In My Humble Opinion


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Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce President Cathy Paty and treasurer Heinrich Strauch presented Bethel Woods CEO Darlene Fedun, far right,  with the “Business Person of the Year” Pride Award last Thursday.

Ain't no mountain high enough

I’m not big on awards shows. Don’t get me wrong—it’s kind of cool when folks are acknowledged for one thing or another, especially when it’s by their peers. And it’s not sour grapes, either, since I’ve received one or three over the years.


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General Manager Paul Ciliberto, event co-chair Greg Goldstein and Boys & Girls Clubs Program Leader Barbi Neumann Marty stand behind the kids who stopped in to personally deliver their donation during the two-day Thunder 102 Country Cares for St. Jude Radiothon.

Once more, with feeling!

As the first snowflakes flutter from the sky, the cavalcade of seasonal events begin anew, offering me the opportunity to re-think, re-do and renew. They say that with each passing year, the time flies more quickly and now that I’m over 40 (LOL) I can see what “they” mean.


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“The Moth” storytellers Adam Wade, left,  Ophira Eisenberg and Peter Aguerro, held the audience in the palm of their respective hands at the Hurleyville Arts Centre last weekend.

Tell me a story

Thanks to Mom and the ritual of bedtime storytelling, one of my earliest recollections is drifting off to sleep hearing “Charlotte’s Web” read aloud, chapter by chapter, and the building excitement anticipating how the story might unfold.


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DJ Adam Owens (and his gigantic head) was a hit with the crowd at the Western Hotel’s annual Halloween bash.

Who am I anyway?

That question, famously asked in the 1975 Broadway musical “A Chorus Line” often haunts me. “Am I my resumé? That is a picture of a person I don’t know.” I think that most of us, from time to time, experience an identity crisis of one sort or another, often brought on by having to play a variety of roles in life.


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Callicoon’s Kazzrie Jaxen was among the many groovin’ to the music during Beverly Sterner’s dance party celebrating  16 years of the Upper Delaware Community Network (UD network).

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Well, it was anyhow. At the moment, it’s raining cats and dogs and what’s left of fall foliage is, well… falling. I did, however, spend the last week meandering through the mountains in search of leaf-peeping photo-ops and scored big time, although the explosions of color were at times difficult to find.


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Boys & Girls Club Senior Unit Director Barbi Neumann Marty was beaming during the social hour, making my job that much easier as I photographed the Farm-to-Table experience last weekend

Please, and thank you!

Such simple words that cost us nothing to say, and yet, they seem to be vanishing from our collective vocabulary. It’s not often that I use this column to rant, but every once in a while I do take advantage of the space the fine folks at The River Reporter grant me to discuss something other than puppet shows and bake sales.


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A spooky hayride was a hit at Barryville’s Pumpkin Fest last weekend. 

Family affair

Autumn is an ideal time for family get-togethers, apple picking and all things fall. There were plenty of family affairs going on throughout the Upper Delaware River region over the last few days, and as I leashed the pup and meandered the countryside in search of fall foliage to photograph, I managed to soak up some local flavor along the way.


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In anticipation of stunning fall foliage, I’ve set out chairs for Dharma and me, with the intent of taking a moment or two to chill a little, before the inevitable big chill to come.

Frost on the pumpkin

I’m feeling conflicted. On one hand, I love this time of year and the multitude of harvest festivals, hay rides and haunted houses celebrating the bounty of life-in-the-country good times. On the other hand, I’m dreading winter, knowing there will be days of feeling isolated and cut off from the outside world.


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The Narrowsburg Honey Bee Fest parade might have been smaller this year, but was no less enthusiastic.

Déjà vu

The term “déjà vu” is French and literally means “already seen.” Those who have experienced the feeling (up to 70% of the population) describe it as “an overwhelming sense of familiarity” and (according to www.howstuffworks.com), the phenomenon is “rather complex.” Swiss scholar Arthur Funkhouser sugges


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Taking a “personal day” allowed me to celebrate the birthdays of both gal-pal Rachelle Carmack and her fabulous mom Annie, who just turned 90!

A mind is a terrible thing to waste

I’m absolutely positive that Arthur Fletcher did not have me in mind when he coined that phrase while serving as head of the United Negro College Fund in 1973, but that is approximately the same time that my mind became mush.

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