Here comes the rain again...and wind, too

Look out, Catskills: Yet another round of thunderstorms is taking aim at the region, with the possibility of high winds, damaging hail and even the chance of a tornado. 

As of late Tuesday afternoon, a line of storms is organizing in western New York and Pennsylvania, and moving steadily eastward across the region. A severe thunderstorm watch is currently in effect across Central New York, including Delaware County in the Catskills region, until 8 p.m.

Storm trackers at the National Weather Service caution that there is a slight chance the storms could spawn a tornado or two as they swirl across Central New York. 

The eastern Catskills are not yet under severe weather watch, but thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. Locals should keep an eye on the weather as the storms move eastward.   Read more

Catskills under flash flood watch, but the Fourth should be sunny

Above: Forecast detail from the National Weather Service in Albany.

The forecast for Fourth of July weekend in the Catskills looks bright and clear -- but before Friday arrives with cooler temps and sunnier skies, another round of intense thunderstorms has the region under flash flood watch. 

All five of the Catskills counties in our coverage area -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster -- are currently under flash flood watches issued by the National Weather Service offices in Binghamton and Albany. In the western Catskills, Delaware and Sullivan counties, the flash flood watch will last until 9 p.m. The eastern Catskills, which will see storms later into the evening, are under flash flood watch until midnight  Read more

Live Here…Work Here…Follow Your “Foodie” Passion

Dream of running a restaurant? This is the place! HISTORIC RESTORED 1890S MARGARETVILLE VICTORIAN beauty with excellent location, lovely stream views and easy parking! This commercial (mixed usage) building is up-to date and stunning. All the original wood-work, built-in vintage cabinetry and gorgeous details abound. The building has been lovingly restored, with a new 65 year shingle roof, Pella windows, upgraded insulation, new Systems 2000 boiler with instant hot water, stained glass windows, generous front porch, ample open back decking and a working fireplace on the main level. The second floor features a large 3-bedroom, 1 bath apartment with original wood details, eat-in kitchen, Washer & Dryer and back deck with stream views. Could be used for owner occupancy or income generating rental. Also included: ample parking, wheelchair access, 2 garage buildings, municipal sewer & water, DSL service. Currently equipped with a commercial kitchen, this building could also work as a retail or luxury office space.  Read more

A Safe and Happy July 4th

M Gerard Country Home will be closed Friday, July 4th.

Floods damage roads in Delaware and Schoharie Counties

Above: The back of 330 Main Street in Middleburgh after the wall had collapsed in the storm Wednesday night. Photo by Katherine Speller.

Multiple towns across the Catskills region declared a state of emergency after flooding caused by thunderstorms, forcing the closure of a number of roads.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather warning early Thursday morning for severe thunderstorms in central New York — followed by a flood warning at 8:57 a.m. for the Mohawk River at the Delta Dam.

Schoharie County

Around 7:30 last night, amidst the heavy storm that flooded several areas of Schoharie County,  police received a report of a husband, wife and cat trapped in their mobile home on South Gilboa road.  

“Water was rising around their home and in ditches surrounding it,” Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond said. “They couldn’t get out.”

Grand Gorge Fire Department’s rescue squad was sent out on the call but soon realized they weren’t able to get the couple out on their own, Desmond said, so they called in for assistance from other local departments from Schoharie and Delaware Counties.
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Clean Contemporary Home, Gorgeous Property, Adjacent to State Land

This immaculate contemporary home is a haven of peace. Relax in the established lush gardens on a bench by the water feature or step outside and hike trails on the hundreds of acres of State Land that is adjacent to the property. You would never know that this 4 bedroom, 2 bath house on 5.4 acres is literally minutes from Margaretville! Perfect for entertaining, the home features an open kitchen, stone fireplace and lots of decks for outside fun. Enjoy a soak in the hot tub or experience an outdoor shower. The layout of the home makes having guests a pleasure with a nice separation between the master suite and guest rooms. Property has a full studio with electric, a baby barn and a hoop house. The double garage is heated and has new washer dryer! A perfect retreat minutes from Belleayre Ski Center, world class golf, kayaking, antiquing, restaurants and local farmers market. A turn-key home it is ideal for both second home owners or full-time residents. 2.5 hours from the GWB.MLS: 94346

Address: 410 Glen Acres Road, Arkville NY
Price: $275,000
Beds: 4 Bed
Baths: 2 Bath
House Size: 2052 Sq Ft
Lot Size: 5.4 acres
Year Built: 1994  Read more

Cycling the Catskills: From steep trails to smooth sails

A cyclist takes a break for the panoramic view from Castle Point on the Shawangunk Ridge, at the southeastern edge of the Catskills. Photo courtesy of Riding the Catskills (ridingthecatskills.com).

Climb up and over the rocky Shawangunk Ridge to a spectacular vista overlooking the Hudson Valley. Meander along hundreds of miles of carriage lanes and trails through the Mohonk Preserve. Ride through rolling pastureland on 19th- century dirt roads, lined by mossy stone walls and shaded by tunnels of overarching trees. Travel winding country roads for hours without seeing more cars than you can count on your fingers.

The Catskill Mountains were made for cycling. And if you’re not here already, they’re easier to get to than you might think. From New York City, in less than two hours by car, you can leave urban sprawl far behind and discover a cycling utopia. You don’t even need a car to get here: Bring your bike on a scenic 90-minute Metro-North train up the majestic Hudson River to Poughkeepsie, cycle across the Walkway Over the Hudson, and you’re practically in the Catskills.  Read more

New York Invasive Species Awareness Week

The mission of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species to h elp stop their spread by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state and encouraging them to take action. Please join in the fun and help out with the effort!  Activities of all kinds take place July 6th- July 12th. Check out nyis.info and click on the logo for more information!

Sneak preview of Saturday's Cemetery Tour!

Three of the nine players appearing in Saturday's Living History Cemetery Tour at Sanford Cemetery, New Kingston Rd., are Aggie Laub, portraying Thankful VanBenschoten; John Bernhardt as top-hatted Abel Sands; and John Exter as basketmaker Karl Amor. There are still spaces available for a few of the tour times (4 to 7 p.m.) Call 845-586-4736 to be part of the magic on a summer evening in this beautiful cemetery.

Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer

June 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

Alla Ilinsky DDS is delighted to announce the openng of her new Main Street Margaretville NY office location.  To mark the occasion a Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer will be held on Wednesday June 25 2014 from 5 until 7 pm at 761 Main Street - 2nd floor.

To RSVP please contact the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce at 845 586. 3300.



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