Wednesday Night’s Show: Forest Tools of the Trade with Bob Conyea

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM

On our Sept. 24 show we’ll be talking to Bob Conyea about Forest Tools of the Trade. Bob has been the owner of a nearby chainsaw shop for about 20 years. However, he is also well versed in the history of forest tools and how they were used in these mountains. We’ll also ask Bob about the current state of forest tools and the industry they are used in, as well as their future. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online at to learn more.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? The freezer is almost empty of venison. The sugar maples are now turning yellow or gold. Red maple is turning a brilliant red. The grass isn’t growing like it did a few weeks ago. I don’t think I heard the katydids either last night. I’m beginning to horde newspaper for lighting small, hot fires to “take the edge off at night.” Fall is here, and hell yes I love it.

May the forest be with you,  Read more

Woodsmen’s Festival at Hanford Mills Museum

October 4, 2014 - 10:00am

Woodsmen’s Festival at Hanford Mills Museum
51 County Hwy 12
East Meredith, NY
Saturday, October 4 10 am - 5 pm

The Woodsmen’s Festival celebrates the many ways people use and work with wood. It features the lumberjack skills of the Woodsmen’s Club from SUNY Cobleskill, woodworking demonstrations and exhibits, children’s activities, Mill tours, music by Bourbon & Branch, and BBQ. Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Hwy 12, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12 in East Meredith, NY. Children 12 and under are free. Adults are $9, seniors are $7. Museum members free.

Woodsmen's Festival at Hanford Mills Museum Oct. 4

Fall event features lumberjack skills, woodworking demos, children’s activities, music, and Mill tours

[East Meredith, NY September 23, 2014] Thwack, chop, buzz and hum. It’s the Woodsmen’s Festival, 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, October 4 at Hanford Mills Museum. The fall festival celebrates the many ways people use and work with wood. Featuring demonstrations of lumberjack skills, horse-drawn logging, log hewing, and woodworking, the Festival also includes BBQ, music by Bourbon & Branch, and tours of the water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop.

The Woodsmen’s Club from the SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill returns to Hanford Mills and will demonstrate cross-cut sawing, overhand and underhand chop, ax throwing and other lumberjack skills.

Seth Finch will show how horses were used in logging. Exhibitors include Bovina Brown Bats, Simple Integrity, and Wightman Lumber. The Woodsmen’s Festival also features children’s activities, like making corn husk dolls. The Museum’s gift shop will be open, offering Mill-made crafts, traditional toys, sweets, books and local products.  Read more

SALE:Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild


Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 – 4:00 the Cats Guild will have a sale on the street in front of the store located at 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Join us for one-of-a-kind treasures made by local artists living within the region. A special “chocolate tasting” by Raelene Bond of Catskill Candies and Confections will be available.

Also on that date and time, our Delhi store located at 76 Main St. will also be having a sale. Come and visit us for children’s activities and wonderful local crafts. Hope to see you there.

NYC's Cannonsville hydropower plan is bittersweet news for local co-op

Above: The spillway at the Cannonsville Reservoir, where the New York City Department of Environmental Protection plans to build a 14-megawatt hydroelectric facility.

For half a century, a valuable source of local energy has gone untapped: the billions of gallons of water that pour each year through the release works at New York City's Cannonsville Reservoir and flow into the West Branch of the Delaware River. 

The Cannonsville will soon start to generate clean electric power -- and more tax revenue for the town of Deposit, where the plant will be located. But for a local electric co-op that once hoped to develop hydropower on city reservoirs, the news that the city is moving forward with the project is bittersweet. 

On Monday, Sept. 15, the New York Times broke the news that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was planning to build a 14-megawatt, $72 million hydropower facility on the Cannonsville; the DEP officially announced the building project the next day  Read more

Fleischmanns Theater may be reborn as historic dinner theater

Above: The Fleischmanns Theater, which may soon re-open as The Maxbilt dinner theater. Photos courtesy of Erik Johanson.

A Brooklyn couple who moved to the Catskills full-time in April has convinced the state of New York to nominate the derelict Fleischmanns Theater to the state and national registers of historic places.

It's the first step in Erik Johanson and Fernando Delgado's plan to re-open the property as The Maxbilt, a dinner theater featuring local food and independent film. 

"We're really interested in supporting what's already here," Johanson said. "We came upon it with fresh eyes as newcomers here, saw it as a gem, and want to bring it back to everybody."

On Friday, Sept. 19, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the theater is one of 22 properties across New York State that is being nominated for the historic designation. 

Left: Delgado and Johanson.

The theater's nomination to the State Register of Historic Places must be approved by the New York State historic preservation officer, who will then nominate the building to the National Register.

Official listing in historic registers would make the theater eligible for matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, which would in turn open the door to outside investment, Johanson says.

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More than 50 pot plants seized in Hancock; Colchester man arrested

Above: Lieutenant Timothy Buckley posing with one of the seized plants in Hancock on September 17, 2014.

Delaware County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 58-year-old Colchester man on Wednesday, September 17 in connection with a raid on a large marijuana grow operation in the town of Hancock, according to a press release.

After receiving a tip, officers found more than 50 marijuana plants in the raid along with a quantity of dried, processed weed.

James R. Nelson was arrested and charged with felony criminal possession of marijuana and misdemeanor unlawful cultivation of marijuana. The criminal possession in the third degree charge, a class E felony, may be upgraded to a more serious charge once the exact amount marijuana recovered is established by a crime lab, the press release stated. 

Nelson will appear in court in the Town of Hancock on September 29. 

Undersheriff Craig DuMond asked tipsters to continue to use the Sheriff’s Office toll free tip-line, (888) 914-9111. "Tips definitely make a difference," DuMond stated in the press release. 

More review in store for the Belleayre Resort?

Above: Gary Gailes, a spokesman for Crossroads Ventures LLC, shows Watershed Post reporter Lissa Harris details of a scale model of the proposed Belleayre Resort in 2013. Photo by Julia Reischel.

For months, backers of the long-planned Belleayre Resort project have been eagerly anticipating the end of the state Department of Environmental Conservation's lengthy process of environmental review.

The developer, Crossroads Ventures LLC, is eager to break ground on the project, which has been in the planning process for almost 15 years.

Town planning boards in the towns of Shandaken and Middletown, which the resort will straddle, are anxious to begin their own review process. 

But before the state DEC can sign off on the project, clearing the way for permits to be issued, at least one more hurdle remains -- and it may not be a trivial one.

A legal process set in motion years ago to have an administrative law judge examine potential issues raised by the project is still open, and until it is officially dismissed or carried out, the Belleayre Resort cannot move forward.

Environmental groups that sought to downsize the project years ago will now have another chance to weigh in, and may seek to keep that process open in an effort to make further changes.  Read more

Wild Food Foraging - Sunday, Oct. 5

Sunday, October 5, 12:30–5 PM

Wild Food Foraging/Fall

With Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower at the West Kortright Centre

All ages; $15

Take a fall adventure in the fields surrounding the WKC. Those weeds you thought useless will prove quite the opposite! Discover how many common wild plants can feed your body and nourish the soul. Pre-registration not required.

Las Cafeteras - Saturday, Oct. 4

October 4, Saturday, 7 PM

Las Cafeteras at the West Kortright Centre

Urban folk music from the streets of East LA

Las Cafeteras creates a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado dancing, and inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community that is looking for love and fights for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. In a remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, Las Cafetera adds Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and instruments like jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone, and a wooden platform called the tarima. “Uniquely Angeleno mishmash… hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic”—LA Times.

$26 ($29 day of); $22 Member ($25); $11 Under 19

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