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October 22, 2014
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Sharon Molloy: dog whisperer

Pet portrait artist Sharon Molloy is on a spiritual journey. Born and raised in the U.K. and classically trained at the Winchester School of Art, she left England at age 21 and headed east. “I began my journey by traveling to India, searching for something,” she recalled during a recent interview. Unsure of what that “something” was, the artist found herself studying meditation, and soon her path led her to Thailand and then Japan, seeking “inner truth and inspiration through artistic expression.”  Read more

Taking the time for new life; Furniture restoration and body building

LIBERTY, NY — On a rural back road in Liberty there exists an unseen world.  Read more

Taking the plunge in icy waters; Hardy dippers support dive teams

HAWLEY, PA — As the snow fell again on Saturday, a day when most reasonable people chose to stay home, 180 people made the trek to the Lighthouse Harbor Marina on Lake Wallenpaupack for the third annual Paupack Plunge. But these were not your average, reasonable people. They came donning nothing more than a pair of shorts, sneakers, or shell bikini, along with really thick skin and a brave sense of purpose. In a series of groups, these adventurous polar plungers waded headlong into a pool-sized hole sawed out of the 16-inch thick ice at the edge of the lake and into the 32-degree water.  Read more

The mousse that roared

What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? Although the origins of their association are rather muddled (aphrodisiac properties and Cadbury commercialism are the most commonly floated theories), since Victorian times never have the twain been parted. To this day, nothing says love like a Whitman Sampler. The cacao bean at the root of it all has a much deeper history, of course, having been an important part of Mesoamerican culture going back more than 4,000 years.  Read more

Benchmarking Utopia; The art and words of Francis Cape

LAVA, NY — He may not be the first bona fide man of the world to call Tusten his year-round home, but internationally acclaimed woodworking artist Francis Cape is certainly a candidate for most civic-minded new resident. The son of a British career diplomat, his youth was spent moving from one world capital to the next. Cape returned to his native United Kingdom (UK) as an adult, there to complete a woodworking apprenticeship as well as his higher education.  Read more

There’s science behind that magic

HONESDALE, PA — Last Saturday afternoon, Bob Friedhoffer, aka Professor Bob, of Damascus Township, PA and New York City, took to the stage at The Cooperage to a room crowded with children to present his Scientific Magic Show. On the theory that young people not only like magic shows, but also want to know how things work, Friedhoffer entertained everyone—children and adults alike—with a collection of magic tricks. But then, unlike other magicians, he revealed not only how he accomplished the tricks, but also some of the scientific principles involved.  Read more

Milford actor meets Zane Grey; Helps celebrate his birthday

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Seventy-four years after his death, the popular Western novelist Zane Grey is still a local celebrity in the Upper Delaware River Valley. He was born on January 31, 1872, and on that date this year and for the following two days, his birthday will be celebrated at his Delaware River home in Lackawaxen (now the Zane Grey Museum, operated by the National Park Service). In addition, Zane Grey himself (portrayed by actor Darren Fouse) will visit his own birthday party at The Columns, the museum of the Pike County Historical Society, to share some of his own story.  Read more

Winter survival

Record-low temperatures hit our region recently, keeping many folks indoors. For some, however, getting outdoors is a way of life, and regardless of the weather they heed the call to go hunting, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or skiing. For others, just getting to work and back is the extent of their outdoor experience. Still, a news report recently told how one man on his way home experienced vehicle problems and began to walk the final mile to get home. He was found dead from the cold less than a hundred yards from his home. Fact: cold kills.  Read more

For Pike County Hands of Hope, helping the homeless is an act of love

MILFORD, PA — On the Saturday night before Christmas, two dozen people gathered for a candlelight vigil in front of the Pike County Courthouse to commemorate National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day. The group was there to show their concern and support for the area’s homeless and to remember those who have died homeless. The event was organized by Pike County Hands of Hope (PCHOH), a local organization that is “dedicated to providing compassion and hope to homeless or near-homeless families and individuals by meeting their basic and urgent needs of food, clothing and shelter.”  Read more

Twenty years of bald eagles breeding along the Upper Delaware River

My interest in birds was casual when I was younger, but got a boost in the late ‘70s when I returned to the U.S. from military service and started flying small aircraft over our region's scenic Upper Delaware River Region as a way to unwind.  Read more