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May 25, 2016
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REGION — The Catskill Nordic Ski Club’s informal, guided cross-country skiing sessions will continue in late January through mid-March. All trips start at 1 p.m. The leaders may choose to reschedule, to change the location, or to hold a hike instead of a skiing event depending on conditions, so it is advisable to call the leaders ahead of time to get the most up-to-date information (see phone numbers below). The leaders are prepared to help and encourage new skiers, and can provide directions to the meeting place for each event.


Garden and kickball game open to community

BEACH LAKE, PA — Beach Lake United Methodist Church will host a family-friendly community event including a kickball game, a free potluck supper and an open house at the Beach Lake Community garden on Saturday, June 20. Activities begin at 4 p.m. with the potluck to follow. (In case of rain, game day will be inside the church.)

Anyone interested in learning about organic gardening or in participating in the garden is invited to the open house. Full- to quarter-size plots are available, or smaller planting boxes for those wanting to try out gardening on a smaller scale.  Read more

Challenger game set for June 20

HAWLEY, PA — AMSKier Insurance agency is hosting the Wallenpaupack Area Little League Challenger baseball game verses the Ding-Del Challenger team from eastern Pike County. The game will be held Saturday, June 20 at 10 a.m. in Bingham Park.  Read more

‘Foraging & Feasting in late June’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Herbalist and author Dina Falconi will present a special workshop, “Foraging & Feasting the Bounty of Late June,” hosted by Amy Gillingham at Wild Roots Farm on Tuesday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Walking, paddling and learning at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will offer a variety of events for paddlers, walkers and those who are curious about native flora and fauna over the next couple of weekends.

On Sunday, June 14, there will be a wild edibles walk from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost is $5. The hike will be focused on identification; no collecting will be done within the park.  Read more

Do-it-yourself fishing class

HONESDALE, PA — Evan Padua of Sweetwater Guide Service will teach “DIY: Fishing” at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Thursday, June 11. The class will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and is part of the Do-it-Yourself workshop series presented by The Cooperage Project.

During the past six years, Honesdale and Narrowsburg native Evan Padua has guided fishing and whitewater river trips in Alaska, Wyoming, New York and Pennsylvania. Currently, as a guide with his father for Sweetwater Guide Service, he guides day-fishing trips on the Upper Delaware River.  Read more

Take the Secret Garden Tour

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club has announced that its annual Secret Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 18. The gardens on the tour differ in style and concept and offer a diversity of gardening approaches. Locations of the gardens are a secret until the day of the tour.  Read more

Youth gardening series

LIBERTY, NY—Families can foster a lifelong gardening interest with their children this summer in a four-part educational workshop series offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County Master Gardener Volunteer program. Three of the classes, for children ages five to 12, will be offered in the outdoor teaching gardens at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. As a bonus, one program will be held at the Fort Delaware Museum in Narrowsburg.

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Nature Fest at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary will hold Nature Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. The day of outdoor fun will include a live animals presentation, paddle on the lake, a tour of the historic 1903 Watres Lodge, eco-friendly games and more.  Read more

Hands-on vet science class

LIBERTY, NY — All youth with an interest in veterinary science, between the ages of 13 and 18, can engage in a hands-on veterinary science educational opportunity this summer. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCE) will offer this three-part 4-H Youth Development program series on Wednesday June 24, July 15, and July 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Farmers’ market at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Main Street Farmers’ Market at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. reopened on June 3, and will run from 3 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday through October 28. This year there will be an extra hour of shopping time.

The market features a variety of locally grown, seasonal and fresh vegetables and fruits, meats, eggs, fresh cut flowers, bedding plants, breads, pastries, jams and jellies. Vendors starting off the season include The Anthill Farm, Safford Farm, Quails-R-Us and Beach Lake Bakery.  Read more

Needed now more than ever: fly-fishing etiquette

Back in the summer of 1992, my neighbor Mauro G. and I made our first fly-fishing canoe float down the West Branch of the Delaware from Hale Eddy to the Route 191 bridge at Hancock. In eight miles of river, we didn’t see another boat, and only two wade fishermen.  Read more

Plant sales

Sullivan Master Gardeners

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Master Gardener annual plant sale will take place on Saturday, May 30, hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Master Gardener volunteer program. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but the public is encouraged to arrive early for the best selection. The indoor sale will be held at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Nature Fest at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary will hold Nature Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. The day of outdoor fun will include a live animals presentation, paddle on the lake, a tour of the historic 1903 Watres Lodge, eco-friendly games and more.  Read more

Milford Farmers Market opens

MILFORD, PA — Starting on May 24, and every Sunday until September 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the environmental non-profit Air Soil Water will host the Milford Farmers Market. This year it will be held at The Grotto, 508 Harford St. The new location provides excellent exposure on a heavily traveled U.S. Route 6, a principal route heading into town for locals and driving through town for vacationers and folks getting away for the weekend. The market will have about 20 local vendors from the tri-state area, live music and educational programs.  Read more

Birds and breakfast at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join Lacawac Sanctuary and the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society’s naturalists for a morning of bird watching (and listening) followed a royal breakfast on Saturday, May 23 from 8 to 11 a.m. Breakfast will be in the historic Watres Lodge dining room. This national historic landmark was originally built in 1903 by William Connell for himself and his hunting friends.  Read more

Nature walk series

BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold a new series of guided nature walks this summer at its office in Bethel, led by knowledgeable volunteers on the wooded trail on the conservancy’s Bethel property. Learn about what you see and hear as you spend time enjoying the outdoors and help find and identify the plants and wildlife on the property.  Read more

Cast for cash

HAWLEY, PA — The Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District and Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau have announced the second annual Cast for Cash fishing contest on Lake Wallenpaupack. The contest runs from May 1 through September 30.  Read more

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Joyce Garber of Bethel will present “The Appalachian Trail: An Adventure for All Ages,” on Saturday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. An alternate title might be, “If you can’t do it all, do what you can!” Now in her 70s and not feeling capable of hiking the whole 2,189 miles, Garber could not get the idea of the Appalachian Trail out of her mind. So she chose a grand compromise. Over two years, bit by bit, she drove to trail crossings in each of the 14 states the trail passes through, from Georgia to Maine, and hiked as far as she could in a day.  Read more

The ‘One Bug’: tips from a winner

Catching large trout on a dry fly is damned difficult. The trout feed on small insects, which the fly fisher imitates with bits of fur and feather tied onto tiny hooks with thread. Trout are only fooled by these imitations if they float freely down the river just like the real insects. To achieve this illusion, fly fishers use delicate leaders, often with breaking strength four pounds or less, and with these they dare to catch trout of 20-plus inches that rocket down the river, cart-wheeling in the air while ensnaring the line around rocks or fallen trees.  Read more

District bass and minnow stocking

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY —The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District is holding its annual bass and minnow fish stocking program. If your pond seems to have excessive vegetation, you may want to consider grass carp.

If you are interested in stocking your pond with largemouth bass, fathead minnows, or grass carp, call the Conservation District at 845/292-6552 and request an order form to be mailed to you or visit Orders accepted until Monday, June 22.