Senior-ize or Sell - Informative Seminar

For most people their home is one of their most valuable assets. Therefore, it is a good idea to carefully consider options regarding this asset when reaching retirement age and beyond.  Many people prefer to "age in place", while others are ready to downsize and each scenario raises many questions.

Gerry Murphy of M Gerard Country Home and Margaret "Peggy" Bellar, licensed real estate salesperson, of Keller Williams Upstate New York Properties will explore "senior-izing" your home and tips on preparing for selling your home in an informative seminar to be held at M Gerard Country Home store on Saturday, April 26th from 11AM until Noon. Also joining them will be professionals to answer legal and tax questions.
 
 




 

Delaware County bank set to expand into Sullivan County

It's a familiar story in small-town America: Little community bank strikes a deal with a giant national corporation, and suddenly there's a new logo on your local bank branch.

Only this time it's the other way around. NBDC Bank -- also known as the National Bank of Delaware County, a small chain of community banks based in Walton -- announced recently that the company is acquiring six Bank of America branches in Sullivan County. 

The deal, which has yet to receive regulatory approval, is expected to go through by fall, according to a press release issued by NBDC Bank. Under the terms of the deal, NBDC will operate former Bank of America branches in Callicoon, Liberty, Monticello, Narrowsburg, Roscoe and Wurtsboro. 

The acquisition of the six Sullivan County branches will double the number of offices run by NBDC Bank, which currently runs branches in Walton, Andes, Franklin, Hamden, Stamford and Roxbury.   Read more

Judd Hirsch's wind turbine plans stall in Denning

Above: Members of the Denning Zoning Board of Appeals consider a wind turbine variance on February 25, 2014, before postponing the vote to March 25. From left: John Barnum, Mark Boncek, Frances Chewiwi, and Archie Ackerly, Jr. Photo by Julia Reischel. 

Actor Judd Hirsch's plans to install a 177-foot wind turbine on his land in the Ulster County town of Denning are stalled, perhaps for good.

On March 25, the Denning Zoning Board of Appeals voted 2 to 1 not to issue a variance for the project, which has been the center of controversy in Denning since the fall.

"It's a pretty clear death knell," said Sherret Chase Jr., the owner of Chase Wind, the engineering firm planning the project. "I was absolutely flabbergasted about the negative vote at the ZBA meeting."

Hirsch, a movie star and former regular on the TV show "Taxi" who has lived in Denning for 46 years, submitted plans last year to build a turbine on 96 acres he owns in Denning. A few miles away in the town of Neversink, Phil Coombe III has a similar private system that was installed without controversy in 2011. (See photos below.) 

But Hirsch's plan drew ire from his neighbors. Tiffany Wootten, who lives nearby, spearheaded a campaign to oppose the turbine, arguing that it would destroy the bucolic landscape, threaten birds and other wildlife, and create noise and flickering shadows. The controversy consumed the town for much of the fall and was covered by the New York Times in November. 

Below: A wind turbine that was installed in the town of Neversink in 2011. The turbine is similar in size and height to Judd Hirsch's proposed Denning turbine. Photo by James Hood for the Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development. Used with permission.   

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Give us your best shot: The 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest

Above: “Two Boys and a Dog in East Meredith” by Cindy Dunne, the second-place winner of last year's Catskills Outdoor Guide photo contest.

Update: The contest is now closed. Winners will be announced on May 27, when the 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide hits the streets. Thanks for all the great shots. To see all the entries this year, click here. -- Julia Reischel

As part of our 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide, we're hosting a 2014 edition of our "Catskills Outdoor Experience" photo contest, once again sponsored by the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian.  Read more

Go fish: Opening day for trout in the Catskills

Above: Delaware River July 2013, by Jody Bryant, an entry in our Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest. (The deadline to enter is Thursday, April 3.)  

Today is the first day of fishing trout fishing season in New York State, one of the first true signs of a Catskills spring. On cue, the Times Herald-Record recorded anglers taking their first casts of the season at Junction Pool in Roscoe this morning.

Looking to get your fishing permit? Head to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's new online license website, where you can buy and print your license from your computer.   Read more

Tried and true: Catskills restaurants with staying power

Above: The Java Lounge, an upstairs café at Joshua's, overlooks Tinker Street in Woodsock. Photo courtsey of Joshua's.  

It’s an exciting time for the Catskills restaurant scene. In the past few years, the area has launched many new restaurants. (For a smattering, see our related story in the Catskills Food Guide.)

But the flip side is that restaurants tend to come and go, especially in the far-flung rural corners of the region. Nothing puts the kibosh on an evening out as surely as showing up at that cute little bistro you’ve heard so much about only to find that it’s closed, or has changed its hours, or the owners decided to take off for Palm Beach until spring.

Here, then, are a few well-loved mainstays of the local dining scene. If you’re in search of reliable hours, battle-tested entrees and service that runs like a well-oiled machine, look no further.  Read more

Erik and Fernando find their Dream Home!

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Erik and Fernando find their Dream Home!  So happy to welcome them to the beautiful Catskill Mountains and our community.  Nothing is better than a happy client.
 
There are so many affordable (and wonderful) opportunities for first-time homeowners here.  I would love to show you around.
 
Peggy Bellar, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Keller Williams Upstate New York Properties
917.558.0447  Cell (call or text for more info)
845.586.6220 Office

 

Could it be Spring is officially in the air?

Indoors or Outdoors Spring is the time for plans and projects. 

Visit us for your Indoor plans at:

44310 Route 28  Arkville, NY  12406

Opened Thursday thru Monday from 10am to 5pm

Sleet and ice accumulating across the western Catskills

Roads in the higher elevations of the Catskills are dangerously slick tonight, especially in the western Catskills counties of Delaware and Sullivan, where the National Weather Service's Binghamton office has issued a special weather bulletin about bands of snow and sleet moving through the area

Citizen reports coming into the NWS are indicating many accidents on the roads. Earlier this evening, Delaware County Fire Wire and Emergency News reported that first responders were on the scene at Exit 87 off Route 17 in Hancock, where a car went over the bank.   Read more

Flood watches in effect across the Catskills

A mix of heavy rains in the forecast, late-spring snow still clinging to mountain slopes, and still-frozen ground could be a recipe for flash flooding in the Catskills region Saturday night through Monday, forecasters warn. 

Heavy rain is expected to move into the region late Saturday, and continue through Sunday. Hudson Valley Weather is predicting two to three inches of rain across the Catskills and Hudson Valley  Read more


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