Associate Lab Microbiologist - NYC Department of Environmental Protection

Proposed Salary Range: $61,238.00 - $80,883.00 (Annual)
Work Location: 71 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY

Working in the Watershed Water Quality Operations, in the Kingston Pathogen Laboratory, the Associate Laboratory Microbiologist II will report to the Assistant Laboratory Director and will be responsible for assisting in the analysis of pathogens in water supply samples.

Under general supervision, the Associate Laboratory Microbiologist II will be responsible for the analysis of Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and viruses in watershed samples, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) analysis and Cryptosporidium infectivity studies. Additional tasks include: maintaining data and files and working with the Laboratory Information Management System to ensure all records are complete; performing routine laboratory quality control procedures; participating in research projects, including method development. The candidate will comply with all applicable environmental, health & safety (EH&S) laws and regulations, and DEP’s policies and procedures.

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Family Movie Afternoon - Lego Movie

November 8, 2014 - 12:30pm

Join us for a free family movie.

Snacks will be provided.

“An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.”

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Look familiar? Lucius releases Catskills music video

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The Catskills remain Brooklyn's primary source for American-Gothic-style atmospherics.

A new music video for "Hey Doreen" from the Brooklyn-based indie band Lucius features familiar sites along Route 28 in Delaware and Ulster counties, including the Phoenicia Diner, Margaretville Bowl, and Fleischmanns' Main Street. (It's not the Margaretville bowling alley's first time in a music video.) An alpaca, presumably a Catskills native, also makes a cameo. 

Keep an eye out for local faces, several of whom meet grisly ends at the hands of the murderous songtresses. Recognize somewhere or someone? Share it in the comments. 

Historic 1864 Farmhouse - Quiet Road!

Priced to SELL!

Simple country charm abounds in this 1864 two story farmhouse. Living room is crowned with unique pine tongue and groove ceiling and filled with light by large window looking into the garden with seasonal mountain views. An old fashioned wood-burning stove makes for a cozy place to curl up with a good book. Recently refreshed dining room has exit to blue stone patio that sits above beautiful gardens and wooded areas. Country kitchen has been recently renovated as has upper bathroom. Master bedroom opens to a generous private terrace overlooking front of house and property. There is plenty of storage room in large walk-in attic. Property includes detached single car garage with studio or shed space. Over an acre of a gardener's paradise with blooming beds and grassy areas to enjoy quiet contemplation or a bbq with friends. East branch of Delaware River is a skip down the hill for fine fishing and lovely listening. 2.5 hours from GWB, near ski resorts, hiking, golf and local Farmers Market.  Read more

Country Living, Village Proximity!

Loving Details create Special Home!

This home feels way out in the country while actually being only 3 minutes from Margaretville! An elevated deck on entry is a perfect location for savoring the mountain views. Living room is finished with cathedral, tongue and groove ceiling, repeated below as beautiful oak hardwood floors that run throughout. Arched doorways, track lighting and many windows surround a wood burning stove. There are sliders to the deck. The kitchen is a cook's delight: more cathedral tongue and groove over granite tile counter tops. Pressed tin back splash echoes the modern glow of the stainless appliances throughout. Track lighting shines on custom cabinets. Bead board wainscoting leads to French door sliders that open to a blue stone patio with stacked stone walls and a hot tub! A step-down master bedroom with skylight offers plenty of space. A smart and fully updated bath features a pedestal sink, great tile surround and Jacuzzi tub with shower. There is a separate studio and storage building.  Read more

Roast Beef Dinner

November 6, 2014 - 5:00pm

Margaretville United Methodist Church (next to Fire Hall)
Thursday, November 6, 2014  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Takeouts available
Roast Beef with Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Homemade Pie

Adults - $ 10.00
Children under 12 - $ 5.00



This weekend: Halloween in the Catskills, Part 1

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Above: A promo for Haunted Huguenot Street, New Paltz's annual spookfest, featuring "Mrs. Gertrude Deyo-Brodhead’s infamous Murder Mystery parties at the Deyo House." Tours, spirit readings and ghost stories all weekend.  

It’s the darkening evening of the year, and the veil between the worlds has thinned. Venture out into the mountains and valleys for some resonant Halloween fun, costumed or otherwise, beginning this weekend. There’s a little of everything going on, whether you’re looking for pumpkins and not-too-scary spirits for the little guys, contemplative historic ghost-walks, or smokin’ hot dance parties into the wheeee hours.

Here’s our guide to the fearsome and frolicsome times for Oct. 24 - Oct. 26. We'll have another one next week, to cover the many festivities scheduled across the Catskills for Halloween itself. 


Jeffrey Ashton, Licensed Realtor

Jeffrey Ashton is a Licensed Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties and works out of the company's Margaretville, NY Real Estate office.

After my first visit to the Catskills over 20 year ago, I knew this was a special place. I fell in love with the clear Streams, the stunning Vistas, the Fresh Air, the verdant Mountain Foliage and the peaceful, unhurried pace. I came up here one summer with my partner and purchased my first home.

After 10 years of being a Weekend Homeowner, I made the switch from "part-timer" to "full-timer." Having traveled to more than 42 countries, I am always happy to come home to Andes, NY and the Scenic Beauty that is the Catskill Mountains.  Read more

Sharing school services is on the table again in western Catskills

Above: Andes Central School's tiny graduating class of 2014. Photo by Joe Damone of Joe Damone Photography

A long-stalled conversation about sharing school services is being revived at a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Delaware County village of Margaretville, prompted by the departure of Margaretville Central School's superintendent this fall. 

The meeting, initially intended as a discussion about Margaretville's next superintendent, has become an impromptu regional summit on the painful issue of rising costs and declining enrollment in Catskills schools. Officials from four Catskills school systems in three counties will attend. 

No one in Margaretville has seriously considered sharing services since 2010, when a proposal to share sports teams with the neighboring Andes Central School caused an uproar.   Read more

collaboration discussion

October 22, 2014 - 6:30pm

Discussion of shared services, hosted at Margaretville Central School. Learn different possibilities of what Districts could share, up to and including a Superintendent. 6:30 in the gymnasium.

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