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The force behind the Narrowsburg Union; Waking Rip van Winkle

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Weiden family has been a part of the Tusten community since 1904—that’s over 100 years ago. The family farm located five miles outside of town has been passed down through generations, and currently is a second home to married couple Brendan and Kathleen (Kathy) Weiden, who own the Narrowsburg Union.  Read more

RiverFolk and Jill Behling Padua – the face behind the music

“Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of folk,” I informed RiverFolk Concert Series promoter Jill Behling Padua, as we sat down to chat about the music, The Cooperage in Honesdale, PA and Padua herself, who is running the show behind the scenes. “Well, while the series is folk-influenced, it’s not just folk” Padua explained. “That’s a common misconception, due in part to our name, which really originated from being created by the river for the community of folk that inhabit our region.  Read more

Couples in Love

On January 21, The River Reporter initiated a contest on our Facebook page, inviting local lovers to post photos of themselves—and tell us a little bit about how they feel about each other—in a “Love Your Selfies” Valentine’s Day contest. The contest reached over 2,000 people by the judging deadline of Monday at 1 p.m. Faith and Auggie Metzinger racked up the biggest number of “likes,” and will receive a gift certificate to the Inn at Starlight Lake.  Read more

The jewel of The Heron

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Heron restaurant has become a popular bastion of Main Street, offering regionally sourced New American fare in a rustic setting. When asked to describe their new space, The Emerald Ballroom, Heron owners Paul Nanni and Marla Puccetti looked at each other with a sly smile. “The opposite of The Heron,” they said in unison.  Read more

Making a community: Hurleyville Maker’s Lab next step in Main Street Initiative

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Hurleyville Maker’s Lab had a soft opening on Monday night, becoming another part of The Center for Discovery’s Main Street Initiative. The initiative, according to John Conway, director of development at the center, aims to “bring back the community, so there is a place for the residents and visitors to interact, recreate, and to carry on their lives.”  Read more

I’m hooked on social media—are you?

I think I might have a problem, and it’s called the Internet. While the World Wide Web has come to offer so much to so many, it is not without drawbacks, and I find myself having issues with social media. Oh, sure, it started out innocently enough. My pals who had dabbled in it back in the days of MySpace encouraged me to check it out, but that site was clearly targeted for a younger group and didn’t really interest me.  Read more

Things to do when ‘there’s nothing to do’

The wintertime is when things slow down, and it’s easy to get bogged down in the feeling that “there’s nothing to do.” But winter brings its own set of activities. Some people enjoy this time to settle down, relax and stay at home. Others like to get out and do as much as possible, daring to brave the cold and snow. Here’s a guide for what to do, both indoors and outdoors.

If you want to stay inside

Watch Netflix  Read more

Only in the country; A tree, Diane Wiest and a gun

I moved to New York City in the fall of 1975. My first apartment (on West 85th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue) cost a whopping $165 a month. It was a studio apartment with a bathtub in the kitchen and a toilet in what once was a closet. Speaking of closets, there were none. As a full-time foot messenger for Media Sound Recording Studio, (after taxes) I cleared precisely $88 a week. Two weeks’ salary paid the rent. The leftover money went to food and an occasional Woody Allen movie. I certainly couldn’t afford a Christmas tree.  Read more

Homemade gifts in a jar

From cookies to soup, homemade gifts in a jar are perfect for the budget-minded holiday giver and it makes for a fun project. Be sure to include the baking or cooking instructions, as the receiver will have to add a few perishable ingredients to complete these gifts.  Read more

The first Christmas tree

REGION — I don’t really like sentences that start with “did you know,” but, did you know that the first Christmas trees for sale originated from the Catskills? It’s true. Mark Carr transported the trees from the Catskills to New York City, where he sold them at the Washington Market, or present-day Tribeca (which, did you know, is a portmanteau from Triangle Below Canal Street), in 1851. This was the country’s first Christmas tree lot.  Read more