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Local art for the holidays; The perfect last-minute gift

REGION — It’s one week before Christmas and you might still need to get gifts for loved ones on your list. A great gift idea is to purchase local art from one of the many galleries in our area. Many galleries are exhibiting special holiday shows, and they won’t be on display for much longer. So not only will you be shopping, but you can also take this time to view the exhibits, support local art, and have a good time. Buying art is a special and one-of-a-kind gift that people will appreciate. It also supports local artists and gives money back to the community.  Read more

Sharing the feast

NARROWSBURG, NY – At 11:50 a.m., the crowd gathering in the cold rain outside St. Paul’s Church parish hall is talkative, upbeat, and hungry. The doors to Katie’s Café, a free community meal program, open at 12 noon, but the wet weather and the guests’ unbridled enthusiasm guarantee early admission. In they come, trying to guess the menu from the aromas that greet them.  Read more

Adding the new to the old: How to build an addition on vintage houses

As owners of vintage houses know, each house has its own character, often just waiting to be discovered when a renovation project or home addition is planned, according to nationally known architect Mark Alan Hewitt. Along with Gordon Bock, the former editor of This Old House Journal, he gave a presentation about working on old houses at Lumberland Town Hall in early October to a full house. Their talk was based on a book they have co-authored on the subject, “The Vintage House,” which is full of ideas for sensitive additions and successful upgrades.  Read more

The out back

My 90-something great-grandfather had one in the ‘50s—a little house behind the bare-bones cottage that lacked even running water. It looked like a Tobacco Road shack and smelled to high heaven, but it served its purpose as a no-frills answer to nature’s calls.  Read more

Counting hawks for science and for fun

Fall is the season when flora and fauna prepare for the upcoming winter. Most trees and plants lose their leaves and go into winter dormancy; cold-blooded creatures, such as snakes and frogs, hibernate in various hiding places. For some birds, a long trip is on order. We hear large flocks of migrating geese as they fly high overhead around this time of year. The large number of eagles that overwinter here is a direct result of their migrating from their breeding territories in Canada to our region in order to find unfrozen waterways to fish.  Read more

‘Double double, toil and trouble’

Over the years, witches have gotten a bad rap. For instance, Shakespeare’s infamous hags that appear in “Macbeth” are discovered in a dark cave lit by flickering flames while lightning strikes and thunder booms. “Double, double, toil and trouble,” they chant, while tossing disgusting ingredients into their cauldron to complete the spell… “Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and toe of dog.” The well-known incantation conjures up images designed to strike fear of the unknown into the hearts of man… and succeeds.  Read more

Fire on the mountain; Fire towers of the Catskills and their vigilant observers

THE CATSKILLS — Martin (Marty) Podskoch is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop him from writing “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore.” Fascinated with these relics of our past, he visited all of the fire towers in the Catskills region and talked to the fire tower observers and their families. So how does he get to the top of a fire tower? “I just close my eyes and hold on to someone’s shoulders and follow them up,” Podskoch said.  Read more

Tinseltown on the Delaware: Milford welcomes 15th annual Black Bear Film Festival

MILFORD, PA — Milford rolls out the red carpet this Friday evening, as the Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) kicks off its annual three-day tribute to the art of independent filmmaking. Over the weekend, moviegoers will be able to view more than two dozen feature films, documentaries, shorts and more, many of them award winners.  Read more

Autumn harvest of the Native Americans

As a lifelong lover of pumpkin pie, I was delighted to learn that the main squash of the Lenape was pumpkin. The Lenni Lenape (Delaware) Indians were quite agricultural, with a focus (like many Native gardeners) on the “three sisters:” corn, beans and squash. These three staple crops supported Native American culture over much of the country.  Read more

Wood carvers hone their skills at fall gathering

CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP, PA — Wood carvers from far and wide came to an informal “carve-in” this past weekend at the Cherry Ridge Campsites outside Honesdale. Hosted by the Cherry Ridge Carvers Club, the event drew 150 people, not counting boys from four local Scout troops who came to learn the basics of this underappreciated hobby.  Read more