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Early Royal Coachman dry fly tied by Theodore Gordon.
Roscoe: The home of the Dry Fly BY ED VAN PUT
n the world of fly-fishing there has always been interest in the conception of the dry fly; many believe that this method of fly-fishing began with Theodore Gordon (1854-1915), the legendary angling journalist, fly-fisherman and fly-tier. While Gordon definitely popularized the use of the dry fly and tied some of the earliest patterns, the actual tactic of fishing with a floating
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fly occurred before Theodore Gordon was born. Fly-fishing is essentially an English creation, and its inception is discussed thoroughly by the English angling historian John Waller Hills, author of ‘A History of Fly Fishing for Trout’ (1921). Hills writes that the first mention of the “superiority” of a fly that floats on the surface over one that sinks occurred in print as early
The “superiority” of a fly that floats on the surface (the dry fly) over one that sinks occurred in print as early as 1800.
as 1800. And though he adds that while a dry fly may have been used at this early date, the invention of the dry fly was not complete until there was “intentional drying of the fly” or false casting. In England, as in this country, the first flies used to catch trout were wet flies, imitations designed to fish below the stream’s surface. Typically, two flies were used; one tied on the end of the leader known then as the ‘stretcher’ and the other placed a foot or two above on about an eight-inch length of leader known as the dropper. The object of using two flies was diverse; a naturallooking fly was tied on to imitate an insect that was found in the stream, and a bright or fancy pattern was used to get the trout’s attention. If the trout had a preference between the two types of flies, the angler switched to two of the same, hoping to improve his chances. In addition, using two flies often resulted in the bonus of catching two trout at once; there was also the theory that one fly may get the trout’s attention and as the second fly approached, the fish would be eager to take that fly before it too passed by.
When wet flies are first cast upon the water they tend to float until they have absorbed enough moisture to sink, or are pulled under the surface by the fisherman. Undoubtedly there were instances when a trout would rise to the surface and take the wet fly before it sank or was pulled under. However, as Hills states, the invention of the dry fly was not complete until there was “intentional drying of the fly.” Hills relates that the first mention of intentionally drying the fly did not occur in English angling literature until 1851, when it appeared in George Pulman’s Vade-Mecum of Fly Fishing for Trout; and from that date forward the dry fly had a continuous history. In America, angling historians and writers, including Theodore Gordon, have long cited Thaddeus Norris’s The American Angler’s Book (1864) as having docuCONTINUED ON PAGE 10
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Bright or fancy brook trout wet flies, tied by Ed Van Put. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7
mented the earliest reference of the use of the dry fly. Norris was a knowledgeable and skillful flyfisherman who has been deemed “One of the founding fathers of American fly-fishing” and “The American Walton.” At the time his The American Angler’s Book was published, it was considered the definitive book on angling. Norris tied his own flies, constructed his own rods, and while he fished for both salt and fresh water species, his preference was along “a trout
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“drawn towards one another by a love of the gentle art.” In January of 1854 they decided to form themselves into an association under the modest name of “Houseless Anglers;” the name was adopted in contradiction to the old “Fish-House clubs” in Pennsylvania, associations known for their dinners and social gatherings rather than their love of angling. William Morris Davis, of Philadelphia, was elected president; and he and Norris were appointed to quickly draft a set of rules setting forth the objectives of the little club, which never exceeded ten members and was made up of CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
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bers also promised to not publicly display their eminent artists, merchants and rod-makers. In fishing success or boast in public print. When writing The American Angler’s Book, his opening comments Davis stated that the club Norris recounted the tactics and experiences he was formulated by a love of angling and the camalearned through the years, as well as those he raderie of anglers who followed the teachings of observed from his fishing friends in the little club. Izaak Walton in The Compleat Angler (1653). Davis also suggested that the group’s goal was to He began writing in 1857 and shortly afterward help one another, share their knowledge while fol- contacted some of the members of the Houseless lowing the teachings of Walton, who claimed that Anglers that he considered to have more experience than he, and requested that they contribute “the true” angler does not keep more their fishing knowledge to his fish than he needs but takes in modbook. Some club members eration, remembering the future for believed the artist, Henry Kirke himself and his brother anglers, and Brown, was “one of the best flythat it was wise “to freedom those fishermen in the country;” and fishes not wanted.” Members had they, including Norris who he had conservation on their minds when shared information and tactics they vowed not to fill their creel, and with, were eager to learn from to encourage others not to do so. Brown. This was at a time when there were In the American Angler’s Book virtually no laws protecting native Norris recalled being on a pool brook trout other than a law that below a dam with no water going prohibited fishing when they were over the structure. The dam was spawning. It was not unusual for on the lower Willowemoc just trout fishermen to catch and keep all downstream of the mouth of CONTRIBUTED BY ED VAN PUT the trout they caught, at times in the Stewart Brook in Westfield Flats, Thaddeus Norris hundreds in a single day. The memCONTINUED FROM PAGE 11
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today known as Roscoe. The trout were shy because of the low water conditions and refused every fly that Norris offered; however a friend tied a “Grannom” on the end of his leader and a small “Jenny Spinner” for the dropper. Norris wrote that his friend had “tied these flies and made his leader especially” for the evening fishing on this pool. His leader was very fine and his flies fresh, and by “cracking” (false casting) the moisture from the wet flies between each cast he would lay them very lightly on the glassy surface, and a pair of trout would take them on almost every cast before they sank. Since Norris was not catching anything, he assisted in landing the trout, which amounted to several dozen for his friend. “Here” exclaimed Norris “was an exemplification of the advantage of keeping one’s flies dry.” The tactics depicted by Norris meets Hill’s criteria for dry-fly fishing; the flies were false cast purposely for the “intentional drying of the fly.” Thaddeus Norris dedicated The American Angler’s Book to “The Little Club of HOUSELESS ANGLERS,” and he relates that in 1852 a few
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Wild or native brook trout caught with fly. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13
“brethren of the rod” had become friends. He had fished the Beaverkill before this date as had some of the others, but the small group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable fly-fishers became close and formed a special bond. With his dedication, Norris united forever the special relationship these fly fishermen enjoyed
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SHAD During late April through early June, as we charter trips for trout, our guests are also into American Shad. These fish come up from the ocean once a year to spawn and they are a ball on both fly and spin tackle. Related to the tarpon, shad will test any angler’s skills as they take line out with great speed. Their mouths are quite soft so great patience has to be applied to bring these strong fish to net.
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Their journey begins in the Atlantic Ocean and by the time they have made it to Port Jervis, it is usually late April. These fish swim in pods of hundreds and will sometimes journey all the way to Hancock, New York and into the East Branch and finally to the Beaverkill by late June. Buck shad, the males, are the first to appear. They are then followed by the roe shad (females) carrying eggs. Some fish can exceed seven pounds! In the fast current, a fresh shad will absolutely take the rod out of your hands thus the name – “Poor Man’s Salmon” –– a fish that any metro angler should try at least once in their lives! As I mentioned shad hit lures out of impulse –– not hunger. Any flashy or colorful lure, jig or fly will catch shad but these three key points need to be followed. Location? Find an area where the river “pinches” or bottles up and at the base of a riffle or river gradient. Temperature? Your best bet for aggressive fish is water from 50 to 66 degrees. Technique? Make certain your dart, jig or fly is in the shad’s comfort zone – which is bouncing along the bottom in about two to four feet of feet of water. Look for foam lines and color changes. That’s where the fish are! CONTINUED ON PAGE 23
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SMALLMOUTH BASS A staple of the Upper Delaware River is the smallmouth bass – or “bronzeback”. The noted author Dr. James Henshall who, in his 1881 book on the smallmouth bass wrote: “inch for inch and pound for pound, the gamest fish that swims.” If you want to run up the numbers on your river adventure on the Delaware River these fish
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we use is real simple. 4 inch Senkos rigged Wacky style on a #1 Aberdeen or circle hook and 3.5 inch Kei-Techs tipped on a light, wide gap jig. The topwater bite can be great as well right towards dusk or on overcast windless days as the light begins to fade. Pop-R’s, Tiny Torpedos and Chug Bugs are all great lures. One last note about these great fish, if you are introducing your kids, or grandkids, to the pleasures and sport of river fishing, I promise you that these fish will never disappoint the youngsters. After thousands of river trips over the years, I can assure you that children don’t care WHAT they’re
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WALLEYE I’ll wrap up with the walleye. These fish can be caught throughout the year in the deeper pools of more than 10 feet but by far the best time will be the fall as the water gets very cold. November into December is the best time to haul in a monster. My boat’s personal best was a fish of 31
inches and 11 pounds caught on a Countdown Rapala. Your average walleye in the Delaware will measure from 17 to 22 inches which is not too shabby and they can be caught with jigs and deep diving crankbaits. After 26 years fishing professionally on the Upper Delaware River, this great resource never ceases to amaze me as well as my many customers from all over the county and world. Let’s keep it a great river by taking out what you brought in and if you see the stray can or piece of litter please pick it up so that the river valley is left as pristine as when you arrived. The river today has bigger and more fish than ever before so I hope that you’ll practice C-P-R: Catch, Photograph and then Release your fish so that they can be caught again and more importantly that they can spawn and produce more fish for you and the next generations of anglers to enjoy. Welcome to the Upper Delaware River, enjoy your river adventure this season and I hope that I’ll see YOU on the river!
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Great Blues often feed on mice in meadows but do their best eating at waterways and wetlands like Bashakill Wildlife Management Area. The big birds pad slowly and quietly through reeds and shallow water searching for fish, salamanders, dragonflies and grasshoppers.
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BY KATHY DALEY ou’re outside playing or working when suddenly a shadow falls, accompanied by the sound of slow wingbeats. You look up into a wondrous sight: a Great Blue Heron overhead, almost mysteriously making its quiet presence known. The bluish-gray wading birds, three-to-four feet tall with a wingspan of at least six feet, appreciate our streams and marshes and occasionally even our fields. In late March and early April, they will wing their way back from warmer climates. But wait, some of the huge herons are here already... “Most Great Blue Herons winter well south of us but some overwinter here every year,” said John Haas, author of “A Birding Guide to Sullivan County, New York Including the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area.” “At least two Great Blues wintered in the valley this winter in the Wurtsboro/Summitville area,” Haas said. “They’re along the D&H Canal Linear Park (in Wurtsboro) most of the time.” Soon, “people will see Great Blues passing overhead almost everywhere,” he added. “These birds move from one feeding location to another, which is nature's way of ensuring that no one area is overfished and populations are not depleted.” PRETTY BIRD, PRETTY BIRD The handsome herons, often featured on Japanese pottery and folding screens, are a joy to experience in person. The largest bird in our
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The beautiful Great Blue Heron weighs only about five or six pounds in spite of its huge size: three-to-four feet tall with a wingspan of at least six feet.
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area, the Great Blue gets its name from the grayish-blue feathers on its upper wings, back and tail. Its face is white with a yellow bill, and a pair of black stripes run above the eyes to the back of the head, which sports a plume of black feathers. In flight, the big birds fold their long necks into an S-shape, their wings flapping and their long, slender legs trailing out behind. They are typically seen as leisurely but can cruise at some 20 to 30 miles an hour when need be. Great Blues spend 90 percent of their time searching for food. They forage for fish and other prey in slow-moving rivers and streams, swamps, marshes, lakes, and even in meadows. “They are not just fish feeders,” said Haas. “They consume many frogs and small rodents. People will often see Great Blues in a field and wonder what they are doing there. They are ‘mousing’ for a high protein snack.” Still, fish is a big feature on the bird’s menu. “Probably one of the most interesting behaviors I see is their ability to eat fish that seem way too big for them to consume,” said Haas. “They often take hours to get a fish down and sometimes have to make considerable efforts.”
Looking for all the world like a prehistoric creature, the Great Blue dates back to at least 1.8 million years ago, according to fossils found in the Western Hemisphere.
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amily life can be wonderful. Growing up in Small Town, America with my four sisters, four cousins and plenty of friends close by, there was always great adventure – and peril – around every corner. We were a close-knit crew that has stayed fairly close through the years and have enjoyed many new adventures along the way. Some of my best memories growing up though, was with my dog, Buddy. Buddy would be the first of four labs I would own but he was by far the smartest, biggest and most well known. We lived on a hill above the hamlet of Callicoon and Buddy would lay on our front lawn all day, soaking up the sun, seemingly unaware of all the cars flying by on Route 97. Everybody in town knew Buddy.
Buddy Buddy was a Black Labrador Retriever, who was named after his father, Buddy. I am not sure if he was Buddy the third (like me) or Buddy the 15th, but one thing is for sure – Buddy is a popular name for dogs (more on that later). We got Buddy from our friend, Bill Bruns, who
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mess didn’t show up too much. Buddy loved the outdoors as much as I did and our hikes through the St. Joe’s Seminary woods provided endless fun. We would go for miles up into the woods, and I would often race Buddy to see if I could beat him home. Never did. But back to the smart dog. Buddy somehow figured out that he had to look both ways before he crossed NYS Route 97 in front of our house before he went to downtown Callicoon to visit his girlfriends. I don’t know how, but he lived with us for 13plus years and fortunately he never had a problem crossing the road. Another trick of Buddy’s was his ability to find me. When I got to be 14 I would race home from school in the fall, grab my .22 rifle and run up into the woods to hunt for a trophy squirrel, partridge or rabbit. Without a watch, I never knew what time it was. But my mother, Shirley, would let Buddy out the back door when it was time for supper and Buddy would race up in the woods and find me sitting on a stump, letting me know that supper would soon be on the table. In the fall of ‘79 I went off to college and Buddy, now 8 years old, stayed back with mom and dad
to keep track of things in Callicoon. One night, in the fall of ‘82, my mother had a stroke and lay paralyzed on the bathroom floor of our house. Buddy knew something was wrong. He ran between the bedroom, where my father was sleeping, and the bathroom, where my mother lay, until he woke my father up. My father called for help and Buddy had literally saved my mother’s life. It was a legendary story for our family and just reinforces how well our pets know us and know when we are in trouble, when we are sad or in a good mood. We used to tease mom that Buddy ate steak dinners from that day on, which is probably not too big of an exaggeration. Luckily my mom recovered fully from the stroke and she and Buddy spent many great days together. I graduated St. Bonaventure University in the spring of ‘83 and again was reunited full-time with Buddy, who would meet me every morning when I came downstairs to put on my shoes. One morning, in March of ‘84, I came downstairs to go to work and Buddy didn’t come over to lick me. I looked over and there he was, laying on the living room floor, having died of a heart attack
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A new wife, three kids and a move to a new home would keep Regina and I from getting a dog for the first 14 years of our marriage – until we moved to Jeffersonville and decided it was time for our kids to enjoy a pet. At my insistence, we got a beautiful Black Lab mix from our friends, who again was the biggest male of the litter. This time, however, ‘Boomer’ decided he wanted to be the king of the house. Unfortunately, Boomer did not play well with others, especially our son, Andrew, and we donated Boomer to the New York State Police where he trained to become a police dog. We later found out that Boomer had Lyme Disease, was retired from active duty and enjoying life in upstate New York.
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We were again dogless until that fateful day in 2008 when we went to Reginaâ€™s cousinâ€™s house for a surprise birthday party. Little did we know that the surprise would be a Black lab being handed out as party favors. Well, Reginaâ€™s cousin, Frank DeMayo, had eight purebred Black Lab puppies who were just the right size for taking home. After our children â€“ Laura, Claire and Andrew â€“ had held and played with the little pups all day we were surprised when they picked the sleepiest little girl to take home. And that is how Marley Stabbert came into our family. Marley was actually named after an ice cream parlor in Hilton Head, SC, not after the famous musician, Bob Marley. Also, we named Marley years before the movie came outâ€Ś wasnâ€™t that a tear jerker. But our Marley gave us nothing buy joy and happiness. Marley was a loving Labrador â€“ is there any other? She went over to our neighborâ€™s house one day to meet Rose and Rose, who had just moved in. It was love at first sight, especially since they
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Custer fights while BY JOHN A. PUNOLA
ith the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia commanded by General Robert E Lee, April 9, 1865, at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia to Gen Ulysses S Grant, soon General Joseph Johnson surrendered his army in North Carolina. That began a domino effect of Confederate army surrenders that eventually led to a total stoppage of fighting, the Civil War was finally over. The war was done for the thousands of men who fought for the Union and Confederacy, and they were discharged and began the journey back to their 50 • CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2020
homes. It seemed like the fighting might never end, and in fact it did not. With the Civil War over, the Union now turned its attention to the war with the Native Americans in the Western part of the country. The Black soldiers of the Union were dispatched to the Southwest where they would be retrained and organized into a unit called the “Buffalo Soldiers.” They served with honor and distinction in their battles with the Native American tribes who were targeted for relocation to new and distant reservations. The confederation of the Native American tribes proved to be tough and skilled fighters,
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and the prospects of a quick and easy victory was not a realistic scenario. Famous Union generals such as Oliver Otis Howard, Phillip H. Sheridan, George Crook, William T Sherman and Nelson A. Miles were just a few of the notable generals assigned to the task of defeating the united tribes of Native Americans. General George A. Custer had been mustered out of the volunteer army, but later in 1866 was appointed Lt. Colonel and assigned to the 7th Cavalry, was ordered west, and saw considerable action. Civil War veterans, including many generals, were career officers and welcomed a continued
military career fighting the restless tribes of Native Americans, who strongly defended their traditional lands. They would get their wish when Washington, DC decided that Native Americans were obstructing the expansion Westward and reneged on treaties that gave the Native Americans vast expanses of territories rich in timber, buffalo and minerals, and ordered all Native Americans to report to reservations reserved to accommodate all Native Americans. The Native Americans ignored the edicts and CONTINUED ON PAGE 53
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ney to link up with Custer’s 7th Cavalry. It was beautiful weather in that part of the country, and some of the soldiers noted that Goose Creek was a perfect location for a camp, plus great fishing, since the stream was heavily populated with trout. Gen. Crook happened to be a trout fisherman and thought it would be good morale if the men could do some fishing, and when a soldier suggested a fishing contest, there was great enthusiasm. A large number of soldiers joined the competition to catch the tasty and abundant trout. The trout fishing continued for a week, with Gen. Crook joining the contest. An unnamed soldier claimed the top place in the spirited competition, reporting 146 trout caught in a single day. Daily figures were kept, and for those men who had brought along fishing gear, it was a trout fishing holiday. A boost to the trout fishing was the hordes of hatching grasshoppers that were plentiful in the high grass along the river and were blown into Goose Creek, creating a feeding
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frenzy by the hungry Trout. The grasshoppers were also great bait. While the men fished, they were watched by about 100 Shoshone scouts as they sat on their mounted horses. The scouts remarked the soldiers had some funny methods to catching trout. The Shoshone scouts said that Native Americans fish from horseback. They form tight ranks and herd the trout into the shallow waters where they will be easy to spear. The soldiers acknowledged the scouts could catch a lot of trout with their methods, but it’s more fun to catch the trout with conventional fishing gear. Sadly, as General Crook’s men were resting and fishing, the 7th Cavalry under George Custer, was completely wiped out at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The remainder of the 7th Cavalry were spared the same fate when the Native Americans, led by Crazy Horse and Gall, did not return the next day to destroy the survivors of the battle. The Native Americans had quickly gathered all the weapons and supplies,
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Thursday, March 12 Pets and Seniors 3:30 - 5 p.m. This seminar will share considerations on pet ownership and ways that older adults and family caregivers can interact with animals, even if they do not have an animal of their own. A panel discussion will offer other suggestions and resources in Sullivan County. Panelists include Joseph D'Abbraccio, DVM from Catskill Veterinary Services, Deborah Worden from Action Toward Independence, and Maureen Velton. Dr. D’Abbraccio will address the practical perspective of pet ownership, Ms. Worden will discuss ATI’s Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program (WWSDP), and Mrs.Velton will share her experiences in pet therapy. This program is free. Registration is requested in advance online at sullivanc-
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Rock Hill St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 14, starting at 2 p.m. ce.org. St. John’s Street School Community Hub, 22 St. Johns Street, Monticello. The Culinary Club 5 -7 p.m. Are you someone who wants a deeper understanding of different cultures and their popular cuisine? Participants will enjoy preparing foods for the “theme of the month” to share with fellow foodies. A choice of 2-3 books will be available at the beginning of each month. This month’s theme: Spuds, Anyone? Bring a “topping” suitable for (Irish) baked potatoes. Call 888-8004 for info/register. Mamakating Library, 128 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro.
Friday, March 13 Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, PA Casino Trip – Saturday, March 28. Deadline is March 13th. Sponsored by Monticello Kiwanis Club. Bus leaves from Parking Lot across from Town of Thompson Town Hall (located at Monticello Shop Rite
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The Arnold House Comedy Night 8 p.m. The Laugh Tour brings live stand-up comedy to The Arnold House featuring comedians from The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Conan, The View, Comedy Central, HBO, Saturday Night Live, LOGO and more! Tickets: $ 20 available at the door. Call 439-5070 to reserve your ticket and/or dinner reservations. 839 Shandelee Rd, Livingston Manor.
Sunday, March 15 Sullivan West Musical Production Club presents Shrek the Musical 2 p.m. Tickets: Adults, $10, Students $6, Seniors: Free. Sunday Special: Family 4 pack $24, Family 5 pack $30. Tickets available at the door or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sullivan West Auditorium, Lake Huntington.
Saturday, March 21 4th Annual Maple Open
House 12 - 5 p.m. Free event open to the public. Visit our Sap house & watch Adam & crew make delicious Maple Syrup. Enjoy Maple Syrup with pancakes & sausage cooked fresh by Chef Ross & family. Dress for outdoor activities please. Diehl Homestead Farm, 93 Diehl Road, Callicoon. Jeffersonville Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 1 p.m. Line up at Noon, parade starts at 1 p.m. Celebrate the Irish in this great village tradition! Main St., Jeffersonville. Liza Phillips at the Laundry King Artists Talk and Opening Reception 3 p.m. Uncontained a solo exhibition from Liza Phillips at the Laundry King at 65 Main St, Livingston Manor. Refreshments will be served and admission is free and open to the public. The exhibitions will be on view March 21 – May 2. Sportsmen’s Dinner Banquet 4 - 8:15 p.m. Hunters and hunting enthusiasts, come join us for a game dinner, a seminar about waterfowl hunting by The Call Outdoors (thecalloutdoors.com), and
tons of great door prizes! Tickets are $12. Call 845985-7410 for tickets and info. Loch Sheldrake Fire Co., 1280 RT- 52, Loch Sheldrake.
Saturday, March 28 Winter Waterfowl Walk 8 a.m. Meet walk leader John Haas at the Haven Road Parking Lot DEC parking lot (on left coming from Route 209). Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. An array of early ducks, geese and mergansers. Then travel to DEC Boat Launch on South Road, Wurtsboro, to see additional species. Boots may be of help in this area. The event lasts about 2 hours. Visit to Mamakating Environmental Center included. To register and/or for more info, contact John at 888-0240. Info: facebook.com/thebashakill.org. Civil Air Patrol Squadron Open House 12 - 4 p.m. Members of the squadron will be present to greet visi-
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Sunday, March 29 Neversink FD & Grahamsville FD Annual Spring Breakfast 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Adults $8, Kids 6-12 $5, Kids under 5 Free. Takeout available $8. Neversink Firehouse, 7486 ST RT 55, Neversink.
Tuesday, March 31 Caesar’s Extravaganza Luncheon Starring Anthony Duke Claus 2 - 5 p.m. Enjoy Our Famous Caesar’s Extravaganza Luncheon, a seven-course banquet fit for a king! Afterward, enjoy a matinee show starring Anthony Duke Claus, an up-and-coming sensational singing star entertaining you with popular standards, Broadway tunes, and modern classics. Cost $49. Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center, 356
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Thursday, April 2 Resorts World Catskills DoubleTop Bar & Grill, Karaoke Night. 7 - 10 p.m. Come unleash your inner rockstar at Doubletop Bar & Grill with karaoke every Friday. Must be 21 or over. 888 Resorts World Drive, Monticello. Call 1-833-5869358 for info and reservations.
Friday, April 3 Frost Valley YMCA Wilderness First Responder Certification Course April 3rd - 10th. The course includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary. The registration fee includes the course, as well as six nights of lodging and meals. For info or to register call 985-2291 ext. 240 or
Saturday, April 4 Nature Watch Training Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with programing following at 10 a.m. Training will take place at the Mamakating Environmental Education and Interpretive Center, situated at the edge of the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area, 762 South Road, Wurtsboro. You’ll learn about wetland residents, including bald eagles, so that you can share information with Basha Kill visitors. Highlights of this year’s program will be a presentation by long-time Basha Kill naturalist and historian, Gary Keeton. Gary will review the many changes he has observed occurring at the wetland over the last 40 years. Additional presentations include description of the nuts and bolts of NW. After training, volunteers sign up for three shifts (three hours each) on Saturdays or Sundays from
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Sunday, April 5 Callicoon Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. noon. Adults $8, Child 6-12 $4, Under 5 Free. Featuring
real maple syrup, eggs, danish, delicious pancakes, and more. Benefitting the youth of the Callicoon area. Delaware Youth Center, Callicoon.
Monday, April 6 Grief Support Groups 6 - 7 p.m. Free of charge, offered by Wayne Memorial Hospice and Social Service Departments through April 6th. Monday evenings from. Wayne Memorial Hospital, 601 Park Street, Honesdale, PA. Registration requested. For info call (570) 241-2685.
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Thursday, April 16 Veterinary Science: Quality Care Of Animals Certification 6:30 - 8 p.m. This program will utilize career-oriented resource/educational mate-
rials, help students gain introductory knowledge and skills in the subject of veterinary science and enhance youth development through group problem-solving activities. Cost $8 Per Youth/ $5 Per 4-H Member. Registration and payment are required in advance. Any Sullivan County youth ages 5-18 can apply to enroll in 4-H for free, all year. To learn more on 4-H, call CCESC at 2926180 or visit sullivancce.org/4-h-youthdevelopment. Extension
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Saturday, April 11 The Met: Live in HD at SUNY Sullivan 12:55 p.m. Tosca. Adults $20; Students with valid I.D. $10. Seelig Theatre, SUNY Sullivan, 112 College Rd., Loch Sheldrake. For info call 4345750. The Arnold House Comedy Night 8 p.m. The Laugh Tour brings live stand-up comedy to The Arnold House featuring comedians
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Saturday, April 18 38th Annual Basha Kill Clean Up 9:30 a.m. - Noon Celebrate Earth Day! Enjoy a walk and fresh spring air while ridding the wetlands of debris. Registration and clean-up site assignments from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Meet in the Haven Road DEC parking lot (on left
coming from Route 209) Garbage bags are provided. Wear boots, work gloves, and insect repellent. Bring chairs as a picnic lunch, supplied by the BKAA, will be eaten outdoors in the DEC lot. BKAA merchandise will be on sale and door prizes awarded. Call Paula Medley at 754-0743 for info or facebook.com/thebashakill.org. Nature Watch at the Basha Kill 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Join trained Nature Watch Volunteers at DEC boat launch, across from Bashakill Vineyards, 1131
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Wednesday, April 22 Upper Delaware Litter Sweep 8 a.m. April 22 - 6 p.m. April 25. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and in light of the ever increasing evidence and awareness of the negative effects that all roadside litter eventually has on our water systems, food systems, and (consequently) human bodies, the
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Sunday, April 26 Birding for Beginners with Scott Graber 8 a.m. Experience the variety of birdlife that inhabits the scenic Basha Kill area with naturalist Scott Graber. This walk will focus on basic identification of birds by sight and sound. If you’re new to birding or have always wondered what birds exist beyond your backyard, this is the field trip for you! Binoculars are required. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (on left coming from Rt. 209). Visit to Mamakating Environmental Center included. Call Scott to register and/or for info at 914799-1313. Info: facebook.com/thebashakill.o rg. Bethel Woods P.LA.Y: The Classics Series 3 p.m., doors open 2 p.m. An Afternoon of Choral Artistry featuring Young People’s Chorus of New York City. Held in the Event Gallery, presented in collaboration with Shandelee Music Festival. 200 Hurd Road Bethel. Info at BethelWoodsCenter.org.
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Nature Watch at the Basha Kill 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat. April 25 and Sun. April 26. Join trained Nature Watch Volunteers at DEC boat launch, across from Bashakill Vineyards, 1131 South Road, Wurtsboro, to learn more about the many residents of the amazing Basha Kill wetland. View the nesting bald eagles and other birds. Equipped with two powerful spotting scopes and lots of information, the volunteers will help you get to know the Basha Kill a little better. Bring your children, other family members and friends of all ages for some fun in the outdoors! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until June 28. Call Kevin Keller at 434-6209 or Maryallison Farley at 888-0261 for more
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Saturday, May 2 Spring Migration Warbler Walk with John Haas 8 a.m. See an array of spring migrants including warblers, orioles, and grosbeaks. Meet at the first Haven Road parking area on the right when traveling from South Road, Wurtsboro. Bring binoculars. Travel to the DEC Boat Launch, across from Bashakill Vineyards, 1131
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Sunday, May 3 History of D&H Canal with Gary Keeton 10 a.m. Join Basha Kill naturalist Gary Keeton for a walk through time. The Delaware & Hudson Canal, a 108-mile, 108-lock waterway, was America's first million-dollar private enterprise. What did the canal mean for those in our area? Bring binoculars and insect repellent. Meet at DEC access road on Route 209 across from Our Hometown Deli in Westbrookville. Bring binoculars. Contact Gary at 649-5887. Info: facebook.com/thebashakill.org.
Thursday, May 7 Resorts World Catskills DoubleTop Bar & Grill, Karaoke Night. 7 - 10 p.m. Come unleash your inner rockstar at Doubletop Bar & Grill with karaoke every Friday. Must be 21 or over. 888 Resorts World Drive, Monticello. Call 1-833-586-
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Friday, May 8 Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference TBA Join us in Livingston Manor, Winner of the very first Golden Feather Award! This little town with a big backyard is attracting national attention with its welcoming vibe. Marvel at the architecture of the historic Livingston Manor Central School (from the inside); explore beautification efforts by community volunteers who have had a great impact on this quiet river town’s revival, participate in hands-on workshops, learn how to invite pollinators to your landscape, check-out green building practices in use, and enjoy some live entertainment. Registration will be opening soon. Check SullivanRenaissance.org or our Facebook page for updates. Moonlight Walk with Gary Keeton 9 p.m. Enjoy moonrise over the Shawangunk Ridge and see its beams reflected in the peaceful waters of the Basha Kill as you discuss the area’s natural history. Meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (on left coming from Route 209). Call 649-5887 for info or facebook.com/thebashakill.org.
Saturday, May 9 8th Annual Allyson Whitney 5K at Kauneonga Lake Registration 8 - 9:45 a.m. The Allyson Whitney Run
for Love 5k Event is THE EVENT where you run or walk in memory or in honor of YOUR loved one. All Cancers Matter even rare ones. For advanced registration and info visit runsignup.com/Race/NY/Ka uneongaLake/AllysonWhitn eyRunForLove5k. Nature Watch at the Basha Kill 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Join trained Nature Watch Volunteers at DEC boat launch, across from Bashakill Vineyards, 1131 South Road, Wurtsboro, to learn more about the many residents of the amazing Basha Kill wetland. View the nesting bald eagles and other birds. Equipped with two powerful spotting scopes and lots of information, the volunteers will help you get to know the Basha Kill a little better. Bring your children, other family members and friends of all ages for some fun in the outdoors! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until June 28. Call Kevin Keller at 845434-6209 or Maryallison Farley at 845-888-0261 for more details. Info: facebook.com/thebashakill.org. The Met: Live in HD at SUNY Sullivan 12:55 p.m. Maria Stuarda. Adults $20; Students with valid I.D. $10. Seelig Theatre, SUNY Sullivan, 112 College Rd., Loch Sheldrake. For info call 434-5750.
Saturday, May 16 Woodstock Oasis Community Yard Sale TBA. Community Yard Sale with all space donations going to the Rock Hill Animal Rescue/Sullivan Co. SPCA. To reserve a space call 583-
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17B, Bethel. Hike to Gobblers Knob 10 a.m. This hike, led by a NYNJ Trail Conference Representative, gains 450 vertical feet from the parking area to the Knob, which is almost 1,000 feet high. On a clear day you can see three states. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes; bring water and binoculars. Trip takes two hours. Meet at the DEC fishing platform, 8 Indian Orchard Rd., Westbrookville. To register or for info, contact Paula at 754-0743. Info: facebook.com/thebashakill.org.
Monday, May 18 10th Annual Wallace Berkowitz Cup Shotgun Start, Lunch at the Turn, Cocktails, Reception, Awards & Raffles. Enter to win a custom PING Golf Set valued at up to $3,000! All proceeds benefit the NHC Foundation, which benefits & enhances the lives of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. West Hills Country Club, 121 Golf Links Rd., Middletown. More info TBA.
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Saturday, May 23 Nature Watch at the Basha Kill 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Join trained Nature Watch Volunteers at DEC boat launch, across from Bashakill Vineyards, 1131 South Road, Wurtsboro, to learn more about the many residents of the amazing Basha Kill wetland. View the nesting bald eagles and other birds. Equipped with two powerful spotting
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bald eagles and other birds. Equipped with two powerful spotting scopes and lots of information, the volunteers will help you get to know the Basha Kill a little better. Bring your children, other family members and friends of all ages for some fun in the outdoors! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until June 28. Call Kevin Keller at 434-6209 or Maryallison Farley at 888-0261 for info or facebook.com/thebashakill.org. To keep up-to-date on all the happenings, visit us at www.scdemocratonline.com
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Morningside and Mountaindale Parks & Campgrounds: Experience The Sullivan County Catskills www.townoffallsburg.com
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We have many activities for you and your family to enjoy this summer season. CAMPING (Daily, Weekly, & Seasonal available with full hookups) CAMPING (Season sitesMonthly available with fullsites hookups) • SWIMMING • PLAYGROUNDS PLAYGROUNDS• •BOATING BOATING • PICNIC* AREA • FISHING • • PICNIC AREA • FISHING •BALLFIELDS BALLFIELDS •• BASKETBALL DOG PARK • HIKING TRAILS • PAVILION RENTALS • PAVILION RENTALS • FULL SERVICE CAFE/KOSHER ICE CREAM • CONCESSION/KOSHER ICE CREAM We also accommodate your group affairs and school outings.
We also yourColumbus group affairs Season funaccommodate runs May 1 through Day. and school outings. Summer fun runs May 1 through Columbus Day.
Morningside Park (845) 434-5877 Mountaindale Park (845) 434-7337
Located 10 minutes from Resort World Casino
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