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With the advent of Labor Day, another summer has run its course here in Mongaup Valley and in Smallwood. Already you will have experienced that singular morning when you first drive out from Plank or … more
You, too, will probably just this week have noticed them: the first few yellow leaves of bearded August dropping like wastrels from tree boughs still flush with dark summer green. August is indeed … more
We are now, astoundingly, at the halfway point of the 2021 summer season in this part of New York State. Many of us, sick of rainy days, foggy nights, and general thunder, feel that Nature has robbed … more
It’s often the case that life up here in Sullivan County fills me, a sometime and longtime big city dweller hailing from Berlin and New York, with wonder and awe. It’s true. Simplicity … more
At the height of this rainy verdant summer, Smallwood NY is a beehive of activity, particularly as a new and activistic Smallwood Civic Association (SWCA) Board of Directors pushes through many new … more
June 25 - At the May 30th General Meeting, the Smallwood Civic Association (SWCA) Board repeatedly stressed the primary importance of maintaining a safe and healthy and protected Mountain Lake. The … more
This past rainy Memorial Day weekend, the Smallwood Civic Association (SWCA) held the first of three planned General Meetings for 2021. The informative Zoom session—a recording of which is … more
Most of us remember a time when, as children, it was possible to simply run out the door into a forest or a field and never think about the danger of a tick bite. Disease-bearing ticks are … more
Over on Kauneonga Lake's main thoroughfare, Horseshoe Lake Road, economic life is finally rebounding. Some restaurants on “Restaurant Row” were able to stagger through 2020; others chose not to. … more
Question for residents of Smallwood: can you explain the difference between the following entities: the Hamlet of Smallwood, the Town of Bethel, and the Smallwood Civic Association (SWCA)? Go ahead, … more
By anyone's measure, a business owner who owns and grows an eatery for upwards of thirty years must be doing something very right. Ask your server or local restaurant owner next time you see them … more
The telephone has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up we had one telephone in the house. It hung on the wall in the kitchen, so it was easily accessible. Years later a … more
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