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March 03, 2015
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[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.

Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to...

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It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they...

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The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its...

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The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays...

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I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure...

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As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve,...

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Artists set screening for classic film thriller

HONESDALE, PA — Sunday Night Cinema, an on-going film series presented by the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) will feature “Diabolique,” Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic 1955 French thriller on Sunday, March 3 at 6 p.m. at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 32 Commercial St. A donation of $5 per person is suggested, to help support the arts alliance’s community events. The theme of this season’s screenings is “Enigmatic Endings.” Each film is preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion. Visit www.waynecountyartsalliance.org or call 570/390-4420.

‘Is’ jams at Catskill Distilling

BETHEL, NY — The Catskill Distilling Company will host the jam band Is (www.facebook.com/isjamtrio/info) at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. The band’s name, which loosely means “the present tense,” emphasizes its improvisational nature. Each show offers a unique experience—no two shows are ever the same. The band describes its interests as “writing meaningful, relatable and infectious songs, performing live, improvisation, festivals, touring.” Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

Talk and workshop for poets

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Our Poetic Selves,” a talk and workshop on dreams and the poetic process, will be held Sunday, March 3 at the Narrowsburg Library from 1 to 3 p.m. Poet, psychoanalyst Karen Morris will discuss Freud’s and Jung’s theories of dreams as well as contemporary theories, especially as they relate to the creative process. A workshop on working with dreams and poems will follow.

Ads, hotels and old friends

Living out of a hotel room makes time stand still. After a week, the days really start to blend together. I establish a routine; my computer rests on the desk for emails; I sit on the couch to watch TV and Netflix. Over time a few random personal effects scatter throughout the room.

Upon entry, the room always looks the same, the bed magically remade as if a reset button has been pushed.  Read more

Women... can’t live without ‘em

Making up more than half of the population in the United States, women are now considered by many to be the driving force behind the nation. Outnumbering men by almost eight million, female influence on the American way of life is no longer in dispute, but the rest of the world still has some catching up to do.  Read more

Cabin Fever at the track

BEACH LAKE, PA — There’s nothing like a weekend of racing to chase away the winter blues. Some 27 races were held on the weekend of February 23 and 24, at the Cabin Fever Race at Marshall’s Raceway in Beach Lake. The races involve remote-controlled vehicles that compete on a track, and come in various sizes from 1/16th size of the real life vehicle to 1/8th of the real life vehicle. There were a total of 93 vehicles entered into the competition.

February 28, 2013

What a great weekend I had; I went down to Queens to a cousin’s party. There were over 45 of us, and there were a lot missing. This was my mother’s mother’s side of the family. My family tree could be a forest.

With my mother being so sick she wanted everyone together to have a party, so she and my two aunts were there. The three of them are the last of a generation; my sister and two cousins are the start of my generations; and there were three generations there after me. We are a very lucky family to have five generations. Being with family is always a fun time.  Read more

Seeds for thought

Our family settled on the old Smith farm, five miles outside of Narrowsburg, 13 years ago.  Read more

February 21, 2013

Valentine’s Day was celebrated on Saturday the 16th for us. Once again we went to the Carriage House to dance to Mickey Barnet. This year we went with another couple, Barbara and James. We really had a great time. James and Tommy sat and talked and Barbara and I were up dancing. As always, Dottie and Herman Esselman were there dancing like professionals. Herman and I danced to the song “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” Herman can dance, but I can shake; together we made a good couple.  Read more

Groundhog weather

If you believe in groundhog meteorology, then according to the prediction of “Punxsutawney Phil” that occurred not too far back, we should have an early spring on the way. Barely a week after Phil’s prediction, a winter storm sideswiped us and went on to dump more than three feet of snow over parts of New England. Groundhog Phil may have lost a few fans due to the storm named “Nemo.”  Read more

Garden series at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will present a garden series beginning on February 24. Participants will learn low-cost, easy ways to start seeds, create a butterfly garden and manage compost. The cost is $10 per session or $25 for all three sessions; pre-registration is requested.

Session 1, “Starting Seeds Inside,” will be held Sunday, February 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Discussion covers garden maps and starting “cold crop” seeds indoors. Other topics will be “Butterfly Gardens” on May 5, and “Composting” on July 27. Call PEEC at 570/828-2319.

Ameranouche Gypsy Jazz Trio

BETHEL, NY — The Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B in Bethel will host the award-winning Ameranouche Gypsy Jazz Trio (www.ameranouche.com) on Friday, February 22 at 8 p.m.

Featuring two French acoustic gypsy jazz guitars and an upright bass, the group is a winner of Best of New Hampshire awards and has appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival.

A mixture of soul, flamenco, and bebop influences give the trio’s hot acoustic jazz a unique sound.  Read more

“APH•O•RISMS” at the Alliance

NARROWSBURG, NY — “APH•O•RISMS,” a free group exhibition of 10 local women artists opens on Saturday, February 23, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Alliance Gallery, 37 Main St. The exhibition is curated by gallery director Rocky Pinciotti and runs until March 16.

Aphorisms are the use of few words to convey much meaning or information. The creations in this exhibition feature a variety of artists using a variety of mediums to exemplify this principle.  Read more

Now is the winter of my discontent

I’ve spent the past week searching for the bright side, keeping one eye on the weather and counting down the days till spring. For some reason, this winter has been tougher for me than years past and it’s been an effort to keep digging myself out and plowing ahead. Waking up this morning to burst and frozen pipes was the icing on the cake, so I turned to others for solace, inspiration, comfort and joy. Fighting the blues, I had to dig deep, and was surprised that 17th century poet Anne Bradstreet resonated, since poets are generally not my thing.  Read more

Connecting government and community one YouTube video at a time

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Did you miss your last town board meeting? Now you’ll have another chance to see it, thanks to two local filmmakers Nyssa Calkin, 27, and Isaac Green Diebboll, 24.  Read more

What’s in a blizzard’s name?

We held our annual 4-H sledding party this month in the good fortune of the storm now known as Nemo.

For us, the snow was a stroke of luck, as we had scheduled the event well in advance of a forecast. Not so much for my mother-in-law, who had upwards of 27 inches in Massachusetts, or those shoveling the roofs in Milford, CT, which had a record 38 inches. Nemo will be remembered there—and not as an orange Disney fish.

The recent trend of naming winter snow storms may help make it easier to remember them in the future, but it is a trend that is not without dispute.  Read more

Diving for dinner

The common merganser is a fairly large and attractive duck that is frequently encountered in the Upper Delaware region. Many will recognize the deep green head of the male and tufted cinnamon head of the female. Both sexes sport long narrow bills with serrated edges that aid these diving ducks when hunting the small fish, amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans and other invertebrates they prefer.  Read more

Film screening: How local economies are creating jobs

HONESDALE AND BEACH LAKE, PA — Transition Honesdale will host two screenings of the documentary “Fixing the Future.” David Brancaccio, former host of the PBS program NOW, takes us on a trip across America to see how local economies are being restructured to strengthen local incomes, create jobs and promote sustainability.  Read more

Balandera debuts at Nutshell

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — A special Valentine’s musical performance will take place on Saturday, February 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Nutshell Cafe with the world premiere of Balandera, a band with a blend of original songs—dance, rock-reggae and world beat.

This trio currently resides in the Jeffersonville/Wayne County area and consists of singer Barbara Gogan, guitarist Al Freedman and drummer Ed Nocera.

Tickets cost $7 at the door. For further information call Allen Freedman at 917/597-5478 or The Nutshell at 845/423-2905.

Enter the Dairy Delights Recipe Contest

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Dairy Princess Court will sponsor a Dairy Delights Recipe Contest at this year’s annual Wayne and Sullivan counties’ joint Dairy/Ag Day to be held Monday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Honesdale High School.  Read more

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