Features and Upcoming Events

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. 


Pilgrim Holiness special services

Special services are in progress at the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Grand Gorge each evening at 7:30 p.m. from April 8 to April 13 and then at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 13.
The speaker for the special services is the Rev. Dale Hayford. Special singing will also be offered at each of the services.


John Burroughs lecture on April 12 will focus on wild places in the Catskills

The Spring 2014 Roxbury Burroughs Lecture, sponsored by John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge, will be held Sat., April 12 at 2 p.m. at the Historic Masonic Hall on Bridge Street (2335 Co. Highway 41).
Dr. Daniel Payne, professor of English at SUNY Oneonta, author and noted Burroughs scholar, will offer a look at “John Burroughs’ Wild Places: The Catskills and Adirondacks.”
There is no admission charge; donations towards the continued upkeep and restoration of Woodchuck Lodge will be gratefully accepted.


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