Second hiker dies in Catskills, but not at Kaaterskill Falls

Above: The cliffside path near La Belle Falls in the Greene County town of Hunter where Marcy Yates fell to her death on Friday, Aug. 19. Photo by Forest Ranger Rob Dawson.

Widespread confusion and and eerie coincidence surround the death of a 56-year-old Westfield, New Jersey woman who fell off a cliff alongside Kaaterskill Creek in the Greene County Catskills on Friday, Aug. 19.

The woman, Marcy K. Yates, was hiking on Friday with her boyfriend and another companion when she lost her footing and fell 50 feet off the side of a ravine bordering the creek in the Kaaterskill Wild Forest section of the Catskill Forest Preserve.

Oddly, Yates is the second person from the town of Westfield, New Jersey to die in this part of the Catskills in less than a month. Last month, a 17-year-old man named Ezra Kennedy, also from Westfield, died in a similar fashion: falling off a cliff while hiking.  Read more

Farmers' Market of the Week: Lexington Farmers' Market

The Watershed Agricultural Council and Pure Catskills are featuring a different Catskills farmers' market every week during the 2016 growing season.

This week's market is the Lexington Farmers' Market, located on Route 42 in Lexington, NY in the Lexington Municipal Building Pavilion.

The Lexington Farmers' Market runs every other Saturday from May 28 - October 29, from 10 AM - 12 PM. [May 28; June 11, 25; July 9, 23; Aug. 6, 20; Sept. 3, 17; Oct. 1, 15, 29.] 

From the organizers: 

We have on-site produce, egg and food vendors and also bring in supplemental produce from nearby farms, mushrooms and cheese as well. We began as a once a month Project Hope enterprise to rebuild and heal the community spiritually after Hurricane Irene. We have evolved into a true farmers market with diverse food offerings and a lively following.  Read more

Lexington overlooked in round one of state broadband grants

Above: Adam Cross, the code enforcement officer for the town of Lexington, at a "broadband pep rally" held in the town of Lexington in 2015. Photo by Julia Reischel.

The squeaky wheel is not getting the economic grease in the tiny Greene County town of Lexington, much to the chagrin and frustration of Lexington Broadband Initiative co-chairman Bonnie Blader.

Blader has made her exuberance and presence well known in the campaign to eliminate telecommunications dead zones in Lexington, gaining the attention and respect of local, county and state officials. In 2015, she spearheaded a “broadband pep rally” in an attempt to put a spotlight on Lexington’s dire lack of internet connectivity, one of the worst in the Catskills.

At the time, Blader and other local officials hoped that the town would receive $1.5 million in state funding for a project that would lay 76 miles of fiber optic cable to 90 percent of the town’s residents.   Read more

Millions granted for broadband infrastructure in Catskills

Above: The podium at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's August 3 announcement about $54.2 million in grants slated for broadband internet service across New York State. Photo via the governor's Flickr page.

Hundreds of miles of remote rural roads and thousands of local homes, businesses and anchor institutions will be lifted from the telecommunications Dark Ages following the announcement of new NY Broadband Program grants

Round one award winners in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to connect every New Yorker to the fiber optic 21st century were announced on August 3.

The grants were part of an intensive $500 million plan from Governor Andrew Cuomo to modernize the entire state by the end of 2018.  Read more

Foundation Donor Sponsor Event

Hot and humid but with views stretching for miles and miles the 2016 Donor and Sponsor Appreciation Event was attended and enjoyed by many. Thank you Willow Drey Farms for your generous use of this amazing Andes venue. Thank you Ate-o-Ate for outstanding fare for all to enjoy. Thank you to Mark Pohar, Executive Director of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, for addressing this group and outlining the new and innovative plans of additional services to be added in the very near future. Thank you to Heather Brighton, Foundation Chairperson, for leading the Foundation for six plus years to be a recognizable arm and organization promoting the needs of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. But most of all thank you to the supporters of the Margaretville Health Foundation for recognizing the gems of these essential critical care healthcare facilities in this rural area.

23Arts Summer Music & Jazz Festival world premieres FICTIONS: Borges in Tango


The 23Arts Initiative will conclude its Summer Music & Jazz Festival with an upcoming weekend with the Catskill Jazz Factory featuring Grammy-nominated pianist Chris Pattishall with the world premiere of his new evening-length work Fictions on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:30pm in The Orpheum Theater in Tannersville, NY and on Saturday, August 13 at 6:30pm at the Music Mountain in Falls Village, CT. Fictions draws its inspiration from the short stories of Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine author, poet and essayist widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Paralleling the allusive scope and formal brevity of Borges' work, Fictions is scored as a set of miniatures that unites a chamber music sensibility with a virtuosic ensemble of improvising musicians.  Read more

Ragtime, Joplin, the Birth of Jazz and Sounds of Brazil at 23Arts Summer Music & Jazz Festival

The 23Arts Initiative will continue its Summer Music & Jazz Festival with an upcoming weekend with the Catskill Jazz Factory featuring RAGTIME & THE BIRTH OF JAZZ, an all-star premiere lineup led by "One of the best trombonists in New York" (New York Times) joins forces with "one of Brazil's best kept secrets" (EJazz News) to lead an all-star jazz cast in a ragtime revival, celebrating 100 years of Scott Joplin and the birth of jazz! This upcoming weekend of 23Arts and Catskill Jazz Factory residency performances include RAGTIME & THE BIRTH OF JAZZ with Chris Washburne's Ragtime Band at the Orpheum Film & Performance Arts Center in Tannersville, August 5, 7:30pm, and a free and all ages follow-up performance of THE SOUNDS OF BRAZIL with a select quartet from Chris Washburne's Ragtime Band, performing at the All Souls' Church in Tannersville, August 7, 11:30 am.  Read more

THE JOY OF SAX celebrated in fifth weekend of 23Arts Summer Music & Jazz Festival

The 23Arts Initiative is set to continue its Summer Music & Jazz Festival with an upcoming weekend with the Catskill Jazz Factory featuring THE JOY OF SAX, an all-star premiere lineup in celebration of the 175 th anniversary of the saxophone. Led by Peter and Will Anderson, named “virtuosos on saxophone” by the New York Times, this event will showcase various jazz styles ranging from bop to swing and takes place at the Villa Vosilla in Tannersville on Friday, July 29 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at  Read more

Despite safety improvements, another death at Kaaterskill Falls

Above: Kaaterskill Falls. Photo by Andy Arthur via Flickr. 

Despite extensive safety improvements at Kaaterskill Falls, another person has died after falling off the famous waterfall while hiking.

A 17-year-old New Jersey man died on Wednesday morning, July 27, after he fell from the waterfall while hiking, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

A 911 call was made from a group of the man’s companions around 8:55 a.m., according to the Daily Mail.   Read more

And the winners are....

Golfers whether there for the fun and camaraderie or to win and bragging rights we thank you all. And the winners are: ....First Prize - NBT Team - Brad Anderson, JR Lawrence, Randy Eighmey and Justin Eighmey ....Second Prize - Farley & Associates Team - Donald Farley, Christine Dunphy, Christine Batey and Mike Batey ....Closest to the Pin - Lori Cohen and Tony Tanner ....Longest Drive - Christine Dunphy and Doug Hinkley. Congratulations to all. Fourth Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by the Margaretville Health Foundation brought out some past players and new faces to continue the support of our Central Catskill community healthcare facilities, Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Facility. The Driving Range and the Putting Greens were utilized by all as players got their game on!

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