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June 2016

NYS Governor Cuomo Rafts Upper Delaware River in Catskills Challenge

New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo experienced the fun and beauty of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River from a raft on June 30 when he brought his Catskills Challenge to western Sullivan County.  Read more

Egypt Vacation Bible School

July 18, 2016
July 19, 2016
July 20, 2016
July 21, 2016

Join Joseph as he swats away scorpions in a dark prison cell, stroll through the golden splendor of Pharaoh's palace, experience exotic sights and smells in an Egyptian bazaar, be carried away by music wafting through enticing desert air. Open & free to all. Beach Lake United Methodist Church, 7 Milanville Rd., 6:30-8:30pm each day.

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Music Night

July 9, 2016

Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine are political satirists who perform hip-hop versions of literary classics; blues versions of works by Shakespeare, Ovid, and Kafka; dubious updates of American folk and jazz classics; and more at Philipsport Community Center, 7-10pm. $10 at the door. Food for purchase.

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Craft Lovers

July 8, 2016
July 22, 2016

Meets the second and fourth Friday of the month from 2:30-4:30pm at the Delaware Free Branch of Western Sullivan Public Library in Callicoon. Socialize with other craft lovers. Bring your crafts and ideas to share. The library’s crafts for July will be Secret Book Making and Jewelry Creations. Supplies and refreshments provided.

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Visit us online at, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @westernsullivan, email, or call 845-887-4040 for more information.

BioBlitz a big success

Last weekend, the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz was conducted at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY, becoming the third such event to catalogue as many species as possible at properties within the watershed. Preliminary results indicate that the nine teams comprised of scientists and naturalists identified 759 species of reptiles, amphibians, birds, fungi, fish, plants, mosses, lichens, mammals, aquatic macro-invertebrates and terrestrial invertebrates.  Read more

WCCF supports the Lackawaxen conservancy

HONESDALE, PA — Recently, the Wayne County Community Founation (WCCF) presented a grant to the Lackawaxen River Conservancy. The funding will be used to expand the proposed walking trail between Hawley and the Canal Park near White Mills. Shown here are R. John Carmody (WCCF Grants Committee), left, Bergit Pinkston, Carole Linkiewicz (Lackawaxen Conservancy) and Peter Bochnovich (WCCF Grants Committee).

Trails grant funds hiking trips

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The National Park Service (NPS) of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UPDE) is one of 25 national parks selected to receive a 2016 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. UPDE has partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) to use this grant to fund three bus trips to area parks in 2016. Several hikes are scheduled varying in difficulty and are catered to engage both youth and older adults.  Read more

Mixed reviews

Benjamin Franklin once said that “honesty is the best policy,” and like so many other pithy comments of his, the expression is still around. My poor mother tried to instill this concept in my young head, and although I had my mouth washed out with soap a couple of times, I still tried to lie my way out of trouble on occasion. It rarely worked. As I matured (don’t go there!) I found that both Franklin and my mother were right, of course—and as I embraced honesty, the idea of becoming a critic appealed.  Read more

DVO celebrates 30th with ‘Carmen,’ ‘Fledermaus’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) will present two operas this summer, its 30th anniversary season: “Die Fledermaus” by Strauss and “Carmen” by Bizet, at the Tusten Theatre on Bridge Street.

“Die Fledermaus” is a witty, urbane comedy sung in English, on July 16 and 17 and July 23 and 24. “Carmen” is a passionate drama with gypsies and smugglers, sung in English, on August 13 and 14 and August 20 and 21. Sunday performances start at 2 p.m. and Saturdays start at 8 p.m.  Read more

‘Tunneling to the Rondout’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Diane Galusha, author of the newly republished “Liquid Assets: A History of New York City’s Water System,” will speak and sign books Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. “Where the Sun Never Shines: Tunneling to the Rondout” will focus on the construction of the East Delaware Tunnel, the 25-mile tunnel that carries water from the Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware County to the Rondout Reservoir in Ulster County.  Read more