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If you go to the Tusten Town Board meetings, one of the faces that will become most familiar to you is that of Iris Helfeld. She is someone who is so passionate and so involved with community she should win an award. Oh wait—she did.

April is usually a fine month and especially so this year. The soil is thawed, there are buds everywhere and grass is greening. Wild turkeys are cackling and gobbling—their mating season is on....

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Spring has sprung, and along with it, a host of fun and informative opportunities to get out of the house and into the world of nature and its endless wonders. Make plans now to seize every chance...

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Many of my fellow commuters are pet people; they would prefer talking about what their pets did over the weekend to talking about their kids or significant other. Everyone has great stories of the...

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The growing interest in eating local has earned wild edibles a well deserved new popularity. Few foods better represent terroir, that characteristic flavor of the region, than something plucked...

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If the old adage (you are what you eat) is true, then yes—yes I am. In point of fact, it’s one of the few things that I can cook and do so a few times a year for holiday celebrations. With...

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People usually associate spring with the appearance of daffodils and emerging buds from plants in the garden. Indeed, there are many cultivated plants appearing now. Greens from garlic and other...

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Back to school

“Editing, after all, is an art achieved largely by subtraction, by a negation of all of those elements that do not serve the final product.”

It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m preparing for my upcoming class at New York University as an adjunct professor. It’s the third time I’ve assembled a lecture about the role of an editor, and I glance briefly over my previous notes: inspiring quotes about the art of editing, a few examples of famously edited scenes, and a brief bio of my own work.  Read more

Lights + camera = action

Let’s face it: the weather outside is frightful. Arctic blasts and powerful gusts have combined to create record-breaking temps across the country and right here in the Upper Delaware River region. To add insult to injury, I live on top of a mountain, exposed to the elements, teetering on a precipice, constantly flirting with the kinds of challenges that life in a trailer (that’s right) provides. That said, there is plenty of action in the mountains.  Read more

Final Friday Comedy Nights hold premiere

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will hold its first Final Friday Comedy Night on Friday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill. Comedy nights are scheduled to take place on the last Friday of each month. For January 31, the comedians will be Mike Cannon, Kate Wolff and Emma Willman.  Read more

An Americana romp with Spuyten Duyvil

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced: “Spite-n Dive-l”) on Saturday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill located on the ground floor at 8 Silk Mill Dr.  Read more

Library offers free story times for children

MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library has weekly story times for toddlers, ages 20 to 36 months, and preschoolers, ages three to four years.  Read more

A night of coffee and music

HONESDALE, PA — Coffee House is back at The Cooperage. Stop by on Saturday, February 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. for a night of coffee and music by local musicians.  Read more

Express yourself at dance improv workshop

HONESDALE, PA — On Wednesday, February 5 at 7 p.m., The Cooperage at 1030 Main St. in Honesdale will once again be a safe space where all will be encouraged to move in their own unique ways and to release their deepest creative impulses.  Read more

Wildlife photography at Chant Realtors

LORDS VALLEY, PA — Wildlife photographer and author, Nancy Hopping, makes a return engagement to The Gallery at Chant Realtors Lords Valley in February. A reception welcoming Hopping back to Lords Valley for the month-long exhibition and sale of her work will be held on Saturday, February 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. Hopping has been photographing wildlife since she was 12 and has learned much about animals in nature. “If you learn where animals live and what they feed on, you get better photos,” said Hopping. For more information, call 570/775-7337.

Oscar-nominated ‘Nebraska’ at Callicoon Theater

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and the Callicoon Theater will present the Oscar-nominated film “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern starting Friday, January 31.  Read more

There’s science behind that magic

HONESDALE, PA — Last Saturday afternoon, Bob Friedhoffer, aka Professor Bob, of Damascus Township, PA and New York City, took to the stage at The Cooperage to a room crowded with children to present his Scientific Magic Show. On the theory that young people not only like magic shows, but also want to know how things work, Friedhoffer entertained everyone—children and adults alike—with a collection of magic tricks. But then, unlike other magicians, he revealed not only how he accomplished the tricks, but also some of the scientific principles involved.  Read more

Tourism in the age of casinos; The challenge of retaining local charm and scenic natural assets

By ALAN SORENSEN

With the prospect of at least one casino destination resort coming to Sullivan County, it is not too early to begin to plan for the transition from “Desperation Economics” (i.e. taking any economic development that comes our way) to “Growth Management” where we begin to shape new development to enhance our built environment.  Read more

Otters on the rise

As people are riding up and down New York State Route 97 to look for eagles or check out the ever changing ice conditions, other sights are there to see, too. A close look at the water might reveal a dark brown mammal, one to two feet long with a square looking snout and a long muscular tail. It may be in the water, on the ice, or along the river bank. This sleek looking critter would be the North American river otter (Lontra canadensis). This aquatic mammal, although very elusive, is spotted frequently along area waterways, but this was not always the case.  Read more

One last cast

When I wrote my last column in August, I was very concerned about the wellbeing of my best fishing partner, Barbara Ann. It seems that while I was expecting a fastball, life was about to throw me a nasty curve. In the last six weeks, Barbara’s blood work has improved to the point where she takes her chronic myeloid leukemia medication just every other day. Meanwhile, my own physical condition has deteriorated so badly that I will not be doing any pitching in Clem’s Quiz, come the opening of baseball season.  Read more

A Penny for your thoughts

[Editor’s note: After the week’s issue of the newspaper went to press, Penny Carman Blume passed away on Tuesday afternoon, January 21, 2014.]  Read more

An opportunity for theatre creators

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will offer the Deep Space Performance Residency program for artists and groups who make devised, original, or ensemble performance. NACL offers extended time in the company’s theatre and residence in Highland Lake from June through October for performances in their final stage of production. Each week-long residency will culminate in a public performance as part of the 2014 NACL presenting season. Resident companies must work with their own technicians, designers and performers.  Read more

Bus trip to the 184th Philadelphia Flower Show

LIBERTY, NY — Experience the combination of art and horticulture at the 184th Philadelphia Horticultural Society Flower Show by joining a bus trip with the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County’s Master Gardener volunteers on Tuesday, March 4. Participants will board the chartered bus at 7:45 a.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Dinner/concert to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Jazz vocalist Donna Singer, a native and former resident of Sullivan County, will perform with The Doug Richards Trio at a dinner-concert event to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County on Friday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Nadia’s Hungarian Buffet, 222 Main St.  Read more

Wurtsboro Board of Trade presents: Wurtsboro Winterfest 2014

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Board of Trade will host Wurtsboro Winterfest on Saturday, February 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will feature an ice carving competition from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (judging at 2 p.m.), a chili cook-off contest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (award ceremony at 3 p.m.) and a treasure hunt at 11 a.m. (drawing for the winner 3 p.m.).  Read more

‘The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell’ book reading

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present local author William Klaber for a reading from his latest novel, “The Rebellion of Lucy Ann Lobdell,” at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., on Saturday, January 25 at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and small donations will be accepted at the door.  Read more

Reception in celebration of Sean Strub’s ‘Body Counts’

MILFORD, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will host a reception/book signing in celebration of Sean Strub’s new memoir “Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival” on Saturday, January 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Emerson House at the Hotel Fauchere, 403 Broad St. Book sales will benefit the UDLGBT. RSVP to events@hotelfauchere.com.  Read more