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Port Jervis plans Christkindlmarkt; Set for November 27

PORT JERVIS, NY — Since 2013 the Port Jervis Tourism Board has sponsored Christkindlmarkt, which is promoted as a family event in the tradition of markets held in Germany during the holiday season.

This year the market is scheduled to take place on November 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Jersey Avenue in Port Jervis.  Read more

Diwali: another Festival of Lights

Every year, from Thanksgiving week through the end of the year The River Reporter runs a special section titled “Celebrations” in place of our usual “Currents” leisure section. We also typically pick a common theme for the features in those issues.  Read more

Yoga for everyone

HONESDALE, PA — A screen in Yoga International’s headquarters shows a map with dots all over the world. “That’s all the people who are currently on our site,” said chief business officer Travis Head. Britain, India, Australia and the United States are among the many countries whose citizens are visiting the Yoga International website. And its office is right here in Honesdale.  Read more

Halloween at the Western: This joint is jumpin’!

It’s old, it’s new, and it’s better than ever. Never one to rest on her laurels, Callicoon, NY’s entrepreneur Irene Nickolai is always working. Her newest passion, The Western Supper Club and Inn (, is open for business, and Nickolai wants everyone to know. “I’m not sure people know what’s happening here at The Western,” she told me a week before Halloween, “so I decided an epic Halloween party in the ballroom upstairs was in order.”  Read more

A friend to farmers

LIBERTY, NY — Farmers are busy people. Busy during planting season, during the harvest, and generally busy on a day-to-day basis. While they work on growing their product, it’s easy to lose sight of marketing and selling that product. That’s where certain programs and initiatives can step in to help.  Read more

How ‘bout them apples

REGION — Apple picking: the quintessential fall activity. But if you look forward to apple season, you may be disappointed this fall, as there aren’t that many apples this year. Last year’s harvest yielded a large quantity of apples, but this year it’s a different story. There are a few reasons for this.  Read more

Up, up and away!

The skies above Jeffersonville, NY were a bit gray last Saturday as the first-ever Hot Air Balloon Festival got underway, and weather plays an all-important role when it comes to safety. All in all, eight balloon pilots were scheduled to take to the air, traveling from the open field behind Dick’s Auto to the hills of the Villa Roma Resort, but only one was able to take off before the others were grounded due to high winds and the threat of rain on the horizon.  Read more

These really should be ‘one of the above’; On-site grass pelletizers

HONESDALE, PA — As peak oil and global warming have increased the urgency of finding replacements for fossil fuels, the option of biomass is one that is frequently mentioned without ever seeming to gain much of a foothold, at least in this country. But there are some locals who have been developing some interesting techniques and ideas about one kind of biomass that could prove a boon to our own area: grass pellets that can be burned, like wood pellets, for heat.  Read more

A conversation between writer and reader; Literary festival comes to Milford

MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.  Read more

A new cast in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — The ebb and flow of prosperity has been a feature of small towns since their beginnings. They go through stages of economic boom and bust, popularity and abandonment, flourishing and faltering. Every town has its day. The spotlight now is on the hamlet of Callicoon, which is experiencing a renaissance as new businesses come in and mainstays switch locations.  Read more