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NARROWSBURG, NY — Joanne Letendre sent us these photos and gave us the story of how she captured them: “Sitting in our living room one day, we saw these big birds fly by, followed by the sound of hooting back and forth. Knowing that there was a tree near our house with a hole in it, I decided to go and check it out. Well, there, perched on the edge of the hole, was the owl. A few weeks later I checked the hole again and there was a young one sitting there watching me. What a beautiful sight!”

CCE lists Christmas tree farms

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County has once again released its annual list of local tree farms in Sullivan County that provide live trees for Christmas. All offer the option to cut your own tree, with some offering the option to pick your own or purchase pre-cut trees.

“Cutting down your own Christmas tree only adds to the magic of the holiday season,” said Sullivan County Visitors Association President Robert Byron-Lockwood. “Additionally, it helps support our local agricultural businesses by purchasing a tree grown with love right here in Sullivan County.”  Read more

Coaches’ pick: All-county cross-country teams

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — For the first time in several years, Sullivan County school coaches from Sullivan West, Eldred, Tri-Valley, Liberty and Monticello have selected Sullivan County All-County cross-country teams. Three teams were named: first, second and honorable mention. Choices were based on athletes’ performance throughout the season, with an emphasis on the league and sectional meets.

Andrew Coddington, T-V Fr. Sarah Grodin, Mont Fr.
Hunter Flynn, SW Sr. Sidney Johnson, Mont Sr.
Ayden Gann, SW Jr. Camryn Johnson, Mont Sr.  Read more

Take a hike on Rails to Trails in Fallsburg

TOWN OF FALLSBURG, NY — There will be a walk on the Fallsburg O&W Rails to Trails on Saturday, December 19 at 11 a.m. The walk will start in Woodridge and end at the Neversink River. Those interested in taking the walk should meet at the gazebo in Veterans’ Park in the village. This leg of the Rails to Trails is about two miles long, and the hike will be round trip. Those who would like to arrange for pick-up at the river can leave their cars at the Neversink Trailhead.

Walkers should dress appropriately for cold weather and possibly a wet trail.

Join Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count

WHITE MILLS, PA — The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 19. This will be the 116th year that this historic international count takes place.  Read more

Lunch and a tour of Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — There will be a nature hike and tour of Lacawac Sanctuary on Sunday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lacawac boasts a natural lake in near-pristine condition amid a rich, second-growth forest, which surrounds the historic 1903 Watres Lodge. It’s a biological research station and educational nature preserve with rental spaces and lodging opportunities for diverse groups. Reserve your seat for lunch at the Coulter Visitor’s Center and join the Lacwac naturalist for the tour.  Read more

Ag commissioner to speak at CCESC meeting

LIBERTY, NY — The public is invited to attend the 101st annual meeting of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) on Thursday, December 17. This free event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.. Richard Ball, commissioner of New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, will address the state of agriculture in New York and discuss the balance of diverse agriculture interests that exist in Sullivan County.  Read more

Sullivan vegetable farm directory debuts

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — A free, educational publication on local vegetable producer information is now available to the public. The Sullivan County Catskills Vegetable Producer Directory offers a listing of area farms that includes business hours, location, contact information and a description of what to expect. The directory highlights the importance of, and offers guidance for, supporting agriculture in our community and eating fresh, healthy foods with your family.  Read more

Meeting in Hawley on river flows

HAWLEY, PA — There will be a meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) Regulated Flow Advisory Committee on Thursday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.  Read more

Bow hunting at Apple Pond Farm

CALLICOON CENTER, NY — These photographs of bow hunter Bill Murray preparing to hunt at Apple Pond Farm were taken by Anik Rahman, a student at the 2015 Eddie Adams photography workshop hosted in Jeffersonville. Rahman (, who gave Sonja Hedlund of Apple Pond Farm permission to use the photos, lives in Bangladesh.

Sports Factory adds services

HONESDALE, PA — The Sports Factory of Northeast Pennsylvania, 8 Riverside Dr. in White Mills, has announced two new additions to its family of services:  Read more

Fiber arts and winter hiking at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold a Flying Needles Quilt Camp from Thursday, December 3 through Sunday, December 6, with a focus on the fiber arts. Join Patti Shreiner for a relaxing weekend in the Pocono Mountains. Beginners are encouraged to join. The cost of $255 includes lodging and meals; there is a $205 charge for day commuters.  Read more

TRR columnist catches monster brown

We didn’t have room to put this photo in the Incompleat Angler column two weeks ago, but it’s worth seeing, so we’re printing it this week. It shows The River Reporter columnist Andy Boyar with the huge brown trout he caught in the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY. He writes, “There’s an old Irish saying ‘Nobody takes a fine fish home through a back alley’—but responsible anglers do release them unharmed and perhaps a bit wiser, as I did with this monster flyrod-caught brown trout.”

Roscoe Beer launches hunter’s calendar

ROSCOE, NY — Students in SUNY Sullivan’s Principles of Advertising class in collaboration with students from the Graphic Design Workshop were recently given the opportunity to create some unique marketing materials for the Roscoe NY Beer Company, one of Sullivan County’s local craft breweries.  Read more

Winners of fall photo contest announced

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.  Read more

Winter farmers’ market at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Main Street Farmers’ Market has kicked off its winter session, which will take place on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Read more

Conservancy welcomes Long as artist in residence

BETHEL, NY — For the month of November, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy will host writer and photographer Sandy Long as the artist-in-residence at the protected Lemons Brook Farm property in Bethel. The Lemons Brook Farm Artist Residency, a collaborative project between the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Beautiful Traditions (a community arts integration company), integrates land, civil engagement and art.  Read more

Be trained as an Eagle Watch volunteer

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold an Eagle Watch volunteer training day on December 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. New volunteers will meet at the Upper Delaware Visitor Center, 176 Scenic Dr., at 9 a.m. Then, new and existing volunteers will gather next door at the Inn at Lackawaxen from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. From 12 noon to 1 p.m., attendees will visit the eagle observation areas.  Read more

Liu paints the park

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donohue has announced that Milford artist Marie Liu has been selected as the park’s resident artist for 2015/2016. Liu is the first artist to be selected for this new program. “The Resident Artist program provides opportunities for artists to create place- and story-based works while allowing the pubic to explore the park in new ways,” said Donahue. “Marie will serve as an ambassador, providing visitors with a way to experience the park through the arts.”  Read more

Free snowmobile certification course offered

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s 4-H Youth Development Program will host a free snowmobile safety course for youth on Sunday, November 8, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The training will be held at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Classroom presentation and activities will be provided by certified instructors with additional information shared by video.  Read more

Local Service to Ag Award

HONESDALE, PA — Bob and Judy Muller, second from left and left respectively, were honored with the Local Service to Ag Award at the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau Fall Dinner. Bob is the founder of the Cold Spring/Rileyville 4H Club and has been its leader for 46 years. In addition to Judy’s 41 years of work with the 4H Club, she was named assistant director of the Wayne County Fair in 1978. Judy and Bob continue to oversee and assist with the 4H livestock sale at the fair each year. Also shown is Karl Eisenhauer, local farm bureau president.