Transmitter down at WIOX

We heard from fans of WIOX 91.3 in Roxbury this morning that the community radio station had mysteriously disappeared from the airwaves last night. We put in a call to the station's office and talked to Glen Pedersen, the station's business manager, who confirmed that the WIOX transmitter has been down since last night.

"Yes, the transmitter is down," Pedersen said. "We're working on it." 

Pedersen said that he wasn't sure what caused the outage, but that the station is expecting to go back on the air today. 

In the meantime, WIOX is still streaming live on the web

Marijuana plants found growing in day care's basement

Marijuana plants were found growing in the basement and backyard of a licensed day care facility in the town of Bainbridge last week, State Police out of Sidney report today in a press release.

James Spinella: Photo via New York State PoliceJames Spinella: Photo via New York State PoliceThe plants were reportedly found when a day care inspector arrived for an unannounced visit. After the inspector called the police, State Police deputies searched the residence and allegedly found "a modified shotgun, a small amount of prescription medication, and additional processed marihuana."

The day care operator, 22-year-old Stephanie L. Emerson, lost her license over the discovery. But it was James M. Spinella, who also lived at the residence, who was charged with growing the marijuana and owning the various other illegal items. He was processed in the Town of Bainbridge court yesterday.

Here's the press release in full:

“Unannounced” Day Care Inspection Leads to Arrest

(Bainbridge N.Y., May 20, 2011) On Monday, May 16, 2011, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Bureau of Day Care Enforcement, contacted the New York State Police in Sidney, N.Y., after discovering marihuana plants during a “surprise inspection” of a day care facility in Bainbridge, N.Y.

The ensuing investigation revealed STEPHANIE L. EMERSON, age 22, was operating a licensed day care facility at her residence located at 1566 County Route 39, Bainbridge, N.Y. when a licensed day care inspector located marihuana plants growing in the residence basement.  Read more

The guru of Round Top

Photo taken at the former Winding Brook farm; from the Vishwa Dharma Foundation's website.

Devotees of a Manhattan-based Hindu group, Vishwa Dharma Mandalam, are transforming a run-down farmstead on Round Top in Cairo into an ashram for retreats and teaching. From a website devoted to the new project:

Swami Ramakrishnananda’s vision for this ashram based in the Catskill mountains in New York is to create a spiritual community in which visitors can join together with sannyasis and resident disciples in spiritual practices (sadhana), service (seva), and study (swadhyaya). The ashram is intended to serve as a sacred space where all can glorify the Vedic religion and culture….a school in which one learns to walk the path of enlightenment with the presence and guidance of an enlightened master.

The Daily Mail reported over the weekend on the group's plans:  Read more

Underage drinking bust in Delhi

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office just announced that it broke up "a large underage party" on Spring Valley Road in Delhi two Saturdays ago. In a press release sent out today, the Sheriff's Office stated that deputies arrested four people for underage drinking on May 14: Elle F. Lorica, Alexander T. Aitken, Trisha M. Stoneburg, and Corey J. Espejo. 

Read the full press release below:

On 5/14/11 Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Elle F. Lorica, 19, Niskayunna, NY, Alexander T. Aitken, 20, Norwich, NY, Trisha M. Stoneburg, 20, Kirkville, and Corey J. Espejo, 19, Poughkeepsie, NY. All were charged with Unlawful Possession of Alcohol Under 21 years of age. The charges stem from large underage party that Deputies responded to on Spring Valley Rd. in Delhi. All were given an appearance ticket to return to Delhi Town Court at a later date.

Flooded in Sidney Center? Call the county for help

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Above: Video of flooding in Sidney Center on Friday, by YouTube user kiki71669.

The Delaware County Department of Emergency Services announced recently that people affected by this weekend's flooding in Sidney Center might be eligible for help from the county:

Sidney Center Residents who were affected by the flood may be eligible for assistance through the Delaware County Social Services Department. Affected individuals are encouraged to contact the Delaware County Social Services Department at 607-832-5300 or apply in person at 111 main St, Delhi starting Monday morning at 08:30 a.m. to see if you are eligible for assistance.

Residents who have questions regarding mold, well water testing and other how to cleanup information should contact the Delaware County Health Department at 607-832-5200.

Clean up kits are available at the Sidney Center Fire Station.  Read more

Plane crash-lands outside Wurtsboro Kohl's

Two men flying a small airplane crashed in the parking lot of a Kohl's distribution center in Wurtsboro on Friday, according to New York State Police and a slew of media outlets. Both men were injured, but not severely. The cause of the crash is being investigated, according to a press release from the state police, which you can read below.

A Times Herald-Record employee happened to be nearby when the crash happened, giving the newspaper an eyewitness report:

Times Herald-Record regional circulation manager Milton Caban saw the plane go down.

Witnesses said the plane made a fast-moving pass over the airport's runway and rose over a line of trees before plummeting into the parking lot. The plane hit nose first and skidded about 20 yards, trailing parts across the lot before it stopped against a chain link fence.

"It all of a sudden took a nose dive," Caban said.

Here's the State Police press release in full:  Read more

State of emergency lifted in Sidney

According to a 9:30am email from Delaware County Emergency Services chief Richard Bell, the state of emergency in Sidney has been lifted:

The state of Emergency in the Town of Sidney (Hamlet of Sidney Center) has been lifted. Some roads still may have mild damage so please continue to use caution.

For a list of roads to be wary of, see our earlier post about the storm.

911 service: Restored (mostly?)

As of around 2:30pm today, Delaware County Emergency Services says "most" 911 service has been restored:

Verizon continues to restore 911 services to the area. Delaware County has had area fire departments conduct tests of the 911 system from their respective areas. At this time we believe most 911 services have been restored. Fire stations will no longer be staffed and Verizon will continue to work on the phone related issue.

Readers: Does anyone know if the road closures around Sidney Center are still in effect? We've had no word from the county on whether they've been cleared, and no new messages have been posted on NY-Alert.

911 outages in Delaware County (again)

This just in from Delaware County Emergency Services, around 11:30am: Sporadic phone outages and problems routing calls to 911 are being reported from around the county.

Currently Verizon and some local carriers are experiencing phone and 911 service disruption throughout the county. These outages may be sporadic. Delaware County is continuing to assess the situation and we are requesting fire departments in the affected areas to have staff in the station for emergencies. If you have an emergency and cannot dial 911 please go to your local fire station for help.

Sound familiar? On Tuesday, a transformer explosion on a utility pole in Shandaken briefly took down 911 service for the 845 area code in Delaware County.