Discussion on Adolescent Mental Health and Depression

November 9, 2015 - 6:00pm

Margaretville & Roxbury Central Schools

and The Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary Wellness Committee

Invite You to Join Them

On Monday, November 9, 2015 at 6PM

Margaretville Central School Auditorium, 415 Main St.

For An Open Discussion

Adolescent Mental Health & Depression

With Dr. Danilynn Hago

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

All are Welcome

For information please call: 607-588-7711

Paintings by Dan Williams

November 5, 2015 - 12:15pm

Roxbury artist, Dan Williams is mounting a new show at the Commons Gallery, Margaretville , for the month of November. There are Catskill Mountain sunset paintings and a barnyard full of his spunky roosters painted in a rich country palette. He has a painting of friends walking in the country, a charming painting of a local nursery, farmers markets and an array of wild flowers. In addition to the colorful landscapes Williams is introducing a new series of painted tiles.

Williams started painting in 1973 in Sedona, Arizona. Since moving east, he has been in New York City group shows including the Clay Gallery. Now a resident of Roxbury, he has shown his work in Cooperstown, Woodstock and at the Roxbury Art's Group in Roxbury, New York.

This new show of acrylics and water colors reveals local farms and mountain scenes that reflect dramatic landscapes unique to the Catskill experience.  Read more

607 326-7073

Quietly, Delaware Supervisors update county ethics policy

Above: Jim Eisel, the chairman of the Delaware County board of supervisors, at the Aug. 26 meeting of the board. Photo by Robert Cairns.

The Delaware County Board of Supervisors, without much fanfare, has updated the county's ethics policy, which has been the subject of much controversy this year.

The board, at a Wednesday Oct. 28 meeting, passed a resolution adopting “The 2016 Ethics and Disclosure Policy for Delaware County.” The document lists “standards of conduct” regarding gifts, confidential information and conflicts of interest.

All employees of the county will be required to sign a form stating that they have read the policy. 

All members of the board, as well as department heads and several other administrators, will be required to file disclosure forms each year that state private employment and business interests for both the signee and his or her spouse.  Read more


November 8, 2015 - 12:00pm


The Open Eye Theater’s popular annual Harvest Brunch and Auction takes stage on Sunday, November 8, at 960 Main Street, Margaretville, from noon to 3:00. Live musical entertainment accompanies the scrumptious brunch buffet, followed by Chuck McIntosh’s live auction of items rare, beautiful, luxurious, artful, delicious, and practical. Admission is $25 for paid reservations by November 6, and $30 at the door. The number of guests is strictly limited to 80, so advance reservations are strongly suggested. Phone 845-586-1660 or e-mail [email protected].  Read more


Seeing the Forest for the Deer

By Ryan Trapani, Education Forester, Catskill Forest Association

The NYS DEC is charged with managing the deer population of New York State; a difficult task to say the least. In order to understand the magnitude of such a task, let’s try to compare how beef cattle and deer are managed.

Beef Farming  Read more

The Growing Deer Debate

So, perhaps you have seen or heard about THE GROWING DEER DEBATE scheduled at Margaretville Central School on October 31st from 9AM to 4PM. What’s the “debate” about anyway? “Hey, there aren’t many deer where I live.” Or perhaps you believe, “they were here first.” Or, “they’re eating everything I grow.” Or perhaps you say, “Leave ‘em alone.” Wherever you are on the spectrum, the impacts of deer (regardless of their abundance) can be severe on the forest resource in portions of the Catskills. Sometimes it might be about harvesting more or less deer and other times better habitat management. Solutions are as rare as an apple tree on Balsam Lake Mountain. Why don’t you just come and hear for yourself? Afterwards, you’ll have 45 minutes to ask speakers questions.

RYAN TRAPANI is CFA’s Education Forester. An ISA Certified Arborist & Certified Deer Steward, QDMA, Trapani is a regular contributor to many local publications such as Kaatskill Life, Shawangunk Journal & Mother Earth News. Ryan will introduce the event and speakers.  Read more

Delaware County supervisors delay bed tax vote, tweak law to cover AirBnB rentals

Above: Leigh Melander, owner of a lodge in Fleischmanns, argued against a proposed bed tax during a public hearing on Oct. 28. Photo by Robert Cairns.

After a run-up of weeks and a public hearing held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors withdrew a local law that would have created a two percent tax on hotel and motel occupancy.

As the resolution to adopt the tax came up on the agenda at the Wednesday, Oct. 28 meeting of the board, Stamford Supervisor Mike Triolo, who chairs the board's economic development committee, withdrew it.

“There are some substantive changes we'd like to make to it,” he said.

Triolo said that comments received at the pubic hearing, as well as at three previous informational meetings, led his committee to change the language in the law so that it will apply not only to traditional hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast businesses, but also to vacation rentals booked through online services such as AirBnB and casual rentals advertised through services such as Craigslist.  Read more

Candle to Bulb: A history of Lighting

November 7, 2015 - 4:00pm

Historian Paul Misko will discuss the types of lighting devices that chased away the night over the past several centuries, and how they changed the way humans interact with nature and each other. We'll put a fire in the fireplace, and maybe take a lantern-lit stroll around the grounds. Historical Sociey of the Town of Middletown, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville. $2 members, $4 non-members. Light refreshments.


How to spend Halloween in the Catskills

Above: One of the many creepy scenes at Night Terrors Haunted Farm in Schoharie. 

Halloween is this Saturday, Oct. 31, and the Catskills are celebrating with costume bashes, trick-or-treat events, zombies, witches and more. Here’s our five county guide to the best spooky events of the weekend.


In Andes, the annual Harvest Moon Ball is a Halloween tradition featuring a potluck, costume-contest and kid-friendly dance party that takes over the back room of the Andes Hotel every year. Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

O’Neill’s Shire Pub in Delhi is hosting its Spook-Tacular Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. They’ll have DJ Pat hosting a costume contest with prizes for scariest, sexiest, best Couple, and funniest costumes.  Read more

Mounted police division returns to Delaware County

Above: Mounted officers rode through obstacles during a demonstration of skills on Friday. Photo by Robert Cairns.

Delaware County has its first mounted police patrol since the 1980s.

Six members of a multi-jurisdictional force of cops on horseback graduated on Friday, Oct. 23 from a week-long certification course held at Golden Gait Farm in Masonville.

Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond was one of the graduates. He said that mounted patrols have been part of Delaware County’s history since the sheriff's office was founded in 1797, and existed as recently as 30 years ago.

“Delaware County was well-distinguished in regard to former Sheriff [Levon] Telian having a mounted division,” DuMond said.

Above: Officers and horses were tested as they rode around a police car with lights flashing and the siren blaring. Video by Robert Cairns. 

DuMond said that horses are still useful, especially for searches and crowd control.  Read more

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