Lark in the Park hosts dozens of guided Catskills excursions

Above: A child's-eye view of the Catskills, taken on Aug. 17, 2013 at Hunter Mountain by Andrea Byrne.

The annual Lark in the Park kicks off this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 3 and runs for a week through Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 12. This annual celebration originated in 2004 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Catskill Park, and is an opportunity to immerse yourself in all things Catskills.

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the Catskill Mountain Club and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference throw a 10-day party for the Catskills at the peak of the glorious autumn foliage season, a time that many feel is the best time of year: no heat, humidity or bugs.

Above: Portage at Colgate Lake in Greene County. Photo by Karl Anshanslin.   Read more

Minor flooding across the Catskills, with more rain coming

Above: Flooding on Wittenberg Road in Woodstock around noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Photo by Benjamin Fenton.

Over six inches of rain have fallen in the past day in the high peaks region of the Catskills, causing minor flooding in streams in Greene and Ulster counties on Wednesday, Sept. 30. 

Schools in the Greene County town of Catskill closed early today, and flooding closed roads in Saugerties and in other locations in Ulster County, including Wittenberg Road in the town of Woodstock near Shultis Farm Road (see above). The Esopus Creek in Mount Marion crested at 21 feet around 1 p.m., a foot below the level where it begins flooding homes, according to measurements from its stream gauge.

Above: High water in the Plattekill Creek in Saugerties. Video by Brian Hubert of the Daily Freeman. 

Minor flooding occurred in many locations throughout the Greene County town of Hunter, which got the most rainfall--about six inches--today, according to John Farrell, the town of Hunter's highway superintendent. 

Above: A map of inches of rain that fell in the Catskills in the past 24 hours, from the National Weather Service. The most rain--more than six inches--fell in Greene County. 

"We had a couple very localized flooding incidents due to debris in the streambeds all over the mountaintop," Farrell said. "A lot of the tributaries. We got a lot of rain up there."

Hunter's highway team managed to clear debris fast enough to avoid closing any roads in the town, Farrell said. The flooding peaked in the town around 11 a.m.

Rainfall in other locations around the region was less severe, and other locations in the Catskills that are normally prone to flooding have escaped problems so far.  Read more

The Growing Deer Debate

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The Nature Conservancy has labeled deer browse as the #1 threat to the eastern forest: “…no other threat to forested habitats is greater at this point in time — not lack of fire, not habitat conversion, not climate change… We can argue about which threat is more significant than another, but no one who walks the eastern forests today can deny the impact of deer to forest condition.”

Whether you’re a backyard victory gardener, bird watcher, ruffed grouse society member, or online vegan shopper, deer are impacting you in some way. Deer are voracious herbivores that can have significant effects on plant vegetation and associated wildlife.

Mitigating deer browse impacts upon forests and food crops costs money and loss of ecological services into the future. What to do? Shoot more deer? Liberalize hunting regulations? Bring back market hunting? Better forest management?

THE GROWING DEER DEBATE – hosted by Catskill Forest Association (CFA) – will be held on Saturday, October 31st @ Margaretville Central School from 9AM to 4PM.

THE GROWING DEER DEBATE will feature speakers from AROUND THE COUNTRY to discuss both problems & solutions about deer.  Read more

Margaretville family to meet the pope

Above: A screenshot of the Duque famliy being interviewed on CNN

When Pope Francis visits the Our Lady Queen of Angels School in Harlem today, Friday, Sept. 25, a family from the Delaware County village of Margaretville will be there to meet with him.

The pope will be meeting with families of immigrants who have been helped by Catholic Charities, according to the Guardian:  Read more

Cauliflower festival honors "cabbage with a college education"

Above: Image by Flickr user Liz West

Fields of cauliflower once lined the cool, wet hills of the Delaware County Catskills. The region featured perfect growing conditions for vegetable, which Mark Twain called "cabbage with a college education."

The village of Margaretville was the epicenter of the local cauliflower industry: from the 1920s to the 1950s, the village hosted a cauliflower auction, and generations of nearby dairy farmers used the annual cauliflower crop as a hedge against fluctuating milk prices.  Read more

Harvest Festival at Blue Deer Center

October 3, 2015 - 2:00pm

A Nahua Weather Working Tradition of Gratitude, Offerings and Celebration.
Join us in a ceremony of thanksgiving and celebration to honor the bounty of the harvest. In giving thanks to the Weather Beings for the beneficial rains and snows that blessed our area in this last year, we realign ourselves with the natural forces that provide life. The rain, clouds, wind, sun, thunder and lightning all work together to bring us the moisture that waters our crops and replenishes our lives. Without rain, we are dust. With too much rain, the crops are flooded. Our mission is to foster a relationship with the Weather Beings who provide nourishing rains for all living things. Let us celebrate the abundance and connect with Divine by expressing our gratitude for all of our blessings. Led by four initiated Weather Workers in Nahua tradition, we offer this ceremony as a simple but powerful event of connection and gratitude.

To Participate in the Ceremony:
Please bring:
One small bag of colorful, sweet fruit
One bunch of colorful, fragrant flowers
One piece plain bread and one piece sweet bread
Also, please bring your favorite dish to share for the potluck meal  Read more


Harvest Moon Ball October 17th

The 2016 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest

Above: This photo, of a duck in Parksville, was taken by Chris Graham and won second place in the 2015 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest.

It's harvest season, and in the Catskills, the veggies are gorgeous. So are the cows, barns and the farmers themselves. (Just ask Real Simple Magazine, which just ran a photo spread of six women farmers from the region.

That means it's time for our annual Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest, once again sponsored by the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian.   Read more

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Police searching for missing 87-year-old Narrowsburg woman

Update: 11:49 a.m. The alert for Louise E. Scheurich was cancelled at 11:49 a.m. 

An 87-year-old Narrowsburg woman is missing after being last seen at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 getting gas in Binghamton, according to the New York State Police in Liberty and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, which has put out an alert in 17 counties in an attempt to find her.

Left: Louise E. Scheurich. Image via the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. 

Louise E. Scheurich is a "vulnerable adult with dementia," according to the alert, and "may be in need of medical attention."

She was driving a beige 2000 Dodge Neon with New York license plates reading AJU-2836, and was last seen last night getting fuel near exit 79 on Route 17 in Binghamton, police say.  Read more

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