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4 months ago · by · 0 comments

Library Vols Create Pollinator Garden

MARGARETVILLE — Fairview Library on Wal-nut Street, Margaretville is among a growing number of area organizations to install a pollinator garden.

Library Director Doris Warner said her board was approached by the Catskill Scenic Byway Committee to participate its initiative to create pollinator gardens throughout the area members were eager to participate. Similar gardens as part of this project in the Margaretville area can be found near Freshtown and the Village Park.

“The library was happy to participate and the initiative was spearheaded by board member In-grid van der Leeden and student liaison to the board, Amaal Bahnas, a Margaretville Central School student,” Doris recalled.

Ingrid and Amaal embraced the concept and designed the garden in front of the library. Most of the plants were donated and came from the gardens of local residents. Several donations helped to get the other materials like mulch and gravel.

Over two days hardworking volunteers re-moved the grass and transformed the new garden area. Those hard at work included Fairview Library Board Members Ingrid van der Leeden, Connie Jeffers, and Stephen Finkel, Former Board Member Dean Hunter, and MCS students Amaal Bahnas and Sydney Asher.

Still to come are a garden bench and a bike rack.

4 months ago · by · 0 comments

Balsam Lake Mtn. Fire Tower Reopened

ARKVILLE – The Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower (BLM) in Arkville will be reopened its top cab for visitors to stand tall above the treetops on Saturday, Aug. 1. Volunteers from the Catskill Center in Arkville will be present at the tower on weekends and holidays now through Columbus Day.

To protect other visitors and the volunteers staffing the tower, hikers are required to wear a face mask when climbing on the tower, to use hand sanitizer before and after climbing the tower, and only members of the same party should climb together. Earlier in the season the tower had remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fire tower volunteers will be available to provide information and hand sanitizer.

The current steel tower is 47-1/2 feet tall and was built on the mountain in 1919 for forest fire surveillance (the first original tower at BLM was built in 1887). Located on the summit of Balsam Lake Mountain, which stands at 3,729’ in elevation, the fire tower looks out over the central Catskills and offers a wonderful vista in all directions.

There are two main trailheads that can bring hikers to the top of Balsam Lake Mountain. One is located on Mill Brook Road from the north. It is a 5.9-mile out and back hike with an elevation gain of approximately 1,147 feet. A second trailhead is located on Beaverkill Road from the south and is the shortest distance to the top at 3.5-miles roundtrip and with an elevation gain of about 1,188 feet.

For both hikes it is suggested that hikers have the 10 essentials with them, such as a trail map and 2-3 liters of water, to prepare for a few hours out in the backcountry (full list here: (http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/hikesmarttenessentials.pdf) For COVID-19 safety, the Catskill Center asks that visitors to the mountain please bring a mask and hand sanitizer with them.

“The hikes that lead to the top of Balsam Lake Mountain can be either day hikes or overnight backpack hikes, and a drive around that area of the Catskills (Arkville) offers scenic mountain views, covered bridges, and a network of other trails. The state campgrounds nearby can be great to visit for the day, too,” said the Catskills Center’s Visitor Experience Coordinator Olivia Bernard.

The five backcountry Catskill Park Fire Towers are owned and maintained by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) with support from the Catskill Center. A sixth Catskill Park Fire Tower is now located on the grounds of the Catskills Visitor Center (catskillsvisitorcenter.org), having opened in the Fall of 2019. You can learn more about the Fire Towers of the Catskill Park on the Catskill Center’s website at catskillcenter.org/fire-tower-project.

The volunteer program at the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower is a part of Catskill Center’s Catskill Fire Tower Project. A program that began in the 1990s to restore and maintain the five original historic Catskill Fire Towers, the Catskill Fire Tower Project keeps towers staffed on weekends and holidays from May through October.

 

 

 

 

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Historic Andes Hotel Changes Hands

ANDES — The venerable Andes Hotel, which traces its origins to 1850, has new ownership as Derek Curl completed purchase of the property in late July 2020.

Sally and Ed O’Neill, bought the business 20 years ago and implemented many changes in the operation. The property includes a spacious dining room, a popular tavern and 10 ranch-style motel rooms.

Commenting on behalf of the new owner, spokesperson Lisa Wisely said, “The Andes Hotel will be opening very much in line with the existing establishment. We have offered jobs to all the existing staff who have been out of their positions there since the hotel closed in March with the New York State mandate/stay at home orders.”

She said the tavern will remain exactly the same although plans call for having all operations, including the kitchen, be outdoors for the remainder of summer and fall.

This will also allow time to address any imperative renovations needed in the building and also to have as many people as possible experience the new Andes Hotel by having picnic tables and tents outdoors, following all state protocols on distance and safety.

“We plan on opening within two days of the liquor license coming through, we are in the application process now. The hotel just changed hands last week,” Lisa explained. “As of right now, we will not be taking any new room reservations, we really want to focus on getting the tavern and the kitchen up with a new updated menu.”

She recommend that anyone interested in the project follow the Facebook page and Instagram page and keep an eye on andeshotel.com website for updates on a confirmed opening date.

1 year ago · by · 0 comments

Mountain Eagle Donates To Middletown Legion Post

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Middletown American Legion Post 216 Commander Kurt Holcherr, left, accepts a donation check to the post from The Mountain Eagle. Newspaper staff member Brian Sweeney made the presentation on behalf of Publisher Matthew Avitabile. The donation preceded the Veterans’ Day Ceremony held at the Legion Hall in Margaretville on Monday, Nov. 11. Past Commander Patt Svoboda was the keynote speaker. Legionnaires offered a 21-gun salute and Margaretville Central School student Sydney Asher played Taps as veterans who have lost their lives were also remembered. A nice crowd attended the ceremony and Legion personnel invited community members to enjoy refreshments afterwards at the Legion Hall. — Photo by Gretchen Balcom

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Past Commander Patt Svoboda gave the keynote speech at Monday’s Veterans’ Day Ceremony held at Middletown American Legion Post 216 in Margaretville. There was a big turnout for the event to honor the country’s service veterans. Following the ceremony, community members were invited to enjoy refreshments at the Legion Hall. — Photo by Brian Sweeney

1 year ago · by · 0 comments

Good Samaritan, Oakley’s Team Up For Mountainside Pizza Events

MARGARETVILLE Folks at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville are enjoying a free pizza meal one day each month thanks for the generosity of a Fleischmanns resident and a local business.

The gesture of kindness was started about a year ago when Sue Paterson was visiting a friend who was a Mountainside resident.

“I love visiting Mountainside and the idea just came to me to do something special for the residents,” Sue recalled.

She had the idea approved by the Mountainside administration and then approached George and Chris Zografakis, owners of Oakley’s Place in Arkville, asking if she could arrange to purchase 4-5 pizzas for the residents on a monthly basis.

“I was planning to pay for the pizzas myself,” Sue recalled. “But, I was thrilled when George responded, ‘Any time you want to do this, it’s on me.’”

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Sue said some residents are not able to eat pizza due to dietary restrictions. However, the residents who are able to enjoy this treat look forward to the monthly delivery.

Sue and Chris bring the pizzas from Oakley’s and assist the Mountainside staff with handing out slices.

“They just light up,” Sue commented about residents’ reactions to the Pizza Days.

As a special thank you, an extra pizza is included for the Mountainside employees who lend helping hands with the project.

In addition to bringing taste treats, Sue and Chris also spend time socializing with the residents, many of whom have become friends as a result of their visits.

“It’s just such a little thing and it means so much,” Sue commented. “It’s worth everything to me just to watch their faces when the pizza arrives.”

Mountainside’s Director of Recreational Therapy Donna Rossman said the Pizza Days are anticipated events.

Regarding the most recent delivery, Donna commented, “The residents said that it was very nice and greatly appreciated — and the pizza was delicious! They spoke about it the rest of the evening and most of the residents said they had two pieces.”

2 years ago · by · 0 comments

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Historic Andes Hotel Changes Hands

ANDES — The venerable Andes Hotel, which traces its origins to 1850, has new ownership as Derek Curl completed purchase of the property last week.

Sally and Ed O’Neill, bought the business 20 years ago and implemented many changes in the operation. The property includes a spacious dining room, a popular tavern and 10 ranch-style motel rooms.

Commenting on behalf of the new owner, spokesperson Lisa Wisely said, “The Andes Hotel will be opening very much in line with the existing establishment. We have offered jobs to all the existing staff who have been out of their positions there since the hotel closed in March with the New York State mandate/stay at home orders.”

She said the tavern will remain exactly the same although plans call for having all operations, including the kitchen, be outdoors for the remainder of summer and fall.

This will also allow time to address any imperative renovations needed in the building and also to have as many people as possible experience the new Andes Hotel by having picnic tables and tents outdoors, following all state protocols on distance and safety.

“We plan on opening within two days of the liquor license coming through, we are in the application process now. The hotel just changed hands last week,” Lisa explained. “As of right now, we will not be taking any new room reservations, we really want to focus on getting the tavern and the kitchen up with a new updated menu.”

She recommend that anyone interested in the project follow the Facebook page and Instagram page and keep an eye on andeshotel.com website for updates on a confirmed opening date.

 

 

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