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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!

Shandaken Community Gardens Seeks Gardeners

Would you like to grow your own food, flowers and herbs?

Cultivate community?

Share knowledge about sustainable gardening?

Collaborate in the creation of an exciting, new project?  Read more

New York state bans fracking

 

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At a cabinet meeting that was open to the public today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York State Department of Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens and New York Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announced that the practice of natural gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will be prohibited in New York State.   Read more

$15 million in grants go to Catskills organizations

Above: Americorps team members work on the storefront of Catskill Mountainkeeper in Livingston Manor in June 2014. Mountainkeeper received a $1.8 million grant from the state of New York on Dec. 11, 2014.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo handed out early Christmas presents on Thursday, Dec. 11 in the form of $709.2 million in economic and community development funding to hundreds of organizations across New York state. Several Catskills organizations, including MTC Cable, Catskill Mountainkeeper and the village of Sidney, received over a million dollars each. 

Through the program, called the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, New York State issues grants to businesses, community groups, nonprofits, and municipalities. The Catskills did well this year, picking up over $15 million overall, according to our back-of-the-envelope math.   Read more

This Weekend: Catskills holiday shopping guide

Above: A window display at Ragtime Clothing Exchange in Callicoon, which hosts its first Dickens on the Delaware event this weekend. Photo via the Dickens on the Delaware Facebook page. 

The snow is on the ground, just in time for the fourth installment of our holiday shopping guide. (Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar.) 

Here's what's happening over the weekend of Dec. 13 and 14: 

Delaware County

Santa comes to the town square in Delhi on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., along with horse and wagon rides and hot cocoa. The town's holiday lights contest ends the next day  Read more

Prattsville bridge over Schoharie Creek to be replaced

Above: The Route 23 bridge over the Schoharie Creek in Prattsville. Photo by Doug Kerr.

The steel truss bridge that carries Route 23 over the Schoharie Creek in the Greene County town of Prattsville is slated for replacement in 2016, according to the New York State Department of Transportation, which is holding a public meeting about the bridge on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Prattsville Community Church at 6:30 p.m.

The bridge, which was built in 1949, has been repaired several times in the past decade, most recently in 2012 after workers found a crack in its steel, according to the Mountain Eagle.  Read more

Website goes down, local news publisher says unprintable things

Above: Benton, the kitten that took over the front page of the Chicago Tribune for 16 minutes on July 30, 2013, thanks to a website goof. We feel your pain, Trib.

If you visited the Watershed Post today and got an error message instead of a piece of juicy Catskills news, it's not you, it's us. Thanks to a site update that went awry, most of the links on our site were down throughout the morning and early afternoon.   Read more

Slippery roads and a winter weather advisory

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties today, Friday, Dec. 5, beginning this afternoon and lasting through tomorrow morning.

The high roads in the Catskills will be icy tonight, according to a weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Binghamton:  Read more

This Weekend: Holiday shopping in the Catskills

Above: A festive bovine bust at Lucky Dog Farm Store in Hamden. 

Challenge: Spend every holiday shopping dollar at a Catskills merchant this month. To help you do it, here's the third installment of our holiday shopping guide. (Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar.) 

Here's what's happening over the weekend of Dec. 5 to 7: 

DELAWARE COUNTY  Read more

Wintry mix will make for hazardous driving

Above: An ice wall in Platte Clove in 2013. Photo by Dave Hebb and shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool  Read more

Shop Catskills: Post-turkey edition

Above: Sparky the Fire Dog, Santa and Frosty the Snowman will be guests at the Tannersville Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Spirits of the Holidays on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo via the Great Northern Catskills website.

It's holiday shopping season in earnest, now that Thanksgiving is over. You can spend all your gift-giving dollars this year with Catskills merchants and businesses, and maybe see a few Christmas trees and even Santa himself while you're at it. To help you shop local, here's the second installment of our holiday shopping guide

Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar

Here's what's happening over the weekend of Nov. 28 to 30: 

DELAWARE COUNTY

Margaretville hosts its annual holiday celebration on Saturday, Nov. 29. Shops will be decked to the nines, lots of kids’ activities will distract your little ones, and Santa will show up late in the afternoon on a fire truck. Hot cocoa and doughnuts will keep you fortified, and you can grab a hayride when your feet get tired.  Read more

Thanksgiving feasts around the Catskills

Above: A trio of Catskills turkeys in 2008. Photo by Kristine Paulus, via Flickr. 

Ah, gratitude. We all know it’s the right spirit to maintain, there’s a science supporting its benefits, and yet it can be so easy to lose track of in everyday life. How nice it is that we’ve got a holiday devoted to turning our thoughts in that general direction.

And most surely we have plenty to be thankful for around here. Besides the beauty of early winter in the mountains, we have neighbors busy organizing feasts like the ones that follow. If you don’t feel like organizing your own this year, here are the folks who’ve got you covered. Happy Thanksgiving; here at the Watershed Post, we’re grateful for you.  Read more

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