UPPER DELAWARE SCENIC AND RECREATIONAL RIVER — After only one year into her job, Katherine Szupillo of the National Park Service was on patrol at the Shohola rapids. The spot is one that is hidden from the road and has very few houses nearby; if one were to need help on the river, very few people would be able to see. Luckily for one boater, Szupillo was on hand to witness his boat capsizing in the rapids and come to the rescue. Read more
HANCOCK, NY — From noon on June 28 to noon on June 29, the Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held on a 63.5 acre tract, the “Gales Property” just downstream of the Delaware River West Branch confluence in Wayne County, PA. This property is owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, and executive director Karen Outlaw, explained that this was the first bioblitz ever held in Wayne County or anywhere else in the Upper Delaware Region. Read more
For years now, I’ve driven past it, making a mental note to stop by “sometime” and check it out—the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History. I have a keen interest in the rich historical significance of the early settlers’ lives here in the Upper Delaware River Valley, but until a few weeks ago, hadn’t pulled into the lot. Read more
As new media continues to evolve into the digital age, Akira and Ellie Ohiso, publishers of Green Door: A Journal of Responsible Living in the Catskills & Hudson Valley, made a decision to strike out in a new direction with their careers. Transitioning from weekends in the country to making the Catskills their home, the Ohisos took a gamble and began a glossy magazine venture that has led them on a surprising and spiritual journey of discovery. Reconnecting with family and community is just the tip of the iceberg for what this entrepreneurial couple has accomplished along the way. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The mural painters have a really big canvas—the side of a brick building at 7th and Main streets in Honesdale, and as the artists work, a rural farm scene emerges—a red barn in the distance under a brilliant blue sky, a contented brown cow in the foreground staring at passersby, a farmhouse surrounded by fields of dazzling green, a bounty of vibrant fruits and vegetables spilling into the foreground, and at the bottom of the canvas, a waving banner where the words “Wayne County Grown” will be painted. (More about that in a minute.) Read more
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
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
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
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
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