Volunteers clean the Bush Kill in Fleischmanns

 
From cleanup organizer John Hoeko:
The project was a success.  About a dozen volunteers turned out.  The Project was co-sponsored by Fleischmanns 1st and the Ahokan-Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a national org. dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of cold water fisheries in North America.
 
We filled a dumpster with debris from Irene and thoughtless litterers and our Bushkill is once again a jewel.  The CWC, thanks to Diane Galusha, provided bags, gloves, and gifts (refrigerator clips and rain gauges).  At the end of the day participants enjoyed free food, ice cream, and refreshments donated by La Cabana Restaurant, the Fleischmanns-Pine Hill Rotary, and the Fleischmanns Supemarket.  Mountain Valley Landscaping donated a dumpster for debris and trash disposal.  The Village of Fleischmanns allowed us to use their truck to transfer filled bags to the dumpster.
Below: Photo #1:  Mark Loete, John Hoeko, and Roy Todd. Photo #2: Peter Marx, Jody Hoyt, Winifred Zubin, and Vicky Szerko.
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Boat the Cannonsville Reservoir in August, earn a badge

Above: The Cannonsville Reservoir in 2012. Photo by Flickr user David, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool

This summer, the Catskills Outdoor Guide is partnering with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Catskill Watershed Corporation to bring you our new Catskill Reservoir Paddler embroidered badge, which you can only earn by paddling a specific reservoir each month.

In August, the spotlight is on the Cannonsville Reservoir. Paddle the Cannonsville anytime between August 1 and 31, send in your proof, and a Catskill Reservoir Paddler badge will be yours. Click here or scroll down for full redemption instructions. 

The Cannonsville reservoir is the most remote of the Catskill reservoirs. At the northwestern edge of Delaware County, it's in the middle of nowhere, just the destination for someone looking for a little on-the-water solitude.

The Cannonsville also has a whopping seven boat launches studding its 61-mile shoreline, which makes it the easiest reservoir to thoroughly explore. That's because the recreational boating program made its debut on the Cannonsville in 2009 before expanding to the other reservoirs in NYC's Catskill system. There's been lots of time to build out the infrastructure. 

For a detailed map of the Cannonsville and its boat launches, click here.

The Cannonsville was the last of the city's Catskills reservoirs to be constructed. It was finished in the 1960s, forcing five communities to evacuate.

Some reminders remain under the waters. A twin-span iron bridge that once spanned the West Branch of the Delaware River was submerged along with the abandoned towns, according to a newspaper clipping reproduced on the blog Ghost Lakes

You can get your boat steam-cleaned for the Cannonsville at Rainbow Lodge (607-865-7534, 440 Rainbow Lodge Road, Walton), JMT Enterprises (607-865-7801, 1724 Chamberlain Brook Road, Walton), Backus Farms (607-865-6639, 7377 County Highway 27, Trout Creek), and Warner Enterprises (607-349-5105, 69 Main Street, Deposit). And you can rent a boat or get it steam-cleaned at Hawk Mountain Guide Service (607-865-7830, 751 McLaughlin Road, Sidney Center). 

For our five-step guide to boating NYC's Catskills reservoirs, click here. 

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Rudi's Big Indian ashram to reincarnate as retreat center

Above: A ten-foot-tall granite statue of Mariamma, a south Indian rain goddess, at a dedication ceremony at the former ashram in Big Indian on Sunday, July 27. Photos courtesy of the Bodhivastu Foundation.

A ten-foot-tall, 10,000-pound statue of a Hindu rain goddess arrived in Big Indian on Sunday celebrate the reopening of a long-dormant Catskills ashram.

The Poughquag-based Bodhivastu Foundation is planning to open a Buddhist spiritual retreat center at the site of an ashram founded by legendary Catskills guru Swami Rudrananda -- known as Rudi -- in 1968.

John Mann, the owner of the parcel located at 126 Lost Clove Road in the Ulster County town of Shandaken, donated it to the foundation, according to Lama Rangbar Nyimai Özer, the spiritual leader of the Bodhivastu Foundation.

According to Ulster County real estate records, the property was sold on February 25.

"We explained our intention to him about making [it] a spiritual sanctuary retreat and healing center," said Lama Rangbar, who is also known as Adam Friedensohn. "It was very much in line with Rudi's original intention."  Read more

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Police: Oneonta man raped acquaintance in Davenport

An Oneonta man was arrested yesterday on several charges, including rape, following an investigation into a sexual assault that occurred early Monday in the Delaware County town of Davenport, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday afternoon, July 30, Delaware County Sheriff's deputies arrested 19-year-old William J. Hilgers, who is accused of engaging in sex with an acquaintance by “forcible compulsion” while the victim was "physically helpless," according to the press release. 

Police said that Hilgers restrained the victim in an attempt to prevent the person from fleeing or ending the assault.

Hilgers was charged with rape in the first degree, criminal sexual act in the first degree, a class B felony, sexual abuse in the first degree, also a class B felony, and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in the Town of Davenport Court and remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

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Hanford Mills Museum offers themed tours

 
Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith features guided tours of its historic water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 am - 5 pm. Visitors can see the 1926 Fitz overshot waterwheel start up and power the saw and historic woodworking machines. In addition, each week the Museum features a theme for its tour.
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Hole Sponsorships still available

Retreat to Delaware County Roxbury NY!

Price: $149,000
MLS: 95969
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Sq Feet: 1434
Lot Size: 1.76 Acres
Year Built: 1986  Read more

Prime building lot Andes NY!

Price: $45,000
MLS: 95943
Lot Size: 6.06 Acres

Prime building lot Andes NY! Surveyed, percolated with electricity already run to the property means this land is ready for your building plans. The drive way is roughed in, the views are to die for and the location is beyond secluded. 311 feet of road frontage is the icing on the cake. With strategic planning views of the Pepacton Reservoir are a distinct possibility. This lovely land is only 20 minutes to skiing at Belleayre Mountain. A mixture of woods and fields, variety is the spice!

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Hunter's Delight Meredith NY

Price: $119,900
MLS: 95918
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Sq Feet: 1200
Lot Size: 58.15 Acres
Year Built: 1975

Hunter's Delight Meredith NY. 58 acres, 100% wooded and waiting for your offer! This parcel is home to a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom single wide trailer (in need of TLC) with a stick built addition, also needing repair. Well, septic(pumped in 2011)and all plumbing replaced in 2011. Newer furnace as of 2011 too! The basics are there, now add the flair! There are trails, views plus the property is crazy with wild life. With vision and a little bit of elbow grease this property would make a fine hunting camp, nature lovers paradise or weekend getaway.  Read more

DCHA Offers Adirondack Trip

DCHA Offering Trip to Great Camp Sagamore &

Raquette Lake Cruise

The Delaware County Historical Association is offering a one-day bus trip on Thursday, September 18 to Great Camp Sagamore & Raquette Lake, each located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Travel first to beautiful, serene Raquette Lake and board the W.W. Durant for a cruise and buffet lunch with historic narration. After lunch enjoy a guided tour of Great Camp Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark. This camp, once part of the Vanderbilt estate, comprises 27 buildings on a pristine lake in the Forest Preserve. 

Cost: $110 DCHA Members, $120 Non- Members (price includes bus, all admissions and lunch). Passengers may board the motor coach in Oneonta or Delhi. For further information or reservations please call: (607) 746-3849, or email: dcha@delhi.net  Reservations required by September 1, 2014.


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