Teachout to run for 19th district, putting political spotlight on Catskills

Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout ended weeks of speculation on Monday, Jan. 25 by announcing her candidacy for outgoing Republican Congressman Chris Gibson’s 19th congressional district seat, which represents the Catskills and the Hudson Valley in New York.

Left: Zephyr Teachout. Photo by Digital Media, via Wikimedia Commons. 

Teachout’s announcement puts the Catskills region, formerly a gerrymandered political backwater before a judicial redistricting effort in 2012, at the center of New York State politics.  Read more

"Not your grandfather's Catskills:" Forum crosses county lines to talk tourism

Above: Tom Joyce of Andes in Delaware County, Lisa Lyons of Livingston Manor in Sullivan County and Robert Eggleton of the town of Rockland in Sullivan County talk about a map of the Catskills at a Jan. 23 forum about tourism and economic development in the region. Photo by Rebecca Andre.

At a forum at the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in the Delaware County town of Arkville on Saturday, Jan. 23, officials from four Catskills counties agreed that tourism is key to the economic future of the Catskills region.

"This is not your grandfather's Catskills," said Geddy Sveikauskas, who led the discussion. Sveikauskas is the founder of the Woodstock Times newspaper and a member of the board of the Catskill Center.

In front of an audience of 23 people, representatives from the town of Andes in Delaware County, the town of Hunter in Greene County, the hamlet of Livingston Manor in Sullivan County and the town of Woodstock in Ulster County brainstormed ways to work together to attract more tourists to the Catskills.  Read more

Reception for "Ten Artists/One Group Show"

January 23, 2016 - 5:00pm

Please join us for the Opening Reception of "Ten Artists: One Group Show" at the Greene County Council on the Arts,  398 Main Street, Catskill, NY.  Read more


Ten Artists: One Group Show

January 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

The Greene County Council on the Arts is proud to present work by ten stellar artists in a group show called “Ten Artists: One Group Show.” The show is the next in a series of events to commemorate GCCA’s 40th Anniversary. Artists Richard Armstrong, Lauren Simkin Berke, Dot Chast, Allen Grindle, Eva Melas, Giselle Potter, Kate Hamilton, Jim Krewson, Amy Siberkleit, and Jersey Walz were selected by a jury for this exhibition opportunity and to reproduce one piece each as a fine art print edition of five. The show will be on view from January 16th through February 27th, with an opening reception on Saturday, January 23rd, immediately following GCCA’s Annual Membership Meeting at 4pm. Greene County Council on the Arts, 398 Main Street, Catskill, NY.


Reception for "Tea and Alchemy" - Ruby Silvious solo show

January 23, 2016 - 5:00pm

Please join us for the Opening Reception for Ruby Silvious' solo show "Tea and Alchemy," a selection from her "363 Days of Tea” series.  Read more


"Tea and Alchemy" - Ruby Silvious solo show

January 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

“363 Days of Tea,” a project by Ruby Silvious that has garnered instantaneous international attention from the social media world this fall, will be on view in "Tea and Alchemy," her Solo Show at Greene County Council on the Arts this January. Silvious has been exhibiting in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region since 1986. Recently, her hard work has been paying off in spades; her mixed-media paintings on used teabags went viral at the end of October on blogs and publications including The Guardian, Metro Russia, Viral Nova, Bored Panda, Design Taxi and Art Exhibeo. "Tea and Alchemy" will be on view from January 16th through February 27th, with an opening reception on Saturday, January 23rd, immediately following GCCA’s Annual Membership Meeting at 4pm. Greene County Council on the Arts, 398 Main Street, Catskill, NY.


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

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

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