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Andes Roundtable at The Hunting Tavern

September 23, 2015 - 7:00pm

Ryan Trapani will lead a conversation about the growing ‘deer problem’, how the  rising deer population impacts negatively forest regeneration and presents other social problems. So what to do? Ryan will lay out the problem and define potential solutions. 

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Police searching for missing 87-year-old Narrowsburg woman

Update: 11:49 a.m. The alert for Louise E. Scheurich was cancelled at 11:49 a.m. 

An 87-year-old Narrowsburg woman is missing after being last seen at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 getting gas in Binghamton, according to the New York State Police in Liberty and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, which has put out an alert in 17 counties in an attempt to find her.

Left: Louise E. Scheurich. Image via the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. 

Louise E. Scheurich is a "vulnerable adult with dementia," according to the alert, and "may be in need of medical attention."

She was driving a beige 2000 Dodge Neon with New York license plates reading AJU-2836, and was last seen last night getting fuel near exit 79 on Route 17 in Binghamton, police say.  Read more

Andes Roundtable at The Hunting Tavern

September 16, 2015 - 7:00pm

The Andes Roundtable is pleased to have two representatives from the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville to explain to us the techniques necessary to stay in good health through exercise and good habits.  Jessica Halbrecht is the Wellness Director and Personal Trainer and Taylor Diepold is the swim instructor and coach.  Both have extensive experience.  Jessica is certified trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine with additional certifications in Senior Fitness and Corrective Exercise.  Taylor has been a Red Cross Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor and a USA swim coach. 
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Catskills town and county primary results: Upsets and almosts

Above: Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller and Harpersfield Supervisor Jim Eisel share an umbrella at a rainy event in Fleischmanns this summer. Both Miller and Eisel won primaries against challengers on Thursday, Sept. 10. Photo by Julia Reischel.

There were lots of close political contests across the Catskills in yesterday's primary election. Here are the results in the hottest races. 


In the race for Delaware County Family Court Judge, Conservative voters overwhelmingly chose Porter Kirkwood over Gary Rosa 68 to 30, but Independence voters preferred Gary Rosa to Porter Kirkwood 94 to 70. Heated accusations have been flying between the candidates about ethics violations this past week, as we reported yesterday

In Harpersfield, Jim Eisel, the long-serving chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, won his first-ever primary with 89 Republican votes. That was 23 more votes than Ed “Rusty” Pick, who got 66. Pick also has the Democratic party’s endorsement.  Read more

Local candidates vie in primary election today

Photo by Kristin Ausk, via Flickr.

Today--Thursday, Sept. 10--is primary election day in New York, and voters who are registered with political parties across the Catskills can go to the polls to vote for town and county candidates running in primary races from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Usually, primary day is a Tuesday, but the late Labor Day holiday this year has pushed it back to a Thursday, which will likely have an impact on voter turnout.

New York State has a closed-primary system, meaning that to vote in a primary at any level of government in New York State, voters must be registered members of the party holding the primary. 

The winners of today’s primaries will appear on the ballot in the general election in November. But due to multiple political parties supporting a single candidate, candidates who lose their party's primary may still appear on the November ballot on a different line.

Not every town and legislative district has a primary race today. No towns in Schoharie County have primaries this year, for example. Here’s a look at the hot primary races in the Catskills.


In Delaware County, Gary Rosa and Porter Kirkwood will face off in Conservative and Independence primaries in a heated race for the new position of Family Court Judge

This past week, their race has gotten ugly, with accusations flying between the candidates about ethics violations.

Rosa has used a campaign slogan criticizing Kirkwood of “representing just one client, the county’s Department of Social Services,” in his appearances in Family Court.

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Chili Cook Off and Town Wide Yard Sale This Weekend in Andes!


Andes is hosting a town wide yard sale! If you are a resident, empty those attics and make some money! If you are a yard sale goer, you are not going to be disappointed here! Andes residents are known for hanging on to some wonderful treasurers!

While you are here, pop into the Andes Hotel for their Chili CookOff!


The Andes Hotel is hosting their Annual Chili Cook Off on Sept 12th, which coincides with the Town Wide Yard Sale. Come down to taste or enter yourself for a chance to be crowned the Catskill's Chili cooking Grand Master. We've got live music by Talking Machine and loads of chili, great prizes including some cash and culinary glory!!! $10 to enter and $10 at the door for tasting. For info or to enter call Ed @ The Andes Hotel @ (845)676-3980 or email us at [email protected]. He'll give you all the spicy details!  Portion of proceeds donated to the Andes Stars & Stripe Fund, which provides the flags and flowers for Andes.

Andes Roundtable at The Hunting Tavern

September 9, 2015 - 7:00pm


Sharon Ruetenik will discuss the importance of observation in the poetic process.  She will use examples from well-known works and her own writing.  In addition, Ruetenik will, after a brief explanation of the form, invite the audience to write their own six word poems.   Ruetenik serves as international student adviser and writing center coordinator at SUNY Delhi.  She also teaches courses in composition, literature, and public speaking at the university.  Ruetenik has conducted workshops and lectures on literature and writing.  Her chapbook is The Wooden Bowl concerning the role of real and fictional women in our culture.  

Labor Day events in the Catskills

Above: Throwing a rock into Cooper Lake in Woodstock. Photo by Flickr user Panda Snaps, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool. 

Labor Day is upon us in all its bittersweet glory, and the Catskills are rising to the occasion with festivities celebrating the harvest, family, baroque opera, women’s jazz, Iroquois Indians, Irish heritage, improv, toilets and more.

Yes, we said toilets. Read on to find out more in our county-by-county round-up of Labor Day events across the Catskills.


Gather the bounty of the harvest for your personal feasting pleasure at the pre-Labor Day Holiday Pop Up Farmers’ Market, taking place rain or shine at the Stamford Railroad Station on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find a splendid selection of baked goods, preserves, meats, produce and wonderful handmade Catskills things.  Read more

"Heartlands" by Lisa Candela -- Opening Labor Day Weekend at Tay Tea

Tay Tea is proud to offer this stunning collection in our Art Barn — beautiful photographs that capture native animals in their original habitat. A portion of all sales of the Heartlands collection will go to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. For more information on the exhibit, click here.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of September.

Please join us for the Opening: Saturday, September 5th, 6-8 pm Tay Tea Cocktails & Wayside Cider will be served!

Tay Tea Labor Day Weekend Store Hours: Friday - Monday, 10 am - 6 pm

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* Please note: We’ve simplified our menu for the remainder of the season and will be serving only tea and desserts.

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