Fleischmanns Biomass Project Film Screening and Discussion August 9th

Join us to learn more about this exciting community energy project! A recently completed short film about this potential municipal heating project, created by Jessica Vecchione and funded through the Catskill Forest Association will be shown for the first time. Informative discussion to follow: bring an open mind, and a friend! Coffee and pastries will be served.       August 9, 2014 -- 9:30 a.m. La Cabaña Restaurant, Main St. Fleischmanns 

By |July 31st, 2014|Energy, Event|0 Comments

Check out a Cake Pan at Fairview Public Library in Margaretville!

If I knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake. Why wait for company to bake a cake? Bake one just for the fun of it. Come in to the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville and check-out a cake pan. Really check it out: take it home, bake a cake, wash the pan and return it. Take home a Raggedy Ann cake pan. Or a star or a frog or a teddy bear cake pan. Susan Carver, the library director at Fairview Public Library, got the idea from reading a biography of a cat - named Dewey - that lived in a library in Iowa. Besides having a mascot, this library had cake pans available for circulation. "What a great idea!", she thought. Hence, the collection was started from a butterfly cake pan that Susan donated. The butterfly begot others, which begot others. At this point, the Fairview Public Library has a total of ten specialty cake pans. Anyone with a Four County Library System card can borrow a pan for three weeks. To learn more about the cake pan library, or to donate specialty cake pans to the library, contact Fairview at 845-586-3791 or mail@fairviewlibrary.org. The Fairview Public Library is located at 43 Walnut Street in Margaretville. It is open, Tuesday, 11 am – 5 pm, Wednesday, 11 am – 7 pm, Thursday 11 am – 5 pm, Friday 11 am – 5 pm, and Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm.

By |July 26th, 2014|Economy|0 Comments
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In Transition 1.0 Public Screenings – Join the Conversation!

Transition Catskills is hosting a pair of public screenings of 'In Transition 1.0', a documentary about the worldwide Transition movement.  The screenings will be accompanied by a discussion both of what's in the film, and what are some of the things we might do in our own region. The worldwide Transition movement is a flexible, community-led process where people work together to move toward a lower-energy future while maintaining a high quality of life.  Transition began in 2006 in Totnes, England as a grassroots response to the big challenges of our time: energy resource depletion, environmental degradation, and economic uncertainty. The goal is to build community self-reliance and resilience, which is the ability to respond and adapt to unexpected economic and environmental changes.  There are currently over 1,100 official Transition initiatives in 43 countries, and a thousand more “mulling” groups are just getting started. Transition is not an ideology. It is a replicable, flexible methodology that empowers communities to work toward the future they want. Each Transition group is different from every other because each community focuses on its unique needs. Transition builds on the wisdom of the past and harnesses the creativity of the local citizenry to envision the future. It thrives because it enables and supports people to do what they are passionate about, what they feel called to do. ‘In Transition 1.0’, directed by Emma Goude, is the first detailed film about the Transition movement-- filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil, climate change, and economic decline with creativity, imagination and humour as they set about rebuilding their local economies [...]

By |July 11th, 2014|Event|0 Comments