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June 2020

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Events in the next 10 days...
ShortCuts Call for Works - The Open Eye Theater


The Open Eye Theater of Margaretville NY, is accepting submissions of ten-minute plays for consideration in Summer Shortcuts X, a program of eight plays to be performed in August via ZOOM, or similar online platform--and may be broadcast on WIOX Community Radio, streaming worldwide. Authors of selected plays will be contacted in late July or early August, and will receive a modest fee. The window for submissions is June 1-7, 2020. Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays, with no more than 4 characters each. Scripts must be submitted as attachments in Word or PDF format. There is special interest in playwrights from New York State. Family-friendly comedies and dramas with good roles for senior adults are especially appreciated. Title page with playwright’s name and full contact information, including mailing address, must be attached. Plays longer than ten-minutes will not be considered. Please email scripts to   

Amie Brockway
Producing Artistic Director

Coming Soon...
FlyFishing Opens April 1

            A wonderful resource to learn about the history of Fly Fishing along the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway is the Phoenicia Library and its amazing Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection. Here is what you will find.
“The Catskills is famous as the place where fly fishing began in North America. As early as the 1830s Phoenicia is distinguished for having the first boarding house that catered to fishermen. The Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection at the Phoenicia Library celebrates Catskill angling history and traditions with an extensive collection of books about fishing and fly tying, as well as historical memorabilia, artworks, archives and other resources. The special collection opened in 1996 in memory of Jerry Bartlett (1939-1995) a conservationist and tireless advocate for the cold-water fisheries of the Catskill Mountains.”
An Interactive web site ( provides Catskill anglers with a comprehensive digital “hatch chart” that shows what the trout are eating, the artificial flies that best imitate those insects and when and where to fish the trout. It also offers a history of angling on the Esopus Creek, the natural history of local trout species, recipes for tying the flies, and podcasts and photographs from past programs.
The Angling Collection at the Phoenicia Library has fly rods and spinning rods that can be checked out with a library card. Throughout the year there are programs about fishing, author book signings, fly tying classes and other special programs and events.
If interested in becoming a member and receiving our Newsletter, and notices of special events, please email your name to

Coming Soon...
Binnekill Tavern in Margaretville and Tito's in Pine Hill Take Out Dates

Binnekill Tavern and Tito Bandito's

Now Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Take-out from 4pm - 8pm.

Tito Bandito's:


Coming Soon...
Catskill Recreation Center Challenges You and New Art Class

#crcstayactive IN THE MONTH OF MAY
It is time to get your sneakers on and gear up for the May challenge.  Below you will find your fitness plan for this month.  The Goal by May 31 is to walk three miles in one day.
This I know that you can do.  You are CRC strong.  We want to know how you are doing.  Please take lots of selfies and post them on #crcstayactive.
Note:  If you already are running/walking three miles a day then your goal is to double what you do by the end of the month.  Remember we are New York Tough and CRC Strong.  

Tuesday May 5 @ 1:00 pm
This class is for people ages 5 to 105.  Last week we had seven participants starting at age six and going up through adulthood.  We had fun making roses, drawing dogs, and sheep.  The way Sharon taught allowed even the youngest participant to be successful.  

This week Sharon plans to make different shapes with watercolor or colored pencil, then add faces, arms and legs with a fine tip marker. They are cute, and easy.
Supplies to gather prior to the class:  Paper, any kind will work, a heavier paper (card-stock) is best, watercolor paints, brush, water container, palette or plate to mix color or colored pencils Fine tip marker or pen or pencil or gel pens.  
If you are interested in participating in this class email:

Our mailing address is:
651 County Highway 38
Arkville, NY 12406

Phone Number: 845-586-6250

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Catskill Recreation Center News! 

We are here to keep you moving this Spring!

Take a look at the News of the Catskill Recreation Center. 


We will be starting three virtual group exercise classes. 

The Schedule is as follows.   

Yoga with Kathy:  Starting Tuesday April 14 at 9:00 am. 

Beginner Tai Chi with Nina:  Starting Thursday April 16 at 11:00 - 12:00 pm. This is a progressive class so starting with the first class and coming to each of the classes is important. 

Body Sculpt with Pamela:  Starting Sunday April 19 at 10:30 – 11:30 am.

To join these classes:

Please email me. 

In the subject line name the class you want to take:  Yoga, Tai Chi, or Body Sculpt. 

Prior to the class I will email you a zoom invitation to join.

We will open the classes a half hour early to work out any challenges with technology.

This first week is a trial run. 

If you enjoy the class and would like them to continue we are requesting a suggested donation of 3 – 5 dollars per class.  The donations will allow us to continue offering online classes until we re-open the facility.   

To make donations, participants may use PayPal, the link is on the CRC homepage.  Or you may send a check to the CRC.  651 County Highway 38 Arkville, NY 12406. 

#CRCStayActive Challenge on Social Media

Have you gotten creative with your fitness routine while the pool and gym are closed?  We would like some inspiration and we know that you can help. The CRC is starting a challenge on Facebook & Instagram highlighting what you are doing to Stay Active while CRC is closed. How can you participate?

Post a picture (or video) of what you are doing to Stay Active on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #CRCStayActive and tag the CRC on Facebook/Instagram.

The CRC social media team will be looking for members to share and post on our Facebook & Instagram.  Anyone who is selected will get a pass to a free fitness class of your choice that you can use when the CRC reopens!

If your post is selected, you'll get a private message from the CRC to confirm that you are a member and to get your details for the free pass when we re-open.

So get moving, snap a picture and show us how #CRCStayActive!

While the Rec Center is closed…..we are working on projects that need to get done. Pool covers have been replaced Work is being done on the cardio equipment.  Our goal is to have the machinery in working order by the time we reopen. 


The Catskill Recreation Center is seeking bids from qualified contractors for its ½ mile walking trail at the address below.  The trail will be 6 feet wide with Item 4 crushed run product at a depth of 6 inches.  Work includes clearing/prepping land in an open field, excavation of trail area, and construction of trail, installation of a culvert, adding crusher run, grading, topsoil, seeding and mulching sides as needed.  Bids will be accepted through Thursday April 23, 2020.  This project must be completed by May 27, 2020.  For more information contact Becky Manning email:, or call and leave a message 845-586-6250. 

Mail Bids to Catskill Recreation Center 651 County Highway 38 Arkville, NY 12406.  Or email: 


Make a donation: Use PayPal:  On the Catskill Recreation Center’s homepage there is a yellow Donate button. Write a check:  to the CRC 651 County Highway 38 Arkville, NY 12406

When CRC reopens: Continue your membership. Bring new friends to join the gym.

Utilize opportunities to let friends, neighbors and strangers know about all the fun things you are doing at the Rec Center. Facebook

Our mailing address is: 651 County Highway 38, Arkville, NY 12406

Email:  Phone:  845-586-6250

Coming Soon...
Phoenicia Library


We want to let you know that all library staff are well and still working from home.  We’ve been so fortunate to be able to speak with so many of our patrons these past two months in spite of this pandemic.  Staff members have been going through our patron list and calling people to check on them.  It’s a “how are you, do you need anything?” call.  We’ve seen other residents in one of our many online Zoom and Facebook classes. Our librarians have also been happy to respond to many, many emails and phone calls with requests for help with technology, legal matters and accessing online resources.

Still, it doesn’t replace being able to see each other in person.  It’s been a point of considerable loss for us as librarians to not be able to see our patrons in real life in our building.  This is a profession that attracts people whose real joy is being able to be with and help people.

Currently, our library is entirely virtual and telephonic.   Following New York State executive order, the building is closed even to staff except for periodic inspection.  State executive order, health authority recommendations and Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) will inform when and how we can re-enter the building.   In MHLS workshops and twice weekly staff meetings, the staff is collectively working on trying to figure out returning to Main Street.  Our guiding principle will be the well-being and safety of patrons and staff, and will most likely occur in steps.  While our impulse is to jump right in, it will be slow going as we don’t have firm guidance on many aspects, for example, a 100% safe way to handle lending materials.

But, as said before, we are here for you.  The best way to reach us is by our phone 845-688-7811 or via our main email  If you would like to speak to me directly, you can also hit “reply” to this email and it goes straight to me.

Please take care and let us know if there is anything you need.

Liz Potter



May Memoir Workshop with Sparrow
Tuesdays, 5/12, 5/19 and 5/26, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This is a special emergency series of Sparrow's biannual writing workshops. Now that (almost) all of us are sequestered at home, why not gravitate to the keyboard and improvise? Sparrow will lead exercises in memory, literary structure, and language rhythms.
This workshop will be held virtually via Zoom meetings which you can access here or on our Facebook page.

Fuel Buying Co-op Info Session
Wednesday, 5/3, 7:30 pm
Phoenicia and Woodstock Libraries are partnering to bring you this program to learn about how local people have organized together to obtain significantly better prices on their fuel.

A member/volunteer of the Mid-Hudson Fuel Buying Co-op will be giving a Zoom presentation to talk about how the co-op works, how to sign up, and what the benefits are.

You can access the presentation by clicking here or going to our Facebook page.

The mission of the Co-op is to offer discounted fuels, services, and equipment to its members and to promote energy conservation and alternative energy use.

You can find out more about the organization here.

Book Club: So Big by Edna Ferber
Thursday, 5/21, 6:00 pm
So Big is a classic novel of turn-of-the-century Chicago. It is the story of Selina Peake Delong, a gambler's daugther, and her struggles to stay afloat and maintain her dignity and her sanity in the face of marriage, widowhood, and single parenthood. You can download a digital copy of this book from Project Gutenberg.

To join the book club meeting please click here or see our Facebook page.

Sparrow & Watson: Author Reading
Friday, 5/29, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join local authors Carl Watson and Sparrow as they read some of their works - Sparrow will be reading from his book Abraham and Carl Watson will be reading from his book Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming.  You can join in by clicking here.

Monday Meditation
Mondays, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 and 5/25, 7:00 pm
This is an online workshop to bring people together to learn ways of relaxing and connecting. Meditation can help us relax the mind and our need to do, produce, or be something/somebody.

By getting quiet for just 5-10 minutes a day, we learn how to create a refuge that travels with us wherever we are. There will be a time for questions and reflection following the meditation.

You can join in via this Zoom link. You can also find this information on our Facebook page.

Phoenicia Chats
Tuesdays, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19 and 5/26, 6:30 pm
Let's talk about our lives during these times. What is it like for you during this pandemic?  Join two of our librarians, Mary B. and Liz Potter, as they invite a local guest each week to talk with us and get the chat rolling!  You can join in here or going to our Facebook page.

Tarot Circle
Wednesdays, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 and 5/27, 6:30 pm
Join us every Wednesday for an Online Tarot Circle hosted by Phoenicia & Olive Libraries.

Whether you're a total beginner, a curious sort, or an experienced reader, you are most welcome to join this circle to explore the tarot together. Bring a deck, a journal and your questions!

Hosted by: Shea in the Catskills is an artist and practitioner of tarot and other magical arts. She spent 10 years living in full-time residential training at Zen Mountain Monastery, four of those as a monastic. Find out more at

You can join this meeting by clicking here or going to our Facebook page.

Math Help
By appointment only
Get those pencils sharpened! Former math teacher, Phyllis, can help to answer all of your math questions, from kindergarten to calculus. You can schedule a time to work with Phyllis FROM YOUR OWN HOME. Just reach out to her and you can decide together the best way to work (Zoom, FaceTime, etc)

She can be reached at (845) 688-2214 or

You can also find this information on our Facebook page.

NYS Insurance Navigator
By appointment only
New York State of Health has opened a special enrollment period for uninsured people to purchase a plan (if you don't qualify for Medicaid or Essential plans they can help with that too!) or if your income has recently been affected by the coronavirus you may now qualify for FREE insurance

To schedule a phone appointment with Jennifer Bradford you can either call or email and ask for an appointment - (800) 453-4666 or email them here. 

You can also find this information on our Facebook page.

Individual Medicare Counseling
By appointment only
You can make an appointment to speak with Peggy from The Ulster County Office for the Aging. She can give you personalized counseling and to help you understand your plan.  Learn if you may be eligible to save money on monthly premiums or prescriptions, hae your insurnace questions answered by a trained HIICAP Counselor and find out about - legal services, transportation, home delivered meals, and other home based services.  To make a phone appointment please call 845-340-3456.

Legal Help
By appointment only
Our volunteer, David Balinsky, a retired lawyer, is available to talk with you to help answer any legal questions you may have. Please contact the library at 688-7811 or email us to be put in touch with him.

Online Bedtime Story with Christina
Every night at 7:00pm
Join Christina Davis, library staff member and owner of local pre-school The Woodland Playhouse, as she reads a story via Facebook Live.  Go to the Phoenicia Library FB page and wait for the story to start. Please let us know if you have any questions - just FB messenger.  All members of the public are welcome to tune in.

You can also find this information on our Facebook page.


  All programs are FREE to all members of the public and occur at
48 Main Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464

Questions? Call (845) 688-7811 or email

For up-to-the-minute news and program information, visit

Copyright © 2020 Phoenicia Public Library, All rights reserved.

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NYS DEC Hunting and Trapping Seasonal Dates Announced - 2020 - 2021

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
DEC Delivers - Information to keep you connected and informed from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Hunting and Trapping Newsletter
What Drives Changes in the Fisher Populations in the Northern Zone?
DEC staff, in partnership with researchers from SUNY ESF, are conducting a study to better understand what drives changes in fisher populations in the Central Adirondacks specifically, and more widely across the Northern Zone. With the help of a number of trappers, fishers are live-captured during the winter and adult females fitted with GPS collars to locate and monitor dens and kit production. The combination of real-time GPS location data, as well as trail cameras deployed at maternal den sites, help estimate kit production and survival. Ultimately, DEC will use data on the reproductive potential of Northern Zone fisher populations and gain a better understanding of population dynamics to inform season setting and ensure sustainable harvest opportunities for this important furbearer resource.

For more information on fisher and their management in New York, visit DEC’s website. 

A fisher carrying another small animal
Proposed Trapping Season Changes
DEC is proposing changes to the current beaver, mink and muskrat trapping seasons. The proposed changes would expand beaver trapping opportunities in central and western New York and would align the start dates of mink and muskrat trapping seasons with beaver trapping seasons throughout the state.

Specifically, this proposed rulemaking would modify 6 NYCRR Parts 6.1 and 6.2 to:

Move the start date of the beaver season in western New York from November 25 to November 10, providing two additional weeks of trapping opportunity;
Extend the closing date of beaver trapping in central and western NY to April 7th, providing additional trapping opportunity after ice out and aligning the end date with the rest of the Southern Zone and with trapper season date preferences;
Shift the start date for mink and muskrat trapping in the Northern Zone from October 25 to November 1 to better align with trapper season date preferences and to align Northern Zone mink and muskrat trapping with the beaver season;
Shift the start date for mink and muskrat in central and western NY from November 25 to November 10. This will align the start date of the season throughout the Southern Zone and with the start of beaver trapping season.
Modifying the season dates for these species will allow DEC to  improve management of species like beaver and to better address our goal of meeting the public desire for sustainable use of these resources. With the number of nuisance beaver complaints received by DEC increasing steadily each year, particularly in central and western New York, the proposed changes will allow DEC to minimize the damage and other problems caused by beavers. In addition, the proposed changes will better align trapping seasons with preferred season dates as indicated by a survey of licensed trappers.

To view the proposed rulemaking and/or provide comment, please visit DEC's website. 

DEC Announces 2020-2021 Waterfowl Hunting Season Dates
Waterfowl News

Due to a slow, but steady decline in mallards across the northeastern United States, the mallard daily bag limit remains two birds (one hen) per day. Please see the Declining Mallards in the Atlantic Flyway (PDF) brochure for more information. 

The Canada goose season length in the Northeast, West Central, East Central, Hudson Valley, and Lake Champlain zones remains 30 days with a limit of two per day. Please see the Status and Management of Atlantic Population Canada Geese (PDF) brochure for more information.

The scaup bag limit will vary throughout the duck season this year. Due to declines in the scaup population, the bag limit will be one scaup per day for 40 days and two scaup per day for 20 days. 

DEC is considering the addition of veteran and active military hunting days. These would be two additional waterfowl hunting days outside of the regular seasons. Please look for future DEC Delivers newsletters on this topic, and check our website later this summer for more information.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities
youth hunters with dog in canoe Duck hunting seasons begin with designated youth waterfowl hunts across the state. These hunts allow youth hunters to spend time afield with experienced adult hunters and gain necessary knowledge and skills to become safe and responsible members of the hunting community. Junior hunters (12 to 15 years of age) accompanied by a licensed adult hunter with up-to-date Harvest Information Program registration and a duck stamp may participate.

During the youth hunt, the adult hunter may not possess a firearm or shoot any birds unless the respective regular season is open. Daily bag limits are the same as those allowed during the regular hunting season for all species (excludes September Canada goose bag limits). The youth hunts are held on weekends in each zone of the state, as follows:

Western Zone - Oct. 3-4
Northeastern Zone - Sept. 19-20
Lake Champlain Zone - Sept. 26-27
Southeastern Zone - Sept. 19-20
Long Island Zone - Nov. 7-8
Duck Hunting Season Dates
Each year, DEC works with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Atlantic Flyway Council to develop waterfowl hunting regulations and season dates. This year, DEC, with the assistance of Cornell University and the waterfowl hunter task forces, implemented a new process for selecting the 60-day duck season dates within the dates allowed by the USFWS. New York duck seasons offer opportunity to hunt from the first week of October through the last Sunday in January, depending on the waterfowl hunting zone. By having five waterfowl zones, it allows DEC to select dates that maximize duck abundance in each zone which varies based on habitat and latitude.

Species: ducks, coots and mergansers

Western Zone
Oct. 17 - Nov. 8
Nov. 28 - Jan. 3

Northeast Zone
Oct. 3 - Oct. 25
Oct. 31 - Dec. 27

Lake Champlain
Oct. 10 - Nov. 1
Nov. 21 - Dec. 27

Oct. 17 - Nov. 29
Dec. 5 - Dec. 20

Long Island
Nov. 21 - Nov. 29
Dec. 12 - Jan. 31

Canada Goose Seasons
Canada goose hunting regulations can often be confusing because of the number of zones, varied bag limits, and season lengths. Although some of the boundaries and bag limit differences appear to be random, they were designed using scientific data to maximize opportunity for resident Canada geese, but also to protect migratory populations that are much more sensitive to hunter harvest. Season lengths and bag limits are, again, developed in collaboration between the USFWS and the Atlantic Flyway Council. After the season frameworks are established (e.g., season length, bag limits, outside allowable dates), DEC gathers input from waterfowl hunters and the waterfowl hunter task forces to select dates that maximize opportunity for hunters in each zone.

2020-2021 Canada Goose seasons map
Bag Limits for all Other Species
There are no changes to season dates or bag limits for any of the other webless migratory game birds (rails, gallinules, snipe, and American woodcock). For more information and season dates for these species, please visit DEC's website.

Coming Soon...
Week of June 1 at Pine Hill Community Center

Pine Hill Community Center offers Programs 

Perfect time to join one of our virtual wellness classes using the calendar below.  Please remember you are not alone in these challenging times.  If you need help with errands, check ins, and/or resource referrals the Center continues to work with community volunteers ready to help you via or by calling 845-254-5469.
SPECIAL NOTE:  The June 13th Cabaradio has been cancelled. Updates for future shows will be provided.  
We as a community will get through this and make us stronger!

If you would like to make a donation to the Center to help us help the community during these trying times. Please click 'donate' on the PHCC website. Thank You




VIRTUAL Math Tutoring available



Virtual Gentle Yoga (using Zoom)
Monday and Fridays 9:00am - 10:00am

if interested email Sue at:

With Kathy Carey
A fun, lightly paced class
9 am - 10 am


Virtual Watercolor Workshop
(using Zoom)
Monday and Wednesdays 1:00pm

if interested email Sue at:

New Watercolor Workshop starting 6/1 with Maria Garcia. 
Meets Monday and Wednesdays 1:00pm


Virtual Meditation (using Zoom)
Monday  5:00pm 
if interested email Sue at: 


Learn to Meditate
Mondays 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Join in an hour of mindfulness - awareness practice
Includes sitting meditation, a talk or reading, and discussion
Ongoing instruction is available, and  first-timers are always welcome

No Fee

Virtual Monkey See (Chair Exercise)
(using Zoom)
Tuesday and Fridays 10:30am

if interested email Sue at:

Join Patti Rudge for Monkey See (Chair Exercises) 
Tuesday and Fridays 10:30am


Virtual PILATES (using zoom)
Tuesdays and Fridays
4:00pm - 5:15pm
if interested email Sue at: 

Join Ginger for Virtual Pilates using Zoom
Tuesdays and Fridays
4:00pm - 5:15pm


Virtual "Kids Connect" (using Zoom)
Tuesdays 2:30pm
if interested email Sue at: 

Hosted by MC of Fun Children's Activities, Becka McAllister

And the beat goes on!

PHCC is finding a new rhythm on ZOOM, offering our After-School Program, Virtually! We will explore awesome and exciting ways to learn, grow, encourage, and support one another. Through songs, stories, games, crafts, and camaraderie, we will forge the strength of our community and friendship, amongst these challenging new times in all our lives!

Familiar faces and new friends are welcome. Email: for details on how your child and family can become part of this exciting adaptation of community spirit!  Our children are the future, and we are here for them in the now.

Thank you for letting PHCC continue to serve your community, our community, in the Catskills. 


Virtual Power Yoga (using Zoom)
Wednesday 10:00am
if interested email Sue at: 

POWER YOGA with Pamela Martin
Wednesdays 10:00am
Join our Virtual Power Yoga through Zoom. 


Virtual Learn Tai Chi (using Zoom)
Thursday 10:00am

if interested email Sue at: 

LEARN TAI CHI with Celeste Graves
Thursdays 10:00am

Celeste Graves, PHCC's Tai Chi instructor, is offering a new, Restorative Tai Chi program to go out on ZOOM during this time of stay-at-home recommendations and restrictions.  While it is appropriate for all levels, it will be particularly geared to very beginners, so if you have never done tai chi this is your opportunity to get started!
Based on a Tai Chi for Health program formatted by world renowned Tai Chi expert, Dr. Paul Lam, Restorative Tai Chi is a great opportunity to strengthen your immune system, alleviate stress, and restore a harmonious balance between body, mind, and spirit.  It works to restore you to an innate sense of self care and appreciation, and is extremely enjoyable to do. It is also ideal for anyone recovering from surgery, stroke, illness, or falls. May be done seated or standing. Starts Thursday, April 2.  10 am.

New programs in the works!



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