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

Wednesday Night’s Show: Dave Johns – Procurement Forester at Cannonsville Lumber/Schaefer Logging

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

On tonight’s show we’ll be speaking to Dave Johns. Dave is Cannonsville Lumber & Schaefer Logging’s Procurement Forester; located in Deposit, Delaware County. Dave earns his living by working in the woods each day in these Catskill Mountains. He is responsible for harvesting one of the area’s longest-living crops – trees. Trees are harvested after Dave marks them with paint and turned into lumber at Cannonsville Lumber where they are then shipped both far & wide. We’ll talk to Dave about his day-to-day duties, experiences and thoughts about the forest industry, forest health & management, and future observations too. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org.  Read more

Apple Trees & Depression-Era Tactics

Spring is here. Yeah, it might snow here or there, or even fall below freezing, but spring is well underway. I just pulled my maple taps last Wednesday. Maple sugaring requires freezing nights and warm days. The season is finished when either the buds swell, freezing and thawing does not occur, or motivation to burn more sapwood for tree sugar fizzles out. In this case, a little bit of the latter two. Easter came early this year, which meant sugaring had to end by April 1st for me. Also, the lows were no longer freezing anyway, which reduces pressure inside the tree that causes sap flow. Besides, I heard my first set of spring peepers the other day; a sure sign of the maple season’s end, and a transition from late winter into early spring.  Read more

MTC Cable welcomes Watch TV Everywhere

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MTC Cable's new “Watch TV Everywhere” service is now available to our Cable Television customers! You can now access online programming from many of our cable television networks, including live streaming on your computer, smart phone, or tablet.

There’s no additional charge to use MTC Cable Watch TV Everywhere. Your service level with MTC Cable programming just needs to contain the cable TV network you want to watch.

In just a few minutes, you can have this new service completely up and running. Just register your MTC account with Watch TV Everywhere.com and you can begin enjoying these new features right now! Follow the steps below and you’re all set to begin streaming to your PC, smart phone or tablet!  Read more

Spring Open House

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

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. Tonight we’ll be discussing the RED SPRUCE tree. Red spruce remains a fairly “lofty” tree – for the most part – here in the Catskill Mountains. It grows predominantly above 3000 feet in elevation on various mountaintops. Gary will tell us his experiences with the RED SPRUCE tree in his mill or in his art.  Read more

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

Two arrested in cocaine bust in Delaware County town of Middletown

A New Jersey man and a Delaware County, New York woman were arrested on Friday, April 10 after New York State Police narcotics investigators found cocaine in the man's car during a traffic stop and raided the woman's Arkville residence, police say.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jose Ozuna was driving on Route 28 in Delaware County on Friday night at 10 p.m. when Southern Tier State Police drug investigators and uniformed state police personnel pulled him over and searched his vehicle, according to a State Police press release. The officers reported that they found five ounces of cocaine, a digital scale, a switchblade and $580 in cash in Ozuna's vehicle.

Left: Dawn Hayden (top) and Jose Ozuna. Via the New York State Police. 

After Ozuna was arrested, narcotics investigators executed a search warrant at the home of 26-year-old Dawn Hayden, on Elliot Hills Road in Arkville in the Delaware County town of Middletown. Police say that they found a loaded .32 caliber revolver, a "Savage Model 30E" 12-gauge shotgun, a switchblade knife, a digital scale, a small amount of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia and four cell phones in Hayden's home.  Read more

Open House at Mountainside Residential Care Center

April 23, 2015 - 4:00pm

The Margaretville Health Foundation & Mountainside Residential Care Center
cordially invite you to an Open House

April 23, 2015
from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m

For more information, call 845-586-2631 x 3181

Snacks & Beverages will be served

Mountainside Residential Care Center Lobby
42158 New York State Route 28, Margaretville, NY


"Tax Day" Grill Sales Event

Get up to $400 in free accessories April 9-22 when you purchase a qualifying Primo Ceramic Grill and Grill Table at:

The Tinderbox
1130 Main Street, Fleischmanns, NY

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