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List your business in our new Catskills Food Guide

Above: Jane Axamethy of the Bake House in Kauneonga Lake gives fresh bread to Spencer Cutler of the neighboring Fat Lady Cafe. Photo by Jason Dole.

Do you run a Catskills restaurant, cafe, bakery, food truck, BBQ joint, or other place to get great local food? Then we want you in our brand-new Catskills Food Guide online database! 

We're building a searchable directory of places to eat in the Catskills. To get listed online, click here and fill out our short survey. It's free.

The directory will help us produce our next big print project: A Catskills Food Guide, which we will publish in October 2013. (The food guide will also include local farms and producers. Stay tuned for more on that.)

To learn about advertising in the print guide, email or call Julia Reischel (845-481-9155, [email protected]). 

Cuomo signs casino legislation

The fate of casinos in New York State must still be decided at the ballot box this November -- but the effort to build casinos in upstate New York took a step forward today, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a piece of legislation that will authorize four "destination gaming resorts" if a gambling referendum passes in the popular election this fall.

Dubbed the Upstate New York Gaming Development Act, the law authorizes the building of four casinos in three regions: the Hudson Valley-Catskills area, the Capital District-Saratoga area, and the Central-Southern Tier area. Two casinos may be sited in the same region. The sites will be chosen competitively based on economic impact, by members of a siting board who will be appointed by the state Gaming Commission.

The law specifies that no casinos may be located in Westchester, Rockland or Putnam counties, in New York City, or on Long Island. The law also contains a seven-year exclusivity period, during which no additional casinos beyond the four initially sited will be licensed by the state.  Read more

NewsShed: Above the law in Delaware County

Chop wood, carry weeds: Practitioners at work at the garden of the Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, which grows food for the monastery's kitchen and flowers for the altar. For more photos of the monastery garden at the peak of the summer season, see this recent album on the Zen Mountain Monastery's website

Happy Monday, Catskills. Enjoying the weather? For once, it's worse elsewhere: The Steuben County town of Troupsburg had a tornado touch down over the weekend  Read more

Letter to the Editor: Thank you Kingston Land Trust!

To the Editor:

With all of the bad news in the world, it is uplifting when something positive happens in our midst. I had the pleasure of attending the recent Kingston Greenline Summit and it was exciting and energizing. The Greenline combines the Kingston Point Rail Trail project with other trail projects and street improvements to make walking and cycling all over the city welcoming, safe and accessible. Cities all over the country are experiencing reduction in crime, improvement in quality of life and renewed interest in real estate along city trails. Thanks to the efforts of the Kingston Land Trust, Kingston's trail projects and “complete street” plans are well beyond the dream stage.  Read more

July 26-28: A festival-packed Catskills weekend

Above: A scene from Tannersville's Crazy Race, an annual Main Street tradition gearing up for its sixth run this weekend.

The trout are running, the weather is glorious, and the last weekend in July is packed from one end to the other with Catskills festivities of all stripes, most of them free. Whether it's an old-timey fair, a bash for the local library, or an excuse to throw a big Main Street block party, odds are this weekend has something in store for you.



"Dancers," by Halcottsville artist Alix H. Travis, one of 25 artists in eastern Delaware County who will be opening their studios to the public for the Andes/Margaretville/Roxbury Open Studios and public art tour this weekend.

Delhi's Fair on the Square
Every Friday in July, Delhi's village square comes alive for Fair On The Square, with vendors, crafts and games, live music, and a color guard presentation. If you haven't caught one yet, Friday's your last chance til the fair rolls back around in 2014.
Friday, July 26, 5pm-9:30pm. Delhi Village Square. Free admission.

Hobart Horseshoe Festival
Horseshoes are the main event at this annual shindig, which draws dedicated pitchers from miles around. But there's plenty to do for non-horseshoe-enthusiasts: Vendors, children's games, live music by the Whiskey Cross Band, and fireworks after dark.  
Saturday, July 27, 10am-4pm. Hobart Community Center Park. Free admission; $15 registration for players.

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NewsShed: Swimming holes draw tourist hordes

Above: Taking the plunge at Fawn's Leap, a popular swimming hole on Kaaterskill Creek. It's not uncommon for a few of those who brave the 24-foot drop from the cliff each summer to end up with serious injuries -- so if you must leap, leap with care. Photo taken in June by Timothy Schubert; published under Creative Commons license.

The weather's been acting more properly Catskillian lately. Nighttime lows in the 40s? Welcome to July in the mountains.  Read more

Study finds deadly strain of encephalitis in Hudson Valley ticks

Above: The black-legged or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis. Photo by Scott Bauer of the USDA; published under Creative Commons license. Source:

In the Hudson Valley and across the nation, tick-borne disease is on the rise. The deer ticks common in the area are vectors for several diseases whose infection rates have ballooned over the last decade -- from Lyme disease, which infects several thousand New York State residents every year, to rarer ailments like babesiosis and anaplasmosis.

According to a new study, locals now have another tick-borne disease to worry about: A strain of a rare but deadly form of encephalitis known as Powassan virus. Named for the Canadian town where it was discovered in 1958, Powassan virus has historically been rare, with only a handful of cases reported in the United States each year. But the disease is life-threatening, and often leaves those who contract it with long-term neurological problems.

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NewsShed: When lightning strikes twice

Above: Detail from a map showing the route of the proposed Constitution Pipeline, a 122-mile, 30-inch natural gas pipeline that will connect gas from hydrofracked wells in Pennsylvania to a larger network of pipelines serving New York and New England. From an application filed by pipeline developers with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 13, published in the Federal Register on July 2. The entire application is available from FERC's eLibrary; follow the instructions in the Federal Register notice linked above to find the documents. Anyone who wants to comment on the application -- or file to be considered as an "intervenor," a status that allows more input on the process to parties affected by it -- can do so until July 17.

It's official: The weather cannot possibly get any weirder. Across the river in Columbia County, two people were struck by lightning at Lake Taghkanic Park on Sunday. What are the odds? 

Hot: Local speed dating

Hotter: The battle over Windham's patriotic windsocks, which promises to rage on long past the Fourth of July

Hottest: Olive's Democratic caucus this Thursday. Rawr. 

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Flash flood watch in effect for eastern Catskills

Early Monday morning, the National Weather Service in Albany issued a flash flood watch for eastern New York and western New England, including Greene, Schoharie and Ulster counties.

The watch is in effect from 11am to midnight, and warns that a combination of saturated ground and slow-moving thunderstorms could yield localized flash flooding and rising creek waters. 

If you see flooding in your area, or have local road closings to report, let us know at [email protected]. A few good local weather resources to keep an eye on: NWS Albany, NWS Binghamton, local river forecasts from the NWS, and Hudson Valley Weather.

Fireworks and festivities: A Catskills guide to the Fourth of July

Above: Photo by Flickr user Jeff Golden.

Planning to spend Independence Day in the Catskills? You'll have your pick of festivals, parades, and demonstrations of explosive exuberance. (We've updated these listings -- thanks for the suggestions! -- Ed.)

Events featuring fireworks are listed first -- read on, and you’ll find other celebrations of all sorts. Unless otherwise specified, fireworks happen at dusk.


Fireworks  Read more