Features and Upcoming Events

A pond on your property provides recreation and dinner

Are you thinking about building a pond in your backyard? Many people prize backyard ponds strictly for their recreational use and the tremendous boost they naturally add to your property’s value.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t have your fish and swim with them too — the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has some useful information about stocking and fishing from your own backyard pond. To ensure a farm pond will provide decent fishing for many years, it is important for pond owners to practice good management practices.


Chillin' and Drillin'


READY TO HELP — Titan Drilling Corp. in Arkville was established nearly 50 years ago. The company specializes in: water filtration, complete well installations, hammer drilling, well drilling (including residential/commercial and industrial/municipal) and pump sales and service. For more information, please call 845 586-4000.


Geothermal makes economic and environmental sense

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have both endorsed ground source heat pump (GSHP or “geo-thermal”) systems as among the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly heating, cooling, and water heating systems available. In a 1993 report, the EPA concluded that geothermal technologies represent a major opportunity for reducing national energy use and pollution, while delivering comfort, reliability and savings to homeowners.


Bag Ali presents its collection on May 14

Margaretville — Bag Ali will present its Fabulous Spring Collection of Handbags and Accessories at Margaretville Hospital on Wednesday, May 14 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the hospital lobby.


Have some soup with your history

Fleischmanns — If you like your soup and salad served with a side of history, you’ll want to visit Spillian, the former mansion of the Fleischmann family, on Sunday, April 27 when some of the proceeds from the weekly, all-you-can eat Soup Sunday event will go to the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM).
At 3 p.m., Spillian partner Leigh Melander, Ph.D., will share stories and images of the Fleischmann family and the history of the Fleischmanns Park House, newly reborn as Spillian: A Place to Revel, an inn and retreat center, located at 50 Todd Mountain Road.


Belleayre Music Festival brings Buddy Guy and lots of diverse talent

Blues great Buddy Guy, “Redneck Woman” Gretchen Wilson and five nights of top-flight jazz shows are among the highlights of the 2014 season at the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount. Tickets go on sale April 15.
The new season promises to be one of Belleayre’s most diverse lineups. The action starts with a night of classics on Saturday, July 5 when the Belle­ayre Festival Orchestra Per­forms The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony featuring conductor Brent Havens, vocalist Brody Dolyniuk and a full rock band.


Riley the Dog gets surgery and a new home

By Jay Braman Jr.
Riley, the young Staffordshire terrier who has been in the Town of Shandaken dog pound, has a new life as of last Friday.
Readers of the Catskill Mountain News may recall Riley from a story a month ago about the dog’s need for surgery to correct a painful knee problem.
Shandaken Animal Control Officer Nancy Hudler mounted an online fundraising campaign to raise the $2,000 needed for Riley’s surgery.


Roosevelt, Burroughs and the Trip that Saved Nature, Part Six

Chapter Six: The Circle of Life
When he was planning the trip to Yellowstone, President Roosevelt was also planning to do some hunting.
He knew he couldn’t hunt deer or elk in the park. The idea of camping out then includ­ed finding your own food, but they could still fish there, and John Burroughs was an excellent fisherman. Camping out didn’t have to mean just beans and bacon.


Lincoln Day May 2 dinner to honor first female supervisor

This year’s Lincoln Day Dinner will honor Wanita Lewis, the first woman elected to the office of town supervisor in Delaware County. The dinner will be held on Friday, May 2, at the Delhi American Legion, according to Maria Kelso, Dela­ware County Republican Chairwoman. 


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