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Building a new house is always an adventure, and for Paul Plumadore and Jim Tindell of Milanville, PA building their home on River Road has been the adventure of a lifetime.

Those little touches

Entering into adulthood means many things, but one thing really stands out—your friends start to get married. That being the case, in the past few months I’ve been to two weddings. The first was in late August and was for my good friend and neighbor Raye Levine (I was also a bridesmaid). The second, in October, was my boyfriend’s sister, Megan Gorzynski.  Read more

The future of marriage - wedding websites

As we move into the future, it seems that everything is going online. Shopping, blogging, Facebooking… so, why not weddings? Having a wedding website will help you and your guests stay organized and up-to-date on the big event. It’s the new thing to do, but how do you do it?  Read more

Affordable elegance

But in these tough economic times, not everyone wants to spend that kind of money for what is—after all—just one day in the life of a couple that’s embarking on a lifetime together. So, how do a bride and groom have both fun and elegance on their special day without breaking the bank?  Read more

Where the Dead Live

I have a black and white photograph taken in 1909 of my father Sol, who was four years old, his older sister Miriam, a younger brother Joe, his mother Leah, who looks pregnant and angry, his father Jonah, uncle Benny and his sister Rose.

The adults look solemn; the children frightened.

The men are in dark suits, the women in gowns, I wouldn’t be surprised if the clothes were supplied by the photographer. Only the children seem to be wearing their own clothes. It’s a formal, posed studio photograph taken to record a significant moment, perhaps their arrival in the United States.  Read more

A Living from the River. Ray Turner's Delaware Delicacies Smoke House

Ray Turner makes his living from the river and it takes a lot of work. In fact, if you want to talk with Turner, you talk with him while he is working.  Read more

Breakfast in bed with Eric Ehrhardt, Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort

Way back in 1943, it was possible to find any number of cottages, inns and resorts fronting Lake Wallenpaupack in Hawley, PA. “Now,” says Eric Ehrhardt, “there are only two left.” His resort, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort, is one. Ehrhardt’s is currently run by Eric and his brother, Craig. The resort has been in the Ehrhardt family for some 60 years, and Eric and his brothers were literally raised in the business.

“We all grew up right here,” says Eric. “We got to know the guests as friends that came up on different weeks.”  Read more

Donna Vallone, Creekside cabins, cottages and lodge

Do you like streams and mountains? Peace and quiet? Gorgeous views in all directions? How about hiking, biking, antiquing and some of the best trout fishing in the world?
You can find all this and more “creekside” at one of the cabins, cottages or lodge accommodations owned and operated by Donna Vallone in Roscoe, NY.
The cabins  Read more

Breakfast in Bed with Catskill Harvest Market

The Catskill Harvest Market (2758 State Route 52, Liberty, NY, 845/292-3838, www.catskillharvestmarket.com) is celebrating its second birthday this spring, and in just two years, it has gained renown and recognition as a top-notch garden center and local foods market.

Says co-founder and manager Daniel Duttinger, “It always seemed a bit odd that this kind of farm market was readily available in surrounding areas, particularly Ulster County—but not here.” So, he and co-founder Will Foster went to the drawing board and began the research, and the market was born.  Read more

Breakfast in Bed with James Manning House Bed & Breakfast

Proprietors Janet and Warren Heinly have welcomed a variety of guests to their James Manning House Bed & Breakfast (www.jamesmanninghouse.com, 570/253-5573, 421 Wayne Street, Bethany, PA 18431) during its first two years of operation, from as close as Pennsylvania and New York to as far away as Europe and Canada, California and Idaho. The couple, who are from Berks County, PA, share a similar ethic of putting family first, and this is reflected in the interest they have in their guests and the homey way they care for them.  Read more

Valley Brook Inn & Cottages

“I love meeting people,” says Donna Bracci, owner and proprietor of the
Valley Brook Inn & Cottages (201 Kingston Ave., Rte. 209, Wurtsboro, NY, 845/888-0330, www.thevalleybrookinn.com). She’s in the right business.  Read more

Easy Access, Plentiful Fish: Fishing the Delaware’s tributaries

You will find large trout rising on the Delaware and its East and West branches, but they’re fickle. Add to that the difficulty of access (unless you have a drift boat, pontoon boat or kayak, and can arrange a shuttle), and trying to catch a Delaware River trout can be, well, trying, even for accomplished anglers. Think patience, perfect presentation and having the right fly. One more thing: whether you can cast 30 or 80 feet, the fish are usually two feet beyond your best cast.  Read more

‘Crown Jewel’ of the Delaware: Rainbow trout

Rainbow trout are sometimes regarded as the aquatic Johnny-come-latelies of the fish-rich Upper Delaware River. But they’ve got a century’s worth of residency there.  Read more

Lisa's Not Just Antiques

Lisa Popa, who operates Lisa’s Not Just Antiques on Beach Lake Highway near Honesdale, PA, began her career in the music industry.

A native of Vineland, NJ, she had her own business for 33 years called “Cabaret Connection,” selling albums for cabaret and theater artists. She first got to know the region when she brought singers and performers up for the evening cabaret shows at the Bradstan Country Hotel in White Lake, NY.

What prompted a full-time move to the area?  Read more

The Bamboo in the Garden

One evening during my mother’s last stay at the hospital, after we told her good night, my aunt and I walked uptown. On our way, we encountered a man standing outside an ethnic deli. He held out a smudged Styrofoam coffee cup. And I reached in my purse for money. Don’t do that, my aunt whispered.  Read more

The validity of winter

April opens my tight-fisted heart
and rattles away all bias
and judgment
against the winter I fought
yet needed so perfectly.
Today the heavy blanket
I stitched feverishly
with chaotic weave
in fierce, breathless resistance
to early darkness,
death, cold, solitude
and change,
I will cast into the rising Delaware
as my wrong accounting…
seeing finally,
in this blessed armistice
conveyed by troupes of daffodils
and robins,
that not one thing can hold firm,
and no one season
holds more wonder
or validity
than another.

Why I Live Where I Live

Meet me on Old Mine Road
near Bevans Church and
I will tell you about
that snowy February day
on the gravel trail
near Van Campen’s Inn,
air, ice fresh,
rock-strewn fields
like whipped cream swirls,
the sounds of foraging
mice, snow crystals
shifting in afternoon sun,
the click of a Nikon
as we pushed knee-deep
through drifts
shooting crumbling
barns and shadows
cast by barren limbs
in late day light.

I will tell you about
the lone house near
the river’s edge
warm with yellow light,
how wisps of smoke
like wind-blown kite tails  Read more

A Bridge with a View: The Upper Delaware’s historic bridges

The 300-mile-long Delaware River begins as a series of tiny streams in Delaware County, NY and ends as a mighty expanse of river spilling into the sea at the Delaware Bay. The river is full of beauty and history, and its upper reaches have a very special charm, set off by the historic bridges that cross the river.

Early crossings  Read more

On the Road to Milford: History, elegance and charm

Milford, PA is a magical place. Sitting on a ridge above the banks of the Delaware River, very near a spot where New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey intersect, it is blessed with scenery, history, tasteful shopping and dining. It is the perfect place to explore on a crisp fall day.

The approach
  Read more

Highland Farm: The Next Generation and Calkins Creamery artisan cheeses

According to author Jonathan Swift, the fare of a bachelor is “bread, cheese and kisses.” But the sound of that is delicious to just about everyone, and not in small quantities. The proof? In 2011, the average American consumed 30 pounds of cheese, an amount that has been steadily increasing since the 1990s. Our affection for artisan cheese, made in small batches from local sources, is growing at a pace that exceeds even the growth rate of general cheese consumption.  Read more

Take a Hike – or Six!

All exercise has health advantages, but hiking may be one of the best activities on the long list of options that move us because of its benefits to body, mind and soul. Is there really anything better to do on a perfect fall afternoon than to enjoy a simple sojourn with friends or family into our local wetlands, uplands and forests?  Read more