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October 7 — The nights are chilly, really chilly, and each day on our way to wherever we are going we glance at the trees edging Rt 17 or Pucky Huddle and see that what was just yesterday … more
With the first day of summer this past Tuesday, there is lots of news to report about the goings on in and around Smallwood. Over at the Smallwood Civic Association (SWCA), the Association Board is … more
With a shining Memorial Day behind us, we the people of Mongaup Valley and Smallwood and Sullivan County are now in our high season “element.” Our element in incipient summer is a … more
Driving home tonight in the dappling light of sundown Smallwood, I was astounded to see how green the forest suddenly shone along the edges of Pine Grove Road. Hurrah! We made it through and IT, the … more
In the far north, still, the Gods of Winter are beating their drums past midnight tonight. We don’t want to provoke their anger; dare we say it aloud? THE SNOW IS GONE, LONG LIVE SPRING AND … more
Day and night and night and day, things are stirring in the Smallwood woods and the Mongaup Valley now. For a week or two already, their dizzying canticle resounds around the forest floor in the late … more
Dear Readers! I recently called Town Supervisor Dan Sturm to inquire about progress on the Pine Grove culvert replacement. Sturm confirms – weather permitting – that work on this … more
Digital Travel in a Plague Year Potentially important advice for would-be travelers prepping for first-time travel after Covid: ask lots of questions as you develop and execute your plans. Even … more
If coronavirus and some dog of war do not intervene, I will be headed south in two weeks to visit some dear friends in Savannah, GA. Down there—to judge by their photographs of a lush backyard … more
We enter now the quiet and sooty weeks of February in Sullivan. During the short days we locals hurry about our daily tasks—the visit to ShopRite or the Transfer Station or Town Hall. Early and … more
Right now it is a succulent moment to be able to call oneself a Smallwoodian and say “I LIVE in Smallwood, New York.” A dear NYC friend, born in Kyiv, told me recently that a great … more
End of November, almost Thanksgiving, I was feeling exhausted. Maybe, I thought, it was just the hustle and bustle of holiday prep. On the other hand, by late November, people, some of them … more
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