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Wednesday Night’s Show: Thirty Years in Forest Management

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

From the Forest will be interviewing CFA’s own – Jim Waters. Jim is CFA’s Executive Director. Before coming to the Catskill Forest Association, Jim worked for some large forest management companies in the Adirondacks. We’ll ask Jim about his experiences there & how they compare to management in the Catskills. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn more.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST?
More reports of fewer deer being harvested this deer season from many regions of New York State. It seems the last 2 winters did have a significant impact on deer population, especially in the more mountainous areas where food sources are scarce. We’ll see. Anecdotally, I can vouch for the area near where I live in central Ulster County; it does seem like there are fewer deer. But again, that doesn’t mean fewer deer impacts on the forest understory. We need to better manage our forests to remedy that problem.

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

This weekend: Holiday shopping, festivals and St. Nick across the Catskills

Above: A decorated storefront in Narrowsburg in 2013. Photo by John of Catskills Photography, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool. 

Now that it's the first week of December, holiday events are legion across the Catskills. There are craft markets and festivals, concerts and carolers, and Santa is popping up in Roxbury, Bethel and Schoharie. Here's what to do this weekend. 

DELAWARE COUNTY

SUNY Delhi will host a Holiday Bazaar at the Farrell Center on Friday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.   Read more

Tonight’s Show: John Blish from Mountain Valley

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

From the Forest will be interviewing John Blish. John is the owner of MOUNTAIN VALLEY that offers services in firewood, landscaping, site-work, snow removal, and dumpsters. We’ll ask John what it’s like owning & running a business in these Catskill Mountains, among other things. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn more.  Read more

Deer Processing Workshop

December 12, 2015 - 10:00am

So you harvested a deer, now what? Paying to have a deer processed can get expensive, so why not learn to do it yourself? And what’s better than learning first hand? The Catskill Forest Association will be hosting a deer processing workshop Saturday, December 12th 10am – 1pm with New York State licensed guide, Sonny Somelofski. We will teach you how to process venison from skinning to packaging on a harvested deer, start to finish. Call the Catskill Forest Association at (845) 586-3054 to register. Members free, non-members $10.

Catskills patients and doctors left in lurch by Health Republic shutdown

Patients and doctors across the Catskills have been scrambling to deal with the abrupt closure of Health Republic, a troubled health insurance company that is closing for business today, Monday, Nov. 30.

The shuttered company is no longer paying its claims, leaving doctors unsure whether they will ever be paid for seeing Health Republic patients. Some doctors have turned patients away, or are bargaining directly with patients over their medical fees. 

In September, New York State regulators ordered Health Republic, the largest of many health insurance cooperatives to be established across the country as part of the Affordable Care Act, to close at the end of 2015.  Read more

Thanksgiving in the Catskills

Photo by icoNYca, via Flickr. 

As the fourth Thursday in November rolls around, we gather in a spirit of gratitude for our mountain peaks and sparkling creeks, our deer and raptors and black bear, and for each other. Here are some places to feast among neighbors in the Catskills this Thanksgiving Day. Unless otherwise specified, all events are taking place on Thursday, Nov. 26.

DELAWARE COUNTY

The Interfaith Council is inviting everyone in the greater Margaretville community to its 5th annual free Thanksgiving dinner, taking place from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Margaretville United Methodist Church. All are welcome and take-outs are available.  Read more

Delaware County passes bed tax
 law

Above: Maureen Wacha of Walton, a motel owner, spoke against the Delaware County bed tax at a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Photo by Robert Cairns.

Those who pay for overnight stays at hotels, motels and other lodging establishments in Delaware County will soon pay two percent more.

The Delaware County Board of Supervisors, at a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24, approved a hotel and motel occupancy tax that will also apply to bed-and-breakfast establishments and rentals of vacation homes.

Proponents of the bed tax law say that the tax will raise $192,000 per year to augment the county's tourism promotion efforts. Currently, the county spends $95,000 annually through its tourism promotion agency, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.

Under the provisions of the law, the tax’s proceeds are dedicated to tourism and will not go into the county's general fund.  Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Critter Quiz

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

For Wednesday night’s show we’ll be having a Catskill Critter Quiz to test our knowledge of critter life in the Catskill Mountains. Leading the quiz will be Paul Misko. Paul is the founder of the Catskill 4000 Club. He grew up hiking & fishing in & around Woodland Valley near Phoenicia. His knowledge about forest history is as extensive as the woods growing there. He has been on FROM THE FOREST on numerous occasions to talk about local history, hiking, & one of his favorite naturalists – John Burroughs. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST?
As I write this, we stand on the eve of Gun Season for Big Game. It’s nice to see family and friends gathering for the weekend’s big event. Hunting is more than the pursuit of deer. It’s another excuse to get together. Good luck, both in the field and back at camp.

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

Holiday PopUp Market - Shop Local

November 28, 2015 - 10:00am

A Holiday PopUp Market will take place this Saturday November 28 from 10 - 5 in the Historic Bussy Building at 743 Main Street in Margaretville, in the former furniture store next to the NBT Bank parking lot. Shop Local with vendors offering locally made gifts and farm products. There will be free hot mulled cider and cookies!

Volunteers Wanted For 2016 Festival in Fleischmanns

The November FAB meeting (scheduled for this Thursday, November 19th) will focus solely on THE GREAT CATSKILL MOUNTAIN BBQ FEST, a FAB event scheduled for August 2016 in Fleischmanns Park. This is a HUGE event and we are now forming committees. We are in need of several committee chairman, volunteers to work on each committee and a host of volunteers for the day of the event.

We have a great competition/festival planned, but FAB NEEDS YOU in order to make it happen!!

Let’s get Fleischmanns back on the map as a destination for Summer 2016 with a fantastic Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned BBQ competition/festival! Please JOIN US Thursday and let us know where you can help. (If you would like to be involved but cannot make the meeting, please email me.)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Thanksgiving, the November FAB meeting has been moved up a week, to this coming Thursday:

Thursday, November 19th
5:30 pm
Skene Memorial Library

FAB supports your business – please come out and support FAB!  Read more


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