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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.

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

Guide me a river: The art of Catskills wilderness guiding

Longtime Catskills wilderness guide Charles “Sonny” Somelofski has earned a few more gray hairs since this photo was taken — and caught countless more fish. Photo courtesy of Catskill Outdoor Adventures (catskilloutdooradventures.com).

Charles “Sonny” Somelofski of Catskill Outdoor Adventures in Margaretville (catskilloutdooradventures.com), remembers when the licensing process to become an outdoor guide in New York state was a simple paper questionnaire with a $2 fee that asked whether he could swim, handle a boat, and read a map and compass.

“That was it, back then,” Somelofski says. “Bang! I was able to take people out and do it all.”

Today, being a state-licensed outdoor guide requires a bit more: taxable income disclosure forms, a physician’s statement, and certifications in first aid, CPR, and water safety. Those are the just the basics. Guides can be licensed in a number of different categories, ranging from camping and fishing to whitewater rafting and ice climbing, each with different licensing requirements.

The heart of guiding, however, has remained the same: proving to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that you can reliably take paying customers out into the great outdoors and bring them back again in one piece.  Read more

Here comes the rain again...and wind, too

Look out, Catskills: Yet another round of thunderstorms is taking aim at the region, with the possibility of high winds, damaging hail and even the chance of a tornado. 

As of late Tuesday afternoon, a line of storms is organizing in western New York and Pennsylvania, and moving steadily eastward across the region. A severe thunderstorm watch is currently in effect across Central New York, including Delaware County in the Catskills region, until 8 p.m.

Storm trackers at the National Weather Service caution that there is a slight chance the storms could spawn a tornado or two as they swirl across Central New York. 

The eastern Catskills are not yet under severe weather watch, but thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. Locals should keep an eye on the weather as the storms move eastward.   Read more

Catskills under flash flood watch, but the Fourth should be sunny

Above: Forecast detail from the National Weather Service in Albany.

The forecast for Fourth of July weekend in the Catskills looks bright and clear -- but before Friday arrives with cooler temps and sunnier skies, another round of intense thunderstorms has the region under flash flood watch. 

All five of the Catskills counties in our coverage area -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster -- are currently under flash flood watches issued by the National Weather Service offices in Binghamton and Albany. In the western Catskills, Delaware and Sullivan counties, the flash flood watch will last until 9 p.m. The eastern Catskills, which will see storms later into the evening, are under flash flood watch until midnight  Read more

Cycling the Catskills: From steep trails to smooth sails

A cyclist takes a break for the panoramic view from Castle Point on the Shawangunk Ridge, at the southeastern edge of the Catskills. Photo courtesy of Riding the Catskills (ridingthecatskills.com).

Climb up and over the rocky Shawangunk Ridge to a spectacular vista overlooking the Hudson Valley. Meander along hundreds of miles of carriage lanes and trails through the Mohonk Preserve. Ride through rolling pastureland on 19th- century dirt roads, lined by mossy stone walls and shaded by tunnels of overarching trees. Travel winding country roads for hours without seeing more cars than you can count on your fingers.

The Catskill Mountains were made for cycling. And if you’re not here already, they’re easier to get to than you might think. From New York City, in less than two hours by car, you can leave urban sprawl far behind and discover a cycling utopia. You don’t even need a car to get here: Bring your bike on a scenic 90-minute Metro-North train up the majestic Hudson River to Poughkeepsie, cycle across the Walkway Over the Hudson, and you’re practically in the Catskills.  Read more

Storm leaves Delaware County residents without power

Above: Fallen trees along Main Street in Bovina as a result of the storm that hit Delaware County early this morning. Photo by Ray LaFever

A storm with winds in excess of 60 mph that swept through Delaware County early this morning has left thousands without power, according to New York State Electric and Gas Corporation (NYSEG).

The storm was brief, beginning at midnight and lasting roughly 20 minutes, but caused major damage, especially to the towns of Bovina and Delhi, according to Director of Emergency Services and Fire Coordinator for Delaware County Steve Hood.

Hood said the storm resulted in a large number of fallen trees throughout the area and sections of two roads in Delhi — Federal Road No. 2 and Glen Burnie Road— have been blocked off because of it.

The National Weather Service (NWS) Binghamton issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 11:45 p.m. last night, effective until 12:45 a.m. Wednesday for Broome, Chenango and Delaware Counties.

The NWS warned that the line of thunderstorms found by the doppler radar were capable of producing quarter sized hail and damaging winds.  Read more

Flash flood watch issued for western Catskills

Above: National Weather Service radar shows two bands of thunderstorms headed eastward across central New York. Screenshot taken at 3:25 p.m. on Friday, June 13.

Bands of thunderstorms and heavy rain are headed eastward across western and central New York, prompting National Weather Service forecasters in Binghamton to issue a flash flood watch for south-central New York and the western Catskills.

Forecasters are expecting over two inches of rain to fall over a period of less than three hours on Friday afternoon and evening, which could cause flooding in small streams and areas of poor drainage.

Included in the flood watch are Delaware and Sullivan counties. The watch will remain in effect until midnight. 

Below: A forecast posted on Facebook by NWS Binghamton forecasters.

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Horseback riding in the Catskills

Riders head out on the trail. Photo courtesy of Bridle Hill Farm.

Strapping on your hiking shoes isn’t the only way to see the Catskills: You can also hit the trail on horseback. Trail-riding companies operate throughout the region, and they offer an alternative way to enjoy the spectacular views and fresh mountain air that make the Catskills a paradise for hikers.

Novice and experienced riders alike should have a pre-ride safety check with the trail ride leader, says Laura Phoenix, a riding coach and equestrian specialist at Country Meadows Equine in Delaware County. Before embarking, beginning riders should be shown how make their mount turn left or right — and most importantly, how to stop.

As you ride, the group should set the pace at the comfort level of the most inexperienced rider, in order to ensure a successful ride for everyone in the group.

After horse and rider have gotten acquainted, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the views.

Spring is a great time to take a trail ride, Phoenix says.  Read more

Green Door closes

Green Door, a Liberty-based quarterly magazine about Catskills life and culture, is shutting down.

It's been a good run; in their three years and 13 issues, Green Door's founders have launched a multi-use art space on Liberty's Main Street, popularized the word "hickster," gotten a nod from the New York Times for their "Narrowsburg Not Williamsburg" T-shirts, and earned plenty of love from the local arts and business community. But, as the sage says, sometimes love just ain't enough.

Founders Ellie and Akira Ohiso announced the news on the magazine's website and Facebook page on Tuesday:  Read more

A few good Catskills paddles

Photo by Courtney Ross; submitted to the Watershed Post's 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest.

Water is everywhere in the Catskill Mountains, even their name: The “kill” in “Catskills” is a Dutch word for “creek.” There’s plenty of open water to go around for kayakers, canoers, sailors and rowers — especially now that four of New York City’s vast reservoirs have been opened to recreational boating, a development in the past few years. (See our guide to boating the reservoirs.)

Another aspect of the Catskills great outdoors that’s improving: our bald eagle population. If you spend time on our rivers and creeks, you’re likely to have a close encounter with one of these fish-eating eagles, who have been brought back from the verge of extirpation over the past few decades and are now a common sight near Catskills waterways.

Catskills creeks have a tendency to be broad and shallow, and water levels can vary a lot depending on recent rainfall and reservoir releases. When preparing to go boating on running water, check out the water level, or ask a local boat rental company, to make sure there’s enough water to keep you from running aground.  Read more