Catskill, New York
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20 September 2020 06:01PM


A new report by the CDC has linked COVID-19 cases to dining at restaurants.

In a month-long investigation completed in July, the CDC analyzed symptomatic outpatients from 11 U.S. health care facilities and found that adults who became infected with COVID-19 had reported dining at indoor or outdoor restaurants two weeks before getting sick.

“Adults with positive SARS-CoV-2 test results were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than were those with negative SARS-CoV-2 test results,” the CDC wrote.

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Catskill, New York
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2 August 2020 02:35PM


Hospitalizations Drop to 556—New Low Since March 17

3 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday; Lowest Three-day Average for Deaths—4—Since Mid-March

No Deaths Reported in NYC Yesterday

SLA and State Police Task Force Observes Violations of State Requirements at 36 Establishments; Task Force Has Observed More Than 13,000 Establishments in Total

0.9 Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive

531 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 416,298; New Cases in 42 Counties


Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State has completed 6 million diagnostic COVID-19 tests. Yesterday, the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 dropped to 556, the lowest number since March 17, there were three deaths and the three-day rolling average for deaths dropped to four, the lowest number since mid-March. No deaths were reported in New York City yesterday. The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“We did 58,961 tests yesterday, that brings us to over 6 million diagnostic tests since March, which is really good news. The 531 tested positive, that’s 0.9 percent yesterday, so that’s really good news. 3 New Yorkers passed away yesterday, they’re in our thoughts and prayers. 556 hospitalized, that’s the lowest number we’ve had hospitalized since we began, so that’s great. The ICU numbers are down to 143. The number of intubated down slightly to 71. So, all very good news.”

“The context is important; it’s all very good news. The numbers are just about where we want them to be, but – I always add the but – we have to stay diligentif you look at the facts, you look at the data, you look at history, you look at the other experiences, it all says the same thing: we have to be careful.”

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Catskill, New York
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15 November 2019 02:51PM

LUMBERYARD and Stockade Works to present a three-day workshop to prepare Hudson Valley residents for local job opportunities in the film and television production industry.

CATSKILL, NY AND KINGSTON, NY (November 14, 2019) – LUMBERYARD Center for Film and Performing Arts and Stockade Works today announced that they are partnering to present a Grip & Electric workshop in Catskill, NY for Hudson Valley residents interested in pursuing local job opportunities in the film and television production industry.

The three-day workshop (November 15-17, 2019) will focus on grip and electric production work, providing participants with hands-on training from industry professionals in that field. With a curriculum designed by Stockade Works, the three-day workshop will take place at LUMBERYARD’S purpose-built sound stage in Catskill, NY – the first Qualified Production Facility (“QPF”) in Greene County. LUMBERYARD and Stockade Works are both non-profit organizations with a shared mission of promoting the film and television industry in the Hudson Valley while providing local residents from diverse backgrounds with training and employment opportunities.

LUMBERYARD’s state-of-the-art sound stage offers a 12,000 square foot facility for film and production companies. The sound stage opened just last year in 2018 and has already booked several productions – including HBO’s upcoming mini-series The Plot Against America and a full-length feature film produced by Hudson Valley-based REMcycle Productions – a testament to the economic benefits that the Film Production Tax Credit can bring to small towns like Catskill across New York State.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Stockade Works, an organization that recognizes the potential for film and TV to promote growth here in the Hudson Valley and is working alongside us to make that a reality,” said Adrienne Willis, Artistic and Executive Director of LUMBERYARD. “This program is so rewarding because it allows us to channel our efforts to create job opportunities for Hudson Valley residents while opening our sound stage to the local community.”

“We’re thrilled to present this workshop, which will provide local residents with a concrete pathway to securing work in the region’s growing film and TV industry,” said Beth Davenport, Director of Programs & Initiatives and co-founder of Stockade Works. “LUMBERYARD’s sound stage is a true asset for the local economy and provides the perfect environment for our Grip & Electric workshop. We look forward to being part of their success story and finding ways to pool our resources to empower the Hudson Valley community.”

LUMBERYARD’s primary line of work is as a non-profit center that provides technical rehearsals for performing artists to test and perfect their work. LUMBERYARD hosts performances and work-in-progress showings that provide Hudson Valley audiences with an opportunity to see these works before they premiere in New York City. Through its summer presenting seasons and soundstage and private event rentals, LUMBERYARD has cemented itself as an important part of the community’s fabric and a key pillar driving economic activity to the region. This year’s summer season brought thousands of visitors into Catskill, many of whom came from out of state. These patrons – and the hundreds of artists as well as film and television crews – shop at local businesses, eat at local restaurants, and stay at local hotels and rented homes.

Following LUMBERYARD’s mission to work hand in hand with communities and support under-resourced artists, producers, and local residents, 100 percent of the net proceeds from this and all other sound stage rentals are invested back into the local Catskill community through educational and youth employment programs.

Press Contacts
Will Warren-O’Brien, 212.260.8592, wobrien@globalstrategygroup.com

Marie Nachsin, 347.268.2407, mnachsin@stockadeworks.org.

About LUMBERYARD Center for Film and Performing Arts

LUMBERYARD is a non-profit performing arts and film campus located in the heart of Catskill, New York. With a state-of-the-art facility, LUMBERYARD offers a center for performing artists to test and perfect their work, and gives Hudson Valley audiences the opportunity to see performances before they premiere in New York City.

In addition to serving as a technical rehearsal site for performing artists, LUMBERYARD rents its 12,000 square foot space to film and television production companies. 100 percent of the net proceeds from these rentals are invested back into the Catskill community through programs such as: LUMBERYARD Young Performers, which provides free dance education for students living in low-income communities in and around Catskill, Fresh Start, an intervention program for incarcerated teens, and Junior Crew, which provides local high school students summer jobs and workforce development training – from resume building to learning how to network.

Set on the waterfront and just blocks from Main Street, LUMBERYARD is also a venue for weddings and large events, making the space an important part of the community’s fabric and an economic driver for the region.

Connect with LUMBERYARD
Web: lumberyard.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LumberyardArts/
Twitter: @Lumberyard_
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lumberyard_catskill/

About Stockade Works

Stockade Works, founded in 2016 by Mary Stuart Masterson, is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the potential of film and tech in the Hudson Valley. Its vision is an inclusive and sustainable media ecosystem that supports quality jobs and economic development in diverse communities. Access and inclusion are at the core of its mission: Stockade Works believe that every individual should have access to quality, well-paying jobs with avenues for growth and seeks to serve all people looking for employment and careers in the Hudson Valley, with a focus on those members of the community who have been locked out of employment and training opportunities: lower-income residents, minorities, women, veterans and displaced workers. Through its trainings, boot camps, workshops, and mentorship, Stockade Works seeks to create an environment where all members of the local community can thrive. Stockade Works serves the entire Hudson Valley region including Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Ulster, and Sullivan counties.

Connect with Stockade Works

Web: stockadeworks.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stockadeworks/
Twitter: @StockadeWorks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stockade_works/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stockadeworks/about/

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Catskill, New York
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30 August 2019 07:46PM
Jody Bolluyt

It’s the halfway point of the delivery season this week. And it was marked by our first sweater morning in months. It was chilly and dark when Keri, Kyle, and I arrived at the farm around 5:30 am to prepare for the day. It felt like fall. Which was a welcome change over the hot, sticky mornings we have experienced over the last two months.

This week we are seeding down our early fall cover crops of tillage radish & lentils (a new mix for us) and a mix of oats, peas, and tillage radish. The tillage radish helps break up soil compaction with its long deep roots. In late winter the roots begin to rot, leaving empty spaces throughout the field. It’s not the best smell in the world but the soil structure after the tillage radish is worth the sulfur-stink for a few weeks. In the spring the soil is light and fluffy after we chisel plow. The lentils will fix nitrogen for next year’s tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. We’re looking forward to seeing how the lentils grow and flower. The oats & peas will protect the soil over the winter and the peas will fix some nitrogen for next season’s veggies.

On Thursday we mowed down and tilled under the last of the summer squash and zucchini. We started harvesting those crops the first of June and picked them six days a week. We enjoy having them in our share but our arms are grateful to not have to pick the spiny zucchini every day. As breeders develop new varieties of zucchini they continue to try to breed out the spines because they are very irritating to the skin. They haven’t been completely successful but the newer types are much less scratchy than the old ones. Thank goodness.

We planted the last of the 2019 transplants on Saturday. The last of the head lettuce and the fall sprouting broccoli went into the fields. Keri has been watering and caring for plants daily since March 1st so it’s a big milestone in the season for her. And now the greenhouses will transition to winter squash & sweet potato curing and winter equipment storage.

Farming is all about change and flow. Fortunately the change from summer to fall is a nice gradual one that holds both tomatoes and broccoli. September shares are a good mix of summer crops and the cooler weather loving arugula, broccoli, collards, kale, and cabbages. Here’s to another month of delicious meals!



1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon mirin

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

3 hot peppers—1 stemmed, seeded and minced, 2 halved and seeded

4 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup small cilantro sprigs plus 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Kosher salt
1 fennel bulb, halved 
lengthwise and cut through the 
core into 1/4-inch wedges

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 bunch kale, stemmed 
and chopped

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

2/3 cup store-bought crispy chickpeas

Preheat the oven to 400°. In a small bowl, whisk the mustard with the mirin, lemon juice and minced chile. While whisking constantly, drizzle in 2 1/2 tablespoons of 
the olive oil until incorporated. Stir in the chopped cilantro and season the dressing with salt and pepper.

In a large ovenproof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until shimmering. Add half of the fennel and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat, turning once, until the fennel is lightly browned 
on both sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon 
of olive oil, the halved chiles, crushed garlic and the remaining fennel to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until the fennel is lightly browned on both sides, 5 minutes. Return all of the fennel to the skillet and roast in the oven until tender, 15 minutes; discard the garlic and chiles.

In a large serving bowl, toss the 
kale, red onion and cilantro sprigs with the dressing; season with salt and pepper. Gently fold in the fennel and crispy chickpeas; serve. http://www.foodandwine.com


5 to 10 plum tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup queso fresco
2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped cilantro
Preheat your oven to 400º F.

To prep the tomatoes, cut out the stem and the small dry spot at the bottom of the fruit with a tomato knife. Next cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise.

Lightly brush a cookie sheet with olive oil and then arrange the tomatoes on the sheet with the seed side up. Using basting brush, brush over the top of each tomato with olive oil.

Bake in a 400º F oven for 45 minutes to an hour, or until most of the juice has evaporated off of the fruit.

Serve hot with 1/3 C of queso fresco and 2 Tbsp cilantro sprinkled on top. http://www.food52.com


1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup arugula
3/4 cup precooked quinoa
1/2 avocado, sliced
1/4 cup chopped peaches
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons crumbled Cotija cheese
Whisk together the vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

Place the arugula in the bottom of a medium bowl. Arrange the quinoa, avocado slices, peaches, and walnuts around the sides of the bowl. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and sprinkle with cheese. http://www.cookinglight.com

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Catskill, New York
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30 October 2017 11:45AM
Brenda Shufelt

The second class of Hudson Area Library’s second series of All Things Apple, a class about using Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches will be Monday, November 6 from 6 – 7pm.

In the class, instructor James Pendergrast will cover the use of iPhone, iPad, Mac computer, Apple Watch, and other Apple hardware and software products. Students will learn the basics of iPhone, iPad and Mac computer use as well as how to customize the device to work best for them; taking, editing and sharing photos on your device; utilizing iCloud services including backup and restoring data; using the Apple office products Pages, Numbers and Keynote; using the Photos program on the Mac to store, organize, and edit your photos.

It is recommended that attendees bring their devices and there will be Macbooks and iMacs available for use in the class. All levels, including beginners, are welcome.

All Things Apple will be taught by James Pendergrast, a former Apple employee who was a certified trainer in the Soho Apple store for 11 years. In his former job, Mr. Pendergrast helped users successfully navigate and get the best out of their Apple computers and devices. He was also the editorial cartoonist for Rolling Stone magazine for over twenty years, had drawings in Tennis Magazine, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has published two books of his drawings.

This class is free and open to the public and will be held in the Community Room after library hours. Space is limited and it is highly recommended that interested people sign up for the class by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or stopping by the library’s main desk.

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