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Governor extends burn ban to May 21

Above: The Roosa Gap fire threatens a house in the Shawangunks on May 5, 2015. Photo by Michael Wentland.

Due to a rash of wildfires across the state, including many in the Catskills, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday, May 13 that a ban on residential brush burning will be extended until May 21.

The ban, which goes into effect every year for the dry spring period of March 16 through May 14, was scheduled to expire this week. 

In his proclamation, the governor said that there have been 110 wildfires across New York state in 2015, which have burned 3,589.4 acres of land, destroyed one structure and threatened 91 homes.   Read more

Fleischmanns Memorial Day Street Fair

May 23, 2015 (All day)

“A great starting point for your 2015 Summer Season in our Catskill Victorian Village”

Fleischmanns Main Street will be filled with sidewalk vendors, food and live music.

The Margaretville Mobile Hospital Unit will be on hand to provide free blood pressure & blood “ticker tests” and new Health information.

Skene Memorial Library hosts its biggest fundraiser of the year, its annual book and plant sale, and the Greater Fleischmanns Museum of Memories opens its doors for the Summer season 2015. 

A food court will be set up with tables and chairs placed in front of the Gazebo where Catskill Mountain Music entertainment will be in full force. Watch for our very own Maple Princesses as they ride down Main Street in a spectacular vintage car.

As always, Fleischmanns Village hosts a Memorial Day Parade on Main Street on Monday, May 25. Be sure to come early if you want a good seat. The parade kicks off at Fire House at 9 a.m.    Read more

Catskills under both fire and freeze warnings today

Above: Temperatures will be close to freezing in parts of the Catskills tonight. Photo via the National Weather Service Binghamton's Facebook page. 

Fire might break out at any moment in the Catskills today, but you also should cover your seedlings to protect them from frost tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

There are both red flag warnings of high brush fire conditions and a freeze warning in effect in the Catskills today, Wednesday, May 13. 

NWS Albany has issued a red flag warning for the eastern Catskills, the mid-Hudson Valley and the Schoharie Valley that warns of "dangerous fire conditions" from noon to 6 p.m. today due to gusty winds and low humidity.   Read more

Leisurely ramp stroll turns into mountain-saving mission

Above: Firefighters battled feisty pop-up flames during a small brush fire in the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville on Thursday, May 7. Photo by Rebecca Andre.

Rebecca Andre, a resident of the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville, witnessed one of the many brush fires that have plagued the Catskills in the past week while she was out on a walk near her home last Thursday, May 7. Andre is a professional photographer (check out her work at Mountain Girl Photography and Design), so she took photographs of the blaze and sent us this report. Halcottsville Fire Department Chief Jeff Slauson confirmed that the fire was caused by a tree limb falling on an electric line. A tree-trimming crew from NYSEG has trimmed other branches in the area to prevent more incidents, he said. - Ed. 

A deliciously beautiful Catskill day turned dangerous on Thursday, May 7 when a spark from an electric line ignited the top of a sap-covered birch tree, causing a small forest fire in the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville. 

On Thursday, May 7, I was finishing a foraging hike – ramps are in season now – when I heard the tone for the Halcottsville Fire Department echo through the tucked away hollow of Maegers Road.

Above: Fighting flames along the burn line. Photo by Rebecca Andre. 

Less then five minutes later, when the trucks start passing my home on the private, dead-end road, I assumed they were lost. Shoes slipped on, camera in hand, I started up my driveway, only to be met by Burr Hubbell and a firefighter kicking up dust as they raced to the scene in Mr. Hubbell’s vehicle. I hitched a ride, and soon found myself at the scene, less then half a mile from my own property.

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Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament presented by Margaretville Health Foundation

The College Golf Course at Delhi  **  Thursday, August 6th  **  9:30am Shotgun Start

$85 per golfer includes: breakfast, golf, range, cart, snacks & beverages and a lunch barbecue

To register print the registration form below or call Liz Warren at 845-586-2631 x 3181

We greatly appreciate our sponsors MTC Telephone Company, NBT Bank and Sluiter Agency

 

 

 

 

Plant a row for the food pantry

 
Please add one plant or one row of veggies/fruits for the Community Pantry
We feed more than 400 households in the area, so please help
 
For more info, contact:
Joyce St George
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Mountainside Cape

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Located minutes outside the four season Catskill Mountain village of Margaretville, this house is great value for the money. With 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a living room, dining room and a bonus room this charming home will appeal to both the second home owner and those seeking a primary residence. The home is immaculate and move in ready offering a convenient location to village services, an inground pool, and an oversized garage perfect for storing large items, antique cars or all of lifes stuff.

Some of the upgrades include all new appliances including washer, dryer, refrigarator, stove, a new woodburning stove, a new water heater and a UV water filter. Some of the other upgrades include new mechanicals for the pool, double pained windows and a recently painted interior with a pleasing color palate. The property is bordered on two sides by protected DEP land giving it an enduring privacy. The trek decking around the pool and on the back porch ensures years of wear with no maintainence.  Read more

This Weekend: Spring on Main in Margaretville

Above: Flowers at Margaretville's 2012 spring festival. Photo by Julia Reischel. 

Celebrate the end of mud month and the beginning of spring in the Delaware County village of Margaretville this Saturday during the village's Spring on Main Festival. Organizers promise baby animals, music and storytelling and a rhubarb cooking contest, as well as historical tours, handmade confections, locally-made cheeses, a "hay bale garden" and vendors and crafts galore.

The rhubarb contest should be especially interesting. Rhubarb is an iconic spring plant, and it takes a good cook to turn its sour tartness into something that everybody enjoys. Cooks are invited to drop off their entries into the rhubarb contest at Home Goods of Margaretville at 784 Main Street by 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 for a 2 p.m. tasting and judging. 

Spring on Main. Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Various locations on Main Street Margaretville. mainstreetmargaretville.com.   Read more

Transition Catskills

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Transition Catskills is part of a worldwide network of grassroots community initiatives that seek to address the world’s most pressing challenges with citizen-led action.

The goal of Transition is to create a vibrant, diverse, and relocalized economy that is less dependent on fossil fuels and global supply chains. If we can provide for as many of our needs as possible from relatively close to home, we become more resilient— as individuals and as a community, we can maintain our identity and ability to function despite change and shocks from the outside.

In Transition, we take issues that feel toxic — peak oil, climate change, economic contraction — and we turn them into opportunities for positive change. The movement is rooted in the idea that by taking personal action in our communities, we can not only overcome these threats, but we can also live more fulfilling lives by forging a deeper connection to our neighbors and our local environment.  Read more

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Wednesday Night’s Show: Al Cambronne – Author of DEERLAND

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

On Wednesday night’s show we’ll be speaking with Al Cambronne, author of the book, DEERLAND – AMERICA’S HUNT FOR ECOLOGICAL BALANCE & THE ESSENCE OF WILDNESS.

“Deerland is an inquisitive & eye-opening tour through the history, science, politics, economics, & cultural quirks of our uniquely American relationship with the white-tailed deer. From ecologists & foresters to farmers, hunters, homeowners, & business owners, Cambronne introduces us to a fascinating cast of characters whose lives, like yours & mine, are inextricably linked to whitetails.”
---Tovar Cerulli, author of “The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance”
Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn more about DEERLAND.  Read more


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