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 06:31 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 06:57 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 08:55 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 09:26 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 09:19 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 09:19 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 09:19 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 09:19 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 09:19 PM


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Posted 1/26/2016 09:19 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 09:00 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 07:13 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 07:14 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 09:14 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 09:15 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 09:15 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 11:03 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 11:03 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 01:10 AM

Local businesses planning fund-raisers for Zimkids Orphan Foundation

M Gerard Country Home and Zephyr to assist organization

Zimbabwe meets Delaware County this holiday season when two local businesses host fund- raisers for the Zimkids Orphan Foundation, started by local resident Dennis Gaboury. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 01:10 AM

Andes opens doors on Nov. 28 to mark Small Business Saturday

Andes — It’s no secret that Main Street Andes is a great place to shop, take in galleries and have a meal, large or small. More...

Posted 11/17/2015 06:46 PM

Warran Bender new chair of Middletown GOP Committee

Warran Bender was elected chairman of the Middletown Republican Committee on September 28 according to retiring chair Chuck Freas. More...

Posted 10/20/2015 05:35 PM

Shandaken holds tax levy down in Preliminary Budget

By Jay Braman   Shandaken taxpayers will see an increase of just over one percent on their bills next year with the brunt of the hike going toward the highway department.  The town board adopted a preliminary budget on October 5. More...

Posted 10/20/2015 05:35 PM

A New Look

BUILDING UP — The Zoom Gallery in Fleischmanns is just one of the buildings remodeled and renovated by John Mulloy and his Skillcats Construction team. More...

Posted 9/22/2015 11:52 PM

Ready For Autumn

FULLY STOCKED — Will Finch and Buffy Knapp and the Brookside Hardware team in Margaretville are ready for winter. Fall bulbs and shovels, kerosene and electric heaters, salt, snowblowers and sleds for the kids will make every home more homey! More...

Posted 9/22/2015 11:52 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 06:38 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 06:57 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 08:55 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 09:19 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 09:19 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 09:19 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 09:19 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 09:19 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 09:19 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 09:19 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 08:26 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 08:19 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 07:13 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 07:13 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 07:14 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 09:15 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 11:03 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 11:03 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 11:03 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 01:10 AM

For The Home

DECORATING TIME —And the stockings were hung… at M. Gerard Country Home on Rt. 28 in Arkville. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 01:10 AM

Business Association to meet at Public Lounge on Dec. 8

Roxbury — The Greater Roxbury Business Association (GRBA) will hold its traditional Holiday Business Mixer & Networking Event on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m., at the Public Lounge & Restaurant, on Bridge Street.  More...

Posted 11/25/2015 01:10 AM

Woodnotes Grille is now serving

Emerson Resort unveils new eatery at Mt. Tremper

Staff at the Emerson Resort & Spa capped off a multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation with the opening of a new restaurant, the Woodnotes Grille, on Sunday evening. More...

Posted 11/17/2015 06:46 PM

Harvest Time

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Posted 9/22/2015 11:52 PM

Always In Tile

LOTS TO OFFER — If you're ready for a new look in your home, JoAnne Nappi is ready for you. More...

Posted 9/22/2015 11:52 PM