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The Tinderbox


Wood ● Pellet ● Gas● Coal ● Electric

THE TINDERBOX is the Catskill Mountains premiere stove and fireplace shop, offering a full line of wood, pellet, gas, coal, and electric stoves, inserts, and fireplaces, as well as mantels and mantel shelves.  THE TINDERBOX is your one stop shop for all your hearth and fireplace needs, including accessories and maintenance products.  We offer complete installations and service, along with chimney re-lining and chimney sweeping by a fully certified staff with the most respected credentials in the industry:  NFI (National Fireplace Institute) and CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America).  Read more


The Catskills with a dog in tow

Writer Heather Rolland with a few four-legged hiking companions. Photo by Candid Canine Photography.

Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in the Catskills, running the gamut from strolling on rail trails to expert-only wilderness bushwhacks. Whatever your adventure level — or your dog’s — there’s plenty to do with a pup in tow here in the Catskills.

What to do

HIKE. Most dogs love to hike, and the many trails that wend through Catskills forests are wonderful places for you to enjoy nature: balsam firs, bald eagles, tumbling cascades and vistas that have inspired generations. Be sure to match your outing to your buddy’s current level of fitness.

Catskill Park regulations do not require dogs to be leashed at all times. Voice control is acceptable in many areas; check the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website (dec.ny.gov) for details. Some great trails to try are Overlook Mountain (watch out for timber rattlesnakes), Slide Mountain, Giant Ledge and Rochester Hollow.  Read more

Volunteers clean the Bush Kill in Fleischmanns

From cleanup organizer John Hoeko:
The project was a success.  About a dozen volunteers turned out.  The Project was co-sponsored by Fleischmanns 1st and the Ahokan-Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a national org. dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of cold water fisheries in North America.
We filled a dumpster with debris from Irene and thoughtless litterers and our Bushkill is once again a jewel.  The CWC, thanks to Diane Galusha, provided bags, gloves, and gifts (refrigerator clips and rain gauges).  At the end of the day participants enjoyed free food, ice cream, and refreshments donated by La Cabana Restaurant, the Fleischmanns-Pine Hill Rotary, and the Fleischmanns Supemarket.  Mountain Valley Landscaping donated a dumpster for debris and trash disposal.  The Village of Fleischmanns allowed us to use their truck to transfer filled bags to the dumpster.
Below: Photo #1:  Mark Loete, John Hoeko, and Roy Todd. Photo #2: Peter Marx, Jody Hoyt, Winifred Zubin, and Vicky Szerko.
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Belleayre Resort will fail unless scaled back, Catskill Heritage Alliance claims

Above: A rendering of the planned hotel and lodge buildings at Highmount -- part of the proposed Belleayre Resort project -- from a supplemental draft environmental impact statement released in April 2014 by the DEC.

The Catskill Heritage Alliance, a local environmental group that has long been critical of the proposed Belleayre Resort project in Highmount, has released a study that claims the resort will fail unless scaled back.

The study, commissioned by Washington, D.C.-based firm Public and Environmental Finance Associates, takes aim at another study commissioned last year from national hotel consultants HVS by resort developer Crossroads Ventures. In documents prepared in 2013 for the state's ongoing review of the project, Crossroads relied on the HVS study to make a case for the resort's financial viability and economic benefits to the region.   Read more

Susan's Pleasant Pheasant Farm Kayak Races

Lake Wawaka

Halcottsville, NY 12438


Kayka and Stand Up Paddle Board Races along 

with Croquet Tournament

Many Categories and Many Prizes

Sat. 8/2 & Sun. 8/3

Registration Starts at 9 A.M.

1st Race Starts at 11 A.M.

2nd Race Starts at 2 P.M.

Croquet Tournament Starts at 12:30 P.M.


The 2014 First Annual Not Your Average Croquet Tournament

The 2014 First Annual Not Your Average Croquet Tournament

Saturday 8/2 and Sunday 8/3

Registration Starts 9:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

$5.00 Entry Fee

Tournament Starts at 12:30 P.M.

Daily Prizes

1st Place Prize: $50.00 + Free Single Kayak Rental

2nd Place Prize: $25.00 + Free Single Kayak Rental

3rd Place Prize: $15.00 + Free Single Kayak Rental

4th Place Prize: $5.00 + Free Single Kayak Rental

1 Bragg Hollow Rd Halcottsville, NY 12438 (607)326-4266


Preregister to ensure your tee time at the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Transition Catskills proposes 'Catskills dollars,' tool libraries, and farmers' markets

Above: A design for a local Catskills currency created by members of Transition Catskills.

About two dozen people attended the first public forum of Transition Catskills, a group dedicated to making the Catskills more economically resilient, on Wednesday night at the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville.

“This was our first effort to organize a conversation,” said Jeff Tomasi, a former partner at Goldman Sachs who helped found the group.

There will be another film screening and public forum for the Transition Catskills movement on Saturday, July 26, at 4 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury.

Tomasi, who owns a second home in the Delaware County town of Middletown, also lives in London, where he first got word of Transition, an initiative that began in England around 2006 and addressed issues of oil dependence and economic instability.

“I’m not a leader, I’m a facilitator,” Tomasi told the group. “I’m not here to tell people how to live. Just here to start the dialogue.”  Read more

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