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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.

This Weekend: 11 Catskills Labor Day events (and fireworks)

Above: A poster for the Windham Chamber Music Festival, just one of the events happening this Labor Day weekend in the Catskills.

Don't look now, but the leaves are already turning in the highest peaks of the Catskills. That and the arrival of Labor Day weekend confirms it: Summer is ending. Go out with a bang -- in some cases, a literal bang, with fireworks -- with these great events from around the region. 

ACROSS THE CATSKILLS: Lighting of the Fire Towers event. It's tonight! Details here

DELAWARE COUNTY

New trails open in Delhi. Saturday, August 30. 2 p.m. Volunteers have been working all summer to create a new set of hiking trails behind Delaware Academy school. Several of the trails are named for characters in the beloved children's novel My Side of the Mountain, which was set in Delhi. Delaware Academy, 2 Sheldon Dr., Delhi.

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Three years since Irene

Above: Bill Lonecke with his wife, Barbara (left), and daughter, Cindy (right), standing where their Maplecrest house used to be. It was washed away during Tropical Storm Irene by the Batavia Kill, which is 50 yards away to the right. Photo by Christopher Auger-Domínguez. Read their story in our Faces of the Flood Project, here. 

If you're anything like us here at the Watershed Post, anniversaries sneak up on you.

Three years ago today, Tropical Storm Irene blasted the Catskills with intense flooding, killing several local people and washing away homes and businesses in towns across our region.   Read more

This Weekend: See the lighting of the fire towers and earn your badge

Above: The lit-up Berry Hill fire tower in Chenango County near Norwich during the 2013 lighting of the fire towers event. (The Berry Hill tower isn't one of the five Catskill fire towers that will earn you a badge, but it sure is pretty.) Photo by Warren Johnsen.

There's no weekend like this weekend to hike up a Catskills fire tower. Not only can you earn one of our coveted Catskill Fire Towers badges if you do (see details here or below), but you'll also get a rare treat: the sight of a fire tower cab glowing from within.

Once a year, the volunteers who maintain the Catskills fire towers hike lights into the cabs at the top of the towers, making them visible for miles around.

The event is meant to commemorate the time when fire towers were staffed by lonely and intrepid fire tower watchers who stood vigil night and day, scanning for signs of fire.

From the event's organizers:   Read more

Flash flood watch for eastern Catskills

Above: A post from the Albany office of the National Weather Service's Facebook page today. 

Parts of the Catskills could get "torrential" rainfall of as much to 1 to 2 inches per hour tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

The eastern Catskills -- Ulster, Schoharie and Greene counties -- are under a flash flood watch issued by the NWS's Albany office. The rains are expected to begin close to midnight tonight, Tuesday, August 12. The flood watch expires at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13.   Read more

Letter to the Editor: Condition of Routes 10 and 28 "an embarrassment"

The following is a letter that was sent to the NYS Department of Transporation, and forwarded to the Watershed Post. -- Ed.

August 5, 2014

Joan McDonald, Commissioner
NYS Department of Transportation
50 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12232

Re: NYS Routes #10 and #28

Dear Commissioner McDonald:  Read more

The Catskills are hot (again)

The cover of August's Hudson Valley Magazine.

Brace yourselves: The Catskills are having their biggest moment since the height of the Borscht Belt resorts in the '50s.

Hudson Valley Magazine has dedicated its entire August issue to the region, declaring that "The Catskills Are Back," and featuring the pool at Phoenicia's The Graham & Co. hotel on its cover.  

[T]he big story of the day is that the Catskills have seemingly overnight transformed from a sleepy, somewhat rundown region to a hip ’n happening hangout for all types of urban culture vultures and — dare we say it — hipsters.

What is this we hear? It seems that every season, at least one new boutique hotel throws open its doors — and more and more city folk flee upstate to the forest. Cultural offerings abound, gastropubs serve up farm-to-table fare, you can even stay in a luxury yurt. Yes, glamping has come to the Catskills.  Read more

Next Week: The Delaware County Fair

Above: The demolition derby at the Delaware County Fair. Photo by Ann Roberti.

The Delaware County Fair, the Catskills' annual bacchanal of butter statuary, demolition derbies, livestock, and country pride, kicks off Monday, August 11, and runs through Saturday, August 16. 

The Delaware County Fair. August 11 - 16. Walton fairgrounds, Fair Street, Walton. Tickets $8. delawarecountyfair.org.

Below: Carriage racing at the 2012 Delaware County Fair. Photo by Ann Roberti. 

The Catskills with a dog in tow

Writer Heather Rolland with a few four-legged hiking companions. Photo by Candid Canine Photography.

Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in the Catskills, running the gamut from strolling on rail trails to expert-only wilderness bushwhacks. Whatever your adventure level — or your dog’s — there’s plenty to do with a pup in tow here in the Catskills.

What to do

HIKE. Most dogs love to hike, and the many trails that wend through Catskills forests are wonderful places for you to enjoy nature: balsam firs, bald eagles, tumbling cascades and vistas that have inspired generations. Be sure to match your outing to your buddy’s current level of fitness.

Catskill Park regulations do not require dogs to be leashed at all times. Voice control is acceptable in many areas; check the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website (dec.ny.gov) for details. Some great trails to try are Overlook Mountain (watch out for timber rattlesnakes), Slide Mountain, Giant Ledge and Rochester Hollow.  Read more

Transition Catskills proposes 'Catskills dollars,' tool libraries, and farmers' markets

Above: A design for a local Catskills currency created by members of Transition Catskills.

About two dozen people attended the first public forum of Transition Catskills, a group dedicated to making the Catskills more economically resilient, on Wednesday night at the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville.

“This was our first effort to organize a conversation,” said Jeff Tomasi, a former partner at Goldman Sachs who helped found the group.

There will be another film screening and public forum for the Transition Catskills movement on Saturday, July 26, at 4 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury.

Tomasi, who owns a second home in the Delaware County town of Middletown, also lives in London, where he first got word of Transition, an initiative that began in England around 2006 and addressed issues of oil dependence and economic instability.

“I’m not a leader, I’m a facilitator,” Tomasi told the group. “I’m not here to tell people how to live. Just here to start the dialogue.”  Read more

Delaware County grand jury indicts two on drug charges

An ongoing investigation into heroin and other illegal drug sales in Delaware County has led to the recent arrests of two local people on sealed grand jury indictments, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office announced Friday. 

Arrested on Thursday, July 17 were 31-year-old Gerard Johnson of Walton, who faces charges stemming from the alleged sale of heroin in the village of Walton in June, and 41-year-old Cindy Manon of Arkville, who is accused of selling suboxone in the hamlet of Arkville. Both were arraigned in Delaware County court on Friday and remanded to the Delaware County jail without bail.  Read more