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$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

Portraits This Saturday 12/13/14 at The Andes Indoor Farmers Market

If you need a Facebook profile picture, headshot, or image for you Holiday card, stop by on Saturday. There is a $10 minimum donation that will go to the Andes Food bank.

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

Tay Tea’s Nini O: Perfect Picks for the Holidays!

Our expert tea blender Nini O. invites you to share in her favorite holiday tradition: Shopping Local, Giving Local. In that spirit, this season Tay Home is stocked with the best of the Catskills’ handcrafted, artisanal goods. Along with a curated collection of global gifts, there's something for all of your loved ones. See all our holiday offerings here.

Local honey, handmade soaps, honey-infused chocolates, tea glasses, caviar spoons, glass ornaments, and new at Tay Tea, our delectable tea blends in compostable tea bags  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

Town of Andes bans fracking waste

Above: Rush hour traffic in Andes, New York. Photo by Flickr user charltonlido, taken in 2010

With a unanimous vote, the town board of the Delaware County town of Andes passed a local law banning oil and natural gas waste on Tuesday, Dec. 9, according to Tom Joyce, the Andes town board member who drafted the law. 

The new law bans the sale, acquisition, storage, handling, treatment and processing of natural gas waste and oil waste within Andes town limits. It includes specific provisions on applying fracking waste to all roads within the town and disposing of such waste in the town dump or in the town wastewater treatment plant.  Read more

Tea for Coffee Lovers

Get a jumpstart this holiday season with Tay's new Coffee Lovers' Tea, a robust blend of organic pu-erh , almonds and vanilla. The earthiness of the pu-erh (a black tea which appeals to coffee drinkers) melds with a hint of caramel for a finish to rival any dark roast. This deeply delicious blend provides vital energy without jitters or afternoon slumps—perfect for the busy weeks ahead. With digestive benefits as well, a cup of Coffee Lovers' Tea will bring you energy, peace, robust health and wellbeing. Get in the spirit!

$16 / 4 oz tin (makes 45 cups)   Read more

Along pipeline route, dozens of landowners receive letters threatening eminent domain

Above: An excerpt from a letter sent to to landowners along the route of the Constitution Pipeline on Dec. 3. Read the full letter at the bottom of this story or by clicking here

The day after receiving federal approval, the Constitution Pipeline sent letters threatening to use eminent domain authority against dozens of landowners who are reluctant to allow the 124-mile natural gas pipeline across their land.

The pipeline, which has been in the works for two and a half years, will run from Pennsylvania through New York's Delaware, Schoharie, Broome and Chenango counties. It received conditional approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the pipeline’s law firm, Saul Ewing, began playing hardball with landowners who have not accepted the pipeline’s offer of compensation in exchange for pipeline access.  Read more

Drink, Eat, Shop, Make Merry!

Finding the perfect gift at Tay Home is easy when you can drink, eat, shop and make merry, all at once. Come visit us this weekend! We’ll take care of everyone on your list.

Artisanal teas in beautiful apothecary jarssampler gift boxes of our special blends, teaware from Turkey and Morocco. And a collection of the Catskills’ finest, handcrafted goods for great stocking stuffers! See all our holiday offerings here.  Read more


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