Catskills under both fire and freeze warnings today

Above: Temperatures will be close to freezing in parts of the Catskills tonight. Photo via the National Weather Service Binghamton's Facebook page. 

Fire might break out at any moment in the Catskills today, but you also should cover your seedlings to protect them from frost tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

There are both red flag warnings of high brush fire conditions and a freeze warning in effect in the Catskills today, Wednesday, May 13. 

NWS Albany has issued a red flag warning for the eastern Catskills, the mid-Hudson Valley and the Schoharie Valley that warns of "dangerous fire conditions" from noon to 6 p.m. today due to gusty winds and low humidity.   Read more

Roscoe Beer Company opens new tasting room

Above: The staff of the Roscoe Beer Company and Sullivan County dignitaries at a ribbon cutting for the brewery's new 1,600-square-foot tasting room in Roscoe on Friday, May 8. Photo by Julia Reischel.

The first thing that catches your eye when you walk into the Roscoe Beer Company’s brand new tasting room in the Sullivan County town of Roscoe is a large aquarium full of trout.

It’s not what you expect to find in a local brewery — usually the malt and hops take center stage — but the Roscoe Beer Company is serious about being local. And local, in Roscoe, means trout.

The town won the designation of “America’s Ultimate Fishing Town” in 2011, and swarms of anglers flock to the legendary Beaverkill each year to fish.

Above: A tank of trout sits in the center of the Roscoe Beer Company's new tasting room. Photo by Julia Reischel.   Read more

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament presented by Margaretville Health Foundation

The College Golf Course at Delhi  **  Thursday, August 6th  **  9:30am Shotgun Start

$85 per golfer includes: breakfast, golf, range, cart, snacks & beverages and a lunch barbecue

To register print the registration form below or call Liz Warren at 845-586-2631 x 3181

We greatly appreciate our sponsors MTC Telephone Company, NBT Bank and Sluiter Agency






Transition Catskills

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Transition Catskills is part of a worldwide network of grassroots community initiatives that seek to address the world’s most pressing challenges with citizen-led action.

The goal of Transition is to create a vibrant, diverse, and relocalized economy that is less dependent on fossil fuels and global supply chains. If we can provide for as many of our needs as possible from relatively close to home, we become more resilient— as individuals and as a community, we can maintain our identity and ability to function despite change and shocks from the outside.

In Transition, we take issues that feel toxic — peak oil, climate change, economic contraction — and we turn them into opportunities for positive change. The movement is rooted in the idea that by taking personal action in our communities, we can not only overcome these threats, but we can also live more fulfilling lives by forging a deeper connection to our neighbors and our local environment.  Read more


The Catskills wedding boom

Above: At Handsome Hollow in Long Eddy, couples can say their vows in a fern-strewn clearing in the woods on the 93-acre property. Photo by JBM Photography.

Catskills weddings – especially those with an outdoorsy twist – are on the rise.

Getting hitched in hills is a booming business. Thanks to the wedding industry, there has been a recent uptick in tourism spending in the Catskills.

“We’ve noticed over the last couple years that there’s been quite an increase in country weddings in the area,” said Rick Remsnyder, Ulster County's tourism director.

“It’s a good location and the price is right. We’re 90 minutes from midtown Manhattan and the price is more affordable than the metro area.”

Cathy Ballone, a wedding planner in Greene County, owes her career to the increase in outdoor upstate weddings.

“I see a definite boom,” said Ballone, who runs Cathy’s Elegant Events out of the old Catskill Game Farm in Catskill, which she and her husband recently bought.  Read more

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].


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

Wurtsboro man assaults girlfriend with fishing rod, police say

A 27-year-old Wurtsboro man beat his girlfriend with a fishing rod, then "knocked her to the ground, held her down and spit on her," according to the New York State Police.

The police press release describing the incident does not give a date or time for the alleged assault.

Edward V. Kalajian allegedly "struck his girlfriend with a fishing rod causing lacerations to her back" during a domestic dispute in his Wurtsboro home, according to a police press release. He also reportedly broke the woman's phone during the altercation by throwing it against the ground.

Kalajian is being charged with felony assault in the second degree and a slew of misdemeanors, including criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, criminal obstructed breathing, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and unlawful imprisonment. He is also being charged with harassment in the second degree, a violation.

Kalajian was arraigned in the town of Mamakating and is being held without bail in the Sullivan County Jail. 

We Are Pure Catskills: Majestic Farm

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Meet Pure Catskills members Sara and Brett Budde, who run Majestic Farm in the Sullivan County Catskills. On their farm, the Buddes raise heritage-breed meats, and also host artists' residencies and farm-to-table dinners.

In the video above, Sara Budde talks about why she and her husband are committed to small-scale, sustainable farming -- and to the local community that makes that way of life possible.

SARA BUDDE: I’m Sara Budde, I’m one of the owners of Majestic Farm. I own the farm with my husband Brett Budde. We produce pork, lamb, poultry, mostly chicken and turkey, and small side things like honey and eggs. We’ve been farming for five years. We moved up to Sullivan County and sort of dug in from nothing.  Read more

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