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Tristate bike ride funds summer camp for sick children

TRI-STATE REGION — Hundreds of cyclists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and as far away as LA, Miami, Montreal, England and Israel hope to raise more than $3 million on a two-day, up to 180-mile bike trip for a cause they believe in—sending hundreds of Jewish children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses to summer camp. The event, Bike4Chai, now in its fifth year, is a project of Chai Lifeline, a Jewish charitable organization. This summer, Camp Simcha Special, located in Glen Spey, NY, will host 420 of these children for two-week camp sessions.  Read more

Studies say pesticides are killing bees; Manufacturers call studies flawed

The volume of the debate surrounding the death of up to a third of all honey bees in the United States during the winter, in a phenomena known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), was increased a notch this year as the results of a new Harvard study were released in May.  Read more

An American tradition: Diner Porn captures the classic eatery

SAUGERTIES, NY — One thing that makes diners so special is you know what to expect from them—breakfast foods and standard American favorites, old school or art deco décor, coffee—and yet the beauty is that each is different in its own way. That’s what Alecia Eberhardt and Tom Smith capture: the beauty of diners. They feature diners in the Catskills and other areas on their photo project Diner Porn.  Read more

Getting ahead in business: It’s no game

MONTICELLO, NY — June 30 is a big day for Laurette Pitts. She is a senior vice president and the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Empire Resorts, which owns Monticello Casino & Raceway. Monday marks not only the 10th anniversary of the Monticello “racino,” but also the culmination of many months of long days working to complete the company’s application to operate one of four new casinos coming to New York State.  Read more

The farmhand

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — Nadine Fattaleh is no shrinking violet. At 18, she left the security and familiarity of her home in Jordan to pursue an economics degree at Columbia University, decided when she got there to tack on a second major in sustainable development and now hopes to add a minor in visual arts as well. Knowing that there is a real-world gap between economic theory and practice, she signed on for an 18-day internship as a WWOOFer under the international program Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF).  Read more

Downhill racers rely on gravity power; Welcome to the Port Jervis Soap Box Derby

PORT JERVIS, NY — While many from the Upper Delaware region traveled south to watch stock cars burn thousands of gallons of gasoline at the Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 8, a smaller, yet just as passionate fan base gathered to watch a different kind of stock car barrel down Sussex Street in Port Jervis, NY—only these cars burned no fuel and were driven by children.  Read more

Raising wild gamebirds; A lesson in caretaking

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — This summer, Erin Denman, 14, a student in Tri-Valley Central School District, and Dustyn Kratz, 13, a student in Liberty Central School District, are among a select group of young people from 4H involved in raising wild pheasant chicks, which they will release into the wild this fall. This Cooperative Pheasant Chick Program goes back more than 100 years in New York State (NYS), and not only students, but also sportsmen’s and game hunting clubs participate, releasing the birds on their own property or in designated areas.  Read more

Mysteryland

Each year, Mysteryland sets up camp on beautiful grounds around the globe - from the lush green fields of Holland to the mountainous town of Picarquín, Chile. This year’s stop was the home of the legendary ’69 Woodstock - Bethel Woods, New York. Since 1994, they have hosted a multisensory festival that draws creative, electronic-music-loving tastemakers from around the world. They take pride in throwing a memorable party by bringing both internationally renowned and kick-ass up-and-coming artists to multiple stages.  Read more

From France to Callicoon: Biking around the world

CALLICOON, NY — What do you do when you realize your dream? When Bruno and Isabelle Frebourg dreamed of traveling around the world and meeting new people, they got started right away. The French couple has been cycling across 54 countries since 2006 and recently made a stop right here in the Upper Delaware River Valley.  Read more

A valley so green; Where summertime campers learn about the environment

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Summer camps come in all shapes and sizes, from those offering the traditional experience (recreation, arts and crafts, games and activities) to specialized camps focused on a particular interest (the performing arts, or science education, or instruction in a sport, etc.).  Read more