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Governor extends burn ban to May 21

Above: The Roosa Gap fire threatens a house in the Shawangunks on May 5, 2015. Photo by Michael Wentland.

Due to a rash of wildfires across the state, including many in the Catskills, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday, May 13 that a ban on residential brush burning will be extended until May 21.

The ban, which goes into effect every year for the dry spring period of March 16 through May 14, was scheduled to expire this week. 

In his proclamation, the governor said that there have been 110 wildfires across New York state in 2015, which have burned 3,589.4 acres of land, destroyed one structure and threatened 91 homes.   Read more

Catskills under both fire and freeze warnings today

Above: Temperatures will be close to freezing in parts of the Catskills tonight. Photo via the National Weather Service Binghamton's Facebook page. 

Fire might break out at any moment in the Catskills today, but you also should cover your seedlings to protect them from frost tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

There are both red flag warnings of high brush fire conditions and a freeze warning in effect in the Catskills today, Wednesday, May 13. 

NWS Albany has issued a red flag warning for the eastern Catskills, the mid-Hudson Valley and the Schoharie Valley that warns of "dangerous fire conditions" from noon to 6 p.m. today due to gusty winds and low humidity.   Read more

It's Time for Cold-Brew Iced Tea!

There's nothing like iced tea on a sunny day! Tay Tea's Nini O. has a tried-and-true recipe for cold brewing the perfect cup to help you keep it cool this summer.

How to Cold-Brew Iced Tea:

Use a Mason Jar with Lid (6 cups is sufficient.)

ADD TEA. 2-3 TBS of whole leaf tea. (We recommend our Saba, Twiggy, and Nefertiti blends, all ON SALE now for just $14 per tin.)

ADD WATER. Fill with cold filtered water and close the lid.

WAIT. This is the hardest part. Refrigerate for 4-10 hours. The longer it steeps, the stronger the flavor and caffeine. White Teas will brew the quickest, followed by Green Teas and Oolongs. Allow the most time for black teas, Puerhs and herbal infusions like Rooibos.

SERVE. Strain the tea leaves and serve with ice cubes.

* TAY TEA TIP: We like to add one cup of Organic Apple or White Grape juice to our teas. This makes for a delicious and refreshing summer drink that everyone can enjoy!  Read more

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament presented by Margaretville Health Foundation

The College Golf Course at Delhi  **  Thursday, August 6th  **  9:30am Shotgun Start

$85 per golfer includes: breakfast, golf, range, cart, snacks & beverages and a lunch barbecue

To register print the registration form below or call Liz Warren at 845-586-2631 x 3181

We greatly appreciate our sponsors MTC Telephone Company, NBT Bank and Sluiter Agency

 

 

 

 

Take Mom to the Andes Hotel on Sunday!

5.10-MOTHER’S DAY BUFFET

Noon to 5pm - $22 per person.  Kids twelve and under $11

Roasted turkey, ham, buttermilk fried chicken, poached & smoked fishes, anti pasta, quiche, pastas, salads, grilled vegetables, assorted sweets, fresh fruit, crème brulee french toast and much more.  Make your reservations now!

Transition Catskills

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Transition Catskills is part of a worldwide network of grassroots community initiatives that seek to address the world’s most pressing challenges with citizen-led action.

The goal of Transition is to create a vibrant, diverse, and relocalized economy that is less dependent on fossil fuels and global supply chains. If we can provide for as many of our needs as possible from relatively close to home, we become more resilient— as individuals and as a community, we can maintain our identity and ability to function despite change and shocks from the outside.

In Transition, we take issues that feel toxic — peak oil, climate change, economic contraction — and we turn them into opportunities for positive change. The movement is rooted in the idea that by taking personal action in our communities, we can not only overcome these threats, but we can also live more fulfilling lives by forging a deeper connection to our neighbors and our local environment.  Read more

845-586-3500

Delaware County Judge Carl Becker will retire in July

Delaware County Court Judge Carl F. Becker will retire from his post as the county's top judicial officer on July 31, fewer than three years into his second ten-year term, according to a press release Becker sent to the Watershed Post on Monday, May 4.

Left: Judge Carl F. Becker. 

Becker announced his decision to retire to his court on Friday, May 1, according to the emailed statement.  Read more

The Catskills wedding boom

Above: At Handsome Hollow in Long Eddy, couples can say their vows in a fern-strewn clearing in the woods on the 93-acre property. Photo by JBM Photography.

Catskills weddings – especially those with an outdoorsy twist – are on the rise.

Getting hitched in hills is a booming business. Thanks to the wedding industry, there has been a recent uptick in tourism spending in the Catskills.

“We’ve noticed over the last couple years that there’s been quite an increase in country weddings in the area,” said Rick Remsnyder, Ulster County's tourism director.

“It’s a good location and the price is right. We’re 90 minutes from midtown Manhattan and the price is more affordable than the metro area.”

Cathy Ballone, a wedding planner in Greene County, owes her career to the increase in outdoor upstate weddings.

“I see a definite boom,” said Ballone, who runs Cathy’s Elegant Events out of the old Catskill Game Farm in Catskill, which she and her husband recently bought.  Read more

Mountainside Welcomes Noted Woodstock Artist

Stop by lobby of Mountainside Residential Care Center to view the works of Michael Heinrich.  Half the proceeds from sale of Mr. Heinrichs art will benefit the residents Sunshine Fund.

For information contact Michelle Powers, MRCC Activities Director, by calling MRCC 845-586-1800 Ext. 3341 or email [email protected].

 

Andes Roundtable at The Hunting Tavern in Andes

May 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

Jessica Vecchione, a prior presenter at the Roundtable, and her collegue, Peter Booth, will discuss the myriad uses for drone technology today.  Weather permitting they will  conduct a drone flight demonstration from the backyard of the Hunting Tavern which should be quite interesting and entertaining.   Read more


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