Two arrested in connection with Walton Spider-Man robbery

Left: Image of the suspect in a Spider-Man mask taken during the robbery on Nov. 28. Photo via the New York State Police.

Police have arrested two men in connection with a Black Friday robbery of a convenience store in the Delaware County village of Walton, according to a press release from the Walton Police Department.  Read more

Constitution Pipeline receives federal approval, eminent domain power

Above: A natural gas pipeline being constructed. Photo courtesy of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Constitution Pipeline received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build a 124-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania through New York's Delaware, Schoharie, Broome and Chenango counties on Tuesday, Dec. 2. 

FERC's certificate of public convenience and necessity gives the Constitution Pipeline the power of eminent domain, which allows it to force landowners along the route to accept the pipeline's path through their property.

The pipeline's new powers are setting it up for a fight in the Catskills. Over half of the landowners along the route haven't agreed to allow the pipeline across their land. If they continue to resist, the pipeline can take them to court. 

Construction can begin as soon as the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issue permits for the project, which could happen early in 2015.  Read more

Wintry mix will make for hazardous driving

Above: An ice wall in Platte Clove in 2013. Photo by Dave Hebb and shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool  Read more

Burglary ends in assault charge in Livingston Manor

Left: Travis Morton and Amanda Olivo. Via the New York State Police. 

Two Livingston Manor residents were arrested on Monday, Dec. 1, after allegedly breaking into a Manor apartment and then assaulting the occupants, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Twenty-nine-year-old Travis Morton and 22-year-old Amanda Olivo reportedly forced their way into the apartment around 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning to collect a debt, police say. A scuffle allegedly ensued between the pair and the residents of the apartment.  Read more

Hoping for a casino

The site of the former Concord Hotel, above, was once a thriving resort in Kiamesha Lake, in Sullivan County. Developers want to build a new resort casino here, and are anxiously waiting for permits for up to two Catskills casinos to be issued by New York State's Gaming Facility Location Board.   Read more

Doctor with Catskills ties fights Ebola in Sierra Leone

Above: Ramona Sunderwith watches the first patients arriving at the Lunsar Ebola Treatment Center in Sierra Leone on Monday, Dec. 1. Photo by Sam Ryder, via Twitter, and International Medical Corps.

Ramona Sunderwirth is an emergency pediatric physician who splits her time between New York City and a home in the Delaware County town of Bovina. She is spending her holiday season in Sierra Leone, the heart of the global Ebola virus epidemic. Part one of a series. 

For Ramona Sunderwirth, Thanksgiving had to wait.

The Ebola treatment center in the town of Lunsar in Sierra Leone was supposed to open just before the holiday. But then the running water and electricity gave out.

"We don't have water," Sunderwirth said on Wednesday, Nov. 26. "We can't even put chlorine in water. All this is getting worked out, but it's just a big challenge."  Read more

Suspect in Spider-Man mask robs Walton store on Black Friday

An armed suspect wearing a Spider-Man mask robbed a Smoker's Choice convenience store in Walton the day after Thanksgiving, according to the New York State Police.

A police press release states that the store was robbed at 6:44 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 by the masked faux superhero, who was wearing a green sweatshirt and possibly fled in a green pickup truck. For the full press release, click here. 

Correction: An earlier vesrion of this story stated that an armed man robbed the store. The gender of the suspect isn't indicated in the police press release, so the masked robber could have been a man or a woman. 

Shop Catskills: Post-turkey edition

Above: Sparky the Fire Dog, Santa and Frosty the Snowman will be guests at the Tannersville Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Spirits of the Holidays on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo via the Great Northern Catskills website.

It's holiday shopping season in earnest, now that Thanksgiving is over. You can spend all your gift-giving dollars this year with Catskills merchants and businesses, and maybe see a few Christmas trees and even Santa himself while you're at it. To help you shop local, here's the second installment of our holiday shopping guide

Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar

Here's what's happening over the weekend of Nov. 28 to 30: 


Margaretville hosts its annual holiday celebration on Saturday, Nov. 29. Shops will be decked to the nines, lots of kids’ activities will distract your little ones, and Santa will show up late in the afternoon on a fire truck. Hot cocoa and doughnuts will keep you fortified, and you can grab a hayride when your feet get tired.  Read more

Thanksgiving feasts around the Catskills

Above: A trio of Catskills turkeys in 2008. Photo by Kristine Paulus, via Flickr. 

Ah, gratitude. We all know it’s the right spirit to maintain, there’s a science supporting its benefits, and yet it can be so easy to lose track of in everyday life. How nice it is that we’ve got a holiday devoted to turning our thoughts in that general direction.

And most surely we have plenty to be thankful for around here. Besides the beauty of early winter in the mountains, we have neighbors busy organizing feasts like the ones that follow. If you don’t feel like organizing your own this year, here are the folks who’ve got you covered. Happy Thanksgiving; here at the Watershed Post, we’re grateful for you.  Read more

The snow's finally falling

Above: Photo of snow accumulation in Monticello on Nov. 26, 2014 by John (aka Catskill Photography) and shared in our Flickr pool.

Our expected snowstorm arrived this morning, Nov. 26, with flakes falling in earnest around 9:50 a.m. at the Watershed Post HQ in Margaretville.   Read more