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BETHEL, NY — Sometimes we may forget that Sullivan County is a diverse county. It’s so easy to stay in your town, your community, your corner of the county, and not break barriers and venture out. However, that’s not to say that such barrier-breaking is impossible. Proof of that was visible at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, when the most diverse crowd in Sullivan County came together as part of Dialogue2Change, an initiative of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission and Everyday Democracy.

In recent River Talk columns, we’ve been sharing images of species identified during the third Upper Delaware BioBlitz held at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY. The photos...

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In which I give myself a softball interview…

Q: So, Skip, how was that “CommonBound” conference (www.commonbound....

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My son, Sam, graduated from high school in June—ending his last, restless weeks of 12th grade and beginning his final summer vacation—that nebulous time between high school graduation and the...

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“The man who only lives for making money, lives a life that isn’t necessarily sunny,” wrote Ira Gershwin back in the day. “Likewise the man who works for fame—there’s no guarantee that time won’t...

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So far this year fish reports are mixed. What a surprise! We have received reports that the fishing has been great and reports that it has been the worst year yet. Maybe it is a little of both.

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On July 12, during its quarterly business meeting, the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted to delist the timber rattlesnake from candidate status. With this vote, this species is no longer a...

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Raising wild gamebirds; A lesson in caretaking

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — This summer, Erin Denman, 14, a student in Tri-Valley Central School District, and Dustyn Kratz, 13, a student in Liberty Central School District, are among a select group of young people from 4H involved in raising wild pheasant chicks, which they will release into the wild this fall. This Cooperative Pheasant Chick Program goes back more than 100 years in New York State (NYS), and not only students, but also sportsmen’s and game hunting clubs participate, releasing the birds on their own property or in designated areas.  Read more

‘Year of My Sign’

My call time was 10 a.m. Saturday morning in Brooklyn. The day before, I met with the director to finalize my costume and props. The vintage Burberry trench coat fit well, and I could wear my own black slacks and sensible brown shoes. “As long as you can run in them,” he said. He said nothing about jumping.  Read more


Each year, Mysteryland sets up camp on beautiful grounds around the globe - from the lush green fields of Holland to the mountainous town of Picarquín, Chile. This year’s stop was the home of the legendary ’69 Woodstock - Bethel Woods, New York. Since 1994, they have hosted a multisensory festival that draws creative, electronic-music-loving tastemakers from around the world. They take pride in throwing a memorable party by bringing both internationally renowned and kick-ass up-and-coming artists to multiple stages.  Read more

Furry youngsters make their debut

While walking with some friends last weekend, I heard a familiar bark. Tucker, my friend’s labradoodle, was with us and had evidently found something in the woods. I went to check it out, and on arrival to the scene of the barking, I found Tucker had corralled a small porcupine on to a small log. Tucker had already had two separate encounters with porcupines before that required “de-quilling” of his muzzle, and now he was trying for engagement number three. He must have learned something from his past experiences, because I was able to call him off.  Read more

The Householders at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — A live music performance and dance party from The Householders will be at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Sunday, June 1 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Honoring the armed forces in grand tradition

As the second oldest Memorial Day parade in New York State, the Town of Fremont has been saluting those who protect the freedom of citizens for 130 years. Following the parade, an invocation and tributes at Pratt Park, the town hall and village cemetery were held along with a traditional barbeque that was attended by veterans and their families from neighboring towns who turn out each year to participate in the historical event. For a complete photo album of the parade, visit

Writers’ Circle reading and book sale

CALLICOON, NY — The Writers’ Circle of Wayne County invites you to come to Café Devine, 33 Lower Main St., on Saturday, May 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. for a reading and book sale. Come and discover several local authors you may not have heard from before. Enjoy a late lunch or a snack while you relax and let them entertain you with selections from their latest works: “Power in the Blood,” by Bernard LoPinto; “Counting the Days-366 Days in Prison,” by Leslie Rutkin; and “Zookeeper,” by Dawn McIntyre.  Read more


Despite my best efforts, I’m close to an hour late to meet Alex at his place in Brooklyn for my ride out to Sag Harbor for a long Memorial Day weekend with friends. As if to add insult to injury, Emily has traveled out earlier in the day and accomplished the more difficult trip of taking both of our dogs and all of her kitchen supplies.

Needless to say we arrive later than expected.  Read more

Final Fridays Comedy Night this May

HAWLEY, PA — On Friday, May 30 Harmony Presents will hold another Final Fridays Comedy Night in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill featuring TJ Del Reno, who has appeared on “The Daily Show” and MTV as well as Jeff Cerulli, a comedian and filmmaker.  Read more

Watercolors by Jane Connell at Starlight Inn

STARLIGHT, PA — The Big D Arts and Crafts League will feature the watercolors of member Jane Connell in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake for the month of June. Also in the gallery there will be oils, watercolors and photography by other league members.

Connell, of Fishs Eddy, NY, was born in Richmond, VA. As a child she lived in Belle Harbor, until her family moved to Brooklyn, NY. As an only child, she spent many hours drawing, while sitting at her father’s desk and eventually taking lessons at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  Read more

June programs at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Arts and culture are the focus of the special programs planned for the month of June at Grey Towers National Historic Site.

On Thursday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the free Come Paint with Me workshop, a plein air painting non-instructional program. Bring your own materials. Meet at the Visitor Pavilion. Call 570/775-6896 or visit

On Wednesday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. is the Architecture Tour, focused on the architectural features and history behind the design of this 1886 mansion. Regular tour fees apply. Call 570/296-9630 to register.  Read more

Cello and two voices in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — Tall Heights, a cello and voice duo, will take the stage at Harmony Presents in the Silk Mill on Saturday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. According to Jill Carletti, Managing Director, “This incredible duo is taking folk-loving indie souls on a ride they’ll never forget. After becoming fan favorites in Boston, this contemporary, yet timeless pair is moving very quickly into the heart of wherever the play.”

John Platt from WFUV said, “Tall Heights creates quiet pastoral music out of city life. Call it urban Americana. Call it simply gorgeous.”  Read more

Antique and classic car show in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL, NY — On Sunday, June 1, antique and classic car owners from all over the region will gather at the Rock Hill firehouse to show off to the public their beautiful antique and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. This car show is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County. Enjoying the beautiful cars, good food from the Rock Hill firefighters, merchandise at the flea market and a DJ make this day fun for all. The gates will open at 9 a.m. Call 845/932-8923 or visit for more information.  Read more

Tickets available for Elvis tribute in September

HAWLEY, PA — The Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a concert by Elvis Presley tribute artist Shawn Klush on Sunday, September 7 at the Woodloch Pines nightclub. Tickets go on sale June 1.  Read more

Modern dance performance celebrates nature

DINGMAN’S FERRY, PA — The Hanna Q Dance Company will present its annual program of contemporary modern dance on the outdoor “Stage in Our Woods” at Dingmans Ferry Bed and Breakfast, 1087 Milford Rd., on Saturday, May 31 at 4:30 p.m.

The program, inspired by nature and choreographed by Johanna LjungQvist-Brinson, will be performed by professional dancers Bo Pressly, who has danced with Martha Graham and Merce Cummingham companies; Landes Dixon, who dances with Reverb Dance, a professional company out of the Steps on Broadway; and Hanna Q Dance Company student Lovisa Brinson.  Read more

Sensory overload

For something completely different, I’m tired. Aging gracefully has never been my strong suit, and when I pass a mirror these days, I wince a little and move on. As a kid, I lamented my special day (read “birthday”) being usurped by Memorial Day, since many families would head out of town, leaving me friendless on my special day. In my 20s, I was convinced that the nation was throwing a party just for me, and reveled in the fireworks and parades that honored the day I came into the world. After 30, I became blasé for a decade or two and now… well, I’m feelin’ kinda old.  Read more

How casinos would help Sullivan County

By James B. Huntington

As a result of last November’s election, there will be one or two casinos, almost certainly as parts of large resorts, opening in the Catskills in 2016. If one or two end up being built in Sullivan County, what effect might they have on jobs and joblessness here?

Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases county employment and unemployment data, which is not seasonally adjusted. As of March, Sullivan County had a civilian labor force of 32,224, with 29,512 employed and 2,712 unemployed, for an 8.4% unemployment rate.  Read more

Helping hummingbirds

They’re back! All around the Upper Delaware River region, hummingbirds are brightening our backyards with bursts of metallic green, red and golden plumage as they ply nectar feeders and early blooms for nourishment.

Hummingbirds must sync migration and nesting times with the flowering of nectar-bearing plants. According to Audubon, “climate change threatens to throw off this delicate balance, with unknown repercussions for hummingbirds.” (Visit to learn more.)  Read more

Safety first

When you think of dangerous sports, you might think of mountain climbing or skydiving, maybe even hunting, but fishing is not likely to come to mind. In reality, all the above activities are very safe, statistically and practically, when properly practiced. Each sport has its own protocols, customs, precautions, established rules and guidelines; ignore any of them at your peril. You can get in trouble fishing just as easily as in any other outdoor activity.  Read more

Campilongo at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Jim Campilongo and Honeyfingers will be at The Cooperage on Friday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. Campilongo’s songwriting draws from blues, country, jazz and rock.  Read more