On Saturday, August 20th WJFF will honor volunteers and community members who have made an extraordinary impact on the WJFF listening area at a special Awards Night at Mr. Willy's in Monticello, NY.  Read more

Delaware County SWCD Taking Orders for Bass and Minnow Stocking Program

The Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District (DCSWCD) is now taking orders for its annual Bass and Minnow Stocking Program. This year's program includes:

3" - 4" largemouth bass @ $170/hundred

1" - 2" fathead minnows @ $20/hundred.

Inerested pond owners may purchase bass and minnows in multiples of ten with no maximum quantity.

All orders must be prepaid and received by Monday, July 11. The pick-up date is Saturday, July 16, at 10 am sharp in the DCSWCD parking lot at 44 West Street in Walton.

For more information, order forms, or pond stocking permit applications, call 607-865-7161 or visit our website at www.dcswcd.org.

The Workings of Honey Bee Hives with Will "The Bee Man"

As a young boy, Will “the Bee Man” Patterson was introduced to his life-long interest in bees by his grandfather and has been raising honey bees for over twenty years. In addition to working with bees on TeaThyme Herb & Fruit Farm, he also assists clients setting up and installing their own bee hives. Join Will at Blue Deer and learn about the workings of honey bee hives.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the crucial relationship between human beings and our environment. Learn why bees are vital beyond the production of honey.

The program will end with a Q & A period and we’ll even sweeten the deal with a jar of honey!

Each participant will be given a “bee” head net to keep. Everyone must wear a heavy long sleeve shirt (flannel, chamois, corduroy). Please wear some type of hat, sun hat, baseball cap.

Important-NO perfume, aftershave or scented items!  Read more

Walk Among the Weeds with Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower

Join Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, local herbalist and forager, on the beautiful grounds of Blue Deer Center for one of her amazing plant walks. With her guidance, you will identify key seasonal nutritious weed-foods, learn about harvesting methods and tasty food preparations.

With your new enhanced awareness of wild foods and local plant life you will be part of the listening experience of Music of the Plants. Their musical musings can now be heard by the human ear!

Afterwards, Blue Deer Center invites you to a “tasting party” to enjoy some tasty wild food treats. This promises to be an amazing afternoon, we hope you can join us!  Read more

Open Days Program Garden Tour - Delaware County

July 2, 2016 - 10:00am

Explore five private gardens in Andes, East Meredith, Jefferson, and Roscoe, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. No reservations required; rain or shine. Featuring formal gardens defined by stone walls, beautiful Catskill Mountain views, a labyrinth, fruit orchards and vegetable gardens, a gazebo and tunnels made of willows, garden sculpture, and multiple landscaped and natural ponds.  Begin at the Bonnes garden, 265 Bussey Hollow Road. Andes, or see website for additional locations. Admission is $7 per garden; children 12 & under free. See www.opendaysprogram.org or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442.


Civil War Reenactment, June 25 & 26

Mark your calendars and plan on a visit to the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) over the weekend of June 25 and 26. Please join us then in celebrating the return of the 144th New York State Volunteers as they form together once more to recognize and remember the Battles of Antietam (including the two battles at “Bloody Lane” and “Burnside’s Ridge”) and Honey Hill.

The 144th Regiment was the largest and best known regiment mustered in Delaware County during the Civil War, composed almost entirely of Delaware County residents. The regiment was formed during the summer of 1862 and was stationed at different locations throughout the war. The bloodiest battle in which it was involved was fought in South Carolina at the end of 1864 – Honey Hill.  Read more

Arkville Head Start

Delaware Opportunities Arkville Head Start is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year.  Head Start is a federally funded program for children who will be 3 or 4 for the coming school year.  Head Start promotes development of health, nutrition, social skills, emotional well-being and a strong focus on kindergarten preparation.  Breakfast and lunch is provided daily as well as transportation for most children .  Areas served include Arkville, Fleischmanns, Margaretville, Andes, Roxbury, Pine Hill, and parts of Phoencia.  For more information contact Delaware 0pportunities at 607-746-1640 or by email at [email protected]  Call today as space is limited.


Golf Tournament...an Annual Margaretville Health Foundation Event

Enjoy a pleasant day out with family and friends.

Avid golfers, weekend golfers, women, men, teams and singles.

Short a foursome? We will match you up with other golfers.

Barbecue dinner to follow right there at Cafe on the Green.

Raffle, prizes, snacks and beverage cart roaming the course.

For registration call Penny Vaccaro at 845-586-2631 Ext. 3181


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How to stay safe in Catskills black bear country

Above: A black bear in the Catskills. Photo by Rebecca Andre.

Spring in the Catskills is a breathtaking season of roaring waterfalls, eagles taking flight and pastures covered in blooming wildflowers—and, thanks to our resident black bear population, of overturned trash cans, destroyed bird feeders and dented vehicles.

In May, Region 4 of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which covers a portion of the Catskills, received dozens of complaints about bears, according to Joshua Choquette, a DEC wildlife technician. By May 23, the agency had received 54 complaints about bears from its nine counties, Choquette said.

The majority of the complaints the DEC receives each year are calls from homeowners reporting that their trash or bird feeder is being feasted upon by a local black bear, according to Choquette.

But about 20 percent of the calls each year are of a more serious nature, with a bear causing damage to vehicles, property or agriculture, he said.

Above: A black bear and a cub stop traffic in the Ulster County hamlet of Phoenicia around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. Photo by Burr Hubbell.  Read more

Just in Time for Father's Day. . . Introducing Man Tea!

Introducing 'Man Tea' for Father's Day.

Looking for a perfect gift for Father's Day? We are rolling out our new artisanal, hand-blended tea: Man Tea.

Man Tea is earthy, strong, and complex. Sip it hot or iced for a strong jolt of bold flavor. A true epicurean experience, the earthiness of English Breakfast blends seamlessly with the citrus notes of Earl Grey. Heightened by the smokiness of Lapsang Souchong, Man Tea is reminiscent of pine forests, campfires and rugged terrain.

Pair Man Tea with our sturdy Stainless Steel Tea Press to carve out a great day for Dad!

Shop online, or stop by Tay Tea at 45 Main Street in Delhi, NY this weekend for last minute shopping.

Real Men Drink Man Tea.  Read more

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