Delaware Co. appoints tourism advisory board to oversee bed tax proceeds

Above: Delaware County Economic Development Director Glenn Nealis, pictured here at an October county board meeting, is one of the seven members of the new Delaware County Tourism Advisory Board. Photo by Robert Cairns.

The members of the Delaware County Tourism Advisory Board, a group that will decide how money from the county's new bed tax will be spent, were appointed at the Wednesday, March 23 meeting of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors.

As outlined in the new law authorizing the two percent tax on overnight stays, the advisory board is comprised of the county's economic development director, two members of the board of supervisors and four representatives of the tourism industry. The law also provides that at least two of the industry representatives must be from lodging businesses.

As is typical of advisory committee appointments, board Chairman James Eisel made the appointments without a vote of the board. There was no discussion of the issue.

Economic Development Director Glenn Nealis was appointed to a three-year term, as was Teresa Allen, the co-chair of the Upper Delaware Business Coalition.  Read more

Fleischmanns Maple Fest

April 2, 2016 (All day)

Saturday, April 2, 2016

  • Fleischmanns Community Church Maple Pancake Breakfast
  • Children’s Maple themed crafts activity at Skene
  • Maple Sugaring in the Catskills: history and process of how maple syrup is made, the equipment used and presentations by families currently and previously producing maple syrup
  • Hayride transportation to maple sugar shack
  • Maple Themed Art Exhibit and artist reception

Sunday, April 3

  • Sap 5KRun/Walk
  • The Maple Bake-Off Café
  • The Fleischmanns First Cookbook to be published
  • Maple themed Art Exhibition
  • Crowning of Maple Court

For a complete schedule, click here. 

Fleischmanns Maple Fest April 2-3: Calendar of Events

Fleischmanns Maple Fest 2016 Calendar

Catskills sugarhouses open for Maple Weekend

Above: Maple syrup on pancakes at Buck Hill Farm in Jefferson. Photo by Heather Phelps-Lipton. 

Shake off the late-winter blahs and come celebrate Maple Weekend--actually two weekends of open houses--in the sugar shacks of the Catskills. The first of the two weekends of maple events begins tomorrow, Saturday, March 19 and runs through Sunday, March 20. The second weekend is on April 2 and 3.

Last year’s maple syrup crop was outstanding, with 601,000 gallons of the sweet sticky stuff flowing from New York producers, according to the New York Times.  Read more

St. Patrick’s Day in the Catskills

Above: The full Irish treatment awaits at Gavin's Irish Country Inn this weekend in East Durham. Image via the Gavin's Irish Country Inn Facebook page.

The Irish love affair with the rocky, rolling green of the Catskills spans generations. In the Greene County hamlet of East Durham, especially, immigrants with roots in Ireland have made the region a second home.

So it’s only natural that our communities celebrate the season of St. Patrick in fine style. Here’s our five-county guide to celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day (Thursday, March 17) that are happening this weekend.

Want an introduction to the long history of the Irish in the Catskills? A new documentary that premiered last week, "The Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads," tells the story of the inns, hotels and bungalows that have catered to Irish Americans throughout history--you can buy the DVD or watch it at Narrowbackfilms.com. 


Pair stole thousands of pain pills from Margaretville pharmacy, police say

Two Margaretville residents have been arrested for allegedly breaking into Miller's Drug Store in Margaretville and stealing thousands of pain pills last month, police say.

Twenty-four-year-old Lucas M. Labumbard and 20-year-old Anna Christina Bubko were arrested at their Hubbell Hill home on Monday, March 14 and charged with felony drug possession and tampering with evidence, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

While searching their home on Monday, police found stolen hydrocodone and oxycodone tablets and more than $1,400 cash, the press release states.

Left: Lucas Labumbard. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.   Read more

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Fire at Hubbell homestead destroys pole barn; injures two

Above: Firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed a pole barn at the Hubbell Family Farm on Wednesday, March 9. Photo by Rebecca Andre, Mountain Girl Photography and Design. 

An afternoon fire destroyed a pole barn and injured two firefighters at the Hubbell Family Farm on Route 30 outside the Delaware County village of Margaretville on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

Although officials at the scene were unwilling to state the cause of the blaze, John Hubbell said that it likely began when round hay bales sitting outside the pole barn caught fire.

On Wednesday night, Margaretville Fire Chief Gene Rosa confirmed that the cause of the fire was accidental.

Above: An excavator housed in the pole barn was destroyed by the fire. Photo by Rebecca Andre.   Read more

Maple sugar season comes early to the Catskills

Above: Sap buckets in the sun. Photo by Rebecca Andre of Mountain Girl Photography and Design

“A sap-run is the sweet good-bye of winter. It is the fruit of the equal marriage of the sun and frost.” - John Burroughs, “Signs and Seasons," 1886

Commercial sugarhouses, mom and pop sugar shacks, homesteaders and hobbyists alike are busy catching up to the flowing maple syrup during this year’s early—and prolific—sugar season.

Most years, maple tapping does not begin in the Catskills until late February, with the highest syrup production happening towards the end of March or early April, according to Andrew Campbell, who managed the Hubbell Family Farm in the Delaware County village of Margaretville.

But this year, an unseasonably warm week early in February gave a head start to local maple production.

“We tapped the first week in February,” said Toby Hubbell.  Read more

Calling All Bakers, Runners/Walkers: Fleischmanns Maple Fest

Fleischmanns First invites you to participate on Sunday, April 3rd in the Maple Bake-Off, noon to 3pm.

All entries of baked goods must include maple syrup or maple sugar as an ingredient.

You are also invited to run/walk in the Sap House 5K, 10am at the Gazebo, Main Street.

10:15 shuttle to Vly Creek Maple Farms, 10:30 race begins.

Registration: Adults, $25 before 3/10, $30 thereafter, Youth, $18 before 3/10, $20 thereafter.

Registration forms for both the Maple Bake-Off and Sap House 5K are embedded below.


Bake Off Guidelines - MapleFest 2016  Read more

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