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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Tonight’s Show: Forest Talk with Mike Porter

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

Tonight’s Show: Forest Talk with Mike Porter

On tonight’s show we’ll be talking to Mike Porter again about this & that. Mike Porter is a local maple producer, and quite the forest enthusiast. He’s been known to make a few rustic furniture items as well as a log cabin from trees found on his land. We’ll see what Mike has been up to most recently. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online at www.wioxradio.org to learn more.

Been hunting quite a bit lately. There are a lot of acorns in the woods down in Ulster County, and the deer are really honing in on them. I saw a red fox chase a gray squirrel around; that was rather amusing. Also, saw my first “rutty” buck chasing some does pretty hard yesterday morning at dawn.

May the forest be with you,
Ryan Trapani
Education Forester
Catskill Forest Association

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

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. 


The Parsonage in New Kingston

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This gracious home served as the Parsonage for the local Presbyterian Church in the bucolic Catskill Mountain hamlet of New Kingston. The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a formal dining room, a comfortable living room, a country kitchen and family room. A wrap around rocking chair porch, wide plank wood floors, generous room sizes, wooden built ins cabinetry, wide moldings, a claw foot tub and details dating back to the mid 1800’s make this home appealing and inviting.

The home is deeply rooted in the past but has been updated for modern life, with updates including a DEP septic installed in 2007, new heating system and several newer energy efficient windows. Adding to the function of this attractive home is a mudroom and a small, manageable barn that is ideal for storage, raising chicken or whatever you can imagine. Minutes to the 4 season Catskill villages of Margaretville & Andes and just over the mountain are both Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and Plattekill Mountain Ski Center. Other area activities include hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, golfing, restaurants and shopping. Located on half an acre – this is a must see.  Read more

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

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.

New York Times' "Living City" explores NYC's water supply

Up here in the Catskills, in the heart of New York City's vast rural watershed, it's impossible to forget that one lives in the middle of the city's water supply. The city's huge reservoirs dominate the landscape. Watershed affairs dominate local politics. New York City's watershed police patrol along sleepy back roads a hundred miles from Manhattan.

For most downstate New Yorkers, though, water is just a thing that comes out of the tap. This week, the New York Times introduced its readers to their astonishing water system in "Living City," a video series that explores some of the wonders of urban engineering that make life in our nation's largest city possible.  Read more

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