Olive Scouts plan aqueduct hike

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors at its meeting July 5, heard from leaders of Olive Boy Scout Troop 163 which is planning a once-in-a-lifetime trek from the Ashokan Reservoir to New York City August 19 through 27.

Scoutmaster Keith Davis and Committee Chairman Rob Overton, accompanied by their 12-year-old sons Billy Davis and Blake Overton, described the expedition that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the troop, one of the first Boy Scout troops established in the U.S.

Innovative lodging choice in the Catskills

By Jennifer Kabat
Drive along Route 28 and the signs for cottages and motels roll by. The places are easy to ignore, some turned into apartments with the kind of rural neglect, a car jacked up on blocks, the lawn gone to weeds, that suggests better days.

DEC chief and Gov. Cuomo want fracking ban in watershed

By Jay Braman Jr.
The top official in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a statement saying that hydrofracking can be done safely with precautions but that it should not be allowed to occur within the New York City Watershed, or any other watershed in the state.

DEC, DEP continue use of Round-up despite link to birth defects

By Pauline Liu
Both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) plan to continue local spraying of the world’s best selling weed killer, Roundup, despite a report released last month raising questions about its threat to public health.

Business boomed over holiday weekend

By Pauline Liu
Rain is rarely a welcome event in the tourism industry, but according to a number of area businesses, Sunday’s thunderstorms turned out to be a blessing in disguise. As rain fell in sheets and lightening filled the skies, throngs of holiday visitors ran for cover. Many sought refuge in nearby shops and restaurants. 

For some businesses, which were already enjoying a steady turnout of holiday customers, it almost seemed as though Mother Nature was raining liquid gold.

Family Tree filming wraps


By Brian Sweeney
Filming of an independent movie titled “Family Tree,” taking place for the past few weeks in Mt. Tremper has wrapped up.

The small, independent film is being primarily shot at a private home that was found after a lengthy search.

The film stars John Slattery (“Mad Men”), Jena Malone (“Sucker Punch”) and Gabrielle Union (“Good Deeds”).

The filmmakers provided the following synopsis of the local production.

Rain creates woes for local farmers

By Pauline Liu
Despite a  steady downpour, the Fleischmanns Farmers’ Market was set up in the parking lot off Main Street on Sunday.  It illustrated just the latest in a series challenges that the region’s farmers have faced courtesy of Mother Nature.

CWT elects new board of directors

By Jay Braman Jr.
Elections were held last month for the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Watershed Towns, a regional advocacy group that represents the residents of the New York City Watershed, a region that covers territory in Delaware, Ulster, Schoharie, Greene and Sullivan counties.
On Monday Board Chairman Dennis Lucas was pleased to make the announcement. “They all took their positions at our last meeting, held on the third Monday of June,” he said.

The number of representatives for each county are determined by the size of the watershed within each.

High school commencements time to reflect and look ahead

By Pauline Liu
Graduation time is an annual rite of summer that’s generally accompanied by warm weather and barbecues. So it was with much anticipation that commencement ceremonies were held last weekend for the classes of 2011 at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools.
Twelve seniors graduated from Andes on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. The graduates were Joshua Bonifacic, Nathan Eagle, Peter Fabrykiewicz, Travis Fairbairn, Thomas Falco, Gabrielle Harp, Isabella Mincarelli, Eric Reed, Cameron Roberts, Gina Tait, Kayla Weaver, and Ian Wright.

Krueger says farewell to Pine Hill Center

By Jay Braman Jr.
He was there at the beginning 10 years ago. He helped mold it, shape it, save it, maintain it, and do everything else that a community center needs in order to thrive.
And now, for Pine Hill resident James Krueger, it is time to move on.
Though a talented singer/songwriter, Krueger is perhaps best known in the region as the Executive Director of the Pine Hill Community Center, a thriving non-profit entity that Krueger has been involved with since it was created a decade ago.
Krueger sent word of his departure to the Catskill Mountain News last week.

Difficult choice

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