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TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.

As I drove through Eldred on my way to the Forestburgh Playhouse, I wondered if I would remember how to get there. It’s a drive I have done close to a hundred times, but not in many years. In high...

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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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Art auction benefits WCAA

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will hold its annual benefit art auction on Saturday, August 25 at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center near Hawley.

Part of this year’s Wally Fest (see page 13), the auction features works of art by over 30 local artists. This year’s theme is “Crate Expectations,” and the artists have created colorful “containers” of all kinds.  Read more

Jewish film festival

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — The Second Annual Catskill Jewish Film Festival takes place on Thursday, August 23 and Saturday, August 25 at 8 p.m. at the Beekman Pavilion across from the Fat Lady Cafe, behind Java Love.  Read more

Caesar Rodney’s ride for the Declaration

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History continues its program of historical presentations at 1 p.m. on August 26, when noted children’s author Jan Cheripko elaborates on the dramatic, not-so-famous story he tells in “Caesar Rodney’s Ride: The Story of an American Patriot,” an award-winning book for young adults describing Rodney’s ride to Philadelphia to cast a crucial vote on the Declaration of Independence.  Read more

Contra Dance at the Coop

HONESDALE, PA — There will be a Contra Dance at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Saturday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. Contra dancing is a style of partnered folk dancing found around the world but particularly popular in the United States. A live band will play traditional jigs and reels, while a live caller will lead participants through various traditional dances.

There is no need to bring a partner, or to have experience. Suggested donation is $10 per adult, free for kids under 15. Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

The times, they are a changin’

It’s impossible to visit, much less live in this neck of the woods, without acknowledging the region’s history. The resorts—and talent that appeared in and around them—are legendary. Books have been written and movies have been made. During simpler times, comic Red Skelton starred in the 1938 romp “Having Wonderful Time,” set in a Catskills hotel. Roman Polanski’s creepy “Knife in the Water” takes place here in the mountains, focusing on a hitchhiker and a couple’s weekend outing in 1962.  Read more

Go take a hike— for the NPS

TUSTEN, NY — The National Park Service will celebrate its 96th birthday on August 25. It invites the public to celebrate by joining the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Park Rangers for a guided hike of the Tusten Mountain Trail on Saturday, August 25 at 10:30 a.m. This free hike will meet at the Tusten Mountain trailhead, located at the Ten Mile River Access on Crawford Rd.  Read more

Architecture tour at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA – There will be a one-hour architecture tour at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Sunday, August 26 at 1 p.m.

The tour will focus on the unique architectural details of the mansion, built by James Pinchot in 1886. The French-chateauesque stone mansion features more than 40 rooms and three distinctive turrets, or towers, like the Northeast Tower shown here, and served as the home of Gov. Gifford Pinchot. Participants will learn about many of the distinctive features of the mansion, including what the Milford estate and the iconic Statue of Liberty have in common.  Read more

Burleigh introduces books at CAS

UPDATE: This event has been postponed to a date TBA. CAS apologizes for the inconvenience, and will announce the new date and time as soon as possible.  Read more

Trials and tribulations

On my most recent trip to the lower West Branch of the Delaware, I fished in the company of a Mr. Blair Williams. It was a tough night, with very few flies hatching. Of course, this meant that rising fish were scarce. The high point of my night occurred when my legs suddenly went numb and I went for a swim in water barely up to my knees.  Read more

Katydid, Katy didn’t

If you live near a hardwood, or deciduous, forest, you would have heard these by now; in fact, they may even be keeping you awake at night if you have a bedroom window open. The evening chorus is courtesy of the common true katydid (Pterophyla camellifolia).

True katydids are a key phenology species. Phenology is the study of timing of periodic events occurring in nature. I usually hear calls starting right around the last week in July to the first week in August; this year, I first heard katydid calls in Pike County around the second week in July.  Read more

Trials & tribulations

On my most recent trip to the lower West Branch of the Delaware, I fished in the company of a Mr. Blair Williams. It was a tough night, with very few flies hatching. Of course, this meant that rising fish were scarce. The high point of my night occurred when my legs suddenly went numb and I went for a swim in water barely up to my knees.  Read more

Fair week

It is fair week again. It feels like the summer has whirled away like the interchanging swings of the midway’s merry mixer. It has brought us to this moment.

We have spent the week at the Delaware County Fair in Walton, NY. Yesterday I watched my kids and their fellow 4-Hers give their public presentation speeches for fairgoers on subjects as varied as Arcadia National Park, remote control trucks, banana cream pie and my son Sam’s topic: the life and writing of Stephen King.  Read more

Green Eggs and Coffee: Fair Trade or Direct Trade?

HAWLEY, PA—Mary Tellie of Electric City Roasting Company, based in Scranton, PA will discuss the distinctions between fair trade and direct trade coffee this Saturday, August 25 at 9:30 am at Mill Market in the Hawley Silk Mill. Tellie will also provide samples of her award-winning brews.  Read more

PA places 15th in national competition

Guest column by Jamie Knecht, Watershed specialist, Wayne Conservation District

The Canon Envirothon celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and we were very pleased and excited to host it here in Pennsylvania. The team that represented PA in the Nationals was from MMI Preparatory School in Luzerne County. PA placed 15th overall at the national level, an accomplishment that few high school students experience.  Read more

Scout camp celebrates 85th

TUSTEN, NY — For the 85th year of operation of the Ten Mile River Scout Camps (TMR), and the 15th year of the Ten Mile River Scout Camp Museum, the general public is invited to visit and explore the camp’s history.  Read more

Eco-Loco

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL will present an afternoon of family theatre, music, workshops, demonstrations and displays that celebrate art, ecology and sustainability on Sunday, August 19 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The day features the work of many community groups, environmental organizations, farmers and individuals working to develop sustainable and ecologically progressive communities and projects.  Read more

Lots of winners at livestock sale

HONESDALE, PA — At the 2012 Wayne County Junior 4-H Livestock Sale, which took place at the Wayne County Fair on Saturday, August 11, $264,373 worth of market animals crossed the auction block for a sale of 223 hogs, 50 lambs, 55 goats and 40 steers. Over 200 buyers supported 4-H members from start to finish. Since 1998, the sale has supported scholarships for local 4-H members. Scholarship funds are provided largely by “buy backs,” when animals are purchased at the auction, then donated back for resale to benefit the scholarship fund.  Read more

Ragtime master to perform

HAWLEY and MILFORD, PA — Pianist Masanobu “Mas” Ikemiya, a master of ragtime, will perform two concerts of ragtime and ragtime-related classical music in August. On Friday, August 17, he will play at the Hawley Silk Mill, and on Saturday, August 18, he will appear at the Milford Theatre—itself a gift from the early jazz age. Both events are at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

‘Plain Speaking’ focuses on Becker

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society’s Plain Speaking series returns to the subject of Wayne County artist Howard D. Becker, whose paintings are currently featured in an exhibit at the museum on Main Street, on Friday, August 17. Two previous presentations featured Becker the father and Becker the personality. This week’s panel will discuss Becker as artist. Panelists are Juan H. Espino of Hawley; Thomas Colbert of NYC and Hawley and Charles G. Woods of Honesdale.  Read more

UpFront opens new show

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold a reception for its August/September 2012 show on Saturday August 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary refreshments. The show will run through September 20.

The exhibit includes the work of over 30 artists of all mediums.

Among the other artists are Adrienne Butvinik, Georgina Copanzzi, Debbie Gioello, Gordon Graff ,Julia Healy, Peter Koenig, Geoff Morse, Nick Roes, Joan Standora, Paul Thomas, Linda Witting and Greg Zukowski.  Read more