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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

This weekend: Shop local, shop the Catskills

Above: The Hudson Valley Hullabaloo features indie crafters and makers selling their wares in Kingston. One of the many vendors that will be there this weekend is Wishbone Letterpress, which is run by the Hullabaloo's founder and co-organizer Danielle Bliss and her husband Joe Venditti. They make snazzy cards like the one you see above. Photo via the Hullabaloo blog. 

Giving gifts to loved ones is great fun. Getting those gifts is great fun too, when you stay clear of the mass markets and head instead to the local merchants and makers. Supporting those folks makes our communities better all year long.

Here, then, is the first installment of our Catskills holiday season shopping guide to where and when you’ll find the good fresh local stuff among smiling faces. We'll be posting each week with events to check out around the region. Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar  Read more

Number of reservoir boaters grows; majority are locals

Above: A paddler heads down to the shore of the Pepacton Reservoir during the 2014 boating season. Photo via the NYC DEP's Flickr page. 

In the three years since the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opened four of its upstate reservoirs to recreational boating, the number of people taking advantage of the program has steadily grown.

On Nov. 13, the DEP released its statistics for the 2014 season, which lasted from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with the announcement that visits to the Pepacton, Neversink, Schoharie and Cannonsville Reservoirs have hit a new all-time high of 1,182. 

In 2013, the total number of visits to all reservoirs was 1,074. That's a 10 percent rise, which is better than the average stock market return.  Read more

A Catskills rhapsody: "To Be Forever Wild"

David Becker released "To Be Forever Wild," a documentary film about the Catskills, in the summer of 2014. The project has been four years in the making—we interviewed Becker back in 2012 about his plans for the film, which was shot and edited collaboratively with the help of a large crew of volunteers. This fall, Jenna Scherer, our arts correspondent, got to watch the finished product. Here's her review. - Ed. 

The Catskill Mountains are hundreds of millions of years old, formed by eons of sedimentary accumulation, continental collision, glacial erosion and deforestation. But for every new generation that claps eyes on the region, it’s something brand new.

That sense of novelty and aw-shucks wonder is the engine that fuels "To Be Forever Wild," filmmaker David Becker’s new documentary about the Catskills and the way they make people feel.

Left: Director David Becker, photographed at Dibble's Quarry in the Catskill Mountains.

The film covers 12 days in the lives of Becker his crew, a group of young artists, filmmakers and musicians—mostly from New York City—as they head north to do the mountain thing. Along the way, they rub elbows with knowledgeable locals versed in everything from geology to fly-fishing—and, of course, Sullivan County homeowner and movie star Mark Ruffalo.

As a director, Becker goes out of his way to capture a sense of motion and life, taking the camera on cliff jumps off the edge of waterfalls, on zip-line rides through the tree canopy, and careening down scenic sunlit highways.

The in-between moments in this movie are about the crew finding creative inspiration in their surroundings: folky jam sessions around a campfire, sketches at Artist Rock in Greene County, and antique-camera photos of swimmin’ holes.

This can all feel a little precious at times, but fortunately, that’s not the meat and potatoes of the film. That would be Becker’s motley mix of interview subjects, who all get jazzed about the Catskills in different ways.

Among them are natural historian Michael Kudish, who leads the film crew into the woods as he cores a bog; Ellen Kalish of the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, who rehabilitates injured owls and hawks; and Lama Karma, a monk from Woodstock’s Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery, who emigrated to the region from Tibet. The diversity of perspectives gives you an appreciation of just how many different ways there are to look at a place like this.

Becker's muse is 19th-century naturalist John Burroughs, the Catskills’ own famous essayist and conservationist. But "Forever Wild’s" spirit is closer to that of a group of little kids who appear early in the film, waxing rhapsodic about sticks.

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Superintendent: Threat at Margaretville school "has been dealt with"

A student making a verbal threat to other students prompted Margaretville Central School to issue a recorded voicemail to parents on Monday, Nov. 10.

The recorded message stated:

Margaretville Central School became aware of a threat made to students. We have been in contact with the appropriate authorities to deal with the situation.

Interim superintendent John Riedl told the Watershed Post that the threat was made by a student, but that the situation was under control.

"It was a threat, just a verbal threat," Riedl said. "The student said it without a lot of forethought. It's a very difficult situation, and it's been dealt with. Help is being arranged."

Riedl said that the school's administration decided to issue a message to parents to prevent rumors circulating on social media about the incident. 

Editor's note: Julia Reischel is a parent of a Margaretville Central School student. 

Three arrested for shooting at Margaretville gas station

Above: Keishaun Randall Harper, Joann Winne and Danielle Vitale. Photos via the New York State Police.

Three people have been arrested in connection with a shooting at the Hess Express gas station on Route 28 in Margaretville that left an Arkville man wounded, according to a press release issued by the New York State Police on Friday evening, Nov. 7.

Keishaun Randall Harper, a 34-year-old man from Charlotte, North Carolina, was charged with felony assault and attempted robbery. He allegedly shot McKenzie Alexander of Arkville in the back of a car in the gas station's parking lot at 10:13 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Two women were also arrested in connection with the incident. Thirty-two-year-old Joann Winne of Margaretville and 24-year-old Danielle Vitale of Arkville were each charged with felony attempted robbery. 

The three suspects were taken into custody by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police from Kingston, and then were arraigned in the Town of Middletown Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail, the press release states

Below: The Hess Express gas station in Margaretville. Photo by Lissa Harris.   Read more

Catskill Watershed Corporation bristles at Eldridge over comments

Former congressional hopeful Sean Eldridge has drawn the ire of the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) with his comments about economic development in the New York City watershed.

Eldridge, a Democrat, lost the race for New York State's 19th Congressional District to Republican incumbent Chris Gibson on Nov. 4. 

Before the election, Eldridge gave an interview to the Watershed Post where he discussed the importance of lending money to small businesses in the Catskills.  Read more

Gibson leads by large margins; Eldridge concedes

Republican Congressman Chris Gibson kept his seat in New York's 19th Congressional District with large leads over Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge on Tuesday, Nov. 4. 

In a statement emailed to the press at 10:42 p.m. on election night, Eldridge conceded the race to Gibson, saying that he was "proud of the issues we focused on in this race."

Gibson had a hefty lead over Eldridge in early election results: at 10:30 p.m., with fewer than half of the precincts in the 19th District reporting, Gibson had 62 percent of the vote overall, while Eldridge had 35 percent.

In the Catskills counties that reported unofficial results before 11 p.m., Gibson won by even larger margins: 61 precent of the vote in Sullivan County, 74 percent in Greene County, and 79 percent in Schoharie County.

Gibson emailed a victory statement at 11:01 p.m., thanking voters and citing broad support for his campaign "across party lines." Gibson said that his first act will be to shepherd a Lyme Disease bill into law. 

Here are the statements from the two candidates in full:   Read more

Election 2014: Gibson and Eldridge talk Catskills issues

Above: Chris Gibson, the Republican incumbent (left) and Sean Eldridge, the Democratic challenger (right).

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters go to the polls to decide who will win the race for New York's 19th Congressional District: incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Gibson or Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge.

Gibson, who was first elected in 2010, once represented a territory that was solidly Republican. But after New York's congressional lines were redrawn in 2012, his district shifted to include some of the left-leaning Hudson Valley lowlands once represented by former Congressman Maurice Hinchey.

The new 19th District is now a swing district. Democrat Barack Obama won it in the 2012 presidential race, but Republican Gibson beat Democrat Julian Schreibman for its congressional seat that same year.  Read more

Halloween in the Catskills: Part 2

Above: A ghoulish performance of dancing skeletons, ghouls and pumpkins is slated for 6 p.m. at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock on Friday, Oct. 31.

Halloween is a whole week of festivities this year. The fearsome fun began last weekend and continues through the big day itself on Friday, Oct. 31 and beyond.

Here's our guide to Catskills Halloween events for Oct. 30 - Nov. 2.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Left: A demon wolf is ready to scare visitors to a haunted house in Hancock. 

On Friday, Oct. 31, come out to Walton for the 3rd Annual Knight in the Castle Halloween Party and Dance at the Castle on the Delaware. It’s an atmospheric night of dancing to Blues Maneuver, and there’s a buffet.  Read more

Look familiar? Lucius releases Catskills music video

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The Catskills remain Brooklyn's primary source for American-Gothic-style atmospherics.

A new music video for "Hey Doreen" from the Brooklyn-based indie band Lucius features familiar sites along Route 28 in Delaware and Ulster counties, including the Phoenicia Diner, Margaretville Bowl, and Fleischmanns' Main Street. (It's not the Margaretville bowling alley's first time in a music video.) An alpaca, presumably a Catskills native, also makes a cameo. 

Keep an eye out for local faces, several of whom meet grisly ends at the hands of the murderous songtresses. Recognize somewhere or someone? Share it in the comments.