Join Us for a Free & Informative Seminar

For most people their home is one of their most valuable assets. Therefore, it is a good idea to carefully consider options regarding this asset when reaching retirement age and beyond.  Many people prefer to "age in place", while others are ready to downsize and each scenario raises many questions.

Topics covered include making modifications to typical senior problem area: bathrooms, kitchens, doorways, entrances and also details like hardware, faucets and light switches.  Gerry Murphy will discuss how to analyze cost/benefit when it comes to larger renovations jobs, like modifying a floor plan to accommodate a downstairs bedroom.

Peggy Bellar will present important tips that seniors should consider when selling their homes.

In addition there will be professionals to answer legal and tax questions.

Location at M Gerard Country Home,  44310 Route 28,  Arkville, NY 12406   845-586-1114  Read more

Happy Earth Day, Catskills

Nature's always close at hand in the Catskills, on Earth Day and every day. Photo by Kellsey Buerge; submitted to our 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest

Earth Day turns 44 this year. In cities across America, environmentally-minded citizens are celebrating the holiday with big green-themed fests, parties and exhibit fairs. 

Not so in the Catskills, where Earth Day celebrations tend to be more low-key. Here, Mother Nature isn't an occasional guest to fête; she's a full-time resident. But this week, the local area holds a few special events in honor of the planet. 

Today, the Arkville-based Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and the MARK Project are setting up shop outside a few local stores to give away reusable shopping bags: The Freshtown and the Dollar Store in Margaretville, and the Great American in Prattsville. Stop by to get a grocery bag that won't end up in a landfill -- or, better yet, bring your own. 

Sullivan County's digital library of maps for hiking trails and public lands,, is celebrating today with a family scavenger hunt at Turtle Spring Nature Trail, at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. Treasure hunters of all ages will get a chance to try geocaching, in which hikers hunt for hidden capsules with the help of GPS receivers. The scavenger hunt runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. To pre-register for the event, call the Sullivan County Cornell Cooperative Extension at 845-292-6180, or email Nicole Slevin at 

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SUNY Delhi's Annual Plant Sale

May 10, 2014 - 9:00am


Get your Mother’s Day gift here and a little something for your garden!  

This year’s sale will be featuring heirloom tomato plants, a variety of vegetables and herbs, hanging baskets as well as traditional bedding plants.

Location: Valley Complex Greenhouses, Arbor Hill Road, Delhi, NY (just down the road from the Delhi College Golf Course)


Winter's last hurrah (we hope)

People across the Catskills awoke this morning to find April's first green shoots covered in snow. Above: A row of icicles that sprouted overnight from a Margaretville roof gleams under a dazzling blue sky. Photo by Lissa Harris.

According to snow reports from the National Weather Service in Albany and Binghamton, some areas in the Catskills -- like Claryville in Ulster County, Livingston Manor in Sullivan County, and the Greene County mountaintop region -- got over three inches of snow Tuesday night. 

Tuesday's bout of winter weather came just a little too late to extend the ski season, which lasted well into April this year. Over the past week or two, the four major ski centers of the Catskills -- Belleayre, Hunter, Plattekill and Windham -- all put an end to this year's blockbuster season.

Above: No BBQs on this Margaretville porch til the snow melts. Photo by Lissa Harris.  Read more

Cold front sweeps through area, bringing rain, sleet and snow

Above: Temperatures around upstate New York around 8 a.m. this morning, showing a cold front moving east across the region. The National Weather Service in Albany writes: "Current 8 a.m. temperature in Albany is 63 degrees while behind the cold front in Buffalo, NY, it is 33 degrees with a rain/snow mix."

Watch out for April showers -- and a few bouts of sleet and snow. After a few days of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s, the Catskills region is now bracing for the return of wintry weather as a cold front moves in from the west.   Read more

DBC Garden Talk & Spring Meeting

April 23, 2014 - 7:00pm

Garden Talk & Spring Meeting

The Delhi Beautification Committee invites the public to its Spring Meeting, which will begn with a Garden Talk on the topic "Native Northeastern Spring Wildflowers," presented by Lisa Tessier, Assisant Professor, SUNY Delhi.  Following her talk, we will discuss the new community garden, walking and hiking trails; spring and summer plantings in the barrels, parks and gateways; 2014 holiday decorations; and other beautification activities in the Village of Delhi.  Light refreshments will be served.

Date and time:  Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7 pm

Place:  MacIntosh Hall, United Ministry of Delhi, Court House Square

Senior-ize or Sell - Informative Seminar

For most people their home is one of their most valuable assets. Therefore, it is a good idea to carefully consider options regarding this asset when reaching retirement age and beyond.  Many people prefer to "age in place", while others are ready to downsize and each scenario raises many questions.

Gerry Murphy of M Gerard Country Home and Margaret "Peggy" Bellar, licensed real estate salesperson, of Keller Williams Upstate New York Properties will explore "senior-izing" your home and tips on preparing for selling your home in an informative seminar to be held at M Gerard Country Home store on Saturday, April 26th from 11AM until Noon. Also joining them will be professionals to answer legal and tax questions.


Delaware County bank set to expand into Sullivan County

It's a familiar story in small-town America: Little community bank strikes a deal with a giant national corporation, and suddenly there's a new logo on your local bank branch.

Only this time it's the other way around. NBDC Bank -- also known as the National Bank of Delaware County, a small chain of community banks based in Walton -- announced recently that the company is acquiring six Bank of America branches in Sullivan County. 

The deal, which has yet to receive regulatory approval, is expected to go through by fall, according to a press release issued by NBDC Bank. Under the terms of the deal, NBDC will operate former Bank of America branches in Callicoon, Liberty, Monticello, Narrowsburg, Roscoe and Wurtsboro. 

The acquisition of the six Sullivan County branches will double the number of offices run by NBDC Bank, which currently runs branches in Walton, Andes, Franklin, Hamden, Stamford and Roxbury.   Read more

Rainbow's End

That is where you will find this spacious 2600 + sq ft home on 28 surveyed acres. First floor has a custom kitchen with cherry cabinets, a center island, stainless steel appliances and a breakfast nook. Step out from the kitchen onto your patio with custom built stone fireplace. The home also features 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, large dining room for those family dinners and a living room with a floor to ceiling custom built stone fireplace. Lovely yard with views, koi pond and 2 car garage/shed. Minutes to shopping, schools, golf and fishing!  Read more

Don't Stress The Commute...

This single level home that is conveniently located just outside the Village of Delhi (so no village taxes & just minutes from stores, hospital, etc) not only has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a large living room/ dining area w/a working stone fireplace, a recently updated kitchen (has Solid Surface Countertops) and hardwood floors but it also has the office space (& waiting room) that you need to work right from home! There have been many updates to this home over the years, some include a roof in 2002, furnace in 2005, a new septic system in 2010 and the exterior was painted in 2006. A full basement with high ceilings, 2 car attached garage, paved driveway, level backyard with raised garden beds & perennial flower gardens through out round out this very attractive offering. In Move-in Condition. Make an appointment today!!  Read more

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