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November 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Handmade and homemade gifts are a labor of love, and giving them says to the receiver, “You are someone special. I made this just for you.” But that’s only half the story; making gifts with your own hands can be just plain fun. And what better way to get into the spirit of the season than by starting well in advance
with your gift-making projects? Remember, too, that handmade and
homemade includes not only the gifts you can make yourself, but also items made locally by the countless artisans and entrepreneurs who live and work in the Upper Delaware River valley.  Read more

Raymond Rocklin

Well-known artist and teacher Raymond Rocklin of Damascus Township died at home, surrounded by his immediate family on November 19th, 2014. He was 92 years old.

Raymond was an accomplished artist & sculptor in many mediums, and stood at the forefront of the Abstract Expressionist art movement that began in the United States in the late 1940's. He was one of the seminal and important figures that helped create this unique style of art. He is also very well known and respected for his unique and beautiful handcrafted and self designed jewelry.  Read more

Tree diseases

A variety of afflictions affect trees in the Upper Delaware River region, ranging from those caused by insects, like the hemlock wooly adelgid to others caused by fungi like anthracnose. “River Talk” reader, Star Hesse contacted us recently regarding the appearance of black blotches on the leaves of maple trees along Route 97 in Barryville, NY.  Read more

Women and Their Woods initiative receives Environmental Partnership Award

REGION — On Thursday, October 30, the Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners awarded their 24th annual environmental partnership awards. The Women and Their Woods initiative, led by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) with Penn State Renewable Natural Resources Extension, and funding support from the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA, was the recipient of an Environmental Partnership Award.  Read more

Dawg stars

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — In a celebration replete with laudatory praise from coaches, awards and a slide show presented by this photographer that elicited loving memories of this past fall, Sullivan West consigned its impressive autumn campaign to history with its fall sports awards presentation on November 12.  Read more

Holiday Markets

During the holiday season, many places around the area open special artisans’ markets featuring locally-made gifts. Below is a list of markets throughout the area, organized by date. For more holiday market listings, see our Where and When events calendar either in the paper or online at

Bethany Public Library’s annual holiday shop around, Nov. 21  Read more

Moving day (Part two) Out with the old….

You know what they say—“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” So far, I have seen no opera divas warming up in the wings. Although I have already moved two fairly large truckloads to my beautiful new home, I have yet to get the storage space squared away and still have boxes and crates piled up by the door of the old place, waiting to be transferred to an undisclosed location, somewhere in Sullivan County (  Read more

Opening reception for Cheryl Korb at River Gallery

NARROWSBURG, NY — There will be an artist’s reception for primitive landscape artist Cheryl Korb “Home For The Holidays” on Saturday, November 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The River Gallery, 8 Main St.

A self-taught artist from northeastern Pennsylvania, Cheryl Korb still lives on the farm where she was born. After raising a family of three children, she had time to pursue her dream, which was to make paintings inspired by Grandma Moses. She began painting the landscape she knows best: her own backyard.  Read more

Santa Express ready to depart North Pole

SULLIVAN AND ORANGE COUNTIES, NY — Straight from the North Pole, Santa Express will roll into 10 towns in Sullivan and Orange counties and one in Pike County, PA on three consecutive weekends beginning with its first stop on Sunday, November 30 on Front Street in Port Jervis. Santa and his friends will greet hundreds of children and their families from the jolly old man’s 65-foot-long “sleigh” and the Snow Queen will give a special performance from the Santa Express float.  Read more