For something completely different, a song springs to mind as I ponder the last weeks and all that has transpired. With almost two full months under my belt since being released from the hospital, languishing on the couch (which is now in a secret, undisclosed location) no longer seems like a viable option. Now that I have an Internet connection, my world has once again opened its doors and invited me to participate. So I bit the proverbial bullet and ventured forth—with help from others, of course! Read more
Recently, I visited the Sunday worship service of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which meets in Beach Lake, PA. (In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that the minister of that congregation is also the publisher of this newspaper.) I was there to watch two of my favorite human beings, Mort Malkin and Christine San Jose, present a brief discussion they titled, “Can These Dis-United States Ever Find Common Ground?”—or, as I jokingly suggested they subtitle the program, “How Much Longer Can We Keep From Shooting Each Other?” Read more
My daughter wants to curl her hair. Like me, she has straight hair without a thought of wave. Without a working electric curling iron, we have resorted to an antique iron held in the gas stove burner. I’m learning again how to use this old fashioned gizmo so that the curls come out fat and springy. She bounces around the house, enjoying this foray into curly-haired beauty. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — “The Grandeur of Spring” is one of the works of art by Lucille Norella that will be on display throughout March at Wayne Memorial Hospital’s second floor David Katz Conference Room and first floor corridor. The hospital is located on Park Street in Honesdale.
BETHEL, NY — The Literacy Volunteers presents a Dessert Extravaganza to benefit The Bethel Literacy Center and Past Perfect Bookstore in White Lake on Sunday, March 18 at Friends Restaurant in Smallwood from 1 to 3 p.m. The price per person is $20. This event is open to the public. To attend, call 845/292-7915 or 794-0017.
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Town of Fallsburg has received a grant of $1,240 for a free concert series that takes place in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Mother Joan LaLiberté was on hand at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) headquarters to accept the award on February 18, along with Certificates of Commendation to the Town of Fallsburg from State Senator John J. Bonacic and New York State Assemblymember Aileen M. Gunther.
The funds originate from the New York State Council on the Arts regranting program and are administered by DVAA. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — In recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, SullivanArc will present Expresssions 2012 at the Loft Gallery of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance from Saturday, March 3 to Saturday, March 31. The artwork in the exhibit has been created by individuals with developmental disabilities. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PORT JERVIS, NY — Look “Through the Eyes of Wendell M. Upchurch” on March 3 at the UpFront Exhibition Space. This is the most complete series of Upchurch’s eccentric paintings ever shown in the Northeast. The works will be displayed from 12 noon to 9 p.m. with a reception from 3 to 7 p.m.
Upfront has acquired the rights to this complete collection and will offer the art for sale. Most have been stored away and not seen since his death 12 years ago. Read more
CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Warm away your winter blues with a hot bowl of hearty homemade soup, a warm roll and a sweet treat. The Friends of the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation are holding their second annual Soup Dinner at 4 p.m. on March 3 at The Drew United Methodist Church, 49-51 Sussex St. in Port Jervis. For $5, each meal will consist of an assortment of 10 delicious hand-made soups (choose one), along with bread, beverage and dessert. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Eat-in or takeout will be available. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Carl Richards Band (www.carlrichardsband.com) will perform at Woodsongs Coffeehouse at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, March 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. The band plays acoustic rock and roll, old country, original songs and a touch of blues. The band has been performing for more than 25 years, and has opened for such greats as Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck, Leon Russell, Delbert McClinton and Little Sammie Davis. The evening will also feature a debut performance by Sullivan County’s newest acoustic duo - Steve Schwartz and Antoine Magliano. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) and the Wayne County Public Library (WCPL) will celebrate the grand re-opening at their new office and classroom space at 812 Main St., in the Jason Torrey Land Office on Friday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. WCPL’s Executive DirectorTamara Murray, said, “During tough economic times, non-profits need creative strategies to support programs, personnel and events. Collaboration is a paradigm shift, a new way of thinking and relating to resources, values and expertise that encourages individual sustainability and shared success.” Read more
Two weeks ago, while in the throes of recuperation, I sent up smoke signals in a column and on Facebook, asking for assistance. While I received many responses, my iffy Internet connection made it nigh-on impossible to follow up with most of them in a timely manner, and my frustration level reached the boiling point when I realized another weekend was going to be a wash for me. Read more
SHOHOLA, PA — What started out as a men’s cheesecake cooking competition a quarter century ago has evolved into the 26th annual Men’s Winter Olympics held at Rohman’s Inn located in Shohola. The historic structure, which features a small bowling alley where bowlers set their own pins, was thronged with participants and observers on February 25. Read more
Basically since the first week, the class I am teaching at New York University has very quickly turned into something that I just do. It’s now officially part of my routine.
At first, I got to school a half an hour early and anxiously waited in the room, hands folded and smiling warmly when the students showed up. Last week when I showed up exactly on time, the (mostly) full class was waiting for me. My sunglasses were still perched low on my nose, and I was a bit groggy from the previous (a-bit-later-than-it-should-have-been) night.
Here’s the dialogue. Read more
A five-minute walk from The River Reporter office on Erie Avenue in Narrowsburg, NY leads to a site where a beaver has constructed a lodge from nature’s building supplies gathered along the banks of the Delaware River. Although ice has threatened the structure several times, the mild winter has largely left the water in a fluid state, allowing the mound of saplings, branches and brush to remain intact. Read more
Since the 1950s, researchers have been using telemetry to study the movements of animals in the wild. One limitation back then was that only large animals, such as elk or bear, could be telemetered, because the technology of the day was vacuum tubes and relativity short-lived battery packs. But then came the age of the transistor, then the integrated circuit, and finally, hybrid chips containing millions of transistors. One desktop PC would have filled up an average town meeting hall in 1975 for a system of equivalent capability. Read more
Let us go back in time to August 21, 2010. Due to the generosity of Mr. Gibson McKean, my fishing buddy Dr. Oliver Herz, DVM, and I were to have an opportunity to fish Cliff Lake. Mr. McKean owns the land surrounding the lake and also has the key to unlock the gate guarding the premises. We were to meet Mr. McKean at noon so that he could guide us through the maze of dirt roads that lead to the lake and also unlock the gate for us. Read more