Spring Open House

Early season leads to record bear hunt in southern New York

Above: The 580-pound bear Greene County hunter Tim Meservey shot during the early season in September 2014. Photo courtesy of Tim Meservey.

Bear hunters in New York's Southern Zone killed a record 1,110 bears in 2014, according to harvest figures that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released on Monday, April 13. That's 12 percent more than the previous record of 983 bears taken in the Southern Zone in 2011.

The record harvest is likely due to a new early bear hunting season that ran from Sept. 6 to Sept. 21 in portions of the Catskills and the western Hudson Valley, DEC officials say.

Catskills hunters in in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties killed 893 bears in 2014, according to an analysis of the DEC's hunt data by the Watershed Post. In the Catskills, hunters killed 294 bears during the new early season and 599 during the bow hunting, muzzleloading and regular seasons, which occur later in the fall.

The Catskills towns with the highest bear harvests are Hancock, with 34 bears killed; Wawarsing, with 32; Tusten, with 31; Rochester, with 27; and Mamakating, with 24.  Read more

This weekend: Ashokan Watershed Conference

The Ashokan Reservoir, the oldest of New York City's reservoirs in the Catskills, was mostly built by hand, with picks and shovels. That's one of the tidbits you'll learn at the Ashokan Watershed Conference, held this weekend at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge.

History is the theme of this year's conference, which is called "Back to the Future." (The organizers riff on the movie of the same name in their promo materials. Who says that watershed managers don't have senses of humor?)

The keynote speaker is Bob Steud­ing, a historian who wrote about the mammoth project of building the dam in his book, "The Last of the Hand­made Dams." George Fowler, an engineer, will talk about the history of stream management.

Other sessions will focus on the invasive species that are destroying the hemlock and ash trees around the Catskills and the perennially urgent topic of flooding.   Read more

Think green...the green fairways of Golf

Not too soon to Save the Date for the Margaretville Health Foundation 2015 Golf Tournament at College Golf Course in Delhi taking place Thursday, August 6th. 

For a list of Business Sponsorhip Levels please call 845-586-2631 Extension 3181 and speak to Liz Warren or email [email protected]

The bikes are back in town! Local outfitter Storehouse is bringing bike rentals back to Phoenicia

From atop the Mt. Tremper fire tower.

Since Mike’s Bikes shut down over a year ago, visitors to Phoenicia wanting to cruise around town on two wheels have been out of luck. But that all changes this summer when Tim and Jess Luby of Storehouse in Phoenicia bring bike rentals back to the village. Tim says of the decision to have the shop rent bikes, “Lots of people come up here without a car and for them, having access to a bike really opens things up. Since we’re all about the outdoors, we thought it made perfect sense for us to take bike rentals on.” Jess adds, “Really, we’re getting the bikes to enable people to enjoy attractions near Phoenicia that are just a bit too far to walk to. For instance, the trailhead to the Mt. Tremper Fire Tower and the new Long Path section are basically just a mile away. And there are a couple of swimming holes nearby, too.”

Bike rentals will cost $25 for the day and for an additional $10, bikes can be kept overnight. Rentals will be available starting Memorial Day weekend.

Storehouse
60 Main St.
Phoenicia, NY 12464
845-688-3143
Facebook.com/storehouse

Gone fishin': Anglers celebrate on a freezing opening day

Above: Boys Fishing, by Amanda Lee Popp. Submitted to the 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest. 

April Fool’s day is the first day of fishing season in New York state, and it's playing a freezing cold joke on hopeful anglers vying to catch the first trout of the year.

It's a cold and icy beginning to trout season, with a high of only 38 degrees and snow falling over Cairns Pool on the Beaverkill, according to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum’s Facebook page. Nevertheless, trout were reportedly caught there today, the center reports.

Above: The ice-covered Upper Delaware River on Monday, March 30. Photo by Tony Ritter, via Twitter.   Read more

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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The Margaretville Health Foundation has established a Planned Giving program offering numerous financial and tax advantages to those who participate. A planned gift is any major gift, made from the assets of a donor- in lifetime or at death-as part of your overall financial and estate planning. Our goal is to create an endowment fund that sustains the hospital and nursing home for thelong term.

Our focus is for maintaining, improving and innovating long term sustainabilityfor the Margaretville Campus. The Margaretville Health Foundation’s planned giving program is something that you can create to benefit you and your family today and establish a legacy, while also ensuring that vital human care programs are available for generations to come.

There are 3 types of planned gifts:

• Outright gifts that use appreciated assets as a substitute for cash

• Gifts that return income or other financial benefits to the donor in return for the contribution

• Gifts payable upon the donors death  Read more

Klock Kingston, HealthAlliance Foundations Purchase New Chairs for Dialysis Center

Above: Frank J. Piccoli of Kingston receives dialysis in one of the HealthAlliance Dialysis Center’s new medical recliners.

Kingston, N.Y. – March 27, 2015 – Patients at the HealthAlliance Dialysis Center can now look forward to a more comfortable experience. Thirty-four brand-new medical recliners, purchased with a generous gift from the Klock Kingston Foundation and support from the HealthAlliance Foundation, await those who come to the center at 37 Albany Ave. in Kingston for treatment several times each week.

“We are so grateful for the new chairs,” said certified registered nurse and Dialysis Center Director Cheryl Ostrander. According to Ostrander, the Dialysis Center serves 140 people who receive treatment for about 12 hours each week. After 14 years of heavy use, the old chairs were no longer comfortable for patients required to sit for 3 to 4 hours at a time.

The Klock Kingston Foundation contributed $25,000 toward the replacement of the recliners.  Read more

Woodstock gas station manager stole $48,000 in lottery tickets, police say

Above: The Cumberland Farms convenience store on Mill Hill Road in Woodstock. Photo via Google Street View. 

While Peter Dinnocenzo was managing Woodstock's Cumberland Farms gas station convenience store on Mill Hill Road in Ulster County in 2013 and 2014, he was stealing $48,000 in lottery scratch-off tickets, the New York State Police said this week.

Left: Peter Dinnocenzo, via the New York State Police.  Read more

Six new Catskills publications cater to urban transplants

Above: An image from Catskill Made, a new digital publication. Photo of milkweed by Tom Smith.

Along with maple syrup and the first red blush of buds on the mountainsides, spring is bringing a bloom of new publications devoted to covering the culture, arts and lifestyle of the Catskills — through the eyes of flatlanders.

These days, urbanites are fleeing to the Catskills from New York City in droves. If you ask them why, they say that they're searching for something -- a kind of authenticity absent from more citifed environs.

“We yearned for a place with a slower pace of life, fewer pretensions, friendlier people, and more authenticity — something we had always experienced on our trips here," said Alecia Eberhardt, a new arrival to the Catskills who is the editor of Catskill Made, a new digital quarterly journal that launched on March 21. "So in the summer of 2013 we made the leap, and almost two years later, here we are.”  Read more


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