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By Tim Luby on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 - 1:46 pm
“Love is the measure of life: only so far as we love do we really live. The variety of our interests, the width of our sympathies, the susceptibilities of our hearts— if these do not measure our lives, what does?” -John Burroughs The original “why” that... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Sep. 4, 2014 - 1:49 pm
For Tim Luby and Jess Fritscher, a pair of avid hikers with a longstanding love for the trails and hollows of the Catskills, visiting just wasn't enough.  "We were driving back from one of our many trips to the Catskills," Luby said. "I kind of blurted... Read more
By Janel Bladow on Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 - 12:30 pm
“I just stared and said ‘Oh, that’s my restaurant.’ This is my dream,” said Paula Douralas, proprietor and chef of Petra Estiatorio, the Greek restaurant that opened at Shephard Hills Golf Club over the Fourth of July weekend. Last winter, Douralas... Read more
By Jennifer Strom on Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 - 12:35 pm
Tom Crucet built a 65-foot-tall rappelling tower in Phoenicia because he knew it would be fun. Thirty years later, it still is. “It’s one of the joys of my life,” says Crucet, who is a lawyer by trade and has been a town justice for 17 years. “I loved... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Jul. 3, 2014 - 6:39 pm
Hanover Farms, a Route 28 farmstand that has been embroiled in legal battle with the town of Shandaken since 2012, is looking for a fresh start -- a new town, and a new name. Outside the shuttered farmstand, a new sign has appeared, announcing that the... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 - 11:32 pm
Late on Sunday night, a massive propane explosion leveled a house on River Road in the Pennsylvania town of Damascus. Across the Delaware River, on the New York side, residents of the Sullivan County hamlet of Callicoon heard the blast and saw the flames... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 - 1:51 pm
Green Door, a Liberty-based quarterly magazine about Catskills life and culture, is shutting down. It's been a good run; in their three years and 13 issues, Green Door's founders have launched a multi-use art space on Liberty's Main Street, popularized... Read more
By Anne Pyburn Craig on Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014 - 12:41 pm
Residents of the Catskills are often people who thrive on privacy and peace, but it’s also important that the commons contain ample opportunities to get off of the farm and out of the woods to socialize. Happily, we’re blessed with a fine selection of... Read more
By Katherine Speller on Tuesday, May. 13, 2014 - 6:26 pm
Above: A sign declares the shuttered Hanover Farms farmstand "Closed By The Town Of Shandaken By Court Order." Photo by Julia Reischel. Concerned residents crowded Shandaken Town Hall last Thursday night, lining the walls and spilling out into the hallway... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, May. 12, 2014 - 3:30 pm
Photo by Flickr user Mark Menzies; published under Creative Commons license. Casino developers hoping to land one of four prized licenses from New York State will have to prove that they're investing enough in the project. But although the state's minimum... Read more


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