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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge

GLEN SPEY, NY — The Eldred High School girls varsity soccer team kicked off what will be a school-wide sports team Ice Bucket Challenge after their morning practice at George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School Thursday, August 21. It had been scorching hot the previous few days, but on this day, clouds appeared, and it was cool. The girls, however, were hot after their soccer practice and took part enthusiastically, pouring the ice buckets, standing in a line, encouraging each other.  Read more

Lenape Nation journeys down the Delaware: New treaty seeks partners to be caretakers of the land

At the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen on August 4, representatives of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Wallenpaupack Historical Society signed the treaty, along with Robin Hoose (Lenape name: Good-Hearted Woman), a volunteer with the Lenape Nation for the past 12 years, who assisted with public relations for the trip and shuttling the paddlers on the journey.  Read more

The Weather Project: Forecast calls for epic event!

TOWN OF HIGHLAND, NY — Whether the weather cooperates or not, an event of epic proportions will storm into Yulan, NY this weekend, raining down upon the Yulan Ball Field in the Town of Highland, on August 9 at 6:30 p.m. as The Weather Project Community Play premieres.  Read more

For the love of wood; Local festival expected to draw thousands

MILFORD, PA — Skilled woodcrafters will amaze you. Experts in chainsaw carving will impress you. The music of wood instruments will float through the air. Visitors to the 10th annual Festival of Wood, to be held this weekend at Grey Towers National Historic Site, will experience all of this and more, including the chance to see and purchase the works of 25 fine-art woodcraft vendors who create beautiful one-of-a-kind works of art and useful handmade objects from humble chunks of wood.  Read more

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