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This Weekend: Celebrate National Trails Day

Above: The view from Cross Mountain on a brand-new section of the Long Path Trail, which opens to the public on Saturday, June 7. Photo courtesy of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

For 21 years, the first Saturday in June has been reserved for appreciating the nation’s mountain trails and greenery. This Saturday, June 7, Catskill area parks will observe the 22nd annual National Trails Day by hosting outdoor celebrations — welcoming residents and visitors to participate in hikes, runs and restoration projects, as well as the opening of several brand-new trails.

Below: Volunteers install a sign on the new Palmer Hill Trail in Andes. Photo by Ann Roberti.

Palmer Hill Trail opening, Andes, Delaware County  Read more

Great Western Catskills: Boating, Father's Day and Farmers' Markets!

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Happy Father's Day Wishes

Between meals: Catskills-style coffee breaks

Above: Phoenicia’s Mama’s Boy Market serves homemade baked goods and a selection of snacks from local purveyors.

Residents of the Catskills are often people who thrive on privacy and peace, but it’s also important that the commons contain ample opportunities to get off of the farm and out of the woods to socialize. Happily, we’re blessed with a fine selection of coffee shops and casual cafés that showcase coffee curation and offer sweet and savory snacks.

Bread Alone Bakery (breadalone.com, multiple locations) has been doing the bakery-café thing for decades, and has two Catskills shops: the main headquarters on Route 28 in Boiceville, and a satellite café in Woodstock. Flour milled to spec, locally sourced fresh dairy and wood-fired ovens are some of the ingredients in its well-loved recipes.  Read more

10% Off All-American Appetizers for Fourth of July Events

To kick off the month of June, we are excited to announce a new Fourth of July All-American Appetizer sale! Throughout the month of June, we will be offering a 10% discount on the following appetizers:

· Savoir Fare Greek Mini Lamb Burger (179040)

· Savoir Fare Buffalo Chicken Taco (179035)

· Savoir Fare Manhattan Mini Reuben (179028)

· Savoir Fare Southwest Salmon (179006)  Read more

Black Bear, a Controversy in the Catskills

By John MacNaught, Wildlife Specialist for the Catskill Forst Association

The population of black bear in the Catskill region is steadily rising. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) 2013 annual black bear harvest summary, 636 bears were taken in 2013 in the southeastern zone of New York State. This number is up from the 2012 hunting season which had a take of 442 bears, and is also higher than the previous five year average of 521 bears taken per season. A higher black bear take may indicate a larger population of bears within the southeastern hunting zone, though harvest success is also factored by natural food availability, weather, and hunter participation.  Read more

Florida man charged with murder of state trooper on I-81

Trooper Christopher Skinner, a 13-year veteran of the New York State Police, was killed on duty shortly after noon on Thursday, May 29 after he was struck by a car during a traffic stop on I-81 in Broome County. 

Police say the man driving the car -- a resident of Melrose, Florida -- hit Skinner intentionally, after first striking two other cars. The man, 60-year-old Almond Upton, has been charged with first-degree murder in Skinner's death.

According to an account from the New York State Police, Upton struck two cars traveling northbound on I-81, causing minor injuries to one driver. He then spotted Skinner conducting a traffic stop, veered over from the passing lane into the driving lane, and struck Skinner, sideswiping the car that had been stopped by the trooper. 

Skinner was killed instantly. 

Police say Upton then abandoned his car and fled into the woods. He was found and taken into custody about an hour later.  Read more

Margaretville Health Foundation seeks Development Coordinator

MARGARETVILLE HEALTH FOUNDATION

The Margaretville Health Foundation, which supports Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, is seeking a Development Coordinator to provide administrative and program support which includes, but is not limited to, oversight of gift processing and donor acknowledgement, planning and coordination of major gift solicitations, oversight of donor stewardship and gift fulfillment, and planning and coordination of special events. 

Salary commensurate with experience. 

Hours:  16 hrs. per week

Qualifications: BA/BS degree; 5+ years of nonprofit experience; Proficient in Microsoft Windows, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, Social Media  Read more

Scout's Honor: Earn Catskills Badges

This summer, channel your inner Eagle Scout in the Catskills: Earn one of our outdoor badges by hiking a fire tower or paddling a reservoir. (That’s right, “earn”: Our Catskills badges can’t be bought.)

The 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide is proud to present our 2014 Catskills Badge Program, which features two limited-edition embroidered badges: the brand-new Catskill Reservoir Paddler Badge and the popular Catskill Fire Towers Badge. They’re perfect for sewing onto a sash, a backpack or your favorite pair of Carhartts.

The badge program is simple: Boat a New York City reservoir or hike a fire tower in the Catskills, send us proof of your adventure (see details below), and you get your very own real-deal badge. You can’t buy these beauties in a store; you’ll have to earn them the old-fashioned way. So get out there and show us what you can do.  Read more

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for western Catskills

Above: The National Weather Service in Binghamton warns of an eastward-bound line of thunderstorms moving across the New York-Pennsylvania border.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued Tuesday afternoon for central New York and the western Catskills region, including Delaware and Sullivan counties. The watch is in effect until 9 p.m.

Hudson Valley Weather writes that the storms in the forecast are the result of an incoming cold front that could send temperatures plunging for the next week or so. 

The Catskills region may be in for some fierce storms this evening, which could bring hail as well as rain. But the approaching thunderstorms aren't likely to top 2013's Memorial Day weekend weather, when snowstorms blanketed the highest peaks of the Catskills in white.


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