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August 26, 2016
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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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Golden eagles 'phone home'

If you have been lucky this winter, you may have seen a migrant golden eagle; a few visit each winter from Canada. Recently though, migrations of eagles and other raptors have incurred additional risk with the increase in the numbers of wind turbines on ridges that raptors use for orographic or ridge lift during migration.  Read more

Thoughts on February

[Editor’s note: The River Reporter welcomes Andy Boyar, one of the most passionate fishers we know, as our new fishing columnist. His column will run during the fourth week of every month in the winter months and twice a month—the second and fourth weeks—once the fishing season starts. Welcome aboard, Andy!]  Read more

Opossum afoot

As winter’s grip begins to loosen, wildlife start to emerge and our encounters with them increase. Such was the case for a small opossum that appeared at my door one recent evening as it scrounged for sustenance.

Well adapted in terms of diet, opossums are omnivores and enjoy a variety of foods such as fruits, seeds, meat, eggs, insects and carrion. Although they often den in hollow trees, logs or brush piles, opossums are also well adapted to human environments and will sometimes seek shelter in culverts and beneath outbuildings.  Read more

Member art show at Starlight Lake

STARLIGHT, PA — “Winter Barn” by Diane Kimberley is among the works of art to be featured during the month of March for The Big D Arts and Crafts League member show in the gallery at the Inn at Starlight Lake. There will be oils, watercolors, photography, scratch boards as well as tiles. For more information, call 800/248-2519 or visit www.innatstarlightlake.com.

Community meeting

“We know that many of the neighbors are here,” the woman in a business suit said diplomatically. “We, of course, expect that most of them are against us getting this application approved.”  Read more

Birds of a feather

After weeks of being cooped up with the winter blues, I rejoined the world last week and ventured forth, thanks to Mother Nature’s reprieve. Warmer temps and the recent snowmelt resulted in my feeling far less chicken about driving around the Upper Delaware River valley, so I spread my wings and flew to Callicoon, NY and a rare night out with like-minded folks.  Read more

Chili and wing cook off at Ehrhardt’s

HAWLEY, PA — The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce will present the 12th annual Chili and Wing Cook Off on Sunday, March 2 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant. Participants can enter their favorite chili and/or wing recipe to be tasted and judged to win prizes. The cook-off begins at 12 noon. The doors remain open for admission with food available until 3 p.m.  Read more

Art exhibit by people with developmental disabilities

NARROWSBURG, NY — SullivanArc hopes to help draw attention to National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month during March with its seventh annual art exhibit titled “Expressions 2014,” featuring paintings by people with developmental disabilities. The opening reception is on Saturday, March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in the second floor LOFT Gallery. The event is free and the public is invited.  Read more

DV Music Department to hold fundraising craft fair

MILFORD, PA — The Delaware Valley (DV) Music Department Booster Club will hold a vendor and craft fair on Saturday, March 1 in the DV Middle School cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be over 16 vendors selling jewelry, Mary Kay Cosmetics, hand bags, Tupperware and more.  Read more

Danny Fitzgerald blues and jazz at two local venues

HONESDALE, PA AND BETHEL, NY — Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost and Wandering Blues and Jazz Band will perform at the Dancing Cat Saloon, Route 17B in Bethel on Friday, February 28 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, March 1 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. in Honesdale at 7 p.m. The show will feature original jazz and blues music from the world-famous street band.  Read more

Americana Groove with Andrew & Noah

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host Andrew & Noah, most commonly known in band formation as the Andrew & Noah Band, on Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hawley Silk Mill. Having a sound they’ve coined as “Americana Groove,” these two brothers have been to festival stages and concert halls all over North America. Their material, written by fiddler Andrew and guitarist Noah VanNorstrand, is a mix of Appalachian, Celtic, classic country and Bluegrass, jazz and swing, Cajun, Zydeco and alternative folk.  Read more

UpFront presents the late Milford icon Joe Splendora

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will have the remaining contents of the Estate of the Works of Joe Splendora. This collection of over 220 oil paintings and watercolors will be on exhibit on Saturday, March 1 from 3 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Final Friday Comedy Nights continue

HAWLEY, PA — On Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m., Harmony Presents will host another Final Friday Comedy Night in the Boiler Room of the Hawley Silk Mill located on the ground floor at 8 Silk Mill Dri. The line-up consists of Eric Neumann, Brian DeMoy and Marc Gerber.  Read more

Taking the time for new life; Furniture restoration and body building

LIBERTY, NY — On a rural back road in Liberty there exists an unseen world.  Read more

A chance encounter

Valentine’s Day always brings a crowd on the train trying to get home early to loved ones. When it landed on Friday this year, the train was especially packed with travelers, flowers in hand, myself included. I grabbed the train north from Hoboken Terminal, and it being the first station, I got a two-for-one, not only a seat on what would be a crowed train, but also a chance encounter.  Read more

Some winter projects are for the birds!

As I look out the window, it is snowing; there is already 12 inches on the ground from a previous storm, and now another foot or so is forecast to fall. Most of us have already stocked up on groceries. Schools have closed for the day and the kids are likely looking for something to do. Will mid-February be the onset of cabin fever for the region?  Read more

2014 Artists in the Community grant opportunities

NARROWSBURG, NY — Applications are now available for 2014 Artists in the Community grants. Any individual artist who is a resident of Sullivan County can apply.  Read more

Call for visual artists: ‘The Weather Outside My Window’

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The Weather Project (TWP) is a series of events, performances, symposiums and workshops about the weather and climate change produced by NACL Theatre and a variety of community organizations. Two centerpieces of the project include the creation of a massive outdoor pageant play slated for August 9, 2014 in the Town of Highland; and a public art show titled “The Weather Outside My Window.”  Read more

Short film being shot in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — Nicholas Giuricich is preparing to direct a short film he wrote, “The Commitment,” this coming March in Monticello. An intense family drama, the film treats the difficult question of whether to stay or to leave the abusive people in one’s life.  Read more

Apply for NACL Theatre retreat

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Apply now to be a participant of the 2014 NACL Theatre retreat, to be held June 1 to 8, 2014. Led by NACL Theatre artists, the retreat is designed for performers, dancers, directors, writers, ensemble members and solo artists. The week-long intensive takes place at NACL in Highland Lake and explores techniques of original theatre-making, physical composition, song, creation, writing and collaboration.  Read more