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The Catskills with a dog in tow

Writer Heather Rolland with a few four-legged hiking companions. Photo by Candid Canine Photography.

Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in the Catskills, running the gamut from strolling on rail trails to expert-only wilderness bushwhacks. Whatever your adventure level — or your dog’s — there’s plenty to do with a pup in tow here in the Catskills.

What to do

HIKE. Most dogs love to hike, and the many trails that wend through Catskills forests are wonderful places for you to enjoy nature: balsam firs, bald eagles, tumbling cascades and vistas that have inspired generations. Be sure to match your outing to your buddy’s current level of fitness.

Catskill Park regulations do not require dogs to be leashed at all times. Voice control is acceptable in many areas; check the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website (dec.ny.gov) for details. Some great trails to try are Overlook Mountain (watch out for timber rattlesnakes), Slide Mountain, Giant Ledge and Rochester Hollow.  Read more

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Oorah wins a key court decision in tax battle with Jefferson

Oorah, a New Jersey-based nonprofit that runs summer camps for Jewish children in the Schoharie County towns of Jefferson and Gilboa, has won a major victory in a longstanding legal battle with the town of Jefferson over whether Oorah was entitled to an exemption from local property taxes. 

The battle between Jefferson and Oorah has been fierce, and there is much at stake for both sides. In 2009, Oorah bought the former Scotch Valley ski resort to run as a summer camp. In 2012, Oorah applied to be exempt from paying property taxes on its upstate properties, which in the town of Jefferson amounted to over $200,000 a year in annual tax revenue for the town, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Rather than grant Oorah the exemption, the town of Jefferson opted to fight the matter in court.  Read more

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Transition Catskills proposes 'Catskills dollars,' tool libraries, and farmers' markets

Above: A design for a local Catskills currency created by members of Transition Catskills.

About two dozen people attended the first public forum of Transition Catskills, a group dedicated to making the Catskills more economically resilient, on Wednesday night at the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville.

“This was our first effort to organize a conversation,” said Jeff Tomasi, a former partner at Goldman Sachs who helped found the group.

There will be another film screening and public forum for the Transition Catskills movement on Saturday, July 26, at 4 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury.

Tomasi, who owns a second home in the Delaware County town of Middletown, also lives in London, where he first got word of Transition, an initiative that began in England around 2006 and addressed issues of oil dependence and economic instability.

“I’m not a leader, I’m a facilitator,” Tomasi told the group. “I’m not here to tell people how to live. Just here to start the dialogue.”  Read more

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Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Catskills region

Above: A photo of the radar tracking the storm over Central and Western New York. Photo courtesy of the US National Weather Service Binghamton.

National Weather Service forecasters have issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Catskills and central New York, including Schoharie, Ulster, Delaware, Sullivan and Greene counties, lasting until 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

The following was posted on the US National Weather Service at Binghamton Facebook page at 2:30 p.m.:

Storms are starting to fire up in central NY. There is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch South and East of Rome, NY to Towanda, PA until 10 PM tonight. We are keeping a close eye on these storms. Be safe and remember, "When thunder roars, go indoors!"

Live radar tracking the storm's progress can be found here.

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Accident shuts Route 30 in Blenheim

 

 

Above: Photo from the scene of an accident on Route 30 posted to Schoharie Fire Wire and News. For more photos from the scene, see their Facebook page.

A collision between an SUV and a truck hauling a dumpster on Wednesday morning left two men injured and forced the shutdown of Route 30 in Blenheim, police said.  Read more


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