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Summer Shortcuts V, a program of nine new ten-minute plays by nine playwrights, directed by five directors, and performed by fifteen actors, is coming to The Open Eye Theater, Margaretville, NY, August 20-30.   The Summer Shortcuts program has become a favorite at The Open Eye, with its up-to-the-minute comedy and drama (including the work of local playwrights), and providing a wide range of directing and acting opportunities.   Read more

Plant a row for the food pantry

Please add one plant or one row of veggies/fruits for the Community Pantry
We feed more than 400 households in the area, so please help
For more info, contact:
Joyce St George
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Fundraiser to support Family Fun Nights at the Catskill Recreation Center needs your help

Above: (Left to right) Patty Rudge and Taylor Diepold, both from Shandaken, Jason Stanton from Bovina, and Jo Bernhardt from Margaretville, on March 6, before begining their combined 25-mile swim. Photo by Beth Waterman.

On Friday, March 6, five intrepid swimmers swam 25 miles in the Arkville-based Catskill Recreation Center's pool in just five hours. Now they're hoping to raise $100 for every mile they swam, for a total of $2,500, by March 31.

The funds will benefit the Catskill Recreation Center's Family Fun Night program, a monthy event where community members will get to use the center's pool at a reduced rate.

Beth Waterman was onhand at the pool on Friday to watch the swimmers set out:

It was pretty inspiring watching them start their 5-hour swim this morning to the beats of 'Highway to Hell'. They hope to raise $2500 by March 31. Patty, Jo and Jason swam 5 miles each. Taylor swam 8 miles. Peter Manning swam 2 miles for a total of 25.

From the Catskill Recreation Center's director, Rebecca Manning:  Read more

Volunteers clean the Bush Kill in Fleischmanns

From cleanup organizer John Hoeko:
The project was a success.  About a dozen volunteers turned out.  The Project was co-sponsored by Fleischmanns 1st and the Ahokan-Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a national org. dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of cold water fisheries in North America.
We filled a dumpster with debris from Irene and thoughtless litterers and our Bushkill is once again a jewel.  The CWC, thanks to Diane Galusha, provided bags, gloves, and gifts (refrigerator clips and rain gauges).  At the end of the day participants enjoyed free food, ice cream, and refreshments donated by La Cabana Restaurant, the Fleischmanns-Pine Hill Rotary, and the Fleischmanns Supemarket.  Mountain Valley Landscaping donated a dumpster for debris and trash disposal.  The Village of Fleischmanns allowed us to use their truck to transfer filled bags to the dumpster.
Below: Photo #1:  Mark Loete, John Hoeko, and Roy Todd. Photo #2: Peter Marx, Jody Hoyt, Winifred Zubin, and Vicky Szerko.
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Stream Cleanup on the Bush Kill Saturday, July 26

Stream Cleanup on the Bush Kill

On Saturday July 26th, there is a stream cleanup on Bush Kill Creek in Fleischmanns. Volunteers will meet at 10 AM in the municipal village parking lot. Work the cleanup, fish a bit afterwards, and get a free hot dog and ice cream for helping.  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!

Alla Ilinsky DDS is delighted to announce her New Main Street Margaretville NY office location!

Alla Ilinsky DDS has relocated her dental office to 761 Main Street Margaretville NY.  To mark the occasion the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Ilinsky and her staff will hold a business mixer on Wednesday June 25 from 5 to 7 pm.  To RSVP please contact the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce at 845. 586. 3300.


Executive Assistant/Bookkeeper

We are currently seeking a highly-motivated, well-organized individual to provide administrative support to the President of a Family Foundation. Assignments are varied and complex and require an individual who can manage projects and work independently.

This full-time position is based out of The Erpf Center, located at 43355 Route 28 in Arkville, NY.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+years experience in finance, accounting, or related field.
  • Advanced skills in QuickBooks, Quicken, MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) required.

Executive Assistant Responsibilities include:

  • Organizing and prioritizing incoming and outgoing communications, including mail, e-mail, telephone calls;
  • Coordinating invitations for President;
  • Handling travel arrangements;
  • Creating and editing correspondence and reports with minimal direction;
  • Organizing grant requests;
  • Preparing and distributing meeting agendas and presentation materials; and
  • Organizing and maintaining files.

Bookeeping Responsibilities include:  Read more

Vendor deadline for Pakatakan Farmers' Market is Feb. 2

Pakatakan Farmers' Market is now accepting vendor applications for the upcoming 2014 season. All interested farmers and artisans are asked to send an email to roundbarnmarket@gmail.com for an application. The deadline for all applicants is fast approaching, February 2nd. For more information please email roundbarnmarket@gmail.com.


Christmas Plays at The Open Eye Theater

Two Christmas plays, "Silent Night" and "Dulce Domum," will be performed at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville December 21 and 22 at 2 pm.  Performances include caroling, cookies, and cocoa, and are for all ages.  No admission but tax-deductible donations to The Open Eye Theater's cultural and educational programming are welcome.  Phone 845-586-1660 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations.

Margaretville Central School Holiday Bazaar

The Margaretville Central School is holding it's annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 7th from 9am-3pm.

Come start, finish or work on your Holiday shopping. There will be crafts and activities for the kids. Homemade soups, sandwiches and baked goods will be avaliable for your lunch too!

We still have some spaces avaliable to vendors so please contact us today if you would like to participate! Please contact Cassandra Olin at [email protected] or 585-409-7661 for more information. 

Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner in Margaretville

The Interfaith Council is again sponsoring a free Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thanksgiving day at the Purcell Center of the Sacred Heart Church on Academy Street in Margaretville. It will go from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Center and takeouts will be available. Everyone is invited to this delicious meal. Bring your family or friends.

Reservations are not required but are helpful for planning. Call Iris Mead at 845-586-4689 to make a reservation or to volunteer to help serve or clean up. A tax deductible donation may also be made to the Interfaith Council, PO Box 702, Margaretville, 12455. Donations will also be welcome at the dinner.

Funeral Announcement: Bob Hubbell

Above: Bob Hubbell at the switch of his family's apple press in Kelly Corners in 2011. Photo by Julia Reischel.

There will be a Requiem Mass for Robert Burr Hubbell at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at St. James Episcopal Church in Lake Delaware, Father R. L. Donahue officiating.

The Catskill Mountain News ran an obituary this week about Bob:

The light dimmed in our community last week. Bob Hubbell died. For nine decades, Bob Hubbell had been a leader in the community: the baby saved by the doctor’s wife; the fire-keeper at school; the student-leader and Eagle Scout; the pillar of the community who helped lead the hospital, fire departments, Rotary, ambulance squad, and countless community organizations and events.

Robert Burr Hubbell, of the Kelly Corners homestead that bears his family name, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 at Albany Medical Center.  Read more

Spring Concert: Community Chorale of the Catskills

 The Community Chorale of the Catskillsannounces itsSpring Concert,directed by Richard Tucker.Performances are at 7:30pm: Friday, June 7 at Margaretville Central School and Saturday June 8 at Roxbury Central School. The program includes a wide variety of styles including music from “Les Miserables”, a tribute to Duke Ellington, a salute to our Armed Forces and Peter Shickele’s “Go For Broke”, a comedy for chorus.  Read more

Tuesday Nights at the Theater - Thomas and the Rainbow

Tuesday, April 30th, at 7p.m., The Open Eye’s Tuesday Night at the Theater presents Thomas and the Rainbow. Written by Vic Sarin, Catherine Spear and Dennis Foon.  Directed by Vic Sarin.  Marie (Connie Nielsen) transforms an orphan boy's world when she brings him to live in her small island village off the coast of Ireland.  Her reticent husband Alec (Aidan Quinn) can barely hide his disappointment when he meets the frail, shy eight-year-old.  Undiscouraged, Marie introduces Thomas (John Bell) to the wonders of his new world, and shows him that you can find magic anywhere - if you really look.  A discussion about the movie’s characters’ growth and resonance with our lives will follow the presentation.

No admission charge but donations to the New Roof Fund gladly accepted. Refreshments will be served.  960 Main Street, Margaretville, NY, www.theopeneye.org, 845-586-1660.  Future movies will be announced.  Read more

"Janet's Class" to Appear on The Open Eye Screen

Tuesdays at the Theater continues on April 23, at 7:00 pm, with “Janet’s Class,” a documentary film by Dorothy Lyman of Andes.  This film follows a group of New York City retirees through their early preparation, rehearsal, and performance of a showcase directed by veteran stage, film, and TV actress Janet Sarno.  With humor and inspiration, the video looks at aging, and its opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment.

Janet Sarno appeared on Broadway opposite Danny Aiello in “Knockout,” by Louis LaRusso and off Broadway in his “Sweatshop.”  Her TV credits include “All My Children,” and “The Edge of Night”.  Films include “Rock the Paint,” “Reqiem, for a Dream,” “The Hard Way,” and “Power.”

Ms. Lyman lives on her chicken farm in Andes.  Before moving here in 2003, she lived in Los Angeles and worked in television as an actress and director.  In 2006 she produced and directed a film in Delaware County called “The Northern Kingdom.”   She will be present at the showing of her film at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville, Tuesday evening, at 7:00, and will participate in the discussion afterwards.   Read more

Tuesday Nights at the Theater - Broken Hill

Tuesday, March 19th, at 7p.m., The Open Eye’s Tuesday Night at the Theater presents Broken Hill. Director: Dagen Merrill. Actors: Luke Arnold, Alexa Vega, Rhys Wakefield, Timothy Hutton. Tommy McAlpine lives on a rocky, drought-ridden sheep station in the Australian Outback with his tough, taciturn father George, a farmer and high school football coach. Tommy Dreams of becoming a classical composer, but his father believes his son's future is in the family farm. Will George ever hear the same music that Tommy does?  A discussion about the movie’s characters’ growth and resonance with our lives will follow the presentation.

No admission charge but donations to the New Roof Fund gladly accepted. Refreshments will be served.  960 Main Street, Margaretville, NY, www.theopeneye.org, 845-586-1660.  Future movies are April 23 and 30.

Tuesday Night at the Theater is co-produced and sponsored by the A.S.H.R.A.M. Center of Margaretville.  Contact Laura Battelani, PO Box 382, Margaretville, NY 12455 845-586-3101 [email protected]



Tuesday Night at The Theater - Musical Chairs - March 12

The Open Eye’s Tuesday Night at the Theater presents Musical Chairs, written by Marty Madden, directed by Susan Seidelman. Actors: Leah Pipes, E.J. Bonilla, Priscilla Lopez, Jaime Tirelli, Laverne Cox, Nelson Landrieu. Content warning: some adult language. A romantic tale of two New Yorkers, Armando from the Bronx, and Mia from the Upper East Side, who come together through their love of ballroom dancing. When his dance partner, Mia, is injured in an accident, Armando persuades her to train for a wheelchair ballroom dancing contest. It's a moving story about overcoming challenges.  A discussion about the movie’s characters’ growth and resonance with our lives will follow the presentation.

No admission charge but donations to the New Roof Fund gladly accepted. Refreshments will be served.  960 Main Street, Margaretville, NY, www.TheOpenEye.org, 845-586-1660.  Future movies are March 19, April 23 and 30.  Read more

Tuesdays at the Theater


Next on the big screen in Tuesdays at the Theater series at The Open Eye, 960 Main Street, Margaretville, is Ellen Wong’s “Face of Farming,” Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm.   This documentary video tells the story of five of the last operating dairy farm families in Delaware County, where once the dairy farming population was among the highest and most productive in the United States.  The video, made in collaboration with Anthony Marizo and Kent Garrett, memorializes the art of working the land and celebrates these families’ commitment to a fast disappearing lifestyle. 

“Face of Farming,” created in 2008, was part of a multi-media exhibit at The Roxbury Arts Group in July 2009, and was included in the recent Art & Soul of the Catskills Film Festival 2012 in Delhi.   Read more

George James Hendricks, Jr.: A lifelong love of one Catskills town

The following is a user-submitted obituary.

George James Hendricks, Jr., 57, was called home to be with our Lord and savior on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.  He passed away peacefully with his family around him and the pride and joy of his life, his sons, Nathaniel and Adam, at his side.

George was a member of the Margaretville Fire Department for 38 years. He served as Fire Chief for five years and 16 years as an officer. He graduated from the Margaretville Central School in 1973. George loved the Catskill Mountains and was an avid deer hunter and outdoorsman. A forever member of 'Camp Whitetail'.  Read more

Community Food Pantry Has Relocated

Big Changes for the Margaretville Food Pantry

The Margaretville Food Pantry is changing its name, location and hours, beginning Monday, August 20th, 2012.

New Name:

The Community Pantry of the Interfaith Council

New Location:

42838 Route 28, Suite 2, Arkville, NY

(It’s the Yellow building next to Bottini Fuel and Sanford Auto Parts)


New Hours:

The Pantry will be open to registered and new community members every Monday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.


For more information, please call the Community Pantry at 845.586.2233.


The Open Eye Youth Theater Workshop "Read, Write, Play!" begins this Saturday, July 21, for children ages 5-9 and 10-18, at 960 Main Street, Margaretville.  The workshops will continue for six Saturdays, through August 25, and students may attend all six sessions, or as many as they can. The younger children will meet from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, and the older students will meet from 12:30 - 3:30 pm.  The workshops will be led by Open Eye producing artistic director Amie Brockway, and teaching artist Elizabeth Sherr, with additional guest artists.   All fees are "Pay What You Will."

In the workshops for ages 5-9, students will read play scripts and stories together, assume various roles and learn to improvise, write dialogue, and create their own plays.  Parents, guardians, and friends are invited to the final few minutes of each session to see a presentation of the day's work.  Read more

Tour de Pepacton; charity bike ride (not a race)

On Sunday, May 27 The Catskill Mtn Cycling Club, Inc. will sponsor, at the Margaretville Pavilion, the Tour de Pepacton (it's easier to ride it than to say it), will begin at 9a.m. This is NOT a race, rather a fun ride to benefit Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc..2 routes to choose from: a 25mile fairly flat ride around the newly opened Pepacton  Reservoir  and also a Metric Century, 60miles around the entire reservoir. Both rides begin and end at the Margaretville Village Pavilion. water,fruit, and snacks will be provided. In addition, "SAG wagons" will be along for the ride to ensure the safety and comfort of all riders. This means that if you are unable to complete these rides, someone will be there to pick you up and bring you back to the pavilion no matter how far you have gone! As this ride is sanctioned by USA Cycling, you can register by going to usacycling.com(or the link through Watershed Post). $25 in advance, or $35 the day of the event.  Read more

Lark in the Park hosts dozens of guided Catskills excursions

Above: A child's-eye view of the Catskills, taken on Aug. 17, 2013 at Hunter Mountain by Andrea Byrne.

The annual Lark in the Park kicks off this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 3 and runs for a week through Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 12. This annual celebration originated in 2004 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Catskill Park, and is an opportunity to immerse yourself in all things Catskills.

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the Catskill Mountain Club and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference throw a 10-day party for the Catskills at the peak of the glorious autumn foliage season, a time that many feel is the best time of year: no heat, humidity or bugs.

Above: Portage at Colgate Lake in Greene County. Photo by Karl Anshanslin.   Read more

Minor flooding across the Catskills, with more rain coming

Above: Flooding on Wittenberg Road in Woodstock around noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Photo by Benjamin Fenton.

Over six inches of rain have fallen in the past day in the high peaks region of the Catskills, causing minor flooding in streams in Greene and Ulster counties on Wednesday, Sept. 30. 

Schools in the Greene County town of Catskill closed early today, and flooding closed roads in Saugerties and in other locations in Ulster County, including Wittenberg Road in the town of Woodstock near Shultis Farm Road (see above). The Esopus Creek in Mount Marion crested at 21 feet around 1 p.m., a foot below the level where it begins flooding homes, according to measurements from its stream gauge.

Above: High water in the Plattekill Creek in Saugerties. Video by Brian Hubert of the Daily Freeman. 

Minor flooding occurred in many locations throughout the Greene County town of Hunter, which got the most rainfall--about six inches--today, according to John Farrell, the town of Hunter's highway superintendent. 

Above: A map of inches of rain that fell in the Catskills in the past 24 hours, from the National Weather Service. The most rain--more than six inches--fell in Greene County. 

"We had a couple very localized flooding incidents due to debris in the streambeds all over the mountaintop," Farrell said. "A lot of the tributaries. We got a lot of rain up there."

Hunter's highway team managed to clear debris fast enough to avoid closing any roads in the town, Farrell said. The flooding peaked in the town around 11 a.m.

Rainfall in other locations around the region was less severe, and other locations in the Catskills that are normally prone to flooding have escaped problems so far.  Read more

Margaretville family to meet the pope

Above: A screenshot of the Duque famliy being interviewed on CNN

When Pope Francis visits the Our Lady Queen of Angels School in Harlem today, Friday, Sept. 25, a family from the Delaware County village of Margaretville will be there to meet with him.

The pope will be meeting with families of immigrants who have been helped by Catholic Charities, according to the Guardian:  Read more

Cauliflower festival honors "cabbage with a college education"

Above: Image by Flickr user Liz West

Fields of cauliflower once lined the cool, wet hills of the Delaware County Catskills. The region featured perfect growing conditions for vegetable, which Mark Twain called "cabbage with a college education."

The village of Margaretville was the epicenter of the local cauliflower industry: from the 1920s to the 1950s, the village hosted a cauliflower auction, and generations of nearby dairy farmers used the annual cauliflower crop as a hedge against fluctuating milk prices.  Read more

The 2016 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest

Above: This photo, of a duck in Parksville, was taken by Chris Graham and won second place in the 2015 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest.

It's harvest season, and in the Catskills, the veggies are gorgeous. So are the cows, barns and the farmers themselves. (Just ask Real Simple Magazine, which just ran a photo spread of six women farmers from the region.

That means it's time for our annual Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest, once again sponsored by the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian.   Read more

Police searching for missing 87-year-old Narrowsburg woman

Update: 11:49 a.m. The alert for Louise E. Scheurich was cancelled at 11:49 a.m. 

An 87-year-old Narrowsburg woman is missing after being last seen at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 getting gas in Binghamton, according to the New York State Police in Liberty and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, which has put out an alert in 17 counties in an attempt to find her.

Left: Louise E. Scheurich. Image via the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. 

Louise E. Scheurich is a "vulnerable adult with dementia," according to the alert, and "may be in need of medical attention."

She was driving a beige 2000 Dodge Neon with New York license plates reading AJU-2836, and was last seen last night getting fuel near exit 79 on Route 17 in Binghamton, police say.  Read more

Catskills town and county primary results: Upsets and almosts

Above: Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller and Harpersfield Supervisor Jim Eisel share an umbrella at a rainy event in Fleischmanns this summer. Both Miller and Eisel won primaries against challengers on Thursday, Sept. 10. Photo by Julia Reischel.

There were lots of close political contests across the Catskills in yesterday's primary election. Here are the results in the hottest races. 


In the race for Delaware County Family Court Judge, Conservative voters overwhelmingly chose Porter Kirkwood over Gary Rosa 68 to 30, but Independence voters preferred Gary Rosa to Porter Kirkwood 94 to 70. Heated accusations have been flying between the candidates about ethics violations this past week, as we reported yesterday

In Harpersfield, Jim Eisel, the long-serving chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, won his first-ever primary with 89 Republican votes. That was 23 more votes than Ed “Rusty” Pick, who got 66. Pick also has the Democratic party’s endorsement.  Read more

Local candidates vie in primary election today

Photo by Kristin Ausk, via Flickr.

Today--Thursday, Sept. 10--is primary election day in New York, and voters who are registered with political parties across the Catskills can go to the polls to vote for town and county candidates running in primary races from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Usually, primary day is a Tuesday, but the late Labor Day holiday this year has pushed it back to a Thursday, which will likely have an impact on voter turnout.

New York State has a closed-primary system, meaning that to vote in a primary at any level of government in New York State, voters must be registered members of the party holding the primary. 

The winners of today’s primaries will appear on the ballot in the general election in November. But due to multiple political parties supporting a single candidate, candidates who lose their party's primary may still appear on the November ballot on a different line.

Not every town and legislative district has a primary race today. No towns in Schoharie County have primaries this year, for example. Here’s a look at the hot primary races in the Catskills.


In Delaware County, Gary Rosa and Porter Kirkwood will face off in Conservative and Independence primaries in a heated race for the new position of Family Court Judge

This past week, their race has gotten ugly, with accusations flying between the candidates about ethics violations.

Rosa has used a campaign slogan criticizing Kirkwood of “representing just one client, the county’s Department of Social Services,” in his appearances in Family Court.

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Labor Day events in the Catskills

Above: Throwing a rock into Cooper Lake in Woodstock. Photo by Flickr user Panda Snaps, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool. 

Labor Day is upon us in all its bittersweet glory, and the Catskills are rising to the occasion with festivities celebrating the harvest, family, baroque opera, women’s jazz, Iroquois Indians, Irish heritage, improv, toilets and more.

Yes, we said toilets. Read on to find out more in our county-by-county round-up of Labor Day events across the Catskills.


Gather the bounty of the harvest for your personal feasting pleasure at the pre-Labor Day Holiday Pop Up Farmers’ Market, taking place rain or shine at the Stamford Railroad Station on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find a splendid selection of baked goods, preserves, meats, produce and wonderful handmade Catskills things.  Read more

Truckloads of trash choke Catskills swimming holes

Above: Underwear left behind as trash at Peekamoose Blue Hole in August 2015. Photo by Gene Nicolato.

Peggy Brueckner lives near the Peekamoose Blue Hole, an icy Catskills pool that is recognized as one of the best swimming holes in the country. Her family has visited the hidden spot for 50 years. But this summer, due to hordes of tourists and the tons of garbage they leave behind, Brueckner has been avoiding it.

"The locals here along Watson Hollow Road and beyond are heartbroken," Brueckner said. "There is litter all over the place. There are no laws being enforced and it a total mess up there. Campers are off the designated sites, people are in the middle of the road and it is a free for all! It's not even a family friendly place any more."

Above: Peekamoose Blue Hole on a recent summer day. Photo via the NYS DEC.   Read more