Andes goat farm receives permit for creamery in center of town

Above: Cyndi Wright, the owner of Dirty Girl Farm, with plans for a creamery that she hopes to open at 114 Delaware Ave. in Andes. Photos by Julia Reischel.

Despite some initial opposition, a dairy goat farm has received a permit to operate a microcreamery and retail store in a long-vacant barn in the center of the Delaware County town of Andes. 

Cyndi Wright, the owner of Dirty Girl Farm, received approval for a special use permit from the town of Andes Planning Board after a crowd of supporters packed the Andes Town Hall during a public hearing on the issue on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Wright and her husband, Lester Bourke, hope to purchase a long-vacant 37-acre dairy farm property located at 114 Delaware Ave., next door to the Andes Central School, from John Gregg.

Above: The property at 114 Delaware Ave. (Marked with red X.) Source: Delaware County Community Online Mapping Information Tool.   Read more

Homicide in Swan Lake

The New York State Police and the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office are investigating a homicide in the Sullivan County hamlet of Swan Lake, located in the town of Liberty, according to media reports. 

Police found the body of Michael Northcote on Monday, Oct. 12 in a single family home at 177 Cohen and Cohen Road around 9:30 p.m., according to the Times Herald-Record. Sullivan County Undersheriff Eric Chaboty tells the newspaper that police are investigating, and that there is no danger to the public at this time. 

This is the second possible murder in the rural Catskills in a month. On Sept. 24, a 60-year-old man shot and killed a 43-year-old man in the Schoharie County town of Jefferson. Jack S. Macaluso was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Dale C. McGregor, but few details about the crime have been released.

How to spend Columbus Day weekend in the Catskills

Above: Sugar maples. Photo by DeirdreLovesTrees, submitted to the Watershed Post Flickr pool.

This is it: The peak of fall. Columbus Day Weekend is the biggest weekend of the year in the Catskills, the time when the leaves peak in glorious colors and the fullness of harvest sets in. Come out and paint a pumpkin, crunch a crisp apple and savor the last live outdoor music of 2015. Here’s our guide to what’s up where from Friday, Oct. 9 to Monday, Oct. 12. 

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It’ll be a farm-fresh feast at Sunday’s Octoberfest Pig Roast at Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow. If you’ve never tasted an Ossabaw Island heritage breed pig, you have no idea what roast pork can taste like; they’ll be roasting a whole one and serving it up with authentic German-style sides like spaetzli and sweet and sour red cabbage. Plus, you can meet a newborn alpaca. Sunday, October 11, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

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Harvest Moon Ball honoree Chairperson of Foundation

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will again present the Harvest Moon Ball. An annual tradition which honors the Keene Roadman Volunteer of the Year will take place at Hanah Resort and Country Club on Saturday, August 17th. Cocktail hour starts at 6pm and Dinner seating at 7pm. Musical entertainment by the Blues Manuever. For further information please contact Karen Kolar at 845-676-4844 or email at [email protected]. Proceeds will be used to upgrade the hospital’s Hematology Analyzer.

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Lark in the Park hosts dozens of guided Catskills excursions

Above: A child's-eye view of the Catskills, taken on Aug. 17, 2013 at Hunter Mountain by Andrea Byrne.

The annual Lark in the Park kicks off this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 3 and runs for a week through Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 12. This annual celebration originated in 2004 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Catskill Park, and is an opportunity to immerse yourself in all things Catskills.

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the Catskill Mountain Club and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference throw a 10-day party for the Catskills at the peak of the glorious autumn foliage season, a time that many feel is the best time of year: no heat, humidity or bugs.

Above: Portage at Colgate Lake in Greene County. Photo by Karl Anshanslin.   Read more

Minor flooding across the Catskills, with more rain coming

Above: Flooding on Wittenberg Road in Woodstock around noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Photo by Benjamin Fenton.

Over six inches of rain have fallen in the past day in the high peaks region of the Catskills, causing minor flooding in streams in Greene and Ulster counties on Wednesday, Sept. 30. 

Schools in the Greene County town of Catskill closed early today, and flooding closed roads in Saugerties and in other locations in Ulster County, including Wittenberg Road in the town of Woodstock near Shultis Farm Road (see above). The Esopus Creek in Mount Marion crested at 21 feet around 1 p.m., a foot below the level where it begins flooding homes, according to measurements from its stream gauge.

Above: High water in the Plattekill Creek in Saugerties. Video by Brian Hubert of the Daily Freeman. 

Minor flooding occurred in many locations throughout the Greene County town of Hunter, which got the most rainfall--about six inches--today, according to John Farrell, the town of Hunter's highway superintendent. 

Above: A map of inches of rain that fell in the Catskills in the past 24 hours, from the National Weather Service. The most rain--more than six inches--fell in Greene County. 

"We had a couple very localized flooding incidents due to debris in the streambeds all over the mountaintop," Farrell said. "A lot of the tributaries. We got a lot of rain up there."

Hunter's highway team managed to clear debris fast enough to avoid closing any roads in the town, Farrell said. The flooding peaked in the town around 11 a.m.

Rainfall in other locations around the region was less severe, and other locations in the Catskills that are normally prone to flooding have escaped problems so far.  Read more

Harvest Moon Ball October 17th

Hapless looter dragged tank while on drugs, police say

Above: A man who reportedly tried to steal a 15-foot steel tank was caught when the tank crushed the bed of the pickup truck carrying it, causing some erratic driving. Photo via the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. 

A 33-year-old Glen Wild man bit off much more than he could chew when he stole a 15-foot metal tank from the site of the former Concord resort in Monticello, police say.

Not only did Douglas Furman attempt to move the enormous tank with a too-small pickup truck, but he was under the influence of drugs while he did it, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday, Sept. 4, Furman took the steel tank from the Concord property and attempted to take it to a scrap yard in Liberty, police say.

Left: Douglas Furman. Photo via the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.   Read more

The 2016 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest

Above: This photo, of a duck in Parksville, was taken by Chris Graham and won second place in the 2015 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest.

The contest is now closed. Look for the print 2016 Catskills Food Guide next year for the winners! - Ed. 

It's harvest season, and in the Catskills, the veggies are gorgeous. So are the cows, barns and the farmers themselves. (Just ask Real Simple Magazine, which just ran a photo spread of six women farmers from the region.

That means it's time for our annual Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest, once again sponsored by the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian.   Read more


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