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

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

Dozens of Memorial Day events kick off summer in the Catskills

Above: An honor guard leads the 2015 Liberty Memorial Day Parade. Photo by John Kocijanski of Catskill Photography, shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr pool.

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 brings a flood of enticing opportunities to come together, celebrate, and get the Catskills summer season started off right. Here’s our five-county guide to what’s happening where from Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30.


Parades and Ceremonies:


Parade: May 30, 9:30 a.m., Route 30 North

Grand Gorge 

Parade: May 30, 11 a.m., Route 23 West  Read more

Kaaterskill Clove: Deadly to zebras and humans alike

Above: Zula the zebra, in a widely distributed photo of the animal by Richard Myer.

Many humans have fallen to their deaths hiking in Kaaterskill Clove, a steep and scenic gorge that runs along windy Route 23A through the Greene County hamlets of Palenville and Haines Falls. Now a zebra has been added to the clove's body count.  

The body of Zula, a 200-pound plains zebra, was found on Monday, May 16 at the bottom of a cliff in Kaaterskill Clove, according to media reports and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Read more

Registration Opened for 4th Annual Golf Tournament

Registration opened for the 4th Annual Golf Tournament benefitting Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.


Landslide closes narrow Platte Clove Road

Above: A landslide on Platte Clove Rd. in the Greene County town of Hunter. Photo via the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. 

A landslide on Sunday, May 8 blocked narrow Platte Clove Rd. in the Greene County town of Hunter, according to the Daily Freeman and photos from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, which posted about the incident on Facebook

The seasonal road, which is closed in winter, had just reopened to traffic on April 15. 

Above: Another view of the landslide.

Tall trees and large boulders fell and blocked the road around 11 a.m. on Sunday, Hunter's town highway superintendent John Farrell told the Daily Freeman

Farrell said workers were on the scene all day Monday breaking up the large boulder, which he said included “layered” rock and shale. He said that the landslide was slow enough not to damage the surface of the road.

Farrell told the newspaper that the road would hopefully be open again by 9 a.m on Tuesday, May 10.

Update, 5 p.m.: Platte Clove Rd. was cleared of debris and open by noon today. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has a photo of the open road, below:  Read more

Margaretville Health Foundation and Peekamoose Partner for Celebrity Waiter Event

Celebrity: a famous person, albeit "local"

Waiter: one who serves food to people at tables

Synonyms: VIP, very important person, Garcon, Server, Waitperson

Both noble and hardworking professions, but let’s take out the hardworking and add some fun and entertainment as we invite you to participate in the Margaretville Health Foundation 2016 Celebrity Waiter Event. Become part of the fun as our Celebrity Waiters, will entertain and serve you, for tips, all to be donated for ensuring quality healthcare here in the Central Catskills.

The Margaretville Health Foundation, serves and supports the Margaretville healthcare campus of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.  The Foundation strives to improve the level of healthcare to residents of this mountainous rural community and strives to achieve and insure that technological upgrades keep up with the fast pace growth in healthcare.

First responders rescue hiker injured on Devil's Path

Above: Indian Head and Twin Mountains on the eastern Devil's Path, photographed in October 2012 by EricAOrtner. 

New York Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and first responders from multiple fire departments and rescue squads helped rescue a 34-year-old Philadelphia woman who injured her ankle while hiking the Devil's Path Trail in the Greene County town of Hunter on Friday, April 29, according to a press release from the DEC.

The woman was hiking in a group of eight people on Friday afternoon when she sustained a lower leg injury, the press release states. Her fellow hikers "stabilized and wrapped the woman’s ankle and began to help her walk down the trail."

Greene County 911 received a call for help from the hiking group at 5:21 p.m. on Friday evening, the release states.  Read more

Coxsackie: Riverside Park Shoreline Cleanup

May 7, 2016 - 9:00am

Join fellow volunteers and Riverkeeper for a shoreline cleanup at Coxsackie’s Riverside Park on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River.  Read more

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