In My Humble Opinion


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Cornell Co-Operative Extension’s 2017 TOAST award winner Melinda Meddaugh, left, pictured here with Roberta Byron-Lockwood, carries on the SCVA tradition initiated by Agnes Van Put 20 years ago.

Welcome to the Catskills!

Mother Nature is at it again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan—but every once in a while, her plans get in the way of mine. Such was the case over the last few days, and my schedule changed accordingly when the first real snowfall of the season prevented me from getting to some of my appointed rounds.


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Sean Cullen, left, as Marley and Julia Register as Bogleare appear in a scene from “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.” 

'Tis the season!

Boy, is it ever! Even before the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone, Christmas & Co. is in full swing throughout the Upper Delaware River region—and beyond. Although Hanukkah is early this year, (12/13) I’m rarely overwhelmed by latkes, dreidels and chocolate coins, but Christmas? Uh huh.


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“No Apples Needed!” the recipe exclaims, and true to its word- tastes just like apple pie. IMHO.

You are what you eat

Uh oh. If that’s the case, then I am in big trouble. I’ve had food issues my entire life, stemming from the fact that I never really cared. Honestly, if I had my druthers, I’d take a pill three times a day to satisfy my dietary requirements. Since that’s not possible, I eat when I have to, but not necessarily because I want to.


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Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce President Cathy Paty and treasurer Heinrich Strauch presented Bethel Woods CEO Darlene Fedun, far right,  with the “Business Person of the Year” Pride Award last Thursday.

Ain't no mountain high enough

I’m not big on awards shows. Don’t get me wrong—it’s kind of cool when folks are acknowledged for one thing or another, especially when it’s by their peers. And it’s not sour grapes, either, since I’ve received one or three over the years.


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General Manager Paul Ciliberto, event co-chair Greg Goldstein and Boys & Girls Clubs Program Leader Barbi Neumann Marty stand behind the kids who stopped in to personally deliver their donation during the two-day Thunder 102 Country Cares for St. Jude Radiothon.

Once more, with feeling!

As the first snowflakes flutter from the sky, the cavalcade of seasonal events begin anew, offering me the opportunity to re-think, re-do and renew. They say that with each passing year, the time flies more quickly and now that I’m over 40 (LOL) I can see what “they” mean.


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“The Moth” storytellers Adam Wade, left,  Ophira Eisenberg and Peter Aguerro, held the audience in the palm of their respective hands at the Hurleyville Arts Centre last weekend.

Tell me a story

Thanks to Mom and the ritual of bedtime storytelling, one of my earliest recollections is drifting off to sleep hearing “Charlotte’s Web” read aloud, chapter by chapter, and the building excitement anticipating how the story might unfold.


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DJ Adam Owens (and his gigantic head) was a hit with the crowd at the Western Hotel’s annual Halloween bash.

Who am I anyway?

That question, famously asked in the 1975 Broadway musical “A Chorus Line” often haunts me. “Am I my resumé? That is a picture of a person I don’t know.” I think that most of us, from time to time, experience an identity crisis of one sort or another, often brought on by having to play a variety of roles in life.


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Callicoon’s Kazzrie Jaxen was among the many groovin’ to the music during Beverly Sterner’s dance party celebrating  16 years of the Upper Delaware Community Network (UD network).

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Well, it was anyhow. At the moment, it’s raining cats and dogs and what’s left of fall foliage is, well… falling. I did, however, spend the last week meandering through the mountains in search of leaf-peeping photo-ops and scored big time, although the explosions of color were at times difficult to find.


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Boys & Girls Club Senior Unit Director Barbi Neumann Marty was beaming during the social hour, making my job that much easier as I photographed the Farm-to-Table experience last weekend

Please, and thank you!

Such simple words that cost us nothing to say, and yet, they seem to be vanishing from our collective vocabulary. It’s not often that I use this column to rant, but every once in a while I do take advantage of the space the fine folks at The River Reporter grant me to discuss something other than puppet shows and bake sales.


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A spooky hayride was a hit at Barryville’s Pumpkin Fest last weekend. 

Family affair

Autumn is an ideal time for family get-togethers, apple picking and all things fall. There were plenty of family affairs going on throughout the Upper Delaware River region over the last few days, and as I leashed the pup and meandered the countryside in search of fall foliage to photograph, I managed to soak up some local flavor along the way.

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