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Deposit Lumberjack Festival this weekend

This weekend July 15, 16, & 17

The Deposit Lumberjack Festival

  • Horse Shoe Tourny
  • Lumberjack Competition
  • 5K Race
  • Tractor Pull
  • Pony Pull
  • Raft Race
  • Car Show
  • Live Bands
  • Street Fair
  • Amusements, Games & Rides
  • Craft Beers
  • Food
  • Parade
  • Fire works

WJFF: NOMINATE A COMMUNITY LEADER!

 On Saturday, August 20th WJFF will honor volunteers and community members who have made an extraordinary impact on the WJFF listening area at a special Awards Night at Mr. Willy's in Monticello, NY.  Read more

Deposit Community Theatre and PAC announces a revised schedule of Performances 2016

Deposit Historical Society Announces 2016 Schedule of Programs

Deposit Historical Society
located at...

145 Second Street  Read more

Deposit Community Theatre and PAC announces it's schedule of Performances 2016

1st. Annual Deposit Firemen's Challenge July 19th. 1 to 3 PM.

State Theater of Deposit Announces it's 2015 Season of Shows

1st. Annual Deposit Lumberjack Challenge - The Competitions Are Back

The Deposit Lumberjack Festival and Schaefer Logging Presents:

1st. Annual Deposit Lumberjack Challenge Saturday, July 18th. 10 AM to1PM

Firemans Park Deposit on the Delaware, NY

Events will include Speed Cut, Bore Cut, Precision Stump, Spring Pole, Grapple Skidder and more.

The Deposit Historical Society Announces It's Upcoming Events for 2015

Deposit Historical Society

Upcoming Events:

All events are free and are at the Deposit Historical Society Museum
unless otherwise noted.  Read more

New York Invasive Species Awareness Week

The mission of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species to h elp stop their spread by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state and encouraging them to take action. Please join in the fun and help out with the effort!  Activities of all kinds take place July 6th- July 12th. Check out nyis.info and click on the logo for more information!

Deposit's State Theater Announces its 2014 Season of Live Shows

Deposit Community Theatre Presents

2014

State Theatre Season of Shows

146 Front Street, Deposit, New York

May 3: Faithin History

May 24: Flea Market & Luncheon

July 19: Civil War History : Chaplain Scott Payne

July 22 5pm Robert Revisit-Mine Sponsored by the Deposit Free library  Read more

Deposit's annual Trout Run 5K Race

On Saturday the rain held off just long enough to complete the running of the 3rd. annual Trout Run.

Deposit's Trout Run 5K Race

Deposit's State Theater Announces it's 2013 Season of Live Shows

The Deposit Community Theater announces it's 2013 Season of live shows.

  • May 4th.            Walking God's Trail       Faith & History Players
  • May 17, 18, 19   Lottery Murders       A Comedy Murder Musical
  • July 12, 13, 14   Two One Act Plays
  • Aug.                  West Branch Ramblers
  • Sep. 13, 14 15   Cole Porter at the Starlite Hotel  by Judith Present
  • Oct. 12th.         Cobblestone Crossing
  • Nov.                  Claus Evans
  • Dec. 13th.        Too Many Divas

​State Theater is at 148 Front Steet Deposit, New York

Deposit, Small Town - Big History

 

     The little village of Deposit has often found itself at the crossroads of history.  Deposit sits on the western - most bend of the Delaware River.  For many years, Native Americans used a portage trail that ran from the site of Deposit west over Tuscarora Mountain to the Susquehanna River at Windsor.  This Indian trail was the shortest distance between the two rivers.  Years later, the railroad came through Deposit for much the same reason.

     In 1835, construction of the Erie Railroad began on the flats one mile southeast of the village.  The tracks ran west up Tuscarora Mountain to a pass at the village of Gulf Summit.  Because of the steep grades, the Erie railroad used one of the largest steam locomotives ever built as a pusher.  Known as the “Matt Shay” No. 5014, a monument to this locomotive sits at the top of the grade in Gulf Summit today.  Read more

Annual IRONMAN Golf Tournament held in Deposit NY

 

The annual Tommy Tucker – IRONMAN Golf Tournament was held on a perfect September day, Sunday the 18th.  The tournament, organized by the Deposit Rotary Club, was played at the Scott"s Golf Course on Oquaga Lake Road, Deposit.  Eight teams played and ended the day with a cookout meal at the Scott’s resort music shelter.

1st Place team                      -14  Ray Cornwell

2nd Place team              -13  Scott Smith  Read more

Vanishing Educational Icons

 

     Autumn is, of course, a great time to plan a motor trip through the Catskills to enjoy the fall colors.  It is also a chance to explore some of the villages, hamlets, and small side valleys of the region.  Hidden in these mountains are dozens of examples of that most iconic symbol of American rural education, the one room schoolhouse.  Before the automobile, it was necessary that schools be no more than reasonable walking distance for the children living and working on the thousands of farms throughout the Catskills.  A great many of these little buildings are lost to history, but a surprising number remain to be discovered and enjoyed on a day’s outing.

Deposit's second annual Classic Car Show and Cruise

 

Deposit's second annual Classic Car Show and Cruise was well attended on a beautiful sunny day.  Visitors were treated to a display of cars ranging from model T's of the 1920's to muscle cars of the 1950's, 60's, and 70's.

One Catskills newspaper closes, two more cut reporters

Weekly newspapers in the Catskills region have had a bad month. One local weekly quit publishing entirely, while two more that are part of a regional chain laid off veteran reporters.

The Delaware County Times, a newspaper that traces its lineage back to 1839 in Delhi, published its last issue on Friday, July 8.

The paper employed three people in its Delhi office on a part-time basis and relied on a cadre of freelance journalists, including the author of this article, to cover local news. Contributors were notified on July 8 that the paper would cease publication.

Donald Bishop, the publisher of the paper, did not return a request for comment. Cathy Roloson, who coordinated the news gathering and layout of the paper, said that a companion publication, the semiannual Kaatskill Life magazine, will continue to be published online and that she will continue to work in the Delhi office. She also indicated that the Delaware County Times may resume publishing in the future.  Read more

New York Gov. Cuomo plugs Catskills with Robert De Niro

Above: A poster promoting Lake Wawaka in the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville, one of six ads that will promote the Catskills region in the NYC public transit system this summer. To see all six posters, click here. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pulled out all the stops to promote the Catskills region this week. As his staff bombarded social media with a media blitz about the charms of the Catskills region, the governor spent a day hitting Catskills tourism hotspots, at one point appearing with movie star Robert De Niro at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County, the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

De Niro, who owns 78 acres in the Ulster County town of Gardiner, cracked Borscht-Belt-style jokes while extolling his love of the Catskills.

“I wanted to change my name from Robert De Niro to Rugelach De Goldfarb De Niro Steinberg, and spend the summers in the Catskills telling jokes,” De Niro said, according to the Times Herald-Record.

Above: Robert De Niro delivers a tribute to Borscht Belt-style jokes. Video via New York Upstate.com.

“If there is a region of the state that has more potential for tourism activity, it is the Catskills,” Cuomo said, according to a transcript of his remarks issued by his office. “Mr. De Niro and I were talking on the way up, it is still basically a secret for generations of New Yorkers.”

Above: Actor Robert De Niro, who has a home in Ulster County, delivers one-liners at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on June 30 as part of the Catskills Challenge. Photo via the Gov. Andrew Cuomo Flickr page. 

On Wednesday, June 29, Cuomo was scheduled to take a “Ride the Catskills” motorcycle ride from Windham to Roscoe, stopping at Woodstock Harley-Davidson and Belleayre Mountain Ski Center along the way. But, according to the Catskill Mountain News, Cuomo himself wasn't in the convoy of bikers that made the trip. 

On Thursday, June 30, the governor did show up at the “Catskills Challenge,” a day of activities modeled after a similar event his administration launched in the Adirondacks three years ago.

The Catskills Challenge began with the appearance with Robert De Niro in Bethel and ended with the governor racing state legislators in rafts on the Delaware River. (Naturally, the governor won, according to the Times Herald-Record.)

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How to stay safe in Catskills black bear country

Above: A black bear in the Catskills. Photo by Rebecca Andre.

Spring in the Catskills is a breathtaking season of roaring waterfalls, eagles taking flight and pastures covered in blooming wildflowers—and, thanks to our resident black bear population, of overturned trash cans, destroyed bird feeders and dented vehicles.

In May, Region 4 of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which covers a portion of the Catskills, received dozens of complaints about bears, according to Joshua Choquette, a DEC wildlife technician. By May 23, the agency had received 54 complaints about bears from its nine counties, Choquette said.

The majority of the complaints the DEC receives each year are calls from homeowners reporting that their trash or bird feeder is being feasted upon by a local black bear, according to Choquette.

But about 20 percent of the calls each year are of a more serious nature, with a bear causing damage to vehicles, property or agriculture, he said.

Above: A black bear and a cub stop traffic in the Ulster County hamlet of Phoenicia around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. Photo by Burr Hubbell.  Read more

Dozens of Memorial Day events kick off summer in the Catskills

Above: An honor guard leads the 2015 Liberty Memorial Day Parade. Photo by John Kocijanski of Catskill Photography, shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr pool.

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 brings a flood of enticing opportunities to come together, celebrate, and get the Catskills summer season started off right. Here’s our five-county guide to what’s happening where from Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Parades and Ceremonies:

Roxbury 

Parade: May 30, 9:30 a.m., Route 30 North

Grand Gorge 

Parade: May 30, 11 a.m., Route 23 West  Read more

John Faso: Experienced politician faces voters who are fed up with "insiders"

Above: John Faso. Image via the Faso campaign.

In the increasingly negative race to replace retiring Republican Congressman Chris Gibson in New York's 19th Congressional District, former State Assembly Minority Leader John Faso has all the hallmarks of a traditional general election contender. But that might not help him, because 2016 is no traditional election year.

Nationally, maverick candidate Donald Trump has ousted more traditional Republican candidates from the race for president. In the race for the 19th Congressional District, which represents the Catskills and Hudson Valley, Faso’s opponents hope to do the same to him.

Faso, a Republican, began his campaign for Congress with high name recognition and a time-tested fundraising apparatus. He spent 16 years in the New York State Assembly from 1987 to 2002 and made an unsuccessful GOP gubernatorial bid in 2006 against Democrat Elliot Spitzer.

Now, Faso's status as an experienced politician and elected official has become both a blessing and a curse.  Read more

Two Deposit residents arrested for allegedly possessing 205 bags of heroin

Above: Police raid an apartment in the Delaware County village of Deposit on Tuesday, looking for heroin. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

With the help of a drug-sniffing dog, police found 205 bags of heroin in an apartment in the Delaware County village of Deposit during a raid on Tuesday, April 19, according to a press release issued by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Police raided the apartment after obtaining a search warrant as part of a heroin trafficking investigation at the Marvin Street Apartments, according to the press release. They allegedly found the heroin, a number of Xanax tablets and $200 in cash.

Above: Debbie L. Moore, left, and John J. Coe, right. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

The apartment's tenants, 45-year-old John J. Coe and 44-year-old Debbie L. Moore, were arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, police say.  Read more

Presidential primary day in the Catskills

Above: Photo by Justin Grimes, via Flickr. 

For New York state voters who are registered with a political party, today--April 19, 2016--is the day to vote in New York state's presidential primary election.

It's one of the most exciting primary races in years, with Donald Trump expecting a landslide of Republican votes in his race against Ted Cruz and John Kasich while Hilary Clinton dukes it out with Bernie Sanders for the state's Democratic voters. 

The national and international press is watching New York voters--including some in the Catskills--as they go to the polls today.  Read more

Delaware County will tax commercial solar farms

Above: Michael Sabansky, Delaware County's director of real property tax services, gave a presentation on solar farms to the Delaware County Board of Supervisors on April 13. Photo by Robert Cairns. 

With the possibility of commercial solar electricity generation coming to Delaware County, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors has taken steps to make sure that solar developers pay property taxes.

The board, at its meeting on Wednesday, April 13, adopted a resolution to enter into “host community benefit” agreements for commercial solar installations. The resolution circumvents state rules, which provide property tax exemptions for such installations for 15 years.

Michael Sabansky, the county's director of real property tax services, said that 6,500 letters have been sent to Delaware County landowners soliciting leases for solar installations.

“I'm sure we're going to get a few in the county,” he said. “We do have lots of land and lots of power lines.”  Read more

Catskill Park passed over in New York budget, again

Above: Rick Roberts, the president of the Catskill Mountain Club, advocating for dedicated funding for the Catskill Park in the 2016-2017 New York state budget in Rep. Kevin Cahill's office on Feb. 9, 2016. Photo by Julia Reischel. 

Despite months of fierce lobbying in Albany, advocates for the Catskills region of New York did not convince lawmakers to earmark a package of funds for the Catskill Park in the 2016-2017 New York state budget, which was hammered into agreement in the wee hours of Friday, April 1.

Advocates for the Catskills spent the first months of 2016 lobbying hard for the state to create $4 million line item for the Catskill Park in the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), a request they have repeated for years. 

On Feb. 9, during a Catskill Park Awareness Day lobbying event, about 60 people representing the Catskills went door-to-door among legislative offices in Albany to urge lawmakers to commit dedicated funding to the region.   Read more

Trout season opens across the Catskills

Above: "Peter with a Brown Trout,” by Joan Challacombe, one of the runners-up in the 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest. (The 2016 photo contest ends tonight, so enter now!) 

It's the first day of fishing season in the Catskills, and the oddly warm weather should be especially inviting to anglers across the region today.

The annual first cast at Junction Pool on the Beaverkill happened this morning in the Sullivan County town of Roscoe--aka "Trout Town USA"--at 7:30 a.m., and the celebrations continue all weekend with dinners and fly-tying celebrations, according to the Roscoe NY website.

Trout Unlimited - The Way of a Trout from Bill Strockbine on Vimeo.

Above: A vintage 1969 video made by Trout Unlimited about the life cycle of the trout. Thanks to the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited for sharing. 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2016 Coldwater Fishing Forecast reports that fishing in the East and West Branches of the Delaware River in the western Catskills should improve this year because of improvements to the stream habitats for fish: 

Two new in-stream habitat improvement structures were installed in the East Branch tailwaters near Shinhopple and the Tomannex State Forest. The rock and wood structures are intended to provide cover where trout habitat has historically been marginal. Additionally, a large scale restoration project was completed on Sands Creek. A number of habitat structures and floodplain reconnection work was conducted along a one mile stretch of Sands Creek. Sands Creek is an important spawning tributary to the West Branch Delaware River.

The DEC also reports that the "the tailwaters of the West Branch continue to be one of the most productive fisheries for trophy trout in the northeast," but adds that some of those streams between the villages of East Branch and Hancock in Delaware County don't open for fishing until April 16 this year. 

To get you in the mood for fishing, the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited is sharing several trout fishing videos in their newsletter, including a vintage 1969 video made by Trout Unlimited about the life cycle of the trout (see above).

For a more modern take on the atmospherics of trout fishing, watch a short film about fishing on the Esopus Creek in Ulster County near Phoenicia, below. Look closely and you'll see some familiar Route 28 sites like the Phoenicia Diner.

Below: "Autumn Tailwaters - Fall Fishing & Wild Trout in the Catskills," was produced by Day Trip Films in partnership with Orvis in 2015.   Read more

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