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HONESDALE, PA — As peak oil and global warming have increased the urgency of finding replacements for fossil fuels, the option of biomass is one that is frequently mentioned without ever seeming to gain much of a foothold, at least in this country. But there are some locals who have been developing some interesting techniques and ideas about one kind of biomass that could prove a boon to our own area: grass pellets that can be burned, like wood pellets, for heat.

Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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A few weeks ago during a marathon in Lehigh Valley, a freight train interrupted the race, which caused many runners not to qualify for the Boston Marathon. News outlets showed photos of the...

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Let’s face it, I’m an emotional kind of guy. Happy or sad, grumpy or glad, I basically wear my heart on my sleeve for all the world to see. “I yam what I yam,” as Popeye would say, and I’ve...

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We now have the most astonishing spacecraft and telescopes probing the far reaches of the universe. The purposes of these probes and explorations are multiple. Theoretical physicist Stephen...

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A proposal was made before commissioners of the PA Game Commission (PGC) at its September 19th meeting to remove the osprey from the list of threatened species in Pennsylvania. The board of...

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Sidewalk Sales in Honesdale has Hollywood theme

HONESDALE, PA — Honesdale’s merchants will be going “Hollywood” at the 54th annual Sidewalk Sales on Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, sponsored by The Dime Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism. Main Street will be filled with merchandise offered by its local stores, area vendors, artists and area non-profits.  Read more

Two openings at the DVAA this weekend

NARROWSBURG, NY — Two art shows will open this weekend at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance on Friday, July 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. One exhibit is “Tulips and Other Surprises from the Natural World,” drawings and paintings by Linda Bastian, and the other is “Paintings, Postcards,” an exhibit of paintings by Gary Abramson. They will both be on view until August 9.  Read more

Studies say pesticides are killing bees; Manufacturers call studies flawed

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.  Read more

Religious freedom, religious fairness

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 the outset intended to be a “Christian nation” (whatever that is supposed to mean—but that’s another column). I guess they were reveling in the heady feeling of victory, following the Supreme Court decision that recognized their right to apply their religious beliefs to the benefits package that they offered their employees. Many liberals and progressives were upset by the decision, but not me.  Read more

‘The Meteorite’

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 on the railroad tracks. I saved the pieces of coal I found in the path of the town plow. But best of all were the large, exotic boulders in the pastures and woods where we hiked and played.  Read more

Monarchs in a mess

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 will support caterpillars. I check some of the plants for the tiny white eggs that will eventually result in a new generation of monarch butterflies late in the summer. This year, however, my hunt has been in vain.  Read more

In search of Goliath

My fishing partners and I are hooked in the quest for large fish. What constitutes a “large” fish is subjective. We all want trout of 20 inches plus. If you fish after dark, the gold standard is a two-footer.  Read more

Fun for the whole family at the Zane Grey Festival

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the 10th annual Zane Grey Festival at the Zane Grey Museum, 135 Scenic Dr., on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is geared toward fun for the entire family with many activities and events for children and adults.

Craft activities will be available for children of all ages. Kids can also take part in a scavenger hunt to receive a free book by visiting exhibitors and learning about the area’s natural and cultural history.  Read more

Wurtsboro Founder’s Day Street Fair

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will hold the return of the Founder’s Day Street Fair on Saturday, July 19 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The street fair is back to the full length of Sullivan Street for the second year, where it all began over 20 years ago. This is an entire day full of family fun with two live music stages; don’t forget to bring a blanket for the concert in the lawn. There are lots of local venders selling arts and crafts and much more. Enjoy a full block of rides, kid’s activities, auctions, Glider discovery and flight simulator, and more.  Read more

Weekend of Chamber Music and The Cooperage team up

HONESDALE, PA — Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) summer music festival Crossings brings a preview to The Cooperage on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. The concert marks WCM’s debut at The Cooperage, and offers music for wind instruments.  Read more

The return of Marc Black

CALLICOON, NY — RiverFolk Concerts will welcome back Marc Black for a house concert on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Jeff and Maggie Moore. There will be a potluck at 6:30 p.m. Marc has visited Sullivan County many times and will perform another evening of eclectic folk-rock that deals with life, and all its social and political challenges one song at a time.  Read more

Jordan Rock headlines at Harmony Presents

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will showcase another comedy night inside the Hawley Silk Mill on Friday, July 11 at 8:30 p.m. Jordan Rock will be the headliner.  Read more

The Slipper Room, adult variety, is back at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Back by popular demand, after a sellout show last summer, NACL presents The Slipper Room, New York City’s Palace of Variety, in a weather-themed extravaganza, “Mr. Choade’s Perfect Storm.” The Slipper Room is blowing through Highland Lake for an exclusive one-night performance on Saturday, July 12.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre has premiere at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — After postponing its original July 3 opening of “A Reluctant Tragic Hero” and “The Hipter’s Ballad of the Nazarene,” in Kauneonga Lake, because of severe weather due to Hurricane Arthur, the Liberty Free Theatre will open its season at the Catskill Arts Society on Friday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. with a premiere performance reading of “By the Sea—Anna’s Story,” a new play by the Canadian writer Sheldon Currie. The performers are Kate Warren, Janna Comando and Paul Austin. (The July 3 double bill has been rescheduled in Kauneonga Lake for Thursday, July 17.)  Read more

Nostalgia

It’s a noun, and has but one meaning: “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period, place or thing with happy personal associations” (www.merriamwebster.com). I often wax nostalgic; perhaps it comes with being of a certain age, but I think my day-to-day encourages it on occasion. Last week brought torrential rains, felled trees, power outages and cancellations cascading across my calendar, but the sun came out for Crosby Stills and Nash, and they drew an enormous crowd of nostalgic music lovers to Sullivan County (www.bethelwoodscenter.org).  Read more

Wade Preston returns for two shows in one night

HAWLEY, PA — Wade Preston, Billy Joel’s back-up, returns for two shows in one night at Harmony Presents in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  Read more

Children’s puppet-making workshop

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — On Sunday, July 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., NACL will host a puppet theatre workshop for children ages four and up. Children and parents are invited to come to NACL and build dove marionette and hand puppets with master puppeteer Ramon Jan. The dove puppets will be a part of the Weather Project Community play on August 9, and the children are invited to perform their puppets in the show. The Sunday workshop is free and takes place at NACL Theatre, 110 Highland Lake Rd. Call 845/557-0694 for more information. All puppet supplies will be provided.  Read more

Bluegrass and folk fiesta

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — The Neversink Valley Museum will present an afternoon of Americana and Bluegrass music, served up with a Tex-Mex lunch, featuring Annie and Mike Baglione, plus special guests John Henry’s Hammer and Broke Down & Busted, on Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Leura Murray Center, 26 Hoag Rd. Admission costs $15, $12 for museum members and includes lunch. All proceeds benefit the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation.  Read more

Neversink Afternoon of History

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Anyone interested in old photos, records, stories and artifacts from the Town of Neversink is invited to Neversink Afternoon of History, Saturday, July 12, 2 p.m. at the Community Room of the Daniel Pierce Library on Route 55.
Individuals with photos, information or special history items are invited and encouraged to bring their items to share. Photographer LaVerne Black will also present her program “Tramping Along the Neversink River.”  Read more

Bethany Library hosts an evening with local authors

BETHANY, PA — Four area authors will talk about the craft of writing for anyone who’s ever thought, “I could write a book,” or wants to know more about becoming an author, on Tuesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. at the Bethany Library.  Read more