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Body and Health Winners

Marilyn Donnelly, Nursing Director at Margaretville Hospital, selects winners of the Margaretville Health Foundation Valentines Day Raffle. Congratulations to winners Pete Curran (Emerson Spa massage), Mike O'Brien (Delhi Cardio Club membership), Debbie Troup (Bodyworx Life Coaching) and Dana Atkin (Catskill Recreation Center membership). Pictured l to r: Amy McCann, Foundation Board Member, Marilyn Donnelly, Iris Mead, Foundation Development Coordinator. Thank you to our partner businesses for donating Body and Health gift certificates.
Thank you to the community for supporting healthcare in the Central Catskills.

Flooding possible throughout Catskills

Rain falling on frozen ground may lead to flooding across the Catskills on Tuesday, Feb. 16, according to the National Weather Service in Albany and Binghamton. 

The western Catskills counties of Delaware and Sullivan are under a flood advisory until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, according to NWS Binghamton:

SEVERAL AREAS OF MINOR PONDING OF WATER...AND STREET FLOODING HAVE BEEN REPORTED TODAY ACROSS THE REGION DUE TO HEAVY RAIN AND MELTING SNOW. SLUSH CLOGGED DRAINS HAVE BEEN THE CAUSE OF MOST OF THE FLOODING.

SMALL STREAMS HAVE BEEN RISING RAPIDLY WITHIN THEIR BANKS OVER PARTS OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND THE SOUTHERN TIER OF NEW YORK.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL THROUGH THE LATE AFTERNOON OF ONE HALF TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH IS LIKELY...WHICH WILL CAUSE ADDITIONAL MINOR FLOODING OF POOR DRAINAGE AND LOW LYING AREAS INTO THIS EVENING.  Read more

How to spend Valentine's Day in the Catskills

Above: Miss Kitty's Saloon, one of the suites at the Roxbury Motel. Image via the Roxbury Motel website. 

According to legend, Saint Valentine was a pretty wild character who was incarcerated and executed for performing illegal marriages back in the third century, so there’s more to celebrate this Sunday, Feb. 14 than the memory of excruciating grade school card swaps.

So reclaim Valentine’s day from the mass-market chocolatiers and minions of mediocrity and celebrate his legacy of radical love with dining, partying, music and fun in the Catskills. Make a weekend of it: we’ve listed a few local hotels and inns that are running lovefest specials.

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Teachout to run for 19th district, putting political spotlight on Catskills

Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout ended weeks of speculation on Monday, Jan. 25 by announcing her candidacy for outgoing Republican Congressman Chris Gibson’s 19th congressional district seat, which represents the Catskills and the Hudson Valley in New York.

Left: Zephyr Teachout. Photo by Digital Media, via Wikimedia Commons. 

Teachout’s announcement puts the Catskills region, formerly a gerrymandered political backwater before a judicial redistricting effort in 2012, at the center of New York State politics.  Read more

"Not your grandfather's Catskills:" Forum crosses county lines to talk tourism

Above: Tom Joyce of Andes in Delaware County, Lisa Lyons of Livingston Manor in Sullivan County and Robert Eggleton of the town of Rockland in Sullivan County talk about a map of the Catskills at a Jan. 23 forum about tourism and economic development in the region. Photo by Rebecca Andre.

At a forum at the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in the Delaware County town of Arkville on Saturday, Jan. 23, officials from four Catskills counties agreed that tourism is key to the economic future of the Catskills region.

"This is not your grandfather's Catskills," said Geddy Sveikauskas, who led the discussion. Sveikauskas is the founder of the Woodstock Times newspaper and a member of the board of the Catskill Center.

In front of an audience of 23 people, representatives from the town of Andes in Delaware County, the town of Hunter in Greene County, the hamlet of Livingston Manor in Sullivan County and the town of Woodstock in Ulster County brainstormed ways to work together to attract more tourists to the Catskills.  Read more

Route 28 grow house busted in Shokan

A Shokan man was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 14 after town of Olive police found a "substantial" marijuana growing operation in a house on Route 28, according to a press release from the Ulster County Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team.

According to the release, 44-year-old Kyung-Ku La is the sole occupant of a residence at 3097 Route 28 in Shokan.

On Jan. 14, a residential alarm went off at the property. Police responding to the alarm noticed a "strong smell" of marijuana coming from inside the structure.

After police obtained a search warrant for the property, they found "over 22 pounds of marijuana in all stages of preparation" inside, they say.

La was charged with felony possession of marijuana in the first degree and unlawfully growing cannabis, a misdemeanor, police say.

Update: A previous version of this story included an image from Google Street View of a barn located on the parcel where the pot bust occurred. We've removed the image. 

100 years since Catskills water came to NYC

Above: A view of the downstream face of the Olivebridge dam in 1911 as it was under construction as part of the soon-to-be-flooded Ashokan Reservoir. Image via the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program. Used with permission.

One hundred years ago, on the evening of December 27, 1915, clean drinking water from the Ashokan Reservoir, located in the Catskill Mountains near the Ulster County town of Woodstock, arrived in New York City taps for the first time.

It was a quiet milestone, according to an article published by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection on Tumblr.

The Ashokan Reservoir had begun filling its 128-billion-gallon basin two years before, in 1913. In November 1915, water from the Ashokan began flowing through miles of tunnels towards New York City, 100 miles south. In December, it reached its first customers in the Bronx:  Read more

Zephyr Teachout greets Delaware Co. Democrats, mulls run for Congress

Above: Zephyr Teachout, right, a potential Democratic candidate for the 19th U.S. Congressional District seat, spoke with town of Andes Supervisor Bud Gladstone on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at a gathering in Delhi. Photo by Robert Cairns. 

Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham University professor who ran an unsuccessful primary campaign against Andrew Cuomo for governor of New York in 2014, is eyeing a run for the 19th U.S. Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson.

Teachout, a Democrat, greeted about 50 supporters on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Shire Pub in Delhi. Despite a social media campaign by organizers of the event, Teachout said she had only expected to meet with Delaware County Democratic Committee Chairman Tom Schimmerling and “one or two other people.”

“I'm trying to decide whether I'm going to run for Congress,” she said.

She said, however, that she has not made that decision. “I have a timeline in my head which I'm not going to tell you, but I'll promise I'm going to decide within the next couple weeks.”  Read more

Squalls, wind and lake effect snow forecast for Catskills

Above: Radar shows a band of nasty winter weather heading for the Catskills on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 12. Image via NWS Binghamton.

Snow squalls, lake effect snow, high winds and general weather nastiness are forecast for portions of the Catskills this afternoon, Tuesday, Jan. 12, and into tonight and early tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 13. 

Three to six inches of lake effect snow may fall in the Schoharie Valley between 7 p.m. tonight and 7 a.m. tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service in Albany

Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour may hit through the Catskills region between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. tomorrow, according to NWS Albany

Snow squalls bearing gusty winds and up to an inch of snow may appear throughout the entire Catskills region tonight, NWS Albany reports

Clearly, it's not a great night for travelling. We're already getting reports of crashes and overturned vehicles on Route 28 in Ulster County. Are you seeing crashes and trouble out there? Let us know. Email us or comment on this story. 

The ABCs of snowshoeing

Above: Snowshoes at Catskill Mountain Storehouse. Photo by Tim Luby. 

Now that winter has arrived in the Catskills in earnest, it’s time to break out the snowshoes. If you’ve never tried hiking with snowshoes, read on for a guide on how to choose, size and use this winter-weather hiking gear. Remember: If you can walk, you can snowshoe.

One of the first things you need to consider is the type of snowshoes to get. Snowshoes for local parks or trails or the rolling fairways of golf courses have some different characteristics from those designed for the steep terrain of mountain hiking. Forget about those attractive wooden snowshoes with the leather lacing. They belong above the fireplace in your family room or camp.

Size matters: Many retailers or online charts will ask how much you weigh and how heavy a pack you'll be carrying. That combined weight theoretically translates into the size of snowshoe you'll wear. However, unless you belong in the waif category, that formula will have you walking out of the store with a 28-inch or 30-inch pair of foot gondolas.  Read more


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