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Long before the Plymouth brethren sat down with the Wampanoag Tribe at the 1621 feast generally considered to be the first Thanksgiving, the Lenni Lenape occupied the Upper Delaware area, enjoying the bounty yielded by the land and the water, and holding ceremonies to thank the gods and spirits for it and to participate in its renewal. Unfortunately, the surviving information about many of these ceremonies is sparse. But we do know something about “Gamwing,” or the Big House Ceremony, a post-harvest festival that has some features similar to our own Thanksgiving.

According to Benjamin Franklin, both “stink after three days” (, and he very well may have been right. I tested...

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The natural world is endlessly interesting and many of us who are not scientists nevertheless devote careful attention to what we observe around us. That devotion is not wasted, and in fact, is...

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There are quite a few couples who commute regularly on the train. They have their routines like anyone else, and when they act as a team it is noticeable. Artie and Pat are one such couple. On any...

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With the big day looming, no doubt you’re giving some thought to what will grace your Thanksgiving table. Who am I kidding? You’re probably going to make the exact same menu as last year (and the...

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But, as Harper (“To Kill A Mockingbird”) Lee once famously said, “You can’t choose your family.” As Thanksgiving approaches, this ever-so-slightly paraphrased sentiment rings true for many of us,...

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On Friday, November 13, the sky at Sunrise Mountain at Stokes State Forest, NJ dawned red with broken clouds and a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph. The wind wasn’t entirely favorable for migrating...

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Tackling illegal dumping in PA

An Illegal Dumpsite Survey (IDS) of Pennsylvania has been completed, and the results aren’t pretty. From 2005 to 2013, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB) performed the county-based survey of the Commonwealth, identifying 6,487 illegal dumpsites containing an estimated 18,516.83 tons of trash.

The results only capture sites that are visible from the public right-of-way and do not include farm dumps or dumps on private lands. For this reason, KPB notes, “It can be presumed that there are significant numbers of illegal dumpsites out of sight on private property.”  Read more

Word of the day: ephemeral

Words. Can’t get enough of them. My ongoing love affair with language continues to flourish as I constantly strive to find new ways with which to describe my adventures here in the Upper Delaware Valley. Although today’s word is no stranger to me, it cropped up repeatedly over the last week, and so I decided to flip through the dictionary, lest I be using it improperly.

Ephemeral—(adjective): Lasting for a very short time. Fashions are ephemeral… Having a very short life cycle (chiefly of plants).  Read more

Do something about the weather

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — As the region swelters this week in the summer sun, Mark Twain’s famous line comes to mind: “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” As it turns out, however, a lot of local people and organizations are about to do something by getting involved in a year-long, multi-faceted community arts, science and history venture called The Weather Project (TWP).  Read more

One-man art show set for Liberty

LIBERTY, NY — Painter and poet Clyde Washington will present “The Inspirational Art Show: The War with God” at the Days Inn on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. Washington presents a combination of surrealistic paintings accompanied by readings of his own poetry that enhance the message of each painting.

There will be a performance by blues singer and songwriter Debbie Fisher at 3 p.m. A portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to the NAACP.

Tickets cost $15 and there will be an assortment of food available at a nominal cost. Call 845/ 292-1226.

Coal Town Rounders at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — A “Concert in the Coop” at The Cooperage will be held on Friday, July 26 with the Coal Town Rounders, a hard-driving traditional bluegrass band that draws inspiration from all types of old-time string music. They have opened for the Lumineers, Emmy Lou Harris and The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. BYOB. Donations will be collected at the door.  Read more

Live comedy with Marion Grodin at the Sullivan

ROCK HILL, NY — The Sullivan Hotel welcomes a night of comedy featuring Marion Grodin on Saturday, July 27 at 9 p.m. at the hotel.

Grodin’s credits include appearances on “The View” and “Conan,” as well as performances with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Roseanne Barr,

The evening will also host comedians J.F. Harris of The Del Close Marathon and The Great Canadian Laugh Off, and Rich Kiamco, who has been seen on “The Howard Stern Show” and “Bravo.”

Tickets can be purchased online ( for $20 or at the door for $25.  Read more

Ardent hiker publishes guide to Catskills peaks

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Alan Via will present a program based on his book, “The Catskill 67: A Hiker’s Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3500,” on Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors in the Catskill Park Room. He is only one of a small handful of hikers to have hiked all the Adirondack and Catskill 100 highest peaks, the latter with his dog Bookah.  Read more

New exhibits at DVAA

NARROWSBURG, NY — Three new exhibits opened at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery on Friday, July 12. Two of the exhibits are still on display and will be until August 3. The exhibit “Art in Bloom” was a group exhibition and featured floral arrangements that complemented works of art. It ran for one weekend only (see page 24).  Read more

Twenty artists present ‘Farm Art’

CALLICOON, NY — Twenty area artisans and the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets Association will present an art exhibit titled “Farm Art: A Celebration of Local Foods” to be held at the Jennifer Reeves Gallery, 21 Lower Main St., on July 19, 20 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

A free cocktail reception and silent auction will be held July 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Proceeds go to support the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets. Refreshments will be provided by supporters of the farmers’ markets.

Graff on ‘bypassing parenting’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present author Laurie Graff reading her essay from the new anthology “No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood” at the CAS Arts Center on Sunday, July 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. After the reading, CAS will also host a discussion of the essay’s ideas in light of its current exhibition “Out of Place,” exploring themes of parenthood, humor and anxiety.  Read more

Flamenco Trio to perform in PA

MILFORD AND HAWLEY, PA — The New York-based flamenco trio Segue will present “Ritmo, Color, y Pasion” on Saturday, July 27, at the Milford Theatre at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, at the Hawley Silk Mill at 2 p.m.

Segue offers flamenco music with a twist: in addition to having a guitarist (Jared Newman) and dancer (Eva Conti Algeria), this trio features a violinist, Sarah E. Geller.  Read more

Forgotten hero to be discussed

HONESDALE, PA — On Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) will host guest speaker Linus Myers, who will present a talk about a local forgotten hero, Jeremiah Gunn of Honesdale, and his involvement in the Civil War battle at Gettysburg. Gunn, who died in 1889, is buried in the Glen Dyberry Cemetery in Honesdale.

WCHS welcomes the public to a talk every Sunday this summer throughout July and August at its museum, located at 810 Main St. Visit or call 570/253-3940 for a schedule of speakers.  Read more

Studio Monday to hold art exhibit at Grahamsville library

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — There will be an opening reception for a Studio Monday art exhibit in the lower level gallery and community room of the new Daniel Pierce Library on Sunday, July 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. The show runs through August 25. The exhibit will include acrylics, watercolors and oil paintings by various artists including artworks by founder Evelyn Porter.

Studio Monday represents a group of local area artists who meet regularly to support and encourage each others' different art forms. For more information, call 845/985-7233.

‘Earth Tones’ features Emmart, Lieberman, Teppich

BETHEL, NY — The Stray Cat Gallery on Route 17B will hold an opening reception for “Earth Tones,” an exhibit featuring the works of Dale Emmart, Glenn Lieberman and Naomi Teppich, on Saturday, July 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.  Read more

Artists’ Open Studio Tour slated

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Wayne County artists will open their studios to the public free of charge for three days in the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) 2013 Artists’ Studio Tour on Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. In addition, several galleries, most of them in Honesdale, will exhibit numerous local artists’ works. Several new artists have been added this year.  Read more

Milford museum preserves major historical relic

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society, located in Milford, PA, is home to a blood-stained flag that cradled the head of mortally wounded President Abraham Lincoln the night of his assassination at Ford’s Theatre. Simply called “The Lincoln Flag,” this blood relic made its way to Milford in 1888 at the hand of Jeannie Gourlay, an actress in the production of “Our American Cousin,” the play being performed on that fateful night.  Read more

Your counter-fascism toolkit

According to numerous public health studies, just washing your hands on a regular basis—a simple, mundane activity if ever there was one—actually provides one of the most effective measures for preventing the spread of many diseases. Preventing the spread of the “social disease” called fascism is a bit more complex, but many of the preventive measures that are available to each and every one of us are similarly simple and mundane.  Read more

Lake Huntington News July 18

My husband Tommy had a big birthday coming and I did not know what to get the man who has everything (including the best wife ever). When Tommy was 20 and in Vietnam, he said he should have zigged when he zagged, and he stepped on a land mine. He was awarded a Purple Heart. With the 4th of July just passing, it got me to thinking about war and all who fought to keep us free. Tommy was the first person I thought of, and that is when it came to me—you have to get Tommy registered in the Purple Heart Hall of Honor. So we took a little mini vacation, and down to New Windsor, NY we went.  Read more

Lucy Ann

Lucy Ann Lobdell is among us again.

This woman, known as “The Hunter” to my family and old time neighbors, is the subject of a new historical novel, “The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell,” by Fremont Center, NY resident William Klaber (Greenleaf Book Group Press, June 18, 2013).

A fictionalized memoir, the book traces Lucy’s life as she made her way in the world after she changed into her brother John’s clothes, bound her chest, and left home to live her life as a man named Joseph.  Read more

Lake Huntington News July 11

We were blessed with great weather for the 4th of July and the weekend to follow. I had a fun time riding my husband’s scooter in the Narrowsburg parade. My mother lived on the parade route and she always made us get chairs out on the road early to save the spaces so you could watch the parade. This year a lady came over and asked if she could sit with us. When she was sitting there, she told me she reads my column and knew that that was my mother’s house and just wanted to say she was sorry that my mom passed away. I have amazing people reading my column.  Read more

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