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The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.

In 2013, the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz launched an ongoing effort to catalogue as many species as possible throughout the watershed. This year’s event returns to the 2014 site at the Ten Mile...

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When I think of the term “baby on board,” I think of those signs that used to be popular in the back window of cars. They were meant as a warning to other drivers that the car did indeed have a...

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There are two schools of thought when it comes to side dishes. One contends that the main course is the star, bestowing a kind of benign neglect upon its accompaniments. The other deems those...

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June is officially bustin’ out all over. The hills are alive and the Upper Delaware River region is thrumming with activity. In the last few days, the Wonder Dog and I have been to the theatre, a...

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After a successful outing on the water, it’s hard not to fall for the misguided belief that “I’m getting pretty good at this fishing game!”

Unless you are targeting sunnies and perch, your...

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In last week’s Rivertalk column, Sandy Long told us that the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held this coming weekend at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in Tusten, NY. On Saturday, June 25...

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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

Three-time Mountain Stage finalist: Jason Myles Goss

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Jason Miles Goss, a three-time northeast finalist in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest and nationally touring artist, on Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill. Goss displays a broad range of influences, from Gillian Welch and A. A. Bondy, to Ryan Adams and The Wallflowers.  Read more

New York State Decentralization Grants awarded for cultural programming

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fifteen Sullivan County non-profit organizations have been awarded $16,300 in Decentralization Grants for cultural programming in 2014. An awards ceremony will be held later in the year at the Delaware Arts Center.  Read more

Milford actor meets Zane Grey; Helps celebrate his birthday

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Seventy-four years after his death, the popular Western novelist Zane Grey is still a local celebrity in the Upper Delaware River Valley. He was born on January 31, 1872, and on that date this year and for the following two days, his birthday will be celebrated at his Delaware River home in Lackawaxen (now the Zane Grey Museum, operated by the National Park Service). In addition, Zane Grey himself (portrayed by actor Darren Fouse) will visit his own birthday party at The Columns, the museum of the Pike County Historical Society, to share some of his own story.  Read more

The snow globe

Winter snow storms, like the one right after this past New Year, can turn the train ride into a snow globe. They were still cleaning the station platform when I pulled up for a late “snow day” train. Rather than take the day off, I wait for the plows to do my road and go in late. We prepare to leave the station when Conductor Eddy yells out his signature, “All aboard!” I get goosebumps of excitement as the doors close and we take off. The 6:55 is perfect on days like this and mainly for the ride alone; the sun won’t come up until around 7:30, so it’s still dawn’s early light.  Read more

Drug-free fish

While the medications we consume are meant to help us, when it comes to their potential impact on other species, the news is not good. In the past, we have been instructed to flush unwanted medications down the toilet. That strategy is no longer advised in Pennsylvania, where a better alternative is being put into place. According to Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Executive Director John Arway, even low doses of pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drugs can ultimately harm fish.  Read more