Local authors serve up popular reading with Grilled Cheese & Beer cookbook

Favorite foods, combined with beer & humor a perfect blend

What began as a running joke about fake sandwich names between friends Kevin VanBlarcum and James Edward Davis has turned into the fast-selling cookbook Grilled Cheese and Beer – Recipes for the Finer Things in Life. More...

Posted 2/14/2017 08:46 PM

Readers rate the Catskill Mountain News for coverage services

Readers had a lot to say recently when the News sent out a survey to see what people thought about the services we provide. More...

Posted 2/14/2017 08:46 PM

Volunteers often go unnoticed for important services they provide

Everyone who lives or works in our area understands how much of life is based on volunteerism. More...

Posted 2/14/2017 08:46 PM

Bittersweet farewell to a long family legacy

With the stroke of a pen, the exchange of some money, and the shedding of more than a few tears, 113 years of Sanford family ownership of this newspaper came to an end last Friday. More...

Posted 2/7/2017 06:12 PM

Changing of the guard at the Catskill Mtn. News

In the 1960s, four local high schools each had a weekly column of news and information appearing in the Catskill Mountain News. In 1965, I began writing for the “Keyhole,” as the column for Margaretville Central School was then called. More...

Posted 2/7/2017 06:12 PM

A Catskill Portrait

Roxbury’s Bea Hinkley still in tune with teaching at age 83

Bea Hinkley has been spreading the joy of music in the Catskill Mountains for 63 years. Not coincidentally, that’s how long she’s been teaching instrumental and vocal music at Roxbury Central School. More...

Posted 2/7/2017 06:12 PM

Ski conditions looking good at Belleayre, Plattekill

Despite challenging weather patterns, mid-winter skiing at both Belleayre and Plattekill ski centers is close to full on and with great conditions predicted for the weekend the two major tourist attractions are serving up activities and events that p More...

Posted 1/31/2017 07:39 PM

Lean-to materials airlifted to mountaintop site

Materials for a new lean-to on Pakatakan Mountain near Ark- ville were transported to the site via helicopter during an operation that took much of Monday to complete.  More...

Posted 1/31/2017 07:39 PM

Hospice Delhi office moving to Oneonta

Oneonta — Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care has announced that they will be moving their Delhi office to 542 Main St. in Oneonta. The move is to consolidate operations to include the merging of the Cobleskill Office. More...

Posted 1/31/2017 07:39 PM

New Rig

IN SERVICE — Andes firefighters celebrated the arrival of a new truck on Saturday, taking it out to show off not only the equipment but the custom designed Andes Mountaineer logo on the back en More...

Posted 1/24/2017 08:45 PM

County GOP leader Maria Kelso a Trump booster

Was on hand for inauguration

Maria Almanza Kelso, chair of the Delaware County Republican Committee, is a force of nature. More...

Posted 1/24/2017 08:45 PM

CMN Reporter sees democracy in action in DC march

Through all the rhetoric, came hope of people listening to one another

Last December, the News printed an article written by Brian Sweeney, titled, “County Dems organizing Women’s March trip.” I was intrigued. More...

Posted 1/24/2017 08:45 PM

On Your Cart ... Get Set, GO!

WINNING SMILES — AJ Andrews and Victor Lipko above show off their loot after a threeminute race through Freshtown on Saturday netted them $860 in groceries. More...

Posted 1/24/2017 08:46 PM

A Catskill Portrait

For John Michelotti, all of nature is a magical kingdom

John Michelotti is 35 years old, with a chiseled face and lean, athletic frame. He lives in Big Indian on land nestled in the Catksills’ Oliverea Valley. More...

Posted 1/17/2017 05:51 PM

Corrections and clarifications regarding stories

In last week’s story about the Catskill Park Coalition, the News wrote that Kathy Nolan serves as vice president of the Ashokan- Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  More...

Posted 1/10/2017 08:53 PM

Hospital sets new lab hours

Margaretville — New hours for outpatients who use the laboratory facilities at Margaretville Hospital were announced last week and took effect Monday, Jan. 9.  More...

Posted 1/10/2017 08:53 PM

Special section chronicles region’s Progress and Change

2016 marked a year of shifting fortunes in the Catskill Mtns.

Looking for progress in the Catskills is a lot like watching grass grow. You can watch deeply, for a really long time and see nothing. But turn your back for a moment and when you look again, it needs to be mowed!  More...

Posted 1/10/2017 08:53 PM

A snapshot look back at some of 2016’s top stories

COOKIN' GOOD — The Great Catskill Mountain BBQ Fest made its debut in Fleischmanns to rave reviews and sold-out vendors in August. More...

Posted 1/3/2017 09:10 PM

Officials vow to assist residents in flood projects

Shandaken officials began taking a look at how to lower the risk of flooding in the hamlets of Allaben and Shandaken last week, telling a small group of residents that they are the most important source of information in the process and guaranteed th More...

Posted 12/27/2016 11:47 PM

Thrift Shop closed Jan. 1-9

Margaretville — The Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop will be closed from Sunday, Jan. 1-Monday, Jan. 9.  More...

Posted 12/27/2016 11:47 PM

Belleayre, Plattekill mountains gearing up for holiday activity

Ski area owners and operators at Belleayre and Plattekill survived a week with the best and worst of winter weather, coming out on the plus side of both as they head into the first major holiday week of the season.  More...

Posted 12/20/2016 11:48 PM

MCS grad taking flight with Air Force

Military duties provide intense life experiences

Anyone with children knows the feeling. They grow up too fast. You don’t have to be a parent to experience the phenomenon. Community members watch kids in their schools as they mature, graduate, and move on, hoping they’ll be happy and successful. More...

Posted 12/20/2016 11:48 PM

Bad design blamed for bridge closure

Bad design is being blamed for the upcoming closure of yet another bridge in the Town of Shandaken. The Woodland Valley Bridge, slated by Ulster County to close to traffic by the end of this month, was built less than 20 years ago. More...

Posted 12/13/2016 08:37 PM

That’s The Ticket

WINNER — Alice Young delivered a Belleayre Mt. Ski Center ticket to Jay Klein of Pine Hill this week, the prize he won for solving a News Holiday Jumble Contest. More...

Posted 12/13/2016 08:37 PM

Crazy River Cafe mural boosts eatery; provides artistic renewal for creator

A long defunct TV satellite antenna has taken on life as a new “dish” for the Crazy River Café and Deli.  The “old school” satellite dish adjacent to the Route 28, Margaretville restaurant is a remnant from the when build More...

Posted 12/13/2016 08:37 PM

Tax supported services play key roles in local communities

Nothing is certain but death and taxes and most readers are quick to complain that we don’t get much of a return on our investment in the mandatory payments. More...

Posted 2/14/2017 08:46 PM

Efficient support staff essential to keep businesses running smoothly

They answer the phone, schedule appointments, track down lost paperwork and often serve as the face or the voice of their employers. Often, they go unnoticed or unappreciated. More...

Posted 2/14/2017 08:46 PM

Catskill Mountain News salutes the finest of the Catskills in 2016!

BOOK IT — Phyllis Whitehouse, left. More...

Posted 2/14/2017 08:46 PM

A Catskill Portrait

As I was wrapping up my conversation with Joe Dabritz for this column, his son Chris, who was present, said: “I think my Dad’s shown a lot of tenacity.” That remark was a gift because, driving home afterwards, I realized Chris had s More...

Posted 2/14/2017 08:46 PM

Area residents encouraged to join fight for Belleayre

The recent announcement by Governor Cuomo of $20 million in funding for Gore and Whiteface ski centers continues to reverberate among the mountains and valleys of the region.  Area residents and business people forced to fight, once again, for s More...

Posted 2/7/2017 06:12 PM

Sales tax revenue spikes 7% in Delaware County

Delhi — Sales tax collections in Delaware County grew by seven percent in 2016, according to a report recently released by the Office of the New York State Controller. More...

Posted 2/7/2017 06:12 PM

A Catskill Portrait

Passion for dairy farming drives Judy Tait

Judy Tait is a Delaware County dairy farmer. That alone makes her part of a durable group of people in the county who have been milking cows and providing milk to the marketplace since the early nineteenth century. More...

Posted 1/31/2017 07:39 PM

Local resident joins News team

Longtime local resident Sandra Pedersen has joined the staff at the Catskill Mountain News and will work as an ad sales representative primarily in communities east of Arkville and specifically from Pine Hill to Boiceville. More...

Posted 1/31/2017 07:39 PM

CMRR moves trains without town approvals

After a years worth of unsuccessful attempts to get town approvals to move trains in Phoenicia, the Catskill Mountain Railroad, under the cover of darkness Sunday evening, went ahead and moved them.  And so far it looks like nothing is to be don More...

Posted 1/24/2017 08:45 PM

Sanford completes Navy duty

United States Naval Reserve Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Richard D. Sanford, Jr. More...

Posted 1/24/2017 08:45 PM

Delhi was site of sister rally for march

As women and their supporters took to the streets in cities around the world on Saturday, about 200 Delaware County residents joined the movement in a “sister” rally event on the courthouse square in Delhi. More...

Posted 1/24/2017 08:45 PM

PHCC welcomes new director

Moe Lemire is “extraordinarily energetic” about having been named executive director of the Pine Hill Community Center (PHCC) by the board of directors on January 11. Then again, he’s energetic about everything he takes on. More...

Posted 1/24/2017 08:46 PM

CWC can pay for fuel tank anchoring

Margaretville — Home and business owners in designated flood hazard areas within the New York City Watershed West of the Hudson River can take advantage of a no-cost program to get their propane and fuel oil tanks anchored before the next flood More...

Posted 1/17/2017 05:51 PM

Let’s hear it for the winter wonder act of — Thundersnow!

With accompaniment by De- lightning

New York State’s “rooftop” counties bordering the provinces of Ontario and Quebec get plenty of snow, but nothing compared to the region along eastern Lake Ontario known as the Snowbelt. More...

Posted 1/17/2017 05:51 PM

Middletown, Roxbury boards held organizational meetings

Staff report   The Middletown and Roxbury town boards held annual organizational meetings this month.  In the Town of Middletown, Supervisor Carl Patrick Davis made the following appointments at the board’s January 4 meeting:  More...

Posted 1/10/2017 08:53 PM

“How Dry I Am”: thirsty maple trees may mean less sugar in the sap

Given that maple producers have to boil down roughly 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup, you would think that dry weather might improve things. More...

Posted 1/10/2017 08:53 PM

News welcomes writer Susan Kurp

The News is pleased to welcome Susan Kurp this week as its newest part-time reporter. More...

Posted 1/3/2017 09:10 PM

Like a good neighbor, beavers will help you fell that tree and dig that ditch — in record time, too!

These engineering rodents have strong family bonds and even stronger incisors

Among the myriad blessings in my life are the neighbors. In the 13 years I’ve lived at my current address they have come through with everything from a jump-start on a cold morning to a cup of sugar in the midst of pie making. More...

Posted 1/3/2017 09:11 PM

Deck the Halls, Deck the Walls — Decorate EVERYTHING!

Local communities got into the spirit of the holidays with a host of decorating contests and promotions throughout the month. More...

Posted 12/27/2016 11:47 PM

Wayne Bank celebrated Walton office at ceremony

Walton — Wayne Bank recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its newly acquired Community Office on November 1.  More...

Posted 12/20/2016 11:48 PM

Season’s Greetings from All of Us!

A FAB! TIME—Aiden Desic (right) enjoyed a visit with Santa in Fleischmanns on Saturday evening when the Fleischmanns Alliance for Business and Fleischmanns First cosponsored a community party. More...

Posted 12/20/2016 11:48 PM

Achievements of Delaware Co. women are celebrated in newly released book

Collaborative effort was year-long process for authors

A newly released book celebrating the achievements of Delaware County women was launched on Saturday, Dec. 10 in Delhi.  More...

Posted 12/13/2016 08:37 PM

News announces special editions for 2017

The News will expand three publications printed in 2016 and produce three new publications in 2017, providing opportunities for better communication on areas of interest for residents and visitors in the region. More...

Posted 12/13/2016 08:37 PM

Watershed educ. grant applications are now available

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) is accepting Watershed Education Grant proposals from schools and non-profit organizations serving students and teachers in the New York City West-of- Hudson (WOH) Watershed and within th More...

Posted 12/6/2016 07:55 PM

Fleischmanns First and MARK hosting public visioning meeting

Public welcome to provide input at Dec. 3 session

Fleischmanns — Fleischmanns First, in collaboration with the MARK Project, invites members of the community to join in a Main Street visioning session with the Dadras Architects at La Cabana restaurant on Main Street on Saturday, Dec. More...

Posted 11/29/2016 09:12 PM