Armed robbery at Hancock gas station

Above: A photograph of a suspect who may have robbed a gas station in the Delaware County village of Hancock at gunpoint this week. Photo via the New York State Police.

A man holding what appeared to be a handgun and wearing a mask robbed a Mirabito gas station on Main Street in the village of Hancock on Tuesday, April 21, police say.

The man held up the gas station around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, according to a press release from the New York State Police. He then fled the scene on foot, heading west, with an "undetermined amount of cash," police say.

The State Police are searching for a suspect in the case. From the press release:

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’ 06” in height, medium build, with short dark colored hair and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a dark grey hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants and a knit hat with a brim.

Delaware County's proposed bed tax rises again

Above: Marge Miller, the supervisor of the town of Middletown, Glenn Nealis, Delaware County's Director of Economic Development, and Jim Thomson, then Delaware County's tourism director, discuss the benefits of a county bed tax at a meeting with skeptical hotel owners in March 2014. Photo by Julia Reischel.

A year ago, on April 23, 2014, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors voted to ask the New York State Legislature to impose a 2 percent occupancy tax on room and hotel rentals in Delaware County.

But despite broad support for the so-called bed tax among the county leaders -- 17 out of 19 supervisors voted in favor of the tax last year -- the plan fizzled in at the state level, dying ignominiously in committee. (That may have had something to do with a groundswell of opposition among Delaware County hotel owners against the plan.)

Now the bed tax plan is back. On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors once again voted to approve a resolution asking the state legislature to approve a 2 percent bed tax in Delaware County.  Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Dave Johns – Procurement Forester at Cannonsville Lumber/Schaefer Logging

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

On tonight’s show we’ll be speaking to Dave Johns. Dave is Cannonsville Lumber & Schaefer Logging’s Procurement Forester; located in Deposit, Delaware County. Dave earns his living by working in the woods each day in these Catskill Mountains. He is responsible for harvesting one of the area’s longest-living crops – trees. Trees are harvested after Dave marks them with paint and turned into lumber at Cannonsville Lumber where they are then shipped both far & wide. We’ll talk to Dave about his day-to-day duties, experiences and thoughts about the forest industry, forest health & management, and future observations too. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @  Read more

Apple Trees & Depression-Era Tactics

Spring is here. Yeah, it might snow here or there, or even fall below freezing, but spring is well underway. I just pulled my maple taps last Wednesday. Maple sugaring requires freezing nights and warm days. The season is finished when either the buds swell, freezing and thawing does not occur, or motivation to burn more sapwood for tree sugar fizzles out. In this case, a little bit of the latter two. Easter came early this year, which meant sugaring had to end by April 1st for me. Also, the lows were no longer freezing anyway, which reduces pressure inside the tree that causes sap flow. Besides, I heard my first set of spring peepers the other day; a sure sign of the maple season’s end, and a transition from late winter into early spring.  Read more

Wayside Cider presses wild and heirloom apples into service

Above: Alex Wilson picks apples to make into hard apple cider. Photos courtesy of Alex Wilson and Irene Hussey.

Irene Hussey and Alex Wilson, the co-owners of Wayside Cider (, a brand-new cidery based on a farm in the Delaware County town of Delhi, just delivered their first batch of hard apple cider to shops, bars, and restaurants in the Catskills, the Hudson Valley and New York City this week.

Hussey and Wilson, who are business partners, are an unlikely pair. Hussey, a Delhi native, is a stone mason, but she’s been homebrewing and making fermented apple cider since her early 20s. Her parents and her brother make cider as well — it’s something of a family tradition.

Wilson, on the other hand, is far from a native; born and raised in England, he ended up in New York City to study film, and stayed after meeting his wife, who is a media attorney in Manhattan. The pair bought a cabin in Hamden as an escape from urban life, and Alex quickly fell in love with the area.

“You can catch trout in the stream, you can hike in the mountains for miles, ride horseback every night,” he said. “It was like paradise to me.”  Read more

MTC Cable welcomes Watch TV Everywhere

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MTC Cable's new “Watch TV Everywhere” service is now available to our Cable Television customers! You can now access online programming from many of our cable television networks, including live streaming on your computer, smart phone, or tablet.

There’s no additional charge to use MTC Cable Watch TV Everywhere. Your service level with MTC Cable programming just needs to contain the cable TV network you want to watch.

In just a few minutes, you can have this new service completely up and running. Just register your MTC account with Watch TV and you can begin enjoying these new features right now! Follow the steps below and you’re all set to begin streaming to your PC, smart phone or tablet!  Read more

Spring Open House

Biker seriously injured in motorcycle crash in Walton

A 61-year-old Walton resident was seriously injured when he crashed his Harley Davidson motorcycle on Route 10 in Walton on Tuesday, April 14, according to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Kenneth G. Kokoszka was riding south on Route 10 near Bob's Brook Road when he "lost control and left the roadway before overturning the motorcycle in [a] ditch," a sheriff's press release states. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but investigators have ruled out alcohol as a factor. 

Kokoszka was airlifted to UHS Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City by helicopter, the press release states. The Walton Reporter has photos of the helicopter airlifting Kokoszka after the crash.

DCHA Offering Trip to Seward House and Skaneateles Lake Cruise

The Delaware County Historical Association is offering a one-day bus trip on Thursday, June 11, first to the historic Seward House Museum in Auburn, NY and then to Skaneateles. In Auburn guests can enjoy a guided tour of the home of William Seward and afterward stroll through the site’s lovely gardens. William Henry Seward was one of the foremost politicians of the nineteenth century, serving as New York Governor, US Senator and US Secretary of State under Lincoln and Johnson. (For more information, please visit the museum’s website at  Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Trees with Gary Mead – Red Spruce

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

Every 3rd Wednesday we talk to Gary Mead about a different tree found in or near the Catskill Mountains. Every tree is different, and there is always something unique & special we find out about it. Tonight we’ll be discussing the RED SPRUCE tree. Red spruce remains a fairly “lofty” tree – for the most part – here in the Catskill Mountains. It grows predominantly above 3000 feet in elevation on various mountaintops. Gary will tell us his experiences with the RED SPRUCE tree in his mill or in his art.  Read more

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