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After a few milder than normal winters, this winter has been an eye opener for many people; it has been cold with very few breaks and the wood pile that was slightly more than half used through last winter is now down to the last few logs of the last row. Spring officially arrived on March 20 this year, but as I write this column, it is 24 degrees and the wind is gusting up to 40 mph.

Orienteering championship to be held at PEEC

DELAWARE WATER GAP, PA — The Delaware Valley Orienteering Association (DVOA) will host the North American Orienteering Championships on Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21 at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Orienteers from the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Europe will compete in three world ranking events.

Orienteering competitors are issued a detailed map and use only their map, compass skills and speed to find control points in the forest. It’s a timed race and all ages and fitness levels can participate.  Read more

Hall of Fame inductees honored

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, October 6 with approximately 90 guests attending, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum inducted eight honorees into its Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. Those named included both living and deceased fly fishermen and women. Living members Stu Apte, Tom McGuane, Ed Shenk and Larry Solomon were on hand to receive their awards personally. Posthumous awards were accepted by Betty Frost Jenkins on behalf of her grandaunt Carrie Frost, Mrs. Thomas Cooney accepted for Joe Brooks, and Bob Summers accepted for George Parker Holden and Paul Young.

It’s car-deer collision season

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that about one million deer-car accidents occur on American roads each year, killing 200 people, injuring almost 10,000 more and causing about $1 billion in vehicle damage. The peak time for these collisions comes each fall.  Read more

Autumn landscape tour planned at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Brilliant red, yellow and orange leaves will be ablaze for the annual autumn landscape tour of Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, on Saturday, October 13 at 1:30 p.m. Participants should meet in the Visitor Pavilion in the Grey Towers parking lot. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

“Evolution of the Grey Towers Landscape: Autumn in Cornelia’s Gardens,” will feature the foliage displays of the native shrubs, the Japanese maple and the European copper beeches planted by Gov. Gifford Pinchot, among other favorites.  Read more

It’s car-deer collision season

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that about one million deer-car accidents occur on American roads each year, killing 200 people, injuring almost 10,000 more and causing about $1 billion in vehicle damage. The peak time for these collisions comes each fall.  Read more

Autumn landscape tour planned at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Brilliant red, yellow and orange leaves will be ablaze for the annual autumn landscape tour of Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, on Saturday, October 13 at 1:30 p.m. Participants should meet in the Visitor Pavilion in the Grey Towers parking lot. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

“Evolution of the Grey Towers Landscape: Autumn in Cornelia’s Gardens,” will feature the foliage displays of the native shrubs, the Japanese maple and the European copper beeches planted by Gov. Gifford Pinchot, among other favorites.  Read more

Fall hike planned at Tusten Mountain

TUSTEN, NY — Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Catskill Mountainkeeper announce a fall hike at the Tusten Mountain Trail in Sullivan County on Sunday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This moderate strenuous trail is maintained by the National Park Service. Participants should wear hiking shoes, comfortable clothes and bring water.

The hike is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Contact the Delaware Highlands Conservancy at 570/226-3164, 845/583-1010, or send an email to info@delawarehighlands.org to reserve your space and receive directions.

Fly Fishing Hall of Fame induction

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The 17th Fly Fishing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 6 at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

A gala dinner will be catered on the fly fishing center’s property and reservations are required to attend the dinner. Members of CFFCM pay $50. Guests and non-members pay $65.
The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor those individuals who have significantly enhanced the culture of fly fishing.
Call 845/439-4810.

Nature calls outdoor lovers in New York

NEW YORK STATE — New York State has just launched a new, online newsletter to highlight the state’s many opportunities for outdoor activities and to offer information about sites of interest and natural beauty.

Published by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEC), the October issue of “Outdoor Discovery” shows the kinds of articles one can find online on a regular basis.  Read more

Howetown Farm Show features antique farm artifacts

STERLING, PA — A fun and educational show about early farm life is scheduled for September 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Route 196 and Gas Hollow Road in Sterling, south of Hamlin, PA. The free family event features demonstrations of antique farm equipment such as this mule-powered treadmill which operates a threshing machine, hit and miss engines, a corn sheller, a rock crusher, a shingle mill, steam engines and an ice cream maker.  Read more

Learn to grow garlic

LIBERTY, NY — Master Gardener Danielle Gaebel will instruct you on how and when to plant garlic on Wednesday, October 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 64 Ferndale Loomis Rd. She will demonstrate best practices in planting and care. Also covered will be recipes using garlic and garlic scapes. The fee is $10 and is due with registration. Call 845/292-6180.

Tusten resident wins rain barrel

NARROWSBURG, NY — Madeleine Wootan of the Town of Tusten, NY, poses with the rain barrel that she won in a drawing she entered as part of the Pike-Wayne Conservation Partnership’s series of programs titled “Clean Water-Healthy Communities.” The barrel was donated by Honesdale Agway. Wootan attended a May 15 workshop on rain barrels that was held at the PPL Environmental Learning Center in Hawley, PA. Rain barrels capture and store roof water runoff when it rains and allow the homeowner to use the stored water later.  Read more

Names selected for Fly Fishing Hall of Fame

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Museum has selected the individuals to be inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame for its 17th year. The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 6, starting at 1 p.m.  Read more

Learn to grow garlic

LIBERTY, NY — Master Gardener Danielle Gaebel will instruct you on how and when to plant garlic on Wednesday, October 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 64 Ferndale Loomis Rd. She will demonstrate best practices in planting and care. Also covered will be recipes using garlic and garlic scapes. The fee is $10 and is due with registration. Call 845/292-6180.

Tusten resident wins rain barrel

NARROWSBURG, NY — Madeleine Wootan of the Town of Tusten, NY, poses with the rain barrel that she won in a drawing she entered as part of the Pike-Wayne Conservation Partnership’s series of programs titled “Clean Water-Healthy Communities.” The barrel was donated by Honesdale Agway. Wootan attended a May 15 workshop on rain barrels that was held at the PPL Environmental Learning Center in Hawley, PA. Rain barrels capture and store roof water runoff when it rains and allow the homeowner to use the stored water later.  Read more

Names selected for Fly Fishing Hall of Fame

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Museum has selected the individuals to be inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame for its 17th year. The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 6, starting at 1 p.m.  Read more

Meet the Locavore Challenge

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Big Eddy Farmstand will take up the Slow Food UpDeRiva/NOFA-NY third annual locavore challenge on September 15 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Gerard’s River Grill—a restaurant which, appropriately, overlooks Narrowsburg’s Big Eddy.  Read more

Cornell Maple Marketing Webinars

LIBERTY, NY — Starting on Thursday, September 6, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County will offer the Cornell Maple Marketing Webinar Series at its office in the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Webinars are presented on the first Thursday evening of the month from 7 to 8 p.m. These webinars from Cornell University are designed to help you design your retail, wholesale, bulk or other marketing strategy. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Email emh56@cornell.edu or call 845/292-6180 to RSVP.

NPS holds stormwater system demo

BEACH LAKE, PA — Partners and local businesses are invited to observe installation of a stormwater filtration system at the NPS Headquarters Office, 274 River Rd., on Thursday, September 6 at 1 p.m. The installer and park staff will talk with participants following completion of the project, anticipated to take approximately one and a half hours from start to finish.  Read more

Tree walks planned for Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Guided walks and talks about the trees on the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, are planned for Saturday, September 15 at 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m.  Read more