Second Annual John Burroughs Lecture

April 11, 2015 - 2:00pm
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The Second Annual John Burroughs Lecture will be held Sat., April 11 at 2 p.m. at the Catskill Center, Arkville. Dr. Michael Kudish, preeminent Catskills forest historian, will offer a slide talk, "John Burroughs and the Catskill Forest: A Contemporary Botanist Looks Back".

Sponsored by John Burroughs' Woodchuck Lodge.

Free! This is your chance to become a Woodchuck Lodge member too!



This weekend: St. Patrick's events around the Catskills

Above: A shamrock on the slopes at Plattekill Mountain. 

Why do so many turn part Irish in the season of St. Patrick? Perhaps because there is something primal about celebrating the end of winter by slathering swathes of green everywhere. Perhaps because Irish Americans have a fine sense of humor and the festivities and feastings in their honor, replete with bagpipes and corned beef, hit a spot emotionally that nothing else quite reaches. Perhaps because nothing sticks a fork in cabin fever like getting outside to take in a parade or run in a 5K. 

Here’s our multi-county guide to the Irish goings-on this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Catskills.


Wednesday Night’s Show: Restoring Old Apple Trees

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesday’s 6PM – 7PM
WIOX ROXBURY 91.3FM or www.wioxradio.org

On tonight’s show we’ll be talking about Restoring Old Apple Trees. Many of you that own some land have either old, planted apple trees, or old volunteers. Even though they may have been neglected for decades, they can still be brought back into a healthy condition and benefit both the palates of humans & wildlife.

Finally collected some sap yesterday. Although the temperatures reached the mid-40s in central Ulster County, sap flow wasn’t that great. I’m guessing the poor performance was due to frozen-ground conditions where the roots aren’t drawing much sap into the rest of the tree. Things should really begin to change this week as early spring sets in.

May the forest be with you,
Ryan Trapani
Education Forester
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NYC’s watershed police sue their own union

Above: New Environmental Police Officers being sworn in to their jobs patrolling New York City’s upstate watershed, which spans a 2,000-square-mile area, much of it in the Catskills. Photo via the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Flickr page. 

The police officers who patrol New York City’s 2,000-square-mile upstate watershed are suing their own union, accusing it of corruption and of scuttling a long-awaited contract with the city.

In a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in January on behalf of 200 officers, three police officers say that the union’s leadership has betrayed them.  Read more

Delaware County awarded millions to vendors without competition, comptroller says

Above: The seat of Delaware County's government, in Delhi, NY. Photo via the Delaware County website. 

New York state’s comptroller has found that Delaware County awarded millions of dollars to third-party contractors between January 1, 2013 and June 9, 2014 without soliciting competition, or, in some cases, requiring contracts at all.

A lack of “proper administration and oversight” plagues Delaware County’s contractor system in the Departments of Aging, Public Health, Mental Health and Social Services, according to a report released on March 6 by Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“The County has awarded nine third-party contracts totaling $1.9 million without soliciting competition … and has paid three vendors $770,000 for various services without any written contracts with the vendors,” the comptroller’s staff wrote. “The lack of competition creates a risk that services will not be provided in the most prudent and economical manner.”  Read more

Neighbors protest school's donkey basketball fundraiser

Above: A donkey basketball game in action. Photo by Nick Knouse, via Flickr. 

A public school in the Catskills is coming under fire for hosting a fundraiser featuring basketball players riding on donkeys.

Margaretville Central School's plans for a "donkeyball" fundraiser on April 9 are being targeted by a group of local protestors who argue that the pastime is cruel to the donkeys.  Read more

The Kingfisher Project tells stories of heroin addiction in the Catskills

Above: A bag of heroin. Photo from a series of photographs shot by WBEZ Chicago Public Radio documenting heroin use.  

Heroin addiction is sweeping through the Catskills, taking lives with it. (Here at the Watershed Post, we write more crime stories about heroin than about any other drug.) 

In 2013, 89,269 people enrolled in heroin drug-treatment programs in New York state; in 2014, that number jumped to 118,000, according to data from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. Heroin abuse is growing the fastest among the young, among ages 18 to 34. Politicians are worried; the governor launched a statewide campaign to battle heroin abuse last fall. 

Locally, the toll is growing. A doctor at Catskill Regional Medical Center calls heroin a "public health crisis." Delaware County's undersheriff says that despite record heroin busts, "more people are using drugs, overdose deaths have accelerated and jails are crowded." Community forums on the topic are being held around the region. 

The Kingfisher Project, a collaborative storytelling and reporting initiative based at WJFF 90.5 FM in Jeffersonville, is digging deep into the heroin epidemic in the Catskills and beyond. 

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Hilt Kelly, legendary Catskills fiddler and square dance caller, dies

Above: Hilt and Stella Kelly at the 2014 Fiddlers! Festival in Roxbury. Photograph by Jill Ribich of Catskill Images. 

Hilton Kelly, the legendary Catskills fiddler and square dance caller, died on Tuesday, March 3 in Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville, according to a friend of the Kelly family. He was 89 years old and is survived by Stella Kelly, his wife and bandmate of 66 years, as well as two children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Above: Hilt Kelly playing at the Slow Jam at the Pine Hill Community Center, May 10, 2013. Shot by VeccVideography on Vimeo.  Read more

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