Margaretville

The Cheese Barrel

The Cheese Barrel 

Fine Foods, Cafe & Gourmet Shop, Ice Cream and Espresso Bar

Open Mon-Sat 8-5, Sun 8-4

 

(845) 586-4666

Catskill Outdoor Adventures

Catskill Outdoor  Adventures

Charles "Sonny" Somelofski 

NYS Licensed Guide #0133

Specializing in Guided Fishing Trips on the Pepacton Reservoir

 

www.catskilloutdooradventures.com

(845) 586-1632

tremperskill@catskill.net

 

Local school budgets pass

Voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of local school budgets, and elect members to school boards

In the five counties of our Catskills coverage area -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster -- all school budgets passed, most with wide margins. 

In last year's school elections, voters rejected school budgets in Marlboro, Middleburgh and Cairo-Durham. All three districts saw their budgets pass this year; the narrowest vote of the three was in Marlboro, whose budget passed 1,102-1,026.

Here are a few links to detailed coverage of local school election results:

All Ulster budgets get voter approval - Times Herald-Record)  Read more

Catch up with Catskills food trucks

Above: Heather Williams of Pippy's Hotdog Truck greets customers in Palenville. Photo by Clancy Nolan.

The geographic spread of the Catskills region creates often-daunting distances between would-be diners and their dinner plates. One solution to that problem: mobile meals. The food truck scene is growing exponentially here, both in numbers and in variety of cuisine. Artisanal hot dogs, all-sliders-all-the time, Alsatian flammkuchen—there’s a food truck specializing in each of those things, traveling the hills feeding hungry customers. During warm months, they gather for a monthly rodeo in Saugerties called the Hudson Valley Food Trucks Festival; during the winter, many of them operate as catering kitchens that come right to your work or home for parties and events.

Specializing in roasting whole pigs to serve hungry throngs at weddings and parties in Delaware County and beyond, Catskill Mtn. BBQ is a mobile unit (formerly parked in Gilboa), now open in a permanent spot in Grand Gorge also. Pork, brisket, chicken and ribs are marinated and slow-smoked for 14 to 24 hours. Grand Gorgecatskillmtbbqteam.com

Black-Eyed Suzie’s is a travelling food stand and caterer with a local, seasonal menu that changes weekly, celebrating the seasons and using fresh, beautiful local ingredients from neighboring farms. Woodstockblackeyedsuziesupstate.com @BESupstate

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School voters go to the polls

Tuesday, May 20 is election day for school districts across New York State. Today, voters go to the polls to decide the fate of school budgets, elect candidates for local school boards and vote on school propositions. 

Statewide, increases in school taxes are slowing, according to a report from the NYS Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO). Schools are under pressure to keep tax increases low because of a statewide tax cap passed in 2011, which restricts the growth of the annual tax levy unless voters pass an override at the polls. The average school tax levy increase in the state this year is 1.8 percent -- the lowest increase in six years, according to NYSASBO. 

Here are a few of the most interesting school races around the region this year:   Read more

"Flowers in the Desert" at The Open Eye Theater

May 25, 2014 - 3:00pm

Directed by Amie Brockway and starring Elizabeth Sherr and Mack Oliver, this comedy/drama by Donna Hoke is a story of two who were separated but have another look.  He still loves her; she loves another; he knows him.  But she could become ill; there are two children.  They play "what if."  They make a bet at The Open Eye Theater at 3 pm. Tickets $18 adults; $15 seniors, $10 for youth to age 25.  Reservations 845-586-1660.

845-586-1660

"Flowers in the Desert" at The Open Eye Theater

May 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

Directed by Amie Brockway and starring Elizabeth Sherr and Mack Oliver, this comedy/drama by Donna Hoke is a story of two who were separated but have another look.  He still loves her; she loves another; he knows him.  But she could become ill; there are two children.  They play "what if."  They make a bet at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street Margretville.  Tickets $18 adults, $15 seniors, $10 youth to age 25.  Call 845-586-1660 for reservations, e-mail openeye@catskill.net or visit theopeneye.org.

845-586-1660

World Premiere of "Flowers in the Desert" at The Open Eye Theater

May 23, 2014 - 7:00pm

Directed by Amie Brockway and starring Elizabeth Sherr and Mack Oliver, this comedy/drama by Donna Hoke is a story of two who were separted but have another look.  He still loves her; she loves another; he knows him.  But she coould become ill; there are two children.  They play "what if."  They make a bet.  The playwright will be present at this evening's performance and a reception will follow.  Tickets are adults $18, seniors $15, youth to age 25 $10.  Call 845-586-1660 for reservations or e-mail openeye@catskill.net.

845-586-1660

"Flowers in the Desert" Preview Performance at The Openeye Theater

May 22, 2014 - 7:00pm
845-586-1660

Slush fund: NYS doles out extra cash to fix weather-battered roads

Upstate New York is notorious for its rough winters. But even for those inured to feet of snow and frozen mountain passes, the winter of 2013-14 was a brutal one, marked by long stretches of subzero temps and winter weather that lasted well into April. 

Amid the storm clouds was a silver lining: Towns and villages are getting a little bit of extra cash from the state to fix up roads that took a beating during this year's unusually harsh winter. This spring, the New York state budget included a one-time $40 million fund for winter weather recovery, in addition to $438 million in the state's regular highway budget.  Read more


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