Catskills under both fire and freeze warnings today

Above: Temperatures will be close to freezing in parts of the Catskills tonight. Photo via the National Weather Service Binghamton's Facebook page. 

Fire might break out at any moment in the Catskills today, but you also should cover your seedlings to protect them from frost tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

There are both red flag warnings of high brush fire conditions and a freeze warning in effect in the Catskills today, Wednesday, May 13. 

NWS Albany has issued a red flag warning for the eastern Catskills, the mid-Hudson Valley and the Schoharie Valley that warns of "dangerous fire conditions" from noon to 6 p.m. today due to gusty winds and low humidity.   Read more

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament presented by Margaretville Health Foundation

The College Golf Course at Delhi  **  Thursday, August 6th  **  9:30am Shotgun Start

$85 per golfer includes: breakfast, golf, range, cart, snacks & beverages and a lunch barbecue

To register print the registration form below or call Liz Warren at 845-586-2631 x 3181

We greatly appreciate our sponsors MTC Telephone Company, NBT Bank and Sluiter Agency





Plant a row for the food pantry

Please add one plant or one row of veggies/fruits for the Community Pantry
We feed more than 400 households in the area, so please help
For more info, contact:
Joyce St George
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Mountainside Cape

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Located minutes outside the four season Catskill Mountain village of Margaretville, this house is great value for the money. With 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a living room, dining room and a bonus room this charming home will appeal to both the second home owner and those seeking a primary residence. The home is immaculate and move in ready offering a convenient location to village services, an inground pool, and an oversized garage perfect for storing large items, antique cars or all of lifes stuff.

Some of the upgrades include all new appliances including washer, dryer, refrigarator, stove, a new woodburning stove, a new water heater and a UV water filter. Some of the other upgrades include new mechanicals for the pool, double pained windows and a recently painted interior with a pleasing color palate. The property is bordered on two sides by protected DEP land giving it an enduring privacy. The trek decking around the pool and on the back porch ensures years of wear with no maintainence.  Read more

Oneonta Remodeling Sale Going On At All Catalog Outlet Locations!

     The Oneonta location of the Catalog Outlet is being remodeled, so everything store wide is marked down on sale.  These special, limited time only, sale prices will not be around forever, so stop into anystore location to see all the sale prices on every item in the stores.

This Weekend: Spring on Main in Margaretville

Above: Flowers at Margaretville's 2012 spring festival. Photo by Julia Reischel. 

Celebrate the end of mud month and the beginning of spring in the Delaware County village of Margaretville this Saturday during the village's Spring on Main Festival. Organizers promise baby animals, music and storytelling and a rhubarb cooking contest, as well as historical tours, handmade confections, locally-made cheeses, a "hay bale garden" and vendors and crafts galore.

The rhubarb contest should be especially interesting. Rhubarb is an iconic spring plant, and it takes a good cook to turn its sour tartness into something that everybody enjoys. Cooks are invited to drop off their entries into the rhubarb contest at Home Goods of Margaretville at 784 Main Street by 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 for a 2 p.m. tasting and judging. 

Spring on Main. Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Various locations on Main Street Margaretville.   Read more

Transition Catskills

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Transition Catskills is part of a worldwide network of grassroots community initiatives that seek to address the world’s most pressing challenges with citizen-led action.

The goal of Transition is to create a vibrant, diverse, and relocalized economy that is less dependent on fossil fuels and global supply chains. If we can provide for as many of our needs as possible from relatively close to home, we become more resilient— as individuals and as a community, we can maintain our identity and ability to function despite change and shocks from the outside.

In Transition, we take issues that feel toxic — peak oil, climate change, economic contraction — and we turn them into opportunities for positive change. The movement is rooted in the idea that by taking personal action in our communities, we can not only overcome these threats, but we can also live more fulfilling lives by forging a deeper connection to our neighbors and our local environment.  Read more


Delaware County Judge Carl Becker will retire in July

Delaware County Court Judge Carl F. Becker will retire from his post as the county's top judicial officer on July 31, fewer than three years into his second ten-year term, according to a press release Becker sent to the Watershed Post on Monday, May 4.

Left: Judge Carl F. Becker. 

Becker announced his decision to retire to his court on Friday, May 1, according to the emailed statement.  Read more

The Catskills wedding boom

Above: At Handsome Hollow in Long Eddy, couples can say their vows in a fern-strewn clearing in the woods on the 93-acre property. Photo by JBM Photography.

Catskills weddings – especially those with an outdoorsy twist – are on the rise.

Getting hitched in hills is a booming business. Thanks to the wedding industry, there has been a recent uptick in tourism spending in the Catskills.

“We’ve noticed over the last couple years that there’s been quite an increase in country weddings in the area,” said Rick Remsnyder, Ulster County's tourism director.

“It’s a good location and the price is right. We’re 90 minutes from midtown Manhattan and the price is more affordable than the metro area.”

Cathy Ballone, a wedding planner in Greene County, owes her career to the increase in outdoor upstate weddings.

“I see a definite boom,” said Ballone, who runs Cathy’s Elegant Events out of the old Catskill Game Farm in Catskill, which she and her husband recently bought.  Read more

“In Bloom”, a bouquet of flower paintings by Alix Hallman Travis

May 9, 2015 (All day)

The Commons Gallery is blooming with an exhbition of flower paintings by Alix Hallman Travis in celebration of the Spring on Main festival, Main Street, Margaretville, Saturday, May 9. Travis as mined her collection of paintings, accrued over twelve years of painting in the Catskills to fill the entire gallery with luminous buds and blossoms of every kind  and color. The viewer can almost smell them!  Observed on local roadsides or in area gardens and painted outside, many of these paintings have never been exhibited before.

The exhibit, "In Bloom" opens May 9 and will run through June 27.  As you visit the stores and vendors on Main Street stop in and smell the roses at  the Commons Gallery, in the Commons, Main Street, Margaretville.  Open the day of the festival, May 9, noon to 4:00, First Friday, June 5, 5:00-8:00 p.m., and most Saturdays, noon-4:00, by appointment or by chance.  Call l607 326-7073


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