Gearing Up For Trout Season

DOING IT ALL — The Emerson Resort in Mt. Tremper is offering packages for lodging and fly fishing. Information on the packages was presented at Saturday's Trout Tales event at Spillian. More...

Posted 3/28/2017 08:26 PM

Former Margaretville mayor, board member steps down

John Van Benschoten has served the village for more than a decade

Margaretville Village Board Trustee John Van Benschoten was honored by his colleagues Monday evening for more than a decade of service to the community as a Village Trustee and as Mayor. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:09 AM

A Catskill Portrait

John Tucker, our “Catskill Portrait” columnist, has recently experienced substantial hearing loss and is scheduled to receive a cochlear implant this spring. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:09 AM

Christian Center passes Silver Anniversary

More than quarter century of service to the community

Robert Engelhardt believes that action can speak louder than words. “Serve the Lord with our hearts, serve our neighbors with our hands,” he says. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:09 AM

‘We Are One Community’ celebration set March 26

“We Are One Community” an interfaith celebration of numerous religious traditions, will take place Sunday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. in Roxbury. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:09 AM

Ready, set: EAT! Restaurant Week is almost here!

The Catskill Mountain News will hold its second annual Restaurant Week from April 9 through April 14 and all restaurants between Boiceville and Delhi, Downsville and Margaretville and Roxbuy, Stamford, Grand Gorge and Prattsville are invited to parti More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

On The Cover

Mark Loete, an avid angler, a trusted guide and an incredibly skilled photographer, put his focus on flies last year and the result was Catskill Fly Tying: The Art of Artifice, an exhibit and presentation at the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery i More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

Cultivating trout is family affair

They sold their first trout in 1963 and a family business was transformed. At least that’s how Sherry Shaver, the fourth generation of her family to lead the Beaverkill Trout Hatchery & Fishing Preserve tells the tale. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

Clean streams linked to economic prosperity

Today’s angler has a lot to think about when it comes to natural resource conservation, according to Jeff Skelding, executive director of Friends of the Upper Delaware River, a community based watershed protection organization located in Hancoc More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

We All Benefit

WE ALL BENEFIT — Healthy streams are important not just for fish but for people too. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

Hendrickson fly a true sign of the season

Opening day of trout fishing season is April 1 and anglers will be scrambling to “match the hatch” throughout the season. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

Angler shares favorite spots, top flies

Jeff Foster, an affiliate guide at Reel Catskills has been fly fishing and tying flies for well over 20 years. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

When it comes to fishing it’s all about the flies!

Like so many other anglers of a certain generation, Roger Menard has given up his pipe. But as opening day of trout season approaches, he just chuckles at the notion that he might ever give up fly fishing too. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

Chamber proceeds with controversial meeting despite loss of sponsorship

NBT Bank drops program support over controversial subject matter

The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce will proceed with a breakfast meeting featuring the controversial Reclaim NY group, despite the removal of sponsorship for the event late last week. More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:30 PM

Denning man announces bid for Ulster Legislature

While many are still recovering from the most recent election season, a resident of the Town of Denning has hit the ground running as he prepares for a race to represent the Catskill Region in the Ulster County Legislature.  More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:30 PM

Village elections take place on March 21

Fleischmanns, Margaretville to elect officials

Village elections for 2017 have been decidedly low key and residents of Fleischmanns and Margaretville could be forgiven if they have forgotten they should go vote.  More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:30 PM

Stormy Weather

LONG DAY — The Middletown Highway crew was busy throughout the storm, as were State and Countycrews, to keep roads as passable as possible as the snow piled up.Here, Superintendent of Highways More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:31 PM

Arkville Head Start taking applications

The Arkville Head Start Program is accepting applications for pre-school enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. More...

Posted 3/7/2017 09:43 PM

New SUNY-Delhi President describes how the university has grown in recent years

Michael Laliberte, the 10th president to take the helm at SUNY Delhi, spoke last week at a Meet and Eat breakfast networking event of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce held in the college’s Sanford Hall.  More...

Posted 3/7/2017 09:43 PM

Tourism promo programs are planned for bed tax receipts

Middletown site of info meeting on March 6

Those who pay bed taxes and those who might benefit from the collection of them will have an opportunity to weigh in on two proposals for spending the bed tax revenue this week in a public information session scheduled for March 6 at the Town of Midd More...

Posted 2/28/2017 09:50 PM

Catskills Portraits

Bartending a perfect fit for Rachel Barrett

A familiar face serving customers at The Andes Hotel More...

Posted 2/28/2017 09:50 PM

Sown & Grown celebrates the region’s diverse agricultural offerings

The Catskill Mountain News is pleased to debut a new page this week; Sown and Grown: Field Reports From Farming and Agribusiness. More...

Posted 2/28/2017 09:50 PM

Car-Bus Crash

Photo by Joan Lawrence-Bauer   More...

Posted 2/21/2017 10:39 PM

New Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside tray system keeps hot food hot, makes specific food requests easy

Margaretville— Delivering hot food that stays hot and easily satisfying specific food requests are top benefits of a new $18,000 tray system the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center purchased.  More...

Posted 2/21/2017 10:39 PM

Meetings planned on bed tax expenditures

Delhi — The Tourism Advisory Board of Delaware County is planning to hold a series of public information meetings throughout the county for the purpose of receiving public input and comments in regard to the use of funds raised through the Dela More...

Posted 2/21/2017 10:39 PM

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 09:46 PM

Historic Pine Hills Arms to close doors on March 31

Farewell to Arms The Pine Hill Arms Hotel and Restaurant has seen many changes since opening for business way back in 1882 and it’s about to see more. More...

Posted 3/28/2017 08:27 PM

“Bill” Piervincenzi was community leader

When the Andes Roundtable begins its new season tonight, Wednesday, it will be missing the voice of William “Bill” Piervincenzi, a stalwart participant who knew how to heat up a conversation. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:09 AM

CWC Annual Meeting April 4

Margaretville – The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) will hold its annual meeting of member towns on Tuesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. at Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club, 576 West Hubbell Hill Rd., Margaretville. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:09 AM

‘Unto These Hills’ celebrates spiritual pursuits

Today, the News introduces yet another new page to our publication, “Unto these Hills.” The page will appear monthly the fourth Wednesday of each month and will allow us to celebrate the many different spiritual pursuits of residents and More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:09 AM

Upcoming spiritual events scheduled

April 1, the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church will hold its annual Pork Roast Dinner in the church. People can eat in the community room downstairs or pick up take outs. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:09 AM

Trout Tales:

Where lore meets lure

What is there to say about a famous American past time that opens its season on April Fools’ Day? More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

Trout in the Classroom program uses trout as teachers

Hands-on learning provides different educational hook

Flashing iridescent in the sunlight, the rainbow trout is a thing of beauty. Its cousin, the brook trout, traced to its native haunts in the hidden headwaters of a Catskill stream, is a messenger from an ancient world. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

Fishing tales of pools and riffles

The legendary sport has its own language

A beginning angler could be forgiven for needing a dictionary before entering a stream. Fly fishing has its very own, wonderfully expressive, but sometimes confusing language. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

Catch and Release: The Conservationminded angler

A major attraction to this region of the state is its world-class, coldwater fishery. There are many different organizations, individuals and government regulators who contribute to the fisheries stewardship. Among those stewards are anglers. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

Fickle weather alters streams

The porous boundaries of the Delaware River and its tributaries are governed by variables that at times feel like a throw of the dice in a craps game. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

Cast a fly fishing spell

Catskill Mountain waters are said to contain therapeutic and restorative powers. The pristine waters are no doubt owed to the stewardship of property owners, environmental regulators, and visitors to the area. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

Spillian Has Much To Offer

WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE — Everyone's at home at Spillian when Trout Tales is underway. More...

Posted 3/22/2017 12:10 AM

Middletown, Fleischmanns building activity steady; Permited projects take a jump in Town of Roxbury

Building activity in the Town of Middletown and the Village of Fleischmanns was up slightly in 2016, according to a report issued this month.  In the Town of Roxbury, building activity showed a slight decline from 2015 to 2016.  More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:30 PM

Margaretville Hospital Relay For Life team gearing up for annual fight against cancer

Community support key to fund-raising

Margaretville — The Margaretville Hospital Team is participating in the 2017 Relay for Life planned on Saturday, April 29 in Delhi. More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:30 PM

A Catskill Portrait

Bovina postmistress letter perfect for the job

Kerri Bassett is Postmistress of Bovina. I capitalize the “P” intentionally. That’s because I believe that people who work at small-town post offices in the Catskills, and throughout America, merit our recognition, and our gratitude. More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:30 PM

Full Moon Resort neighbors rise up to protest expansion

Proposed lodging draws complaints of noise & safety hazard increases

The Full Moon Resort located in the Oliverea Valley is described in its advertising as a place with “a magical blend of lodging, music, and nature.”  More...

Posted 3/14/2017 07:31 PM

Andes/Bovina Pantry changing hours

The Andes/Bovina Food Pantry is changing its hours of operation to better meet the needs of those it serves. More...

Posted 3/7/2017 09:43 PM

These volunteers aren’t “retiring” any time soon!

It’s possible to find retired people in the Catskills, but they are rarely sitting idle. Most have retired from one job to another, or have retired from permanent occupations to active volunteer status. More...

Posted 3/7/2017 09:43 PM

Beemer recovery from accident miraculous; family thanks community for support

Luke Beemer was critically hurt in NYC hit-&-run

On November 15, word quickly spread through the region that area native Luke Beemer had been critically injured in a horrific accident in New York City. More...

Posted 3/7/2017 09:43 PM

Drug issues will be topic

Undersheriff to speak at Middletown meeting

Margaretville — Delaware County Undersheriff Craig Du- Mond will give a brief talk about the county’s opiod problems at the Middletown Town Board meeting on Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m.  The public is encouraged to attend the undersh More...

Posted 2/28/2017 09:50 PM

DiBenedettos keep family farming tradition going strong

Owners right at home at Crystal Valley Farm in Halcott Center

For Chris, Judy, Elena, and Greg DiBenedetto, dairy farming is truly a family business. Even their cows have names. More...

Posted 2/28/2017 09:50 PM

‘From the Forest’ hosts honored for radio show

Roxbury — From the Forest, one of WIOX Community Radio’s formative, founding talk shows, was recently honored by the New York Chapter of the Society of American Foresters at their annual meeting in Syracuse. More...

Posted 2/21/2017 10:39 PM

Boiling Like Mad

.TIS THE SEASON — The Hubbell family farm in Kelly Corners has been producing maple syrup for generations. This year's sap run got an early start with a warm spell in January. More...

Posted 2/21/2017 10:39 PM

A Catskill Portrait

Kyle Holden at home in the Catskills

Arkville native runs Head Start, coaches teams at Margaretville When I first walked into the Head Start Center in Arkville to meet Kyle Holden, he was sitting on the floor surrounded by children. More...

Posted 2/21/2017 10:39 PM