Halloween in the Catskills: Part 2

Above: A ghoulish performance of dancing skeletons, ghouls and pumpkins is slated for 6 p.m. at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock on Friday, Oct. 31.

Halloween is a whole week of festivities this year. The fearsome fun began last weekend and continues through the big day itself on Friday, Oct. 31 and beyond.

Here's our guide to Catskills Halloween events for Oct. 30 - Nov. 2.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Left: A demon wolf is ready to scare visitors to a haunted house in Hancock. 

On Friday, Oct. 31, come out to Walton for the 3rd Annual Knight in the Castle Halloween Party and Dance at the Castle on the Delaware. It’s an atmospheric night of dancing to Blues Maneuver, and there’s a buffet.  Read more

Associate Lab Microbiologist - NYC Department of Environmental Protection

Proposed Salary Range: $61,238.00 - $80,883.00 (Annual)
Work Location: 71 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY

Working in the Watershed Water Quality Operations, in the Kingston Pathogen Laboratory, the Associate Laboratory Microbiologist II will report to the Assistant Laboratory Director and will be responsible for assisting in the analysis of pathogens in water supply samples.

Under general supervision, the Associate Laboratory Microbiologist II will be responsible for the analysis of Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and viruses in watershed samples, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) analysis and Cryptosporidium infectivity studies. Additional tasks include: maintaining data and files and working with the Laboratory Information Management System to ensure all records are complete; performing routine laboratory quality control procedures; participating in research projects, including method development. The candidate will comply with all applicable environmental, health & safety (EH&S) laws and regulations, and DEP’s policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualification Requirements  Read more

This weekend: Halloween in the Catskills, Part 1

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Above: A promo for Haunted Huguenot Street, New Paltz's annual spookfest, featuring "Mrs. Gertrude Deyo-Brodhead’s infamous Murder Mystery parties at the Deyo House." Tours, spirit readings and ghost stories all weekend.  

It’s the darkening evening of the year, and the veil between the worlds has thinned. Venture out into the mountains and valleys for some resonant Halloween fun, costumed or otherwise, beginning this weekend. There’s a little of everything going on, whether you’re looking for pumpkins and not-too-scary spirits for the little guys, contemplative historic ghost-walks, or smokin’ hot dance parties into the wheeee hours.

Here’s our guide to the fearsome and frolicsome times for Oct. 24 - Oct. 26. We'll have another one next week, to cover the many festivities scheduled across the Catskills for Halloween itself. 

DELAWARE COUNTY  Read more

This Weekend: Zombie Run 5K and Scare Fair

Above: Photo by Daniel Hollister of ThatZombiePhoto.com. 

Everyone knows that you run faster when you're being pursued by ravenous zombies. And there will be zombies galore at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor's Center in Blenheim this Saturday to scare 5K runners into performing at their personal best.

The Zombie Run 5K is a fundraiser for the Middleburgh Library--for $25, both runners and zombies are invited to participate. Come in costume or pay $5 extra for on-site zombification.  Read more

Fall blazes in the Schoharie Valley

Photographer Caleb Jacobus took these photographs of the blazing fall colors in the Schoharie Valley this morning, Friday, Oct. 17.

He was hiking on the cliffs in the town of Middleburgh, looking out towards Vroman's Nose and the Catskills. Below, there is a shot of the trail.

Caleb says that the colors of the shots are enhanced slightly by a filter on his camera, but are otherwise unaltered.  Read more

New York Times' "Living City" explores NYC's water supply

Up here in the Catskills, in the heart of New York City's vast rural watershed, it's impossible to forget that one lives in the middle of the city's water supply. The city's huge reservoirs dominate the landscape. Watershed affairs dominate local politics. New York City's watershed police patrol along sleepy back roads a hundred miles from Manhattan.

For most downstate New Yorkers, though, water is just a thing that comes out of the tap. This week, the New York Times introduced its readers to their astonishing water system in "Living City," a video series that explores some of the wonders of urban engineering that make life in our nation's largest city possible.  Read more

Columbus Day Weekend in the Catskills: Fests, food, fiddlers and foliage

Can you flip a tractor tire? Test your mettle at the Farm Olympics, happening this weekend at the annual Taste of the Catskills festival in Delhi. Photo by Eamon Queeney.

Columbus Day Weekend is coming up, and the Catskills are making the most of summer's last hurrah.  

If you're a Catskills local, you've been living in a slow-mo fireworks display for a couple of weeks now, as maples, beeches, birches and oaks erupt in a dazzling riot of fall color. This weekend brings peak foliage to the lower elevations of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley -- and while the high-elevation slopes are just a little past peak, there is still plenty of brilliant color all around.

Lark in the Park, a ten-day, Catskills-wide celebration of the great outdoors, wraps up on Monday. Between now and then are dozens of guided hikes, paddles, outdoor volunteer opportunities and more, ranging from family-friendly woods walks to off-trail bushwhacks for experienced outdoorsfolk. Choose your own adventure from our special Lark in the Park calendar  Read more

RUPCO Adds Depth to Senior Leadership Team

Kingston, NY , September 22, 2014  –  The regional housing agency, RUPCO, Inc. based in Kingston, announced this week the appointment of Tara Collins to its senior staff as Director of Communication & Resource Development.  Collins comes to RUPCO after serving as Communications Director at the Watershed Agricultural Council (Walton, NY) where she touted the Council’s farm and forest clean water programs within the New York City Watershed and the buy local branding campaign, Pure Catskills. With nearly 25 years’ experience in communications, writing, and marketing, she has also worked with Ski Plattekill Mountain (Roxbury, NY), Robert A. Stanger & Co.  Read more

Community Lunch: supportive housing is the solution.

October 30, 2014 - 12:00pm

ach year, Community Lunch brings together friends, supporters and community leaders to hear from thought leaders about important issues in the area of housing and community development. This year, supportive housing is the solution.

Click here to purchase your Community Lunch ticket online.  Read more

845-331-2140 ext. 210

Expect lane closures on Route 990V in Gilboa throughout October

Above: A three-mile stretch of Route 990V in Schoharie County will experience closures throughout October as it undergoes repairs.

The New York State Department of Transportation and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will be repairing a 3-mile stretch of Route 990V in Gilboa for three weeks in October, according to a press release issued by the DEP last week.

Expect lane closures throughout the month if you are traveling along the road between Route 30 and County Road 39, an section that passes the DEP's Gilboa Dam, the Gilboa Town Hall and the Gilboa-Conesville Central School building. 

The work was scheduled to start the week of Oct. 6 and last for three weeks, according to the press release.

The $740,000 repairs will be funded by the DEP under terms of the 1997 Watershed Memorandum of Agreement, which governs NYC's deal with upstate towns about the maintenance of dams, reservoirs, and surrounding roads. Construction at the Gilboa Dam has put increased truck traffic on 990V.


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