Foundation Thanks Golfers, Sponsors and Supporters at Golf Tournament

Sunny skies and moderate temperatures prevailed at Thursday's Golf Tournament organized by the Margaretville Health Foundation. Teams arrived for a 9:30am Shotgun start at the College Golf Course in Delhi and were greeted to an early morning Continental breakfast and camaraderie among golfers. Complimentary snacks and beverages, delivered to golfers on course, kept all energized throughout the morning and was followed by an outdoor barbecue lunch. In an initiative to support our local youth, the Foundation was pleased this year to sponsor four graduate students from Margaretville Central School to join us on the course. The MCS team of players, Cooper Reither, Matt Van Valkenberg, Eric Mathiesen, and Dylan Schaffer took second prize narrowly losing to first prize winning team led by Mark Birman, with Henry Birman, Tom Mirabella, and Lance Levings, a group of golfers who have supported the Margaretville Health Foundation by several years of participation in the Golf Tournament. Congratulations to the winners, and a resounding Thank You to the participating golfers, sponsors and supporters.  Read more

13 places to rent bicycles in the Catskills

Above: Bike rentals at the Roxbury General Store in Roxbury. Photo via the Roxbury General Store's Facebook page

The Catskills are a bicycler’s paradise with hundreds of miles of trails and roads perfect for bikers of all skill levels. Whether you’re into off-road mountain biking, pedaling the pavement on the scenic byways or taking a relaxing ride with your family, it doesn’t take long to find an adventure that suits your needs.

Luckily, you don’t have to haul your bike up the mountains or make a pricey gear investment for occasional use. Outfitters, bike shops and other establishments offer mountain and road bicycle rentals across the Catskills. Here are 13 places to rent bikes.


Accessible Catskills hiking, camping and outdoors

Recreation and the outdoors are not just for able-bodied people. Adults and children with physical challenges benefit from exercise and the balance that comes from nature and fitness. Here are some opportunities that allow everyone equal access to the Catskills.


With their gentle grades, rail trails — former railroad beds turned into trails — are accessible to everyone. Try the 26-mile CATSKILL SCENIC TRAIL (Bloomville to Roxbury, or the 22-mile WALLKILL VALLEY RAIL TRAIL (Wallkill to Kingston,, which boasts the Rosendale Trestle, a soaring bridge that crosses the Rondout Creek. A .75-mile paved loop and a paved trail to the Esopus Creek surrounds the CATSKILL INTERPRETIVE CENTER (Mount Tremper, which just opened last month.  Read more

Catskill Recreation Center Is Hiring: Full-Time Aquatics Director

The Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville, NY seeks a full-time Aquatics Director. Candidates must be at least 21 years old and hold current certifications in lifeguarding, CPR-PR, first aid, and WSI, have two years’ experience in instruction and management of aquatics programming and pool maintenance.

For more information, please go to or call Becky Manning at 845-586-6250.

Broadband partnership targets rural areas in three Catskills counties

Above: This map, from the Delaware County Electric Cooperative website, shows areas targeted for construction of fiber-optic data lines.

Just as the Rural Electrification Administration brought electric power to remote areas of the nation in the 1930s, a partnership between local utility companies is working to bring broadband internet access to outlying areas of Delaware County and adjacent towns.

Representatives of the Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC), the Delhi Telephone Company (DTC) and the Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) began a series of visits to town council meetings on Wednesday, Aug. 5 in

Hamden to talk about the first phase of the Delaware County Broadband Initiative – a joint effort to provide fiber-optic broadband service within the area served by the electric cooperative.

While most of the expansion is within Delaware County, it spills over into the Sullivan County town of Rockland, the Ulster County town of Hardenburgh and the Schoharie County towns of Jefferson and Gilboa.  Read more

Catskill Recreation Center is Hiring: Full-Time Business Manager

The Catskill Recreation Center seeks a full-time Business Manager (8 hrs. / day, 5 days/ wk., with some weekend and evening hours.) Candidates should have at least three years’ experience in the areas of accounts receivable/ payable, purchasing, billing, payroll, tax reporting, and human resource management. The right candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in business management or related field, or an associate’s with related experience. Must be a friendly and motivated team player with excellent communication and organizational skills. Computer proficiency required, with experience in payroll and membership programs preferred. CPR and First Aid a plus, but not required. Salary commensurate with experience.

To apply please send an application, cover letter, and resume to the Catskill Recreation Center 651 County Highway 38, Arkville, NY12406 Attn: Becky Manning. You can find the application on our website or pick one up at the Catskill Recreation Center.  Read more

Tonight’s Show: Preserving Private Land

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM

“No one takes care of something better, than one who owns it.” ---Author unknown

On tonight’s show we’ll be discussing the most important stakeholder in the Catskills forests: You, The Forest Landowner. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @

Found some more mushrooms; this time it was oyster mushrooms. I’ve had these mushrooms in the past, but never so fresh; they were excellent. Also picked some more golden chanterelles. What a season for mushrooms!

May the forest be with you,
Ryan Trapani
Education Forester
Catskill Forest Association  Read more

Five kid-friendly Catskills hikes

Above: Kids hiking in the Catskills. Photo by Tim Luby.

While the Catskills have a reputation for rugged, steep terrain, the region also offers plenty of short, exciting jaunts with amazing views that kids can scale.

1. VROMAN’S NOSE. 1.5 miles round trip. A mostly gentle climb, with some steep sections, that leads to sweeping views of surrounding farmland. The large, flat summit is known as “The Dance Floor.” Park on Mill Valley Road in Middleburgh.

2. TROUT POND. 3 miles round trip. A pleasant walk on an old woods road up to a scenic lake. A side trail on the way overlooks a waterfall. Great fishing and camping opportunities. Park on Russell Brook Road near Roscoe.

3. FRICK POND. 2.2 miles round trip. A level hike through forests, swamps and meadows along the shoreline of Frick Pond. Can be muddy. Park on Beech Mountain Road, Livingston Manor.

4. TANBARK TRAIL. 2 miles round trip. A climb up to impressive views of Phoenicia, the Esopus Creek and surrounding high peaks. Trailhead at Parish Field, Phoenicia.  Read more

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Blueberry and raspberry picking in the Catskills

Above: Picking blueberries at Blue Sky Farm & Winery in Stamford. Photo by Jane Margolies.

Strawberry season has come and gone, but not to worry if you didn’t get your fill of luscious, locally grown berries. Blueberry season is upon us, and, thanks to the late spring rains, growers at U-Pick farms around the Catskills are reporting bumper crops of berries that are bigger and plumper than usual. Raspberries are also ripe for the picking at some farms. So grab a pail and get out your pie and cobbler recipes—and stay tuned for more updates on U-Pick offerings throughout the summer and fall.


Blue Sky Farm & Winery
779 Charcoal Road, Stamford

Blue Sky Farm & Winery had its first U-Pick day July 18, and owner Russ Betz says he’ll have blueberries for the next three or four weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The berries are $3 per pound—and you can pick up a bottle of blueberry wine while you’re at it.  Read more

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