Arkville

Flooding possible throughout Catskills

Rain falling on frozen ground may lead to flooding across the Catskills on Tuesday, Feb. 16, according to the National Weather Service in Albany and Binghamton. 

The western Catskills counties of Delaware and Sullivan are under a flood advisory until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, according to NWS Binghamton:

SEVERAL AREAS OF MINOR PONDING OF WATER...AND STREET FLOODING HAVE BEEN REPORTED TODAY ACROSS THE REGION DUE TO HEAVY RAIN AND MELTING SNOW. SLUSH CLOGGED DRAINS HAVE BEEN THE CAUSE OF MOST OF THE FLOODING.

SMALL STREAMS HAVE BEEN RISING RAPIDLY WITHIN THEIR BANKS OVER PARTS OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND THE SOUTHERN TIER OF NEW YORK.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL THROUGH THE LATE AFTERNOON OF ONE HALF TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH IS LIKELY...WHICH WILL CAUSE ADDITIONAL MINOR FLOODING OF POOR DRAINAGE AND LOW LYING AREAS INTO THIS EVENING.  Read more

Greater Roxbury Business Association's Monthly Business Mixer - Feb. 23, 2016

Greater Roxbury Business Association (GRBA) invites you to its monthly business mixer and networking event Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m., at the Union Grove Distillery, 43311 State Hwy 28, Arkville, NY. Union Grove Distillery is a new “Farm Licensed” craft distillery, an exciting new enterprise in the Catskill Mountains. Owners and distillers Brain Mulder and Todd Pascarella will be hosting the event.

This month the program will be entirely dedicated to hearing news from the business community: come, let us know what’s new with your business, talk about your accomplishments as well as your challenges, and let’s tackle together a better way to promote each other and spread the word about what’s going on in Roxbury and surrounding area. Brian and Todd will be giving us a tour of the distillery, and will be talking about the production process. Bring a friend.        Read more

Greater Roxbury Business Association's Monthly Business Mixer

February 23, 2016 - 5:30pm

Greater Roxbury Business Association (GRBA) invites you to its monthly business mixer and networking event Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m., at the Union Grove Distillery, 43311 State Hwy 28, Arkville, NY. Union Grove Distillery is a new “Farm Licensed” craft distillery, an exciting new enterprise in the Catskill Mountains. Owners and distillers Brain Mulder and Todd Pascarella will be hosting the event.

This month the program will be entirely dedicated to hearing news from the business community: come, let us know what’s new with your business, talk about your accomplishments as well as your challenges, and let’s tackle together a better way to promote each other and spread the word about what’s going on in Roxbury and surrounding area. Brian and Todd will be giving us a tour of the distillery, and will be talking about the production process. Bring a friend.        Read more

John Burroughs Spring Lecture: Author Stephen Silverman

April 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

Naturalist John Burroughs and financier Jay Gould could not have led more different lives. Author Stephen Silverman devotes an entire chapter to their formative years on neighboring Roxbury farms and their chosen paths as adults in his book: The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America. Silverman will present the annual John Burroughs Spring Lecture, sponsored by John Burroughs' Woodchuck Lodge in cooperation with the Catskill Center for Conservation & Development.

This free talk will be presented at the Catskill Center, 43355 State Highway 29, Arkville, 12406.

845-586-2611

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


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