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As the holiday season rolls in and more and more devices and tech gadgets get connected in your home, now is the time to consider upgrading your internet. From Smart TV’s, home monitoring, tablets, gaming consoles, Wi-Fi, cell phone boosters, and an ever growing list of devices utilizing your internet connection, don’t let slow speeds hold you back. Now is the time to make sure your internet connection can keep up with your household. Upgrade your internet today and enjoy the first 30 days at your current rate.

Upgrade any of your services in December and receive a free upgrade with your donation of canned goods or other non-perishable items for our local food banks.

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This weekend: Christmas season in the Catskills

Above: Photo by Nannette Turner, via Flickr

Ring those bells and light those lights: It’s Christmastime in the Catskills. Public festivities abound. Come out and revel with your neighbors this weekend. Here’s our five-county guide to what’s doing.

DELAWARE COUNTY

On Friday, Dec. 11, there is a free holiday wine tasting at Roxbury Wine & Spirits—try four different holiday wines.   Read more

Catskills organizations awarded $26 million in state grants

Above: The Ulster County town of Shandaken will receive $415,000 in state funds to fix broken pipes in Phoenicia, part of $26 million in state grants won by Catskills organizations and municipalities today. Photo via PhoeniciaNY.com

The winners of the annual battle royal for New York State’s grant funds were revealed on Thursday, Dec. 10 at a press conference by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the Catskills took home about $26 million, according to our quick and dirty calculations. (See the state's list of grant winners here.)  Read more

This weekend: Fundraiser for repairs to the Delaware & Ulster railroad

Above: Ben Rounds. Photo by Rebecca Andre. 

The Delaware & Ulster Railroad, a tourism railroad that runs from the hamlet of Arkville to the town of Roxbury in the Delaware County, was forced to end its season early this year after mechanical troubles derailed three of its engines in September. Now a group of locals is banding together to raise funds to help the railroad back on its feet. 

This Sunday, Dec. 13, local musician and railroad fan Ben Rounds is throwing a free "Locamotive Benefit Concert" in Fleischmanns to raise money for the D&U. You can stop by La Cabana Restaurant to listen to some tunes and contribute between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. While you're there, consider joining the Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society, which oversees many projects related to the D&U.  (Watershed Post contributor Rebecca Andre is one of the event's organizers.)  Read more

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


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