Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a Pollinator Workshop and learn how to convert fields to meadows and plant a butterfly garden at our Bethel, NY office from 9am-12pm. Free and open to the public, reservations requested. Visit www.delawarehighlands.org/newsevents to learn more.
Sullivan County Songwriters Circle at the Dancing Cat’s Catskill Distillery Company, 3-5pm. Workshop for songwriters to share their songs, craft and influences. Free and open to the public. 845/583-3141.
The Gays of Sullivan County will gather at the Dancing Cat Saloon, 2-6pm. There will be hot toddies and a special Apple Pie Cocktail made with the Catskill Distilling Company’s Wicked White Whiskey. Admission to the winter get-together is free, with food and beverages for purchase. 845/583-3141.
Catskill Distillery, 2037 Rte. 17B, live entertainment with Peter Florance and the New Kings. New Year's Eve menu at The Dancing Cat, first seating, 5-8pm (prix fixe $39); second seating, 8-11pm (prix fixe $75). Champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres ($20) at midnight; cost included with second seating.
A visit to Bethel by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week to celebrate passage of the New York State casino referendum brought a shot of development revelry to Sullivan County, and about an hour later, Sullivan County boosters engaged in another bout of developmental cheerleading at a public hearing over a project called the Veria Lifestyle Management Center. Read more
The old-timers in Sullivan County say that the county died as a tourist destination because of the three “A”s: airplanes, automobiles and air conditioning. Now, Governor Andrew Cuomo and many local leaders are betting that a casino or two can breathe new life into the tourism sector of the Catskills and beyond. Read more
According to elected officials and wildlife advocates, there are numerous operations across the country and New York State in which wild boars are kept in fenced enclosures and shot by people who pay for the experience. Read more
Since Hess Corporation and Newfield Appalachia cancelled their gas leases in Wayne County, PA this summer, much of the steam surrounding the gas drilling issue seems to have been lost. But the divisions it created in many communities, especially in western Sullivan County, are still very visible in municipal elections this year. Read more
Ramsay Adams knows that a lot of important people in Sullivan County and beyond are in favor of gaming. They want people to vote “yes” on Proposition One in November and change the state constitution to allow up to seven casinos in the state. But Adams’ reluctant position is to oppose the proposition, because he believes casinos in Sullivan County will bring more harm than good. Read more
Supervisor Dan Sturm told residents gathered at the meeting on October 9 that the town faced some “challenges” with this year’s budget. The first is that the property tax cap increase imposed by Albany this year is not 2% but actually 1.6%, which is called in Albany the “levy growth factor.” Read more