Catskills topic of talk

 ONEONTA _ Wes Gillingham, program director for Catskill Mountainkeeper, will give a talk titled “The Future of the Catskills: Can Catskill Mountainkeeper Help?” on Tuesday.The event will be at 7 p.m. in the Strawbale House at Hartwick College’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus as part of the ongoing “Conversations at the Lake” series.

Gillingham will discuss his work with Catskill Mountainkeeper, a nonprofit advocacy organization whose mission is to protect the ecological integrity of the Catskill Mountain range and the quality of life of those who live there.

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Rail trail might expand

Allen Frishman stands outside the former railway tunnel along a portion of the rail trail in South Fallsburg.For the Times Herald-Record/MICHAEL D. BLOOM

FALLSBURG — When the Ontario and Western Railway first chugged its way through Sullivan County in 1873, fewer than 30 houses stood in the hamlet of Roscoe.

New brand launched for local wood products

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WALTON – Catskill WoodNet, a regional collaboration of woodworkers, artisans and sawmills, has launched the “Pure Catskills” brand for local wood products.

The new trademark for forest products is a spinoff from the “Pure Catskills: Buy Fresh, Buy Local” campaign that promotes more than 150 area farms, spearheaded by the Watershed Agricultural Council.

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Alliance sought to go after Route 28 funding

By Jay Braman Jr., Correspondent
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The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development is trying to form an alliance of several communities along the state Route 28 corridor to hash out ideas for a $500,000 state fund earmarked for the area.

Peter Manning, a representative of the Arkville-based center, said the state has committed the money for a Central Catskill Mountains Smart Growth Program to support improvement projects that retain the vibrancy of the hamlets, villages, and town centers along the corridor – specifically in the towns of Andes, Middletown, Olive, and Shandaken, and the villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville.

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On The Bright Side: Catskill teachers learn to connect students, history

 By Patricia Breakey
Delhi News Bureau

ARKVILLE _ A group of teachers gathered at the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development on Tuesday to learn how to connect their students with the land and heritage of the Catskills.

Teachers from Roxbury, Margaretville, Hunter and Windham/Ashland/Jewett schools participated in exercises incorporated in “The Catskills: A Sense of Place.”

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Of Drinking Water, Trout, and Floods

February 21st, 2008

The Delaware Basin Reservoirs 

New York City is catching some lumps over plans about how to release water from the Delaware Basin Reservoirs in the Catskills, the source of the city’s drinking water. Environmentalists, public officials, fishing organizations, and residents along the Delaware River are not excited about the implementation of the new plan, called the Flexible Flow Management Program. It was an agreement between New York City, New York state, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania to provide enough enough drinking water while protecting the environment and river communities.

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Catskills deserve better than Exploitation

A recipe for disaster …


* 1,700 acres of Catskill real estate.

* 2,500 electronic slot machines.

* Potpourri of drifters, prostitutes, footpads, sharpers, criminals (small time),organized crime (big time).

* Donald Trump.

Stir, serve, hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

But wait, I can hear them saying, he didn’t mention the 3,000 jobs. Ah, yes, the jobs. There are always those promised jobs dangled as bait to tempt the wary.

A renaissance for the long-suffering Catskills that have seen hard times since the decline of the summer resorts that began some 40 years ago. That’s how this latest bid to bring a little bit of Atlantic City to Kiamesha Lake is being sold.

That’s a good thing?

According to The New York Times, Trump has joined forces with the Mohawk tribe of St. Regis, which is up on the Canadian border in case you’re scoring. The Mohawks, who have persuaded themselves that they hold legal rights to land their ancestors never claimed to own, sought permission several years ago to transform the Monticello Raceway into a combination resort, racetrack and gambling hell.

Trump, who didn’t cotton to competition that close to his own gambling hell in Atlantic City, successfully fought the Indians with the help of several obliging politicians.

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