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Columbus Day Weekend in the Catskills: Fests, food, fiddlers and foliage

Can you flip a tractor tire? Test your mettle at the Farm Olympics, happening this weekend at the annual Taste of the Catskills festival in Delhi. Photo by Eamon Queeney.

Columbus Day Weekend is coming up, and the Catskills are making the most of summer's last hurrah.  

If you're a Catskills local, you've been living in a slow-mo fireworks display for a couple of weeks now, as maples, beeches, birches and oaks erupt in a dazzling riot of fall color. This weekend brings peak foliage to the lower elevations of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley -- and while the high-elevation slopes are just a little past peak, there is still plenty of brilliant color all around.

Lark in the Park, a ten-day, Catskills-wide celebration of the great outdoors, wraps up on Monday. Between now and then are dozens of guided hikes, paddles, outdoor volunteer opportunities and more, ranging from family-friendly woods walks to off-trail bushwhacks for experienced outdoorsfolk. Choose your own adventure from our special Lark in the Park calendar  Read more

RUPCO Adds Depth to Senior Leadership Team

Kingston, NY , September 22, 2014  –  The regional housing agency, RUPCO, Inc. based in Kingston, announced this week the appointment of Tara Collins to its senior staff as Director of Communication & Resource Development.  Collins comes to RUPCO after serving as Communications Director at the Watershed Agricultural Council (Walton, NY) where she touted the Council’s farm and forest clean water programs within the New York City Watershed and the buy local branding campaign, Pure Catskills. With nearly 25 years’ experience in communications, writing, and marketing, she has also worked with Ski Plattekill Mountain (Roxbury, NY), Robert A. Stanger & Co.  Read more

Community Lunch: supportive housing is the solution.

October 30, 2014 - 12:00pm

ach year, Community Lunch brings together friends, supporters and community leaders to hear from thought leaders about important issues in the area of housing and community development. This year, supportive housing is the solution.

Click here to purchase your Community Lunch ticket online.  Read more

845-331-2140 ext. 210

Unfiltered minerals in Catskills water are the key to NYC's bagels

Above: A bagel with lox from H&H Bagels Midtown East. Photo by Flickr user Kenneth Lu.

A story by the business news site Quartz on Oct. 7 confirmed what New Yorkers already know: The secret to NYC's bagels is in the water. 

Bagel entrepreneurs are so desperate to mimic NYC's water that they have spent years and lots of cash adding those minerals back into their own water in places like Denver and Florida, Quartz reports.

The site interviews Josh Pollack, a bagel maker in Denver, who has developed a secret formula to put NYC-style water into his bagels:

“It’s mainly New York’s watershed program that’s the difference,” he says of the initiative that protects the region’s natural water sources, enabling local utilities to minimally-process the city’s drinking water. “They don’t use a sediment filter for their water, so a lot of the minerals that come from the reservoirs, as a result of those watershed protections, are still in the water." ...  Read more

Battlefield Band at the West Kortright Centre

November 2, 2014 - 4:00pm
See video

November 2, Sunday, 4 PM
Battlefield Band
Traditional Scottish Music

Recently awarded‘ Scottish Folk Band of the Year’ and previously ‘Best Live Act’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Battlefield Band has been an ever-evolving bedrock of traditional music and talent for over forty years and is rightly regarded as the great flagship of the Scottish traditional music scene. Under the banner ‘Forward With Scotland’s Past,’ the group continues to lead the way for Scotland with its inspired and authentic fusion of ancient and modern traditional music and song. Serious about the music, this band’s enjoyment in playing is obvious and infectious as they harness the great living traditions of Scotland and the Celtic nations to involve and entertain their audiences.

$26 ($29 day of); $22 Member ($25); $11 Under 19

West Kortright Centre
49 West Kortright Church Road
East Meredith, NY 13757
607.278.5454
www.westkc.org

Battlefield Band - Sunday, Nov. 2

See video

November 2, Sunday, 4 PM
Battlefield Band
Traditional Scottish Music

Recently awarded‘ Scottish Folk Band of the Year’ and previously ‘Best Live Act’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Battlefield Band has been an ever-evolving bedrock of traditional music and talent for over forty years and is rightly regarded as the great flagship of the Scottish traditional music scene. Under the banner ‘Forward With Scotland’s Past,’ the group continues to lead the way for Scotland with its inspired and authentic fusion of ancient and modern traditional music and song. Serious about the music, this band’s enjoyment in playing is obvious and infectious as they harness the great living traditions of Scotland and the Celtic nations to involve and entertain their audiences.

$26 ($29 day of); $22 Member ($25); $11 Under 19

West Kortright Centre
49 West Kortright Church Road
East Meredith, NY 13757
607.278.5454
www.westkc.org

Tea time at Roxbury General, Sunday, October 12, 2—4 pm

Take some time on Sunday to enjoy a spot of tea at Roxbury General. Rebecca Andre of Traveler’s Tea will be brewing and serving organic teas she has blended especially for us—sample Roxbury Retreat, a lovely green tea infused with lemon herbs; or maybe you fancy Catskill Chai, an aromatic blend of lovely spices and Assam; for a lift, try Misty Oolong, a richly smoky Oolong; and for general well-being, how about Be Well, caffeine-free and full of comfort.

We will have home-baked goodies as accompaniments (as long as they last), so please join us for a pleasant time between fiddlers on a lovely fall afternoon in the village of Roxbury.

Spacious Family Farm House – Outdoor FUN for all (77 acres… PRICED TO SELL)!

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An UPDATED AND SPACIOUS FARMHOUSE ready to be your family's headquarters for a variety of outdoor activities. House combines farmhouse living with updated systems and extra-large rooms. Best of all enjoy ULTIMATE OUTDOOR LIVING. Total privacy on 74 acres with incredible mountain views, hiking trails, multiple ponds and an old apple orchard. Everyone will enjoy hanging in the country kitchen with stainless appliances, and lots of light and space. Large master suite has a side room - perfect for an office or nursery. Enjoy casual dinners with inspiring mountain views and watch sunsets and season changes on the wrap around porch. This property was developed with thought and skill to support all kinds of wildlife or agriculture or just relaxation. Feed the friendly koi and cool off in the large pond. Hunt, hike, snow mobile, cross-country ski and tour ATV trails to your hearts content. Explore the old stone quarry and pick from the apple orchard (some of the largest apple trees we've ever seen)! Close to villages of Margaretville and Roxbury, Ski Resorts, Golf, Antiquing, Restaurants and Local   Read more

Stayin' Alive: Don't Get Burned

Gianna Muellerleile tries on firefighter gear at her preschool in 2013. Photo by Jake Millman at Beginnings Preschool in Boiceville.

Not only is this week Fire Prevention Week, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo has just declared that today, Oct. 7, is Firefighter Appreciation Day. To mark the occasion, we've asked Rich Muellerleile, a firefighter, paramedic, and longtime Watershed Post columnist to give us a few fire safety tips. Read all installments of Rich's column, Stayin' Alive, by clicking here. - Ed. 

“In the first Place, as an Ounce of Prevention is worth a Pound of Cure, I would advise 'em to take care how they suffer living Coals in a full Shovel, to be carried out of one Room into another, or up or down Stairs, unless in a Warmingpan shut; for Scraps of Fire may fall into Chinks and make no Appearance until Midnight; when your Stairs being in Flames, you may be forced, (as I once was) to leap out of your Windows, and hazard your Necks to avoid being oven-roasted.” – An old citizen

As incredible as it may seem, this quote, which begins with a familiar household adage and was published as an anonymous letter in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1735, was actually written by the newspaper's publisher, Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin's letter was a succinct and relevant fire safety message that, for the most part, does not apply to our present day – unless you routinely carry hot coals from room to room to keep comfortable. (After all, we are in the Catskills.)

It is without doubt, however, that the "Ounce of Prevention" axiom holds resoundingly true in many of the things we do from day-to-day. No matter what calamity you deal with, it is much more easily addressed by preventing it altogether than having to deal with its aftermath.

Enter the annual tradition of Fire Prevention Week, which falls on Oct. 5 - 11 this year.

National Fire Prevention Week is not just a local fire department showing up at your elementary school and conducting a fire drill. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.  Read more


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