Buggin’ Out! A family Insect Festival

August 9, 2014 - 1:00pm

Cost: Free

Time: 1:00-4:00PM

Location: Agroforestry Resource Center's Siuslaw Model Forest,

               6055 Route 23, Acra NY 12405  Read more

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Style....The music of your home.

2nd Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center

Join your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to support our local healthcare facilities.

 

Catskills Irish Arts Week kicks off in East Durham

Above: Musicians performing at the Catskills Irish Arts Week. Photo by Timothy H. Raab, from the Catskills Irish Arts week Facebook page.

Fervid followers of traditional Irish music and dance descend on East Durham this week for the twentieth annual Catskills Irish Arts Week.

The week-long event, which started in 1995 with 10 instructors and 70 participants, has grown to include over 70 instructors of music, dance, art and writing who will lead workshops to hundreds of participants. In the evenings, local pubs and music venues host performances and more informal music sessions.

On Saturday, the week winds up with the East Durham Trad Fest, a day-long celebration of Irish music, dancing and storytelling. This year's Trad Fest will honor Felix Dolan, a longtime member of the Catskills Irish Arts Week teaching faculty who died in 2013.   Read more

Guide me a river: The art of Catskills wilderness guiding

Longtime Catskills wilderness guide Charles “Sonny” Somelofski has earned a few more gray hairs since this photo was taken — and caught countless more fish. Photo courtesy of Catskill Outdoor Adventures (catskilloutdooradventures.com).

Charles “Sonny” Somelofski of Catskill Outdoor Adventures in Margaretville (catskilloutdooradventures.com), remembers when the licensing process to become an outdoor guide in New York state was a simple paper questionnaire with a $2 fee that asked whether he could swim, handle a boat, and read a map and compass.

“That was it, back then,” Somelofski says. “Bang! I was able to take people out and do it all.”

Today, being a state-licensed outdoor guide requires a bit more: taxable income disclosure forms, a physician’s statement, and certifications in first aid, CPR, and water safety. Those are the just the basics. Guides can be licensed in a number of different categories, ranging from camping and fishing to whitewater rafting and ice climbing, each with different licensing requirements.

The heart of guiding, however, has remained the same: proving to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that you can reliably take paying customers out into the great outdoors and bring them back again in one piece.  Read more

Here comes the rain again...and wind, too

Look out, Catskills: Yet another round of thunderstorms is taking aim at the region, with the possibility of high winds, damaging hail and even the chance of a tornado. 

As of late Tuesday afternoon, a line of storms is organizing in western New York and Pennsylvania, and moving steadily eastward across the region. A severe thunderstorm watch is currently in effect across Central New York, including Delaware County in the Catskills region, until 8 p.m.

Storm trackers at the National Weather Service caution that there is a slight chance the storms could spawn a tornado or two as they swirl across Central New York. 

The eastern Catskills are not yet under severe weather watch, but thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. Locals should keep an eye on the weather as the storms move eastward.   Read more

Thruway car crash leaves two dead

A horrific multi-car accident on I-90 last Friday left two people dead, including a South Cairo resident, and two others injured. 

Shortly before midnight on Friday, July 4, State Police, Fire, EMS and Thruway Authority responded to an accident on the westbound section of I-90 between exits 24 and 25, at mile marker 151 in Guilderland.

According to a New York State Police news release, Tyler S. Pascuzzi, 24, of Coxsackie was driving a 2004 Volkswagen GLI at “a high rate of speed” with two passengers in the car when he struck a 2003 Honda Civic.

The driver of the Civic, Brian T. Miller, 29, of Schenectady lost control of the car and struck the center guide rail.

The Volkswagen began to spin out, and then struck an Old Dominion Freight Lines tractor trailer. The car separated in two pieces upon impact.

The Volkswagen's two passengers, Cody J. Veverka, 23, of South Cairo and Alicia M. Tamboia, 24 of Wingdale, were ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.  Read more

Catskills under flash flood watch, but the Fourth should be sunny

Above: Forecast detail from the National Weather Service in Albany.

The forecast for Fourth of July weekend in the Catskills looks bright and clear -- but before Friday arrives with cooler temps and sunnier skies, another round of intense thunderstorms has the region under flash flood watch. 

All five of the Catskills counties in our coverage area -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster -- are currently under flash flood watches issued by the National Weather Service offices in Binghamton and Albany. In the western Catskills, Delaware and Sullivan counties, the flash flood watch will last until 9 p.m. The eastern Catskills, which will see storms later into the evening, are under flash flood watch until midnight  Read more

A Safe and Happy July 4th

M Gerard Country Home will be closed Friday, July 4th.

Woman dies after falling from Kaaterskill Falls

CBS 6 in Albany has reported that a woman who fell nearly 70 feet from the Kaaterskill Falls on Saturday has died from her injuries.

The woman, who has not yet been identified, died at Albany Medical Center while undergoing emergency surgery, according to The Daily Mail.

Tannersville Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Tuomey told The Daily Mail that the woman, who he estimated to be in her mid to late 50s, was found by the Tannersville Rescue Squad and the Haines Falls Fire Department around 1:45 p.m. with head, leg and internal injuries after she fell to the water basin while hiking with her husband at the bottom of the main falls.

She was airlifted to Albany Medical Center where she was in very critical condition.


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