Arkville

NYNJTC Is Hiring: Catskills Summit Stewards

In this seasonal, part-time, position on weekends from Memorial Day through Columbus Day, Summit Stewards are responsible for patrolling the Catskill Park summit areas of Slide, Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains as well as other locations throughout the region. Summit Stewards provide the public with educational information that will ensure the safe and responsible use of hiking trails in the area. The Stewards have no enforcement responsibility.

The Summit Stewards work to encourage the best behavior on the part of hikers and campers, to facilitate a positive trail experience (particularly for those who are poorly prepared). They discourage and mitigate misuse of the trails, illegal camping and the surrounding lands by performing educational and public- relations functions and work to educate the public on fragile mountaintop ecosystems.  Read more

As wave of heroin arrests sweeps Catskills, opioids get political

Above: A poster from New York State's campaign to raise awareness about heroin addiction. New York State passed legislation to fund a heroin addiction awareness and treatment campaign in 2014. Photo via combatheroin.ny.gov. 

As a heroin epidemic spreads across the the Catskills, the topic of opioid addiction is driving politics in the region.

In the last two weeks, 13 people have been arrested in six major heroin busts in the Catskills. Two of the people arrested were teachers in Sullivan County schools.

Politicians and local officials are responding to heroin’s growing presence in the Catskills with task forces, hearing and calls for funding. They are also making opioids a central issue in the race for New York’s 19th congressional district seat, which covers the Catskills and the Hudson Valley in New York.

Cheap and widespread  Read more

Body and Health Winners

Marilyn Donnelly, Nursing Director at Margaretville Hospital, selects winners of the Margaretville Health Foundation Valentines Day Raffle. Congratulations to winners Pete Curran (Emerson Spa massage), Mike O'Brien (Delhi Cardio Club membership), Debbie Troup (Bodyworx Life Coaching) and Dana Atkin (Catskill Recreation Center membership). Pictured l to r: Amy McCann, Foundation Board Member, Marilyn Donnelly, Iris Mead, Foundation Development Coordinator. Thank you to our partner businesses for donating Body and Health gift certificates.
Thank you to the community for supporting healthcare in the Central Catskills.

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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