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What to make of Grandma Michele; Spreading the power of happiness

Michele Schuchman is a free spirit who marches to her own drumbeat, as many people in and around the Upper Delaware River Valley can tell you. Perhaps you’ve seen her in full costume, marching in a parade, or at a local event somewhere, or engaging an audience of children in conversation with her ever-present puppets. She is perhaps better known only as “Grandma Michele,” someone that (if you were writing a novel) would be a somewhat odd character who provides “local color.” Grandma Michele definitely provides color.  Read more

Chuck Myers: a community caretaker

ELDRED, NY — Chuck Myers gathers his wife Ruth gently into his arms with the tenderness one might use when handling a delicate flower or fragile bird. With 67 years of marriage behind them, the couple is navigating new terrain as Ruth enters the ever-changing landscape of Alzheimer’s disease.  Read more

‘struck’ at the NACL; This time, it’s personal

The 2013 season at the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) theatre in Highland Lake, NY will open this weekend with a very personal story. The company’s cofounder and artistic director, Tannis Kowalchuk, describes the new play, “struck,” as a multi-media journey into the mind, soul and altered dimensions of a woman’s brain. It shares Kowalchuk’s own experience of suffering a stroke.

Kowalchuk has created and performed in over 16 NACL productions and has toured to Canada, England, Italy and Balkan Europe, but the story of “struck” began right here in her own backyard.  Read more

A field day for writers

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be something for almost everyone at River Rocks Poetry Jamboree (PoJam, for short), the all-day event on May 18 in Narrowsburg that marks the 20th anniversary of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC). From 1 to 10 p.m., seven individual events, all free of charge, will celebrate the art and craft of writing: a parade; a panel discussion; an afternoon wine and cheese reception; a book launch and signing; an open microphone session; a poetry reading followed by a Q&A session; and an evening reception with refreshments.  Read more

The doctor has a good barnyard manner; Making one chiropractic adjustment at a time

BEACH LAKE, PA — Harry the horse is seeing a chiropractor.

At first his owner, Holly Johannes of Beach Lake, didn’t know what was wrong. Harry’s a show horse, but last year he stopped cooperating in the show ring. The judges told Johannes that Harry was probably burned out, tired of competing, that it might be the end of his show days.  Read more

Building a masterpiece; One LEGO at a time

WAYMART, PA — There’s nothing like a kid’s imagination.

Put 41 kids under one roof, ask them to build a house out of LEGOs®, tell them it’s a contest, and you’re sure to get some colorful and creative structures. The young contestants, ranging in age from five to 12 years old, gathered Saturday afternoon for the annual LEGOs competition sponsored by the Wayne County Builders Association (WCBA) at Ladore Camp and Conference Center in Waymart.  Read more

Swimming with pachyderms in Thailand

LAMPANG, THAILAND — Fremont resident Don Downs and his wife Edie travelled to Thailand in February and spent a couple of days living with elephants.  Read more

Overcome obstacles at the Prompton Punisher

PROMPTON, PA — Can you run 10 miles? How about 20? How about 30 miles through streams and over rocks? That’s what some runners will attempt at this year’s Prompton Punisher, a trail runners’ race, to be held June 8 at Prompton State Park.

Participants can choose to be punished in a 10-, 20-, or 30-mile trail run. The course is 10 miles, so those doing 30 miles would circle it three times. The obstacles are natural—rocks, roots, stumps, streams and hills. Race director Paul Maopolski says it’s challenging.  Read more

YEG—the little group that could

LIBERTY, NY — A group of teenagers is crowded around a table full of food, devouring everything edible with an efficiency that would shame a horde of locusts. Of course, that doesn’t prevent them from talking animatedly and keeping constant check on their cell phone screens. At first glance there’s nothing remarkable in this scene—until you listen in on the conversation at hand. These young adults are talking about business and ecology and social justice. This is the weekly meeting of the Youth Economics Group (YEG), held in the basement of First Presbyterian Church of Liberty.  Read more

‘Iron Maidens’ come to Honesdale

STARLIGHT, PA — Linda Lovstad and her French horn have traveled the world together, performing in symphony and opera orchestras, bands, wind and brass quartets and even Broadway pit ensembles. Now, as one of the “Iron Maidens,” the female French horn players of Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra (NTSO), she will perform this Saturday, April 6 at the Honesdale High School auditorium, not so far from her weekend and future retirement home in Starlight in northern Wayne County.  Read more