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Congregation Beth Israel’s synagogue stands at 615 Court St. in Honesdale, PA

Congregation Beth Israel balances tradition and modernity

HONESDALE, PA — Congregation Beth Israel in Honesdale “was organized in 1849, by—it depends whom you ask—by 10 or 11 men of the community,” says Rabbi Elliott Kleinman. “They came together to create a community for Jews who worked for the canal company. The whole town was a canal company town.


TRR photos by Ian Pugh

Kagayaki Karen Morris and Seiso Paul Cooper, co-founders of Two Rivers Zen, stand by the altar in the zendo.

Two Rivers Zen engages Narrowsburg community

NARROWSBURG, NY — “We’re here, we’re open to the community, that’s one of the main things we’d like people to know,” says Seiso Paul Cooper. “It kind of surprises me that although we have some outreach, people are surprised to hear about us. ‘How long have you been there?


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The Saints Peter and Paul Church stands at 329 High Rd. in Glen Spey, and currently showcases a centenary banner.
 

Saints Peter and Paul reflects on 100 years of Ukrainian Orthodoxy

GLEN SPEY, NY — “Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Glen Spey was established on June 17, 1971 by Ukrainians who emigrated to this country during World War II and wanted to continue to practice their faith,” says Nadia Rajsz, vice-president of the church board.


Historian, trustee and parishioner Sue Graziadio, left, who made this CUMC quilt, stands with Pastor Rob Kazinski.

Honesdale Central United Methodist Church celebrates rich history

HONESDALE, PA — The Central United Methodist Church had informal beginnings in Honesdale, according to Sue Graziadio, who serves as the church’s historian. “When they first started, when the first Methodists came to town [circa 1825],” she says, “they didn’t have a building.


TRR photos by Ed Wesely

Photographer Ed Wesely wrote, “At dusk on October 20, the Milanville Bridge provided a wonderful balcony for watching and photographing a shad seining operation above Skinners Falls. As a small boat paid out batches of net, it made a broad semi-circle from shore to mid-river and back, where staff and volunteers waited to land the haul.” 

A ray of hope for American shad

A hopeful sign about American shad was recently documented here in the Delaware River.


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The pop-out suitcase-stage and a puppet from Lucille Jan-Turan’s production of “Tifi a ak Lalin lan” (“The Girl and the Moon”)

Damascus native daughter plans puppet show in Haiti

NEW YORK CITY, NY — Lucille Jan-Turan, the daughter of frequent River Reporter contributor Ramona Jan, grew up in Damascus, PA and holds a bachelor’s degree in human ecology from College of the Atlantic.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Marina Laurendi as Janet and Caleb Funk as Brad are surrounded by a cast of characters in Frank N. Furter’s spooky castle.

Doing the Time Warp again!

It all began innocently enough in 1973, when director Jim Sharman and actor Richard O’Brien put their heads together and concocted a kitschy, campy, musical homage to horror, sci-fi and B movies that reigned supreme at the box office from the 1930s until reaching their heyday in the 1970s.


TRR photo by Ian Pugh

The Rivoli Theatre marquee advertises its annual Haunted Theatre at 5243 Main Street in South Fallsburg.

Scary fun in South Fallsburg

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — On Friday the 13th, Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop opened its third annual Haunted Theatre event at the Rivoli—a maze of masks, costumes and creepy backdrops in the haunted house tradition, spread out across 20 rooms and three floors, each designed to provide a unique fright for the Halloween season.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Dad Chris and son Alan operate the hayride, while other family members operate the pumpkin patch, Lost Irishman’s Mine and gift shop at the Cunningham Family Farm.

Get lost… at Cunningham Family Farms

BETHEL, NY — Fall is the perfect time of year to pile the kids in the car and take a drive in the country in search of that perfect pumpkin just waiting to be made into a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween.

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