thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows. Directing are Ed Berens, Adam Dohrenwend, Ellen Pavloff, Jim Schmidt, Harold Tighe and Bunny Woloszczak.  Read more

Adventures on the high seas with WCAA

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance’s Sunday Night Cinema series will kick off the season with “White Squall” on Sunday, September 23 at 8:15 p.m. at Cinema 6 at the Route 6 Mall.

The movie is a high-seas drama starring Jeff Bridges and directed by Ridley Scott (“Blade Runner,” “Thelma and Louise”). Bridges plays Captain Christopher Sheldon, skipper of the Albatross, a floating school for troubled boys. When a freak storm hits, a routine voyage becomes a life-and-death test of survival for the students. “White Squall” combines coming-of-age stories with riveting visuals.  Read more

Returns are in: It’s a hit

Big Eddy Film Festival is ‘a winner’

By FRITZ MAYER

NARROWSBURG, NY — The first annual Big Eddy Film Festival, which was held in Narrowsburg on September 14 through 16, was successful enough that the organizers will probably bring it back next year. That’s according to Elaine Giguere executive director of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), which organized the festival with the newly-formed Catskill Film Commission.  Read more

Birds behind our building

The River Reporter is fortunate to be housed in a building overlooking Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg, NY. This small body of water provides excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife, many of which we have the pleasure of observing while they live their lives as our closest neighbors.

Because the building’s owners allow the banks of the lake to remain wild, they are lush with natural growth and provide abundant resources for birds, insects and amphibians.  Read more

How long is long?

Last column I mentioned I was experimenting with one of the ideas put forth by Rene Harrop in his book, “Learning from the Water.” This is a book to read and then reread. A number of Mr. Harrop’s observations will cause the reader to stop and think. One such instance is his chapter on leaders. I usually tie my leaders to be nine or 10 feet in length. Both Bonnie and Rene Harrop use leaders from 14 to 18 feet in length. He suggests that at first you try a leader 14 feet in length.  Read more

Meet Joe Schweik

Ah, Labor Day. A day for barbeques and beach trips, one last huzzah for the carefree times of summer before settling back into the dull routines of school, leaf-raking and, oh yes, work.  Read more

Still in the dark

Last month’s column stimulated many comments from readers, for which I am grateful. I’d like to add additional insights I gained while researching compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) and raise the question: “Why are CFLs touted as being better for the environment?” Promotion of CFLs elevates energy efficiency above environmental hazard.  Read more

The sick day debate

“I’m not getting sick,” my brain said last night when I got home. “No way, it’s not happening. I have too much stuff to do tomorrow; honestly, I just don’t have the time.”

My body wasn’t so sure. “The thing is there’s this tickle...”

“A tickle?” my brain interrupted.

“Yes, a tickle. It’s right there in the back of our throat. It’s the kind of tickle that just might turn itself into a little problem. Tomorrow, it could be a sore throat, then a cough, then who knows. I’ve seen this type of thing before.”  Read more

Bald is beautiful?

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m a teeny bit vain. I do look in a mirror once in a while and practice good hygiene on a daily basis. While I used to be a bit of a clothes horse, that particular aspect of life has changed a bit since my not-so-recent move to the Catskills. While I still enjoy getting gussied up for a special occasion, the relaxed atmosphere of life in the Upper Delaware Valley has allowed me the freedom to dress down far more often and become aware that it’s possible that it might be more character, than clothes, that make the man.  Read more

Dixon, Ring of Fire in a tribute to Carter and Cash

MILFORD, PA — A tribute to two of pop-culture’s icons, June Carter and Johnny Cash, will be paid on Saturday, September 22 at the Milford Theater. Starting at 8 p.m., Terri Dixon will perform some of June Carter’s most notable hits, while Michael Patrick’s Ring of Fire Band will present some of the greatest songs of “The Man in Black,” Johnny Cash.  Read more

Diversity at Harvest Festival

BETHEL, NY — The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods on Sunday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be the World Celebration Festival, recognizing the cultural diversity of the local region. The event will feature traditional dance and music on stage, including a Latin dance workshop with Anita Maria at 12 and 2:30 p.m. and a drumming workshop with Kofi at 1:30 p.m. There will also be on-stage performances by Kofi and Sanfuka Drum and Dance Ensemble, Szelrozsa, and the Delaware Valley Opera. Visit Bethel WoodsCenter.org or call 866/781-2922