Snow day, again

Above: Icicles in Andes on Saturday, Feb. 7, by Mark Zilberman. Shared in the Watershed Post Flickr Pool. 

Schools and offices are closed around the Catskills on Monday, Feb. 9 as the National Weather Service predicts 8 to 14 in inches of snow for the region. All five Catskills counties -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster -- are under Winter Storm Warnings throughout the day on Monday. The snowfall is forecast to be heavier in the eastern parts of the Catskills. 

(What is is about snow and Mondays? This is the third Monday in a row we've had a big snowstorm in 2015.) 

We're tracking the storm below. Share your photos with us on InstagramFlickrFacebook or email and we'll add them.

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Come sample some homemade scrumptious candies by "Catskill Candies and Confections" while creating your own special Valentine cards for that special someone on Saturday, February 14, 11:00 - 3:00 at the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild, Commons Bldg, 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Artists will be on hand with a great assortment of card making materials and Raelene Bond will showcase her rich assortment of chocolates. Free hot chocolate and more info, call 845 586 3443.

Catskill Park advocates step up their lobbying efforts in Albany

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Above: A promotional video for the Catskill Park, produced by Catskill Mountainkeeper. 

The squeaky wheel gets the grease, at least in Albany. And until recently, the Catskills were pretty quiet when it came to asking New York’s legislature and governor for money.

That changed in 2013, when a group of organizations working together as the Catskill Park Coalition began heading to the Capitol in person for a formal lobbying effort called Catskill Park Awareness Day. The idea is to knock on the doors of legislators and let them know, in person, that the Catskill Park exists, and that it needs support in the state’s budget.

“Our goal is to encourage Catskill stakeholders to become advocates for the resources needed to make the Catskill Park more accessible and to increase NYS's commitment to fund capital improvements and stewardship,” wrote Alan White, the executive director of the Catskill Center, one of the Coalition’s founding members, in an email to the Watershed Post.   Read more

Coldwell Banker: Be Part of the Success

Be a part of the Success. 

A career in real estate offers a lifetime of rewards - you'll connect people to the dream of homeownership and set your schedule based on your personal financial goals.

If you are an entrepreneurial spirit looking for a more rewarding career, then join Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties Real Estate and experience the difference when you work with a company that works for you.

Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties is expanding its team of real estate agents in its Delhi, Margaretville, Stamford and Boiceville offices. 


  • Willingness and ability to obtain a real estate license 
  • Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle 
  • Proficiency with cell phones, text messaging, social media, and Internet 

This commission-based opportunity will allow successful candidates to build individual businesses under the Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties brand. While prior experience in sales or real estate brokerage is desirable, it is not required and a comprehensive training program is offered.  Read more


Your sap bucket is waiting!

For a $25 donation to the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, Steve Miller will hang your name from a bucket on a tree in his stand of sugar maples near Margaretville. You'll be welcome to visit March 7, take a selfie with your bucket, see sap being boiled into golden syrup, and enjoy a hot drink and other treats. Have fun in the woods, take home an 8-oz bottle of syrup and help HSM present an ambitious season of local history programs! To reserve your bucket: [email protected]!

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Below zero temperatures moving through on arctic air

Above: "A bitterly cold night is expected across eastern NY and western New England," according to a tweet from the National Weather Service in Albany. 

The National Weather Service is warning that temperatures ranging from negative 5 to negative 10 degrees will blanket parts of the Catskills tonight, Thursday, Feb. 5. A special weather advisory for Delaware and Sullivan counties states:

Widespread Readings Of 5 To 10 Below Are Expected overnight...With The Normally Colder Spots Even Lower.If You Will Be Outside This Evening And Overnight...Be Prepared To face The Cold. Dress In Layers And Leave As Little Exposed Skin As possible. Also...If You Will Be Driving Remember That Road Chemicals are Much Less Effective At These Temperatures So Any Snow Or Ice On roads Is Unlikely To Melt Despite Being Treated. Roads May Be slippery.  Read more

Fire destroys house near Margaretville

Above: Firefighters battle a structure fire on White Road in the town of Middletown on Feb. 4. Photos by Julia Reischel.

A house at 410 White Road in the Delaware County town of Middletown burned on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 4. 

Alice and Anthony Curley, who have rented the house for several years, were out at a doctor's appointment on Wednesday afternoon when the blaze began, said Janine Miller, Alice's daughter. 

"They were only gone for two hours or three hours," Miller said. 

Gene Rosa, the Chief of the Margaretville Fire Department, said that the Delaware County Cause & Origin team has ruled that the blaze was "an accidental fire having to do with the heating system."

The house had two heating systems, a propane furnace inside the house and a wood fired hot air furnace outside the house. (In a previous version of this story, I referred to this outdoor furnace as an outdoor wood boiler, which it is not. "It's a hot air furnace," Rosa said. "It's kind of unique.") 

It is unclear which heating system started the fire, Rosa said.   Read more

Valentine's Day Drawing February 10th, join others for a chance to win!

Therapedic 'Kathy Ireland' Mattresses And Sets Are All Sale Priced For A Limited Time Only!

The Catalog Outlet's Entire stock of 'Kathy Ireland' Therapedic mattresses and sets are sale priced at up to 25% off the regularly marked prices for a limited time only!  There are many different styles, from firm level of comfort ranging to a plush softer feeling mattress.  Every range of comfort for unique individual sleeping requirements.  This sale is only for a short time, so visit any of the four (4) Catalog Outlet store locations to see these sale priced mattresses and sets before they are all gone!

History can be SWEET!

There are two opportunities this month to satisfy your sweet tooth, please your sweetie, and support the Historical Society of the Town of Midletown!

Stop at Freshtown in Margaretville on Valentine's Day and pick up some wondrous home-made treats at our not-to-be-missd Bake Sale. It will run from 10 am. till everything's gone. So take note: the early bird gets the cupcake!

Looking for a really special experience and an upclose look at the making of a Catskill Mountain delicacy? Why not Rent a Bucket? For $25 you get your name on a classic sap bucket in a Margaretville sugarbush where you'll tour the sugar shack to watch 'your' sap being boiled down into syrup. Enjoy a hot drink and a donut, and take home an 8-ounce bottle of fresh maple syrup! You'll have a great time in the late-winter woods, and our thanks for supporting HSM! For details: [email protected]


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