CATSKILLDELAWARE Spring 2019
Priceless A Special Section of the Sullivan County Democrat
•Explore the wild West Branch •Is fishing really fun? •What’s hot on the Delaware River
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West Branch wild trout lures fishermen . . . . . . . .6 By John Punola If you haven’t discovered the West Branch of the Delaware River yet, it’s about time. There’s great trout fishing and beautiful scenery to make any fishing trip a success.
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Publisher Frederick W. Stabbert III • By Bob Lowe Co - Editors You get off work, rush to your favorite fishing hole, launch your boat and get ready to catch Joseph Abraham and Matthew Shortall the biggest bass in the lake. Sounds great, until you hear what happened to this fisherman. • Editorial Assistants Isabel Braverman, Kaitlin Carney, By Ed Van Put Kathy Daley, Patricio Robayo, Richard Ross, The history of trout fishing goes back nearly 200 years in Sullivan County. Join veteran fishJeanne Sager, Ed Townsend, erman, noted author and former DEC Fish Biologist Ed Van Put as he explores the monsters Ed Van Put, John Punola, Bob Lowe • caught in White Lake. Advertising Director Liz Tucker • By Kathy Daley Assistant Advertising Director Stirring admiration and evoking hatred, the coyote survives. Read all about what makes this Barbara Matos predator so smart and an enemy of the hunter. • Advertising Coordinator Lillian Ferber By Kaitlyn Carney • Special Section Coordinator For 14 years, the Albella’s Pizzeria and Family Restaurant have been providing great food Susan Panella and fine hospitality at its Monticello location. Learn about its wonderful culinary offerings as • well as its beautiful ambiance. Telemarketing Coordinator Michelle Reynolds • By Anthony Ritter Classifieds For 25 years Licensed Guide Tony Ritter has been taking clients on the Upper Delaware Janet Will Scenic and Recreational River. Now you can look inside Tony’s tackle box and see what’s he’s • learned and what is working to catch the biggest fish on the Delaware. Tight lines! Circulation Linda Davis, Larissa Bennett • Production Associates Nothing to do? Well, we have the cure for cabin fever. Just open the page and start marking your calendar for great times in Catskill-Delaware Country, where there is always something to Rosalie Mycka, Elizabeth Finnegan, Petra Duffy, Nyssa Calkin, Peter Melnick, Jessica Roda do. • Business Manager Sue Owens On the Cover: This beautiful Brook trout was caught in Catskill-Delaware Country. • Learn more about the history of trout fishing in Ed Van Put’s article on page 20. Assistant Business Manager Patricia Biedinger • Business Department Margaret Bruetsch • Distribution Arts/Entertainment . 66-67 Jeffersonville . . . . . . 54-55 Anthony Bertholf • Phil Grisafe • Bill Brett
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Catskill-Delaware Magazine Published by Catskill-Delaware Publications, Inc. Publishers of the Sullivan County Democrat (845) 887-5200 P.O. Box 308, Callicoon, N.Y. 12723 February 22, 2019 • Vol. CXXVIII, No. 73
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West Branch Wild Trout lures visitors to the Delaware STORY AND PHOTOS BY JOHN A. PUNOLA
hen you travel to the West Branch of the Upper Delaware River to fish for wild Rainbow and Brown Trout, the first thing that catches your eye is the variety of anglers’ license plates from many distant states. Look around and you will see vehicles from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine, to mention a few. Many noted fishing writers deserve a lot of credit for attracting trout fishermen to the West Branch. Favorable trout fishing stories have a way of swaying trout buffs into making long journeys to the fabled West Branch of the Delaware River. The West Branch of the Delaware River begins as a modest-sized trout stream that flows from Cannonsville Reservoir in New York State and meanders through Deposit towards the point where the boundary line of New York and Pennsylvania will be the beginning of the West 6 • CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2019
Branch. The river will flow Southeasterly to meet the East Branch at the town of Hancock, where it now forms the main stem of the Delaware River. The lack of industry that would pollute the sparkling clear waters makes the West Branch a premier stretch of river for wild Rainbow and Brown trout. This part of the Delaware River is where the states of Pennsylvania and New York meet to form a common boundary. It’s home to naturally spawned Rainbow and Brown trout and is maintained and regulated as a special trout fishing area. No trout are stocked in this area by either state. Any trout you happen to catch is wild born, and the majority of trout caught are released by the anglers. The trout released by the lucky anglers serve to keep the population healthy. It is not unusual to catch a large Rainbow or Brown trout, so keep your cameras handy. Wild trout strike hard and battle like a Salmon.
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Spawning time for Rainbow Trout is in the spring, late March thru April. During that time the trout will cluster in the gravel beds of the West Branch, plus some tributary streams, to perform their spawning ritual. Sometimes high, melting snows can affect the Rainbow’s spawning schedule, which diverts them into a tributary stream like the Basket Brook in Long Eddy or Callicoon Creek in Callicoon. The Brown Trout are fall spawners and generally will head upstream from their present holding position. If they are hindered by low water, they will attempt to spawn in the larger tributary A wild Brown from the West Branch, Delaware River. streams, if water permits. If waters are too low, the Browns will seek out NEWLY EXPANDED FOOTWEAR SELECTION gravel bottom areas at their present location. Men’s/Ladies’/Children’s Regardless of the stream Workwear & Casual conditions, they will Footwear & Apparel spawn on time. Fall spawning time for Brown Trout is September and October. Fishing for Brown Trout in the fall is usually under perfect weather conditions and the scenery is always fantastic. On the Delaware River and West Branch of the Delaware River trout LIBERTY HOME & GARDEN fishing begins on the Like Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8am-5:30pm • Sun. 9am-3pm us on first Saturday after April 11 Bon Jovi Lane, Liberty, NY 12754 Gift OPEN 11 – which this year is Cer tiﬁ 845-292-7220 ca 7 DAYS Availa tes April 13. The season ble www.libertyagaway.com concludes on October 15 on both these bodies of water. The stream is not desHUNTING & FISHING ignated as a “Catch and HEADQUARTERS Release” stream, but the NY State fly-fishermen or spinFishing casters usually honor LIVE BAIT & Hunting releasing all trout that Minnows • Worms Lincenses are caught. Since the Spikes • Mousies two states do not add Meal Worms TACKLE trout to the population, Ice Fishing Gear LURES WADERS why would anyone Tipups, jet sleds, live bait, ice cleats, LEADERS BOOTS • RODS augers, jigs, boots, thermals, snowmobile bibs deplete the trout numHOOKS REELS • LINES & jackets, ﬁshing licenses, bers by keeping these BOBBERS hand & toe warmers BAIT BUCKETS
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native born fish. A daily limit is two trout, minimum size is twelve inches on the West Branch of the Delaware and one trout, minimum size 14 inches on the main stem of the Delaware. From October 16, 2018 to March 31, 2019, it’s artifical lure only and no trout can be kept. This is to protect spawning trout. You must possess a current valid Pennslvania or New York State fishing license. Your valid fishing license is reciprocal and allows you to fish either shoreline of Pennsylvania or New York State.
Rainbow Trout history in the Delaware The Rainbow Trout was not native to the Delaware River, a stroke of good fortune brought them there. This happened in the early 1870s when a shipment of Rainbow fingerlings from California, destined for a upstate New York hatchery, was stalled near Callicoon. The Erie Railroad was stuck behind a train wreck. With hot weather present, it appeared the containers of juvenile Rainbow Trout were destined to perish.
The Erie Railroad trainmaster, Dan Cahill, decided not to allow the trout to die. Cahill ordered the trout fingerlings dumped into the Callicoon Creek. Since Callicoon Creek is a major tributary to the Delaware River, the juvenile Rainbows quickly found their way into the main current of the Delaware River. Fortunately they survived and a viable natural fishery was born. From that time the fish have thrived and developed a steady supply of trout for the river making the West Branch Delaware River the best populated natural trout stream in the Northeast part of America.
Brown Trout history in the Delaware Brown Trout were absent from Pennsylvania and New York State streams. The only trout in both states was the native Brook Trout. Because of overfishing and pressure, the Brook Trout population was in steady decline. New York State was concerned with the decline of this valuable fish, and in 1883 purchased fresh fertilized Brown Trout eggs from Germany and CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
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crossed their fingers that the new trout would thrive and multiply. The idea by New York State proved to be a wise decision and now Brown Trout are available in ample numbers. Once the Browns arrived, they were delivered to a state hatchery at Caledonia. When the fingerlings attained about six inches in size, they were stocked in local trout streams where they quickly adapted to their new homes. The Browns eventually overwhelmed the native Brook Trout and became the dominant addition to the trout population, plus they became prolific spawners. Fishing tips There are two ways to fish the West Branch Delaware River – you can wade and fish from the shorelines, which most trout fishermen prefer to do, or… you can fish from a floating craft. Because of the size and nature of the river, the favored craft you will see is the popular drift boat.
Due to the nature of the river, which is shallow and very rocky, a regular boat with a motor is not practical. You would do severe damage to a motor as you encounter some locations with visible signs of surface and underwater rock formations that could make it imposible to pass. This requires you to exit the boat and walk to passable water depth/current. If you chose to bring your regular boat, leave the motor at home. Other suitable crafts are canoes, kayaks or rubber rafts which can be rented from local rentals. There is always the possibility of low and unexpected stretches of low water and rocks, be prepared. If you are a newcomer to the West Branch waters, I highly recommend you schedule your trips with a qualified river guide, who will have a safe and comfortable drift boat, and knows the river and the habits of the Brown and Rainbow Trout. To find information about guide services, etc, contact the National Park Services, 570-7297842. They can furnish you with a list of existing guides and how to contact them. NPS also has information about lodging, food supply, maps,
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A bad day fishing? Impossible! But you be the judge Sent this to my rod maker. Only read it when you are ready to laugh. BY BOB LOWE ILLUSTRATION BY ROGER BAKER
o foolin’…there I was…and it gets more unbelievable and tragic as the tale continues. I feel compelled to tell you the whole story because you just can’t make this stuff up. You may retell it to anyone I don’t know. Swearing you both to secrecy right now, DO NOT tell my wife! I went fishing in the rain last Friday evening at a small lake shaped like a bowl to a depth of 20’. The lake has no distinguishing features except that it gains depth from the shore quickly so the lily pads can only grow in 10’ from shore before it gets too deep. So you have a 10’ ring of lilies around the entire lake and the bass in it are used to eating frogs. Fishing a plastic frog in that cover can sometimes be magical in the last 40 minutes before dark. I show up at the lake at 7:30 p.m., launch an aluminum 12’ V hull and begin crossing the lake on open water at top end of a 55# thrust Minn Kota electric motor when the anchor buddy on the front of the boat begins to rattle in an annoying fashion. I set the pilot assist on the tiller
and go to the prow to tighten the anchor buddy. This was the last successful thing that happened on this fishing trip. On my way back to the stern I grabbed the back of the swivel seat in the middle of the boat and used it to steady myself. That’s when all hell broke loose! The seat did what it was supposed to do, it swiveled… towards me… and set into motion a rapid chain of events that even now makes me whimper. When my steady rest became anything other than steady and swung towards me, I lost my balance and crashed over the side of the boat and into the water! Naturally I grabbed the side of the boat with my hand on my way down and that was a bad move. I pulled the boat down so hard that the V Hull just rotated and I pulled the side of the boat under water. The battery weighs 50 lbs. and was in the opposite side of the boat and in that instant it came tumbling over to my side of the boat completing the swamping scenario. Taking stock of my new situation I realized some things: #1) That was stupid. #2) My life vest and tackle bag were floating (a good thing). #3) My rods were still in the boat CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
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(another good thing) #4) The boat isn’t going down because Craftman boats have floatation foam built in under the stern and middle seats (yet another good thing!) #5) I left my phone and wallet in the truck because it was raining. Hey, I’m not an idiot! #6) I am in the middle of the lake without a paddle. As in competitive BBQ cooking, when stuff goes awry it’s all about the recovery. So I swim out and retrieve my tackle bag and life vest, put the vest on and put my bag in the front of the boat. Have you ever put on a life vest while in water that is over your head? Real pain in the neck, let me tell you! Sneaking up on the stern of the boat, which is now ½” above water line, I very carefully reach in and reconnect the submerged hot leg of the motor to the submerged battery terminal, all without getting shocked. I’m on a roll now. I swim alongside the boat, still in the water and hanging on very gingerly with my left hand. I reach up to the tiller with my right hand and turn the handle to forward. To my immediate relief the motor is working and the whole mess
begins to move forward! I’m saved! Took awhile but the rig was making steady progress towards shore. The closest land was a bog sticking up through the lilies at the edge of the pond. I pointed the nose of my new submersible at it and held on, keeping my feet clear of the flailing prop. At long last the front of the boat eases into the bog and wouldn’t you know it, the prow bullseye’s the white ass hornet paper nest hanging in the bush growing on the bog! Now is the time to tell you that bees, especially angry bees, are my kryptonite! I hate em’! As they attacked I instantly realized I have yet another problem to solve. So I slip back out of my life jacket in a hurry and go back under water. When my head would come up for air the hornets were bouncing off my head. Luckily they weren’t in stinging mode yet but it was only a matter of time. I could barely touch the bottom with my feet but adrenaline is an amazing thing. So I swam for my life, towing my crippled vessel away from the bees. Did I mention I HATE bees!! After maneuvering with extreme effort and
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My good humor ended when I bailed enough water out of the boat to expose my beautiful, faithful and now clean Jase Custom gold rod resting at an unnatural angle. AAAAAAUUUUGGGGHHHH! My gold rod is now a two-piece rod (a very bad thing). When I tipped the boat over the rod slid against the seat mount and my continuing to pull on the top of the seat back acted like a paper cutter. Clean cut, snapped it like a maple twig. I finally got things straightened out and standing defiant in the face of all opposition I take my now seaworthy craft out to do some fishing! Had one hit, couldn’t wait for darkness to come so I could go home and tend to my bleeding leg and it was still raining. Should have let the anchor buddy rattle. Yes this really happened, just like that. Tragedy often creates opportunity…for Jase! I would like to have a replacement made for the gold rod, same specs, except I would like to match the red on a Shimano C14 reel.
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The largest trout in the world
Harold Knapp Jr. (left) & Art Vassmer appeared in the Upper Delaware Drummer, holding Knappâ€™s Lake Trout, which measured 38 inches and weighed 16.5 lbs. and was caught in White Lake.
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n the earliest days of trout fishing there was only one species of trout: the brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis. Brook trout prefer cold, clean, well-oxygenated waters and thrive in streams, though their natural habitat also includes ponds and lakes.
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The history of sport fishing for trout in Sullivan County began shortly after settlement, and by the 1830s the destination of fishing tourists was primarily the Beaverkill, Callicoon and Willowemoc Creeks; and the Neversink and Mongaup Rivers. The trout of our forefathers was not a particularly large fish; however, what they lacked in size
they made up in abundance, especially in earliest and finest articles printed on the pages streams. The average size of these early popula- of the Spirit of the Times, the first weekly sporttions of brook trout was about 8.5-9 inches. ing journal. On a winter day in 1832 Hoffman Often how large they grew was dictated by habi- saw a brook trout taken from the lake that tat; on occasion brook trout in the 15 to 20-inch weighed six pounds! range, with weights of between one and three In the years that followed, more and even largpounds, were caught in deep pools and at in- er trout were taken, and between 1830 to about stream dams constructed by sawmills and tan- 1850 the lake produced excellent trout fishing, neries. attracting anglers from near and far who were Those brook trout living in lakes and ponds eager to capture one of its record-size native grew even larger and in Sullivan County, brook brook trout that weighed between six and nine trout weighing between four and five pounds pounds. were at times caught in Long Pond (Tennanah In 1840, Otto Gilpin caught a seven-pound Lake) in the town of Fremont. However, the brook trout at the narrows of the lake, and it was waters of White Lake were known to anglers during the 40s that the lake developed a reputathroughout the sporting community that was tion as a place to catch record brook trout; trout developing in America at this time for produc- of such proportions that poets praised them, ing the “Largest Trout in the World.” Located in the Town of Bethel, the lake’s angling history appears to have started with native Americans; early settlers discovered arrow heads and other artifacts along the shoreline of the lake indicating that its waters were used for fishing purposes. The lake’s notoriety as a trout fishing destination began as early as 1811 when Dr. John Lindsley operated a boardinghouse near the lake and was said to take in a few summer visitors and fishing tourists. In the early ED VAN PUT PHOTO days of American Large brook trout taken on a Hare’s Ear wet fly. trout fishing several of the largest brook trout ever caught were taken from the cold, and artists painted them. One such fish was clear, deep waters of White Lake. Reports of pio- described in the Newburgh Gazette of March 1, neer anglers catching record size brook trout are 1843 and titled “Fine Trout – Finer Picture.” A found in old newspapers, sporting journals, and news reporter had been called to the Colden America’s earliest books on angling. Street Hotel to witness a fine collection of fish One of the first to write about the fishing for recently taken “by several gentlemen” with hook these extraordinary brook trout was a frequent and line from the waters of White Lake. visitor named Charles Fenno Hoffman. The catch was made up of pickerel and trout, Hoffman was a well-known poet, author and and one trout in particular caught everyone’s outdoor writer who contributed some of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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eye; it was larger than the reporter had ever seen and was a brook trout weighing seven pounds and six ounces. Its magnificence was captured on canvas by a portrait painter named Charles Tice – “the symmetrical proportions of his fishship were transferred to the canvas in such admirable style as to deceive many a practiced eye into the belief, while gazing upon his picture, that it was the fish and not his representation they were looking at.” The Gazette urged readers to come and
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as White Lake Brook or Creek. This stream had an abundance of native trout and was celebrated by the Rev. Gurdon Huntington in a poem that appeared in Knickerbocker magazine in 1852 titled â€œThe White-Lake Creek: A Sketch.â€? Huntington described the stream as solitary and beautiful, flowing through a dense wild forest of tall trees, well shaded, and with banks covered with laurel so thick as to â€œforbidâ€? anglers from fishing along the bank. The only way to fish the stream was by wading its icy waters, and while he fished with bait and flies, the trout were difficult to catch as they were feeding on â€œmillersâ€? (most likely caddis flies.) Newspaper reports reveal that White Lake was still producing large brook trout in the fourpound range until the 1850s, but they were becoming scarcer. Anglers at the time believed that the cause of the demise of the trout population was the introduction of pickerel and black bass. Pickerel were said to have been introduced in 1835 and black bass were placed in White Lake in 1843 through the efforts of John B. Finlay of Sullivan County, who â€œemployed an Indianâ€? to bring bass from Lake George and place them into the lake.
This drawing of plump brook trout first appeared in the American Agriculturist, June 1881.
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When the lake had lost its original native brook trout population, the lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush,) a species quite similar to brook trout and one that appeared capable of competing with other species in the lake, was added in the spring of 1891; the lake received 100,000 lake trout fry from the hatchery at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island. This stocking continued for years but was intermittent; however, after 1963 White Lake was stocked regularly with Cayuga strain lake trout; each spring between 2-3,000 yearlings (approximately five inches) were placed into its waters. A slight change in stocking policy occurred in 1977 when the number of lake trout stocked was reduced to 1,600 after it was learned that White Lake contained both hatchery and wild (born in the lake) lake trout. This change occurred after a census and lake survey revealed that wild lake trout constituted a substantial portion of the population and harvest. The study examined fifty lake trout and found that 62 percent were wild in origin and 38 percent were of hatchery stock. It was also noted that alewives (sawbellies) were the primary food of the species; and CONTINUED ON PAGE 28
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Stirring admiration and evoking hatred, the Coyote survives BY KATHY DALEY
n their own world, coyotes are innocent. They are faithful to one another and are devoted parents. They are complex and language-rich animals. Once they were called “song dogs” for their penchant for intricate howling. Then there’s their obsession with keeping a check on the rodent population. “I have no problem with coyotes,” said veterinarian Dr. Moria Norris of the Jeffersonville Animal Hospital. “I see them once in a while and if so, it means I’m out in the woods. I do hear their yip-yip-yip at night and their howling.” Coyotes are known for their intelligence, and Norris offers an example of that. “I keep my sheep behind an electric mesh fence and each spring, a baby coyote will get 30 • CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2019
shocked,” she recounted. “The baby goes yelping back to his clan with the news, and that’s the end of it. They don’t try to get in there again.” Lisa Lyons of Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor was out snowshoeing one winter when she and friends came upon a scene that fixed them in place. “We came around the corner quietly, and there, off at a distance was a coyote feeding on a deer carcass,” said Lyons. Swiftly, the coyote dashed into the woods, but Lyons and her friends searched and, sure enough, found evidence of the story: a coyote track in the snow accompanied by drops of blood. Another time, Lyons was snowshoeing and happened upon a fresh crater in the snow
Coyotes, who are exceptionally family oriented, are about four to five feet long, including tail, and weigh between 35 and 45 pounds. Resembling German Shepherd dogs, a coyote’s senses of smell, hearing and alertness are especially keen.
adorned with deer hair and drops of blood. Farther on, she found half of a fresh deer skull. She noted that coyotes and bobcats both are known to cull out old, sick or young deer from a deer herd. Coyotes, in particular, will feed on the carcass of a deer that dies naturally or that gets hit by a car. Lyons is delighted by her coyote encounters: “And I’m captivated by their howls, by what they are saying, by the meaning of it.” ALL THAT HOWLING The coyote chorus of howls and short, highpitched yelps is legendary. The animals produce a variety of voice tones, pitches and modulations throughout the year. When coyotes howl, they sound like a bigger
group than they really are and that's deliberate. Using a strategy of combining wavering howls with a rapid change in pitch, they can bounce calls off rocks, trees or the far side of a valley. They sound like a family of 10 versus the two or three coyotes who are actually doing the talking. Their vocal display has the dual purpose of promoting bonding within the family group, which is all important to the coyote, while also serving as a blast of territorialism. Janet Kessler, author of the acclaimed documentary “Coyotes as Neighbors,” notes that coyotes also communicate via eye-to-eye contact, facial expressions CONTINUED ON PAGE 32
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and body language, as our domestic dogs do. “Coyotes have intense family lives,” Kessler writes on her blog, “so it’s the interpersonal communication/ vocalizations which predominate. Family internal affairs are much more all-consuming than anything else going on in the ‘outside world’ for them: family life is what they live for.” Coyote families usually consist of an alpha male and female, perhaps one or two of their offspring from previous seasons (known as a “helper”) and their current litter of pups. The male and female stay faithful for life, remaining together even when food is less abundant or there is territory pressure from other coyotes. One research team followed a coyote couple that had been together and in the same territory for a decade, only moving on when one of the mates died. Coyote experts note that the surviving coyote is known to mourn the death of the mate with downcast behavior and mournful cries, as does a wolf.
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and Saturday from 3-10 p.m. with plans to be closed on Sundays until the spring. While the growth of Albellaâ€™s is exciting and challenging work for the Hajdarajs, it hasnâ€™t distracted them from their main goals of providing a comfortable, enjoyable dining experience for each of their customers, from those getting pizza by the slice to someone enjoying a sitdown dinner. Albellaâ€™s menu offers everything from appetizers, salads, and homemade soups to pizza, sandwiches, calzones, and pastas. Entrees of chicken, veal, seafood, steak or vegetarian are served with pasta, salad, and warm bread and are all made to order. Pizza options range from a slice to a specialty personal or whole pie, on fresh dough made daily. Albellaâ€™s pizza pie garnered them a nod from NewYorkUpstate.com as best pizza in Sullivan County! Compliment your meal with a specialty cocktail, wine by the glass or bottle, or a selection of beers. Desserts include Tiramisu, Cannoli, and
Mikeâ€™s favorite Almond Cake, as well as specials offered. Conveniently located on Jefferson Street, Albellaâ€™s attracts those looking for a quick and hearty lunch (many call ahead for entrees to be ready) or dinner, or grab to-go food for a casual dining experience. Mike loves to create and develop new dishes, and offers specials that change throughout the week. By making everything to order, Albellaâ€™s team insures that everything is served fresh and to the customers taste. Itâ€™s this attention to treating everyone like family that has kept patrons coming back, and the welcoming atmosphere that invites in new faces. Mike and Dita also invest in their community, giving back whenever possible to civic organizations and groups that support their neighbors and children in Monticello. Stop in and try Albellaâ€™s Pizzeria and Family Restaurant, located at 50 Jefferson Street in Monticello. You can also follow them on Facebook or their website www.albellafamilyrestaurant.com, where you can check out their menus for pizza, catering, and the restaurant. Albellaâ€™s can be reached at (845) 794-8866.
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This brown trout was given C-P-R… catch, photo and released. Another lucky angler will hopefully catch him this year, even bigger.
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t’s hard to believe but this year marks my 25th year on the beautiful Upper Delaware River offering fabulous river fishing for wild trout, shad, walleye and smallmouth bass. Without a doubt I have been very fortunate to have been able to introduce anglers from all over the world and especially the metro New York region, to the beauty of Catskill– Delaware country.
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We’re only a mere two hours from the hustle and bustle of the noisy city and our area affords the visitor clean air and water, gorgeous vistas, abundant wildlife such as eagles, hawks, turkey, deer, osprey, herons and much more. In recent years, young entrepreneurs have left the city to start businesses here. Distilleries and micro breweries using local grains are up and running throughout Sullivan County, farmers markets offering delicious produce as well as meats and breads dot the county every
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Glenn Catanzariti with a big silvery roe shad that he caught near Cochecton.
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and goes out after the spring thaw this coming April. I find that water temperature is critical when having a successful day targeting trout. These fish feed aggressively when the water reaches 50 and will continue to feed until about 66 which is usually mid April through mid June in our area. Aquatic insects, such as mayflies, caddis and stoneflies, will also begin to move from underneath rocks and swim up the water column to hatch when the water temperatures are in this range. Trout will feed voraciously on these insects and our clean and well oxygenated water has plenty of food for the trout to grow fat. The trick is to locate areas in the river which have riffles which are fast shallow, well oxygenated areas of small rock where these nymphs burrow. Trout have three things on their mind to survive. One: They want to be close to a food source like riffles and tailouts. Two: They don’t want to expend much energy getting to that food so they
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tate the alewifes on the West Branch in early spring or they can be tied smaller –– like a #8 or #10 to fool the fish into thinking it’s a juicy hellgrammite in the early summer. The marabou on the tail and hen hackle for the legs gives this fly great action in the current. 3. Breakout Emerger: I started tying and using this fly a few years ago with great success to imitate the cycle between the nymph stage and the dun stage of the mayfly. Tied in snowshoe rabbit in various sizes and colors to match the insect on the water they sit in the film of the water, and the trout seem to key on their vulnerability. CONTINUED ON PAGE 55
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4. Snowshoe Mayfly: A buoyant fly meant to represent a mayfly dun using snowshoe rabbit. The original design was patterned after Fran Betters “Haystack” but I’ve made the silhouette more like the fly. It sits low in the water film and can be tied in various sizes and colors to match the hatch. Olives, Sulphurs, Hendricksons and Isos. 5. Snowshoe Rusty Spinner: The last stage of a mayfly’s life is the spinner. This fly should be used at dusk when the fish are slowly sipping on the smorgasbord of spent spinners drifting down to them. This fly can be used as a tandem rig with the fly trailing another larger fly on the bend of the hook on 5x tippet. The above is a nice simple list for the fly and spin angler that has served me well throughout the years and has caught plenty of trout for my customers. Remember to vary the color and size of the mayfly depending on the time of year.
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Friday, February 22 Annual Cookie Pick Event 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Dime Bank, Route 371, Damascus, PA. Benefits the Volunteers in Mission group of the Damascus United Methodist Charge. Large variety of delicious homemade cookies for only $6.00/pound. Sound Like Teen Spirit at The Cooperage 7 - 9 p.m. Open mic for school-aged kids. The Cooperage,1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA. For more info visit www.thecooperagzproject.org or call (570) 253-2020.
Saturday, February 23 4-H Regional Horse Bowl & Hippology 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free event. Beyond the barn: No animals required to attend! This knowledgebased, horse bowl trivia-style challenge gets you saddled up for college and career opportunities like Vet Science, Equine Nutrition, Farm Management, and the Racing Industry. Registration can be completed online. Contact Barb with questions at email@example.com. Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., Liberty. SUNY Sullivan Winter Baseball Clinic 9 a.m. noon. Ages 7-12. Softball players welcome! Cost $40. Please register online at collegebaseballcamps.com/scccbaseball. Paul Gerry Fieldhouse, Loch Sheldrake. DVAA Salon Series 2 p.m. The series continues with noted actor Oliver King bringing to life the words of the renowned abolitionist, poet, and statesman Frederick Douglass. Free and open to the public. DVAA, 37 Main St, Narrowsburg. More information is available by calling 845-252-7576 or visiting DVAA’s website, delawarevalleyartsalliance.org. Farm Arts Collective Madrigal Choir practice 3-5 p.m. at 12 Tammany Flats Drive, in Damascus, PA, just one mile from Callicoon. The singing ensemble is learning madrigals and ancient folk music for the upcoming season of public performances and Shakespeare on the Farm. A love of singing in harmony with others is the only experience required. Drop in or email Tannis@farmartscollective.org. “Peace, Love and Progress” at the Sullivan County Democratic Committee 101st Annual Jeffersonian Dinner 4 - 8 p.m. (Snow Date: February 24, 2-6 p.m.) Honoring Aileen Gunther, Kenneth Walter & Gary Silver with entertainment from Horowitz & Malkine. $65 per person. The Eagle’s Nest, Bloomingburg. For more info call 239-6047.
Sunday, February 24 Bethany Collective 5th Annual Soup-er Sunday Soup Sale 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. or until soup is sold out. at the Bethany Public Library. Quarts of soup, sold in a Mason jars, are $10.00 each. Or dine in with a bowl for $3.00 or two bowls for $5.00. Baked goods will be available as well. To order ahead call Janet Heinly at 570-253-5573. The Bethany Public Library is located on Route 670, just north of Honesdale.
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a.m. Join Kristen Dasenbrock, certified Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant, and learn the basic concepts and theories of the world’s oldest holistic healing system. Kristen will discuss the three differences in body types, the 5 elements of life and how they impact your own body type. At the TustenCochecton Branch of the WSPL. Registration requested. For more information visit our website WSPLonline.org, or call (845) 2523360. WSPL Cord Cutting 101 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Are you sick of paying your cable company more and more money for channels and features that you never use? Consider cutting the cord with help from your library! TustenCochecton Branch in Narrowsburg. Programs with less than 5 people pre-registered may be cancelled. To register visit the library online at WSPLonline.org . For more information visit our website or call (845) 252-3360. Fallsburg Public Library Children’s Craft Night 6 p.m. Perler Bead Creations. Crafts are most appropriate for those at least 6 years of age. Call (845) 436-6067 for more info. 12 Railroad Plaza, South Fallsburg. E. B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello Writers Group 6 - 7:45 p.m. Attend a twice monthly meeting of aspiring writers working together with others to hone their craft. For more info, please call 845 794-4660.
Wednesday, February 27 ATI and Community Action Free Farm Stand 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 309 E. Broadway, Monticello. Weather Permitting. For the most up-to-date information, check out Action Toward Independence’s Facebook Page or listen to local FM radio stations (WSUL 98.3, WVOS 95.9, Thunder 102.1 and WJFF 90.5) for Cancellations or Delays. Livingston Manor Free Library Basic Computer Help for both PCs and Macs 1:30 p.m. Please call (845) 439-5440 to schedule an appointment. 92 Main St, Livingston Manor. E. B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello Coloring in the Catskills 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Adults coloring together for relaxation and self-expression. Ages 16 and up are welcome. The library provides soothing music and warm herbal tea alongside all varieties of coloring sheets, crayons and colored pencils or you are welcome to bring your own supplies. For more info, please call 845 7944660. Wayne Co. Public Library 5 - 6:30 p.m. "Let's Make Arrangements" Debby Pollak returns with 4 still life art workshops. Each session is stand alone so you may sign up for one or all. $5.00 fee for each session to help defray cost of supplies. 1406 Main St., Honesdale, PA. Contact Elizabeth at 570-253-1220 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Thursday, February 28 Farm Arts Collective Performance Creation Workshops 5:30-7:30 p.m. Those interested in performance creation as well as production elements such as costume prop and puppetry design are invited. The ensemble is preparing performances for community
events, parades, and for a Shakespeare on the Farm tour in 2019. Drop in or email Tannis@farmartscollective.org. Narrowsburg Union, 7 Erie Ave, Narrowsburg. E. B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello 6 p.m. ‘The Underground Railroad; An Outgrowth of An American Business Enterprise’, presented by Erroyl Rolle. Attend this interesting and informative lecture on a topic about which we know so little. Free and open to the public. For more info, please call 845 794-4660.
Friday, March 1 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 (845) 4348810 ext. 1 for more info. Drop off items at any time Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 Chili Cook-Off 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (snow date Sunday, March 3) $6 per person tasting of all chili; $5 take out bowl of chili. Awards given out at 1:30. No entry fee to enter the contest, but registration is required. Email email@example.com for registration forms. Limited to 20 entries; register early! St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 31 West Main Street, Port Jervis. Proceeds benefit church ministry to the community. For more info contact the church at 845-856-1033 or Kathy at 570-430-1755. Main Street Farmers' Market at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This market strives to provide the greater Honesdale community with access to superb local agricultural products. The Market is a vibrant and friendly gathering of exemplary local producers and enthusiastic consumers, connecting through a mutual appreciation for each other and for our regional foodscape. Romping Radishes also happening upstairs for children of any age! SUNY Sullivan The Met: Live in HD series, La Fille du Régiment 12:55 p.m. $20.00 (Adults); $10.00 (Children 13 & Under); $10.00 (Students with valid ID). To order tickets, please call the SUNY Sullivan Box Office at (845) 434-5750, extension 4472, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on weekdays. DVAA Salon Series 2 p.m. An old-school salon-style event, featuring an artist talk with DVAA’s 2019 Artist Fellowship Recipient in Painting and a reading by the 2019 Artist Fellowship Recipient in Literature - Fiction. Each will give a public talk about their work followed by a moderated conversation. Free and open to the public. DVAA, 37 Main St, Narrowsburg. More information is available by calling 845-252-7576 or visiting DVAA’s website, delawarevalleyartsalliance.org. Celebrating the Four Seasons Event 4 - 6 p.m. Live music, complimentary refreshments, poetry readings, and great artwork. This Event will also include a tribute the late poet, Mary Oliver. Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue,
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Loch Sheldrake Fire Dept. Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. - 12 noon Adults $7. Kids under 12 $5. Under 5 yrs. Free. 1280 Rt. 52, Loch Sheldrake. White Sulphur Springs Fire Dept. Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. - 12 noon. 3352 NY-52, White Sulphur Springs. “Why Humans Rule the World” TED Talk and Sunday Service 10:15 a.m. The Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will feature a TED TALK video delivered by the renowned historian Yuval Noah Harari entitled: “Why Humans Rule the World”. Held at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA and will be followed by a social time with refreshments. For directions, please visit www.uduuf.org. 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. We will sit in chairs. Each class will include short guided meditations and practical advice for improving daily life. There will also be time for Q&A. For more info call (845)856-9000. RiverFolk Concert: Cliff Eberhardt 5 p.m. Suggested Donation: $20 reserved/ $25 at the door. For more info or reservations call (845) 252-6783. The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA.
Monday, March 4 E. B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello Knit & Crochet 5:30 - 7 p.m. Work alongside others on individual projects or start a new project while learning new techniques. Select supplies will be available. Eighteen and up welcome the first Monday; all ages with basic knit or crochet skills welcome on the third Monday. For more info, please call 845 794-4660.
Wednesday, March 6 Hospital to Home Web Seminar 1 - 2:30 p.m. This web seminar is provided by the American Society on Aging as part of the Home Instead Family Caregiver Support Series. This month’s web seminar will provide professionals with information to help families plan ahead and prepare for a safe return home. FREE to the public. Pre-registration is requested online at http://sullivancce.org/. Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., Liberty. Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Open House 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Learn about volunteer opportunities at Sullivan Renaissance, visit with other volunteers and find out why your time is an important asset to your community. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is suggested. Call (845) 295-2445 or visit sullivanrenaissance.org for more information. Held at the CVI Building in Ferndale.
Thursday, March 7 Resources for Clean Energy Projects 6 - 7 p.m. Programs and resources for homeowners and businesses! Sean Welsh, Community Energy Advisor presents the basics on improving energy efficiency of your home or business, upgrading systems in your building, utilizing loans and other financing options, and home energy assessments.
Participants will have an opportunity for a question and answer period with Sean. Free. Registration is requested in advance online at http://sullivancce.org/. Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., Liberty.
Friday, March 8 Dog Achievement Series 6:30 - 8 p.m. Sullivan County youth are invited to experience a fun filled program full of activities for "Dog Crazy Kids". The program will consist of activities geared toward dog lovers, encourage youth to reach personal goals, and master life skills with their dogs. Each month the youth will work on a different topic area and will be required to document what they learned from each completed activity. Cost is $8 per youth and $5 for 4-H Members. Youth age 5-18 are encouraged to join 4-H for free. Space is limited for this program and registration is required in advance. Registration can be completed online at www.sullivancce.org.
Saturday, March 9 The Kiwanis Club of Middletown 66th Annual Charity Pancake Day Fundraiser 7 a.m. - 12 noon, Middletown High School, 30 Gardner Ave. Ext. Middletown. Tickets $8 from Kiwanians or at the door. In addition to pancakes: sausage, eggs to order, applesauce, oj, coffee, tea, and milk. Great bake sale and raffle items too. Proceeds benefit charitable community projects, helping us to fulfill our mission, “serving the children of the world, one child and one community at a time”. “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 more info, please call Catskill Regional’s Community Health Coordinator, Andrew Oni, at 845-333-7324. Registration is not required. SUNY Sullivan “Bring the Heat” Culinary & Pastry Arts Day 12 p.m. Learn about our Catskill Hospitality Institute and the college’s Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts, and Professional Chef two-year degree programs! The session concludes with a gourmet meal served by current culinary students. Those planning to attend must register in advance, as space is limited, by calling the SUNY Sullivan Office of Admissions at (845) 434-5750, extension 4287.
Sunday, March 10 Swan Lake Fire Dept. French Toast Breakfast 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Adults $7, Children (6-12) $5, Under 5 free. 52 Stanton Corners Rd, Swan Lake.
Monday, March 11 E. B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello Writers Group 6 - 7:45 p.m. Attend a twice monthly meeting of aspiring writers working together with others to hone their craft. For more info, please call 845 794-4660.
Wednesday, March 13 E. B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello Coloring in the Catskills 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Adults coloring together for relaxation and self-expression. Ages 16 and up are welcome. The library provides soothing music and warm herbal tea alongside all varieties
of coloring sheets, crayons and colored pencils or you are welcome to bring your own supplies. For more info, please call 845 7944660. Seed Starting and Garden Planning Workshop 6 - 8 p.m. Offered by Penn State Master Gardeners. Vegetables and flowers will both be in the mix, along with gauging nature’s timetables, the most efficient lighting methods, scarification, avoiding damping off, and the process of transplanting. Be prepared to get your hands dirty for this two-hour workshop. In lieu of a fee, all participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the workshop. All donations will be given to local food pantries. Penn State Extension Wayne County, 648 Park Street Suite E., Honesdale, PA. For more info call 570-253-5970 ext. 4110.
Saturday, March 16 Main Street Farmers' Market at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This market strives to provide the greater Honesdale community with access to superb local agricultural products. The Market is a vibrant and friendly gathering of exemplary local producers and enthusiastic consumers, connecting through a mutual appreciation for each other and for our regional foodscape. Romping Radishes also happening upstairs for children of any age! DVAA Salon Series 2 p.m. A performance of Natalia Zukerman’s ‘The Women Who Rode Away.” Featuring original music and projected paintings by Zukerman. Free and open to the public. DVAA, 37 Main St, Narrowsburg. More information is available by calling 845252-7576 or visiting DVAA’s website, delawarevalleyartsalliance.org. Comedy Night at The Arnold House! 8 - 10 p.m. Join us in Shandelee Hall as we help keep comedy alive in the Catskills. Tickets $20 at the door. No reservations or advanced purchase necessary. Come early and grab a bite to eat or drink in our Tavern! The Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Rd., Livingston Manor. Call (845) 439-5070 for more info.
Sunday, March 17 RiverFolk Concert: The Slambovian Circus of Dreams 5 p.m. Suggested Donation: $20 reserved/ $25 at the door. For more info or reservations call (845) 252-6783. The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA.
Monday, March 18 E. B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello Knit & Crochet 5:30 - 7 p.m. Work alongside others on individual projects or start a new project while learning new techniques. Select supplies will be available. Eighteen and up welcome the first Monday; all ages with basic knit or crochet skills welcome on the third Monday. For more info, please call 845 794-4660.
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Saturday, March 23 DVAA Salon Series 2 p.m. 2019’s Salon Series wraps up with a family friendly show that welcomes audience participation. “Ronald Dahl’s Villains on Trial” moderated by One Grand Books founder Aaron Hicklin asks the question, “who is the most villainous villain of all?” An interactive theater performance in the format of a panel debate will feature The Twits, the Grand High Witch, The Giants and Miss Trunchbull. Who will get your vote? Free and open to the public. DVAA, 37 Main St, Narrowsburg. More information is available by calling 845-252-7576 or visiting DVAA’s website, delawarevalleyartsalliance.org.
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Saturday, March 30 Purchasing and Renting Farmland 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Extension professionals will go over the topic in a lecture style format, and will have multiple handouts for participants to take home on the material, including online resources for non-farm landowners to list their land and how farmers can use these
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Friday, April 5 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 (845) 434-8810 ext. 1 for more info. Drop off items at any time Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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Friday, April 12 Dog Achievement Series 6:30 - 8 p.m. Sullivan County youth are invited to experience a fun filled program full of activities for "Dog
Crazy Kids". The program will consist of activities geared toward dog lovers, encourage youth to reach personal goals, and master life skills with their dogs. Each month the youth will work on a different topic area and will be required to document what they learned from each completed activity. Cost is $8 per youth and $5 for 4-H Members. Youth age 5-18 are encouraged to join 4-H for free. Space is limited for this program and registration is required in advance. Registration can be completed online at www.sullivancce.org.
Saturday, April 13 “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 more info, please call Catskill Regional’s Community Health Coordinator, Andrew Oni, at 845-333-7324. Registration is not required. Middletown Honda Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt 12-4 p.m. Come join us for a hopping good time. The Easter bunny will be hiding eggs around the dealership for your kids to come and find. He will also be sticking around for pictures. There will also be fun arts and crafts for the kids to do. 2 different areas will be set up for this: An under 4 area where the eggs will be out in the open to make them easier for little ones to find. An over 4 area where your child will be given a special sheet listing different colored eggs they need to find to get all the special treats and prizes. (Parents can help for children
who are not able to read the sheets) Middletown Honda, 520 Rt 211 E., Middletown. Comedy Night at The Arnold House! 8 - 10 p.m. Join us in Shandelee Hall as we help keep comedy alive in the Catskills. Tickets $20 at the door. No reservations or advanced purchase necessary. Come early and grab a bite to eat or drink in our Tavern! The Arnold House, 839 Shandelee Rd., Livingston Manor. Call (845) 439-5070 for more info.
Sunday, April 14 Claryville Fire Dept. All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Adults: $9, Children Ages 5-11: $5, Under 5 Yrs. Free. $50 from the Breakfast Is Donated to the Claryville Reformed Church Food Pantry. 1500 Denning Rd., Claryville. Call 845-9857270 for more info. RiverFolk Concert: Jacob Johnson 5 p.m. Suggested Donation: $20 reserved/ $25 at the door. For more info or reservations call (845) 252-6783. The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts PLAY: The Neave Piano Trio featuring mezzo-soprano and Metropolitan Opera singer Carla Jablonski performing the music of Astor Piazzolla. Tickets for each performance are $37.00 for general reserved seating and tickets for individuals age 17 and under, or students with a valid college ID, are available for $17.00 at the Bethel Woods Box Office only. 200 Hurd Road Bethel. Info at 1(866) 782-2922 and www.BethelWoodsCenter.org.
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Monday, April 22 E. B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello Writers Group 6 - 7:45 p.m. Attend a twice monthly meeting of aspiring writers working together with others to hone their craft. For more info, please call 845 794-4660.
Wednesday, April 24 ATI and Community Action Free Farm Stand 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 309 E. Broadway, Monticello. Weather Permitting. For the most up-to-date information, check out Action Toward Independence’s Facebook Page or listen to local FM radio stations (WSUL 98.3, WVOS 95.9, Thunder 102.1 and WJFF 90.5) for Cancellations or Delays.
E. B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello Coloring in the Catskills 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Adults coloring together for relaxation and self-expression. Ages 16 and up are welcome. The library provides soothing music and warm herbal tea alongside all varieties of coloring sheets, crayons and colored pencils or you are welcome to bring your own supplies. For more info, please call 845 7944660. Wayne Co. Public Library 5 - 6:30 p.m. "Let's Make Arrangements" Debby Pollak returns with 4 still life art workshops. Each session is stand alone so you may sign up for one or all. $5.00 fee for each session to help defray cost of supplies. 1406 Main St., Honesdale, PA. Contact Elizabeth at 570-253-1220 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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