Shandaken needs volunteers for emergency alert sign-ups

Goal to improve communications

People these days take the fast and vast flow of information for granted. More...

Posted 11/1/2016 08:24 PM

2016 foliage season one for the records

Multiple factors were contributors to sensational views

It seems that this year’s fall foliage stood out as one of the best in years. Similar to forecasting this winter’s weather, predicting fall foliage seems to be an academic exercise at best. More...

Posted 10/25/2016 07:21 PM

Bovina’s preliminary budget tax levy increase set at 1.97%

Budget hearing planned Nov. 15

The Bovina Town Board adopted a preliminary budget at its October meeting that reflects a proposed tax levy increase of 1.97 percent.  The town board plans a public hearing on the tax cap override on Tuesday, Nov. More...

Posted 10/25/2016 07:21 PM

Follow these home maintenance tips for fall

The DIY Network offers the following tips to keep your home in good shape for the upcoming winter season:  • Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned and repaired to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.  &bu More...

Posted 10/25/2016 07:21 PM

Blending Bobcat

FIND THE BOBCAT — Catskill Mountain News Publisher Dick Sanford took this interesting photo Saturday of a bobcat near his home of in the Town of Kortright. More...

Posted 10/11/2016 11:26 PM

Cultural Connections:

From Tin Horns to Twitter

Few would deny that immigration is one of the most important issues to hit the platforms in the 2016 election cycle. More...

Posted 10/4/2016 06:08 PM

Church accused of campaigning

The Saint Francis De Sales Catholic Church was warned last week to stay out of current political races. More...

Posted 9/27/2016 08:53 PM

Teen arrested in OCS bomb scare

On Thursday, Sept. More...

Posted 9/27/2016 08:53 PM

Resident’s efforts bear fruit with fresh produce for MRCC

Terry Cohen lobbied or locally grown food at nursing facility

A beaming Chris Esola, administrator at Mountainside Residential Care Center (MRCC), looked on last week as resident Terry Cohen welcomed Roxbury farmer Madalyn Warren with a delivery of fresh local tomatoes for residents at the home. More...

Posted 9/20/2016 09:07 PM

EMT course scheduled at hospital

Early signup is requested

Local EMTs and people interested in becoming EMTs will have an opportunity for training without extensive travel when the Margaretville Hospital EMS Training Program offers an EMT Original & Refresher Course beginning on October 11.  More...

Posted 9/20/2016 09:07 PM

Endowment created to protect ag and forest easements

WAC & DEP will use $43 million for aerial & ground monitoring

Walton — The Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have announced the creation of a $43 million endowment fund for WAC that will be used to safeguard agriculture and forestry eas More...

Posted 9/20/2016 09:08 PM

Fairview Library unveils upgrades Sept. 25

New access ramp and entryway among changes

The Fairview Library in Margaretville will showcase its new entrance ramp and other upgrades at a grand opening celebration on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 1:30-3 p.m. More...

Posted 9/20/2016 09:08 PM

Delaware County tourism seeing sharp increases

Statistics show steady improvement in visits & spending

Delaware County is capturing the tourist market in a way that outpaces every other county in New York. More...

Posted 9/13/2016 09:53 PM

Thomas Smith was longtime community leader

Was business owner and integral leader in many organizations

Thomas L. Smith Jr. of Margaretville, a longtime business owner and community leader, passed away on September 9.  More...

Posted 9/13/2016 09:53 PM

Reflecting on 2011 flood upon event’s anniversary

Devastating event is etched in memory for local residents

As the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Irene approached last week, people in our office were of two minds about whether or not to recognize it in the News. One thought was to forget about it. Why rehash one of the worst storms ever? More...

Posted 8/30/2016 07:45 PM

Intensive workshop to aid sustainable farming

Growers, producers will be eligible for training funds

Nicole Day-Gray is smart and passionate. More...

Posted 8/23/2016 10:48 PM

Phoenicia Library earns building award

Phoenicia — Phoenicia Library, a small rural library, was selected by the New York Library Association’s Public Library Section (PLS) to receive a 2016 Building Award. More...

Posted 8/23/2016 10:48 PM

HAHV offering Community Health Corner

Monthly feature will focus on health topics

The Catskill Mountain News is pleased to launch a new service for readers this week, the Community Health Corner. More...

Posted 8/16/2016 09:38 PM

Building stronger partnerships focus at CWT meeting

Upstate, downstate issues were topic at board’s session

A sharp focus on building stronger partnership programs and changes in watershed regulations being imposed by New York City are the primary tracks for current negotiations on the renewal of the Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) that allows the More...

Posted 8/16/2016 09:38 PM

Director named at Andes Library

The Andes Public Library has announced the hiring of a new library director. Pamela Sue West- Finkle started her duties on Monday, Aug. 8, and will be seen at the desk during open hours on Monday through Thursday. More...

Posted 8/16/2016 09:39 PM

Middletown supervisor plans party switch

Pat Davis feels more aligned with Republicans

In a move destined to please some and annoy others, Town of Middletown Supervisor Patrick Davis has changed his political party enrollment from Democrat to Republican. More...

Posted 8/9/2016 09:40 PM

Phoenicia Library tax increase on Shandaken’s November ballot

The Phoenicia Library Association is asking Shandaken taxpayers for a 72-percent increase in the amount they give the library to support its budget.  More...

Posted 8/2/2016 09:42 PM

Sisters cherish unique upbringing in rural community

Galatioto siblings were raised by family friends after mom’s passing

Margaretville Central School graduate Kati Galatioto made a bold choice when she decided to move all they way to California and pursue a career. More...

Posted 7/26/2016 11:44 PM

Hospital execs give update; insurance issues still linger

Though new executive directors Mark Pohar and Chris Mehl are fitting in well at Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, Health Alliance President and CEO Dave Scarpino can’t predict with any certainty when a stalemate w More...

Posted 7/19/2016 09:02 PM

Board of Elections has voting information

Election Day is November 8

Delhi — As election day nears, it is not unusual for rumors and misinformation to circulate. If you have questions, help the Delaware County Board of Elections (DCBOE) employees by not waiting until the last minute to get them answered. More...

Posted 11/1/2016 08:24 PM


A story in last week’s paper about Wayside Cider, a new business in Andes, incorrectly identified the name of one of its co-owners. More...

Posted 10/25/2016 07:21 PM

Dollar General land parcel changes hands with purchase by Freshtown owners

Dan Katz of PSK Supermarkets, owners of Margaretville’s Freshtown Supermarket confirmed this week that his family has purchased the local Dollar General store property and a separate parcel with a house adjacent to the property.  The purch More...

Posted 10/25/2016 07:21 PM

News to publish expanded Bride’s Guide, comprehensive book for wedding industry

Catskill Mountain News Managing Editor Joan Lawrence-Bauer announced this week that the paper will publish in January Bride’s Guide, a comprehensive guide to goods and services for brides and wedding planners looking to create the perfect Catskill Mo More...

Posted 10/25/2016 07:21 PM

Pine Hill water rates set to double

If you have a house or business in the hamlet of Pine Hill, your annual rate for having water service may go from $100 a year to $200.  That is what is being proposed by the Town of Shandaken which, as the owner/operator of the Pine Hill Water D More...

Posted 10/11/2016 11:26 PM

CWC planning workshops November 4 in Margaretville

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corporation will sponsor a free training day for planners and local officials Friday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Legion Post #216, 903 Main Street.  More...

Posted 10/4/2016 06:08 PM

Citihope marks nearly 30 years making a difference around the world

Humanitarian aid organization was developed after Chernobyl nuclear disaster

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine exploded, creating the worst nuclear disaster in history. Responding to the fallout of that disaster led to a unique ministry for the Rev. Paul S. More...

Posted 10/4/2016 06:08 PM

Historic ACS bridge repair funded via Senator Seward

Andes residents will have a piece of their history restored next summer thanks to good news on the grant front delivered Friday by State Senator James Seward. More...

Posted 9/27/2016 08:53 PM

Social Services key component of county budget

Work underway on spending plan

Municipal leaders throughout Delaware County are finalizing proposed 2017 budgets in preparation of funding new fiscal year services and projects.  More...

Posted 9/20/2016 09:07 PM

History Comes Full Circle

HISTORIC MARKER UNVEILED — The newest historic marker in the Town of Middletown was unveiled September 17 at the 1899 Round Barn in Halcottsville by the Historical Society of Middletown and the More...

Posted 9/20/2016 09:07 PM

Emerald Ash Borer is here – How to save your trees

Arkville — You probably have already heard the hype about Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) by now. More...

Posted 9/20/2016 09:08 PM

County and DEP agree to deal for reservoir road maintenance

Delhi — Delaware County and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have announced a long-term agreement through which the city will provide $24 million to the county for the reconstruction of roadway infrastructure near More...

Posted 9/20/2016 09:08 PM

Joan Lawrence-Bauer to become News owner

Sanfords announce newspaper sale

Catskill Mountain News owners Dick and Laurie Sanford announced today that they have reached an agreement with Joan Lawrence-Bauer to sell her the newspaper. More...

Posted 9/13/2016 09:53 PM

County tax picture still murky

Despite ‘found’ $2.6M

Despite the fact that Dela- ware County Department of Social Services Commissioner Dana Scuderi-Hunter returned $2.6 million to the county coffers in March, it is not yet clear wheth- er county taxes will go up or down in 2017. More...

Posted 9/13/2016 09:53 PM

Harmful algal bloom is confirmed to be present in Cannonsville Reservoir

DEP claims bloom has been contained to a small section

A harmful algal bloom has been confirmed in the Cannonsville Reservoir at the Fish Brook Boat Launch in Walton. More...

Posted 9/6/2016 10:22 PM

MFD adds mini-pumper to firefighting fleet

Margaretville — The Margaretville Fire Department took delivery of a new mini-pumper on Saturday. The truck is a 2017 International with a 1,250-gallon-per minute pumping capacity and replaces a 2005 Ford. More...

Posted 8/30/2016 07:45 PM

MCS tax collection at Fairview Lib.

Margaretville — Due to ongoing construction, taxpayers in the Margaretville Central School District will not be allowed to pay their taxes at the school this year.  More...

Posted 8/23/2016 10:48 PM

Former factory building is under new ownership

Plans for property under consideration

A long vacant factory building on county Route 38, Arkville will soon get new life following a recent real estate transaction.  The 18,000-square-foot building on 2.5 acres was purchased by HUE166, LLC. More...

Posted 8/23/2016 10:48 PM

Registration deadline

Delhi — The last day to register in person at the Board of Elections for the Tuesday, Sept. 13 Primary Election is Friday, Aug. More...

Posted 8/16/2016 09:38 PM

Ulster teen killed, another injured in separate crashes

Fatal accident for teenager occured in Ohio

Two separate automobile accidents claimed the life of one area teenager and severely injured another recently.  More...

Posted 8/16/2016 09:38 PM

Black bear stumbles into Phoenicia Wines & Liquors store

Report indicate animal was scared by passing vehicle

After a black bear smashed through the plate glass door of Phoenicia Wines and Liquors last week, the jokes began immediately.  Should the cops be on the lookout for a drunken bear? One with a hangover? More...

Posted 8/16/2016 09:38 PM

Campaign Time

MAKING THE ROUNDS — Zephyr Teachout, Democratic candidate for the New York's 19th US Congressional District, joined Dave Riordan for a laugh at the Margaretville Hospital flea market August 6. More...

Posted 8/16/2016 09:39 PM

Lake Street, Fleischmanns bridge replacement approved by county

The Lake Street pedestrian bridge over Vly Creek in the Village of Fleischmanns was approved for replacement last Wednesday by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors at their regular monthly meeting.  More...

Posted 8/2/2016 09:42 PM

Building Relationships

ON THE TRAIL — John Faso, left, once the Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly, met with Jason Wadler, right and other constituents on Saturday as he pursues a race for the NY-19 Congr More...

Posted 8/2/2016 09:42 PM

Local responders react to Arkville accident


Posted 7/19/2016 09:02 PM

New Jersey man succumbs while fishing in Shandaken

Heart attack claims fisherman on the Esopus Creek

A 78-year-old New Jersey man died while fishing on the Esopus Creek last Thursday.  According to Town of Shandaken Police, Iuliu Todoran of Englewood, NJ, suffered a heart attack at some point while he was fishing.  More...

Posted 7/19/2016 09:02 PM