Mountainside Welcomes Noted Woodstock Artist

Stop by lobby of Mountainside Residential Care Center to view the works of Michael Heinrich.  Half the proceeds from sale of Mr. Heinrichs art will benefit the residents Sunshine Fund.

For information contact Michelle Powers, MRCC Activities Director, by calling MRCC 845-586-1800 Ext. 3341 or email [email protected].

 

GCSWCD EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Job Description

The Education and Outreach Coordinator will coordinate and implement the education and outreach components of stream management plans developed for the Schoharie River watershed in cooperation with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. The Coordinator will play a lead role in developing watershed and ecosystem-based educational programs that protect and improve local land and water resources, and that build a water resource stewardship ethic in the Schoharie basin. The position supports the Schoharie Watershed Program, which incorporates two programs that help Schoharie Watershed towns and landowners secure technical assistance and grant funding. More information on the SWP can be found at http://www.gcswcd.com/swp.

The position involves some local travel, evening and weekend meetings. The position provides significant opportunities to attend professional development trainings.

Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:  Read more

Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District

The Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District is a county level, political sub-division which is dedicated to the management of natural resources. Located in South Eastern New York State, Greene County is home to the Northern high peaks of the Catskill Mountains and is bordered on the East by the Hudson River.

The District has been in existence since 1961, and was initially formed to facilitate the implementation of a major federal flood control project in the Town of Windham. Since its inception, the District has developed a diverse conservation program in response to local needs, and which provides assistance to landowners, local municipalities as well as state and federal agencies.

Board of Directors Monthly Meeting:

May - October
1st Thursday @7:00 PM

November - April
1st Thursday @ 2:00 PM

All Meetings are held at the Greene County Office Building in Cairo NY

(518) 622-3620

This Weekend: I Love My Park Day in the Catskills

Above: A poster for Cairo's Town Picnic, one of several events celebrating "I Love My Park Day" in the Catskills this Saturday, May 2.

Saturday, May 2 is the “I Love My Park Day,” a day of outdoor cleanup and volunteerism sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Parks and Trails of New York organization.

One of the woes of the Catskill Park is that it is not technically overseen by New York State’s parks office. Instead, the Catskill Park is a patchwork of wild forests, small state parks and wildernesses overseen by the New York State Department of Conservation.

This means that the Catskills themselves aren’t featured prominently in I Love My Park Day. But that’s not stopping towns and other organizations in the Catskills from celebrating it.  Read more

Beer boom: TAP NY and the Craft Brew Boogaloo

Above: TAP NY in 2014. Photo by Julia Reischel.

The Catskills beer boom shows no signs of slowing down in 2015.

New breweries continue to open: the Hunter Mountain Brewery (7261 Route 23A Hunter, 518-263-5231) announced its launch on April 1, and the Rip Van Winkle Brewing Company is now operating on the premises of Angela's Italian Restaurant (now Angela's Pizzeria and Brewery) in Catskill, and has a ribbon-cutting scheduled for May 12.  Read more

Spring Open House

Early season leads to record bear hunt in southern New York

Above: The 580-pound bear Greene County hunter Tim Meservey shot during the early season in September 2014. Photo courtesy of Tim Meservey.

Bear hunters in New York's Southern Zone killed a record 1,110 bears in 2014, according to harvest figures that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released on Monday, April 13. That's 12 percent more than the previous record of 983 bears taken in the Southern Zone in 2011.

The record harvest is likely due to a new early bear hunting season that ran from Sept. 6 to Sept. 21 in portions of the Catskills and the western Hudson Valley, DEC officials say.

Catskills hunters in in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties killed 893 bears in 2014, according to an analysis of the DEC's hunt data by the Watershed Post. In the Catskills, hunters killed 294 bears during the new early season and 599 during the bow hunting, muzzleloading and regular seasons, which occur later in the fall.

The Catskills towns with the highest bear harvests are Hancock, with 34 bears killed; Wawarsing, with 32; Tusten, with 31; Rochester, with 27; and Mamakating, with 24.  Read more

Think green...the green fairways of Golf

Not too soon to Save the Date for the Margaretville Health Foundation 2015 Golf Tournament at College Golf Course in Delhi taking place Thursday, August 6th. 

For a list of Business Sponsorhip Levels please call 845-586-2631 Extension 3181 and speak to Liz Warren or email [email protected]

Vermont couple crashes small airplane in Catskills field, walks away unscathed

Above: Julian Joffe's Beech A36 airplane crash-landed in a farmer's field in South Kortright on Thursday, April 2. Photo by Julian Joffe, taken after the crash.

A Vermont couple flying a small fixed-wing single-engine airplane crashed into a farmer's field in South Kortright on Thursday, April 2, and walked away from the wreck unscathed.

Julian Joffe, the pilot, and his wife, Kerry Joffe, were the two occupants of the airplane, according to Bob Cavanaugh, the chief financial officer of Pad Print Machinery of Vermont. Julian Joffe is the CEO of the company. 

Left: A Beech A36 aircraft. Photo by Alan Radecki via Wikimedia Commons. 

"They landed in a farmer's field," Cavanaugh said. "They skidded for about a quarter mile. The farmer has been in the process of helping them get out of the field and closer to town where they can work with the authorities and get holed up for the night."

Cavanaugh said that both Joffes were unharmed, and contacted him soon after the crash to say they were OK.

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Gone fishin': Anglers celebrate on a freezing opening day

Above: Boys Fishing, by Amanda Lee Popp. Submitted to the 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest. 

April Fool’s day is the first day of fishing season in New York state, and it's playing a freezing cold joke on hopeful anglers vying to catch the first trout of the year.

It's a cold and icy beginning to trout season, with a high of only 38 degrees and snow falling over Cairns Pool on the Beaverkill, according to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum’s Facebook page. Nevertheless, trout were reportedly caught there today, the center reports.

Above: The ice-covered Upper Delaware River on Monday, March 30. Photo by Tony Ritter, via Twitter.   Read more


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