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Shakespeare sings!

While opera has long been considered an art form considered by many to be “an acquired taste,” Delaware Valley Opera Company’s (DVO) artistic director Carol Castel is bound and determined to dispel that myth once and for all. To that end, Castel and Co. have designed the 2012 season as a pastiche, inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, whose prolific body of work has been the catalyst for musical interpretation, enduring the test of time since his birth in 1564.  Read more

Healthy hiking in the Upper Delaware River Valley

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — For the past year, the National Park Service has been mapping trails and working on the creation of the new brochure, “Take A Hike! Trails of the Upper Delaware River Valley,” in order to provide expanded hiking opportunities and information to river region visitors.  Read more

Final duty station for a local World War II Navy man

COCHECTON, NY — It all began in June 2010. I was downsizing my life to travel. De-cluttering unnecessary stuff was a pretty simple task for a military man who was experienced at traveling light for 28 years. But there remained one piece in my life that needed tending to in a more dignified manner. I had been given my father, Owen Baker’s, WWII Navy “Cracker Jack” uniform complete with hat and medals. He wanted me, a Navy man who followed in his footsteps, to cherish this sacred piece of his life.  Read more

The Liberty Free Theatre celebrates life

As I read through my e-mails last week, a press release from the Liberty Free Theatre (LFT) caught my attention. “We’re gearing up for our eighth season,” it began, “with a special event production of Constance Alexander’s ‘The Way Home’ as a fundraiser for CROC (Citizens Reunited to Overcome Cancer).” Some of the words leaped off the page, shouting at me, causing me to pause. CROC. Cancer. Home.  Read more

Local bat researchers shed ultraviolet light on white nose syndrome

SHOHOLA, PA — Bat researchers based in Shohola are employing an unconventional tool—ultraviolet light—in efforts to unlock another piece of the puzzle that is white nose syndrome (WNS), the mysterious disease that started in the Albany, NY area in 2005-06 that has killed millions of bats and continues to spread. One potential outcome of the research could be clues to a precursor condition that sets the stage for further development of the fungal phase that typically leads to a bat’s death.  Read more

Marketing maple: Tours, training and an unusually warm season

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Anyone who has ever thought that pure maple syrup is too expensive need only visit a local sugar bush to gain a good perspective on what it takes to make the delicious product that sweetens our lives in so many ways.

For starters, producing one gallon of the syrupy stuff requires harvesting 40 gallons of tree sap using a variety of practices involving taps, buckets, tubing and more. Next is the fairly grueling process of boiling that sap down to concentrate the sugars over an intense period of time.  Read more

“One man’s trash...

...is another man’s treasure.” Taking a peek into my garage, these words speak volumes. According to www.quotecounterquote.com, this common expression has been “a popular proverbial saying in America since the late 20th century. Its basic meaning is that something which seems worthless to one person is often deemed valuable by another.”  Read more

Mind, Body & Spirit Expo: A (psychic) fair to remember

MATAMORAS, PA — On Sunday, April 1, hundreds of people gathered at the Best Western/Hunts Landing in Matamoras to explore alternative forms of healing, thinking and living—but regardless of the calendar date, the fair was no joke. I was drawn to the event, sponsored by All Better Central (www.allbettercentral.com), a center “dedicated to promoting physical, emotional and spiritual well-being,” by a flyer promoting “vendors, demonstrations, aura photography, psychic readers and healers.”  Read more

Sullivan County attorney and friends ‘humbled’ by response to new book

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two women—one of them Sullivan County’s senior assistant attorney Cheryl McCausland—have published a book in which they share their personal encounters with the spiritual world. “Intertwined: Humble Journeys on the Pathway to God,” is a heartfelt and candid account of how each arrived at the shared belief that “human souls are predisposed to seek God and, by doing so, journey with the souls of others on the pathway to Him.”  Read more

The 2012 prophesies: Fact or fantasy?

Doomsday is a strong word. Merely uttering it aloud conjures up all sorts of scenarios in one’s head, but ultimately it leads to the same conclusion. No matter how you slice it, and regardless of the language, dictionaries around the globe agree that doomsday is defined as “the last day of the world’s existence.”  Read more