Illinois woman dies after fall from Arkville bridge abutment

By Julia Green
A 26-year-old Illinois woman died at approximately 10:30 Monday night after she apparently fell 12 to 15 feet off a railroad bridge abutment just east of Arkville and landed on rocks alongside the Bushkill stream. Killed in the accident was Lynne N. Jaeger of Caseyville, Illinois.

Catskill Center annual meeting set for July 19

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development will hold its 39th Annual Membership Meeting on the grounds of the historic Erpf House in Arkville on Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Catskill native and author Bob Steuding will speak about the social history of the high peaks from his forthcoming book being published by Purple Mountain Press, The Heart of the Catskills.

Peg Ellsworth named MARK Group director

Peg Ellsworth, Roxbury’s community resources director, has been named executive director of the MARK Group, said MARK Board President Ernest Steiglehner on Friday.
“It was a consensus decision for all of us on the search committee and affirmed unanimously by our board,” said Steiglehner. “Peg has great experience working with communities. What really sold us was her detailed plan for how to move the organization forward in the next six months and how to interact closely with all the communities we serve, because that community work is MARK’s strong suit and central to our mission.”

Lisa Rainwater is named new Catskill Center director

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development announced Monday that Lisa Rainwater will be its new executive director. 
Formerly the policy director at Riverkeeper in Tarrytown, Rainwater will be introduced to the members at The Catskill Center’s annual meeting on July 19 and take the helm in early August. In making the announcement, Catskill Center Board Chair Claude Shostal said, “We are pleased to welcome Lisa Rainwater as The Catskill Center’s new executive director. Her passion for the Catskills will further strengthen our connection to local communities, while her spirit and enthusiasm will generate new bonds and partnerships throughout the region. We look forward to embarking on this new journey, with Lisa’s years of community advocacy, government relations, and strategic planning guiding the way.”

Author Stradling at Catskill Center for book signing

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in Arkville will host a lecture and book signing on Saturday, June 14 at 1 p.m. featuring author David Stradling. 
His recent book, Making Mountains: New York City and the Catskills was described by William Cronon, University of Wisconsin, Madison as “the finest modern history yet written of the Catskills.”

MARK Group celebrates 30 years of service

By Jill Ribich
The MARK Group celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala dinner and party at the upper lodge of the Belleayre Ski Center Saturday evening. The event was attended by over 150 past and present board members, founders, supporters, and recipients of the work of the MARK Group.

Dry Brook Ridge hike June 7

Join The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in a celebration of National Trails Day on a hike up the Dry Brook Ridge Trail on Saturday, June 7.
The fabled Dry Brook Ridge overlooks Arkville and runs from Margaretville and the East Branch of the Delaware River south over Balsam Lake Mountain to the Beaver Kill. This difficult 15-mile hike will be split into two sections, allowing participants the opportunity to join one or both legs of the journey.

Great prizes, food, music at fund-raiser

Two iPods – an 80-gigabyte Classic holding 20,000 songs plus video and a 1-gig Nano holding 1,000 songs plus video, a Hewlett-Packard all-in-one printer/scanner/copier, a finely crafted “thread art” walking stick, a framed photo of the prerenovation Round Barn, an antique tabletop butter churn and a painting by a local artist of a mountainside under threat are among the items to be auctioned off this Saturday afternoon, May 24, at a fund-raising event to Save the Mountain.

DURR stokes up for new rail season

The Catskill Mountains spring back to life on Memorial Day weekend, as cars at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad in Arkville chug out of the station once again for a season of fun and adventure.
“Whether you’re a mountain regular or a first time visitor, you haven’t truly experienced authentic mountain life until you and your family enjoy a ride on the rails. You’ll be transported back in time with the rhythmic rumble and clatter that once ferried folks throughout these hills and valleys,” commented Executive Director Dave Riordan.

Artist-in-Residence program opens


The opening reception for the 11th Annual Platte Clove Artists-in-Residence Exhibition will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery on Route 28 in Arkville.

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