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November 28, 2015
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FERNDALE, NY — The Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA) wrapped up its second annual Fall Foliage Photo Contest on November 1, with 201 photos submitted by 114 different photographers. Nearly 1,500 votes were cast through the SCVA website.

Woodbourne resident Kirby Thompson came in first place this year, with an image capturing the fiery red leaves of the trees surrounding Thanksgiving Farm, where she works in farm education at The Center for Discovery in Hurleyville.

Bioblitz at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — There will be a Bioblitz at Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) from 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 28 to 7 p.m. on August 29. The public is invited to join PEEC staff for a 24-hour survey of the plants and animals located within the park. They’ll be sending out teams of experts and volunteers to find and identify as many species as possible. Additional acitivities will also be offered. Pre-registration is required. For additional details visit or call 570/828-2319.

Conservancy holds picnic

BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold a free community event on Saturday August 29, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on the grounds of its Bethel, NY office. The annual thank-you picnic celebrates our local community of supporters and friends and provides an opportunity for the public to enjoy the beautiful rolling hills, meadows, gardens and woods of the conservancy property.  Read more

Stock your ponds with trout

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District is now offering its annual trout stocking program. If you are interested in stocking your pond with trout or fathead minnows this fall, the district will be accepting orders until Monday, September 21. Rainbow, brook, and brown trout are being offered for sale.  Read more

Fishing hall of famers named

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum has named the new hall of famers who will be inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame on October 10. They are Bill Elliott, John Gierach, Curt Gowdy and Charles Ritz. There will be a reception and ceremony to be held in the museum at 3 p.m. A dinner will follow in the Wulff Gallery. For more information email or call 845/439-4810.  Read more

Livestock sale is this weekend at the fair

HONESDALE, PA — The annual 4-H Junior Livestock Sale will be held Saturday, August 15 at 10 a.m. at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Honesdale.

After the blue-ribbon winners are auctioned, there will be two auctions held simultaneously. The sale will feature 223 pigs and 31 steer as well as 53 goats and 39 lambs, all home-raised by local 4-H members.

The sale is conducted by the Wayne County 4-H Junior Livestock Committee and auctioneer John Wetmore. A free barbeque is available to all registered bidders.  Read more

Farm-to-fork fundraiser

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — The Sullivan County Farmers’ Market Association (SCFMA) will celebrate the market’s bounty with “Our Farms to Your Fork,” a fundraising dinner and silent auction on Saturday, August 8 at The Hills Country Inn in Callicoon Center. The cocktail hour starts at 7 p.m., and dinner, for which Early Bird Cookery has devised a market-driven menu, starts at 8 p.m. BYOB.  Read more

Secret gardenscape tour benefits historical society

NORTHWESTERN WAYNE COUNTY — A secret gardenscape tour in northwestern Wayne will benefit the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS). Themed “Gardens Aren’t Just for Flowers,” the tour will be held on Sunday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature Mount Pleasant, Preston and Scott Townships.

You can purchase tickets at the WCHS Museum in downtown Honesdale or at the Poyntelle General Store. Tickets are on sale for a limited time and can only be purchased the day before the tour or the day of the tour.  Read more

International Space Station above Shohola

Shown is the light trail of the International Space Station during a 20 second time exposure as it tracks over the constellation of Scorpius as it heads northeastward during the early evening of July 31. This is a view looking south from Shohola, PA.

Demos and tastings at Barryville Farmers’ Market

BARRYVILLE, NY — The Barryville Farmers’ market has a full lineup of demos and tastings by local chefs coming up in August. “This is a great way for folks to experience the market, learn and taste something new. We’re really lucky to have such talented chefs donate their time to promoting local food” said Danielle Gaebel, media and events coordinator. Visit

Schedule of events:
Saturday, August 1, “Zoodles,” 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., presented by radical homemaker and chef, Danielle Gaebel of the Natural Contents Kitchen.  Read more

Summerfest at the fly fishing museum

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum will hold its annual Summerfest weekend on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. The gate will open at 8:30 a.m. on both days. There will be over 100 tables of fly-fishing books, gear, collectibles, tying materials and more. Past exhibitors have included Beaverkill Trout Hatchery, Sullivan County Sportsman, Kurpil Family Fiddlers, local distilleries, Asthalters Maple Syrup, ceramic artists and handcrafted jewelry makers.  Read more

4-Hers’ livestock auctioned

HONESDALE, PA — There will be a 4-H junior livestock sale at the Wayne County Fair on Saturday, August 15 at 10 a.m. The fairgrounds are located on Route 191 North, at 270 Miller Dr. The 4-H projects include steers, hogs, lambs and goats all home raised by local 4-H members.

There will be free barbeque for all registered bidders. The sale will be conducted by the Wayne County 4-H Junior Lifestock Committee, John H. Wetmore, auctioneer.

CRMG, Morgan, Renaissance restoring community garden

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — CRMG and committee partners Sullivan Renaissance and Morgan Outdoors have made a commitment to restore Livingston Manor’s Community Garden at Pearl Street and kicked off the summer season with Community Cleanup Days in May and June. The initiative, backed by a $500 grant from Sullivan Renaissance, is being carried out by the wives of two CRMG physicians. Together, they are leading the charge with a host of volunteers to turn the abandoned garden into a food-producing and educational vehicle for the community.  Read more

Garden expert speaks at Calder House

The Equinunk Historical Society (EHS) will welcome noted garden expert Barbara Schaedler on Saturday, August 1 at 1 p.m. Professor Schaedler, retired educator, landscape architect, and certified lecturer for the Federated Garden Clubs of America, will present a program titled “Garden Design ‘Crosses the Pond’ to America.” Now a resident of Vermont, Professor Schaedler frequently visits NEPA to spend time with her friend and college roommate, Barbara Houghtaling of Rileyville. The Equinunk Historical Society is located at 1972 Pine Mill Rd. Visit or call 570/224-6722.

August star watch

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and local astronomer John Kocijanski for a free starwatch program on Friday, August 14, from 9 to 11 p.m. at the conservancy offices in Bethel.
Watch the stars and planets, observe deep sky objects, and learn how to locate the constellations. Bring binoculars and/or your own telescope (a limited number will be provided) and folding chairs, if you have them.  Read more

Lacawac to hold Leaves and Ledges fundraiser

HAWLEY, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary will hold a cocktail fundraiser on Thursday, September 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ledges Hotel, and is offering several levels of sponsorship. All proceeds will benefit Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station and its education outreach programs.  Read more

Competitive casting at CCFCM

ROSCOE, NY — Three casting competitions will be held as part of Summerfest 2015 at The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CCFCM) during the first weekend in August: on Saturday, August 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, August 2, from from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Casting competitions are not fly-fishing competitions. They are simply distance and accuracy casting challenges to test one’s skills. All casters will have a chance to win, as each will receive a ticket for a random drawing to win several prizes.  Read more

Trout and temperatures: Part III

As noted in the first two installments of this series, in the June 25 and July 9 issues, trout are vulnerable to high water temperatures, and temperatures in the Upper Delaware as far upstream as Lordville reach “severely stressful” levels, defined as 75°F or above, with significant frequency.  Read more

Audubon festival celebrates wildlife

HAWLEY, PA — The Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival is celebrating its 30th year as an educational, fun opportunity for all ages to learn about, and experience firsthand, many of nature’s mysteries. It will be held July 18 and 19 at the Wallanpaupack Area High School on Route 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Read more

Night walk, paddling at PEEC

dINGMANS FERRY, PA — There will be opportunities to paddle by day and walk by night at the Pocono Environmental Education Center this weekend.

A Bridge-the-Gap Kayak Paddle will take place on Saturday, July 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free, and beginners are welcome; you will be taught what you need to know. Dress appropriately; you may get wet. Spaces are limited; call to reserve a kayak. Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation.  Read more

Downtown bird walk in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to Morgan Outdoors for a downtown birdwalk with Sullivan County Audubon member Lance Verderame on Saturday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m. Verderame is Audubon’s field trip coordinator for the New York State Young Birders Club.  Read more