Arkville

Meet the Candidate - Zephyr Teachout, Democrat for US House ED 19

May 11, 2016 - 7:00pm

Arville Fire Hall, 43365 State Hwy 28, Arkville, NY. Free and Open to the Public.

Zephyr Teachout is the daughter of a judge and law school professor. She grew up in a rural area a few hours from Dutchess County where she now lives. She went to Duke Law School and practiced as a lawyer in North Carolina. Zephyr is the first National Director of the Sunlight Foundation, a non-partisan organization working for more Congressional transparency. Since 2003 she has been a national leader speaking against government corruption. 

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Meet the Candidate - Will Yandik, Democrat for US House ED 19

May 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

Arkville Fire Hall, 43365 State Hwy 28, Arkviile, NY. Free and Open to the Public.

A fourth-generation family farmer, Will Yandik was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. Will learned the values of hard work and community on the Green Acres Farm that his great-grandfather purchased while working as an iron miner. 

Will graduated from Princeton and earned a master’s degree from Brown University before working on environmental issues including climate change and clean water. He returned home to manage the family farm and bakery while also teaching biology at Columbia-Greene Community College and writing about retirement legislation for the AARP Bulletin.

Always one to stand up and help his community, Will is the first-ever Democrat to become Deputy Town Supervisor in Livingston and led the fight to pass a ban on fracking and expand the use of solar energy. Today, Will is running for Congress to fight for the middle class and help local residents and families get ahead.

Meet the Candidates nights are part of an “Issues Dialogue” series, a new initiative sponsored by the Town of Middletown Democratic Committee.

FMI go to Facebook: Town of Middletown NY Democrats.

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Celebrity Waiter Event at Peekamoose June 4th

The only thing serious about this event is the cause! The fun gets underway at Noon sharp when the Celebrity Waiters will greet you and guide you through this extra ordinary event. The Waiters will be competing as to whom will get the most “Tips”, all of which are donated to the Margaretville Health Foundation. If you usually tip 20% you might want to have more “Tip Bucks” available as they will pamper and entertain you for more. You can ask them to sing your favorite song, dance with you, play you a tune or tell a joke or two. Bring your imagination and make your Celebrity Waiter work for his “tip”.

Can’t wait to join us? Reserve now. The luncheon is $60 not including tips. Can’t be there? Donate a tip and tell us which waiter should get it. More information? Contact Penny Vaccaro 845-586-2631 Ext. 3181 or email [email protected].

John Faso: Experienced politician faces voters who are fed up with "insiders"

Above: John Faso. Image via the Faso campaign.

In the increasingly negative race to replace retiring Republican Congressman Chris Gibson in New York's 19th Congressional District, former State Assembly Minority Leader John Faso has all the hallmarks of a traditional general election contender. But that might not help him, because 2016 is no traditional election year.

Nationally, maverick candidate Donald Trump has ousted more traditional Republican candidates from the race for president. In the race for the 19th Congressional District, which represents the Catskills and Hudson Valley, Faso’s opponents hope to do the same to him.

Faso, a Republican, began his campaign for Congress with high name recognition and a time-tested fundraising apparatus. He spent 16 years in the New York State Assembly from 1987 to 2002 and made an unsuccessful GOP gubernatorial bid in 2006 against Democrat Elliot Spitzer.

Now, Faso's status as an experienced politician and elected official has become both a blessing and a curse.  Read more

Drinking and reading: Catskills authors to gather at book festival in distillery

Above: The 2015 Catskills Book Festival. Photo via Writers in the Mountains. 

This Sunday, local writers, illustrators, editors, educators, booksellers, publishers and journalists will gather at the Union Grove Distillery in the Delaware County hamlet of Arkville to swap stories and quaff local vodka during the Meet the Authors Catskills Book Festival.

The festival, which is being hosted by the Roxbury-based Writers in the Mountains for the third year in a row, showcases writers who hail from the Catskills, the Hudson Valley and New York City. It joins the Woodstock Writers Festival, held earlier this month, as part of the growing Catskills literary scene.  Read more

Fun, Fast and Furious Celebrity Waiter Event. Join us June 4th at Peekamoose

Reserve and join in the fun! Fast furious and friendly competition for "Tips". Join us on June 4th from Noon to 2pm and enjoy the luncheon prepared especially for this event by Peekamoose Restaurant. For reservations and information contact Penny Vaccaro 845-586-2631 or email [email protected].

Presidential primary day in the Catskills

Above: Photo by Justin Grimes, via Flickr. 

For New York state voters who are registered with a political party, today--April 19, 2016--is the day to vote in New York state's presidential primary election.

It's one of the most exciting primary races in years, with Donald Trump expecting a landslide of Republican votes in his race against Ted Cruz and John Kasich while Hilary Clinton dukes it out with Bernie Sanders for the state's Democratic voters. 

The national and international press is watching New York voters--including some in the Catskills--as they go to the polls today.  Read more

Delaware County will tax commercial solar farms

Above: Michael Sabansky, Delaware County's director of real property tax services, gave a presentation on solar farms to the Delaware County Board of Supervisors on April 13. Photo by Robert Cairns. 

With the possibility of commercial solar electricity generation coming to Delaware County, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors has taken steps to make sure that solar developers pay property taxes.

The board, at its meeting on Wednesday, April 13, adopted a resolution to enter into “host community benefit” agreements for commercial solar installations. The resolution circumvents state rules, which provide property tax exemptions for such installations for 15 years.

Michael Sabansky, the county's director of real property tax services, said that 6,500 letters have been sent to Delaware County landowners soliciting leases for solar installations.

“I'm sure we're going to get a few in the county,” he said. “We do have lots of land and lots of power lines.”  Read more

"Meet the Authors" - Third Annual Catskills Book Festival

April 24, 2016 - 12:00pm

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites you to a literary arts and community event and celebration we call “Meet the Authors,” the third in our series of annual book festivals. This year the event takes place on Sunday, April 24, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY, an exciting new enterprise in the area. Union Grove is housed in a big old barnlike building featuring comfortable spaces fitted with stainless steel and copper and wood, a roaring fireplace, and the percolation of fine spirits—all making for a perfect environment in which to listen to, talk about, and think about books and writing.  Read more

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"Meet the Authors" - Third Annual Catskills Book Festival

April 24, 2016 - 12:00pm

 Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites you to a literary arts and community event and celebration we call “Meet the Authors,” the third in our series of annual book festivals. This year the event takes place on Sunday, April 24, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY, an exciting new enterprise in the area. Union Grove is housed in a big old barnlike building featuring comfortable spaces fitted with stainless steel and copper and wood, a roaring fireplace, and the percolation of fine spirits—all making for a perfect environment in which to listen to, talk about, and think about books and writing.  Read more

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