Here comes the rain again...and wind, too

Look out, Catskills: Yet another round of thunderstorms is taking aim at the region, with the possibility of high winds, damaging hail and even the chance of a tornado. 

As of late Tuesday afternoon, a line of storms is organizing in western New York and Pennsylvania, and moving steadily eastward across the region. A severe thunderstorm watch is currently in effect across Central New York, including Delaware County in the Catskills region, until 8 p.m.

Storm trackers at the National Weather Service caution that there is a slight chance the storms could spawn a tornado or two as they swirl across Central New York. 

The eastern Catskills are not yet under severe weather watch, but thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. Locals should keep an eye on the weather as the storms move eastward.   Read more

Driver in fatal Thruway crash arrested on DWI and homicide charges

The driver of a car that caused a fatal multi-car accident on I-90 on Friday, July 4 was arrested today on charges of vehicular homicide and manslaughter, among other charges. 

The driver, 24-year-old Tyler Pascuzzi, was taken to Albany Medical Center Friday night after he crashed his 2004 Volkswagen GLI into a 2003 Honda Civic, spun out and struck an Old Dominion Freight Lines tractor-trailer. 

The Volkswagen split in two upon hitting the tractor-trailer.

Two passengers in Pascuzzi’s car -- Cody J. Veverka, 23, of South Cairo and Alicia M. Tamboia, 24, of Wingdale -- were ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

Upon Pascuzzi’s release from the hospital today, he was taken into custody by State Police and charged with the following:  Read more

Three Liberty men arrested for I-84 shooting

A fight at a Newburgh nightclub spilled over into a shooting on I-84 early Saturday morning, when one car full of nightclub-goers pursued another, ramming and shooting at it, police say. 

State police say that around 4:36 a.m., a Honda Civic with several passengers pulled up alongside another car traveling westbound on I-84, and a passenger in the Civic fired three shots from a handgun at the other car. One bullet penetrated the vehicle, which was carrying five people, but did not strike anyone. 

After the shooting, the Civic pursued the other car onto Route 17 and began to ram it, police say. The victims pulled off of Route 17 onto Exit 118 in Wallkill and called 911. 

The driver of the car that was fired upon had been involved in a dispute at the nightclub with another man he knew, according to a press release from the New York State Police.  Read more

West Hurley man menaced someone with an axe, police say

A West Hurley man was arrested over the weekend on multiple charges after allegedly menacing someone with an axe during a domestic dispute at his home.

On Sunday, July 6, state troopers from Kingston and Shokan responded to a report of a domestic dispute at 5 Birch St in West Hurley.

According to a New York State Police press release, during the dispute, Patrick McGlynn, 29, allegedly choked the victim and menaced the victim with an axe.

McGlynn also physically prevented the victim from leaving the residence and interfered with a phone call the victim tried to make for help, police said.

The victim was able to escape the residence unharmed, fled to a neighbor’s home and called 911.

McGlynn was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was also charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal mischief and obstruction of breath, all misdemeanors.  Read more

Catskills July fourth celebrations captured on film

Above: A photo from Margaretville Fire Department Field Days and Carnival’s Fourth of July fireworks show by Joe Damone Photography.

Above: As part of Hanford Hills Museum’s Independence Day festivities they had a 3 horsepower Novo engine powering a Dickson’s improved ice cream churn (seen above operated by Amanda Osborn and Cory Young.) 

Above: Young entrepreneurs in Phonecia set up an iced tea stand on Main Street. Photo courtesy of Mystery Spot Antiques  Read more

Thruway car crash leaves two dead

A horrific multi-car accident on I-90 last Friday left two people dead, including a South Cairo resident, and two others injured. 

Shortly before midnight on Friday, July 4, State Police, Fire, EMS and Thruway Authority responded to an accident on the westbound section of I-90 between exits 24 and 25, at mile marker 151 in Guilderland.

According to a New York State Police news release, Tyler S. Pascuzzi, 24, of Coxsackie was driving a 2004 Volkswagen GLI at “a high rate of speed” with two passengers in the car when he struck a 2003 Honda Civic.

The driver of the Civic, Brian T. Miller, 29, of Schenectady lost control of the car and struck the center guide rail.

The Volkswagen began to spin out, and then struck an Old Dominion Freight Lines tractor trailer. The car separated in two pieces upon impact.

The Volkswagen's two passengers, Cody J. Veverka, 23, of South Cairo and Alicia M. Tamboia, 24 of Wingdale, were ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.  Read more

Hanover Farms plans a move to Shokan

Above: A sign on the shuttered site of Hanover Farms announces the farmstand's plans to reopen in a new location. Photo by Lissa Harris.

Hanover Farms, a Route 28 farmstand that has been embroiled in legal battle with the town of Shandaken since 2012, is looking for a fresh start -- a new town, and a new name.

Outside the shuttered farmstand, a new sign has appeared, announcing that the farmstand is re-opening at the "old bank" in Shokan. Eight miles east on Route 28, at the Shokan bank building that formerly housed a Bank of America branch, another sign has sprouted up: "Opening Soon: Greenheart Farmstand."

But the farmstand's announcement is unnerving officials in the town of Olive, who are hoping the business's father-and-son owners Al and Alfie Higley do things by the book this time.

"[Al] Higley was in yesterday to put in an application for a site plan. But there's no permission from the town of Olive for him to do anything at all," said Sylvia Rozzelle, supervisor of the town of Olive. "If he opens without a permit, that's not a good thing."  Read more

The American flag business fades for a Catskills fixture

Above: A trench filled with gravel, left, marks the place where an embroidery machine once stood at Stucki Embroidery in Boiceville. On the right, another machine continues making star fields for American flags. Photo by Julia Reischel.

Stucki Embroidery, a small business in the Ulster County hamlet of Boiceville, has been sewing the stars onto American flags since 1973. A decade ago, Stucki stars decorated every flag sold in Wal-Marts across the United States.

But the stars no longer bring in the money that they once did. Stucki has shrunk from 65 employees in 2002 to 13 now. This year, Murray Fenwick, Stucki's owner, sold two of his mammoth embroidery machines. To make ends meet, the business is diversifying into non-star lines of business, such as making small-run embroidered patches and screenprinting.

Left: Fenwick, with the punch card system that powers one of his older embroidery machines. Photo by Julia Reischel.

In May, I wrote an article for Esquire Magazine online about why the American flag business can no longer support small manufacturers like Stucki. Fenwick gave me a tour of the Boiceville plant and a crash course in the economics of the increasingly-conglomerating business of American patriotism. 

When you're surrounded by red, white, and blue this Fourth of July weekend, think of supporting local Catskills businesses like Stucki. We used Stucki to embroider our Catskill Reservoir Paddler badges this year, instead of using an out-of-state embroiderer. They did a fantastic job, and we kept the dollars local. 

Here's an excerpt from the Esquire story. To read the whole thing, go to Esquire by clicking here.  Read more

Sullivan and Ulster Counties assess post-storm damage

The storm that swept across the region Wednesday resulted in major flooding and brought down trees and power lines across Sullivan and Ulster Counties. 

Sullivan County

Officials from the Sullivan County Highways & Bridge Department said County Routes 164, 128 and 127 were still closed as of Thursday afternoon, along with a half a dozen bridges which could be assessed more once the water recedes. 

Dick Martinkovic, Sullivan County’s commissioner of public safety told the Times Herald-Record that although the flash floods forced evacuations in the western parts of the county, there was no loss of life and no “serious, serious damage.”   Read more

Catskills under flash flood watch, but the Fourth should be sunny

Above: Forecast detail from the National Weather Service in Albany.

The forecast for Fourth of July weekend in the Catskills looks bright and clear -- but before Friday arrives with cooler temps and sunnier skies, another round of intense thunderstorms has the region under flash flood watch. 

All five of the Catskills counties in our coverage area -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster -- are currently under flash flood watches issued by the National Weather Service offices in Binghamton and Albany. In the western Catskills, Delaware and Sullivan counties, the flash flood watch will last until 9 p.m. The eastern Catskills, which will see storms later into the evening, are under flash flood watch until midnight  Read more