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 06:46 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 10:24 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 10:24 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 09:54 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 09:54 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 08:48 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 10:32 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 09:51 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 11:52 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 11:52 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 09:40 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 11:08 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 10:06 PM

Here's the Scoop: August 26, 2015

That stinks, too. Or two

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

Posted 8/25/2015 10:09 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 10:09 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 02:22 PM

In This Place: August 19, 2015

Hijinks!

Perusing August editions of years past reminded me that when the fair comes to town, so do the carnies, a noble, sometimes maligned but often mischievous tribe. More...

Posted 8/19/2015 02:22 PM

Gardening Tips: August 5, 2015

Dog Days and Tomatoes

We are well into what has been called the “Dog Days” of summer. This expression is usually interpreted as having to do with the fact that it is so hot and uncomfortable outside. More...

Posted 8/4/2015 11:57 PM

In This Place: July 29, 2015

Jack of all Trades

This week I was delighted to alight on the diaries of Matthew Griffin, a multi-faceted man who helped found Griffins’ Corners (now Fleischmanns.) The News reprinted his diary exactly 100 years after it was written. More...

Posted 7/28/2015 10:02 PM

In This Place: July 22, 2015

It’s Too Darn Hot

Whether soggy or sunny, we are in the dog days of summer, when a lot of things start heating up — tempers, barn fires, sweaty kids headed for the best swimming hole. More...

Posted 7/21/2015 08:48 PM

Here's the Scoop: July 15, 2015

Living small. Very small

The rumor that baseball is the only thing I watch on TV isn’t true. Sometimes I tune into House Hunters. That usually occurs when the baseball season is over. Or, during the All-Star break when there are no games. More...

Posted 7/15/2015 12:05 PM

Gardening Tips: July 15, 2015

My Rain Barrel Floweth Over

During the month of June we received between six to 10 inches of rain in our region. The total was more to the north in the Adirondacks and less south of Albany, but still more than enough to end the drought. More...

Posted 7/15/2015 12:05 PM

In This Place: July 8, 2015

Hay Fever

Now that we’re truly into the height of summer, you’d think it would be a good time to explore the fun and games that the alltoo brief stint of warm weather brought to our villages decades ago. More...

Posted 7/8/2015 01:51 PM

In This Place: July 1, 2015

Jump Right In!

On the first anniversary of our magnificent Community Recreation Center and its Olympicsized pool, a gift to the town from the beneficent Kingdon Gould and his family, it seemed fitting to look back at the earlier rough waters incurred in the concept More...

Posted 7/1/2015 11:15 AM

In This Place: June 24, 2015

Summers Ago

In this column I spend so much time in the earlier part of the 20th century that I thought for this summertime column I would focus on the 1960s, to see if I could discern any hints of times changing — flower children, social unrest, etc. More...

Posted 6/24/2015 10:12 AM

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 11:51 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 11:51 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 10:24 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 09:54 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 05:35 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 10:32 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 09:51 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 09:51 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 11:52 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 09:40 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 11:08 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 10:06 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 10:06 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 10:09 PM

Here's The Scoop: August 12, 2015

Spectator sport

Spectator sport   More...

Posted 8/19/2015 02:32 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 02:32 PM

Here's the Scoop: August 5, 2015

Silence is golden

I think this is what they call a “mixed blessing.” It seems our cat recently came down with a case of laryngitis. More...

Posted 8/4/2015 11:57 PM

Here's the Scoop: July 29, 2015

Hard to gauge things

Having the “latest and greatest” gadgets is an obsession for some folks. I like cool things — within reason — but can’t say that I’m camping out on the sidewalk in front of an Apple store waiting to get my hands on the latest iPhone. More...

Posted 7/28/2015 10:02 PM

Here's the Scoop: July 22, 2015

Forever Young

As the unofficial “music editor” at the News, I continue to draw some interesting assignments. More...

Posted 7/21/2015 08:48 PM

Gardening Tips: July 22, 2015

Come to the Fair!

The 2015 Greene County Youth Fair will be held Thursday July 23 through Sunday July 26 at Angelo Canna Town Park in Cairo. More...

Posted 7/21/2015 08:48 PM

In This Place: July 15, 2015

Vive La France

In honor of Bastille Day (July 14) I have unearthed some News mentions of the French, French classes, French exchange students and of course, our boys in France . . . More...

Posted 7/15/2015 12:05 PM

Here's the Scoop: July 8, 2015

Looking for The Truth

It was the “Call of the Wild” when I opened the “Truth Cam” I received for my birthday. More commonly known as a “game camera,” this little device is primarily meant to record wildlife activities that take place outdoors, usually at night. More...

Posted 7/8/2015 01:50 PM

Here's The Scoop: July 1, 2015

Facebook is not always truthful “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” said Mr. Twain. The same with the reports of my death, too, thanks to the wonders of Facebook. More...

Posted 7/1/2015 11:14 AM

Here's the Scoop: June 24, 2015

What? No photos?

The story of the two convicted murderers has been a hot one for more than two weeks. The whole dramatic escape in “Shawshank Redemption” style has been well documented. More...

Posted 6/24/2015 10:12 AM

Gardening Tips: June 24, 2015

Fruit in the Home Garden

I will stop complaining about the drought since it seems like we are finally back to almost normal soil moisture. Of course, along with the rain, comes the weeds, mosquitoes, slugs, and other assorted pests! More...

Posted 6/24/2015 10:12 AM