Middletown

The winners of the 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest

Above: "Ashokan Reservoir" by Mark Miller, the grand prize winner of the 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest. 

It's Memorial Day weekend, and our print 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide has hit the streets! Copies are waiting at dozens of locations around the Catskills. See what it looks like and how to get one by clicking here.

Each year, we ask readers of the Watershed Post and our Catskills Outdoor Guide to send us their best photos of the Catskills great outdoors. This year, 52 photographers entered our 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest  Read more

Catskill Recreation Center

The Catskill Recreation Center (CRC) is a not-for-profit organization and a state-of-the-art swimming and exercise facility located in Arkville, NY (on County Highway 38 between State Routes 28 and 30). CRC provides affordable recreational opportunities to the community and is the “go-to place” for fitness, friendships, and fun. We offer a diverse array of swimming and fitness classes, family and youth programs, personal training, American Red Cross instruction, and child watch opportunities.

845-586-6250

Main Street Margaretville

Main Street Margaretville - a beautiful little town in the big beautiful Catskill Mountains... shop, explore, relax and have fun!

Freshtown

For 60 years, the Foodtown banner has proudly served the communities of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Our mission is to be the best grocery retailer in our market by:

Delivering the FRESHEST quality products

Providing the FRIENDLIEST service

(845) 586-2628

Stocking trout for Memorial Day weekend

Above: Trout are thrown from a bucket into the East Branch of the Delaware River on Thursday, May 21. Photos by Burr Hubbell.

Even the fish are getting ready for the first big weekend of the summer season in the Catskills. 

Burr Hubbell sent us these photos of staff from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and a group of volunteers stocking the East Branch of the Delaware River with trout on Thursday, May 21 on Route 30 between Roxbury and Margaretville. 

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Reservoir boating season begins in Catskills

Above: Kayakers on the Pepacton Reservoir. Photo via NYC DEP.

Sunrise this morning -- Friday, May 22 -- marked the beginning of the boating season on four of New York City's upstate reservoirs in the Catskills: the Cannonsville, the Neversink, the Schoharie and the Pepacton. Boating on the reservoirs is allowed during daylight hours from Friday, May 22 to Monday, Oct. 12.

2015 is the fourth year that non-motorized boats have been allowed to ply the waters of the city's protected drinking supply, and there are a few new additions to the program in 2015. 

According to a press release from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, there are now racks at some popular boat launch sites that allow avid kayakers, sailors and paddlers to store their crafts near the water all summer long.

Also, boat rental companies are allowed to rent boats on the banks of the Cannonsville Reservoir for the first time as well, which means that all four reservoirs have rental businesses right on the water.   Read more

See the Tinderbox's Grills In Action - Memorial Day Weekend

We're Firing Up The Grills! 

Saturday, May 23

See the Grills in Action -- Taste the Difference!

The Tinderbox
1130 Main St.
Fleischmanns, NY 
(845) 254-5999

Mountainside Administrator, Phil Mehl, Receives Prestigious Award

Phil Mehl, who has led Mountainside since 2009, received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award for maintaining a “top-performing” long-term-care facility, the organization said. Under Mehl’s leadership, Mountainside demonstrated “identified measures of clinical achievement, good service, compliance excellence, reduced liability exposure, and [operational] success,” said the Alexandria, Va., group. “Advancing leadership excellence is at the core of our mission,” ACHCA President and Chief Executive Officer Marianna Grachek said. “There is a close relationship between facility leadership and quality outcomes -- and, ultimately, between quality care and operational success.” Mehl said he was “proud to receive this award on behalf of our wonderful, compassionate and expert team that demonstrates daily its commitment to the highest-quality, person-centered care.” Mountainside has the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest-level five-star quality rating and is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s Best Nursing Homes.

This Weekend: Memorial Day in the Catskills

Above: Princesses in Liberty's 2014 Memorial Day Parade. Photo by John of Catskills Photography, submitted to the Watershed Post Flickr pool. This year, Liberty's parade takes place on Monday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Ah, Memorial Day: a bittersweet tang, part remembrance, part celebration. The scent of gunpowder from ritual muskets mingling with the fresh blooms of late spring and a whiff of barbecue sauce. The unofficial beginning of summer brings a host of wonderful seasonal things bursting open at once.

Come out and imbibe the heady mix. Here’s our five county guide to the best of the Catskills this weekend, May 23 to 25.

DELAWARE COUNTY  Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Trees with Gary Mead – Redcedar

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM
WIOX ROXBURY 91.3FM or www.wioxradio.org

Every 3rd Wednesday we talk to Gary Mead about a different tree found in or near the Catskill Mountains. Every tree is different, and there is always something unique & special we find out about it. We’ll be discussing the REDCEDAR tree. Redcedar isn’t too common in the higher elevations of the Catskills, but it can be seen readily as one descends into any of the surrounding valleys. It’s a good tree for wood art, rustic furniture, fence-posts, and wildlife too. Gary will tell us his experiences with the REDCEDAR tree in his mill or in his art.  Read more


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