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CALLICOON, NY — It was first built in 1852, a few years after the first train ran through what was then Callicoon Depot, part of the railroad-related boom that turned a single house into a bustling community. Originally, it was built in the Greek revival style, but sometime around the turn of the 20th century, the roof was raised and two stories and a mansard roof were added to create the iconic structure that dominates Upper Main Street in Callicoon today. For well over 100 years, it was a vibrant part of the hamlet’s commercial life. Then, for some years, it lay dormant.

Actually, it was 47 years ago, and it happened on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, NY. But life on this planet was so different back then, it might as well have been in another galaxy altogether...

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Walk near almost any patch of forest, or even your backyard now, and you will either see or hear one or more chipmunks. As they dart around foraging for seeds or nuts and chattering, and perhaps...

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There was a tradition in many homes growing up, including mine, of setting up the Lionel Trains and tracks in some part of the house for the Christmas holidays. I am sure if my dad had his way...

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Spoiler alert! This one’s a little maudlin. While I did attend an actual fair last week, (www.delawarecountyfair.com...

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Many of us were lucky enough to have some early fishing experiences. Yet, as Robert Frost reminded us, “knowing how way leads on to way” we get sidetracked with “little things.” Little things like...

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Were you aware that Pennsylvania has a Wildlife Action Plan that guides how the state strives to conserve its most threatened wildlife species? First published in 2005, the 2015-2025 plan has...

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Teen Reading Lounge to discuss ‘Divergent’

HONESDALE, PA — Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) is an interactive book discussion series created by PA Humanities Council for public libraries to encourage teens, ages 12 to 18, to read and talk about literature that matters to them. Through book discussion and artistic workshops with a qualified facilitator, teens create special projects and sharpen critical thinking skills.  Read more

Not just for women; A new day in woodworking

GLEN SPEY, NY — The scene is as old as the first colonial American settlements and as modern as 21st-century America: four women friends, gathered around a crafting table, are working on projects while exchanging gossip and small talk. Their instructor interrupts the session with a drill sergeant bark, “I want these pieces as smooth as a baby’s butt!” The women gleefully pick up their tools and, one by one, power sanders roar to life. This is the April 2 meeting of the 2013-2014 Women’s Winter Wonderland Woodworking Workshop.  Read more

A big step backwards

New York State’s (NYS) new energy plan starts off with an overview, “Shaping the Future of Energy,” which expresses admirable aspirations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and move to renewable energy generation. The bad news comes in Volume II, which outlines the plan’s specifics in 618 pages of statistics and predictions.  Read more

Spring is trying to spring

After a few milder than normal winters, this winter has been an eye opener for many people; it has been cold with very few breaks and the wood pile that was slightly more than half used through last winter is now down to the last few logs of the last row. Spring officially arrived on March 20 this year, but as I write this column, it is 24 degrees and the wind is gusting up to 40 mph.  Read more

Sundance film series comes to Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Wayne County Public Library (WCPL), partnering with the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), has been honored by being selected to present a series of international film screenings funded by the Sundance Institute and its Film Forward project. The project uses the power of cinema to advance cultural dialog across generations, religions, ethnicity and borders. Pennsylvania was chosen as one of four states for these screenings.  Read more

Free bowling night for teens

CALLICOON, NY — Free bowling for teen and preteen youth at Krystal Bowl, 9202 State Rte. 97, is again offered on Saturday, April 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. Two games, shoe rental and supper are provided by Grace Lutheran Church of North Branch. Rev. Dr. Norm David, the church’s pastor, will be happy to provide transportation for any who need a ride. He may be reached at 845/482-4343.

Salon Series presents ‘Silverstein,’ a new play

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Salon Series presents a theatrical reading of “Silverstein,” a new play by Bill Donnelly, on Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. The reading will be held in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St.  Read more

Lyric Quartet begins Parksville USA festival

PARKSVILLE, NY — The Parksville USA Music Festival kicks off its 2014 concert series with The Lyric Quartet this Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at The Dead End Café.  Read more

Monticello school music groups perform in Albany

MONTICELLO, NY — On Friday, March 14 the Monticello High School Jazz Band, directed by Andrew Verdino, and RJK Middle School Jazz Band, directed by Mike Mingo, performed at the state capitol building in Albany for the annual Music in Our Schools month. The state capitol showcases talented student performing groups during the month of March every year. Pictured are the two performing groups and their directors.

International Tabletop Day comes to Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold its 2nd annual International Tabletop Day, a celebration of board games, on Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be five teaching tables, where visitors can learn new games or polish their skills at classics. A life-sized version of Carcassone will be set up on the stage. Two local game developers will demonstrate their in-progress creations; help them out by testing their games and offering them feedback. A kid’s table will keep the little ones occupied. All participants are encouraged to bring their own favorite games to play.  Read more

GLBT prom held locally

MATAMORAS, PA — The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will hold its 2nd annual GLBTQ and Ally Prom on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. The dinner/dance will be held at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing, 120 Rt. 6 and Rt. 209. This year’s theme is Mad Hatter. Local celebrity, Sugar, will be featured, with music provided by DJ Flow and Hot-Traxx Entertainment. There will be a photo booth provided by Flash Shack.  Read more

The Catskill Club: 1920s-themed black-tie event

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will present a night of entertainment that embraces the era of the 1920s at the exclusive speakeasy, “The Catskill Club,” on Saturday, April 12 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Monticello Casino & Raceway. The black-tie-optional event (costumes encouraged) is sponsored by Monticello Casino & Raceway, Empire Resorts, EPR Properties and Hart Howerton.  Read more

Upcoming concerts in Milford

MILFORD, PA — During April, Kindred Spirits Arts Programs will present the vocal group Calmus Ensemble on Saturday, April 5, and jazz singer Chris McNulty on Friday, April 25. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catharine St. The program will include early music from the time before Bach, songs by Brahms and Schubert, and German chansöns written by Ludwig Bohme. The five vocalists of Calmus have sung together since 1999, and have recorded 15 albums and performed at Carnegie Hall and other top concert halls throughout Europe and the Americas.  Read more

Pete Seeger celebration hosted by WJFF

HURLEYVILLE, NY — WJFF will host an evening of bluegrass, folk and Americana music in celebration of the life of Pete Seeger on Saturday, April 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum. The event features three live bands, a chance to sing along, pizza and fresh baked goods.  Read more

Southern soul in Hawley

HAWLEY, PA — The Gold Magnolias, a Southern soul band from Brooklyn, will return to Harmony Presents at the Silk Mill on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. The band’s music evokes such artists as The Alabama Shakes, Fats Domino and James Brown.

“Don’t be surprised if you end up dancing, stomping, clapping and singing,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents.  Read more

Political documentary features Milford’s Nick Troiano

MILFORD, PA — The PBS documentary “Follow the Leader” will have its Pennsylvania premier at the Milford Theatre at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. The film charts the lives of three high school class presidents, including Delaware Valley High School’s Nick Troiano, as they enter college and become politically involved. Over three life-changing years, they split into Republican, Democratic and Independent camps as each reconsiders his ambitions and rethinks what he truly believes.  Read more

Better late than never

Yes, I’m referring to the elusive springtime that teases and retreats, leaving me dumbfounded. One minute I’m singing a happy tune and the next? Well, the weeping willow springs to mind. According to my therapist, I have “control issues,” but even I can see the folly in thinking that I can force the seasons to change. Instead, I’ve chosen to force a few bulbs to bloom on my desk and pretend that spring has sprung. It is, after all, in the air. One of the signs of renewal popped up over the last week in Livingston Manor, NY, as an amazing aroma wafted down Main Street.  Read more

Ryan Broshear: gone fishin’

Rising country star and avid fisherman Ryan Broshear is packing a bag and heading for Sullivan County, preparing to throw out the first cast as Guest Celebrity during the trout season’s opening ceremony at Junction Pool in Roscoe, NY on Saturday, April 5. Roscoe has been known as Trout Town USA for decades and was named “The Ultimate Fishing Town in the USA” by the World Fishing Network (WFN) in June 2011, garnering bragging rights, global attention and a $25,000 prize given to the town for fishing-related activities. The town’s official website (www.roscoeny.com) states that Roscoe’s natural setting includes “five of America’s top trout streams and numerous reservoirs and lakes,” making the spot “an anglers paradise;” and it suggests that if visitors “come cast a line in our waters, they’ll be hooked for a lifetime.”  Read more

Breaking through (the ACA)

The ice dam has broken, finally. A huge berg twirls in the eddy, unwilling to float downriver to the sea. Chunks disengage, spiraling off from the mothership. I imagine a huge umbilical cord of ice holding on to the riverbed below like a tether, but it doesn’t sound likely, or scientific. I am witnessing the end of a long winter. The night’s rain has turned to frost on the lawn. The only color is the dull gray of tree trunks and the bright green of the Narrowsburg Bridge. My imagination is as dull as the landscape. But, look!  Read more

Reconnecting

While it may be hard to believe, given lingering low temperatures and a still-bleak landscape littered with dirty aging snow, spring is underway. Even for those of us who regularly venture outside to enjoy winter’s many fine qualities, this past winter has felt exceptionally long, punishingly cold and unusually restrictive.  Read more