Wednesday Night’s Show (January 20th): Running a Catskills Sawmill with Gary Mead

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesday’s 6PM – 7PM

Every 3rd Wednesday we talk to Gary Mead about a different tree found in or near the Catskill Mountains. Normally we cover a specific tree, but this time around we’ll ask Gary about the challenges & rewards of owning & running a sawmill in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.

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 @ to learn more.  Read more

Delaware County Electric Cooperative

The Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC)  is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative in Upstate NY serving Delaware, Schoharie, Otsego and Chenango counties. We were established by members in 1942 to bring safe, reliable and cost effective electricity to rural families, farms and businesses. Today, we deliver electricity to over 4,600 members. We are your local Touchstone Energy Cooperative, and promise to serve with integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

(607) 746-2341

Hot Tea Season + Moving Sale at Tay Tea

Warm your bones with one of our hand-blended teas.

Keep warm and cozy, boost your immune system, and revitalize your spirit drinking delicious Tay Tea during these cold winter days.

Whether you are a fan of our Original Blends or are into our Single Estate Organics, you'll find the perfect winter tea here. And for a great winter drink, explore our recipe for the Better Than Sex Hot Toddy.

Please stop by Tay Tea on Main Street in Andes, NY on MLK weekend. We are having a moving sale -- great deals on teas, teaware, jewelry, home goods and more. We're open Friday - Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm. Directions.

Master Blender Nini Ordoubadi at the Tay Bar.

Two herbal chais.  Read more

Zephyr Teachout greets Delaware Co. Democrats, mulls run for Congress

Above: Zephyr Teachout, right, a potential Democratic candidate for the 19th U.S. Congressional District seat, spoke with town of Andes Supervisor Bud Gladstone on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at a gathering in Delhi. Photo by Robert Cairns. 

Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham University professor who ran an unsuccessful primary campaign against Andrew Cuomo for governor of New York in 2014, is eyeing a run for the 19th U.S. Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson.

Teachout, a Democrat, greeted about 50 supporters on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Shire Pub in Delhi. Despite a social media campaign by organizers of the event, Teachout said she had only expected to meet with Delaware County Democratic Committee Chairman Tom Schimmerling and “one or two other people.”

“I'm trying to decide whether I'm going to run for Congress,” she said.

She said, however, that she has not made that decision. “I have a timeline in my head which I'm not going to tell you, but I'll promise I'm going to decide within the next couple weeks.”  Read more

Andes Food Bank Fundraiser

Since 2009, the Andes Food Bank has been helping the residents of Andes and Bovina. The food bank makes food deliveries to home bound seniors, offers healthy snacks to Andes Central School Students, and is open to the public on Tuesdays 11am-1pm and Fridays 5pm-7pm. The food bank is supported by generous donations from Delaware Opportunities and people like you. 

On Saturday Febuary 20, 2016, Willow Drey Farm in Andes and Joe Damone Photography is hosting a fund raiser for the Andes Food Bank starting at 6pm, with an open wine and beer bar, silent auction and dinner by Chef Liza Belle and amazing Jazz by Elsa Cornish and her trio.

Tickets are limited, so reserve your seat today!
Tickets purchased in advance $80.00
Tickets purchased at the Door (if available) $100.00

Purchase Tickets Here
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Police: Responders foil plot to blow up Walton home

Above: 52 Burton St. in Walton. Image via Google Street View, August 2014

Police and firefighters narrowly avoided being trapped in an intentionally-set explosion in a house in Walton on Monday, Jan. 11, according to a press release from the Walton Police Department. 

First responders discovered a fire in the house, 52 Burton St. in the village of Walton, at 11:15 p.m. on Monday night. Officers from the Village of Walton Police Department and the Delaware County Sheriff's Office extinguished the fire as soon as they discovered it, and called in the Walton Fire Department for help, police say.

The first responders were then forced to flee the structure because they were "nearly overcome by smoke inhalation," according to the press release. As they were leaving the building, they noticed a hissing sound.  Read more

Squalls, wind and lake effect snow forecast for Catskills

Above: Radar shows a band of nasty winter weather heading for the Catskills on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 12. Image via NWS Binghamton.

Snow squalls, lake effect snow, high winds and general weather nastiness are forecast for portions of the Catskills this afternoon, Tuesday, Jan. 12, and into tonight and early tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 13. 

Three to six inches of lake effect snow may fall in the Schoharie Valley between 7 p.m. tonight and 7 a.m. tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service in Albany

Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour may hit through the Catskills region between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. tomorrow, according to NWS Albany

Snow squalls bearing gusty winds and up to an inch of snow may appear throughout the entire Catskills region tonight, NWS Albany reports

Clearly, it's not a great night for travelling. We're already getting reports of crashes and overturned vehicles on Route 28 in Ulster County. Are you seeing crashes and trouble out there? Let us know. Email us or comment on this story. 

The ABCs of snowshoeing

Above: Snowshoes at Catskill Mountain Storehouse. Photo by Tim Luby. 

Now that winter has arrived in the Catskills in earnest, it’s time to break out the snowshoes. If you’ve never tried hiking with snowshoes, read on for a guide on how to choose, size and use this winter-weather hiking gear. Remember: If you can walk, you can snowshoe.

One of the first things you need to consider is the type of snowshoes to get. Snowshoes for local parks or trails or the rolling fairways of golf courses have some different characteristics from those designed for the steep terrain of mountain hiking. Forget about those attractive wooden snowshoes with the leather lacing. They belong above the fireplace in your family room or camp.

Size matters: Many retailers or online charts will ask how much you weigh and how heavy a pack you'll be carrying. That combined weight theoretically translates into the size of snowshoe you'll wear. However, unless you belong in the waif category, that formula will have you walking out of the store with a 28-inch or 30-inch pair of foot gondolas.  Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Fire History with Author & Professor – Dr. Stephen Pyne

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM

From the Forest will be interviewing a fire history expert, author, and professor at Arizona State University – Dr. Stephen Pyne. Pyne has spent 15 seasons as a wildland firefighter at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park between 1967 and 1981. He later spent the summers of 1983-85 writing fire plans for Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone national parks. Pyne credits his entire corpus of work to those years on the Rim.

Since the publication of his second book, Fire in America, in 1982, he has been known as one of the world's foremost experts on the history & management of fire. He has written big-screen fire histories for Australia, Canada, Europe (including Russia), and Earth overall, as well as essays on other lands. Since 2011 he has been writing a fire history of America since 1960 as both a narrative and a series of regional surveys.  Read more

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