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Happy Father's Day Wishes

Between meals: Catskills-style coffee breaks

Above: Phoenicia’s Mama’s Boy Market serves homemade baked goods and a selection of snacks from local purveyors.

Residents of the Catskills are often people who thrive on privacy and peace, but it’s also important that the commons contain ample opportunities to get off of the farm and out of the woods to socialize. Happily, we’re blessed with a fine selection of coffee shops and casual cafés that showcase coffee curation and offer sweet and savory snacks.

Bread Alone Bakery (breadalone.com, multiple locations) has been doing the bakery-café thing for decades, and has two Catskills shops: the main headquarters on Route 28 in Boiceville, and a satellite café in Woodstock. Flour milled to spec, locally sourced fresh dairy and wood-fired ovens are some of the ingredients in its well-loved recipes.  Read more

10% Off All-American Appetizers for Fourth of July Events

To kick off the month of June, we are excited to announce a new Fourth of July All-American Appetizer sale! Throughout the month of June, we will be offering a 10% discount on the following appetizers:

· Savoir Fare Greek Mini Lamb Burger (179040)

· Savoir Fare Buffalo Chicken Taco (179035)

· Savoir Fare Manhattan Mini Reuben (179028)

· Savoir Fare Southwest Salmon (179006)  Read more

Black Bear, a Controversy in the Catskills

By John MacNaught, Wildlife Specialist for the Catskill Forst Association

The population of black bear in the Catskill region is steadily rising. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) 2013 annual black bear harvest summary, 636 bears were taken in 2013 in the southeastern zone of New York State. This number is up from the 2012 hunting season which had a take of 442 bears, and is also higher than the previous five year average of 521 bears taken per season. A higher black bear take may indicate a larger population of bears within the southeastern hunting zone, though harvest success is also factored by natural food availability, weather, and hunter participation.  Read more

Two Esopus men arrested after home invasion burglary

Two Esopus men have been arrested after they allegedly entered a house and attacked people inside, damaging the house and causing minor injuries to the victims.

On Sunday, May 25, police responded to a report of an altercation at a residence in Esopus around 11:25 p.m., according to the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office. Police said victims reported that two males, later identified as Jurgen J. Ladstetter, 43, and Jerry Barnes-Payne, 19, both of 20 Rifton Terrace, Esopus, attacked them and “caused damage to the building.”

According to police, the two allegedly held “cutting instruments” while they threatened the victims.

The victims sustained “minor injuries” after a brief struggle with Ladstetter and Barnes-Payne, who then fled the scene.

Barnes-Payne was apprehended near the residence and Ladstetter several hours later, according to police. The two were charged with first-degree burglary, a felony.  Read more

Scout's Honor: Earn Catskills Badges

This summer, channel your inner Eagle Scout in the Catskills: Earn one of our outdoor badges by hiking a fire tower or paddling a reservoir. (That’s right, “earn”: Our Catskills badges can’t be bought.)

The 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide is proud to present our 2014 Catskills Badge Program, which features two limited-edition embroidered badges: the brand-new Catskill Reservoir Paddler Badge and the popular Catskill Fire Towers Badge. They’re perfect for sewing onto a sash, a backpack or your favorite pair of Carhartts.

The badge program is simple: Boat a New York City reservoir or hike a fire tower in the Catskills, send us proof of your adventure (see details below), and you get your very own real-deal badge. You can’t buy these beauties in a store; you’ll have to earn them the old-fashioned way. So get out there and show us what you can do.  Read more

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for western Catskills

Above: The National Weather Service in Binghamton warns of an eastward-bound line of thunderstorms moving across the New York-Pennsylvania border.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued Tuesday afternoon for central New York and the western Catskills region, including Delaware and Sullivan counties. The watch is in effect until 9 p.m.

Hudson Valley Weather writes that the storms in the forecast are the result of an incoming cold front that could send temperatures plunging for the next week or so. 

The Catskills region may be in for some fierce storms this evening, which could bring hail as well as rain. But the approaching thunderstorms aren't likely to top 2013's Memorial Day weekend weather, when snowstorms blanketed the highest peaks of the Catskills in white.

Celebrating the trout

The 25-foot-long Giant Brook Trout, a creation of local artist Bud Wertheim, is a regular at Livingston Manor’s annual Trout Parade. Photo by Tyler Young; courtesy of Manor Ink (manorink.com).

The Catskills region is renowned as the cradle of American dry fly-fishing. It’s the place where, in the 1800s, local anglers first began to alter English flies into shapes and patterns that mimic our own native insects.

Today, the fly-tier’s art thrives in the Catskills. Roscoe, known as “Trout Town, USA,” boasts several excellent fly-fishing shops and many local fishing guides. Phoenicia, where an important angling history collection was gutted by a 2011 fire at the local library, is now home to a digital trove of local fly-fishing lore, with a detailed hatch chart that tracks the dates of local hatches and the flies used to mimic them (catskillanglingcollection.org).

But in the Catskills, it’s not just fly-fishers who revere the trout. The native brook trout and stocked browns and rainbows that run through the cold, clear waters of the Catskills’ many creeks are part of the soul of the community — and when fishing season rolls around, everyone celebrates.  Read more

The winners of the 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest

Each year, we ask readers of the Watershed Post and our Catskills Outdoor Guide to send us their best photos of the Catskills great outdoors. This year, 68 talented photographers from around the Catskills region entered our 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest

Thanks to our contest sponsor, Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian, who generously offered a dinner for two to our grand prize winner. 

Grand Prize Winner

"Eagle Landing," taken in Narrowsburg by Harry Rampe (shown above). 

Second Place

"Kids and Kids," taken at the West Branch Creamery in Delaware County by Dave Turan.

Third Place

“Mt. Utsayantha,” taken from the top of the Mt. Utsayantha Fire Tower in Stamford by Christopher Mooney.

Fourth Place

“Big Indian Leaves,” taken in Big Indian by Michael LoBianco.

Editor's Prize

A special Editor’s Prize goes to Susan Sainsbury, whose photo “Canoeing at the Roxbury Swamp” appears on the 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide cover.

Honorable Mentions

Honorable mentions go to the following photos, which appear in this year’s print Catskills Outdoor Guide: “World Cup Mountain Bike Races at Windham” by Karl Anshanslin, “Newman’s Ledge on the Escarpment Trail” by Jessica Wilson, “Canoe On The Lake” by Courtney Ross, “Kayak Fishing on the West Branch” by Ryan Brown, “Delaware River, July 2013” by Jody Bryan and “Diane ‘n Fish” by Sonny Somelofski.

This article originally appeared in the print version of the 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide, our annual publication covering recreation in the Catskills great outdoors. The Catskills Outdoor Guide is distributed across the Catskills region and at select locations in the NYC metropolitan area. Find a copy near you here. 

Below: A Flickr slideshow of all of the entries in the 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest.

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A five-step guide to boating the Catskills reservoirs

Above: The largest of New York City’s reservoirs, the 15-mile-long Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware County supplies almost a quarter of the city’s drinking water. Photo by John Kocijanski of Catskills Photography.

Four of New York City’s six reservoirs in the Catskills — Pepacton, Schoharie, Cannonsville and Neversink — are open to canoes, kayaks, rowboats and small sailboats from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. The reservoirs hold drinking water for roughly 9.4 million people, and New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is pretty vigilant about keeping them clean. So before you get out on the water, you’ll have to jump through a few hoops.

To boat the reservoirs, you must have a free DEP access permit; if you’re planning on boating more than one reservoir, you’ll need a separate access permit for each. You’ll also need a boat that has been steam cleaned by an authorized steam-cleaning vendor. (Steam cleaning helps stop the spread of invasive plants, animals and other organisms that could harm water quality or the ecology of the reservoirs.) And you must use a DEP-designated launch area for putting in and taking out your boat, which can be only a kayak, canoe, rowboat, scull or small sailboat: No gas-powered boats allowed.  Read more


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