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CATSKILLDELAWARE A Special Section of the Sullivan County Democrat

Spring 2014

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Contents 20 Years on the Upper Delaware River - - - - - 10 By NYS Licensed Guide Tony Ritter For two decades Tony Ritter has been offering up good conversation and great fishing from his Upper Delaware Driftboat. Join him for a float down the fantastic Upper Delaware as he tells you a few secrets along the way.

Historic D & H Canal lives on in nature - - - - - 30 By John Punola John Punola, noted fisherman and author, has been exploring Catskill-Delaware Country since 1979. He has visited the area hundreds of times, mainly to fish, but sometimes to explore the beauty and history which abounds. Join him on another adventure.

Rino’s has the food you crave - - - - - - - - - - - - 40 By Kaitlyn Carney The galloping gourmet of Catskill-Delaware Country, Kaitlyn Carney has uncovered another hidden jewel of epicurean delight. Join her as she gives her review of one of Roscoe’s newest restaurants, Rino’s.

Spotting Bobcats - and other wild cat tales - - - 50 By Kathy Daley Catskill-Delaware only predatory feline is the bobcat, known for his elusive nature and keen hunting ability. Join Kathy Daley as she tells you all about this beautiful animal in Catskill-Delaware Wildlife.

Protecting these treasured waters - - - - - - - - - - 60 By Frank Rizzo The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is actually a National Park, managed by the National Park Service. It attracts upwards of a quarter million visitors a year and its 73-mile course runs from Hancock to Port Jervis. Join Sullivan County Democrat Editor Frank Rizzo as he explores this wonderful resource.

Spring Fever Events- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 70 By Sullivan County Visitors Association What’s happening? Look no further than the calendar of events supplied by the Sullivan County Visitors Assn. There is plenty to do and see in Catskill-Delaware Country, from St. Patrick’s Day Parades to Kite Festivals and more. Now you have no excuses for a good time.

Sections Arts/Entertainment . . . . 49 Auto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Callicoon . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Delaware County . . . . . 72 Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Fallsburg. . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Honesdale/Wayne Cty. . 57 8 • CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2014

Jeffersonville. . . . . . . . . 78 Liberty . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Lodging . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Monticello . . . . . . . . . . 64 Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . 62 Rock Hill. . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Roscoe . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Wurtsboro . . . . . . . . . . 32

CATSKILL-DELAWARE PUBLICATIONS, INC. Publisher Frederick W. Stabbert III • Senior Editor Dan Hust • Editor Frank Rizzo • Editorial Assistants Kaitlin Carney, Ken Cohen, Kathy Daley, Eli Ruiz, Jeanne Sager, Anya Tikka • Advertising Director Liz Tucker • Advertising Coordinator Sandy Schrader • Advertising Representatives Katie Peake, Cecile Lamy • Marketing Director Laura Stabbert • Telemarketing Coordinator Michelle Reynolds • Classifieds & Circulation Janet Will, Linda Anderson • Production Associates Elizabeth Finnegan,Petra Duffy, Ruth Huggler, Rosalie Mycka, Tracy Swendsen, Kellee Thelman • Business Manager Sue Owens • Business Department Patricia Biedinger, Joanna Blanchard • Distribution Richard Conroy

Catskill-Delaware Magazine Published by Catskill-Delaware Publications, Inc. Publishers of the Sullivan County Democrat (845) 887-5200 Callicoon, N.Y. 12723 October 28, 2014 Vol. CXXIII, No. 73


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What a Great Trip It’s Been! 20 Years on the Upper Delaware River Tony Ritter has been making customers smile for two decades. Here he gives up a few secrets on how to fish one of Catskill-Delaware’s best fisheries… BY ANTHONY RITTER NYS AND NPS LICENSED GUIDE

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elcome aboard anglers! This season marks my twentieth year offering driftboat fishing charters on the magnificent Upper Delaware River and what a great trip it’s been! I’m located in the riverfront hamlet of Narrowsburg, New York only two hours northwest of the New York/ New Jersey metro area. The Upper Delaware River is one of the few big

“Western type” rivers in the northeast which holds wild rainbow and brown trout and big American shad in the spring, feisty smallmouth bass in the summer and monster wall hanging walleye and trout in the fall. This majestic river winds its way through a valley marked by large stands of hardwoods of oaks and maples as well as pines.

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The Islands. Looking north of Callicoon, NY. The Upper Delaware River braids with many riffles that hold both wild rainbows as well as brown trout. Shad will also run through these excellent stretches of water in the spring. 10 • CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2014


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The Basket on the Upper Delaware River looking south of Long Eddy, NY with the Erie railroad tracks on the left. Named by rafters in the late 1800s since the river arcs in a 180 degree bend. A great riff both for wild rainbows and for shad, especially at the confluence of Basket Brook and the Delaware River.

There is also more wildlife than you can imagine, from numerous nesting bald eagles, deer, turkey, black bear, otter, beaver, hawks, herons and owls that make this a true sportsman’s and recreational paradise whether you fish, bird watch, kayak, canoe or just want to escape the pressure of the city. If a lawyer’s stock in trade is his time than mine must be the number of float trips I’ve taken down the Delaware River. I’ve learned where the productive (and gorgeous) spots along the river are which hold fish, but I’ll also mention a few techniques that will up your angling skills in the Catskills/Delaware Country along with some photos of beautiful fish, happy anglers and some hand-tied flies which are proven winners for success.

THE BIG BROWNS OF THE WILD WEST I begin taking float trips on the West Branch of

the Upper Delaware River from Deposit, New York to Hancock in mid April as we are in springtime runoff. This is the time of the year that the Cannonsville Reservoir that feeds the West Branch overflows with thousands of sawbellies that are ravenously gobbled up by big wild brown trout waking up from their winter slumber. Spin anglers, as well as fly fishermen, can have a field day floating the West Branch early in the fishing season throwing artificials that resemble the natural 3 to 4 inch silver forage in the water – namely alewifes. A #7 Countdown Rapala and #3 gold or silver Blue Fox spinner will get the nod from savvy spin anglers rigged with four or six pound test line. The flyguys will have a ball throwing large streamers like Zonkers, Wooly Buggers and Clousers on fast sink tip lines. Many times the biggest brown trout – upwards CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2014 • 11


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to six pounds – will be caught this time of the year and it pays to work the shoreline, drop offs and indentations along the bank because these fish will use eddys and slack water to pick off a tasty morsel floating by. We have had many river adventures early in the season where anglers have caught in excess of thirty wild trout taping out to 25 inches! Now, that is what I call hot fishing on a cool spring day!

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Another great freshwater sportfish is the American Shad. The Upper Delaware River is blessed to not only be the longest free flowing river with no dams in the northeast with a distance of about 270 miles, but has a terrific run of these ocean fish that has gotten better in recent years. Shad return to their native freshwater rivers along the east coast to spawn once a year in the spring. During their long trip upstream to reproduce, they strike out of aggression and will swim an average of about 5 miles a day to reach their spawning grounds. Shad run in schools and follow the deeper areas of river channels. The males, called bucks,

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What a day! This skillful young angler, Julia Ketner, traveled all the way from eastern Long Island with her granddad to fish with me and caught plenty of shad but also made an IGFA record! Here's Julia with a nice roe shad caught north of the Zane Grey Pool near Lackawaxen.

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The Big Eddy. Looking west of the Narrowsburg bridge. Deepest area of the Upper Delaware River at 113 feet. Excellent opportunities for both walleye and smallmouth bass due to the numerous submerged drop offs of boulders. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18

temperature and location. If you catch one – DON’T LEAVE! There’s a very good chance that you’ll be into a school of fish and during many of our charters we have stayed in a prime location for more than two hours and had exciting action with both bucks and roes. Word to the wise: The shad’s mouth is very soft and these fish are like mini tarpon. They’ll smoke a reel’s drag and run like bonefish across current in no time. Don’t be in a hurry to bring these fish and be sure you have plenty of line, that your drag on your reel is well oiled and that your buddy has a big net and a steady hand!

By the time we are in the merry month of May, the water temperatures throughout the Catskills have hit the magical 50 degree mark. This is the time of year that will beckon flyfishers throughout the country, and world, to visit Catskill–Delaware Country. Ah, so many rivers – so little time!

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Our region is blessed with so many prolific rivers and streams. An angler could spend a week up here in the springtime and never fish them all! Hallowed and historic names like The Beaverkill, The Willowemoc, Main Stem Upper Delaware, The West Branch, The East Branch, The Neversink and the list goes on. All of these rivers are clean, oxygenated and fertile, which means they all have wonderful

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hatches of mayflies, caddis and stoneflies which are the trout’s main diet. Nymphs are the first stage of an aquatic insect’s life and about 80% of the trout’s substinence is eating these tiny little creatures that live underneath rocks in the water. By the time the water rises to 50 degrees however, these nymphs start to swim up to the river’s surface to break free of their shuck and become mayflies and caddis. Once this begins, the flies sit on the surface of the water waiting for their wings to dry and they become vulnerable to the hungry trout just waiting to pick them off for an easy meal. There’s nothing better than to “match the hatch” and some of my most memorable trips over the years has been to introduce customers to excellent dry fly fishing with leaders of 10 feet tapered at 5X targeting the rising sip of a trout with my hand tied flies. Blue Quills, Hendricksons, March Browns, Sulphurs and Blue Wing Olives all appear in the spring time in the same order as in year’s past. They might be a little late or early depending on the weather but there’s nothing finer than cast

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ing homemade dry flies to fool big wild trout during an afternoon or evening hatch with a good friend. These moments are truly what memories are made of and why I look forward to them every season. I tie my flies using materials of snowshoe rabbit, coastal deer hair and CDC so that the patterns sit flush in the film of water which presents the fly just waiting to be eaten by the wily trout. All of the trout on the Upper Delaware are wild with more rainbows in the section south of Long Eddy to Callicoon. These fish are beautiful – like silver bullets with a tinge of pink – and have been in our rivers for over 100 years. They inhabit fast oxygenated riffles and pockets eating nymphs and as the hatch begins will drop down to tailouts at the heads of pools to eat dries on top. Great nymph patterns are bead head Prince, Brassie, Pheasant Tail and Copper Johns in

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Henshall back in 1881 and very few of my customers would disagree with the good doctor. The main stem of the Upper Delaware River has one of the best smallmouth fisheries east of the Mississippi and none other than “Field and Stream” magazine named the Big D as one of the top five smallie rivers in the nation! The smallmouth bass really begin to turn on their aggressive feeding activities when the water temperatures climb above the 68 degree mark which is usually June and the fishing for these feisty gamefish continues great through October with average catches on my boat for full day charters in the 50 to 75 fish range. The average size of these fish have


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We’ll wrap up our voyage down the Upper Delaware River with the walleye. Many folks are surprised to find out that the Big D. holds an abundant population of walleye. Found in the deep pools of more than 10 feet, chances are that these fish will be the largest gamefish found in the river save except for the bonus striper or channel catfish. Walleyes will average about 18 to 21 inches in size with a legal fish at 18 inches. However, it’s not unusual to catch walleyes over 7 pounds and our boat’s personal best was a walleye which weighed in at 11 pounds 31 inches! It’s best to target Ol’ Marble Eyes when the water has a slight stain with water temperatures below 55 degrees. Overcast days are preferable to bright sunny days since these fish lurk in deep pools and off of drop offs and have an aversion to sunlight. Deep diving plugs like Countdown Rapalas, XRaps and Shad Raps have all been great choices as well as jigs tipped with live bait or baby lamprey eels. 14920

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Historic Delaware and Hudson Canal lives on in nature

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This map of the upper Delaware River region shows the extent of the canal’s reach as well as the two gravity railroad lines which contributed to the movement of products across the two states of Pennsylvania and New York.

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ecently, while smallmouth bass fishing near the confluence of the Lackawaxen & Delaware Rivers, I took some time to explore the historic remains of the D & H Canal. The original canal was constructed and flowed from Honesdale, PA to the Delaware River at Lackawaxen, PA. The D&H continued from the New York state side of the Delaware nearly 18 miles downstream to the town of Port Jervis, NY. From Port Jervis it flowed northeasterly to a point near Kingston, NY on the Hudson River. Very little remains of the original D&H Canal, only about a couple hundred feet along present 30 • CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2014

Route 97, across the Delaware River from Lackawaxen, PA. Originally the canal was built to reach the Delaware River, then barges would be transported across the Delaware and placed in the D&H to continue its journey along the river to Port Jervis. This river crossing caused considerable problems with the log rafts moving down river, and as a result a viaduct was built to cross the river for the D&H Canal connection, built by John Augustus Roebling. Today that original viaduct serves as a motor crossing and pathway. Back in the early 1800s, large deposits of coal were discovered in the area of Scranton, Pa., and a method of transport was needed to move the


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coal to the cities, mainly Philadelphia, Pa. and New York City, but no mass transportation existed. Once a transportation system could be devised, it would prove an economic boom to the coal district as well as the land that lay across the Delaware River in New York State. Two ambitious brothers, Charles and Maurice Wurtz, successful merchants in Philadelphia, Pa. took many trips to the coal region and began purchasing large tracts of land at bargain prices. The Wurtz brothers conceived the construction of a canal that would flow from Pennsylvania to the Hudson River in New York, to connect with boats and rafts moving downriver to a rapidly growing New York City. The Wurtz brothers filed petitions with the states of Pennsylvania and New York for authority to build a canal, and in 1823, in quick order, both states granted approval to proceed with the project. It would take a large amount of money to build the D&H Canal which the Wurtz brothers did

not have, so they met with prominent business leaders in New York City and made a deal with the interested businessmen to build the canal, and the businessmen said ‘YES’, thus the idea of a canal was no longer an idea, it would soon become a reality. The prospects of a new canal from the coal region caused excitement in the Pennsylvania and Upper Delaware New York communities and it was expected the new D&H Canal would provide an economic boom for other industries in addition to the coal mines. The Erie Railroad had not yet expanded service into the Upper Delaware River, so there was no immediate competition for the proposed canal. On July 13, 1825, official work began on the Delaware & Hudson Canal with a work crew of 2,500 men, with the projected canal to extend from Honesdale, PA to Kingston, NY on the Hudson River, a distance of 108 miles. This was a massive undertaking, and remember the canal was built by hand power; construction machinCONTINUED ON PAGE 32 CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2014 • 31


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ery had not yet been developed. The canal would measure 30 feet wide and 8 feet deep, with a tow path on each side of the canal. The coal barges were specially built, 90 feet long, 14 feet wide and would be drawn by mule power and mule handlers. The transit time from Honesdale to Kingston averaged about one week, and Sundays were non-working days. There were carefully designated areas along the D&H Canal where workers and mules would be fed and tended to. The Delaware & Hudson Canal was completed in three years and began moving the first loads of coal in the middle of 1828. The canal was an amazing feat of construction, it wasn’t just a ditch, but was solidly built with stone walls on both sides of the canal, plus other viaducts had to be built where needed. The viaducts built on the Port Jervis to Kingston portion of the canal are well preserved and are still visited by tourists. When I look at the magnitude of the D&H project, if it were built today with modern machinery, I frankly do not believe it could be built in the same timespan. When the canal was

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finished, there was the matter of the first and most vital link, getting the coal from the coal mines to the D&H Canal at Honesdale. When the D&H Canal project was formulated there was a task: moving the coal to the origin point of Honesdale. To solve this logistical challenge, the D&H Canal built a railroad, originally the D&H Railroad, but later to be known as the Gravity Railroad. The Gravity Railroad proved to be a perfect partner for the canal. Once the canal operations were functional and the barges moved in good order, the Pennsylvania Coal Company, which owned large coal deposits, built a similar Gravity Railroad that ran from their coal fields to the town of Hawley, PA, where coal would be loaded into canal barges. The addition of this railroad link added immensely to the profits of the D&H Canal transportation system. With the large volume of coal moving to distant New York City, other products such as lumber added to the canal traffic. This situation did not go unnoticed by the Erie Railroad, seeing

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The only remaining visible part of the Delaware & Hudson Canal, about 50 yards from the Canal Toll House, New York State side of the Delaware, along Route 97.

the coal business as a longterm business activity, decided to extend its rail service into the upper Delaware River area and began construction of a line from Port Jervis, NY. The railroad criss-crossed thru Pennsylvania and New York, and finally to its targeted destination, Hawley, Pa., reaching the town in 1848. The Erie Railroad continued to expand, following the Delaware River into New York State, and during the Civil War was used extensively to transport captured Confederates to the Union Prisoner of War Camp at Elmira, NY. The D&H Canal continued in service, but the arrival of the Erie Railroad sounded the death knell for the canal. In the fall of 1898, the D&H Canal began opening the drainage weirs and quietly ceased their operations. Citing safety concerns, the 8 foot canals were partially filled, and some sections in the Port Jervis, NY to Kingston, NY section became local parks. From the inception of the D&H Canal at the Lackawaxen Pool, and downstream to Port Jervis, NY, the only portion of the canal that survived is that small section from the present CONTINUED ON PAGE 39

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Roebling Bridge and downstream. There is easy access from Route 97, and the stone walls look as sturdy as the time they were laid, and the concrete slabs that marked one of the locks is in good condition as well as the drainage weir. One of the towpaths is clear and clean and it’s a nice place for walking and taking photos. As you travel southbound on Route 97 headed to Port Jervis, NY, you will pass several blue and gold signs placed by the New York State historic department indicating the former presence of the D&H Canal, but only portions of the original stone walls can be seen, and in the center of Port Jervis is a historical marker denoting a building on the original D&H Canal.

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he spotted and striped animal resembling an oversized housecat with long legs and tufted ears played a waiting game in the forest. Crouching motionless with all four feet beneath her, she watched and listened for the faint movement. Was it an enemy, or dinner? Suddenly she sprang, landing on her prey — a gray rabbit five feet away — with terrific force. Our area’s only predatory feline is the bobcat, a tough little creature that can take down a

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white-tailed deer many times its size, feeding for days and then covering the carcass with leaves so as to go back and feed again. When cornered, she is indeed fierce, as any dog or human trapper can attest. But bobcats mostly avoid contact with anything other than the warm walls of their den and the living bodies of hares, squirrels, mice, birds and other small game on which they rely for nutrition. “They are not a species that makes themselves too known, so people get excited when they see them,” said Jamie Myers, wildlife biologist for the National Park Service based in Milanville,


In this New York-Pennsylvania area, bobcat litters are born in April and May in a well-hidden den. Even newborn kits bear the distinctive black tufts on the tips of the ears.

Pa. “Bobcats prefer to keep to themselves.” “Bobcats are shy and pretty elusive,” agreed Kathy Michell, a wildlife biologist and wildlife rehabilitator from Narrowsburg. “A bobcat will usually see you long before you see them.” Still, there are sightings in our area. Michell has spied bobcats on the Boy Scout property in Tusten, where the mountain laurel and trees are thick and where rabbits, voles, moles, shrews and rodents are plenty — all food for the cat with the bobbed tail who prefers life in the woods. The Rio Reservoir area on the border of Highland and Lumberland is also a potential bobcat-spotting area. Once, while driving along a dirt road at Rio, Michell said, she encountered a mother and two nearly grown kits crossing the road in front of her. “I saw another bobcat at Shohola Falls, a big one that crossed in front of me at night,” Michell added. “At first you think it’s a deer or a coyote. It’s a tall animal, with long legs that make you think it’s not a cat.”

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Jen McGlashan of Channery Hill Farm (the old Keller farm) in Callicoon Center had to lock up her free-ranging chickens when a bobcat moved onto the property.

was always that way. The animals were unprotected in New York and Pennsylvania until the 1970s. Endangered by poaching for their pelts and by over killing in general, they also faced a shrinking habitat. Laws in both states now give the bobcat a measure of protection, with a limited hunting and trapping season. “In the past, people shot everything they saw,” said Michell. “But the bobcat has made a good comeback.” Like all animals, bobcats live where they find shelter and food. They prefer heavily wooded areas with rock piles or rocky ledges, where they make their dens and where the female will raise her young in a warm nest of leaves. In warm weather they are known to doze in the sun, either stretched along a bough or curled in a little patch of sunlight. Wintertime finds a bobcat wandering though snow and cold, stalking rabbits or watching a treetop for a squirrel. They are solitary and tend to come together during breeding season only. According to the

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ON THE HUNT The DEC reports that the most common cause of death for kittens and juvenile bobcats is lack of food. It is not uncommon for even an adult to die of starvation during severe winters, such as this past cold season. Prowess at hunting, therefore, is critically important to survival. Bobcats use various strategies for taking down prey. They might employ the stealthy approach, seeking cover and slowly trying to get close enough to pounce. Or they ambush, sitting and waiting for prey to pass by. Cousin to the lynx, the bobcat possesses the same sharp sense of smell, hearing and sight. Their large eyes feature slit-shaped pupils that open wide to admit light, and a reflecting layer than permits the bobcat to view an object in

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easily, clear a brook and then was gone. We all thought we’d see him again but we never did.” According to the DEC, people often mistake a bobcat for a mountain lion, which is much larger in stature and weight. The Eastern cougar, or mountain lion, lived in New York at one time but has been gone since the late 1800s, officially considered extirpated from New York. That makes spotting a live bobcat all the more

thrilling, said Jamie Myers of the National Park Service (no relation to Earl Myers). She said she saw a bobcat this past September “just passing through” on Route 97 in New York. Some years ago, she spied a bobcat on a dirt road near her home on the Pennsylvania side of Callicoon. “It’s not something you get to see all the time, and it’s neat to know they are around and doing well,” said Myers. “A bobcat is a beautiful animal who is able to share space with us in this river valley.”

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osemite. Yellowstone. Great Smoky Mountains. Acadia. Upper Delaware River. What? Yes, the great open secret is that the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is, like those fabled places, a national park belonging to the American people. And just like the others, it is managed by the National Park Service, a component of the U.S. Department of the Interior. It is also a part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system and stretches 73.4 miles along the New York-Pennsylvania border from Hancock in the north to Sparrowbush in the south. It comprises 55,575 acres, of which the federal government possesses a mere 29.76. About 90 percent of the park is privately owned. Those are the basic facts. There is a word that recurs whenever those

who manage it talk about the river – “unique.” Take the part about most of the acreage being in private hands. This arrangement creates unique public-private cooperative opportunities. Same with the 15 towns in both states that border the river, and who own the rest of the land. Superintendent Sean McGuinness was in charge of the park for the past four years. He retired in January and spoke to CatskillDelaware Magazine about his tenure. With a love of the outdoors cultivated growing up along the shores of Lake Erie in the Buffalo area, McGuinness began his NPS career in 1977 and has been stationed all over the far-flung system – including Alaska, Ohio and South Carolina. “I didn’t know about the Upper Delaware,” he CONTINUED ON PAGE 62

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readily admitted. His predecessor, Vidal Martinez, told him about the leadership opportunity and McGuinness did some unannounced reconnoitering and applied for and earned the assignment. His previous post was as assistant superintendent at Fire Island National Seashore on Long Island. “It’s unique. This place really grabbed me,” he said of his first encounter with the area. In this he was not alone. As he put it, “Visitors come here and say, ‘This is a national park? Wow!’ ” McGuinness is aware that the federal presence – begun in 1978, when Congress made the river part of the park system – has not always been welcome. He has seen the “National Park Service Get Out” signs. “We’ve been trying to change the mentality,” he said. “We want better access, better opportunities for hiking trails, more patrols on the river and better trash pickup. People should want us here. “The residents have to say, ‘Hey, National Park Service, how can we help make it better?’ ” he added. McGuinness feels the NPS has made progress in cooperating with municipalities and organizations such as the Upper Delaware Council to implement the River Management Plan and its extensive land and water use regulations. The environmental protection of the park was foremost for McGuinness. That is why he was sensitive to any development that in his mind threatened to violate the land use regulations. He pointed to proposed cell towers in Damascus Township (PA) that, he said, “would diminish the scenic value of this valley.… Verizon never read the River Management Plan!” Though he represents the federal government, McGuinness, like his predecessors, prefers to work cooperatively rather than impose orders “from above.” This is mandated by the unique nature of the park he oversees. “Our first goal is to increase our partnership and relationship with surrounding communities,” said McGuinness. “We have to ease down on the negatives of who we are and why we are here. There’s a lot more to do and many issues to address.” McGuinness is bullish on the future of the river valley. “This area is a goldmine. It is just waiting to be


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National Park Service Chief Ranger Joe Hinkes points to a spot just north of Skinner’s Falls where a New Jersey man drowned in 2011, the second drowning that week. In conjunction with the National Canoe Safety Patrol, the NPS serves to protect and educate boaters. At right is Ranger Adam Lawrence. The overwhelming majority of drowning victims since statistics began to be kept in 1980 have not worn life jackets.

discovered,” he said. “How many places are like this? This is going to be the place to be – as long as its values and natural resources are maintained. As long as the eagles are flying and the water is clean and the forests are intact and the sky is dark at night.” McGuinness has the following advice to his successor (who has not been named as of press time; Malcolm Wilbur is serving on an interim basis): “Show the value that the National Park Service has. Be humble. Be an ambassador to those values this place has as a wild and scenic river. Show respect to the local folks. But be firm about [enforcing] the River Management Plan.” In looking back on his time here, McGuinness is most proud of “being really open with the community. We got them to start talking about the potential value of the National Park Service to this valley.” He concluded, “It’s not just the river we care about, it’s the community. It’s the American public’s river, not ours!” Here’s a rundown of recreational and educational opportunities afforded by the Upper Delaware River. Adapted from the NPS website, http://www.nps.gov/upde.

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The small print The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act "declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation, which with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations." In 1978, Congress used the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate the Upper Delaware River as a unit of national park system and a component of the national wild and scenic river system. Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is a partnership of individuals; private landowners; and local, state, and federal governments working to protect the river, its environment, and the communities in the valley.

feet at Big Eddy, Narrowsburg. The river can rise rapidly after heavy rains and after releases from dams on its tributaries There are numerous public accesses located on both Pennsylvania and New York shorelines. They range from three to 20 miles apart and are jointly managed by the National Park Service and the agencies which own the land. The water, even in summer, can be cold enough to cause hypothermia. Boaters and anglers should always be prepared for cold water. Canoes, kayaks, tubes and rafts – along with river trips and campgrounds – are available from a number of liveries. These include Cedar Rapids CONTINUED ON PAGE 65 CATSKILL-DELAWARE, SPRING 2014 • 63


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refreshments to be sold. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Movie to be announced. For info, visit www.rockhillfiredept.com. The Catskill Art Society presents “Child’s Play” and “Wherever You Go,” a solo exhibition featuring the photography of Christopher Vernale at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, through Sunday, April 6. There will be an Artist Talk at 2 p.m., followed immediately by a free Opening Reception from 3-5 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. Thurman Barker will perform at The Woodsongs Coffeehouse, Sullivan County Museum, in Hurleyville, from 6 to 9 p.m. The


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The annual Bashakill cleanup is a worthy cause indeed, this year’s event is their 36th and takes place on April 26. This image is of the wetlands (through which the O&W rail trail passes). See page 74 for more details. show will open with a performance by Little Sparrow, and in the tradition of the Woodsongs Coffeehouse, the evening will conclude with both bands performing a couple of songs together! Admission is $6 and the concert is made possible in part with funding from a Sullivan County Arts & Heritage Grant funded by the Sullivan County Legislature and administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. For directions or info, call 434-8044, or visit www.sullivan countyhistory.org/

SUN., MARCH 2 Jazz Brunch with the Jazz Cats, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Dancing Cat Saloon, in Bethel. Barry Scheinfeld on guitar and Don Miller Bass jazz duo. Call 583-3141 or visit dancingcatsaloon.com. Every Sunday until May 25.

TUES., MARCH 4 To learn more about aging well and maintaining a healthy brain, the public is invited to a free workshop on Keeping Fit from the Neck Up on Tuesday, March 4 from 2:30–4 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s Caregiver Resource Program will be offering this program at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center, in Liberty. Refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is required by calling Bonnie Lewis, RN at 292-6180 or emailing her at bjl25 @cornell.edu. This program is free, supported through the NYS Office for the Aging Caregiver Program.

WED., MARCH 5 Fish Fry Dinner at the Monticello Elks Lodge, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $13 per person, sponsored by Monticello Kiwanis Club. Call 794-7050 for information or tickets.

THURS., MARCH 6 Afterschool Riding Program at Bridle Hill Farm, LLC in Jeffersonville; 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $100 for five sessions. Every Thursday; program ends June 19. SWCS bus drop off point for convenience. For information, call 482-3993, or email young@ bridlehillfarm.com or visit www.bridlehillfarm. com. A corned beef and cabbage dinner with all the fixings will be held at Liberty Elks Lodge #1545, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $11 for adults or takeouts, $5 for children ages 5 to 11. Free for children under 5. Public welcome. Call 292-3434 for information.

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MON., APRIL 7 Green Tourism Conference, organized by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, at the Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center, in Callicoon. Become a leader in bringing tourism to our region. Enjoy workshops, trainings and certifications. Increase your room nights while becoming a first-rate green lodging. Conference registration and overnight accommodations starting at $189/person, with discounts for groups. For info, call (570) 226-3164, email info@ delawarehighlands.org or visit www.delawarehighlands.org.

SAT., APRIL 12 The 18th annual women’s conference at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Women Wit Wisdom – The Celebration of Being a Woman 2014. The keynote speaker will be comedian Jane Condon who has appeared on ABC TV’s “The View”, Lifetime TV’s “Girls Night Out” and Fox TV’s series finale of “24″. For info, call 434-5750, ext. 4472 or visit www.sunysullivan.edu.

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SAT., APRIL 19 Grahamsville United Methodist Church will host a thrift sale, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church. The church is located at 356 Main Street, in Grahamsville. For info, call 985-2938.

SAT., APRIL 26 36th Annual Basha Kill Clean-Up, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Celebrate Earth Day, get some fresh air and help to clean up an important local resource by ridding a wetland of debris. Garbage bags are provided. Wear boots, work gloves and insect repellant. Bring a chair to sit in as you enjoy the picnic lunch afterwards, provided by the Basha Kill Area Association. BKAA merchandise will be for sale; plus raffles. Individuals, families and groups are all welcome. Registration between 9:30 and 10 a.m. on Haven Road, just off Route 209 south of Wurtsboro. For information, call Paula Medley, 754-0732. Sponsored by the Basha Kill Area Association, thebashakill.org.

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SAT., MAY 1O Foodstock at Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center in Callicoon, organized by WJFF Radio. WJFF kicks off the summer with the area’s largest indoor food festival at the Villa Roma in Callicoon, NY. Taste delicious samples of foods from local farms, producers and purveyors. Shop for great grocery and gift items. For info, call 482-4141, email adam@wjffradio.org or visit www.wjffradio.org. Fiber Festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bethel Woods is proud to partner with Rosehaven Alpacas to host this two-day Fiber and Fashion Festival. A showcase of talented craft and fiber vendors will offer a variety of items from alpaca, sheep, angora and more. Whether you are a fiber artist yourself, a knitter or would love to try these crafts, you will find everything you need at this event. Bring the family to see live animals, shearing, sheep herding and spinning demonstrations. Workshops, shopping, great food and fun. May 10 and 11. For info, call 887-6801, email info@ rosehavenalpacas.com or visit www.rosehavenalpacas. com.

SUN., MAY 11 The 4th annual Tulip Festival and Mother’s Day Celebration will take place at Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, in Ellenville, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day with an amazing Mothers Day lunch, local artisans & crafters, vendors, live entertainment and a beautiful display of seasonal flowers & tulips. For info, call 210-1600 or 877-969-4283, email info@honorshaven.com or visit www.honorshaven.com. Spring Wildflowers, at 10 a.m. John Kenney shows you the delightful first blossoms of the season at the Basha Kill, home to a great variety of plant and animal life. Meet at Haven Road, just off Route 209 south of Wurtsboro. For info, call John at 436-6046. Sponsored by the Basha Kill Area Association, thebashakill.org.

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