Broken clouds, light snow
Broken clouds, light snow
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December 13, 2017
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December 2014

A white Christmas or not?

As I write this, it is a week before Christmas, and as I look out the window at 8 a.m., it is 36 degrees outside and the snow cover can best be described as “scattered to broken” here in Shohola, PA. Some mild weather has arrived since our last big snowstorm, and depending where you are, you may have more or less snow on the ground at your location.  Read more

PA discounts fishing licenses

PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) has a special holiday value for the 2015 fishing season. For the first time in the commission’s history, the prices of fishing licenses are being reduced. Throughout the month of December, anglers who buy a three-year or five-year multi-year fishing license will receive $3 and $5 off their license purchase. But this deal is only good through the month of December.  Read more

New Year’s Day snowshoe outing

LIBERTY, NY — Catskill Mountainkeeper invites you to start off your New Year on the right foot with an afternoon of snowshoeing through Walnut Mountain Park, followed by an opportunity to warm your toes with good company, hot chocolate and a bonfire. The hike through the 265-acre park will be fully guided. The outdoor bonfire with winter treats will take place at Lazy Pond Bed & Breakfast, located just around the corner on Old Loomis Road. It will take place on Thursday, January 1 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Read more

PEEC events planned for January

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Even in the depths of winter, the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has a series of entertainments planned. On Saturdays in January, starting with January 3, there will be cross- country skiing from 9 to 11 a.m., and on Sundays starting January 4, there will be cross-country skiing from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $20 per adult, $10 per child. In these beginner ski lessons, you will learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice on an old logging road loop. You decide how many loops to ski.  Read more

Northern lights

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There are two possible directions for teams: To head north means to be on the upswing toward success, while heading south stands for the opposite tendencies. Indeed, the ultimate goal is to reach the Northern Lights, that glowing cascade of stunning beauty, which can only be seen by teams that can survive the arduous journey to postseason brilliance.  Read more

‘Winter Wonderland’ sheet music donated to WCHS

HONESDALE, PA — Local residents Sally and Ab Rutherford recently donated to the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) several pieces of sheet music for songs by Richard B. (Dick) Smith, a former resident of Honesdale, who wrote the words to the holiday favorite “Winter Wonderland.” The Rutherfords donated the 1934 Guy Lombardo version of that classic, to which Felix Bernard wrote the music, as well as “It Looks Like an Early Fall” (with Ozzie Nelson as featured artist) and “The Breeze (That’s Bringin’ My Honey Back to Me).”  Read more

I’ve got no strings on me

Anyone who is a fan of old Disney movies more than likely remembers that tune. Written for the 1940 animated masterpiece “Pinocchio,” the music and lyrics by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington (respectively) have stayed with me since I saw the film as a youngster. It wasn’t until much later in life that I realized that the lyrics, and story itself, were allegorical. “I’ve got no strings to hold me down,-to make me fret, or make me frown,” claims the puppet who wishes to be a real boy. “I had strings, but now I’m free—there are no strings on me!”  Read more

Winter fun at the library

MONTICELLO, NY — E.B. Crawford Library has a series of programs planned for winter fun in upcoming weeks. On Monday, December 29 from 3 to 4 p.m. you can learn a winter craft that will be fun for all ages. If you’re in grades seven to 12, join our Battle of the Books team. There will be an information meeting on Friday, January 2 and 16 at 5 p.m. to find out about it. And there will be a Teen Maker program on Friday, January 9 at 4 p.m.  Read more


I’m on the set of “Bleed for This,” the new boxing movie I am cutting. A large ring is set up in the center of the convention center in Providence, RI. There are a thousand extras scattered around the arena in strategic places so on screen the arena will appear packed to the brim. It’s a little odd in person, but magic through the camera.

The two actors (one a real fighter) circle each other throwing punch after punch. The director huddles behind the monitor, watching the choreographed punches with indelible scrutiny. They must be captured at the perfect angle to seem real.  Read more

Auditions for Valentine cabaret

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold auditions for its Valentine cabaret, “Love Songs and Songs of Love,” on Saturday, December 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sullivan County Cultural Center (formerly the Sullivan County Museum). The show dates will be March 13 and 14, 2015. Bring sheet music of the song you will sing. For further information, call Jim at 845/798-4971, or email