Delaware County's proposed bed tax rises again

Above: Marge Miller, the supervisor of the town of Middletown, Glenn Nealis, Delaware County's Director of Economic Development, and Jim Thomson, then Delaware County's tourism director, discuss the benefits of a county bed tax at a meeting with skeptical hotel owners in March 2014. Photo by Julia Reischel.

A year ago, on April 23, 2014, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors voted to ask the New York State Legislature to impose a 2 percent occupancy tax on room and hotel rentals in Delaware County.

But despite broad support for the so-called bed tax among the county leaders -- 17 out of 19 supervisors voted in favor of the tax last year -- the plan fizzled in at the state level, dying ignominiously in committee. (That may have had something to do with a groundswell of opposition among Delaware County hotel owners against the plan.)

Now the bed tax plan is back. On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors once again voted to approve a resolution asking the state legislature to approve a 2 percent bed tax in Delaware County.  Read more

Wayside Cider presses wild and heirloom apples into service

Above: Alex Wilson picks apples to make into hard apple cider. Photos courtesy of Alex Wilson and Irene Hussey.

Irene Hussey and Alex Wilson, the co-owners of Wayside Cider (, a brand-new cidery based on a farm in the Delaware County town of Delhi, just delivered their first batch of hard apple cider to shops, bars, and restaurants in the Catskills, the Hudson Valley and New York City this week.

Hussey and Wilson, who are business partners, are an unlikely pair. Hussey, a Delhi native, is a stone mason, but she’s been homebrewing and making fermented apple cider since her early 20s. Her parents and her brother make cider as well — it’s something of a family tradition.

Wilson, on the other hand, is far from a native; born and raised in England, he ended up in New York City to study film, and stayed after meeting his wife, who is a media attorney in Manhattan. The pair bought a cabin in Hamden as an escape from urban life, and Alex quickly fell in love with the area.

“You can catch trout in the stream, you can hike in the mountains for miles, ride horseback every night,” he said. “It was like paradise to me.”  Read more

Spring Open House

Early season leads to record bear hunt in southern New York

Above: The 580-pound bear Greene County hunter Tim Meservey shot during the early season in September 2014. Photo courtesy of Tim Meservey.

Bear hunters in New York's Southern Zone killed a record 1,110 bears in 2014, according to harvest figures that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released on Monday, April 13. That's 12 percent more than the previous record of 983 bears taken in the Southern Zone in 2011.

The record harvest is likely due to a new early bear hunting season that ran from Sept. 6 to Sept. 21 in portions of the Catskills and the western Hudson Valley, DEC officials say.

Catskills hunters in in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties killed 893 bears in 2014, according to an analysis of the DEC's hunt data by the Watershed Post. In the Catskills, hunters killed 294 bears during the new early season and 599 during the bow hunting, muzzleloading and regular seasons, which occur later in the fall.

The Catskills towns with the highest bear harvests are Hancock, with 34 bears killed; Wawarsing, with 32; Tusten, with 31; Rochester, with 27; and Mamakating, with 24.  Read more

DBC Garden Talk & Spring Meeting

The Delhi Beautification Committee invites the public to its Spring Meeting, which will begin with a presentation on Shade Gardening by Deborah Banks of the Franklin Garden Club.  Following her talk, we will discuss entranceway banners, plans for Hoyt and Sheldon parks; spring and summer plantings; and other beautification activities in the village of Delhi.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in Macintosh Hall at the United Ministry of Delhi, Court House Square, Delhi.  Light refreshments will be served.

Medical Countermeasures Drill - Participants Wanted

April 30, 2015 - 10:00am

Participants Needed!


Public Health is testing its capability to provide emergency medication to the community. Drilling will help test and improve our response time in a real emergency. So when disaster strikes we can better serve you and your loved ones!

No actual medications will be distributed.

Thursday April 30th 2015
10:00 AM—11:30 AM
Delhi American Legion
41 Page Ave, Delhi NY

To participate call
Delaware County Public Health
@ 607‐832‐5200
Walk‐ins Welcome

Think green...the green fairways of Golf

Not too soon to Save the Date for the Margaretville Health Foundation 2015 Golf Tournament at College Golf Course in Delhi taking place Thursday, August 6th. 

For a list of Business Sponsorhip Levels please call 845-586-2631 Extension 3181 and speak to Liz Warren or email [email protected]

O'Neill's Shire Pub- COYOTE LOVE-

April 17, 2015 - 9:30pm

Coyote Love will bring lush harmony, an energetic live performance and old school entertainment value backed by very tight and aggressive rhythm section. Their sound expresses a nasty backbeat and thumpin’ bass, with horns, harmonicas, and harmonies, encouraging you forward to the sound of old school blues, funk, rock, and soul.


O'Neill's Shire Pub- SAD SORRY

April 17, 2015 - 9:30pm

Sad Sorry is a hard rock group based in Northeast, Pa. They are three friends who all grew up together and came together through our love of music. Sad Sorry will rock out the night with a like-ness to Green Day, Blink 182, Pearl Jam, Live & many more. These guys “Respect the groove and live, largely, in compliance!” You won’t want to miss them!


O'Neill's Shire Pub- LAST DAZE DUO

April 11, 2015 - 9:30pm

Last Daze is a rock and roll band that was assembled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, and forged in a non- disclosed recording studio, rumored to be in the vicinity of Echo Park, Los Angeles. A smaller version of the band will be performing covers from Led Zeppelin to the Grateful Dead to Aerosmith and Michael Jackson, as well as talented filled originals.


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