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February 10, 2016
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On January 21, The River Reporter initiated a contest on our Facebook page, inviting local lovers to post photos of themselves—and tell us a little bit about how they feel about each other—in a “Love Your Selfies” Valentine’s Day contest. The contest reached over 2,000 people by the judging deadline of Monday at 1 p.m. Faith and Auggie Metzinger racked up the biggest number of “likes,” and will receive a gift certificate to the Inn at Starlight Lake.

Those very words reverberated as I checked my calendar last week, noting that another art installation was about to open at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) on Main Street (...

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We just had what could have been a significant snow storm during the past month. The storm brushed to our south, however, and left us with anywhere from a dusting to six inches of snow. It was...

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In 2011 and 2012, the towns of Bethel, Forestburgh, Highland, Lumberland and Tusten in New York State enacted zoning laws banning a host of environmentally damaging industrial activities and...

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s almost impossible to ignore the candy hearts, couples holding hands, and the plethora of cards lining the walls of every store I enter, so I’m...

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This year has started off as one for the books. Without touching on climate change (heaven forbid), it is undeniable that this has been an unusual winter in our area. So far those who love to fish...

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The joy of holding a sturdy, large-format hardcover book in one’s hands is only eclipsed by having that book be filled with stunning full-color images of the much-loved Pennsylvania Pocono...

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Songwriters Circle returns to the Distillery

BETHEL, NY — The Sullivan County Songwriters Circle, aka SC Squared, is resuming its Saturday sessions at the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B in Bethel. The next session will be Saturday, November 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. SC Squared is created in the spirit of Nashville’s acclaimed Bluebird Cafe for songwriters to share their songs, craft and influences. It’s a safe place to air out new songs, favorites and works in progress. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.scsongwriters.wordpress.com, www.dancingcatsaloon.com or call 845/583-3141.

The ‘Gift of Dance’ for the holidays

HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Dance Studio will present “The Gift of Dance” on Saturday, November 23 at the Honesdale High School auditorium; doors open at 12 noon and the curtain opens at 1 p.m. Every year for the last 10 years the Honesdale Dance Studio has held this fundraiser for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau, and has raised over $10,000 for the charity to date.  Read more

Over the river and through the woods

While I may not be going to grandmother’s house, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and many have already made plans. Grateful to have options this year, I’m still vacillating, but might make a few stops on that day. Meanwhile, I’ve been traipsing through the woods, putting miles on the truck and hauling the dog from one end of Sullivan County to the other this past week. At times, I manage to cross the Delaware River and experience what Pennsylvania has to offer, but the county I call home (www.scva.net) covers nearly 1,000-square miles, so there was plenty to keep me occupied without crossing the border during the last few days.  Read more

Growing community; One email at a time

vir•tu•al (adjective):

(1) Very close to being something without actually being it

(2) Existing or occurring on computers or on the Internet

[www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virtual]  Read more

The madness of mobs, the wisdom of crowds and the paradoxes of democracy

The days before the recent elections were filled with interesting, heartfelt, and vociferous debates among my circles of online friends and correspondents—not about any of the candidates, mind you, or any of the particular issues involved, but rather about whether or not we should even bother to vote.  Read more

‘Two cups packed pumpkin…’

We had a good yield of pumpkins from our garden this year—a grand total of 14 from the few seeds we planted. The plants were lush and twining, woven with the morning glories. They even sought out the branches of the neighboring fir tree for a frolic. Considering our usual lackluster results, this year’s harvest was a bumper crop.  Read more

November dragonfly love

The first few days of November yielded a couple of mild days before a cold front brought some brisk northwest winds and nighttime temperatures that hit the teens in many areas. Some flights of avian harbingers of fall such as the migrating golden eagle and the first flocks of bufflehead had already made their appearance; however, it was the flight of another critter on a couple of local lakes that drew my attention on these first mild days in November.  Read more

The reviews are in!

I’m going to go out on a limb here and write about something I rarely do in this column—me. I know it’s unusual and not at all in character to touch on personal issues in this forum, but I’m hoping, dear Reader, that you’ll indulge me. All kidding aside, a good deal of the past week has revolved around my doing something quite different and risky, pushing boundaries far outside of my comfort zone, and I’m thankful that I managed to escape (for the most part) unscathed.  Read more

The estate dinner

The dinner was on the books for a few weeks before Emily and I got dressed up and walked the few blocks to the fancy restaurant in the West Village where we were to meet Harris. He had been a good friend of Emily’s father, Carl, before he died, and now controlled his estate.

Needless to say, I wanted to make a good impression.  Read more

Jems raffle, ‘Jeffersonville Matters’

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — An artisanal holiday raffle drawing will be held on Friday, November 29 following the “Dworetsky Holiday Parade” in Jeffersonville. All proceeds go to community improvements and beautification by Jems (Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan), a Sullivan Renaissance volunteer nonprofit group.

First prize is “Meadows in Boom,” a quilt by anonymous valued at $800; second prize is “Custom Portrait” by Brock Lady, valued at $400; third prize is “Hand knit lace shawl” by Barbara Yewchuk, valued at $150. The shawl and quilt are on display at the Jeffersonville library.  Read more

Theatre fundraiser for food pantry

MILFORD, PA — The Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County will host a reading of the play “Billy the Boy Queen” by Michael Buchanan, featuring Joseph Fuqua at the Milford Theatre on Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m. All proceeds will go to the food pantry.

At present, the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County serves approximately 68 families or 245 individuals a week with an average of seven new families or 25 individuals each week.  Read more

Two women, 12 instruments and a jam at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance invites musicians of all levels to a jam session with Simple Gifts, a duo made up of two women playing twelve instruments who specialize in Romanian, Klezmer, Greek, Irish, Scandinavian and Appalachian folk genres. The jam session takes place Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Krause Recital Hall at the Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St. The event is free.  Read more

‘Myanmar Through My Lens’ photo presentation

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present local artist Bruce Janklow for a photography presentation and discussion focused on his latest trip to Myanmar at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and small donations will be accepted at the door.  Read more

Jazzmosis, Yasgur and the return of Jazz Brunch

BETHEL, NY — The Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B will host a double-header featuring the bands Yasgur and Jazzmosis on Friday, November 15, starting at 8 p.m.

Yasgur will play their signature mix of roots rock and blues. Jazzmosis is a group of four musicians coming from very different backgrounds to explore and create a sound that has the energy of rock, the improvisational spark of jazz, and the element of surprise.  Read more

‘Crowd’: A call to all artists

LIBERTY, NY — Akira and Ellie Ohiso of Green Door Magazine have invited Andrea Brown and Elizabeth Ennis of The Outsider’s Studio Collective (OSC) to figuratively “bomb” their space at 34 S. Main St., cramming every wall, nook and cranny with portraits of people and their pets. It will be up to the viewer, faced with this universe of visages, to decide what all of these human and animal faces are thinking, feeling and talking about.  Read more

‘Last Words,’ by Laura EJ Moran

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL resident poet/playwright Laura Moran has written a new work titled “Last Words” and will perform it on Sunday, November 17 at 4 p.m. at the NACL Theatre. Both dramatic poetry and poetic drama, the performance is inspired by the last words of the first 100 women legally executed in Colonial America, and is set in the Massachusetts Bay Colony where riparian worlds collide: tame/wild, history/fantasy, spirit/body, male/female, church pews/secret coves, death/life. Where history silences, imagination blooms.  Read more

‘Jeep’ by Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will present the short comedy “Jeep” (about a Brooklyn couple trying to sell a clunker of a car) at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, November 16 at 2 p.m. Local actors Ellen Pavloff and Bill Moloney star in the show, an original one-act play written and directed by Sullivan County’s Bill Duncan.  Read more

Local author Verb Konviser book signing

MONTICELLO, NY — Verb Konviser, local hotel keeper for many years, will sign his cookbook “The Vegetarian Hotel Cookbook” at the E.B. Crawford Public Library at 393 Broadway at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 14. His book contains many of the recipes his mother, Fannie Schaffer, created to serve guests staying at that the Vegetarian Hotel, a resort that grew to 100 rooms and had a swimming pool, tennis, handball and shuffle board courts and offered health lectures, exercise classes and nightly entertainment.  Read more

The Coal Town Rounders strike again

HAWLEY, PA — Northeast PA bluegrass band The Coal Town Rounders returns to the Harmony Presents stage at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. This energetic group can’t help but take the stage by storm, keep feet stomping and faces grinning. They play lively, expressive and playful interpretations of historic American songs and bluegrass fused rock tunes in tight three-part harmonies.  Read more

The season of giving all year round

HONESDALE AREA, PA — Gloria Frechen got the idea to start the Community Service Center in the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church because she was inspired by the saint Dorcas, or Tabitha, referenced in the Book of Acts (9:36–42) in the New Testament. Dorcas made clothes for the poor. Frechen gives clothes to people who need them, and gives in other ways, too, including rent money, food and household supplies. So it comes as no surprise when, during my visit to the SDA Community Center, a woman who was there picking up clothes called Frechen an angel.  Read more