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Five kid-friendly Catskills hikes

Above: Kids hiking in the Catskills. Photo by Tim Luby.

While the Catskills have a reputation for rugged, steep terrain, the region also offers plenty of short, exciting jaunts with amazing views that kids can scale.

1. VROMAN’S NOSE. 1.5 miles round trip. A mostly gentle climb, with some steep sections, that leads to sweeping views of surrounding farmland. The large, flat summit is known as “The Dance Floor.” Park on Mill Valley Road in Middleburgh.

2. TROUT POND. 3 miles round trip. A pleasant walk on an old woods road up to a scenic lake. A side trail on the way overlooks a waterfall. Great fishing and camping opportunities. Park on Russell Brook Road near Roscoe.

3. FRICK POND. 2.2 miles round trip. A level hike through forests, swamps and meadows along the shoreline of Frick Pond. Can be muddy. Park on Beech Mountain Road, Livingston Manor.

4. TANBARK TRAIL. 2 miles round trip. A climb up to impressive views of Phoenicia, the Esopus Creek and surrounding high peaks. Trailhead at Parish Field, Phoenicia.  Read more

Sunny Day Predicted...Join us this Thursday

Blueberry and raspberry picking in the Catskills

Above: Picking blueberries at Blue Sky Farm & Winery in Stamford. Photo by Jane Margolies.

Strawberry season has come and gone, but not to worry if you didn’t get your fill of luscious, locally grown berries. Blueberry season is upon us, and, thanks to the late spring rains, growers at U-Pick farms around the Catskills are reporting bumper crops of berries that are bigger and plumper than usual. Raspberries are also ripe for the picking at some farms. So grab a pail and get out your pie and cobbler recipes—and stay tuned for more updates on U-Pick offerings throughout the summer and fall.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Blue Sky Farm & Winery
779 Charcoal Road, Stamford
607-652-4712; blueskyfarmwinery.com

Blue Sky Farm & Winery had its first U-Pick day July 18, and owner Russ Betz says he’ll have blueberries for the next three or four weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The berries are $3 per pound—and you can pick up a bottle of blueberry wine while you’re at it.  Read more

Registration Forms Available at MHF Offices

On Thursday, August 6th, the Margaretville Health Foundation will be holding its 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at the College Golf Course in Delhi to benefit Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Our foundation ensures that many of the significant improvements made at the hospital and residential care center are possible through the support of residents and community leaders like you. We want our supporters to know that their contributions are sent directly to the funding of that mission. The cost for participating in the tournament is $85.00 per person which includes range, golf, cart, snack and barbecue lunch. There will be limited lunch only seating available. Please call us to reserve. Liz Warren 845-586-2131 Ext 3181 or email [email protected]

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Ginseng

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

American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) – A plant that has been highly sought after for thousands of years in both China & Korea. It is also heavily sought after right here in the Catskills too. “Shang” is harvested mostly to satisfy the Asian market, but there are some who pick only a few to satisfy their own medicinal desires. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn about this extremely long-lived & renowned herb.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST?
Well, it’s hot & muggy outside, interspersed with periods of rain. Maybe not the best weather for dressing up in leg-chaps & cutting firewood, but good for finding mushrooms. Found some more golden chanterelles last night. Tomorrow, I’ll introduce them to some venison caramelized in a little maple syrup & make a damn good meal that’s definitely “from the forest.” Running out of venison though. Is it almost deer hunting season?  Read more

MHF Golf Tournament August 6th Registration Form

On Thursday, August 6th, the Margaretville Health Foundation will be holding its 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at the College Golf Course in Delhi to benefit Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Our foundation ensures that many of the significant improvements made at the hospital and residential care center are possible through the support of residents and community leaders like you. We want our supporters to know that their contributions are sent directly to the funding of that mission. The cost for participating in the tournament is $85.00 per person which includes range, golf, cart, snack and barbecue lunch. There will be limited lunch only seating available. Please call us to reserve. Liz Warren 845-586-2131 Ext 3181 or email [email protected]

Delaware County adds dedicated drunk-driving prosecutor

Above: A police officer making a drunk driving arrest. Photo by Flickr user Jeffrey Smith.

Delaware County will have a full-time prosecutor for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) cases following action of the county's board of supervisors on Wednesday, July 22.

The board adopted a resolution creating a new position in the couny district attorney's office.

The resolution states that the county “recognizes that effective and efficient prosecution of DWI offenses in the local criminal courts is needed, but is time consuming and requires specialized training and experience.” It notes that the current assistant district attorneys “have extensive caseloads relating to non-DWI offenses” and says a full-time DWI prosecutor “is necessary.”  Read more

Pedal mettle: Mountain biking and road cycling in the Catskills

Above: A mountain biker races in Hurley in 2013. Photo by Tim Kleeger of Fats in the Cats.

The Catskill Mountains were made for road cycling and mountain biking, with miles of paved, lightly trafficked roads and rugged mountain trails. For those who love to shred shale, the region is a mountain biker’s paradise.

The FATS IN THE CATS BICYCLE CLUB (fatsinthecats.com) has over 150 members and has been around since 1994, with rides for bikers of all abilities, including a weekly “newbie” rider group.  Read more

This weekend: The Catskills Forest Festival

Above: A rough beginning of a wood sculpture of a bear made by Samsonville wood artist Hoppy Quick. Quick will be at the Catskill Forest Festival this weekend. Photo via Hoppy Quick's Facebook page

Woodchips will fly in Margaretville's village park on Saturday during the Catskill Forest Festival, an annual showcase of forestry and woodsmen skills and products.

This year, the organizers at the Catskill Forest Association promise that lumberjacks will compete to show off their cutting skills, a sawmill will turn logs into usable boards and craftsmen will turn trees into sculptures. (Ulster County artisan Hoppy Quick is planning to create a few bear sculptures on the spot during the festival -- see his photos above.)   Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Forest Festival

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


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