An American Classic / Farmhouse / Barn/ 208 acres

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Built circa 1896, this classic American farmhouse is a beautiful blend of of old world charm but updated for modern living. The property has an impressive barn / studio, a garage and sited on 208 acres bordering two sides of the road.

FARMHOUSE - the home includes 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room, dining room and a country kitchen. The kitchen features soap stone counter tops, top of the line stainless appliances, wonderful original built in cabinetry and a wonderful farmhouse sink. Downstairs is one bedroom, a laundry area, an open living plan and a large bathroom. Upstairs are an additional 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. The wide plank wood flooring , hand hewn beams and wood burning stove all contribute to a warm and comforting atmosphere. There is a garage adjacent to the house with a woodburning stove.  Read more

Halloween in the Catskills: Part 2

Above: A ghoulish performance of dancing skeletons, ghouls and pumpkins is slated for 6 p.m. at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock on Friday, Oct. 31.

Halloween is a whole week of festivities this year. The fearsome fun began last weekend and continues through the big day itself on Friday, Oct. 31 and beyond.

Here's our guide to Catskills Halloween events for Oct. 30 - Nov. 2.


Left: A demon wolf is ready to scare visitors to a haunted house in Hancock. 

On Friday, Oct. 31, come out to Walton for the 3rd Annual Knight in the Castle Halloween Party and Dance at the Castle on the Delaware. It’s an atmospheric night of dancing to Blues Maneuver, and there’s a buffet.  Read more

Associate Lab Microbiologist - NYC Department of Environmental Protection

Proposed Salary Range: $61,238.00 - $80,883.00 (Annual)
Work Location: 71 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY

Working in the Watershed Water Quality Operations, in the Kingston Pathogen Laboratory, the Associate Laboratory Microbiologist II will report to the Assistant Laboratory Director and will be responsible for assisting in the analysis of pathogens in water supply samples.

Under general supervision, the Associate Laboratory Microbiologist II will be responsible for the analysis of Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and viruses in watershed samples, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) analysis and Cryptosporidium infectivity studies. Additional tasks include: maintaining data and files and working with the Laboratory Information Management System to ensure all records are complete; performing routine laboratory quality control procedures; participating in research projects, including method development. The candidate will comply with all applicable environmental, health & safety (EH&S) laws and regulations, and DEP’s policies and procedures.

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Stream side on Elm Street in Delhi

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Located on one of the prettiest and most convenient streets in Delhi, this home offers much to the home buyer or investor. Built circa 1890 the house is on a large village lot, bordering a year round stream and within walking distance to downtown, shopping, restaurants and to the College. The flexible living plan offers between 5-7 bedrooms, 2 baths, a sunny living room, a galley kitchen and dining room. The detached garage is perfect for storage, and the deep yard offers a fair amount of privacy.

For the past 12 years it has been used as student housing, but could easily be turned back into a primary residence. Because of the demand for student housing, it has been a wise investment for the current owners who have maintained the property making it a turn-key proposition. It is a wonderful investment opportunity. Some of the upgrades include an approximately 8 year old roof, a 5 year old furnace & water heater, electrical system upgraded in 2002, an oil tank that is 2-3 years old and more.  Read more

Contemporary Catskill Mountain Retreat

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Located in the Western Catskills, this contemporary country home has what so many are looking for - privacy, beauty, and plenty of room for recreation. Whether you are looking for a vacation home, a primary residence or a home to live & work in, this property has it all. The home was designed for the young and the young at heart - the lucky new owner should be prepared for some serious fun!

The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an an office and an open living plan which includes the kitchen, dining and living area. And that’s just the beginning. The south facing allows for passive solar to heat home in the winter, the extended roof line keeps the home cool in the summer. The living area is bright and cheerful with outstanding long mountain views The sun room located just off of the dining area is a perfect to place to take in sunny winter days. An attached two car garage is spacious and allows direct access to the home - very convenient. Hardwood floors, built ins, lots of closets add to the value and functionality of this lovely home.  Read more

This weekend: Halloween in the Catskills, Part 1

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Above: A promo for Haunted Huguenot Street, New Paltz's annual spookfest, featuring "Mrs. Gertrude Deyo-Brodhead’s infamous Murder Mystery parties at the Deyo House." Tours, spirit readings and ghost stories all weekend.  

It’s the darkening evening of the year, and the veil between the worlds has thinned. Venture out into the mountains and valleys for some resonant Halloween fun, costumed or otherwise, beginning this weekend. There’s a little of everything going on, whether you’re looking for pumpkins and not-too-scary spirits for the little guys, contemplative historic ghost-walks, or smokin’ hot dance parties into the wheeee hours.

Here’s our guide to the fearsome and frolicsome times for Oct. 24 - Oct. 26. We'll have another one next week, to cover the many festivities scheduled across the Catskills for Halloween itself. 


Jeffrey Ashton, Licensed Realtor

Jeffrey Ashton is a Licensed Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties and works out of the company's Margaretville, NY Real Estate office.

After my first visit to the Catskills over 20 year ago, I knew this was a special place. I fell in love with the clear Streams, the stunning Vistas, the Fresh Air, the verdant Mountain Foliage and the peaceful, unhurried pace. I came up here one summer with my partner and purchased my first home.

After 10 years of being a Weekend Homeowner, I made the switch from "part-timer" to "full-timer." Having traveled to more than 42 countries, I am always happy to come home to Andes, NY and the Scenic Beauty that is the Catskill Mountains.  Read more

State trooper not fooled by counterfeit bills in Wal-Mart parking lot

Two SUNY Delhi students were caught while attempting to use counterfeit $10 bills to buy tire rims from an off-duty New York State Police trooper on Thursday, Oct. 16, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Left: Brian Colon and Nicole Nunez. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Brian Colon, an 18-year-old from the Bronx, and Nicole Nunez, his 18-year-old girlfriend from Manhattan, were reportedly arrested after contacting the off-duty trooper through, and then meeting him in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in Oneonta to finalize the sale.

Colon reportedly paid the trooper $700 for four tire rims with 70 counterfeit $10 bills. Police say that Nunez knowingly possessed several more counterfeit $10 bills.  Read more

Police: Knife-wielding driver held passenger hostage before crashing on Route 28

A 22-year-old Monroe man driving on Route 28 through the Delaware County towns of Bovina and Delhi held his passenger hostage with a knife before she grabbed the wheel and crashed the car on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 16, according to Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond.

Left: James D. Garcia. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

James D. Garcia and his girlfriend got into a domestic dispute in his car while driving south through Delhi, DuMond saidi. Garcia threatened the woman with a knife as they drove.

The women secretly called 911 on her cell phone, had a short conversation with the dispatcher, and then Garcia threw the phone on the floor of the car in an attempt to end the call. The phone stayed on as the couple drove on, the altercation escalating as they did so.   Read more

New York Times' "Living City" explores NYC's water supply

Up here in the Catskills, in the heart of New York City's vast rural watershed, it's impossible to forget that one lives in the middle of the city's water supply. The city's huge reservoirs dominate the landscape. Watershed affairs dominate local politics. New York City's watershed police patrol along sleepy back roads a hundred miles from Manhattan.

For most downstate New Yorkers, though, water is just a thing that comes out of the tap. This week, the New York Times introduced its readers to their astonishing water system in "Living City," a video series that explores some of the wonders of urban engineering that make life in our nation's largest city possible.  Read more

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