Arkville

Union Grove Distillery opens in Arkville

Above: Union Grove Distillery owners Brian Mulder and Todd Pascarella cut the ribbon at noon on Feb. 10 to open their new business.

The Catskills have a new distillery: Union Grove Distillery, owned by Todd Pascarella and Brian Mulder, celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday, Feb. 10 with a ribbon cutting in the Delaware County hamlet of Arkville. 

The distillery's first product is Vly Creek Vodka, which is made with wheat and locally grown apples that were pressed in an antique cider press at the nearby Hubbell Family Farm last fall. Mulder and Pascarella have longterm plans to add bourbon and whiskey, products with a long production timeline, to their lineup as well. 

A crowd of 30 people gathered to celebrate on Wednesday in the distillery's new cocktail lounge and tasting room, which features a cracking wood fire, a copper-topped bar and a kids' room.  Read more

Open House and Sauna Day at Mountain Flame

February 13, 2016 (All day)

Mountain Flame is celebrating Valentine's Day with a special one-day sale and demos of their Alta sauna in action. Stop by their Arkville showroom and warm up!

Open House: Saturday, Feb. 13, 10am-4pm
42825 Route 28, Arkville
845-586-2700

How to spend Valentine's Day in the Catskills

Above: Miss Kitty's Saloon, one of the suites at the Roxbury Motel. Image via the Roxbury Motel website. 

According to legend, Saint Valentine was a pretty wild character who was incarcerated and executed for performing illegal marriages back in the third century, so there’s more to celebrate this Sunday, Feb. 14 than the memory of excruciating grade school card swaps.

So reclaim Valentine’s day from the mass-market chocolatiers and minions of mediocrity and celebrate his legacy of radical love with dining, partying, music and fun in the Catskills. Make a weekend of it: we’ve listed a few local hotels and inns that are running lovefest specials.

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Teachout to run for 19th district, putting political spotlight on Catskills

Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout ended weeks of speculation on Monday, Jan. 25 by announcing her candidacy for outgoing Republican Congressman Chris Gibson’s 19th congressional district seat, which represents the Catskills and the Hudson Valley in New York.

Left: Zephyr Teachout. Photo by Digital Media, via Wikimedia Commons. 

Teachout’s announcement puts the Catskills region, formerly a gerrymandered political backwater before a judicial redistricting effort in 2012, at the center of New York State politics.  Read more

Bald eagles move into Margaretville nest

A pair of bald eagles has set up house in a nest on Route 30 in the Delaware County town of Middletown near the village of Margaretville. Watershed Post correspondent Rebecca Andre took this shot of the pair on Sunday, Jan. 24. To see a larger version of the photo, click here. 

Bald eagles mate for life, and build huge nests that are used over many years and can grow up to six feet wide and eight feet deep. The best time to catch a glimpse of bald eagles is in the morning between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and in the early afternoon between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., according to the New York State Department of Conservation's eagle fact page.

"Not your grandfather's Catskills:" Forum crosses county lines to talk tourism

Above: Tom Joyce of Andes in Delaware County, Lisa Lyons of Livingston Manor in Sullivan County and Robert Eggleton of the town of Rockland in Sullivan County talk about a map of the Catskills at a Jan. 23 forum about tourism and economic development in the region. Photo by Rebecca Andre.

At a forum at the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in the Delaware County town of Arkville on Saturday, Jan. 23, officials from four Catskills counties agreed that tourism is key to the economic future of the Catskills region.

"This is not your grandfather's Catskills," said Geddy Sveikauskas, who led the discussion. Sveikauskas is the founder of the Woodstock Times newspaper and a member of the board of the Catskill Center.

In front of an audience of 23 people, representatives from the town of Andes in Delaware County, the town of Hunter in Greene County, the hamlet of Livingston Manor in Sullivan County and the town of Woodstock in Ulster County brainstormed ways to work together to attract more tourists to the Catskills.  Read more

Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC) Announces Membership Information Meeting for Proposed Rate Revisions

The DCEC Board of Directors invites all interested Members to attend a Member Information Meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7 pm at the Public Safety Building at 280 Phoebe Lane in Delhi, NY to discuss the proposed April 2016 rate structure revisions. Please attend the Member Information Meeting, ask questions, and provide input.

For more information please call the office at (607) 746-2341 or review DCEC’s Catskill Hi-Line January/February edition newsletter.

Wednesday Night’s Show (January 20th): Running a Catskills Sawmill with Gary Mead

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesday’s 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. Normally we cover a specific tree, but this time around we’ll ask Gary about the challenges & rewards of owning & running a sawmill in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.

Gary Mead is the owner of Fruitful Furnishings. Fruitful Furnishings began in 1979 as a custom furniture shop. Within ten years, a sawmill was added for producing dimension parts and providing custom sawing, planing, and kiln drying services to customers wishing to furnish their homes with wood from their own trees. More recently, Gary has added Gary Mead Gallery – located at the mill-site – which showcases one-of-a-kind pieces made from wood. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn more.  Read more

Catskill Heritage Alliance mulls suing towns for approving Belleayre Resort

Above: A rendering of one of the hotels in the planned Belleayre Resort. Image via the Crossroads Ventures website.

The planning boards of the towns of Middletown and Shandaken approved permits for the long-awaited Belleayre Resort last week, in a move that could get them sued by the Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA), which opposes the project.

The CHA is already suing the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) over its review of the Belleayre Resort project, arguing that the DEC did not properly consider all options for and objections to the proposed development. 

Now that the towns where the resort wants to build have issued permits for the project, the CHA may file lawsuits against them as well, according Kathy Nolan, the chair of the CHA.

“We were provoked,” Nolan said. “The planning boards’ actions pushed us into a position of having to consider litigation that we had hoped to avoid.”

17 years of review  Read more

Delaware County Electric Cooperative

The Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC)  is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative in Upstate NY serving Delaware, Schoharie, Otsego and Chenango counties. We were established by members in 1942 to bring safe, reliable and cost effective electricity to rural families, farms and businesses. Today, we deliver electricity to over 4,600 members. We are your local Touchstone Energy Cooperative, and promise to serve with integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

(607) 746-2341

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