Hundreds of Santas raise thousands of dollars at Windham Mountain

Above: Santas ride the chairlift on Sunday, Dec. 14 at Windham Mountain Ski Center. Screenshot from Windham Mountain's video of the event, which you can watch below. 

Windham Mountain invited Santa Claus to ski for charity on Sunday, Dec. 12, and 300 Santas answered the call. Hundreds of skiers wearing red and white received a free lift ticket and paid $20 apiece.

The fees--over $6,000 in all--were donated to the Windham Community Food Pantry, along with a matching $2,000 donation from the ski center, according to a video released by Windham Mountain.

Lance Wheeler also shot a video of the event. Watch it by clicking here. 

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Healthy Holiday Eating

Over the holiday season, we all tend to slack on our healthy habits. We no longer worry about looking good in that bathing suit, so we trade fresh salads and fruit for holiday cookies and feasts, hiding behind sweaters and baggy clothes. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Following a few simple steps will keep you healthy and happy through the holidays and the winter months ahead!  

1. Get active in the morning.

During the fall and winter, days are shorter, and by the time you get home from work or school, it’s likely dark out. Take advantage of the morning sunlight by getting your workout done early. When nighttime hits, you won’t have to worry about forcing yourself to the gym. Plus the endorphins will keep you going throughout the day.

2. Hunger VS Cravings.   Read more

$15 million in grants go to Catskills organizations

Above: Americorps team members work on the storefront of Catskill Mountainkeeper in Livingston Manor in June 2014. Mountainkeeper received a $1.8 million grant from the state of New York on Dec. 11, 2014.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo handed out early Christmas presents on Thursday, Dec. 11 in the form of $709.2 million in economic and community development funding to hundreds of organizations across New York state. Several Catskills organizations, including MTC Cable, Catskill Mountainkeeper and the village of Sidney, received over a million dollars each. 

Through the program, called the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, New York State issues grants to businesses, community groups, nonprofits, and municipalities. The Catskills did well this year, picking up over $15 million overall, according to our back-of-the-envelope math.   Read more

This Weekend: Catskills holiday shopping guide

Above: A window display at Ragtime Clothing Exchange in Callicoon, which hosts its first Dickens on the Delaware event this weekend. Photo via the Dickens on the Delaware Facebook page. 

The snow is on the ground, just in time for the fourth installment of our holiday shopping guide. (Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar.) 

Here's what's happening over the weekend of Dec. 13 and 14: 

Delaware County

Santa comes to the town square in Delhi on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., along with horse and wagon rides and hot cocoa. The town's holiday lights contest ends the next day  Read more

Prattsville bridge over Schoharie Creek to be replaced

Above: The Route 23 bridge over the Schoharie Creek in Prattsville. Photo by Doug Kerr.

The steel truss bridge that carries Route 23 over the Schoharie Creek in the Greene County town of Prattsville is slated for replacement in 2016, according to the New York State Department of Transportation, which is holding a public meeting about the bridge on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Prattsville Community Church at 6:30 p.m.

The bridge, which was built in 1949, has been repaired several times in the past decade, most recently in 2012 after workers found a crack in its steel, according to the Mountain Eagle.  Read more

Website goes down, local news publisher says unprintable things

Above: Benton, the kitten that took over the front page of the Chicago Tribune for 16 minutes on July 30, 2013, thanks to a website goof. We feel your pain, Trib.

If you visited the Watershed Post today and got an error message instead of a piece of juicy Catskills news, it's not you, it's us. Thanks to a site update that went awry, most of the links on our site were down throughout the morning and early afternoon.   Read more

Slippery roads and a winter weather advisory

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties today, Friday, Dec. 5, beginning this afternoon and lasting through tomorrow morning.

The high roads in the Catskills will be icy tonight, according to a weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Binghamton:  Read more

This Weekend: Holiday shopping in the Catskills

Above: A festive bovine bust at Lucky Dog Farm Store in Hamden. 

Challenge: Spend every holiday shopping dollar at a Catskills merchant this month. To help you do it, here's the third installment of our holiday shopping guide. (Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar.) 

Here's what's happening over the weekend of Dec. 5 to 7: 

DELAWARE COUNTY  Read more

December is Safe Toy & Gifts Month

Safe toy checklist Too often, accidents involving children and toys occur and may result in eye injuries. Each year, thousands of children age 14 and younger suffered serious eye injuries, even blindness, from toys. There are three important ways you can protect your child's eyes from injuries while playing with toys: 1. Only buy toys meant for their age. 2. Show them how to use their toys safely. 3.  Read more

SCROOGE & SON, or the Final Spirit

December 12, 2014 - 7:00pm

Kaaterskill Actors Theater and Petite Productions present

SCROOGE & SON, or The Last Spirit

Written and Directed by Jim Milton

Friday, December 12 & Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 pm

Reservations: www.scroogeandson.com

Orpheum Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main Street (Route 23A), Village of Tannersville

Tickets: $10 for Adults, $5 for children.  All tickets at the door.

Charles Dickens’ classic tale of the Christmases Past, Present and To Come has moved from to the Catskill Mountains during the post-Civil War era. The rise of the tanning industry, the arrival of the orphan trains from New York City and the coming of the Nutcracker Ballet to America mix with spirits, carols, kids and everyone's favorite Mean Old Man to make a truly special evening full of local lore, old-time music and song.   Read more


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