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October 2016

Looking in the rearview mirror

Hope you enjoyed Indian Summer. It officially ended over the weekend; the cold wind and rain cleared out most of the leaves from the trees.

The change of seasons is a beautiful thing here in the Upper Delaware Valley. City friends asked on Facebook if they had missed the peak season of the fall foliage extravaganza. Naturally, we know they had, but being the eternal optimist that I am, I told them “No, it will be back again next year. Mother Nature always provides.” Many replied with a variety of the term “smart aleck” or worse. Guess I had that coming.  Read more

Letters to the Editor October 26

Teachout’s carbon fee plan returns revenue to households

I am scratching my head over comments made recently in the the 19th District congressional campaign about solutions to the greatest challenge (and opportunity) of our generation and for our state: the need to quickly transition to a clean energy economy to grow jobs and save us and future generations from the escalating costs and damages of climate change.  Read more

The Pennsylvania senate race

Pat Toomey, the Republican Wall Street banker who landed in the U.S. Senate in the 2010 Tea Party wave, is facing a tough battle to keep his seat. According to polls, he is in a neck-and-neck race with Katie McGinty, the former chief of staff for Gov. Tom Wolf.  Read more

Indian summer pollinators

October is all but behind us, and the falling leaves tell of the upcoming colder weather on the way. However it is also the tail end of Indian Summer, when mild days bring out some late-season insect life and even some last-minute reptiles and amphibians.

I spent an afternoon in mid-October staking out my friend’s flower garden and the surrounding lawn and field; I spotted a variety of pollinators and a fair amount of other insects on a sunny afternoon that saw high temperatures in the high 70s.  Read more

Curtain call for two teams

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women in it merely players… they all have their exits…” (Excerpted with apologies to William Shakespeare from “As You Like It,” Act II, Scene VII.)  Read more

Big Sky presents ‘Polter-Heist’

LIBERTY, NY — The Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce presents Big Sky Productions in “Polter-Heist,” an audience-participation murder mystery by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, on Sunday, October 30 at 5 p.m. in the main dining room of the Liberty Diner. Proceeds from the dinner theatre event will benefit the programs of the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce.  Read more

Postcards = poetry

How do poets find their muses? A blank page can be daunting, as every poet knows. Enter the Tusten Historical Society, with its extensive collection of early picture postcards of Narrowsburg and the nearby Delaware Valley in the early 20th century.

The hamlet of Narrowsburg has changed remarkably in the intervening years, but the Ten Mile River appears much the same in the 100 years that have elapsed between that spring day when it was photographed and today. Some of the postcards were early enough to have black and white landscape photographs, and of course, 1¢ stamps.  Read more

Howitt: plein air and pulp

ELDRED, NY — There will be a special presentation titled “Celebration of Plein Air” by Lori Strelecki, director of the Pike County Historical Society, on October 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Highland Town Hall, 2 Proctor Rd.  Read more

‘Out of Darkness’

CALLICOON, NY — The November show at Gallery EVA, “Out of Darkness,” will open with a reception on Saturday, November 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. Artists featured in the show will be Eva Drizhal, Nancy Wells, Bill Polyn, Elise Freda, Naomi Teppich, Ramona Jan, Rich Rethorn and Alan Wood. The artists will be present at the opening reception, and music will be provided by Jason Smeltzer.

The gallery, located at 35 Lower Main St., is where owner Drizhal shows her artistic work as well as the work of other creative artists living in the area.  Read more

Trick or treat?

Halloween used to be my favorite holiday, but over the past few years, the spooktacular frivolity has gotten old, just like me. Perhaps my case of arrested development has worn off and adulthood is finally setting in, or maybe I’m just too jaded to care. All I know is that even though neighborhoods throughout the Upper Delaware River region are about to be teeming with little ones shrieking with glee while their parents attend more adult-themed festivities, I’m not sure that I’ll even go out to one of the many parties (see page 16) scheduled to occur over the next few nights.  Read more