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Contents Slow and steady finds Eddie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 By Peter Fiduccia A big buck steps into your sights and you squeeze the trigger. The buck runs off. Now what? Let wildlife author and hunter Peter Fiduccia tell you what to do.

Venison recipes from a pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 By Kate Fiduccia These three tried and true recipes are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Bear stories from two expert hunters . . . . . . . . . .24 By Joseph Abraham Whether it is bagging a bear or seeing one face to face in the woods, bear hunting is an exciting endeavor. Check out these stories.

Why is there a coyote contest? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 By Jack Danchak Sullivan County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs President Jack Danchak sees a real need to hunt coyotes. Find out why the coyote contest was started.

Paying homage to Deutschland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 By Kaitlin Carney It’s a restaurant right out of a German storybook, complete with a smokehouse and Wurst and Meat House. Learn more about the Alpine and all it offers.

Remembering Rich Post . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 By Anthony Morgano A life well lived and a love for his family and the great outdoors made Richie Post a special person. Learn a little more about him from his loving wife, Susan.

Take a walk on the wild side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 By Isabel Braverman The Parksville Rail Trail is a wonderland to be explored. Once the bed of the O & W Railway, it has now been transformed into a great walking and biking trail.

2019 Fall-Winter Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Check out our great calendar of events.

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hen it comes to deer hunting, it’s not a matter of if, but rather when, a hunter will wound a deer. The reality of a hunter wounding a deer during his/her lifetime is rather high. Therefore, knowing all a hunter can about increasing the chances of locating a wounded deer is important. The fact is, if you search the web about locating wounded deer, you will discover it is among one of the most often asked questions by both experienced hunters and novices to the sport. To track and consistently find wounded game is actually a finely honed craft that must be learned firsthand, usually through multiple tracking experiences. Once this skill is finely tuned, however, it becomes a craft that significantly increases the chances of recovering a wounded deer. It is

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Once the decision is made to take a deer, a hunter should first try to record, to the best of his/her memory, the location of where the deer was standing prior to releasing the arrow or pulling the trigger. Immediately after the deer is hit, try to pinpoint where the bullet or broadhead impacted the deer’s body, and how the deer responded to the hit. I know that may seem hard, but with experience, it is totally achievable. Once a hit deer runs out of sight, it is crucial to watch and listen carefully to determine the actual direction and potential route of escape it took. Mentally mark as closely as possible where you last saw the deer before it ran out of sight. Use landmarks (rocks, bushes, trees, etc.) to place where you last saw the animal. Your sense of hearing also comes into play. A severely wounded animal will usually run hard and then fall equally hard. That sound can often be heard by hunters who are in control of their emotions. Having the answers to these clues can significantly help the recovery go much smoother and quicker. There are times when it can be difficult to resist immediately going after the wounded deer, particularly when it is a buck. It is, however, better to remain quiet and hidden from the deer’s senses. Most times, a hit deer runs away without ever knowing exactly where the broadhead or bullet came from or the location of the hunter. If the deer isn’t further spooked by sensing it is being pursued, a wounded deer will often bed down within a relatively short distance from where it was shot. But, once it realizes it is being followed, it instinctively runs further, sometimes increasing the time of the recovery by hours.

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Once enough time has passed after shooting the deer, check the spot where it was hit for evidence to determine if the deer was actually hit or if it was missed completely. Clues of being hit will be blood, pieces of meat, bone or other tissue, and hair at, or very near to, the hit site. Also remember, not all wounded deer will leave blood at the site of the hit, so if you don’t find blood at the hit site, don’t give up. The deer may be bleeding internally or fat (tallow) might have blocked up the wound, causing little to no blood at all at the hit CONTINUED ON PAGE 13

Blood trail tracking tips • The average white-tailed adult buck weighs 150 pounds and has about eight pints (1-gallon) of blood. A deer must lose 35 percent of its total blood volume 2.75 pints (about a third of a gallon) before it goes into shock and is too weak to stand. Even an additional slight increase in a loss of blood beyond 35 percent will cause the deer to succumb to its injury. • A paunch-shot deer should not be immediately trailed. Instead, sneak out in the opposite direction the deer was traveling. Wait at least six hours before continuing to track the animal again. Make sure to do this despite foul weather (rain or snow). A deer shot in the paunch (gut) will bed down as quickly as possible and remain there. All deer shot in the paunch eventually die. • Not all deer begin to bleed immediately after being hit with a broadhead or even a bullet. They may be bleeding internally. • When hunting from an elevated blind or stand, try to triangulate where the location is that you hit the deer with two other markers. Because once you come down, the line of sight changes. • All blood changes color to a brighter shade of pink when it’s frozen. Dry blood turns dark. • Bubbles from lung shot deer won’t frequently be obvious to hunters because many of the bubbles rupture once they hit the ground or vegetation. • Deer shot in the heart or lungs can travel 100 to 200 yards before dying. • Never mistake blood sign on high weeds, branches or other high vegetation as a sure sign that the deer was hit high in the body. Wounded deer often stumble, wobble, lean, or run directly over small saplings, high weeds, and brush. • When a blood trail contains large blotches of blood that fade out to spots of blood within 200 yards, it is indicative of the deer being hit in a large muscle, such as the leg, neck, or back. Slowly and diligently keep dogging the trail in order to keep the wound from clotting up or closing entirely. • A deer's body language will help indicate where the deer was hit. • In early autumn, a deer’s body chemistry changes to increase the deer’s ability to withstand wounds. The blood begins to carry high levels of Vitamin K1 and K2. Vitamin K is an antihemorrhagic agent that assists in blood clotting. • Once a buck sheds its velvet, there is an increase in the level of steroids and androgens in its blood. Under stressful conditions, a deer’s blood also carries high levels of B-endorphin. Endorphins given off by the pituitary gland enable deer to control pain. • A deer with a severed aortic artery will die within several minutes-- sometimes much quicker than that. If a carotid artery is severed, the deer can travel about 100 yards before dying. • A deer’s liver holds about 13-percent of the animals total blood supply. • A paunch (gut) shot deer will bleed heavily at first, then rather quickly there will be only specks of blood here and there. Paunch shot deer will leave behind particles of food, bile, and a foul odor along the trail that will confirm a paunch shot deer. CATSKILL-DELAWARE, FALL-WINTER 2019 • 11


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color of blood from these different areas. With that said, however, blood color can be used as an indicator, but not as a definite clue. The most accurate indicator is the deer hair left behind after the hit. While this too isn’t 100 percent precise, it is more reliable than using the color of blood to indicate where the deer was hit. A good source to find reference information on the different types of hair identification is on ArcheryTalk.com’s web site.

TAKING UP THE TRAIL Once a hunter begins to follow a blood trail, it is very important to first mark the hit-site and where the first blood was located. Only then should the hunter begin moving alongside the actual blood trail. Mark the trail with blaze orange surveyor tape – not toilet paper (toilet paper can easily blow away or fall apart with rain or snow). Never walk directly along the blood trail, stay to one side or the other. When following a light blood trail with drops here and there, it pays big dividends to be patient and mark each and every blood spot found. On

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Venison recipes from a pro makes for happy eaters These easy-to-do recipes offer up a great way to serve your venison this fall. But beware, you might have to do them again and again after your guests taste how great these dishes are. BY KATE FIDUCCIA

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f you are looking for the perfect recipes to cook your venison, here are three great ideas which will have your guests asking for more. Venison is a delicious dish, if prepared properly and these three easy dishes – a dinner, appetizer or lunch – will serve you well in your hunting lodge or home.

VENISON WINTERTIME STEW WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES

Nothing warms the body to the bones like a steaming bowl of venison stew – this one has passed the test on many occasions! Enjoy!

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 70 minutes Oven Time: 30 minutes Yield: 4 hefty bowlfuls

Ingredients:

3 tsp. canola oil 1 pound venison, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, dusted lightly with flour 3 cloves, garlic, peeled, whole 1 ½ tsp. dried thyme ¼ tsp. black pepper 1 can low sodium beef broth (more if needed, see below) 2 large sweet potatoes (about 1 lb.) peeled and 20 • CATSKILL-DELAWARE, FALL-WINTER 2019

cut into ½-inch cubes ½ pound whole mushrooms, cut into 1/2s or 1/4s 1 white onion, cut into chunks 2 sweet peppers, red and yellow, cut into ½-inch pieces 1 large carrot cut into ½-inch slices 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar 4 tsp cornstarch dissolved into 2 tablespoons cold water Heat oven to 450 degrees F.

Heat 1 tsp of canola oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the garlic and venison chunks and brown about 5 minutes, turning to brown each side of the cubes. Stir in thyme, pepper and broth. Scrape up bits of browned meat from the bottom of the Dutch oven. Lower heat, cover and simmer for about 1 hour, or until tender. Depending upon the “simmering heat” of your range, you may need to add some more beef broth while it’s cooking, so keep an eye on the venison mixture, and add broth if necessary. Toss the sweet potatoes, mushrooms, onions, carrots and peppers in 2 tsp. oil and 1 tbsp. vinegar until coated. Spread in a foil-lined baking pan (for easier clean up); spread out vegetables evenly. Roast in the heated oven for about 30


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minutes. Toss and turn the mixture after 15 minutes. If your oven has a convection fan, turn it on during the last 10 minutes to give the mixture a nice crisping on top. With the stovetop stew simmering, stir in the cornstarch mixture. Mix in well and let cook

about 2 minutes until stew juices thickens slightly. Stir in the roasted vegetables and remaining 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Serve with seasoned garlic bread. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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SAVORY VENISON PHYLLO TRIANGLES While this recipe is systematic, it is well worth the effort when you want to share your venison in an appetizing and exceptional manner.

Prep Time: 10 minutes • Cook Time: 20 minutes Assembly: 20 minutes • Baking: 30 minutes Yield: 25 triangles

Ingredients:

1 lb. spicy fresh venison sausage, bulk 1 clove shallots 1 cup finely chopped onion 1 cup heavy cream, room temperature 1 tablespoon dijon-style mustard 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg 1/4 cup finely chopped chives ten 17- by 12-inch sheets of phyllo, thawed and kept damp 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage meat with the shallots and onion until cooked thoroughly. Drain the mixture in a colander and transfer it to paper towels to drain

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additionally. Once drained, combine the sausage mixture, cream, mustard, nutmeg and simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 12 minutes or until it is very thick and mounds on a spoon. Stir in the chives and let the mixture cool. Place one sheet of the phyllo with the long side facing you on a work surface and brush it lightly with some of the butter. Place a second sheet of phyllo over the first one and brush it lightly with more of the remaining butter. (Note: It helps to keep a damp towel on top of the phyllo that is set aside to prevent it from drying out.) Cut the sheets crosswise into five equal strips, each about 3 1/2 inches wide. (Note – if your phyllo sheets are of a different dimension, just keep in mind that the strips should still be about 3 ½ inches wide). Place about one tablespoon of the filling about one inch from the bottom of the strip, fold the lower right-hand corner of the strip up over the filling, forming a triangle. Brush the top of the triangle with some of the remaining butter. Continue to fold the filled triangle up the entire length of the strip, brushing it lightly with more butter after each fold. Repeat this process with the remaining strips and place the phyllo triangles on a baking sheet. Make phyllo triangles in the same manner with the remaining eight phyllo sheets and place them on baking sheets as they are formed. Bake the filled triangles in the middle of a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Makes about 25 phyllo triangles.

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Zaccari takes Cinnamon Bear BY JOSEPH ABRAHAM

he hope of a good day hunting was soon fulfilled for Peter Zaccari on the opening week of early bear season in the Southern Zone earlier this year. “While hunting in Narrowsburg I shot a trophy of a life time. Being an avid hunter my whole life, I’ve seen hundreds of bears and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted a black bear walking edges of a swamp with a 200-lb cinnamon bear. After stalking and successfully taking this rare bear I just couldn’t believe what I was looking at! I look forward to a full bear mount from Rod’s Taxidermy in Callicoon.” According to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Biologist Matt Merchant, Cinnamon bears CONTRIBUTED PHOTO are a color morph of the black bear species. Black bears are found in black, Peter Zaccari shows off his trophy take. cinnamon, blue and white color phases. “The only colors that we have seen in New York one reason we are seeing the small uptick in have been black and cinnamon,” said Merchant. Sullivan County,” he said. “DEC usually gets “Cinnamon is very common in western states, reports of cinnamon bears when they are killed on the roadways, so seeing one harvested, as in but is rare in the northeast.” Merchant further explained that cinnamon this case, is rare.” Merchant notes that Zaccari’s take was 170 black bears are not common in Sullivan County. Although, they have been showing up more fre- pounds dressed weight which equates to quently over the last 2-3 years, and mostly in around 200 pounds live weight. According to Sullivan County. Merchant, a tooth has been submitted for “This color of black bear is a little more com- aging, and we will get the precise age in the mon (a little less than 1 percent of the bear pop- coming months. Based on the size, DEC ulation) in Pennsylvania and since Sullivan expects that the bear was two or three years County is closer to the PA border, this could be old.

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Bear encounter of the close kind BY CRAIG SCHUMACHER

’m gearing up for archery season just a few days away. The loggey bayou tree stand was showing its age from neglect. I simply left it in the tree over the winter – for years. The canvas seat and straps were rotted and metal was rusting. In August I removed all the straps and seating and ground off the rust and repainted it. I added a new comfort seat with pockets for extra gear such as hand warmers, buck/doe calls, and any paraphernalia that needs ready access. My clothing is washed with a scent free soap and stored in a bag with woodsy scents. All my gear, including the bow and arrows, have been checked and rechecked. I’m ready for the hunt! I entered the woods last evening just a few days from the season opening to install the stand in a likely spot near a game trail that appeared to be used daily. I’ve been scouting for a few weeks for fresh rubs and scrapes but failed to Craig Schumacher was standing find any in the approached within feet. immediate area. So I settled for a spot by the trail that looked most appropriate. I left a trail of dominate buck scent to my stand area and sprayed some on the tree where I made a mock scrape. As I stood admiring my work I

I

noticed a black shape moving toward me from a distance of about one hundred yards. I suddenly realized it was a black bear approaching. He approached at a steady rate seemingly ignorant of my presence. When he came within fifty yards it seemed like a good idea to flee or fight. Running from a predator isn’t a cautious alternative in those circumstances so I selected the next best thing, I opened my utility knife with a three inch blade and watched him approach. At this juncture I was more fascinated than afraid, he was quite small, appearing to be less that two hundred pounds. Not a cub, probably a yearling cut loose by its mother this Fall. He/she, (I don’t know the gender) went directly to the mock scrape I had just made moments before, a scrape that was a mere twenty feet away. He sniffed the tree and scrape for a few minutes and then turned his attention FRED STABBERT III | DEMOCRAT toward me. When he right here when the black bear came within ten feet from me I raised my hand with the knife and sternly said, “bear that’s close enough.” He walked back and forth about that distance for a moment with averted eyes while I kept my eyes directed on him. Then he just loped away. Whew, enough excitement for one day! CATSKILL-DELAWARE, FALL-WINTER 2019 • 25


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Andrew DiLorenzo was bow hunting for whitetail in Westbrookville earlier this month when he came upon this coyote on the way into his deer stand. He quickly nocked an arrow and dispatched the coyote with one shot.

Why the Sportsmen’s Federation has a Coyote Contest! BY JACK DANCHAK

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e had some people write and call us with the question, “Why does your Sportsmen’s Federation sponsor a coyote contest that is killing these innocent 26 • CATSKILL-DELAWARE, FALL-WINTER 2019

coyotes?” Our explanation to the people who don’t understand why our Sportsmen’s Federation does this and why sportsmen/women all over the U.S. support these contests that help to decrease the coyote population. First of all one must be aware that the coyote


population is exploding and increasing at an alarmingly tremendous rapid rate. Coyotes are now seen in places that never before had coyotes. In some states coyotes are running out of the natural food chain for them. Here in New York State and Pennsylvania where many of our fellow hunters hunt, coyotes are doing a job on wildlife. They are killing rabbits, squirrels, turkeys, pheasants, deer fawns and adult deer at an unusual increasing pace. If you are raising chickens, lambs, sheep and livestock, you are in jeopardy of losing them to coyotes. If a female coyote has pups, she is desperate to get food for them. Small domestic cats and dogs are now considered “coyote-bait.” If they go out into the woods and forest, you may never see them again. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28 CATSKILL-DELAWARE STUDIO PHOTO

Avid outdoorsman Frank LaBuda of Wurtsboro, left, enjoyed this coyote hunt several years ago in Delaware County with his friend, Larry McAllister of Cochecton. The duo were hunting in the hamlet of Andes and took this large coyote and several others on the weekend of February 4-5. LaBuda is a Sullivan County Court Judge.

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A few years back a 28-year old lady jogging in Canada was attacked by coyotes and they killed her. If coyotes will take on a human adult, why wouldn’t these savage killers go after a child playing in your backyard! We feel human safety has priority over protecting these wild animals, (coyotes) and this is one of the main reasons why we encourage organizations to sponsor coyote contests and we encourage hunters to get out and hunt them whenever possible according to state coyote legal hunting rules and regulations. Until wildlife biologists come up with a solution to resolve the exploding coyote population, we hunters will continue to hunt coyotes to help prevent coyotes from destroying and killing all other wildlife and domestic animals. The Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs of Sullivan County, NY will be holding their 13th Annual 2020 Coyote Contest Hunt on February 7-9, 2020. Coyotes may be taken during the 3day contest throughout the entire state of New York and six counties in Pennsylvania (Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Lackawanna, Monroe and Tioga).

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Abundant throughout most parts of New York State, our Eastern cottontail is covered in a gray-brown coat with underparts in white, including the bottom of its short fluffy tail.

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on’t get in the way of a rabbit's

which are called ‘hocks,’” said Smith.

foot –– and we’re not talking

“Then they make a 90-degree angle to

about the good luck charm.

run in a different direction. Predators

“I remember picking up a wild baby

rabbit, about three weeks old,” recount-

can't do that.” Another of nature’s gifts to rabbits is

ed Sullivan County's Jean Smith, who

the ability to rotate their erect, cupped

breeds, rears and shows domestic rab-

ears 270 degrees. That permits them to

bits. Wild baby rabbits, she said, can be

detect threats up to two miles away.

on their own much earlier than other

Their eyes, which allow them to turn

mammals.

almost 360 degrees, also serve as warn-

“(The rabbit) was fine for a minute or two, and then he started kicking with

ing signals that danger is near. “Rabbits are listening constantly and

his back feet. He was only about five

their eyes are looking constantly

inches long, but he hit me in the chest

because they are prey,” Smith added.

and just about knocked me over.”

“They also have very thin bones, mak-

Rabbits’ powerful back legs allow

ing them light and agile in escaping.”

them to zigzag, rather than dash-

COOL

ing in a straight

COTTONTAIL

line, when they

The Eastern

are chased by

cottontail rabbit,

predators. “They

named for its white,

can push off with

powder-puff tail, is

their back legs,

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Two rabbits can produce 84 offspring in one year but only about nine of them will make it to their third year. They

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appear backward.

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one of the most common of our area's mam-

In cold weather, they spend more time in

mals. Preferring environments where grass

their hollow. Sometimes they duck into wood-

meets woods, they typically line hollows under

chuck burrows for shelter from freezing weath-

logs or brush with cozy grass or leaves.

er or from predators.

In summer, the rabbits eat grasses, plants and

Hawks, owls, foxes, coyotes, weasels and bob-

vegetables including clover, goldenrod, chick-

cats all feed on grown cottontails, and the

weed, alfalfa, fallen fruit and garden crops like

young are prey to the raids of raccoons, crows,

lettuce, peas and beans. In winter, they turn to

skunks, opossums and even snakes.

wooded plants and bark, favoring food from

But their remarkable ability to reproduce keeps the cottontail popula-

sumac, oak, dogwood, sassafras, maple, willow and raspberry shrubs and trees. As winter approaches, rabbit sightings

become less frequent. They seem to

understand that their brown bodies are

too much of a contrast against the white

landscape. But for interested humans,

rabbit tracks can be detected by distinc-

tive patterns in snow. As they hop, rab-

tion healthy. By one-year-

By one-year-old, a female rabbit, called a doe, can have up to five litters in a single season.

old, a female rabbit, called a doe, can have up to five litters in a single season. Mating starts in March and can continue into September. Males and females cavort, chase each

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ground with their hind feet as a warning signal.

Females may gather their young by grunting.

The young squeal or squall when separated

from litter mates. And, according to experts, wild rabbits are

known to echo their domestic relations in a

distinctive show of happiness or excitement.

They leap into the air, twisting and kicking

their feet, a move that’s called a binky –– a fine

name, perhaps, for that outdoor bunny that's

either pesky or precious.

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or forty-two years, The Alpine, Inc.: Wurst and Meat House and Restaurant has served up a healthy dish of tradition to diners from their location on Texas Palmyra Highway in Honesdale, PA.

Built by German immigrants Klaus and Ingrid Eifert everything from the décor to the menu pays homage to Deutschland. The couple even imported smokers and other kitchen equipment from Germany to aid in the creation of over ninety varieties of Wurst and cold cuts. The tradition is now carried on by Klaus and

Ingrid’s son Mark and his wife Gretchen. Mark mans the smoker and sausage maker, creating the specialties of his heritage. Gretchen has mastered the Streudel and assists in the kitchen whenever needed. This dedication to the craft and their heritage results in a dining experience that is authentic and familiar: a CONTINUED ON PAGE 44

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hearty German meal, served in a meticulously appointed restaurant by staff in traditional dirndl dresses as cuckoo clocks look on. With the Wurst and Meat House, you can take home a taste of Germany by purchasing everything from the Wursts and breads served in the restaurant to the salads, desserts, and side dishes. Specialty imported grocery items are available as well as Christmas and holiday specialty items (seasonally) including Advent calendars, German chocolates and candies, and much more. The majority of the menu is homemade according to Klaus and Ingrid’s original recipe, with many spices still imported from Germany. Gretchen and Mark have also expanded the menu to include additional options and to accommodate specialized diets (gluten free spaetzle, hot dog and hamburger rolls). “We keep the traditions the same…some new options but we’ve stayed true to how it has traditionally been done,” Gretchen explained. Purists can also pair a German beer or wine with their meal, with tap

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to receive the awards now displayed in the entryway of the Alpine House. Try German specialties like smoked trout on a potato pancake, Bavarian Appetizer special (beer and cheddar sauce with Bavarian pretzels) or the sausage sampler to start off your meal. Hearty and delicious options for entrees are served with two sides including red cabbage, potato pancakes, spaetzle or traditional potato dumplings. The beef roulade is thin sliced top round rolled with bacon, onion and pickle inside with spices and tomato; the sampler platter is a tasting tour featuring a smoked pork chop, goulash, and spaetzle with four sausage samples on a skewer; the staple Jaeger schnitzel is a breaded pork cutlet fried and served with homemade mushroom gravy; the Sauerbraten is a beef roast marinated in vinegar

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Richie Post loved the outdoors and also helping customers at his Fur, Fin and Feather Sports Shop. He delighted in getting outdoorsmen ready for the season, whether it was fly fishing, hunting, ice fishing or hiking.

Remembering Richie Post: The Family Sportsman BY ANTHONY MORGANO

T

he

sportsmen’s

world

was

Livingston Manor would donate to the

recently shaken by the unex-

Sportsmen Federation as well as the

pected passing of beloved local

Sullivan County Longbeards because he

business owner and avid outdoorsman,

liked to promote the outdoors to chil-

Richard “Richie” Post. The sportsman

dren and adults throughout the county.

enjoyed spending time with his family

Richie and his wife Susan owned the

and teaching them the art of fly fishing.

store together, after meeting in high

The owner of Fur, Fin and Feather in

school and getting married shortly after.

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The two were married for 51 years, and

permit and he would stock the river in

did everything together, from camping

the ‘80s, as well as his pond next to the

and fishing, to raising a family. They

store in Livingston Manor. There was a

started their life together in New Jersey,

28-inch rainbow trout that resided on

but would take rides upstate every

their property that you could feed min-

Sunday before deciding to settle in the

nows to from your hand, according to

Catskills.

Susan.

In the winters, the Post family would

When Richie and Susan took their

have “snow picnics,” where they would

annual trip to Florida, as well as many of

take snowmobiles to Mongaup Pond

their other trips, fishing rods always

with sleds tied to them for the kids and

accompanied them. “Richie would fish

they would go ice fishing. The family

every chance he got when we were in

would plan their vacations around the

Florida,” Susan explained.

store, because when others would play, they would work harder.

Richie would also go on guided hunting trips in the Adirondacks. He trained

“He could catch fish out of a mud pud-

on a stationary bike to ensure that the

dle,” Susan said of her husband. “He

decreased oxygen levels would not affect

would catch six or seven fish for each

him in the higher altitude.

one I caught. It was a gift.”

“He was able to keep up with the other

“He always filled his tags during hunt-

hunters on the trip, and they would tra-

ing season and provided food for the

verse very narrow trails to get to the

family,” Susan added. “In recent years,

camping area,” Susan explained. “One

he would hunt but never shoot the deer.

year I went with him because I wanted to

He would watch them and take pictures

record him on a video camera, but it was

of them on his phone instead.”

so cold that the camera froze.”

Susan referred to the photos of deer

In the shop there are a variety of differ-

that he encountered when hunting as

ent relics from the Spanish American

his “catch and release deer.”

War that Richie used to collect. There are

Richard loved his property, and plant-

also different photos and animals from

ed corn and pumpkins to feed the local

Richie’s various hunting and fishing

wildlife. In the morning Susan and

trips.

Richie would ride over to the stream on

Richie and Susan had both cats and

their property and watch the wildlife as

dogs as well, even though Richie was not

they drank their coffee.

always a cat person. As he grew older, he

Donning a bathrobe, pajama bottoms and muck boots, Richie would stroll

began waking up early and making up songs to sing to the cats as he fed them.

through his property and just enjoy the

Richie became a delegate for the

land and everything they planted. Each

Sportsmen Federation, and he did what

week they would check their pumpkins

he could for the Federation when he

to see the progress the deer have made

could.

in eating them. Richie even used to have a stocking

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Sue and Richie Post in 2017 upon being named 2017 Sportsmen of the Year by the Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs of Sullivan County, Inc.

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“He enjoyed seeing kids involved in the outdoors,” Susan said. Jack Danchak, President of

the

Federation

Sportsmen’s Sullivan

of

Clubs

County

of Inc.,

praised Post for his generosity especially in terms of donations to youth programs. “If it’s for the kids, everything goes, he’d say,” said Danchak, who knew him for over 30 years. “He was a very kind human being,” Danchak added, “and was just a dedicated sports-

vest,

hunting

men ... one of the best. I’m going to miss

Winchester rifle.

jacket,

fly

rod

and

“You could tell how much Richie loved

him terribly.” The 2017 Sportsmen of the Year recipi-

the outdoors,” Susan said. “From hunt-

ent was so dedicated to the outdoors life

ing and fishing to just the different won-

that he wanted to be buried in his fishing

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Boston at Hartt’s Shipyard near what is now known as Constitution Wharf. According to naval records, “the live oak, red cedar, white oak, pitch pine and locust, of which she was constructed, came from states ranging from Maine to South Carolina and Georgia.” The CONSTITUTION recently (1965) underwent her fourth re-fit which leaves her with about 15 percent of her original timbers. It is interesting to note that she has always been refitted in Boston at Drydock Number 1, named Constitution because she was its first customer CONTINUED ON PAGE 56


Absent a date, the cover of the Upper Delaware Drummer was unique – and informative. Its anecdotal stories were humorous, full of tourist information and gave a true flavor of Sullivan County.

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in 1794. It is a very fine sentiment for the residents of the Upper Delaware Valley to claim they had an important part in the construction of this famous fighter which never lost a battle. But to be realistic, one has to take a look at her specifications to determine if this mast story was at all possible. The mast specifications for the most popular of all American ships called for the following: Foremast, bottom sections: 94 feet, Mainmast: 104’ 10” and her Mizzenmast, 81 feet. Two main points connected with this mast story would have to be cleared up to determine if it has any likelihood of being fact. First of all, one would have to ponder on how much of a chance there would have been for a tall stick of pine cut at Narrowsburg reaching a shipyard in Boston. The second question would naturally be: Were pine logs of the type needed for the CONSTITUTION’S masts available in this part of the country. A Newspaper article of 1914 tells of what was supposed to be the largest tree ever cut in Sullivan County felled on the property of Sherman Leavenworth in Eldred during the

winter. The pine measured 206 feet and was cut into sections: eight fourteen foot, three 12 foot, three 16 foot and one ten foot length. The total amount of lumber in the tree was 3,286 feet. In the history of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties (1886) ready reference is made to rafting of logs on the Delaware having first started from a search for mast timber in the Upper Delaware River forests. “The lumber which was used to construct the ship-house in the Philadelphia Navy Yard was obtained at Hemlock Hollow as was also much of the timber used in building the great ship of the day – the “Pennsylvania.” The masts, which were ninety feet long and two feet in diameter at the top end, were the largest ever felled in the township and were drawn to Paupack Eddy by twenty yoke of oxen.” Another section of this same history tells of the naming of Mast Hope, the little settlement on the Pennsylvania side of the river 7 miles south of Narrowsburg. “Masthope village is located up the Delaware, where Masthope Creek enters it. This singular name was given to the place by some men who followed up the Delaware in search of a mast tall enough for a man-of-war they were construct-

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ing at Philadelphia. At they wended their way along the river and found nothing suitable for their purpose, they arrived at Simeon Westfall’s where Matamoras is now. He told them of a tree tall enough. They were nearly discouraged, having come so far without success and accompanied by Mr. Westfall went up the Delaware as a last hope. At the point indicated, which has since been known as Masthope, they found a pine, which, by digging down to the roots and cutting close to the ground, was tall enough for their purpose.” Two recent publications featured lengthy stories on the CONSTITUTION ranging from her The U.S.S. Constitution was built at Hartt’s Shipyard in Boston, at Drydock construction to her present retireNumber 1, which was been forever known as Constitution. ment in Boston Harbor. The Yankee Magazine (April ‘65) and The Legion Unity, Maine, where they were felled, dragged to Magazine (June ‘66) both described in detail cir- the sea and towed to Boston. The Yankee’s article said: “The masts for the frigate Constitution cumstances of the fitting out of “Old Ironsides.” According to The American Legion Magazine, were supposed to have been cut on the shores of CONTINUED ON PAGE 58 the CONSTITUTION’S masts were found in

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the Sebasticook and shipped from Hallowell. Masts were made into large rafts and floated to Portsmouth and Boston.” The forests in Maine had long provided mast timber for English ships and were so prized that the King ordered that all pines more than two feet in diameter be marked with his “broad arrow.” Anyone unfortunate enough to be caught cutting a tree bearing a symbol representing an arrow head, was in deep trouble. Since the timber for masts ranged from 125 to 150 feet and were too big to be handled by the

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Looking for something to do as the Saturday, October 26 Wine Tasting Bus Tour 6 a.m. The wineries feature craft beer, hard cider, gift shops, souvenir wine glass and, of course, wine. Lunch on your own in an on-site or in- town restaurant. $65 per person, which includes stops at 4 wineries surrounding Seneca Lake in the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Board the bus at 6 a.m. at the Avery bus yard in Beach Lake, PA; or 6:30 a.m. at the Damascus Township building, 60 Conklin Hill Road, Damascus, PA. The return time is approximately 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited so make your reservation soon to ensure your space. Call Linda at (570) 729-7270; or Diana at (914) 850-0287. Community Yard Sale 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Stop by, browse, take home a newly found treasure. If you'd like to sell, it's $10 per spot. Bring your own table (and tent if desired) - no food sales. Only 16 spots available. Pre-registration is a must. Call 845-252-3100. Narrowsburg Union, Erie Ave, Narrowsburg. Narrowsburg Farmers' Market 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pet Adoption event with Dessin Animal Shelter. Behind the Narrowsburg Union on 7 Erie Ave., Narrowsburg. Rain or shine. Every Saturday until Oct. 26. Guided Hike: Shawangunk Ridge 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Bashakill Area Association and the Trail Conference are hosting a ~3.6 mile rugged hike on the Long Path and Shawangunk Ridge Trail at Wurtsboro State Forest on the Shawangunk Ridge. Views of Sullivan County and the Bashakill Wetland in Fall splendor. Carpool will meet at the D&H Canal Linear Park in Wurtsboro. Please register at nynjtc.org. Wear appropriate footwear and layers, bring water and a bag lunch. ‘Water Color Class-Fall Foliage’ 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway in Monticello. Presented by Chris Farrow. Limited to 12 participants. Please register, with $5 cash materials’ fee. For info call 845 794-4660, ebcpl.org. Basha Kill Nature Club 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. (Shorter meeting due to Halloweenfest) This meeting will be at the Mamakating Environmental Education and Interpretive Center (EEIC). Please call the library to register. Call 888-8004 for info. Halloween Puppet Show & Pumpkin Craft 11 a.m. - noon. For all ages! Call to register. Call 888-8004 for info. Mamakating Library, 128 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro. Wurtsboro Halloweenfest noon - 3 p.m. Costume contests for both kids & pets with prizes, kids’ crafts & activities, a walking tour of storefront window paintings and more! Veteran’s Park, Sullivan St., Wurtsboro. Autumn Plein Air Painting Reception 1 p.m. Free and open to

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weather gets a little colder. Here is a sampling of what Catskill-Delaware Country is serving up this fall and winter for everyone in the family. Enjoy this great… the public, refreshments will be served. Tusten-Cochecton Branch of WSPL. For info visit WSPLonline.org, or call 2523360. Artists Talk and Opening Reception at CAS 4 p.m. Two concurrent solo photography exhibitions from Lorie Novak and Sarah van Ouwerkerk and a joint exhibition from Robyn Almquist and Claire Coleman. Refreshments will be served and admission is free and open to the public. CAS Art Center, 48 Main St, Livingston Manor. Youngsville Fire Dept. 91st Annual Roast Beef Dinner 4:30 - 8 p.m. All takeouts and adults $13, Children 5 - 12 $7, under 5 free. Take-out available at 4 p.m. 1822 Shandelee Rd, Youngsville. Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra Presents “A German Celebration” 7 p.m. Join the SCCO Quartet as they present a smorgasbord of German music. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 15 St. John Street, Monticello. Tickets: adults $20, seniors $18, students free. Purchase online at Eventbrite or via Facebook @ sccoplayers, by phone or at the door. Call 845798-9006. Contact Marina Lombardi at: marina@nesinculturalarts.org.

Sunday, October 27 The Pumpkin Patch Flyer. The D & U Railroad, 43510 State Highway 28, Arkville. Call (800) 225-4132 or 586-2929 for info. Kids In The Kitchen With Cooper 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Come and cook with Cooper Boone at Foundry42! Class includes use of apron and chef’s hat. *class is limited to 20 students ages 6 – 12. $35 + tax Foundry42, 42 Front Street, Port Jervis. CCE Sullivan Family Reunion & Annual Meeting 1 - 3 p.m. Cornel Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County will celebrate its 105th Annual meeting at the Villa Roma & Conference Center with a locally sourced buffet lunch, and drawings. This is a free event as we want to honor our supporters throughout the year. For info visit sullivancce.org/events. Villa Roma & Conference Center, 356 Villa Roma Rd, Callicoon. “Murder and Mayhem” at AMCC 2 p.m. a Halloween celebration that includes artwork, deep conversation, complimentary refreshments, and readings from the latest work of two local authors. Both books being featured cover dark topics and have been called “cringe worthy”, but that’s where the similarity ends. Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA. Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra Presents “A German Celebration” 3 p.m. Join the SCCO Quartet as they present a smorgasbord of German music. Liberty Museum & Arts Center, 46 S. Main Street, Liberty. Tickets: adults $20, seniors $18, students free. Purchase online at Eventbrite or via Facebook @ sccoplayers, by phone or at the door. Call 845798-9006. Contact Marina Lombardi at: marina@nesincultur-


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Friday, November 1 Tuesday, October 29 Tai Chi at the Library 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. OR 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Instructor: Dave Tancredi. Bring a mat for gentle floor work. A free class, but please call to register. Call 888-8004 for info. Mamakating Library, 128 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro. ‘Felting Workshop’ 6 p.m. Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, 479 Broadway in Monticello. Join Christine Adams to learn and practice this art form using wool. Easy and enjoyable to learn. Limited registration, with $5 cash materials’ fee. For info call 845 794-4660, ebcpl.org. Alcoholics Anonymous 6 p.m. Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 10 Jefferson St., Monticello. For info call 234-4841 or visit scia-aa.com.

Wed., October 30 ATI and Community Action Free Farm Stand 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 309 E. Broadway, Monticello. For the most up-to-date info, check out Action Toward Independence’s Facebook Page. Fall Storytime at Liberty Public Library 10:45 a.m. Geared for more active, younger children with lots of movement rhymes, finger-plays, puppets, songs and dancing mixed in with engaging picture books. We welcome all ages to this early literacy program: babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, too. For info call 292-6070 or visit libertypubliclibrary.org or our facebook page. Temporary location at 111 Sullivan Ave, Suites 1-3, Ferndale. Elaine’s Coupon Exchange noon - 1 p.m. Free class held 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Bring a sandwich and your coupons to trade, exchange, and follow Elaine as she searches for (and prints) Internet-based coupons for products you need or use. The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library, 138 Pike St., Port Jervis. Pre-registration required. For info call 856-7313 EXT. 5. Living Healthy, Living Well: Take Charge of Managing Your Health 1:30 - 4 p.m. Individuals living with conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and asthma can learn to manage their health with confidence. Living Healthy, Living Well is a free evidence-based program from the Self-Management Resource Center, developed by Stanford University. Participants are highly encouraged to attend the series in its entirety. Wednesdays thru November 13. Register by calling CCE at 292-6180 or visit sullivancce.org. Mamakating Library, 128 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro. Heartbeat Music Hall of Grahamsville Open Mic 7 - 10:30 p.m. Every Wednesday. No charge and down home hospitality! Donations welcome. Info: 985-2731. Heartbeat Music Hall of Grahamsville, 304 Main St., Grahamsville.

Thursday, October 31 Techy Taylor’s Coupon Traders noon - 1 p.m. Free class held 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Bring your coupons to trade, exchange, and follow Techy Taylor as she searches for (and prints) Internet-based coupons for products you need or use. The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library, 138 Pike St., Port Jervis. Pre-registration required. For info call 856-7313 EXT. 5. Trivia Night 7 p.m. Hosted by Adam Owens. Every Thursday.

Fallsburg Town Clerk’s Office Year Round Non-Perishable Food and Toiletries Drive. In an effort to support the Town of Fallsburg local food pantries, the Town Clerk’s Office will be accepting items at the Town Hall, 19 Railroad Plaza, South Fallsburg. Contact Town Clerk, Donna Akerley at 434-8810 ext. 1 for info. Drop off items at any time Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 2 Narrowsburg Logging Days 10 a.m. thru Sun. Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. A Celebration of our Heritage. Schedule and details to be announced! NY State Lumberjack Association Competition, Pie Baking Contest, Tusten Heritage Tour, Educational Sessions, Food & Vendor Market, Live Music and more! Narrowsburg Campground (Lander's River Trips). Shamanic Drum Making Workshop 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Experience the magic of birthing your own medicine drum with your very own love, passion & energy entwined in its being. The Sanctuary, 132 Hospital Rd., Callicoon. For info visit thesanctuaryheal.com. Meditation Class: Freedom from Negative Thoughts 4 - 5:30 p.m. Presented by Kadampa Meditation Center New York, classes will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 31 West Main St., Port Jervis every Saturday. Cost is $10 per class, no registration is required. Great for beginners. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary. For info call 856-9000. Roscoe Theatre presents “Help! You Can't Be Too Careful!” Doors open 5:30 p.m. A Comedy By Carolyn Lane. A Pioneer Drama Service Produced by the Roscoe Theatre Group. Sponsored by the Roscoe Kiwanis. Adults: $35. Children 12 and under: $15. Tennanah Lakes Wolff's 1910 Restaurant in Roscoe. For info call Lilly at 607-498-5363 or Marge at 607498-5464. Super Stories 2019 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. Returning to the Hurleyville Arts Centre after last years sold out show, Adam Wade, NPR's Ophira Eisenberg and Peter Aguero will take the stage to share their stories. This event will sell out. 12 Railroad Ave, Hurleyville. For info call 707-8047. Jazznite 7 - 9 p.m. Featuring the DV Jazz Band. $10 per person. Cash bar available. Foundry42, 42 Front Street, Port Jervis. Alcoholics Anonymous 8 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 81 S. Main St., Liberty. For info call 234-4841 or visit scia-aa.com.

Sunday, November 3 17th Annual Craft Fair & Luncheon 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Featuring over 40 vendors! Hosted by the Liberty Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. Liberty Firehouse, Sprague Ave., Liberty. Neversink History Afternoon 1 p.m. Free. Photos, records, stories and artifacts from the town of Neversink. The afternoon includes a special program: Catskill Bog Land by Michael Kudish, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Paul Smith's College Division of Forestry. Dr. Kudish has sampled hundreds of bogs in the Catskill area, and will talk on his interesting find-

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Monday, November 4 Alcoholics Anonymous 12 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 15 St. John’s St., Monticello. For info call 234-4841 or visit sciaaa.com.

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Sunday, November 10 Defensive Driving Course 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn how to drive safely while earning point and insurance reductions. SUNY Sullivan will be hosting a Defensive Driving Course at The Narrowsburg Union, Erie Ave, Narrowsburg. Register at sunysullivan.edu. Kids In The Kitchen With Cooper 11 a..m. - 12:30 p.m. Come and cook with Cooper Boone at Foundry42! Class includes use of apron and chef’s hat. *class is limited to 20 students ages 6 – 12. $35 + tax Foundry42, 42 Front Street, Port Jervis.

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Monday, November 11 Veteran’s Day Services 11 a.m. Kauneonga Lake.

Tuesday, November 12 Free Yoga Class 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Adult Hatha Yoga Class. Held at Ellenville Central School. Fruit infused water provided. Bring yoga mat! To sign up call Shanna Nigro at 647-6400 ext. 336. Alcoholics Anonymous 7 p.m. St. James Episcopal Church, Route 17B - across from Roche’s Garage, Callicoon. For info call 234-4841 or visit scia-aa.com.

Wed., November 13 Fall Storytime at Liberty Public Library 10:45 a.m. Geared for more active, younger children with lots of movement rhymes, finger-plays, puppets, songs and dancing mixed in with engaging picture books. We welcome all ages to this early literacy program: babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, too. For info call 292-6070 or visit libertypubliclibrary.org or our facebook page. Temporary location at 111 Sullivan Ave, Suites 1-3, Ferndale. Living Healthy, Living Well: Take Charge of Managing Your Health 1:30 - 4 p.m. Individuals living with conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and asthma can learn to manage their health with confidence. Living Healthy, Living Well is a free evidence-based program from the Self-Management Resource Center, developed by Stanford University. Participants are highly encouraged to

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Thurs., November 14 The Culinary Club 6 - 7:30 p.m. International Night. The Culinary Club is designed for those who want 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. Bring an appetite and a prepared dish as we cook from a variety of cookbooks. A choice of 2-3 books will be available at the beginning of each month. Call 888-8004 for info. Mamakating Library, 128 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro.

all. Seelig Theater, SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake. For info call 539-5069. ATI and Community Action Free Farm Stand 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 309 E. Broadway, Monticello. For the most up-to-date information, check out Action Toward Independence’s Facebook Page. Fall Storytime at Liberty Public Library 10:45 a.m. Geared for more active, younger children with lots of movement rhymes, finger-plays, puppets, songs and dancing mixed in with engaging picture books. We welcome all ages to this early literacy program: babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, too. For info call 292-6070 or visit libertypubliclibrary.org or our facebook page. Temporary location at 111 Sullivan Ave, Suites 1-3, Ferndale. Heartbeat Music Hall of Grahamsville Open Mic 7 - 10:30 p.m. Every Wednesday. No charge and down home hospitality! Donations welcome. Info: 985-2731. Heartbeat Music Hall of Grahamsville, 304 Main St., Grahamsville.

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Grahamsville United Methodist Church Thrift Sales 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Grahamsville United Methodist Church, 356 Main St., Grahamsville. Art In Sixes at DVAA. TBA. 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg.

Free Yoga Class at Ellenville Regional 2 - 3 p.m. Chair Yoga Class. Held in the Hospital Main Lobby. Fruit infused water provided. To sign up call Shanna Nigro at 647-6400 ext. 336. Monthly Game Night at The Cooperage 6 - 9 p.m. Bring your own game from home to share and teach. We also have a selection to play from including board games, card games and brain games. All ages are welcome. The Cooperage,1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA. For info visit thecooperageproject.org or call (570) 253-2020. Alcoholics Anonymous 8 p.m. St. Anthony’s Church Hall, 25 Beaver Brook Rd., Yulan. For info call 234-4841 or visit sciaaa.com.

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Sunday, November 17 Pine Mill Community Hall Pancake Breakfast 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. The Pine Mill Community Hall, 919 Pine Mill Rd., in Equinunk, PA. Adults: $9.00, children under 10, half portion, $4.00, under four, free. Pine Mill Rd. runs from Rte. 371 in Rileyville to the center of the village of Equinunk, PA. The Hall is approximately half way between those points. Call 570-224-8500 for info. Alcoholics Anonymous 9 a.m. Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 10 Jefferson St., Monticello. For info call 234-4841 or visit scia-aa.com.

Monday, November 18 Alcoholics Anonymous 7 p.m. St. Francis Xavier Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg. For info call 234-4841 or visit sciaaa.com.

Wed., November 20 Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The Youth Entrepreneurship Group makes strides towards achieving its mission to create a new model of economic opportunity for young people while advocating for a just world for

The Silver Sleigh Flyer. Every weekend until Dec. 22. The D & U Railroad, 43510 State Highway 28, Arkville. Call (800) 2254132 or 586-2929 for info. Annual Greens Fundraiser 10 a.m. - Noon or 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Join us for a fun session as we learn how to make a beautiful, long-lasting holiday wreath or swag that you can display all season. Your ticket price will provide you with the material for one decoration including a wire frame, a variety of fresh evergreens, berries, pine cones and a decorative bow. This perennial favorite always sells out so sign up early! Preregistration is required. Bring your pruners to the class. Base fee for this workshop is $15 (which entitles you to one item, per the description above). Bring a non-perishable food item to the workshop. All donations will be given to local food pantries. For info and to register, go to extension.psu.edu/holiday-greens-workshop. Wayne County Extension Office, Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street, Suite E, Honesdale, PA.

Sunday, November 24 Shawangunk Ridge and Towns: Then and Now 2 p.m. Members: FREE, non-members: $5. Talk by Ronald Knapp and Michael O’Donnell on their book, The Gunks (Shawangunk Mountains) Ridge and Valley Towns Through Time. The Gunks, renowned for stunning landscapes, rugged topography, glistening grey-white escarpments, magnificent Victorian hotels and precipitation-fed lakes, are framed by the valleys of the Rondout Creek and the Wallkill River. While focusing on the ridge, this talk will explore the mutu-

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ally beneficial economic impacts of other historical developments in the valleys. Books will be available for signing and sale. Time and the Valleys Museum, 332 Main St, Grahamsville. Call 985-7700 for info.

Tuesday, December 3 Alcoholics Anonymous 6 p.m. Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 10 Jefferson St., Monticello. For info call 234-4841 or visit scia-aa.com.

Tuesday, November 26 Alcoholics Anonymous 12:15 p.m. 85 Canal St., Ellenville. For info call 234-4841 or visit scia-aa.com. Eating Bravely: A Nutrition Support Group 4:15 - 5 p.m. Join us to learn tips and tricks to eating healthy. Bring your questions and favorite healthy recipes. Ellenville Regional Hospital, Lower Conference Room. To sign up call Shanna Nigro at 647-6400 ext. 336. Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce Meeting 6 - 7:30 p.m. Open to all members and those looking to join. Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The Narrowsburg Union, Erie Ave, Narrowsburg.

Wed., December 4 Heartbeat Music Hall of Grahamsville Open Mic 7 - 10:30 p.m. Every Wednesday. No charge and down home hospitality! Donations welcome. Info: 985-2731. Heartbeat Music Hall of Grahamsville, 304 Main St., Grahamsville.

Thursday, December 5 Wednesday, November 27 Alcoholics Anonymous 6:30 p.m. United Methodist Church, Livingston Manor, Old Route 17 by blinking light. For info call 234-4841 or visit scia-aa.com.

Free Yoga Class 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Family Yoga Class. Held at Ellenville Central School. Fruit infused water provided. Bring yoga mat! To sign up call Shanna Nigro at 647-6400 ext. 336.

Friday, December 6 Sat., November 30 Holiday Makers Market 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Foundry42, 42 Front Street, Port Jervis. Handmade For The Holidays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Start your holiday shopping season with us. Featuring the artwork of over 30 artists, crafters, and local producers. Duke Pottery, 855 County Route 93, Roscoe. Contra Dance 7:15 p.m. Beginners are most welcome! Dancing will start at 7:30 p.m. Suggested Donation: $10 per person, under 15 Free. The Cooperage,1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA.

Fallsburg Town Clerk’s Office Year Round Non-Perishable Food and Toiletries Drive. In an effort to support the Town of Fallsburg local food pantries, the Town Clerk’s Office will be accepting items at the Town Hall, 19 Railroad Plaza, South Fallsburg. Contact Town Clerk, Donna Akerley at 434-8810 ext. 1 for info. Drop off items at any time Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Town of Bethel Annual Tree Lighting 7 p.m. Kauneonga Lake. A Very Emish Christmas 7 - 9 p.m. E3 is an intimate and unique performance with the founding members of the highly acclaimed band, Emish. $15 per person. Foundry42, 42 Front Street, Port Jervis.

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Sullivan County Historical Society Theme Tree Exhibit TBA. Display of holiday trees decorated by different organizations and individuals. Sullivan County Historical Society, 265 Main St., Hurleyville. Kids In The Kitchen With Cooper 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Come and cook with Cooper Boone at Foundry42! Class includes

Annual Holiday Market at Bethel Woods from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Info: bethelwoodscenter.org. Grahamsville United Methodist Church Craft Fair 9 a.m. noon. Grahamsville United Methodist Church, 356 Main St., Grahamsville. Meditation Class: Freedom from Negative Thoughts 4 - 5:30

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Sunday, December 8 Annual Holiday Market at Bethel Woods from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.Info: bethelwoodscenter.org. Alcoholics Anonymous 10 a.m. Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 10 Jefferson St., Monticello. For info call 234-4841 or

visit scia-aa.com. Whoville 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Meet The Grinch and Cindy Loohoo, decorate a cookie, make your own Christmas ornament and visit the who-dos hair station to get your hair done! $10 per child. Foundry42, 42 Front Street, Port Jervis.

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Thurs., December 12 Free Yoga Class 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Adult Hatha Yoga Class. Held at Ellenville Central School. Fruit infused water provided. Bring yoga mat! To sign up call Shanna Nigro at 647-6400 ext. 336. The Culinary Club 6 - 7:30 p.m. Decorative Cuisine for the Holidays. The Culinary Club is designed for those who want 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. Bring an appetite and a prepared dish as we cook from a variety of cookbooks. A choice of 2-3 books will be available at the beginning of each month. Call 888-8004 for info. Mamakating Library, 128 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro.

The 10th Annual Holiday Market at Bethel Woods will be held on December 7 and 8 from 11 am - 4 pm.

Wed., December 18 Sat., December 14 “Circle of Hope” Family Support Group 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Catskill Regional Medical Center, in partnership with Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County, is offering a free support group for families of those battling addiction at Catskill Regional Medical Group’s Urgent Care / Primary Care Offices, located at 38 Concord Road, in Monticello. For info call 333-7324. Registration is not required. River Revels, A Winter Solstice Event 7 p.m. Join us for a Revels Pageant-performance based on the winter solstice traditions of Medieval times. Celebrate the holidays with your family and friends. Tickets $20. Children under 12 FREE admission. Narrowsburg Union, 7 Erie Ave., Narrowsburg.

Sunday, December 15 Pine Mill Community Hall Pancake Breakfast 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. The Pine Mill Community Hall, 919 Pine Mill Rd., in Equinunk, PA. Adults: $9.00, children under 10, half portion, $4.00, under four, free. Pine Mill Rd. runs from Rte. 371 in Rileyville to the center of the village of Equinunk, PA. The Hall is approximately half way between those points. Call 570-224-8500 for info. Sullivan County Community Choir presents “A Colonial Christmas!” 2:30 p.m. This charming musical celebration will include a variety of early American Christmas pieces, as well as the first part of George Handel’s Messiah. (Snow date December 22nd) Venue TBA. For info visit scchorus.org or call 594-6786. River Revels, A Winter Solstice Event 4 p.m. Join us for a Revels Pageant-performance based on the winter solstice traditions of Medieval times. Celebrate the holidays with your family and friends. Tickets $20. Children under 12 FREE admission. The Cooperage, Honesdale, PA.

Tuesday, December 17 Eating Bravely: A Nutrition Support Group 4:15 - 5 p.m. Join us to learn tips and tricks to eating healthy. Bring your questions and favorite healthy recipes. Ellenville Regional Hospital, Lower Conference Room. To sign up call Shanna Nigro at 647-6400 ext. 336.

ATI and Community Action Free Farm Stand 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 309 E. Broadway, Monticello. For the most up-to-date information, check out Action Toward Independence’s Facebook Page. Heartbeat Music Hall of Grahamsville Open Mic 7 - 10:30 p.m. Every Wednesday. No charge and down home hospitality! Donations welcome. Info: 985-2731. Heartbeat Music Hall of Grahamsville, 304 Main St., Grahamsville.

Thurs., December 19 Child Care Providers Information Session 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. For info and to register: scchildcare.com or contact the Council at 292-7166 X 307. Free Yoga Class at Ellenville Regional 2 - 3 p.m. Chair Yoga Class. Held in the Hospital Main Lobby. Fruit infused water provided. To sign up call Shanna Nigro at 647-6400 ext. 336. Monthly Game Night at The Cooperage 6 - 9 p.m. Bring your own game from home to share and teach. We also have a selection to play from including board games, card games and brain games. All ages are welcome. The Cooperage,1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA. For info visit thecooperageproject.org or call (570) 253-2020.

Friday, December 20 It’s A Wonderful Life-A Live Radio Play 7 p.m. $15 per ticket | $10 for all Foundry Theater students. Foundry42, 42 Front Street, Port Jervis.

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