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The volume of the debate surrounding the death of up to a third of all honey bees in the United States during the winter, in a phenomena known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), was increased a notch this year as the results of a new Harvard study were released in May.

One thing I do around this time of year is check for monarch butterflies, usually by just walking down some nearby roads; there are a few milkweed plants growing off the side of the roads that...

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Few things captured my childhood imagination more than rocks. I spent hours searching the roadsides for quartz pebbles. I collected ripple marks and treasured the small, imperfect fossils I found...

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The folks at Hobby Lobby (which apparently is an evangelical ministry disguised as a craft store) took out a full-page ad in the papers recently, touting the notion that the United States was from...

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While these words strung together might seem esoteric, they are ringing in my ears as I review where I’ve been over the last few days. The reference is to a song from “HAIR” (the tribal love-rock...

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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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Moonlight paddle at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Lacawac Sanctuary for a Moonlight Paddle on Lake Lacawac, located at the Sanctuary on Friday, August 3 at 7 p.m.

Rowboats and canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Due to the delicate balance of Lake Lacawac’s ecosystem, only the sanctuary boats are permitted on the lake.

The 52-acre Lake Lacawac is a National Natural Landmark. It is the southernmost glacial lake in the hemisphere that has been preserved in pristine condition, totally free from development or encroachment, making it an ideal research facility.  Read more

Sullivan County, ‘Blessed by the Gods’

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sullivan County Historian John Conway will be at Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Saturday, August 4 at 1 p.m. to discuss the county’s history as a healthful environment.  Read more

Down on the Farm day at Stonewall

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Down on the Farm Day 2012 will be on Saturday, August 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Moran Family of Stonewall Farms, both at the main facility (139 Callicoon Center Rd.) and the Likel Road Facility. Down on the Farm Day is an annual family event organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County to give the public a chance to learn more about its farms.  Read more

Wayne County Fair

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Fair will make its 150th return to the Wayne County Fairgrounds from Friday, August 3 through Saturday, August 11. Pay-one-price admission is $8 per person for those 24 months old and older, for which you get most grandstand shows, free parking and free rides all day.

The fairgrounds open at 9 a.m., with the midway and rides open from 12 noon to 11 p.m. Exhibit buildings, where you can see 4-H exhibits like the pigs in the accompanying photo, are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Read more

Celebrating rivers at Liberty Free

LIBERTY, NY — On Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m., The Liberty Free Theatre will present “A Celebration of Rivers” as part of its First Hearing Series. Poet Ken Hada, whose poems have been read on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, will read from and sign “The River White.” Presenter Paul Austin said, “The book itself is destined to become a collectors’ item. It is an extraordinarily beautiful book about Ken’s journey with his brother Duane, down the length of the White River in Arkansas. Duane Hada has provided an exquisite series of watercolors to accompany the poems.”  Read more

Columns to host WWII exhibit

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society’s interns have created a new exhibit that depicts a WWII timeline through the use of archival newspapers and the often hard-hitting headlines the front pages relayed, to open on Saturday, August 11 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. College students Grace D’Agostino and Christopher Walsh have spent a good part of their summer working at The Columns Museum with museum director Lori Strelecki.  Read more

The fate of drowned Wilsonville revealed at next ‘Plain Speaking’

HONESDALE, PA — In the next installment of the Wayne County Historical Society’s “Plain Speaking” series, Jon Tandy will give a presentation on Wilsonville, once the county seat, which disappeared when Pennsylvania Power and Light Company built Lake Wallenpaupack.  Read more

‘Battle for Brooklyn’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The award-winning documentary “Battle for Broolyn” will be shown at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St. on Saturday, August 4 at 7 p.m. After the screening, filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley will discuss the making of the film and answer questions from the audience.  Read more

‘Pet’s-Eye View’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors at 46 Main St. will host the Yarnslingers on Saturday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. for a hilarious and sometimes poignant evening of storytelling. “The theme is ‘Pet’s Eye View,’ stories about us, written in first person, from our pet’s perspective,” said Ramona Jan, acting director of the group, which gives a presentation every month. The event is free and open to the public.
To reserve a seat, RSVP by calling 845/439 5507 or email info@morgan-outdoors.com, as seating is limited. Visit www.morgan-outdoors.com.

Theatre Beat: Forestburgh Playhouse: There’s a place for us

“West Side Story,” now playing at the Forestburgh Playhouse, (FBP) is arguably one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all time. The original production, written in 1957, was an instant smash and spawned a 1961 film version that has since captured the hearts of millions worldwide.

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the story focuses on young lovers Tony (Michael Schauble) and Maria (Emily Brown) and their ill-fated romance, set against a back drop of warring street gangs, racial strife and the turbulent transition of the late 1950s giving way to a new generation.  Read more

The winner and the collector

Wednesday evening, July 18, I played the part of a fishing buddy for young Arnon Goldberg. Arnon is trying to master the mysteries of fly fishing while attending the Trout Unlimited “Fish Camp.” As is the case with all beginners, it will take a while. Arnon seems to have the proper degree of determination and inquisitiveness.  Read more

Dining with damselflies

Among the more enjoyable activities of summer are things like swimming in a nearby lake or river and enjoying a picnic under the trees. If you take a close look at the shoreline, however, you may see some snack-grabbing activity going on besides hamburgers and coleslaw.  Read more

Some good old-fashioned fun

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Time and the Valleys Museum’s Old Time Fair & BBQ will be held rain or shine on Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds on St. Rt. 55.
Recreating days of yore, in keeping with the museum’s historical themes, the Old Time Fair includes old-fashioned activities such as corn shucking and lady’s skillet throwing contests, children’s games, hand-cranked ice cream making, a pie auction, quilting and spinning demonstrations and local history exhibits. Old-time music will be provided by Chestnut Creek.  Read more

Touring the arts in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance will hold its annual Open Studio Tour on Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  Read more

‘The Little Farm Show’ at local farmers’ markets

BARRYVILLE and CALLICOON, NY—NACL Theatre, an award-winning theatre ensemble based in Highland Lake, will present its family performance “The Little Farm Show,” a musical extravaganza about farming, food and the environment at Barryville Framers’ Market on Saturay, July 28 and at the Callicoon Farmers’ Market on Sunday, July 29.  Read more

Art at The Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Nutshell Arts Center will present its summer of 2012 art exhibit from Saturday, July 28 to August 19, starting with an opening reception on the 28th from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. A potluck party follows the reception.

There will be paintings, sculpture, photography and ceramics by artists including Armand Agresti, Linda Bastian, Eva Drizhal, Ann Finneran, Miriam Hernandez, James Mcginley, Juan Rigal, Carmine Santaniello, Fred J. Sklenar, Candy Spilner, Barbara Zweig and many more.  Read more

Bake your way into history

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical society is hosting a historically-inspired baked goods contest on August 12 at the Columns Museum. Interested parties are invited to tour the museum and look for inspiration. The contest entries should depict something or someone that you think best represents Pike County history. The final products will be judged at 2 p.m. and prizes will be awarded for the “Best Historical” and “Most Creative” baked goods.  Read more

Coal Town Rounders at the Coop

HONESDALE, PA —Concerts in the Coop will present Coal Town Rounders on Friday, July 27, a hard-driving four-piece traditional bluegrass band that draws inspiration from all types of old-time string music. Their energetic and soulful live performances have earned the Rounders a rapidly growing following. In their own words: “We pick. We grin. We do it often.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:45 p.m. BYOB. Donations will be collected at the door.  Read more

Contra Dance in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — There will be a Contra Dance at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Saturday, July 28, beginning 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. No need to bring a partner, and don’t worry if you’ve never contra danced before. We’ll teach you how.

Suggested donation $10 per adult. Kids under 15 free. Visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.