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Cuomo mounts a motorcycle to announce $5 million Catskills tourism campaign

Above: Gov. Andrew Cuomo riding a motorcycle through the Catskills. Photo via the governor's press office, via Flickr.

Riding on a motorcycle in a leather jacket through the peak of the Catskills fall colors, Gov. Andrew Cuomo led a procession of bikers around the Ashokan Reservoir to a private luncheon at the Catskill Interpretive Center in the Ulster County hamlet of Mount Tremper on Friday, Oct. 23. 

Earlier today, Cuomo announced that he was launching a $5 million I LOVE NY marketing plan for the Catskills region, a 2016 "Catskills Challenge" and a "Ride the Catskills" tourism website.

The new website, which contains motorcycling and biking itineraries for Catskills visitors, is a sub-section of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's website.  Read more

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Catskills Tool Sharpening

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Delaware County bed tax moves forward; public hearing scheduled

Above: Delaware County Economic Development Director Glenn Nealis answered questions about a proposed “bed tax” at Wednesday's meeting of the county's board of supervisors. Photo by Robert Cairns.

A local law to create a hotel and motel occupancy tax came a step closer to reality on Wednesday, Oct. 14, when the Delaware County Board of Supervisors scheduled a public hearing on the law to add two percent to the bills for overnight stays.

Wednesday's introduction of the law does not put it into effect. A vote on establishing the tax will likely follow the public hearing, which is scheduled for Oct. 28 at 12:35 p.m., prior to the board's meeting. The hearing and the meeting will take place in the board room at the county office building at 111 Main Street in Delhi.

It seemed, briefly, that the introduction of the law would be delayed.

Davenport Supervisor Dennis Valente questioned a provision of the law that would allow the county treasurer to require businesses to post a bond for the amount of the tax.

Economic Development Director Glenn Nealis explained that the provision would give the county recourse to collect the tax from businesses that “consistently” fail to remit it.

“It's just a tool to make sure they’re paying on a more timely basis,” Nealis said.

Valente asked if bonding is a practice used to collect other taxes.  Read more

How to spend Columbus Day weekend in the Catskills

Above: Sugar maples. Photo by DeirdreLovesTrees, submitted to the Watershed Post Flickr pool.

This is it: The peak of fall. Columbus Day Weekend is the biggest weekend of the year in the Catskills, the time when the leaves peak in glorious colors and the fullness of harvest sets in. Come out and paint a pumpkin, crunch a crisp apple and savor the last live outdoor music of 2015. Here’s our guide to what’s up where from Friday, Oct. 9 to Monday, Oct. 12. 

ALBANY COUNTY

It’ll be a farm-fresh feast at Sunday’s Octoberfest Pig Roast at Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow. If you’ve never tasted an Ossabaw Island heritage breed pig, you have no idea what roast pork can taste like; they’ll be roasting a whole one and serving it up with authentic German-style sides like spaetzli and sweet and sour red cabbage. Plus, you can meet a newborn alpaca. Sunday, October 11, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

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Businesses still not sold on Delaware County bed tax

Above: Town of Stamford Supervisor Mike Triolo, chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, makes a point about the proposed bed tax to business owners who gathered on Monday. Photos by Robert Cairns.

Delaware County's board of supervisors is set to introduce legislation to impose a two-percent hotel occupancy tax.

At a public information meeting held on Monday, Oct. 5 in Delhi, Delaware County Economic Development Director Glenn Nealis said that the proposed local law will be introduced at the Oct. 14 meeting of the supervisors and that a public hearing would likely be scheduled for Oct. 28, prior to another board meeting.

At the meeting on Monday, Nealis and town of Stamford Supervisor Michael Triolo, who chairs the board's economic development committee, fielded questions and comments from about a dozen people who attended.

Nealis explained that county leaders are contemplating the “bed tax” as a means to fund tourism promotion. He explained that Delaware County currently spends $95,000 per year on such promotion, while “some of our neighbors are spending $800,000 to $950,000.”

He cited sales tax figures from 2012--the most recent year for which figures are available--which showed that $9.7 million was spent on lodging in Delaware County that year. Based on those sales, the county could expect to receive $192,000 in bed tax revenue.  Read more

“Oil by Jonathan Wilner” at the Commons Gallery

the Commons Gallery invites you to take a trip to Spain while it hosts an exhibition of paintings by Windham artist, Jonathan Wilner during the month of October.

Wilner, a New York City transplant, began his art studies at The Art Students League and since moving to the Catskills has been outside in our mountainous environment painting en plein air. http://artbywilner.com/biography.html
He has taken lessons learned from the painting outside inside into his studio where he has internalized a recent trip to Spain to create paintings depicting its architecture, the human figure in the streets and alleys, and capturing the ambiance of Old Madrid and some of the medieval cities to the North. Wilner says, “These are impressions through the eyes of a ‘visitor’ who has taken snapshots in ‘memory’, of the streets, parks, edifices, and city walls with the intent of bringing them back to like in my paintings.” http://artbywilner.com/biography.html  Read more

Harvest Moon Ball honoree Chairperson of Foundation

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will again present the Harvest Moon Ball. An annual tradition which honors the Keene Roadman Volunteer of the Year will take place at Hanah Resort and Country Club on Saturday, August 17th. Cocktail hour starts at 6pm and Dinner seating at 7pm. Musical entertainment by the Blues Manuever. For further information please contact Karen Kolar at 845-676-4844 or email at [email protected]. Proceeds will be used to upgrade the hospital’s Hematology Analyzer.

Lark in the Park hosts dozens of guided Catskills excursions

Above: A child's-eye view of the Catskills, taken on Aug. 17, 2013 at Hunter Mountain by Andrea Byrne.

The annual Lark in the Park kicks off this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 3 and runs for a week through Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 12. This annual celebration originated in 2004 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Catskill Park, and is an opportunity to immerse yourself in all things Catskills.

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the Catskill Mountain Club and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference throw a 10-day party for the Catskills at the peak of the glorious autumn foliage season, a time that many feel is the best time of year: no heat, humidity or bugs.

Above: Portage at Colgate Lake in Greene County. Photo by Karl Anshanslin.   Read more

Minor flooding across the Catskills, with more rain coming

Above: Flooding on Wittenberg Road in Woodstock around noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Photo by Benjamin Fenton.

Over six inches of rain have fallen in the past day in the high peaks region of the Catskills, causing minor flooding in streams in Greene and Ulster counties on Wednesday, Sept. 30. 

Schools in the Greene County town of Catskill closed early today, and flooding closed roads in Saugerties and in other locations in Ulster County, including Wittenberg Road in the town of Woodstock near Shultis Farm Road (see above). The Esopus Creek in Mount Marion crested at 21 feet around 1 p.m., a foot below the level where it begins flooding homes, according to measurements from its stream gauge.

Above: High water in the Plattekill Creek in Saugerties. Video by Brian Hubert of the Daily Freeman. 

Minor flooding occurred in many locations throughout the Greene County town of Hunter, which got the most rainfall--about six inches--today, according to John Farrell, the town of Hunter's highway superintendent. 

Above: A map of inches of rain that fell in the Catskills in the past 24 hours, from the National Weather Service. The most rain--more than six inches--fell in Greene County. 

"We had a couple very localized flooding incidents due to debris in the streambeds all over the mountaintop," Farrell said. "A lot of the tributaries. We got a lot of rain up there."

Hunter's highway team managed to clear debris fast enough to avoid closing any roads in the town, Farrell said. The flooding peaked in the town around 11 a.m.

Rainfall in other locations around the region was less severe, and other locations in the Catskills that are normally prone to flooding have escaped problems so far.  Read more

The Growing Deer Debate

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The Nature Conservancy has labeled deer browse as the #1 threat to the eastern forest: “…no other threat to forested habitats is greater at this point in time — not lack of fire, not habitat conversion, not climate change… We can argue about which threat is more significant than another, but no one who walks the eastern forests today can deny the impact of deer to forest condition.”

Whether you’re a backyard victory gardener, bird watcher, ruffed grouse society member, or online vegan shopper, deer are impacting you in some way. Deer are voracious herbivores that can have significant effects on plant vegetation and associated wildlife.

Mitigating deer browse impacts upon forests and food crops costs money and loss of ecological services into the future. What to do? Shoot more deer? Liberalize hunting regulations? Bring back market hunting? Better forest management?

THE GROWING DEER DEBATE – hosted by Catskill Forest Association (CFA) – will be held on Saturday, October 31st @ Margaretville Central School from 9AM to 4PM.

THE GROWING DEER DEBATE will feature speakers from AROUND THE COUNTRY to discuss both problems & solutions about deer.  Read more


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