Take A Valentine Selfie, Save On Your MTC Bill

You’re invited to come snap a pic at the MTC Selfie Station!

579 Main Street
Margaretville, NY 12455

Submit your best photo to the Margaretville Telephone Company Facebook page for a chance to win a $50 credit on your next bill.*

The deadline to submit your picture is Friday, February 26. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, February 29. The $50 credit will be reflected on your April MTC bill.

*Restrictions may apply.

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

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.


3rd Annual Heart of the Catskills Fundraiser at Crazy River Cafe with Ben Rounds

February 7, 2016 - 11:00am

For the third year in a row, Crazy River Cafe is hosting this family event to raise money and collect donations for our local animal shelter,  Heart of the Catskills Humane Society. ( ) Local musician Ben Rounds of the Ben Rounds Band  is once again going to be helping beat the winter blues, offering up a variety of original and cover tunes, along with a kid favorite, Chee Chee the Clown cheering on the crowd. Oppurtunities to win include 50/50, raffles, and some amazing quality auctioned items from local artists and producers.  ***ADMISSION IS FREE *** but please bring an item or two from the list below to help us FILL A TRUCK with the following items the shelter greatly needs: Paper towels, Bleach, Dog/cat toys, Cat treats, Rubber gloves for dish washing, Antibacterial wipes, Canned cat food.



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

Mid-Century Middletown, Remembering the ‘50s and ‘60s

April 16, 2016 - 2:00pm

If you remember Saturday matinees at the Galli Curci, or Fleischmanns' crowded Main Street, or the gigantic parade and Bicentennial celebration for the Town of Middletown in 1963, bring those memories (along with photos and memorabilia) to an afternoon slide show and discussion at Historical Society of Middletown, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville. 


Job Title: Sous Chef

Contact; Debra Storms at 845-586-4849 / fax; 845-586-3104

Hanah Mountain Resort is seeking a professional Sous Chef with excellent people/supervisory skills, experienced with administrative duties and managing food and labor costs. A Creative individual who understands how to get the job done and has an excellent attitude. Someone who takes ownership of the operation and creates a positive work environment. Must be able to work weekends as well as holidays. (Housing available if needed) Please send resume to [email protected] for interview.

· High School diploma, or equivalent
· Minimum two (2) years as a line cook or related field

Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club
576 West Hubbell Hill Rd | Margaretville, NY | 12455
Toll Free: 800.752.6494 | Phone: 845.586.4849 | Fax: 845.586.3104
E-mail: [email protected] | [email protected] |

Job Position: Front Desk

We are seeking a friendly and professional team player to join our growing staff. Flexibility is a must in a small hotel, and the ability and willingness to help other departments even if it doesn't fall under your job title will make you a successful candidate. You must be able to work independently, but also as part of a team. You must be able to creatively solve problems balancing the goals of the hotel with superior customer service. (Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays) Wage based on experience.


Qualified candidates will have previous hotel experience, preferably in front of house operations. Prior supervisory/management experience a plus.

Computer competency is required, but experience with property management systems, or RoomMaster by Innquest in particular is a plus.

Candidate must possess a strong work ethic, with high energy and excellent communication skills.

Candidate shall be expected to identify current and anticipate potential future problems and take appropriate actions to avoid these issues.  Read more

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