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‘Exploring the Small Farm Dream’

Guidance for turning ideas into action

By SANDY LONG

sandylong@riverreporter.com

HONESDALE, PA — It is said that everybody has a dream. For an increasing number of people, that dream revolves around the concept of small-scale farming that reconnects the farmer and the community she or he serves. To support those dreams, Penn State Extension (PSE) will offer “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” to be held in Honesdale in March.  Read more

All about butter, for Dairy Day

HONESDALE, PA — The 2012 Wayne County, PA/Sullivan County, NY Dairy Day/Ag Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday, February 20, at the Honesdale High School, 459 Terrace St. A 12 noon lunch, supported by exhibitors, supporters and participants, will be available to the two counties’ farming community members. Registration is requested by Friday, February 17.  Read more

A trip to Russia: Part II

So, Verotchka, how was Russia?

“Exciting,” I have answered and also, as any 85-year-old traveler can understand, “exhausting.” Just last week, at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance exhibit, glass of wine in hand, I surprised myself saying “maddening.”

“Russia was maddening!”

After all, it is frustrating for a big talker like myself to be unable to speak the language. And though the timbre of Russian was in my ears and heart in my father’s bass voice, I knew only a few words and had forgotten the Cyrillic alphabet I had learned as a child  Read more

A trip to Russia: Part 1

[Recently, Milanville, PA resident Sheila Dugan and Narrowsburg, NY resident Vera Williams took a trip to Russia. This week we print excerpts from Dugan’s extensive journal on the trip; next week we will print Williams’ account.]

Moscow, December 31, 2011
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Years of food and conviviality: A Main Street location through the decades

NARROWSBURG, NY — Now that there is a new restaurant inside 40 Main Street in Narrowsburg, the Heron, there seems to be a “now-things-are-as-they-should be” feeling in the community, because for the last five or six decades there has almost always been eatery of one sort or another in the space.

Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was the home of C & C Pizza Parlor, operated by Marty Criston and Bernie Creamer. Creamer, who still lives in Narrowsburg with his wife Carol, and whose children all graduated from the Narrowsburg School, said the town was quite a different place in those days.  Read more

Schoolyard habitats

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — “I believe schools often don’t realize what they have to work with right on their own grounds,” contends John Jose of Otter Creek Environmental Education Services based in Beach Lake.

To seize those opportunities, Jose has begun working with schools in Wayne County to help them expand the learning opportunities available outside their classroom walls. In doing so, Jose performs evaluations that take into account a school’s grounds from both a habitat and an educational perspective.  Read more

Sullivan County ‘strangers’ help launch documentary

ROSCOE, NY — What would you do if two total strangers came into your town, approached you on the street, began asking questions about the place where you live and then said they were looking for a night’s lodging?

That’s what Sarah Sellman, now 22, and Greg Grano, 21, did when they embarked on a journey in June 2010 to explore trust, fear and hospitality across America and between Americans. The initiative provided the basic framework for the film which they are now trying to finalize, “American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers.”  Read more

Institute offers year-long group meditation

HONESDALE, PA —Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, the spiritual leader of the world-wide Himalayan Institute, has spent years studying and living with diverse spiritual masters from the East. He is fluent in both Vedic and classical Sanskit and has two doctorates, one in Sanskit from the University of Allahabad and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. The author of 14 books, he has practiced yoga and tantra for more than 30 years. We recently interviewed him about the year-long meditation planned by the Himalayan Institute for 2012.  Read more

‘We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne’

The words for the most commonly sung song for English-speakers on New Year’s eve, “Auld Lang Syne,” come from an old Scottish ditty that was first published by the poet Robert Burns in 1796. Burns transcribed it (and made some refinements to the lyrics) after he heard it sung by an old man from the Ayrshire area of Scotland, Burns’s homeland. According to www.infoplease.com, “Auld Lang Syne,” which asks whether old friends and times will be remembered, is “one of the most popular songs that nobody knows the lyrics to."  Read more

Hanukkah decoded

With so much information available on the Internet these days, I thought it might be interesting to explore the meaning of various terms and traditions associated with Hanukkah, which started on December 20 this year. Having been raised with a Jewish education, I was surprised to discover some unknown facts and a few rare insights, as well as historical tidbits, songs and poems that enliven homes as families gather all around the world to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights.

What is Hanukkah?  Read more