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Tougher tests worry local schools -- and parents

Photo by Flickr user Chris Costes; published under Creative Commons license.

Sharpen your No. 2 pencils, kids. This week, public-school students in third through eighth grade across New York State buckled down at their desks for the first round of tough new standardized tests in English Language Arts. Next week, students face another round of testing in math. The new tests are designed for the Common Core curriculum, a new educational initiative that has been adopted by 45 states so far.  Read more

This Weekend: Earth Day around the Catskills

Seeds of change, sprouting at last. Photo taken in a Catskills garden on April 17 by Julia Reischel.

The official Earth Day, April 22, falls on a Monday this year. Celebrations and events around the region are taking place this weekend, next weekend, and in between. (Properly so: Isn't every day supposed to be Earth Day?)

Here's the Watershed Post's guide to the goings-on.

DELAWARE COUNTY

The little town of Andes is celebrating Earth Day in true no-nonsense Catskills style -- by getting to work. On Saturday, April 20, citizens will convene at 9am at Hogan's for the annual Andes litter pickup. Bring gloves, boots and any trash-grabbing "reacher" tools you may have at hand, and feel free to email annroberti@yahoo.com for more information.  Read more

Catskills runners among those at Boston Marathon

Eighteen runners from the Catskills region -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster Counties -- were among those registered for the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, where explosions killed at least three people and injured over 140.

The Watershed Post obtained the names of the local runners with a zipcode-based search of the Boston Marathon organizers' runner database. Among them were two runners from Delaware County, two from Schoharie County, one from Sullivan County and thirteen from Ulster County. No runners from Greene County were found in the database.

Embedded below is a spreadsheet of the runners, with their home towns. We have cross-referenced their names with Google's Boston Marathon Person Finder to find out if local runners have been reported as safe. The links in the "Link" column lead to more information about specific runners.  Read more

Announcing the 2013 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest

Top: A photo by Amanda Lee Popp, which won an honorable mention in last year's Great Outdoor Experience Photo Contest.

The contest is now closed. Winners will be announced on May 28, 2013. Thanks!   Read more

To market: Farmers wanted for grassroots local food hub

Above: Garlic from Lucky Dog Farm in Hamden -- a hot commodity in New York City, where the demand for local food is huge and growing. 

Farmers who would like to tap into the lucrative New York City wholesale market are invited to Lucky Dog Farm in Hamden on Monday, April 8 at 2pm, where farmers and agriculture advocates will be talking about creating a local food hub to get more Catskills produce to downstate markets.

Lucky Dog farmer Richard Giles has enlisted educators from the Oneonta-based Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) to come down and fill in attendees about the processes involved in becoming market-ready for wholesale distribution.  Read more

Trout season kicks off in the Catskills

Above: Photo of a brown trout fresh from the Pepacton Reservoir on April 1, 2013, the first day of trout season, posted on Facebook by the Vineyard Wine Bar in Downsville.

From April 1 through October 15, it's open season on trout in New York State -- the time of year when that migratory species, Anglerus waderii, flocks to our clear, cold Catskills trout streams from far and wide.

This year, with snow and ice still clinging to the banks of many streams, the season kicked off chilly and damp. In a press release about the 2013 fishing season, the state Department of Environmental Conservation tells anglers that the fish will perk up when the weather gets more spring-like:  Read more

Catskills skiing on Easter weekend -- and beyond

Above: A shot of "The Cliff" on Hunter Mountain, taken on March 27 -- in most years, a date when Catskills skiers are already putting their gear back in the attic.

Skiing on Easter Sunday? Yes indeed: All four Catskills mountains are open for business this weekend.

After last year's dismal winter, you've got to forgive local ski centers for being a little giddy about the prospect of skiing until April. Plattekill, a small family-owned ski center in Roxbury, was especially liberal with the exclamation points when they announced they'd be open March 29 through 31:

Isn't March for Spring Skiing??? It's confusing when April is next week, it's snowing like it's December and the conditions are comparable to mid-January. Now don't you just love mother nature, WE DO!!! YAY FOR SPRING!!!   Read more

Stream team: Students join DEP for a day

Above: Olivia Paetow, a student at Onteora High School, gets a lesson in microbiology from Donna Reynolds of the DEP. Photos courtesy of NYC DEP. 

Students from Ulster County and the Bronx got a hands-on lesson in water science this week, as part of a watershed education program  that paired aspiring young environmental scientists with mentors at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's Kingston water quality lab.

On Tuesday, the eight teenagers of the "Stream Teams" crew -- a project run by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, with funding from the Catskill Watershed Corporation -- were paired off with DEP employees to get one-on-one training in the tools of the trade, from digital mapping to microbiology to flood prevention. Three students from Onteora High School participated in the project: Olivia Paetow, Bailey Moskowitz and Nolan Bastianelli. The other five hailed from the Bronx Lab School downstate.  Read more

Spring: Not quite sprung

Above: A tractor in Monticello waits patiently for snowmelt. Photo taken March 23 by Catskills Photography; shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr group pool.

It's been officially spring for a week, but nobody seems to have alerted Mother Nature. Much of the Northeast is still in the grip of winter weather, and local patience with the endless snow is beginning to fray. 

This week might finally bring some relief, though. Hudson Valley Weather calls for forecasts in the 50s by the weekend:

The rest of the week will continue to host moderating temps and fair weather. By the weekend temps look to crest 50 degrees as spring starts to fight back.  Read more

School aid cuts draw ire from parents - and robots

Above: We're not sure who Gagnacon is, but we know he wants Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore $547,818 in state aid to the Onteora Central School District. Photo courtesy of Valerie Havas, a PR specialist for Onteora.

Among the attendees at a Boiceville rally held in protest of steep cuts in state aid to the Onteora Central School District on Saturday: State senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, former Woodstock supervisor Jeff Moran, local children's folksinger "Uncle Rock" Robert Burke Warren, and local parents and PTA representatives. Also a giant robot, who when pressed by a Times Herald-Record reporter, would identify himself only as "Gagnacon."

As the Times Herald-Record notes, Onteora faces a staggering state aid cut of over 7.6 percent in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed 2013-2014 budget, at a time when the district's neediest population is on the rise:  Read more