(A scene from the near future...)
“Hello, is this Mrs. Joanne Commoner?”
“Yes, this is Joanne.”
“Good afternoon, Mrs. Commoner, this is Staff Sgt. Mark Striker with the U.S. Army, 14th Fundraiser Battalion. How are you this afternoon?”
“Good afternoon, Sergeant! Thank you for your service!”
“At ease, Mrs. Commoner. You may be seated. And thank you for your kind words. By the way, Mrs. Commoner, I am required to inform you this conversation may be monitored or recorded for quality control purposes.” Read more
On Sunday March 10, 2013, God needed a special angel so He came and took my mother, my best friend.
My mom was the mother of five, grandmother of five, great-grandmother of seven and great-great-grandmother of one. She gave a new name to the “Fighting Irish.” At the age of 85 and with over nine hospitalizations in one year, she had enough. On February 4, she was taken to the hospital. When she came home on the 8th, we were sitting on her bed and she said to me “it’s not fair that when I die you are going to have a party after the funeral and I will not be there.” Read more
In my last column about webcams, readers were pointed to opportunities to intimately observe birds with the aid of modern technology. Those who prefer a more active role can consider participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch project, in which “citizen scientists” are helping to provide answers to questions about bird nesting behavior by monitoring nests and reporting their observations utilizing online data entry tools. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 with a noontime lineup at Main St. and Willy Ave. under the direction of parade organizer John Mc Cormack (845/807-6749). Floats and organizations are invited. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The first annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will march down the streets of Narrowsburg on March 17 at 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Narrowsburg Inn, Roto-Rooter Plumbing, Enviroventures and VIP Restroom Trailers. The Grand Marshal will be Lou “Big Al” Ferriger. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will hold a lecture by Dallas Grove on the man of the mansion known as The Columns, Dennis McLaughlin, to be followed by a traditional corned beef and cabbage luncheon on Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m.
Grove has been researching McLaughlin for some time and has put together a program that details his life and times. McLaughlin and his family lived in the building now known as the Columns Museum as their summer home for several years. Read more
ROCK HILL, NY — The third annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 12 noon, sponsored by the Rock Hill Business & Community Association. The parade will begin at The Sullivan on Rock Hill Drive and end at I-86 Automotive on Glen Wild Rd. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra will perform at Honesdale High School on Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m. Robert Helmacy is the music director and conductor.
Tickets in advance cost $8 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets at the door cost $9 for adults and $5 for students. Active duty military and/or their immediate family attend for free. A student discount package for 12 students and two adults costs $32.
Call 570/289-1090 to register. For advance tickets, mail check to NTSO, P.O. Box 111, Nicholson PA 18446-0111. Visit www.NorthernTierSymphony.org.
Participating in the Catskill Distilling Company’s new Sullivan County Songwriters Circle (SCSC, or “SC squared”) on a recent week were Stacy Cohen, guitar; Brian Smith, drums; founder Elizabeth Rose, guitar; and Lucas Rotman, harmonica. The songwriters meet every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Dancing Cat’s Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B in Bethel. Songwriters share their own songs, and each week at least one song from the “Great American Songbook” is also featured. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.scsongwriters.wordpress.com, or call 845/583-3141.
NARROWSBURG, NY — “Symmetries,” an exhibit of paintings and drawings by Ellen Cibula, opens with a reception on Saturday, March 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will run through April 13. In “Symmetries,” most of the artist’s paintings and drawings are shown in pairs, with the two parts forming a dance. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — RiverFolk Concerts presents musicians Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. at The Cooperage.
Schmidt is best known for his poetic lyrics, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt for their depth and complexity. And Elkin is best known for her soulful and dynamic vocals, which have drawn favorable comparisons to Patty Griffin at her most powerful, and Nanci Griffith at her most intimate.
Tickets cost $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Visit www.riverfolkconcerts.vpweb.com or call 845/252-6783.
BUSHKILL, PA — The Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (AWSOM), a non-profit rescue organization, will hold its annual fundraiser on March 16 at the Fernwood Resort. Local Milford celebrity “Sugar” will host. Doors open at 5 p.m. Announcement of prizes starts at 7 p.m. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a party at the Catskill Distilling Company on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m., featuring the Somerville Brothers, whose music is a blend of contemporary country with rock and roots.
Handcrafted spirits by the distillery, local craft beers and other St. Patrick’s Day tipples will be available for purchase in the Tasting Room overlooking the copper still. Next door, The Dancing Cat Saloon will offer meal specials including corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie all weekend. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Molly Durnin, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from the Albany area, will perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. Her style won her top awards at Albany’s Exit Factor competition and the Capital Area Indie Fest last year (www.mollydurnin.com).
Durnin started composing music around age 14, creating soundtracks for her brother’s movies on piano and synthesizer. Later, she picked up the guitar, which has become her performance staple. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The annual American Girl’s Tea Party will be held on Saturday, March 23 at the Wayne County Public Library. Girls ages six to 12 will mark Women’s History Month and will hear about strong, smart girls from America’s past who served as models of American Girl dolls.
The date also features a “proper tea” with refreshments from various times in history. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call 570/253-1220 or email email@example.com.
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Leslie Pintchik Jazz Trio will be the featured performers on Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance “Salon Series.” Pintchik will be joined by bassist Scott Hardy and drummer Michael Sarin.
Recently, the trio has been playing primarily in New York City at jazz venues. Pintchik’s latest CD, “We’re Here To Listen,” was reviewed by Jazziz Magazine’s Ross Boissoneau, who called it “an outstanding example of the [piano-trio genre].... Pintchik and her outstanding band take listeners on a lovely excursion.” Read more
Oh, my aching feet! If ever I wondered whether I had missed my calling to work in food service, the answer is now crystal clear. A few months ago, I accepted an invitation to represent The River Reporter and take part in the 5th annual Sullivan County Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Dinner (www.bgorange.org) held this past weekend in Callicoon, NY (www.villaroma.com). Read more
CALLICOON, NY — Forty local celebrities put on a really big show last Friday at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center, waiting on tables and providing entertainment to more than 350 paying guests at the annual Sullivan County Celebrity Dinner to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sullivan County. This year’s theme was “Music from Your Youth.” Read more
You never know what life is going to throw at you. On Sunday, January 24 my mother was having the time of her life at a cousin’s party, dancing and singing Irish songs. On Sunday, March 3 she was in the hospital fighting for her life. She is as yellow as a banana, and has a blockade in her bile duck, congestive heart failure and a urinary tract infection along with a blood infection. Read more