Transition Catskills proposes 'Catskills dollars,' tool libraries, and farmers' markets

Above: A design for a local Catskills currency created by members of Transition Catskills.

About two dozen people attended the first public forum of Transition Catskills, a group dedicated to making the Catskills more economically resilient, on Wednesday night at the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville.

“This was our first effort to organize a conversation,” said Jeff Tomasi, a former partner at Goldman Sachs who helped found the group.

There will be another film screening and public forum for the Transition Catskills movement on Saturday, July 26, at 4 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury.

Tomasi, who owns a second home in the Delaware County town of Middletown, also lives in London, where he first got word of Transition, an initiative that began in England around 2006 and addressed issues of oil dependence and economic instability.

“I’m not a leader, I’m a facilitator,” Tomasi told the group. “I’m not here to tell people how to live. Just here to start the dialogue.”  Read more

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Albany Diocese condemns obituary and mass for accused former priest

In an unusual move, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany condemned an obituary and mass for a former priest who died last week as "highly insensitive" to the people he is accused of sexually abusing while he was a minister.

Former priest Robert H. Purcell, who died in the Delaware County village of Margaretville on Thursday, July 17, was permanently removed from the ministry in 2011 after an investigation by the Albany Diocese's Sexual Misconduct Review Board into charges that he had sexually abused minors.

In its investigation, the Diocese "found reasonable grounds to believe" that Purcell sexually abused minors, including a victim in Margaretville from 1995 to 2001, according to Ken Goldfarb, the director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, in a statement emailed to the Watershed Post today.  Read more

This Weekend: Catskill Forest Festival

Participants competing in a logging game at the Catskill Forest Festival. Photo courtesy of the Catskill Forest Association.

The fourth annual Catskill Forest Festival will celebrate the region’s forests this weekend by inviting people to participate in fun that promises to also be educational.

The festival, held in Margaretville Village Park on Saturday, July 26, will provide an array of family fun including music, games, horse rides and a food, beverage and vendor tent. 

In the spirit of the festival, vendors will be selling an assortment of crafts made from wood and other forest materials including hand-crafted furniture, boats, wood and pellet stoves and furnaces. Present will also be vendors selling maple products. 

The festival will be host to educational presentations by experts on subjects pertaining to the importance of New York forests such as bringing back near extinct trees and woody biomass opportunities for heating communities. There will also be talks about the history of the eastern golden eagle and forestry for wildlife.  Read more

Customer Appreciation Sale!

Our 'Customer Appreciation Sale' has begun, stop by any of our store locations to see all the sales and specials. Sign up at any location for a chance to win tickets, and round trip transportation, to see the Yankees and Rangers play on July 24th, 2014.

Product Protection Plans are now available at The Catalog Outlet!

                The Catalog Outlet now offers valuable product protection plans with applicable purchases.  These product protection plans offer the purchaser 60 month coverage against a variety of mishaps that can occur.  Protection plans start off as low as $29.95 for purchases under $300.  Above $300, the protection plan cost is only 10% of the product cost.

                Product protection plans coverage includes:  any stains; including food, beverage, human or pet bodily fluids, ink, bleach, and much more.  Accidental damages are covered:  Including; seam damage, cushion resiliency, broken zippers, pet damage (jaws and claws), burn or heat marks, liquid rings and marks, punctures, rips, tears, spring breakage, and glass or mirror breakage.  This plan also covers manufacturer defects including:  Mechanical  or electrical failure, warping, frame breakage or separation, cracking or peeling finish, loss of silvering on mirrors, and defects in springs or coils.  Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Forest Festival

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesday’s 6PM – 7PM
WIOX ROXBURY 91.3FM or  Read more

The Hold Steady, Lily & the Parlour Tricks, Big Data, AND MORE at Belleayre Music Festival!

August 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

Highmount gets Hip! Brooklyn@Belleayre will be featuring...





Saturday, August 30th @ 6pm

This festival will be everything Brooklyn such as vendors, food, beer and of course, MUSIC!

For tickets and more information call 845-254-5600 ext. 1344

845-254-5600 ext. 1344

COLIN QUINN - "Unconstitutional" at Belleayre Music Festival

August 23, 2014 - 8:00pm

Comedy in the Catskills III will be featuring Colin Quinn, previous SNL cast member, presents "Unconstitutional" at Belleayre Music Festival!

For tickets and more information call 845-254-5600 ext. 1344


845-254-5600 ext. 1344

NORBERT LEO BUTZ-Broadway's Leading Man at Belleayre Music Festival

August 16, 2014 - 8:00pm

Broadway's Leading Man, Norbert Leo Butz will be joining the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, August 16th @ 8pm!

For tickets and information call 845-254-5600 ext. 1344 or visit the Conservatory Office at 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount, NY 12441.

845-254-5600 ext. 1344

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