Margaretville

Coming soon: The 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide

With spring just around the corner, it's time once more for our annual Catskills Outdoor Guide -- a glossy, full-color magazine showcasing the best of what the Catskills great outdoors has to offer. 

Once again, the 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide will feature pull-out maps of local hiking trails and outdoor recreation spots, articles about how to have fun in the Catskills landscape in all four seasons, and beautiful photography of our stunning region from Watershed Post readers and contributors.

We're currently signing up advertisers for the upcoming Catskills Outdoor Guide. The deadline for reserving space is April 1. For more information, including ad sizes and pricing, see our detailed rate sheet here. If you have a Catskills business or local resource to promote in the Guide, contact us at [email protected] or call 845-481-0155

This weekend: St. Patrick's events around the Catskills

Above: A shamrock on the slopes at Plattekill Mountain. 

Why do so many turn part Irish in the season of St. Patrick? Perhaps because there is something primal about celebrating the end of winter by slathering swathes of green everywhere. Perhaps because Irish Americans have a fine sense of humor and the festivities and feastings in their honor, replete with bagpipes and corned beef, hit a spot emotionally that nothing else quite reaches. Perhaps because nothing sticks a fork in cabin fever like getting outside to take in a parade or run in a 5K. 

Here’s our multi-county guide to the Irish goings-on this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Catskills.

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NYC’s watershed police sue their own union

Above: New Environmental Police Officers being sworn in to their jobs patrolling New York City’s upstate watershed, which spans a 2,000-square-mile area, much of it in the Catskills. Photo via the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Flickr page. 

The police officers who patrol New York City’s 2,000-square-mile upstate watershed are suing their own union, accusing it of corruption and of scuttling a long-awaited contract with the city.

In a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in January on behalf of 200 officers, three police officers say that the union’s leadership has betrayed them.  Read more

Delaware County awarded millions to vendors without competition, comptroller says

Above: The seat of Delaware County's government, in Delhi, NY. Photo via the Delaware County website. 

New York state’s comptroller has found that Delaware County awarded millions of dollars to third-party contractors between January 1, 2013 and June 9, 2014 without soliciting competition, or, in some cases, requiring contracts at all.

A lack of “proper administration and oversight” plagues Delaware County’s contractor system in the Departments of Aging, Public Health, Mental Health and Social Services, according to a report released on March 6 by Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“The County has awarded nine third-party contracts totaling $1.9 million without soliciting competition … and has paid three vendors $770,000 for various services without any written contracts with the vendors,” the comptroller’s staff wrote. “The lack of competition creates a risk that services will not be provided in the most prudent and economical manner.”  Read more

Neighbors protest school's donkey basketball fundraiser

Above: A donkey basketball game in action. Photo by Nick Knouse, via Flickr. 

A public school in the Catskills is coming under fire for hosting a fundraiser featuring basketball players riding on donkeys.

Margaretville Central School's plans for a "donkeyball" fundraiser on April 9 are being targeted by a group of local protestors who argue that the pastime is cruel to the donkeys.  Read more

The Kingfisher Project tells stories of heroin addiction in the Catskills

Above: A bag of heroin. Photo from a series of photographs shot by WBEZ Chicago Public Radio documenting heroin use.  

Heroin addiction is sweeping through the Catskills, taking lives with it. (Here at the Watershed Post, we write more crime stories about heroin than about any other drug.) 

In 2013, 89,269 people enrolled in heroin drug-treatment programs in New York state; in 2014, that number jumped to 118,000, according to data from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. Heroin abuse is growing the fastest among the young, among ages 18 to 34. Politicians are worried; the governor launched a statewide campaign to battle heroin abuse last fall. 

Locally, the toll is growing. A doctor at Catskill Regional Medical Center calls heroin a "public health crisis." Delaware County's undersheriff says that despite record heroin busts, "more people are using drugs, overdose deaths have accelerated and jails are crowded." Community forums on the topic are being held around the region. 

The Kingfisher Project, a collaborative storytelling and reporting initiative based at WJFF 90.5 FM in Jeffersonville, is digging deep into the heroin epidemic in the Catskills and beyond. 

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Part-time Front Desk position available

The Margaretville Motel is currently hiring for a part time Front Desk associate. Approximately 25-30 hours per week, starting wage of $8.75 per hour with both morning and evening shifts. Must be available to work weekends and holidays. Must have basic computer skills such as answering emails and data entry. Applied math skills required such as calculating sales tax and percentage discounts. Please have a reliable form of transportation because daily errands are performed that require a car. Please email your resume in word format and availability to [email protected] with Attn: Erika in the subject line to be considered for an interview.

Margaretville Motel

The Margaretville Motel offers affordable, modern lodging situated in the Catskill Mountain Region located in Delaware County of Upstate New York.

845-586-4464

Spring Open House

April 23, 2015 - 4:00pm

For over 5 consecutive years, Mountainside Residential Care Center has received the very prestigious 5-Star rating, in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes issue. It has also received a 5-Star rating from Medicare’s “Nursing Home Compare”, which places Mountainside in the top 10% of nursing homes nationwide! As Philip Mehl, Mountainside Administrator notes “Residents who come to Mountainside don’t come here to wait out time, they come to celebrate their lives in an environment that is as comfortable, enriching, and personalized as we can possibly make it.” Margaretville Health Foundation helps secure the sustainability of our beloved nursing home.

Come visit with us, Philip Mehl and his dedicated staff at Mountainside Residential Care Center Lobby and see what your generosity has accomplished.

Stop in and say hello anytime between  4 p.m and 6p.m. on April 23, 2015. Food & drinks will be served.

For more information or to rsvp please contact Liz Warren at 845-586-2631 ext. 3181 or email at [email protected]

 

845-586-2631 x 3181

You Are Cordially Invited...

For over 5 consecutive years, Mountainside Residential Care Center has received the very prestigious 5-Star rating, in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes issue. It has also received a 5-Star rating from Medicare’s “Nursing Home Compare”, which places Mountainside in the top 10% of nursing homes nationwide!

As Philip Mehl, Mountainside Administrator notes “Residents who come to Mountainside don’t come here to wait out time, they come to celebrate their lives in an environment that is as comfortable, enriching, and personalized as we can possibly make it.”

Margaretville Health Foundation helps secure the sustainability of our beloved nursing home. Come visit with us, Philip Mehl and his dedicated staff at Mountainside Residential Care Center Lobby and see what your generousity has accomplished.

Stop in April 23, 2015  between  4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Wine & cheese will be served


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