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An anniversary story

The Sullivan County Catskills was a summer haven in the 1950s, where I and many others in the New York City/northern New Jersey area spent our childhoods. Living within a reasonable driving distance from the Catskills, we drove our tightly packed jalopies over the bumpy old roads. Feeling nostalgic as our 40th wedding anniversary approached, it made perfect sense for my husband and me to travel today’s highways two short hours to arrive back at the old summertime homestead.  Read more

Ahoy! Trout Parade lands in Livingston Manor

Pirates, puppets and a parrot (yes, a real one!) took over Main Street Livingston Manor on Saturday for the 13th annual Trout Parade. The popular event was pirate-themed this year and parade scallywags, I mean participants, dressed up in boots and hats accessorized with hook hands, eye patches and swords. The parade was led by honorary Grand Marshal John Conway, the Sullivan County Historian, and included Rolling River Café, Cabernet Frank’s, NACL Theatre, local politicians Aileen Gunther and Zephyr Teachout, the Livingston Manor library and school band and others.  Read more

Local ingredients with a Southern flair; Lake House brings new life to old Mohican Inn building

GLEN SPEY, NY — There’s a new restaurant in Glen Spey on the shore of Mohican Lake, serving new-American food with a concentration on Southern cooking. The Lake House occupies the former Mohican Inn, and is owned by Shane Pearson, former Baker’s Tap Room owner, and Curtis Brown, who’s new to the area but is not new to the restaurant business.  Read more

Memorial to a practical man

Art Peck was a practical man. When his Narrowsburg neighbors decided to build a library, Art and his wife Beth donated the building and a lot more. If he needed a clock or a boat or a rocking chair, he built one for himself, and a few more for his friends and family. A generous man, he helped others without fanfare, expecting only a simple thank-you in return. He was a mentor to many and his barn/workshop in the Narrowsburg Flats was always open for kibitzing, working or just watching Art build his newest project.  Read more

A day on the river

I grew up on the Delaware River, almost literally (on River Road), and often went swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, snorkeling, sun bathing, you name it. However, I am far from a river expert; so when I had the opportunity to do a river trip with the National Park Service (NPS) I knew I would be learning a lot.  Read more

Independent campsites offer a break from city congestion

Michael D’Agostino and his wife Eloise were driving home from a “disastrous” camping trip (let’s just say a Wiccan full-moon ceremony was involved), when they passed by a bucolic farm. “What if we could camp there?” D’Agostino mused. Then the lightning bolt hit. What if we could camp THERE?  Read more

Conversations of heart, conservation of land: Women and Their Woods

Five years ago, perceptive staff members at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) recognized an increase in the number of women who own and manage forestland. In exploring this trend, they discovered that women landowners often feel they lack access to information that would help them make wise decisions about the land they love.  Read more

The boys (and girls) of summer are back in Glen Spey

GLEN SPEY, NY — Forget about the birds and the buds: when the mitts and the bats come out, you know that summer can’t be too far behind. They emerged in Glen Spey a couple of weekends ago in the first Little League game of the season, and Glen Spey resident and photographer John Cassidy captured these priceless moments for us.

They wave, I wave back: What drives a community activist?

If you go to the Tusten Town Board meetings, one of the faces that will become most familiar to you is that of Iris Helfeld. She is someone who is so passionate and so involved with community she should win an award. Oh wait—she did.  Read more

Luxury meets functionality; The Velvet Maple opens in Honesdale

Alessandra Iavarone’s new favorite word is “juxtaposition.” Her store, The Velvet Maple, on Main Street in Honesdale, PA, is a study in contrast—chandelier versus industrial, trendy but functional, cutting edge meets classic. In the shop you’ll find clothing, accessories, home décor, textiles and more.  Read more