Windham was home to Nazi summer camp in 1937

Above: A screen shot from "Volks-Deutsche Jungen in U.S.A." The flag on the left features a swastika.

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Above: "Volks-Deutsche Jungen in U.S.A.," a film by the Deutsche-Amerikanische Berufsgemeinschaft (DAB) about a DAB Nazi summer camp for boys in Windham in 1937. 

In the summer of 1937, the Greene County town of Windham was home to a Nazi summer camp, according to archival film footage released by the National Archives Motion Picture Preservation Lab in July.

The film, titled "Volks-Deutsche Jungen in U.S.A.," depicts scores of boys from New York City setting up a summer campsite in a bucolic field in Windham. They exercise, play games, and salute flags emblazoned with Nazi swatiskas and Hitler Youth lightning bolts.

The camp was part of a series of summer camps run in the U.S. in the 1930s by the Deutsche-Amerikanische Berufsgemeinschaft (DAB), a U.S.-based group that promoted Germany and the Nazi party in America, according to the National Archives.  Read more

Flaming sky lanterns cause trouble for neighbors

Above: A sky lantern, a paper-and-bamboo balloon with a wax fuel source at the bottom, being released in England in 2010. Photo by Flickr user Keith Williamson

Revelers at summer gatherings in the Catskills are sending flaming airborne balloons over their neighbors, some of whom aren't happy about it. 

The spent remains of the pretty tissue-paper lanterns, which are lit and then released into the air on still summer nights, have been raining down on Cobleskill resident Fred Dudash's home this summer, according to the Schoharie Times-Journal:  Read more

This Weekend: The Monticello Bagel Festival

Above: State assembly member Aileen Gunther poses with an American flag made out of bagels made by the Monticello Bagel Bakery. Photo via the Monticello Bagel Bakery's Facebook page

Head to the self-proclaimed "Bagel Capital" -- the village of Monticello -- this Sunday for the Monticello Bagel Festival, now triumphantly in its second year. (What makes Sullivan County the bagel capital? It's got a decent case for it, as we discovered last year.) 

Festival organizers have moved the festival from Saturday -- the Jewish sabbath -- to Sunday, and have a huge line-up of bagel-themed events, including live music, a parade, street vendors, a "bagel triathlon," a bagel tasting event, and a bunch of couples saying their wedding vows amid the bagel festivities. (We have to know -- are they putting tiny bagel rings on each others' fingers?)    Read more

A bad week for Monticello officials

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Above: Video footage of Monticello mayor Gordon Jenkins ranting and throwing a clock while in a booking room on a drunk driving arrest in November 2013. (Be warned, there's a lot of profanity.)

The Sullivan County village of Monticello has a reputation for troubled government officials, but this week may take the cake.

On Tuesday, August 12, the village's acting village manager, Ray Nargizian, was fired during an emergency village board meeting.

Last night, Wednesday, August 13, Monticello mayor Gordon Jenkins pled guilty to a drunk driving charge from November 2013.  Read more

Amid investigation, Prattsville's father-and-daughter court team resigned

Above: Campaign photos for Robert Blain and Michelle Blain. Source: The Town of Prattsville Republican Party Facebook page.

Robert J. Blain, who had served as a justice of the Town of Prattsville Court since 1987, resigned abruptly in June, as did his daughter, MIchelle Blain, who had been the court's clerk since 2004. The pair had run for re-election and won in November.   Read more

Supermoon over Monticello

John, who goes by the name Catskills Photography on Flickr, snapped this shot of Sunday's extra-large moon in Monticello and shared it in the Watershed Post Flickr pool.

A supermoon occurs when the full moon is closest to earth in its orbit. The most recent supermoon occured on Sunday, August 10. 

Flash flood watch for eastern Catskills

Above: A post from the Albany office of the National Weather Service's Facebook page today. 

Parts of the Catskills could get "torrential" rainfall of as much to 1 to 2 inches per hour tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

The eastern Catskills -- Ulster, Schoharie and Greene counties -- are under a flash flood watch issued by the NWS's Albany office. The rains are expected to begin close to midnight tonight, Tuesday, August 12. The flood watch expires at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13.   Read more

Injured Esopus tuber prompts wild goose chase

Above: First responders near the Esopus Creek on Sunday, August 10, searching for an injured person who had allegedly already driven himself away from the scene.

Dive teams, firefighters, and first responders mobbed the Esopus Creek in the Ulster County village of Phoenicia on Sunday afternoon in what turned out to be a wild goose chase.

A report of an injured person in the creek on August 10 prompted a massive emergency response, according to an email from George Neher at the Shandaken Police Department.

Traffic was slowed to one lane on Route 28 as ambulances and first responder vehicles, several pulling boats, lined the roadway near the creek around 2 p.m.

But the first responders did not find any injured person in or near the creek. A police officer directing traffic told a reporter that it all seemed like a false alarm. 

As it turned out, the injured person had already left. A tuber had injured his hip and lost his inner tube while tubing the Esopus that day, prompting someone nearby to call the police, according to Neher. 

But the man left the creek himself before emergency personnel found him. Witnesses told the police that he walked to his car, which appeared to be a Mercedes-Benz, and drove away, according to Neher.   Read more

73-year-old man found dead after going fishing

Above: The Schoharie Creek. Photo via catskillstreams.org

A 73-year-old Rotterdam man went fishing in the Schoharie County town of Esperance on Saturday, August 9 and never came home, according to a press release from the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office.

Conrad R. St Pierre's body was discovered on a steep wooded area by the Schoharie Creek by a search dog on Saturday night. 

At 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, St. Pierre's wife called 911 to say that her husband had gone fishing in the Schoharie Creek and had not returned. 

A search began, and officers from the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office found St Pierre's truck parked on Priddle Road in Esperance.

Multiple first responders searched the area, and at 11:20 p.m., a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officer named Keith Isles and his K-9 DEC dog discovered St Pierre's body "in a steep and wooded area between Priddle Road and the Schoharie Creek."  Read more

Parole officer kills two in Palenville; high-speed chase ends in his suicide

A New York State Parole Officer killed his estranged wife and her boyfriend in his Palenville house on Sunday, August 10, and then led police on a multi-county car chase before killing himself, according to a New York State Police press release issued today.

Forty-six-year-old Robert Mroczek lived at 844 Pennsylvania Ave. in Palenville, a sleepy Catskills hamlet where a SWAT team and a helicopter descended yesterday afternoon.

Mroczek's wife, 49-year-old Pammi Mroczek, once lived at the address as well. Yesterday, Pammi Mroczek was at the Pennsylvania Ave. house with a boyfriend, 51-year-old Daniel Brennan of Schenectady.

Robert Mroczek encountered Pammi Mroczek and Brennan at the house and shot and killed them both, according to the press release.

A 911 call about gunshots fired was received by Greene County 911 at 12:45 p.m.  Read more