In This Place: December 30, 2015

Headlines of 1915

One of my fun jobs at the end of the year is to take a look back and compile some of the top stories in our “Year in Review.” You can read the first half of 2015’s top stories on page 6B, with some additional photos on 8A. More...

Posted 12/29/2015 07:19 PM

Here's the Scoop: December 23, 2015

An All-Natural Experience

I love the annual quest for a Christmas tree — for several reasons. Number one, of course, is the fact that it’s pleasant having a tree in the house for a few weeks. It’s like being outside — minus the cold and snow. Or, this year, the rain and fog. More...

Posted 12/22/2015 06:13 PM

Gardening Tips: December 23, 2015

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Gardeners

The unseasonable warm weather has continued well into the 12th month in our region and most locals are delighted that they are not dealing with ice, snow and subzero temperatures, just yet. More...

Posted 12/22/2015 06:14 PM

In This Place: December 16, 2015

Social Media, c. 1905

In exploring some of the quainter aspects of early telephone service and etiquette, I was struck with how every new communication form goes through some of the same behavioral bumps. More...

Posted 12/15/2015 08:15 PM

Here's the Scoop: December 9, 2015

That’s the way the cookie... tastes

Our daughter is helping organize a Cookie Baking Contest being held this Saturday, Dec. 12 at the new Stick in the Mud store in Margaretville. The event is part of a full day of activities designed to promote community business. More...

Posted 12/8/2015 10:25 PM

Gardening Tips: December 9, 2015

Oh Deer!

It is hard to believe that in less than a month we will be writing 2016 on our checks and calendar dates. Where on earth did 2015 go so quickly? More...

Posted 12/8/2015 10:25 PM

In This Place: December 2, 2015

December Doozies

From the outré to the whimsical to the downright unbelievable, front page content in the early years of the 20th century was often a far cry from anything you would find anywhere in the paper by mid-century. More...

Posted 12/1/2015 10:03 PM

In This Place; November 25, 2015

Thankful

I’m guessing that most of my “loyal” readers really enjoyed the “Letters Home” column in honor of Veterans Day. I wanted to follow up a bit with some of the fellows, so you would know they got home safe. Then, of course! More...

Posted 11/25/2015 12:10 AM

In This Place: November 18, 2015

A Young Man Meets His Destiny

Seventy-seven years ago, on November 18, the Catskill Mountain News printed the obituary of one of its most beloved citizens, Gordon Maurer. In only 13 short years, he had ensconced himself as the life blood of his adopted hometown. More...

Posted 11/17/2015 05:46 PM

In This Place: November 11, 2015

Letters Home

In honor of Veterans’ Day, I thought we could treat ourselves to some letters from servicemen serving during World War II. The News is in fact so chock full of them that I actually had to confine this column to samplings from parts of 1943. More...

Posted 11/10/2015 10:51 PM

Gardening Tips: November 4, 2015

Tips and recollections

I ran out of room before I finished discussing last year’s garden successes and failures. I want to thank a few readers for their excellent suggestions and for sharing their experiences too! More...

Posted 11/3/2015 09:24 PM

Gardening Tips: October 28, 2015

My Vegetable Garden Review

Last weekend’s hard freeze brought an end to the 2015 vegetable garden season for most of the crops in my raised beds. I still have a few things growing  More...

Posted 10/27/2015 08:54 PM

Here's the Scoop: October 21, 2015

Taste of Controversy

So, this is awkward. I’m getting plenty of mentions in this week’s paper. Most, I’d rather not be receiving! More...

Posted 10/20/2015 04:35 PM

In This Place: October 14, 2015

Good Cop, Bad Cop

After discovering fun tales from Game Protectors Bryan Burgin and Bob VanBenschoten during my research last week, I thought these almost revered figures would make an interesting column for this week. More...

Posted 10/13/2015 07:48 PM

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 30, 2015

If a leaf falls and there’s no one to see it...

It’s time for the Annual Foliage Debate in our household. This event is sometimes known at Leaf Me Alone. I realize that some folks travel hundreds of miles to the Catskill Mountains to enjoy this annual rite of autumn. More...

Posted 9/29/2015 08:51 PM

Gardening Tips: Sept. 30, 2015

Weeds

Mornings have turned decidedly fall like as we pass the autumnal equinox once more. Many cultures measure time in seasons, but modern society is so far disconnected from the natural world that seasons hardly matter at all. More...

Posted 9/29/2015 08:51 PM

In This Place: September 23, 2015

Icarus Descending

I had planned a September serendipity — a potluck as it were — but the first item I alighted on, this tale of a runaway balloon, was a theme too fun to resist. More...

Posted 9/22/2015 10:52 PM

Here's the Scoop: September 16, 2015

Counting the days

So, are you as tired as I am of hearing people lament the end of summer? You probably are — unless you’re one of those folks spreading the word. More...

Posted 9/15/2015 08:40 PM

Here's the Scoop: September 9, 2015

Are they gone yet?

Another holiday weekend — another houseful of company. Well, “houseful” may be a slight exaggeration. I think we had two guests. It just seemed like more. More...

Posted 9/8/2015 10:08 PM

Here's the Scoop: September 2, 2014

Collection Time

Collection time Just when I thought I was running out of “projects,” a new one has presented itself. Unlike most of the “hobbies” that I tackle, the new one doesn’t involve a shovel, wheelbarrow or perspiration. More...

Posted 9/1/2015 09:06 PM

In This Place: September 2, 2015

Vanishing Acts

It’s hard to believe only 55 years separate the two fairs/festivals presented here. About the only thing they seem to have in common is rides and treats. More...

Posted 9/1/2015 09:06 PM

In This Place: August 26, 2015

After the Fair is Over

After the Fair is Over by Trish Adams   More...

Posted 8/25/2015 09:09 PM

Here's The Scoop: August 12, 2015

Spectator sport

Spectator sport   More...

Posted 8/19/2015 01:32 PM

In This Place: August 12, 2015

Down with the Rent

This past week marked the 170th anniversary of the most climatic moment in the Anti-Rent Wars, when Undersheriff Osman Steele was shot and killed by “Calico Indians” on Moses Earle’s farm in Andes. More...

Posted 8/19/2015 01:32 PM

Gardening Tips: December 30, 2015

The Cranberry

Happy New Year! No gardening resolutions for me this year. I will be happy just to have a garden and enjoy it as I did last year. More...

Posted 12/29/2015 07:19 PM

Here's The Scoop: December 23, 2015

An All-Natural Experience

Oddly enough, I couldn’t justify choosing any other tree over the one that had been crowned the early winner. We had left one member of our group behind as a “tree guard,” and that proved to be a good idea. More...

Posted 12/22/2015 06:13 PM

In This Place: December 23, 2015

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Enjoy these tales from Christmases long ago. Got your shopping done? Me neither! See you on the other side of the wrapping paper . . . More...

Posted 12/22/2015 06:14 PM

Here's the Scoop: December 16, 2015

And the winners are...

I’m pleased to announce that the Business Association of Margaretville (BAM) named my wife one of the three winners in last week’s cookie Cookie Baking Contest sponsored! More...

Posted 12/15/2015 08:14 PM

Gardening Tips: December 16, 2015

Making Holiday Gifts

Holiday gift shopping is either a chore or a joy for the shopper, but for some people it is always an unwelcome challenge. My daughter-in-law really enjoys shopping as a fun pastime and she is also really very good at finding bargains. More...

Posted 12/15/2015 08:15 PM

In This Place: December 9, 2015

The More Things Change ...

For this week’s column, I wanted to test my suspicion that certain types of stories and news have remained constant in our communities and in the paper, over the decades, year after year. More...

Posted 12/8/2015 10:25 PM

Here's The Scoop: December 2, 2015

Relax and Stay for a (short) time

Like many people, we just hosted guests over the Thanksgiving weekend. The kind who stayed for five days. Two over the accepted limit. More...

Posted 12/1/2015 10:03 PM

Here's the Scoop: November 25, 2015

Can This Be True?

Facebook. Don’t get me started. Too late. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 12:09 AM

Gardening Tips: November 25, 2015

Firewood

The smell of wood smoke is beginning to permeate the morning air as Indian Summer gives way to Old Man winter. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 12:10 AM

Here's the Scoop: November 18, 2015

Blowing in the Wind

 Faithful readers are well aware, by now, that “odd” occurrences follow me like toilet paper that sticks to one’s shoe in a public restroom. More...

Posted 11/17/2015 05:46 PM

Here's the Scoop: November 11, 2015

Feeling Young, again

A few months back, I wrote here about a journey to Bethel Woods to worship at the music altar of Neil Young. It was, as they say, awesome. More...

Posted 11/10/2015 10:51 PM

Here's The Scoop: November 4, 2015

RIght Number

As a general rule, I enjoy advancements in technology as much as most people. It’s paying for these breakthroughs that often makes me hesitate in keeping pace. More...

Posted 11/3/2015 09:24 PM

In This Place: November 4, 2015

Call of the Wild

We’ve spent several weeks with those masters of wild critters, the game protectors, but anyone with a passing interest in Catskill woodsmanship will also remember Niles Fairbairn, trapper and animal trainer extraordinaire. More...

Posted 11/3/2015 09:24 PM

Here's the Scoop:October 28, 2015

Dining Out

By now, my skills in preparing tuna melts are quite well known to readers of this column. Some people have actually encouraged me to open a tuna melt-only restaurant More...

Posted 10/27/2015 08:54 PM

In This Place: October 28, 2015

Fair Game

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at the rocky early years of game protectors in our region who were often reviled for collecting fines for illegal hunting from neighbors and friends. By the time Joe DeSilva retired in 1931 More...

Posted 10/27/2015 08:54 PM

Here's The Scoop: October 7, 2015

It's Fuel Changeover Time Again

Like most Americans (except maybe the ones who have invested heavily in oil stocks), I’ve been enjoying the relatively low gasoline prices that we’ve had for a number of months.  More...

Posted 10/6/2015 09:32 PM

In This Place: October 7, 2015

Following Uncle Jacob's Trail

In honor of the historic auction that was held last weekend on the VanBenschoten farm in New Kingston, I thought we could enjoy some snippets of this family’s long history in that valley.  More...

Posted 10/6/2015 09:32 PM

In This Place: Sept. 30, 2015

The Pull of Tractors

In honor of last week’s Cauliflower Festival, I thought we could reminisce about one of the festival’s most popular features: tractors!  More...

Posted 9/29/2015 08:51 PM

Here's the Scoop: September 23, 2015

Lost without it. Lost with it.

Traveling nowadays is certainly much different than it was in the recent past. Gone are the times when unruly maps were unfurled and the tiny colored lines were scrutinized by motorists seeking to get from Point A to Point B. More...

Posted 9/22/2015 10:52 PM

Gardening Tips: Sept. 23, 2015

Roadside Weeds

After a four- to six-week drought, most of our region received a very welcome weekend of rain showers, clouds and much cooler weather. For the most part, the rain fell pretty steadily and not just for a few torrential downpours. More...

Posted 9/22/2015 10:52 PM

In This Place: September 16, 2015

Tall Tales from the Silo

This is traditionally the time of filling the silos to provide winter feed for livestock. More...

Posted 9/15/2015 08:40 PM

In This Place: September 9, 2015

Back to School — Way Back When

OK, it’s finally time to hit the books again. For school officials and faculty well ensconced in our times of uber-technology and many would say, uber-bur- eaucracy, I thought we could take a look at what “Back to School” meant 100 years ago. More...

Posted 9/8/2015 10:08 PM

Gardening Tips: September 2, 2015

Late August Planting

I have detected a distinct hint of fall weather this past week as well as noticing some premature fall coloration on some trees and shrubs. More...

Posted 9/1/2015 09:06 PM

Here's the Scoop: August 26, 2015

That stinks, too. Or two

Yes. In case you were wondering. More...

Posted 8/25/2015 09:09 PM

Gardening Tips: August 26, 2015

Dragon Flies and Hard Tomatoes

It has been another hot week in the region, with several 90-degree days in a row, punctuated by some widely scattered thunderstorms that have not provided nearly enough rainfall to keep our gardens as lush as we would like. More...

Posted 8/25/2015 09:09 PM

Here's the Scoop: August 19, 2015

Summer scents

I recently asked an ex-Catskill Mountain resident who has moved to the Left Coast, but returned for a visit, if she misses it around here. She said the “green” was something that she really enjoys on her returns to the east. More...

Posted 8/19/2015 01:22 PM