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Gallery Eva opens in Callicoon; An artist’s dream comes true

After attending the School of Industrial Design in Prague, Czech-born artist Eva Drizhal moved to the United States in 1979, and she had a plan: to freely express herself through artistic endeavors in as many ways as possible and align with a community of like-minded individuals who share her commitment to draw, paint and sculpt a reflection of her innermost thoughts and the world around her. Drizhal found that community in Callicoon, NY, where she has lived for almost 30 years.  Read more

Welcome home; New Cooperage director returns to her roots

Some things in life are serendipitous, as we all know. Taking a chance pays off, paths meet and new opportunities begin. It just so happened that as the venerable executive director of The Cooperage Project, Doni Hoffman, was stepping down, area native Ryanne Jennings was returning to Honesdale.  Read more

“Damn Yankees!” home run

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — In our March 10 issue, Sullivan West journalism class students Leif Johansen and Camille Sensiba wrote an article about Sullivan West’s then upcoming production of the classic musical “Damn Yankees!” On March 11, 12 and 13, the cast put on a spirited performance in a stellar show, and the photos of Joan Glase and Rocky Pinciotti, parents of one of the stars, Gabriel Pinciotti, captured the moment.

Furthering equality, one Wikipedia page at a time

A group of women (and one man) congregate at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, hunched over their laptops, typing and talking with one another about concepts like art, feminism, gender and technology. This is an Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, one of many happening around the world this March.  Read more

Eighth Annual Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Dinner knocks it out of the park!

Last Friday night, the doors of the Villa Roma in Callicoon, NY swung open once again to welcome nearly 500 guests to the eighth annual Boys & Girls Clubs Celebrity Dinner and Tip Challenge. The club’s newly appointed executive director, Lori Rivenburgh, worked tirelessly with local civic leaders and organizations to put on a show that people will be talking about for months.  Read more

A bridge and its community; Skinners Falls Bridge closure would come with a cost

MILANVILLE, PA — When asked if the closure of the Skinners Falls Bridge affects business, Vanessa DeGori of the Milanville General Store answered with a resounding “Definitely.” The beloved general store is the only business in the tiny town (or village) of Milanville on the shores of the Delaware River. The family-run store offers everything from gas and snacks to subs and pizzas, with friendly service where everyone knows your name. The historic store has been in business since 1850; the DeGori family has owned it since 1979.  Read more

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