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July 27, 2016
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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.

Q&A

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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Comedy Night during Hawley Earth Fest weekend

HAWLEY, PA — On Friday, April 25 during Hawley Earth Fest weekend, Harmony Presents will host another Final Fridays Comedy Night in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill featuring Jared Freid, a writer for the Huffington Post and creator and star of “Frat Dude Goes To” series. Other comedians including Anthony DeVito, Greg Stone and Brendan Eyre will join Jared on stage. Full bios are available at www.harmonypresents.com under the Comedy tab. Also, check out all upcoming Hawley Earth Fest events at www.hawleyearthfest.com.  Read more

Gamers paradise

HONESDALE, PA — When I decided to attend last Thursday’s Family Game Night at The Cooperage in Honesdale, I was expecting to experience a blast from the past—a chance to play Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Risk, or any number of classic board games. What I found, however, were about 20 people playing a selection of popular, new-fangled board games with names I’d never heard of: Carcassonne, The Settlers of Catan, Trajan, Terra Mystica and Tokaido, to name just a few of the board games available that night.  Read more

Wild things

Despite late, unwanted snowfalls, spring has arrived, bringing optimism, birdsong and new life to our fields and streams. As soon as the earth wakes up, it immediately stars putting forth its bounty. In the garden, rhubarb, angelica, sorrel and mint rouse us from our root vegetable slumber and, out in the wild, tender tips of ramps, Japanese knotweed and field garlic present the first vivid glimpses of green. If you’ve never tried eating directly from nature’s pantry, perhaps this is the year you’ll venture into new terrain.  Read more

Puppy love

A doctor’s appointment has me on a late morning train. As fate would have it, Amtrak has other ideas for us this day. A stalled train in the tunnel to Penn Station has our train rerouted to Hoboken, NJ, causing us to take the PATH train from Hoboken in order to get to midtown 34th Street. Not the end of the world, only a slight inconvenience for me, but not everyone shares my optimism. It is obvious from the look on the faces of the two men seated across from me on the PATH train that this has ruined their day.  Read more

Ice frogs

A week ago Thursday, the morning was chilly, but the forecast called for mild temperatures and sunny skies. I wanted to check out the Tusten trail and it promised to be a good day for a hike. Most of the way up the steep part of the trail, in a small pond near a seeping rock outcrop, I heard a harbinger of spring: an army of wood frogs.  Read more

What fly?

The variables in fly fishing are considerable and perplexing to the beginner and experienced fisher alike. Deciding what to do in a given situation can be answered easily with about 10 years of trial and error. OR you can pick the brain of a seasoned veteran, already tempered by years in the school of hard knocks, and you will fast-track your learning.  Read more

Musical offering for Good Friday at Grace Church

HONESDALE, PA — Grace Episcopal Church will hold a special event on Good Friday, April 18, with a presentation of Giovanni Pergolesi’s musical adaptation of the sacred text, Stabat Mater Dolorosa, at 7 p.m. The Stabat Mater is a traditional inclusion in the Good Friday observances, typically used at the conclusion of observance of the 14 Stations of the Cross. Soloists Grace Hosie and Lisa van Muilekom will be accompanied on the organ by Rev. Edward Erb, rector of Grace Church.  Read more

Contra dance returns to The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold the first contra dance of 2014 on Saturday, April 26 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. Contra dancing is energetic, fun, and a great way to build friendships and create community.  Read more

A Titanic dinner with author of ‘Titanic 1912’

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will host an evening in honor of the Titanic on Sunday, April 27. The Hotel Fauchere will host a dinner in the Delmonico Room. In addition to being the largest liner ever built, when the Titanic set sail it also hosted the most advanced culinary facilities of any ship of its time. The chefs for this Titanic-inspired dinner will recreate dishes enjoyed by the passengers in the first-, second- and third-class dining saloons of the big ship. Each course will be introduced with a discussion of the culinary history of the Titanic.  Read more

UpFront’s spring artist’s reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its “2014 Spring Artists Exhibition” on Saturday, April 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments. The public is invited at no charge.  Read more

Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet returns to Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will welcome back to the stage The Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Honoring jazz tradition with straight-ahead swing and pushing jazz boundaries with bold improvisation, the Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet strives to express the beauty of a simple melodic line.  Read more

Wine tasting to benefit library

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County Ford has offered its showroom for the Wayne County Public Library’s major fundraising event of the year. The seventh annual wine tasting event “In Good Taste” will be held on Friday, April 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Mysteryland USA calls for Sustainable Design Challenge

BETHEL, NY — Mysteryland announced its first ever Sustainable Design Challenge. Producers of Mysteryland and MATTE creative agency are calling upon the creative young minds of the American design community to take on the challenge to create a sustainable, functional installation based on the Mysteryland motto, “Today is a Gift.”  Read more

It isn’t easy being green

That was my thought process last week as I headed out the door to check in at the 2014 Green Tourism conference in Callicoon, NY (www.DelawareHighlands.org/greentourism), but in fact, it’s easier than one might think. That was one of the topics of conversation that came up when I stopped to chat briefly with working group coordinator Adrienne Picciano. Even though it was still early in the day, the conference was already being heralded as a success. “It all came about from a conversation with friends and folks at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC),” Picciano told me.  Read more

Yarnslingers return for more storytelling

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) presents the storytelling group Yarnslingers at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m.  Read more

Leroy Justice: Classic rock for modern times

HAWLEY, PA — Rock band Leroy Justice will play at Harmony presents in the Silk Mill on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Jill Carletti, Managing Director of Harmony Presents, calls them “a classic rock legend in the making, displaying the kind of songwriting and arranging skills that have characterized our favorite American rock bands from Neil Young & Crazy Horse to the Allman Brothers Band while filled with powerhouse grooves and a strong rhythm section.”  Read more

Two women, 12 instruments

When you go to a Simple Gifts concert, you can expect to hear a variety of musical genres played on a variety of instruments. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton, two of the women in Simple Gifts, say audiences will learn and they will also laugh.  Read more

Fifty ways (at least) to defuse a world crisis

World events, no matter where, are no longer “remote,” and haven’t been for some time. Moment by moment, we can follow the search for a vanished jetliner over the Indian Ocean, or watch one country take a bite out of another along the Black Sea. Battles and disasters, once just abstract reports, take on specific human forms, with individual names and faces.  Read more

The first wildflower

A “fetid herb” is botanist Homer D. House’s perfect description in his 1934 book “Wild Flowers,” of our first wild plant to flower in spring.  Read more

Fascinating feathers

As if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology isn’t already fantastic enough, this leading authority on birds recently released a new in-depth website that explores many facets of feathers from scientific viewpoints.

Viewers can learn how feathers work in a section devoted to feather anatomy. In Feather Function, the various roles of feathers are explored, such as flight, display, camouflage, insulation and weatherproofing. Other sections illustrate how feathers develop and how they have evolved over time.  Read more