CATSKILLS CITIZENS STUNNED: WIOX UNEXPECTEDLY HITS 5 YEAR  MARK!

“Dogs have been listening for 35 years…” Ellen Wong, co-host of The Farm Hour on WIOX.

On August 27, WIOX Community Radio, Delaware County’s first and only non-commercial- educational radio station, celebrates 5 years of broadcasting to the central Catskills and beyond. When reminded of this exciting news, station supporters and staff volunteers were universally flabbergasted!  That Was Zen, This is Dao program host Lewis Harrison was overheard saying: “I’ve been flabbergasted since birth.”  Another staffer, Folk Music host Sonny Ochs whispered, “I’ve been flabbergasted ever since I met Lewis Harrison.”

Over the past 5 years, WIOX has somehow managed to become the central Catskills’ connection to live local information, insight, entertainment, and a link to what matters in the world. Since day one, WIOX has been a megaphone of support for local talent, the arts, economic interests and issues important to local stakeholders throughout a multi-county region that includes Delaware, Schoharie, Green and Ulster.  Read more

Widespread telcom outage in Central New York

A widespread power outage in Albany has interrupted telecommunications services throughout the Central New York State Region. As a result Delhi and Margaretville Telephone Companies are experiencing service impairments affecting cable phone, long distance, and select internet services. The current estimated restoration time provided by the Network Switching Center in Albany is 3:30PM. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

Update – 4:15pm - National Grid restoration efforts remain ongoing in the Albany electric outage area. Additionally, efforts to restore back up power at the affected Network Switching center are ongoing as well. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

Update – 5:30pm – Emergency backup power has been restored at the Network Switching center in Albany allowing restoral of telecommunications services in the Central New York region. All Delhi Telephone and Margaretville Telephone Company services have been restored at this time.

Now Hiring: Dental Hygienist (Margaretville, NY)

Ultra modern dental practice seeking a dental hygienist who is friendly, organized, and hard working to join our team. This position is for 2 days/week ( Thursday, Friday) and will start on September 10.

Qualifications:

* Excellent verbal and clinical skills
* Self-motivated with attention to detail
* Minimum _2_ years of clinical experience in Dentistry; but may consider a recent graduate
* Knowledge of computer & digital x-rays is a must

Please, fax resume to 866-590-9641 or call/text 347-432-5526 to arrange an interview

Compensation: percentage
Employment type: part-time

Scattered power outages across Catskills

Above: Power outages in Schoharie County, according to National Grid's outage map

Power outages are dotted across five Catskills counties on Friday, Aug. 21, with thousands of households in the dark in Schoharie County and hundreds without power in Ulster County as of 11 a.m.

Earlier this morning, thousands of people in Sullivan County were without power, according to the Times Herald-Record, but most of those outages appear to have been fixed, according to NYSEG's outage map

In Schoharie County, 1,726 people are currently without power, according to National Grid's outage map. Power is expected to be restored there around 12:30 p.m.  Read more

Farmers' Market of the Week: Sidney

The Watershed Agricultural Council and Pure Catskills are featuring a different Catskills farmers' market every week during the 2015 growing season.

This week's market is the Sidney Farmers' Market, one of several local farm markets sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County.

The Sidney Farmers' Market is held every Thursday from July 2 through September 24, in the parking lot of Video Entertainment at 89 Main Street, from 2pm to 6pm. Three Tuesday markets will also be held in the Sidney Civic Center during the 2015 season. The dates for the Tuesday markets are July 28, August 25 and September 22.

This year the Sidney Market welcomes back Brookside Market Gardens and Whitetail Meadow Farm. Produce available at the market in Sidney includes: beets, chard, herbs, kohlrabi, melons, onions, peppers, spinach, cabbage, beans, squash, tomatoes and other fresh vegetables and fruit.  Read more

The market for Catskills real estate returns–on the low end

Image by Dan Moyle, via Flickr. 

Real estate sales are up all over the Catskills, according to realtors across the region who say that rustic, country and move-in-ready homes are attracting buyers.

But while the number of sales are up, the price of what’s selling is going down.

Realtors say that is because the most interest is coming from savvy bargain hunters from New York City who are searching for an upstate escape where they can relax and maybe even earn a few bucks.

“Finding that special, unique property is what the buyer is looking for now,” said Jennifer Grimes, the owner-broker of Country House Realty in the Sullivan County hamlet of Grahamsville.   Read more

Tonight’s Show: Catskill Trees with Gary Mead – white cedar

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

Tonight’s Show: Catskill Trees with Gary Mead – white cedar Every 3rd Wednesday we talk to Gary Mead about a different tree found in or near the Catskill Mountains. Every tree is different, and there is always something unique & special we find out about it. We’ll be discussing the WHITE CEDAR.

Gary Mead is the owner of Fruitful Furnishings. Fruitful Furnishings began in 1979 as a custom furniture shop. Within ten years, a sawmill was added for producing dimension parts and providing custom sawing, planing, and kiln drying services to customers wishing to furnish their homes with wood from their own trees. More recently, Gary has added Gary Mead Gallery – located at the mill-site – which showcases one-of-a-kind pieces made from wood. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn more.  Read more

Scenes from the Delaware County Fair

Above: The start of the Delaware County fair's Demolition Derby on Monday, Aug. 17. Photo by Michael Wentland.

The Delaware County Fair opened for a weeklong celebration of agriculture, carnival rides and demolition derby smashups on Sunday, Aug. 16 in Walton.

Photographer Michael Wentland, who carries his camera wherever he goes and uses a photojournalistic style to document the Catskills and its events and people, was at the fair this week. Here are a few of his shots. You can follow Michael's photography on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To see larger versions of these photos, check out our album on Flickr. 

Above: The rabbit barn at the Delaware County Fair.   Read more

Bovina to fix its slowly sinking highway garage

Above: Metal siding on the exterior of Bovina's highway garage has buckled from the force of the building’s descent approximately four inches into the ground. Photos by Robert Cairns.

One end of the highway garage in the town of Bovina, which was built just six years ago, is sinking into the earth. Last week, the town council took action to stop it.

At the town's Tuesday, Aug. 11 council meeting, Bovina Supervisor Tina Molé said that the garage began sinking “almost immediately” after its construction in 2009.

“It's concentrated in the area of the office,” she said. “The rest of the building is fine.”

Above: Bovina's highway garage, seen here, has been slowly sinking since its construction in 2009.

Bovina Highway Superintendent Ed Weber said that the northwestern corner of the building has sunk four inches. A sloping floor is evident in his office.

“Some of the doors, you can't open,” he said. “We can still sort of open one window.”  Read more

ANNIVERSARY SALE EXTENDED thru Saturday, August 22nd!

We might be in a heat wave now, but heating season will be here sooner than you think. Now is the time to SAVE BIG!

Our ANNIVERSARY SALE has been EXTENDED thru Saturday, August 22nd!!

Stoves, fireplaces and inserts are all on sale! Fire pits, BBQ's and Smokers are on sale, too!

The Tinderbox
1130 Main St.
Fleischmanns, NY
(845) 254-5999

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