Arkville

Sean Eldridge: "I’m not going to run again"

Sean Eldridge, a young political upstart who lost the election for New York's 19th Congressional District from Republican Chris Gibson last year, has finally made it public: He won't be running for election again.

Eldridge, a first-time Democratic challenger, lost the race for Gibson's seat by 30 points in a drubbing that received national attention.

That's because Eldridge is one half of a prominent gay power couple. His husband is Chris Hughes, a multi-millionaire who helped Mark Zuckerberg found Facebook. 

Right after the election, Eldridge refused to answer questions from the Watershed Post about whether or not he would run again in the 19th District, which covers much of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley.  Read more

Tornado watch in effect for the Catskills region

Above: A storm system looms to the west of the Catskills at 2:20 pm. on Monday, June 8.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a sweeping tornado watch for much of New York and New England this afternoon.

The tornado watch includes Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties in the Catskills from 1:40 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, June 8. A large storm system will march through the region, bringing winds, possible hail and a chance of flash flooding. 

Tonight’s Show: Catskill Fungi with John Michelotti

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

On tonight’s radio show, FROM THE FOREST will be interviewing John Michelotti from CATSKILL FUNGI. John is the owner of CATSKILL FUNGI – a business that offers health tinctures from wild-crafted or organically grown fungi from his family farm. He also offers consultation, edible & medicinal mushrooms, residential landscape design, workshops, woodswalks, & more. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn more about mushrooms from John.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST?
There is a lot of fruit out there this year. Black cherry trees are loaded; so are apple, peach, pear, serviceberry, and mulberry. My apple trees are receiving quite a bit of caterpillar damage; they chew their leaves pretty badly. You can spray an organic pesticide on them – Baciullus thuringiensis, or Bt. It can be found at some of your local garden stores. It’s the same stuff maple producers use to kill forest tent caterpillar and it will kill all caterpillars. In any case, get ready for some fruit.  Read more

Blazing trails: New in the Catskills outdoors

Above: The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, which is scheduled to open in July, features a a .75-mile paved trail that leads to an additional .25 to .5-mile paved trail towards the Esopus Creek. Photo by Julia Reischel.

We're celebrating Catskills outdoors and trails this week as we ramp up for National Trails Day, which is Saturday, June 6. Here's a roundup of new trails and attractions that have opened in the past year or will soon open in the Catskills. 

CATSKILL CONSERVATION CORPS
June 2014
Funded by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and managed by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, the Catskill Conservation Corps formed in 2014. Volunteers with the Corps build and maintain trails, conduct research, pick up litter, root out invasive species and generally keep an eye on things in the Catskill Park. Workshops teach Corps members how to plan a trail, swing a mattock and identify nasty plants. catskillconservationcorps.org.  Read more

Rosa delivers blistering critique of Kirkwood in Delaware County judge race

Above: Delaware County Family Court candidate Gary Rosa delivered a fiery speech attacking his opponent, Delaware County Attorney Porter Kirkwood, on Saturday at the annual dinner of the Delaware County Democratic Committee. Photo by Robert Cairns.

The race for a new family court judgeship in Delaware County heated up on Saturday, May 30 when Democratic Party candidate and town of Middletown Justice Gary Rosa delivered a strong critique of the qualifications and actions of his opponent, Delaware County Attorney Porter Kirkwood.

Left: Delaware County Attorney Porter Kirkwood, in a photo posted on his campaign's Facebook page. 

Kirkwood is endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties for the new judicial position, which was created by the New York State Legislature last year.  Read more

Great Food and Lots of Fun at "Celebrity" Waiter Event

Join us at Peekamoose Restaurant on June 6th at Noon for great entertainment as our own Catskill "Celebrities" wait on diners. For more information contact Joan Lawrence-Bauer at [email protected] or 845-254-5553 or Liz Warren at [email protected] or 845-586-2631 Ext 3181

Tonight’s Show: Catskill Tanning Industry

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

From the Forest will be discussing the history of the Catskill Tanning Industry. During the 1860s most of the leather used by the Union Army in the Civil War was created by the Catskill Tanning Industry. Hamlets throughout the Catskills owe their existence to this once bustling industry made possible by entrepreneurship, and an abundant supply of eastern hemlock trees and mountain-streams. Tune in and learn more at 91.3 FM or stream online at www.wioxradio.org.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Beautiful ride on the way to work this morning from Boiceville to Arkville; really because of one particular tree too. Black locust flowers are in full bloom and can easily be seen from the road-side. They don’t climb too much up the mountain; probably since they are not tolerant of much shade and the forest was last to regrow near the valley and roadway. In any case, they’re a beautiful string of white flowers, and tasty too.  Read more

Catskill Recreation Center's One Year Anniversary Celebration

June 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

Please Join us for Catskill Recreation Center’s One Year Anniversary week long Celebration!

June 5 Friday Family Fun Night
5:30 – 7:45 PM

$10.00 per family of non-members. This month’s theme is a Hawaiian Luau. Come float on inter tubes, relax with friends or go on a snorkeling adventure.

The Main Event: Saturday, June 6

Take a free class from 3 to 4PM. There is something for everyone!!!!

The options will be Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, Kickboxing, Aqua Aerobics, Masters Swim, Youth Conditioning ages 10-17, and child watch ages 6 months to 13 years old. Some of the classes will be indoors and some will be outdoors.

Terry Laughlin of Total Immersion will be coming to speak about the Total Immersion Swimming technique from 2-3 PM. Laughlin will coach the Master Swim club from 3-4 PM.

Followed by: Chicken BBQ- 4:30 – 6:00 PM $7.00 a chicken half, $10.00 a meal (2 sides and a roll).

Finishing up with: a carrot cake cutting ceremony at 6:00 PM.  Read more

Local "Celebrity" Waiters Event at Peekamoose

On Saturday June 6th at Noon, Peekamoose Restaurant is "turning the tables" on some of their favorite regular guests, as they become waiters to raise money for the Margaretville Health Foundation. Come see some local 'celebrities' put on an apron, balance drinks on a tray, and earn tips - all for a great cause. Tickets are limited.

For more information contact Joan Lawrence-Bauer at  [email protected] or 845-254-5553 or

Liz Warren at [email protected] or 845-586-2631 Ext 3181

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


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