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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.

Qualifications:

  • 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

DOCUMENTARY:  FACE OF FARMING AT THE OPEN EYE 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.

YOUTH THEATER WORKSHOPS BEGIN SATURDAY

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

January 2015 snowstorm updates

Ulster and Sullivan county are under a state or emergency due to the looming snowstorm that is forecasted to bring up to 18 inches of snow to the eastern Catskills tonight, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference at noon on Monday, Jan. 26.

There will be a tractor-trailer ban on the New York Thruway beginning at 4 p.m., and Cuomo's administration is considering issuing a total travel ban on all traffic on all main roads tonight. 

"I'm declaring a state of emergency effective immediately from Sullivan and Ulster counties south," Cuomo said.

The governor also said that there will be a tractor trailer ban on the New York Thruway beginning at 4 p.m. 

"We are considering at this time a travel ban on all main roads starting at 11 p.m. tonight," Cuomo said.

That decision on the travel ban will be made after 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, Cuomo said. 

"The closing of the roads is a safety precaution," he said. "It's never an easy decision." 

"This is not a storm to take lightly," he said. 

More updates below:

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Up to two feet of snow expected in Catskills during storm

Above: Projected snowfall totals in the Catskills and Hudson Valley by Hudson Valley Weather

Update, 1/26: We are tracking live updates on the progress of the storm through the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Click here to follow along.

The forecasters at the National Weather Service and Hudson Valley Weather say that up to 24 inches of snow could hit the Catskills during Winter Storm Juno (yes, it has a name) on Monday, Jan. 26 and Tuesday, Jan. 27. 

We're getting off easy. The predictions for New York City are dire.  Read more

Shandaken gets one more chance to weigh in on Belleayre Resort

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Above: The first of a three-part video from the Shandaken Planning Board's public hearing on Crossroads' proposed Belleayre Resort project. Source: Town of Shandaken's YouTube channel

For the past fifteen years, the public debate surrounding the Belleayre Resort project, a 629-unit luxury resort slated to straddle the line between the towns of Shandaken and Middletown next to the Belleayre Ski Center, has been fierce and bitter. 

But at a public hearing held Monday, Jan. 12 by the Town of Shandaken's Planning Board, at which the board took public comments about resort developer Crossroads Ventures' application for a special use permit from the town, little of that public acrimony was on display. There was plenty of standing and sitting room among the crowd of roughly 50 people who gathered for the hearing. Just 14 people spoke, there was little heckling, and the meeting lasted only about an hour.   Read more

Serial check bouncer left trail of larceny across New York and Pennsylvania, police say

Left: Lee S. McDonald. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

A Walton man allegedly bounced checks and stole large sums of money from victims across six counties in two states, police say.

Lee S. McDonald, a 35-year-old man who owns a contracting business called Blue Moon Construction, was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 15 by investigators from the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, according to a press release.

The Delaware County District Attorney's office charged McDonald with one count of grand larceny in the second degree and one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree. The exact amount of money McDonald allegedly stole is hidden inside a sealed grand jury indictment, but it is at least $51,000, and probably much more.  

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. In Delaware County alone, McDonald has been arrested three more times for passing bad checks from the checking accounts of Blue Moon Construction and Dam Broke Farm, another business he owns.  Read more

New early bear hunting season may have led to record kill numbers 

Above: A bear snacks on birdseed after smashing a bird feeder at a home in Andes in 2006. Photo by Peter Possenti (using a telephoto lens.) Used with permission

The spot Tim Meservey found at the base of a tree early one Saturday morning in September was a hunter’s dream. On a rise, it faced a gully that is a country lane for wildlife. A few hundred yards away is a farm where bears strip sweet, young corn from the stalk when no one is looking. 

Usually, bears are not on Meservey’s big game list. Not as plentiful as deer, they are also elusive, and it was rare to see one in the woods by the time regular hunting season arrived in November in Greene County, where the 39-year-old hunter and middle school art teacher lives. 

“They tend to head back up in the mountains in fall,” Meservey said.

But when the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) initiated an early bear season that started on Sept. 6 – the regular season opened Nov. 15 – Meservey said he finally saw an opportunity.  Read more

The New York Times jumps on the visit-the-Catskills bandwagon

Above: A double rainbow over the Ashokan Reservoir in July 2014. Photo by Rebecca Balzac, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool. 

Joining the likes of Travel + Leisure and Fodor's, the New York Times has listed the Catskills as one of "52 Places to Go in 2015."

"Not your Bubbie and Zadie’s getaway," the NYT writes, ranking the Catskills #39 on its list. The paper names a series of Catskills establishments that have been enjoying fantastic press recently, including The Graham & Co. and the Phoenicia Diner in Phoenicia and Cucina and Woodstock Way in Woodstock--all of which were also recently lauded in a feature in Vogue.

There's also the inevitable comparison to Brooklyn:   Read more

"Arctic Outbreak" prompts some schools to open late

Above: Forecasted windchill temperatures for Thursday, Jan. 8, from the National Weather Service's Binghamton office.

Several Catskills school districts have announced delays for Thursday, Jan. 7 because of frigid temperatures expected on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

In Greene County, the Greene, Catskill and Cairo-Durham schools have all announced two-hour delays, according to CBS 6's StormWatch page.

In Sullivan County, Sullivan County West is also on a two-hour delay, according to the school's website  Read more

Church strips accused priest's name from parish center

Above: Robert Purcell's name was removed from the sign in front of the Purcell Parish Center in Margaretville on Jan. 4, 2015. Photo by Julia Reischel.

For four years, the name of a priest found responsible for sexually abusing minors has adorned the front of his parish's community center in the Delaware County village of Margaretville. Even after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany removed Robert H. Purcell from the ministry and forbade him from using the title “Reverend,” the imposing metal letters that spelled out “Very Rev. Robert H. Purcell” remained set in stone.

Until Sunday, Jan. 4, six months after Purcell’s death, when church officials announced the sign would be removed. Steven Scarmozzino, the current priest, made the announcement at Mass on Sunday morning at the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville. By the end of the day, the letters were pried off, leaving only a rusty shadow on a blank stone behind.

Church officials did not give a specific reason for the sign’s removal, and have not linked it directly with Purcell’s stained legacy.

Six years, two sex abuse scandals  Read more

Chris Gibson won't run again for Congress in 2016

As Republican Congressman Chris Gibson was sworn into his third term in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, he announced that it would be his last.

In a statement, Gibson said that he will step down from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of his current two-year term:

"As I stated shortly after retiring from the US Army and first pursuing a seat in Congress in 2010, I planned to self-impose term limits. Accordingly, after much reflection and consultation with my family, this will be my third and final time taking the oath of office as a Representative in the US House. I thank the voters of Upstate NY for this privilege to serve and pledge to continue to work tirelessly on their behalf in this final term."  Read more

Winter is about to get serious

Above: Catskills icicles. Photo by Mark Zilberman, via the Watershed Post Flickr pool. 

Hello 2015! We're back after a holiday break, just in time for winter to really sink its teeth into the Catskills.

The National Weather Service is warning that high winds will batter Greene, Schoharie and Ulster counties throughout the day on Monday, Jan. 5, that downed power lines and outages are possible, and that "loose objects may be propelled:"  Read more