Double rainbow, over the farm

Reader Robert Moses caught this great shot of a double rainbow spanning the sky over Harvey Morse's farm on Dingle Hill in Andes on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

This is the second rainbow photo we've gotten this month, and it's not just us--it really is rainbow season. The Times Herald-Record has received so many rainbow photos this week that the newspaper made a special photo gallery just to showcase them.

Foundation Thanks Golfers, Sponsors and Supporters at Golf Tournament

Sunny skies and moderate temperatures prevailed at Thursday's Golf Tournament organized by the Margaretville Health Foundation. Teams arrived for a 9:30am Shotgun start at the College Golf Course in Delhi and were greeted to an early morning Continental breakfast and camaraderie among golfers. Complimentary snacks and beverages, delivered to golfers on course, kept all energized throughout the morning and was followed by an outdoor barbecue lunch. In an initiative to support our local youth, the Foundation was pleased this year to sponsor four graduate students from Margaretville Central School to join us on the course. The MCS team of players, Cooper Reither, Matt Van Valkenberg, Eric Mathiesen, and Dylan Schaffer took second prize narrowly losing to first prize winning team led by Mark Birman, with Henry Birman, Tom Mirabella, and Lance Levings, a group of golfers who have supported the Margaretville Health Foundation by several years of participation in the Golf Tournament. Congratulations to the winners, and a resounding Thank You to the participating golfers, sponsors and supporters.  Read more

13 places to rent bicycles in the Catskills

Above: Bike rentals at the Roxbury General Store in Roxbury. Photo via the Roxbury General Store's Facebook page

The Catskills are a bicycler’s paradise with hundreds of miles of trails and roads perfect for bikers of all skill levels. Whether you’re into off-road mountain biking, pedaling the pavement on the scenic byways or taking a relaxing ride with your family, it doesn’t take long to find an adventure that suits your needs.

Luckily, you don’t have to haul your bike up the mountains or make a pricey gear investment for occasional use. Outfitters, bike shops and other establishments offer mountain and road bicycle rentals across the Catskills. Here are 13 places to rent bikes.


Accessible Catskills hiking, camping and outdoors

Recreation and the outdoors are not just for able-bodied people. Adults and children with physical challenges benefit from exercise and the balance that comes from nature and fitness. Here are some opportunities that allow everyone equal access to the Catskills.


With their gentle grades, rail trails — former railroad beds turned into trails — are accessible to everyone. Try the 26-mile CATSKILL SCENIC TRAIL (Bloomville to Roxbury, or the 22-mile WALLKILL VALLEY RAIL TRAIL (Wallkill to Kingston,, which boasts the Rosendale Trestle, a soaring bridge that crosses the Rondout Creek. A .75-mile paved loop and a paved trail to the Esopus Creek surrounds the CATSKILL INTERPRETIVE CENTER (Mount Tremper, which just opened last month.  Read more

Broadband partnership targets rural areas in three Catskills counties

Above: This map, from the Delaware County Electric Cooperative website, shows areas targeted for construction of fiber-optic data lines.

Just as the Rural Electrification Administration brought electric power to remote areas of the nation in the 1930s, a partnership between local utility companies is working to bring broadband internet access to outlying areas of Delaware County and adjacent towns.

Representatives of the Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC), the Delhi Telephone Company (DTC) and the Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) began a series of visits to town council meetings on Wednesday, Aug. 5 in

Hamden to talk about the first phase of the Delaware County Broadband Initiative – a joint effort to provide fiber-optic broadband service within the area served by the electric cooperative.

While most of the expansion is within Delaware County, it spills over into the Sullivan County town of Rockland, the Ulster County town of Hardenburgh and the Schoharie County towns of Jefferson and Gilboa.  Read more

Andes Roundtable at The Hunting Tavern

August 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

Jeff Ditchek will continue with the Digital Speaker Series by showing President Obama's complete Eulogy at the AME church in Charleston, SC.  where nine persons were killed by a 21 year old racist. This very inspiring eulogy touches many ethical and moral questions affecting America today and what the President calls "The American Experiment."  We will discuss those issues and the solutions that, to date, have eluded us.

Five kid-friendly Catskills hikes

Above: Kids hiking in the Catskills. Photo by Tim Luby.

While the Catskills have a reputation for rugged, steep terrain, the region also offers plenty of short, exciting jaunts with amazing views that kids can scale.

1. VROMAN’S NOSE. 1.5 miles round trip. A mostly gentle climb, with some steep sections, that leads to sweeping views of surrounding farmland. The large, flat summit is known as “The Dance Floor.” Park on Mill Valley Road in Middleburgh.

2. TROUT POND. 3 miles round trip. A pleasant walk on an old woods road up to a scenic lake. A side trail on the way overlooks a waterfall. Great fishing and camping opportunities. Park on Russell Brook Road near Roscoe.

3. FRICK POND. 2.2 miles round trip. A level hike through forests, swamps and meadows along the shoreline of Frick Pond. Can be muddy. Park on Beech Mountain Road, Livingston Manor.

4. TANBARK TRAIL. 2 miles round trip. A climb up to impressive views of Phoenicia, the Esopus Creek and surrounding high peaks. Trailhead at Parish Field, Phoenicia.  Read more

Sunny Day Predicted...Join us this Thursday



Community Day in Andes is full of fun for everyone! Kicking off with a parade at approximately 10am. Vendors, food, games for kids, games for adults and we are doing our part to add to the fun. Head to our Summershack out back at some point to hear Blues Maneuver and eat some tasty bbq chicken from noon-4pm.  Kick your heels up to Country Express at the school under the gazebo.  Participate in our Watermelon Eating and our Corn on the Cobb Eating Contest. Serving tasty beverages and chicken halves $6.50, with sides $12.  Regular restaurant serving lunch and dinner.

Andes Roundtable at The Hunting Tavern

August 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

Alan Via, renowned hiker, returns to the Roundtable to discuss  'The Mountains Are Beautiful - Everywhere'. This will be  a tour of mountain scenery from the ADKs, Catskills, New England, UT, CO, AZ and Sierras, but also the Alps, Dolomites, NZ and Iceland. Lots of bird and animal photos will be presented as well as some of Alan's favorite stories.

Alan's  has hiked  and climbed all over the northeast and western US. He's the author of the hiking guide The Catskill 67 - A Hiker's Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3,000' as well as the author of numerous hiking and outdoors articles.  He is presently working on two new hiking books.  


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