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 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

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 01:22 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 10:57 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 09:02 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 07:48 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 11:05 AM

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 11:05 AM

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 12:51 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 10:15 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 09:12 AM

Here's the Scoop: June 17, 2015

The birds are singing. . . it’s awful!

I love the rare weekend when I can “sleep in.” Seems like those days are rare, though. This time of year, there are a few obstacles that make sleeping late even more difficult. And they have wings. More...

Posted 6/17/2015 09:07 AM

Gardening Tips: June 17, 2015

Garden Pests and Rain

Since Memorial Day weekend I have recorded about 3.75 inches of rain at my house, which is enough to relieve the drought conditions we had experienced since April. More...

Posted 6/17/2015 09:07 AM

In This Place: June 10, 2015

Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever More...

Posted 6/10/2015 09:47 AM

Gardening Tips by Bob Beyfuss: June 3, 2015

All About Tea

Well, we have had to deal with another weird week of May weather. Memorial Day weekend had some of us scrambling to cover our tender transplants as widespread frost was reported throughout the region. By Monday, we were back in the mid 80s once more. More...

Posted 6/3/2015 08:19 AM

In This Place: June 3, 2015

June is Bustin’ Out All Over By Trish Adams More...

Posted 6/3/2015 08:19 AM

In This Place: May 27, 2015

Stories of Us from the Catskill Mountain News

Memorial Day Photo Montage by Trish Adams More...

Posted 5/27/2015 10:22 AM

Gardening Tips: May 20, 2015

Pollinators More...

Posted 5/21/2015 01:45 PM

In This Place: May 13, 2015

The Days of Our Lives

The Days of Our Lives The passing of Bonnie Etts last week — a genial and generous man who played his part “in this place” for almost 100 years — reminded me of the role the News has also played in those decades, not just reporting ‘news,” but also More...

Posted 5/12/2015 07:00 PM

Here's The Scoop: May 6, 2015

Foraging time is here again We ramped up for some foraging over the weekend. Actually, I guessed we “foraged” for ramps — wild leeks, as some folks like to call them. I looked it up and these babies are not technically leeks. More...

Posted 5/5/2015 07:00 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 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

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 10:57 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 09:02 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 07:48 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 07:48 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 11:05 AM

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 12:50 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 10:14 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 09:12 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 09:12 AM

In This Place: June 17, 2015

Classy!

Classy! by Trish Adams More...

Posted 6/17/2015 09:07 AM

Here's the Scoop: June 10, 2015

There’s never anything (good) on

No one can ever accuse me of being “out in front” of trends. I’ll confess, I had never even heard the term “bingewatching” until a few months ago. In many ways, I guess that’s a good thing. More...

Posted 6/10/2015 09:46 AM

Here's the Scoop: June 3, 2015

Money-saving idea

I’ve been told that there’s an old gardening saying that goes something like, “You spend five years putting it in and the rest of your life pulling it out.” Smart person who came up with that one. More...

Posted 6/3/2015 08:19 AM

Here's the Scoop: May 27, 2015

A sporting gesture

A sporting gestureI completed my first triathlon over the weekend.  No sweat. More...

Posted 5/27/2015 04:36 PM

Here's the Scoop: May 20, 2015

Woodland creaturesTicks. Love ’em or hate ’em. Actually, I’m not sure I know of anyone who loves these little creatures. Except maybe the bigger animals that find them to be tasty morsels. More...

Posted 5/27/2015 08:57 AM

Gardening Tips: May 27, 2015

Lilacs

Lilacs More...

Posted 5/27/2015 10:22 AM

In This Place: May 20, 2015

Stories of Us from the Catskill Mountain News

Ready for Some May-hem? In honor of the arrival of spring and warm weather I thought I'd spring a little May mayhem your way: a little collection of the unexpected, mischief-making or spring cleaning variety. More...

Posted 5/21/2015 01:45 PM

How dry I am. We are.

Dry enough for ya? That seems to be a common question. Well, if it isn’t, it should be. More...

Posted 5/12/2015 07:00 PM