After audits, Delaware supervisors tighten up procurement, vehicle policies

Above: Jim Eisel, the chairman of the Delaware County board of supervisors, at the Aug. 26 meeting of the board. Photo by Robert Cairns.

In the aftermath of two state audits that criticized Delaware County's procurement and surplus property disposal policies, the county's board of supervisors adopted an update of those policies at its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

A procurement policy was adopted in 1992 and updated in 2008. A policy for the disposal of surplus property was adopted in 1995. Both are superseded by the new policy.

There was little discussion on the resolution to adopt a new policy at the meeting. It passed, unanimously.

The resolution states that “it is appropriate that from time to time the board revisit, update and clarify its policies and procedures so that county agencies may function efficiently while simultaneously providing safeguards to protect county taxpayers.”  Read more

Tonight's Show: Forest Talk with Mike Porter

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest

Wednesday’s 6PM – 7PM

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Wednesday’s Show: Forest Talk with Mike Porter

This Wednesday we’ll be talking to Mike Porter again about this & that. Mike Porter is a local maple producer, and quite the forest enthusiast. He’s been known to make a few rustic furniture items as well as a log cabin from trees found on his land. We’ll see what Mike has been up to most recently. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online at www.wioxradio.org to learn more.


Mountain Hunting: Headed for the Hills

By Ryan Trapani, Education Forester at the Catskill Forest Association

“I’m going hunting in the mountains.” It just sounds right, doesn’t it? For years people from the Hudson Valley left their homes, packed a bag and a gun, and headed for the hills of northern Ulster County to hunt. The mountains offered an opportunity for hunters to pursue their game unencumbered over thousands of wooded acres. Each hollow or clove felt as his own to discover, explore, and pursue deer wherever they might go; after all the Hudson Valley had few deer back then. Say what!  Read more

Riting Myth, Writing Myth: An Enchanted Writing Workshop with Dennis Slattery Sept 25-27

September 25, 2015 - 5:00pm
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Riting Myth, Writing Myth:
Plotting Your Personal Story
An Imaginarium Workshop at Spillian
Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27, 2015
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Scattered power outages across Catskills

Above: Power outages in Schoharie County, according to National Grid's outage map

Power outages are dotted across five Catskills counties on Friday, Aug. 21, with thousands of households in the dark in Schoharie County and hundreds without power in Ulster County as of 11 a.m.

Earlier this morning, thousands of people in Sullivan County were without power, according to the Times Herald-Record, but most of those outages appear to have been fixed, according to NYSEG's outage map

In Schoharie County, 1,726 people are currently without power, according to National Grid's outage map. Power is expected to be restored there around 12:30 p.m.  Read more

The market for Catskills real estate returns–on the low end

Image by Dan Moyle, via Flickr. 

Real estate sales are up all over the Catskills, according to realtors across the region who say that rustic, country and move-in-ready homes are attracting buyers.

But while the number of sales are up, the price of what’s selling is going down.

Realtors say that is because the most interest is coming from savvy bargain hunters from New York City who are searching for an upstate escape where they can relax and maybe even earn a few bucks.

“Finding that special, unique property is what the buyer is looking for now,” said Jennifer Grimes, the owner-broker of Country House Realty in the Sullivan County hamlet of Grahamsville.   Read more

ANNIVERSARY SALE EXTENDED thru Saturday, August 22nd!

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Our ANNIVERSARY SALE has been EXTENDED thru Saturday, August 22nd!!

Stoves, fireplaces and inserts are all on sale! Fire pits, BBQ's and Smokers are on sale, too!

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Book Discussion Club (August) at Bnai Israel in Fleischmanns

Congregation Bnai Israel’s summer book club will discuss Anna Yezierska’s novel, The Breadgivers, starting at 2 PM, on Thursday, August 20th, at the synagogue at 347 Wagner Ave. in Fleischmanns. This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the 1920s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi who rebels against her father’s rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Sarah’s struggle toward independence and self-fulfillment resonates with a passion all can share.  Further information about the novel and the book discussion club can be found on the Bnai Israel website at http://bnai-israel-fleischmanns-ny.org/events/book-discussion-group.

Golf and Camaraderie. No Losers!

Many people to thank and not enough photos captured of the day. Planning underway for 2016. Join us in 2016 for the Golf and for the Camaraderie.


Crowds dance in Fleischmanns to welcome new Torah

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Above: Members of Fleischmanns' summer Spinka community accompany a new Torah to their synagogue on Main Street.

Hundreds of members of the Spinka community of Hasidic Jews led by Grand Rabbi Abraham Horowitz gathered on Sunday, Aug. 9 to welcome the arrival of a new sefer Torah—a handwritten copy of the holiest text in Judaism—to a synagogue in the Delaware County village of Fleischmanns.

“It was a very special occasion,” said Yossi Green, a spokesman for the community. “All the people were wearing their Shabbos garb, something that we only wear on Saturday and high holidays, because this occasion was so special.”

Above: The Torah procession on Sunday, Aug. 9 in Fleischmanns. Contributed photo. 

Portions of Depot Street and Main Street were closed to traffic as men carried the new Torah under a chuppah canopy to the community’s synagogue. A large crowd danced in the street as music.

Later that evening, a celebratory feast was held at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, according to Green.  Read more

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