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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