Margaretville

History and Sacred Music Concert

June 8, 2014 - 2:00pm

The Good Old Way": Music and Memories of the Old School Baptist Church.”  Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, 778 CemeteryRd., Margaretville. Ethnomusicologist Ben Bath will give a short history of the OSB, or “Primitive” Baptist sect which thrived in the Catskills in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Ben will lead a chorus of area singers in an a cappella concert of tunes from an OSB hymnal used by local congregations. If you have OSB memories, photos or songbooks, please bring them! Grounds and HSM hall open at 11 a.m. Come early and picnic by the pond!


This is a Headwaters History Days event!

845-586-4973

Prizes galore at Historical Society event Saturday!

Ever have a hankering to learn the art of stained glass? Curious about esoterica? Just need your tires balanced?


Come to the Historical Society of Middletown, 778 Cemetery Rd., Margaretville, this Saturday, May 10 to try your luck at winning these and many other goods and services at the Mother's Day Weekend Penny Social, a Raise the Roof fundraiser.


We have a beautiful framed California hill country scene, perfect for over the fireplace.Small silver picture frames, a marble lamp, a jewelry keeper shadow box, a collection of local history books. There are all kinds of gift certifcates, from hair cuts to restaurant meals to kayak rentals and train rides.


Wine baskets and cut glass goblets. Spicy jams, picnic supplies, and gourmet teas. Toys, games and collectibles. Hats and fishing lures. Crochet kits, blankets and towels.


Come early for the best selection of home made pies by local bakers -- take one home to mom!


HSM's season long raffe includes cut paper art by Marcia Guthrie, a hand made ceramic platter by Ros Welchman, and a half gallon of maple syrup made by John Riedl.  Read more

The Open Eye Theater Season Schedule Announced

Two World Premieres, Fanny Brice, and More Amazing Shortcuts

 in Spotlight this Season at The Open Eye

Two world premieres,  a solo performance musical about the famous singer comedienne Fanny Brice, an array of original short plays, and the ever- popular Youth Theater Workshop mark  The Open Eye Theater’s 2014 spring, summer, and fall season.  Among highlights, the Margaretville-based theater will present the world premieres of Donna Hoke's “Flowers in the Desert,” Sandra Fenichel Asher's "Death Valley, A Love Story," and Chip Deffaa's "One Night with Fanny Brice."

All performances take place at the Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville, NY.  Ticket prices for all performances are $18 adults; $15 seniors; and $10 for youths up to 26 years. Tickets are available by phoning 845-586-1660.  Or, for more information, visit the theater’s web site at www.theopeneye.org

May 22 – June 1: World Premier, “Flowers in the Desert,”  Kicks Off Season  Read more

Four injured in Trailways bus crash

Above: An injured victim being treated at the scene of this morning's bus accident on Route 17 in Ramsey, N.J. Photos by Boyd A. Loving; courtesy of the Cliffview Pilot.

A flying car wheel smashed through the windshield of a Pine Hill Trailways bus bound from Kingston to Manhattan on Route 17 around 7:30 this morning, injuring four people, according to several downstate media reports. 

The wheel flew off a Lexus that was driving north, in the opposite direction from the bus, the Cliffview Pilot reports. Two people aboard the bus were critically injured in the accident, and two others sustained head injuries.

One of the injured victims was airlifted to a hospital, and a few others were transported by ambulance, NorthJersey.com reports.  Read more

From the Forest: Fruitful Forests

By Ryan Trapani

This spring I spent a lot of time pruning old apple trees. They were neglected old trees that either the previous landowner planted or the current one forgot about, or simply a seedling that began its life through a deer’s rumen. In any case, there they were. They were alive and managed to fruit every other year or so. Trees like these may seem trivial, but to wildlife – and some eager apple pickers – they serve an extremely beneficial role. Deer, for instance, rely upon apple trees immensely. Some trees hold onto their apples longer than others and can feed deer well into the winter when food reserves are at their lowest. Everything seems to like apple trees. Birds can take advantage of apples while still hanging on the tree. Once the fruit falls, all partake. Rabbits and voles eat the bark. Deer eat any buds or twigs they can reach. Insects and diseases feast on the leaves, fruit or bark as well. Deer hunters who choose not to eat the fruit can instead wait nearby and harvest a deer or bear on their way to and from the trees.   Read more

Catskill Mountains Film Festival rolls out the red carpet

Who needs an Oscar? The first place winners at the Catskill Mountains Film Festival take home a home-grown version of the iconic golden statuette: the "Catty," a cat hand-carved by a Catskills woodworker out of foraged mountain birch.

Left: A "Catty," the official award of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival. Contributed photo.  

One hundred films hand-picked films from New York State and beyond will screen at three local venues during the 2014 festival, which runs from Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4.

Adult, high school and college-aged filmmakers will vie to win the coveted Catty in each of six categories, from narrative and documentary features and shorts to music videos and animation.  Read more

Rabid raccoon found in Bloomville

A raccoon that was killed in a recent fight with a dog in the Delaware County hamlet of Bloomville was found to be infected with rabies, county health officials announced

The raccoon was sent to the New York State rabies laboratory for testing. County officials received a positive rabies test result on Friday, April 25. 

The dog was up to date on its rabies vaccinations, and received a booster shot after the attack. No humans were exposed to rabies in the incident.

The Bloomville raccoon was the second case of rabies in Delaware County in 2014. In March, another rabid raccoon attacked a dog in the village of Stamford, and was captured and killed. The dog was unvaccinated. At the time, county health officials said they were working with the dog's owner to set up a quarantine  Read more

New Woodland Dark Oak Bedroom set with inlayed grain branches.

     New Woodland Dark Oak bedroom set, just in stock.  Queen and King size bed features a blanket chest storage footboard.  Inlayed grain branches on all pieces of this collection. 

  • 2355DT-Q – Queen Size Bed with Storage Footboard - $1215.00
  • 2355DT-EK – King Size Bed with Storage Footboard - $1475.00
  • 2355DT-D – Drawer and Door Dresser – $1009.00
  • 2355DT-M – Panel Mirror - $375.00
  • 2355DT-GC – Grand Chest (57” Wide * 19” Deep * 55” High) - $1105.00  *Not shown in picture
  • 2355DT-W – Wardrobe - $1035.00
  • 2355DT-N – Nightstand - $419.00

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New York State bans wild boar hunting

Above: A trailcam in Delaware County catches a nocturnal glimpse of an elusive wild boar. Photo taken in August 2013; courtesy of USDA APHIS.

A statewide ban on the hunting and trapping of feral swine -- also known as wild boars or Eurasian boars -- went into effect on Monday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced in a press release

Until recently, boars were largely unknown to New York State, even as burgeoning populations of wild pigs wreaked over a billion dollars' worth of destruction a year across other parts of the country. But in recent years, feral swine have been found breeding in the wild in a few parts of New York State, the descendants of boars that escaped from private "canned" hunting preserves. 

Many other states have encouraged the hunting of wild boars in an effort to control their populations, but without much success. Banning the hunting of an animal that state officials want to rid the landscape of seems paradoxical. But scientists who study the animals say that allowing private hunting can interfere with state-sanctioned efforts to bait and trap boars, and has even encouraged hunters to release more of the animals into the wild for sport.

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Flood watch in effect across Catskills

Above: A graphic from the National Weather Service in Binghamton, showing the flood watch area across upstate New York and Pennsylvania that is in effect Wednesday through early Thursday morning. 

Heavy rains are in the forecast for eastern New York and Pennsylvania Wednesday afternoon and evening, prompting the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue flood watches across the Catskills region.

The heaviest rainfall is expected to arrive this evening and overnight, with between 1.5 and 4 inches of rain forecast for the Catskills. Forecasters at NWS and Hudson Valley Weather say the eastern Catskills will get the most rain, with lower totals expected for the western end of the region.   Read more


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