Golf and Camaraderie. No Losers!

Many people to thank and not enough photos captured of the day. Planning underway for 2016. Join us in 2016 for the Golf and for the Camaraderie.

 

Thousands expected at Monticello's Bagel Festival this weekend

Above: Visitors to the 2014 Monticello Bagel Festival pose in front of a bagel sculpture. Photo via the Bagel Festival's Facebook page. 

This Sunday, Aug. 16, the Sullivan County village of Monticello becomes the bagel capital of the world for a day during the third annual Monticello Bagel Festival.

Bagel-themed events take over main street, where you can pose with a giant bagel sculpture, hear live music, shop among street vendors, participate in the "bagel triathlon" and rub elbows with thousands of fellow bagel lovers. (The organizers are hoping for 20,000 people to attend this year -- last year, 12,000 people came.) 

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Foundation Thanks Golfers, Sponsors and Supporters at Golf Tournament

Sunny skies and moderate temperatures prevailed at Thursday's Golf Tournament organized by the Margaretville Health Foundation. Teams arrived for a 9:30am Shotgun start at the College Golf Course in Delhi and were greeted to an early morning Continental breakfast and camaraderie among golfers. Complimentary snacks and beverages, delivered to golfers on course, kept all energized throughout the morning and was followed by an outdoor barbecue lunch. In an initiative to support our local youth, the Foundation was pleased this year to sponsor four graduate students from Margaretville Central School to join us on the course. The MCS team of players, Cooper Reither, Matt Van Valkenberg, Eric Mathiesen, and Dylan Schaffer took second prize narrowly losing to first prize winning team led by Mark Birman, with Henry Birman, Tom Mirabella, and Lance Levings, a group of golfers who have supported the Margaretville Health Foundation by several years of participation in the Golf Tournament. Congratulations to the winners, and a resounding Thank You to the participating golfers, sponsors and supporters.  Read more

13 places to rent bicycles in the Catskills

Above: Bike rentals at the Roxbury General Store in Roxbury. Photo via the Roxbury General Store's Facebook page

The Catskills are a bicycler’s paradise with hundreds of miles of trails and roads perfect for bikers of all skill levels. Whether you’re into off-road mountain biking, pedaling the pavement on the scenic byways or taking a relaxing ride with your family, it doesn’t take long to find an adventure that suits your needs.

Luckily, you don’t have to haul your bike up the mountains or make a pricey gear investment for occasional use. Outfitters, bike shops and other establishments offer mountain and road bicycle rentals across the Catskills. Here are 13 places to rent bikes.

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Accessible Catskills hiking, camping and outdoors

Recreation and the outdoors are not just for able-bodied people. Adults and children with physical challenges benefit from exercise and the balance that comes from nature and fitness. Here are some opportunities that allow everyone equal access to the Catskills.

TRAILS FOR ALL

With their gentle grades, rail trails — former railroad beds turned into trails — are accessible to everyone. Try the 26-mile CATSKILL SCENIC TRAIL (Bloomville to Roxbury, catskillscenictrail.org) or the 22-mile WALLKILL VALLEY RAIL TRAIL (Wallkill to Kingston, wvrta.org), which boasts the Rosendale Trestle, a soaring bridge that crosses the Rondout Creek. A .75-mile paved loop and a paved trail to the Esopus Creek surrounds the CATSKILL INTERPRETIVE CENTER (Mount Tremper, catskilliinterpretivecenter.org) which just opened last month.  Read more

Broadband partnership targets rural areas in three Catskills counties

Above: This map, from the Delaware County Electric Cooperative website, shows areas targeted for construction of fiber-optic data lines.

Just as the Rural Electrification Administration brought electric power to remote areas of the nation in the 1930s, a partnership between local utility companies is working to bring broadband internet access to outlying areas of Delaware County and adjacent towns.

Representatives of the Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC), the Delhi Telephone Company (DTC) and the Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) began a series of visits to town council meetings on Wednesday, Aug. 5 in

Hamden to talk about the first phase of the Delaware County Broadband Initiative – a joint effort to provide fiber-optic broadband service within the area served by the electric cooperative.

While most of the expansion is within Delaware County, it spills over into the Sullivan County town of Rockland, the Ulster County town of Hardenburgh and the Schoharie County towns of Jefferson and Gilboa.  Read more

First Annual Trout Town Proud Parade

August 8, 2015 (All day)

Save the Date!!!
Join us for Roscoe's first annual Trout Town Proud Celebration! Head on down to Stewart Ave for the parade kick off at 11am, then head over to the Trout Town Center & Beer Garden for live music until 5pm!! Up at the brewery we will be having pint specials and the Rockland House will be selling their delicious chicken BBQ!!

The fun continues into the night at the brewery with Andy Hilfiger & Sway performing from 5-8pm, then head next door to The Rockland House for their comedy night featuring Comedy Central's YANNIS PAPPAS!!

Crackdown busts four drug rings and 34 people in Sullivan County

Above: Heroin. Photo by psychonaught, via Wikipedia

It's been a huge year for drug busts in Sullivan County. In March, a group of 13 people -- including two men in Monticello -- were arrested for trafficking heroin into upstate New York and Pennsylvania

In May, following a trail of heroin moving upstate from New York City, the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department led investigators to the Bronx, where they arrested five defendants in a $5 million drug ring. Over 26 pounds of heroin were seized, according to the New York Daily News.  Read more

Five kid-friendly Catskills hikes

Above: Kids hiking in the Catskills. Photo by Tim Luby.

While the Catskills have a reputation for rugged, steep terrain, the region also offers plenty of short, exciting jaunts with amazing views that kids can scale.

1. VROMAN’S NOSE. 1.5 miles round trip. A mostly gentle climb, with some steep sections, that leads to sweeping views of surrounding farmland. The large, flat summit is known as “The Dance Floor.” Park on Mill Valley Road in Middleburgh.

2. TROUT POND. 3 miles round trip. A pleasant walk on an old woods road up to a scenic lake. A side trail on the way overlooks a waterfall. Great fishing and camping opportunities. Park on Russell Brook Road near Roscoe.

3. FRICK POND. 2.2 miles round trip. A level hike through forests, swamps and meadows along the shoreline of Frick Pond. Can be muddy. Park on Beech Mountain Road, Livingston Manor.

4. TANBARK TRAIL. 2 miles round trip. A climb up to impressive views of Phoenicia, the Esopus Creek and surrounding high peaks. Trailhead at Parish Field, Phoenicia.  Read more

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