Ed Ostapczuk is face, voice of Catskill fly-fishing

Sportsman also a prolific writer about angling

For many in the region, Ed Ostapczuk is the face and voice of Catskill fly-fishing. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Fishing, hunting pursuits guided Lenny Millen to Catskills

Region provides an ideal lifestyle, outdoor pursuits

Like so many fly fishermen and those who study streams, Lenny Millen seems cool and detached on the surface. But the minute the conversation turns to stream management, the passion roiling just under the surface bubbles up.  More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Catskills native John Hoeko opens fly-fishing shop

New career has been dream since a young age

Like so many trout in the region’s streams, John Hoeko is a natural. Raised in Fleischmanns, Hoeko began fishing Catskill waters shortly after learning to walk. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Many anglers put faith in ‘East Branch Special’ fly

Recently, I visited Del-Sports, Inc. in Margaretville, owned and operated by Dave Budin and not that far from the banks of the East Branch of the Delaware River above New York City’s Pepacton Reservoir. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Lifelong fly-fishing passion leads to Fur, Feather and Steel Fly Shop opening

Fleischmanns enterprise offers fly-tying and fishing lessons, guiding services and retail space

A longtime passion for fly-fishing has turned into a business venture for Fleischmanns native John Hoeko. Last Saturday, John opened Fur, Feathers and Steel at 1121 Main Street, Fleischmanns. More...

Posted 3/15/2016 05:31 PM

GRBA held meeting at Union Grove

Group provided business updates

Union Grove Distillery in Arkville was the setting for the monthly business mixer of the Greater Roxbury Business Association (GRBA) on Tuesday, Feb. 23.  More...

Posted 3/1/2016 05:38 PM

Building Update

PHASE TWO — Beaverdam Builders of Roxbury construct- ed this home, between Grand Gorge and Prattsville, 37 years ago. More...

Posted 2/23/2016 05:57 PM

In The Grove

AT LAST — Union Grove Distillery owners Brian Mulder (on ladder) and Todd Pascarella check out their equipment last week in preparation for this week's opening of the new business on Rt. More...

Posted 2/9/2016 07:55 PM

Church turned art studio was Roxbury business mixer venue

Owners transform former church into studio space

“I’m fascinated to be in this Roxbury art studio,” said Laszlo Vajtay, co-owner of Plattekill Ski Center. “I remember being 11 years old and after skiing, my five younger sisters and I came here to church for Mass.” More...

Posted 2/2/2016 08:26 PM

Cultural opportunities abound in the Catskill Region

The depth and diversity of cultural life in the region is a draw for both residents and visitors. From the arts to the churches, from theater to celebrations of history, from agricultural events to community festivals, there is more than ever to do. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 08:19 PM

Next generation of entrepreneurs settling into leadership roles

Fresh faces are making mark on communities

Jakob Van Benschoten helped settle New Kingston after the City of Kingston was burned in the Revolutionary War. His direct descendents are still here. Ryan Trapani just arrived; called to be a wilderness ranger after growing up in New Paltz. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 08:19 PM

Most lodging owners upbeat on prospects for the upcoming year

Accommodation choices are varied throughout region

Few readers would argue about the impact of hospitality and tourism on the local economy. Sometimes, that seems like all there is. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 08:19 PM

News dedicated to PROGRESS

The PROGRESS EDITION in this week’s edition of the Catskill Mountain News was researched and reported by Joan Lawrence-Bauer.  More...

Posted 1/26/2016 08:19 PM

Community institutions lead the way for PROGRESS

The MARK Project had an incredible year in 2015 and its Executive Director Peg Ells- worth, says the future is bright. “Were on an ascendancy. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 08:19 PM


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Posted 1/26/2016 08:19 PM

WildFlowers marks 20 years in village

Business earns Boardroom Elite floral design prize

Earning a Boardroom Elite award for best floral and event design company isn’t the highlight of Richard Simms’ career. More...

Posted 1/5/2016 08:00 PM

A Bit Of Everything

THERE'S STILL TIME — Roxbury General is among the region 's best “one-stop” shops. More...

Posted 12/22/2015 06:13 PM

Campbell Farm in Andes among area’s newest wedding venues

The growing wedding business in the Catskills has another new venue, this one with Scottish roots that date back to the 1700s.  More...

Posted 12/22/2015 06:14 PM

$6 million Crosby Charitable Trust to benefit students in area communities

Norwich — The Crosby Charitable Trust has announced the establishment of a scholarship fund focusing on deserving students from the towns of Roxbury and Middletown in Del- aware County and the Town of Halcott in Greene County who attend schools More...

Posted 12/15/2015 08:14 PM

Smile & Say Cheese Barrel

ALL STOCKED UP — The Cheese Barrel at the corner of Main and Bridge streets in Margaretville is always a great spot for holiday shopping. More...

Posted 12/15/2015 08:15 PM

Mountain Flame offers many ways to warm up your holidays

The current warm weather spell might not bring Mountain Flame to top of mind right now. But the Arkville business that’s been warming homes since 1980 is still a must stop during the run up to Christmas. More...

Posted 12/15/2015 08:15 PM

Gifts Big & Small

KITCHEN AND MORE — Home Goods of Margaretville, located at 784 Main Street, has a wide selection of items perfect for everyone on your gift list. More...

Posted 12/1/2015 10:03 PM

Lodging & Tourism Association announces pact with rec. center

Lodging members to offer discounts at CRC for guests

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer  The Belleayre Region Lodging and Tourism Association (BRLTA) announced last week that guests at their participating hotel members will be able to use the facilities at Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville during the com More...

Posted 12/1/2015 10:03 PM

Gifts Galore

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE — All creatures great and small… will be happy with gifts from the Village Homemaker this holiday season. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 12:10 AM

Fly-fishing guide work a passion for Mark Loete

From photo career to life on Catskill Mountain waters

Some people are born to fly-fishing in the Catskills while others are floated in, fully grown but fully immersed. Mark Loete is the latter.  More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Fishing, hiking: Will Soter happy to lead the way

Upstate Adventure Guides proprietor knows the Catskills

Will Soter is everywhere! This NYS licensed guide, and the cofounder of Upstate Adventure Guides is out on the trails or in the rivers every chance he gets.  More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Trout Unlimited a vital organization for half-century

Ever since 16 fishermen near Grayling, MI gathered with George Griffith more than 50 years ago, Trout Unlimited (TU) has been guided by the principle that. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Experience the joys of trout fishing in the Catskills:

Region overflows with some of USA’s finest trout fishing

The beautiful and historic Cat- skill Region is steeped in tradition, a destination visited each year by fly fishers eager to test their skills. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Spillian: Perfect Trout Tales setting

If there was ever a better setting than Spillian for a Trout Tales celebration of fly fishing and the history and culture around it, it’s hard to imagine what that setting could be.  More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Clarke Sanford on the joys of angling the Delaware

Editor’s Note: From the archives of the Catskill Mountain News, you can revel in many excellent paeans to the fly fishing experience, particularly from Clarke Sanford (editor 1904-1964), an avid outdoorsman who probably would deem fly fishing the epi More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Changing Hands

MERGING — Branch banks in Andes, Roxbury (above) and Stamford will get new owners later this year, according to a merger agreement announcement last Thursday, March 10. More...

Posted 3/15/2016 05:31 PM

New managers for Roxbury complex opening Calico Rebel Café this week

Will also operate adjacent boutique & Queens Mtn. Inn

Andy McArdle has assumed management of the Roxbury building that formerly housed the Queens Mountain Café, Queens Mountain Inn and the Lerner Gallery and Boutique. More...

Posted 2/23/2016 05:57 PM

Spinelli Tops 4-County MLS in Gross Transaction Sales

Margaretville – Carol Spinelli, licensed real estate salesperson with Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, ranks number one in Gross Transaction Sales in the Otsego/Del- aware MLS for 2015. More...

Posted 2/9/2016 07:55 PM

PROGRESS EDITION: Seeing hope on the horizon

Despite long recession, many reasons for optimism

If you grew up in the Catskill Region and think about “progress,” it’s possible that you’ll scoff at the notion. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 08:19 PM

Brisk real estate sales point to signs of a good year ahead

Brokers, agents saw strong year and more ahead

If real estate agencies, long a staple of local Main Street business communities, are harbingers of things to come, then things are finally looking up in the Catskills. For most, 2015 was a good year. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 08:19 PM

Catskill Mountain venues engaged in brisk wedding business

Many ventures benefitting from rural nuptials

A bright spot on the economic horizon for several years now, the wedding business in the region, shows no signs of slowing. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 08:19 PM

New enterprises play key economic role

Fresh ideas, enthusiasm fuel growth

If the real estate industry saw the greatest jump in sales for 2015, the retail segment of the local economy can boast the biggest number of new business. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 08:19 PM

Third-party websites changing lodging industry

Among the biggest changes in the lodging business in recent years is the way people book lodging through third-party websites and the fact that hundreds of individuals now rent out their private homes to visitors in the region. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 08:19 PM

Area restaurants serve up meals for nearly every taste

The restaurant scene in the region continued to be vibrant during 2015. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 08:19 PM

Contractors say work is good, getting better

For many contractors, 2015 was a decent year and 2016 looks better. Five long-time veterans in the contracting business talked to the News for the Progress Edition and here’s what they had to say:  More...

Posted 1/26/2016 08:19 PM

Smokin’ Boar BBQ pleases palettes and pocketbooks in Phoenicia

Food and family are important to Gloria Buley, and with one step into her new restaurant in the Phoenicia Plaza, people seeking good food become part of the family. More...

Posted 1/12/2016 07:26 PM

New bakery rises as career opportunity

Owner sees chance to pursue a dream

Right when this year’s holiday season began, Pine Hill resident Gillian Johnson found out she was losing her job and she didn’t know what to do. More...

Posted 12/29/2015 07:19 PM

Local shops filled with last-minute gift options

With Christmas looming and New Year’s not far behind, chances are there are still gifts to buy. Following our 2015 shop-local theme, we’ve compiled a list of go-to places and ideas to round out the celebration season. One Stop Shops More...

Posted 12/22/2015 06:13 PM


HOLIDAY CHEER — Spirit shops are always “in season” and Roxbury Wine and Spirits has a great collection of holiday gift boxes, wines and stocking stuffers along with local and regio More...

Posted 12/22/2015 06:13 PM

Changing gears, Chris Dabritz returns to help operate family business

Will assist father in operation of B&D Motors

When Thomas Wolfe wrote You Can’t Go Home Again, he had not met Chris Dabritz, who this year, came home again to join his dad, Joe Dabritz at B & D Motors in Margaretville. More...

Posted 12/22/2015 06:14 PM

Brookside chock full of special holiday gifts

The Brookside Hardware “family” is ready for the holidays with the stockings hung and lots of goodies on the shelves for holiday shoppers. More...

Posted 12/15/2015 08:15 PM

‘Sole of the Catskills’ reopens in Fleischmanns

Foothills Shoe Co. has new stomping grounds

Fleischmanns — After eight years on Margaretville’s Main Street, the Foothills Shoe Company is poised for its first winter on Main Street in Fleischmanns. If fall business is any indicator, the winter will be a good one. More...

Posted 12/1/2015 10:03 PM

Hunter Mtn. being sold to Peak Resorts

Hunter — Hunter Mountain Ski Center is being sold to Peak Resorts, a publicly traded owner and operator of branded ski resorts in the United States, for $36.8 million. More...

Posted 12/1/2015 10:03 PM

‘Jingle, Jingle’ fund-raising is planned by WIOX radio

Roxbury — “Do we need the money to operate? Does a bear do his business up the Barkaboom?” – Ryan Trapani, co-host From the Forest  More...

Posted 12/1/2015 10:03 PM

‘Stick in the Mud‘ set to open in village

Lizzie Douglas’ new venture has local slant

Margaretville’s historic Bussy Building, vacant since the departure of Foothills Shoe Store last summer, will return to its roots as a food store when Lizzie Douglas opens “Stick in the Mud” later this week. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 12:10 AM