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Tonight’s Show: John Blish from Mountain Valley

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

From the Forest will be interviewing John Blish. John is the owner of MOUNTAIN VALLEY that offers services in firewood, landscaping, site-work, snow removal, and dumpsters. We’ll ask John what it’s like owning & running a business in these Catskill Mountains, among other things. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn more.  Read more

Deer Processing Workshop

December 12, 2015 - 10:00am

So you harvested a deer, now what? Paying to have a deer processed can get expensive, so why not learn to do it yourself? And what’s better than learning first hand? The Catskill Forest Association will be hosting a deer processing workshop Saturday, December 12th 10am – 1pm with New York State licensed guide, Sonny Somelofski. We will teach you how to process venison from skinning to packaging on a harvested deer, start to finish. Call the Catskill Forest Association at (845) 586-3054 to register. Members free, non-members $10.

Catskills patients and doctors left in lurch by Health Republic shutdown

Patients and doctors across the Catskills have been scrambling to deal with the abrupt closure of Health Republic, a troubled health insurance company that is closing for business today, Monday, Nov. 30.

The shuttered company is no longer paying its claims, leaving doctors unsure whether they will ever be paid for seeing Health Republic patients. Some doctors have turned patients away, or are bargaining directly with patients over their medical fees. 

In September, New York State regulators ordered Health Republic, the largest of many health insurance cooperatives to be established across the country as part of the Affordable Care Act, to close at the end of 2015.  Read more

Thanksgiving in the Catskills

Photo by icoNYca, via Flickr. 

As the fourth Thursday in November rolls around, we gather in a spirit of gratitude for our mountain peaks and sparkling creeks, our deer and raptors and black bear, and for each other. Here are some places to feast among neighbors in the Catskills this Thanksgiving Day. Unless otherwise specified, all events are taking place on Thursday, Nov. 26.

DELAWARE COUNTY

The Interfaith Council is inviting everyone in the greater Margaretville community to its 5th annual free Thanksgiving dinner, taking place from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Margaretville United Methodist Church. All are welcome and take-outs are available.  Read more

Delaware County passes bed tax
 law

Above: Maureen Wacha of Walton, a motel owner, spoke against the Delaware County bed tax at a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Photo by Robert Cairns.

Those who pay for overnight stays at hotels, motels and other lodging establishments in Delaware County will soon pay two percent more.

The Delaware County Board of Supervisors, at a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24, approved a hotel and motel occupancy tax that will also apply to bed-and-breakfast establishments and rentals of vacation homes.

Proponents of the bed tax law say that the tax will raise $192,000 per year to augment the county's tourism promotion efforts. Currently, the county spends $95,000 annually through its tourism promotion agency, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.

Under the provisions of the law, the tax’s proceeds are dedicated to tourism and will not go into the county's general fund.  Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Critter Quiz

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

For Wednesday night’s show we’ll be having a Catskill Critter Quiz to test our knowledge of critter life in the Catskill Mountains. Leading the quiz will be Paul Misko. Paul is the founder of the Catskill 4000 Club. He grew up hiking & fishing in & around Woodland Valley near Phoenicia. His knowledge about forest history is as extensive as the woods growing there. He has been on FROM THE FOREST on numerous occasions to talk about local history, hiking, & one of his favorite naturalists – John Burroughs. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST?
As I write this, we stand on the eve of Gun Season for Big Game. It’s nice to see family and friends gathering for the weekend’s big event. Hunting is more than the pursuit of deer. It’s another excuse to get together. Good luck, both in the field and back at camp.

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

Yankee Town Pond Project

December 10, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Yankee Town Pond Project video will be shown at the Erpf Center December 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm. This video is the product of a public art project orchestrated by Keiko Sono. The video is a hybrid of nature-based art video and a documentary. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Bearsville artist Keiko Sono presents Yankeetown Pond Project, a video chronicling her public art project which brings people from different social circles together with their deep connection to their land as the common thread. Originally planned as a community time-lapse video production, the project was soon turned upside down by a resident protestor. This encounter brought the project through transformations.  Read more

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This weekend: Hudson Valley Hullabaloo plus four other Catskills craft fairs

Above: The 2014 Hudson Valley Hullabaloo. Photo via the HV Hullabaloo's Facebook page

The holiday craft season is heating up. This weekend, 65 vendors will flock to the Hudson Valley Hullabaloo in Kingston, and more will appear at markets and bazaars in three other counties. Here's where to shop local for the holidays during the weekend of Nov. 21 and 22.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Fresh-baked pies, locally-raised meats, Catskills-made spirits and wines and much more will be for sale at the Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce (GSACC) Holiday Pop-Up Farmers’ Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 in Stamford. The market has become an annual tradition, and over a dozen vendors will be there to provide a shopping bonanza just before Thanksgiving.   Read more

Annual Community Food Pantry Promotion

Help replenish our local food pantries. With your donation of nonperishable goods during the months of November and December MTC will waive your upgrade charge. Eligible services include: cable TV, high speed internet and phone services. For more information or to schedule your upgrade please call our office at 845-586-3311.

Regular monthly fees and some restrictions apply.

Supervisors: Delaware County bed tax is back, budget is up

Above: Colchester Supervisor Art Merrill, left, and Davenport Supervisor Dennis Valente, both opponents of the proposed Delaware County bed tax, conferred during Wednesday's meeting of the board of Supervisors. Photo by Robert Cairns. 

A new version of a proposed Delaware County tax on hotel and motel occupancy was introduced at the Wednesday, Nov. 10 meeting of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors.

An earlier version of the local law to authorize the two percent tax on overnight stays at lodging establishments was withdrawn last month after supervisors agreed with critics that it unfairly placed the tax on establishments that are already subject to sales tax while allowing casual rentals of rooms and homes to go tax-free.

The new version of the law makes such casual rentals subject to the bed tax by removing language that specified that only establishments that provide maid service or other amenities are taxable.

The change is designed to make the law applicable to rooms booked through services such as AirBnB or advertised on classified ad sites like Craigslist.  Read more


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