The Adelaar has landed: Plans revealed for Concord casino

An artist's rendering of the Adelaar in winter. Source: AdelaarNY.com.

Developers unveiled plans today for a massive 1,700-acre casino and resort on the grounds of the Concord resort in Monticello. Backers of the $750 million project are betting on securing one of New York State's four casino licenses from the state Gaming Commission.

Dubbed the Adelaar -- Dutch for "eagle" -- the resort plans feature five hotels with 1,100 rooms, an indoor waterpark, an 18-hole golf course, an "entertainment village" with a movie theatre and shopping outlets, ziplines, a mountain coaster, and acres of trails and areas for hiking, boating, skiing, fishing and other outdoor recreation, according to a press release issued Thursday by developers EPR Properties and Empire Resorts

The Times Herald-Record's Steve Israel is calling the project "the most spectacular development Sullivan County -- and perhaps the region -- has ever seen."  Read more

A cat goes hiking in the Catskills

Who says cats don't like leashes?

Submissions to our 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide photo contest are rolling in. We really enjoyed this one, taken by Abby Dousset on the Saugerties Lighthouse Trail.

Enter your photo in the contest. As always, the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room is offering a dinner for two as the grand prize. Info and guidlines are here. To see all the phtos submitted so far, check out the slideshow below, or head to our Facebook page, where we're posting all entries. 

Cuomo proposes new outdoor recreation projects

Above: Looking Glass Pond in Fulton, where two of a statewide list of 50 proposed projects to increase access to outdoor recreation are located. Photo by Flickr user Doug Kerr; published under Creative Commons license.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently proposed 50 new outdoor recreation projects around New York State, which if adopted would add up to a roughly $6 million investment in new trails, access points and other projects aimed at outdoor tourism. The projects would open up 380,000 acres of state land to new access for hikers, hunters, anglers and boaters.   Read more

This weekend: Community news potluck in Livingston Manor

Above: An editorial meeting of the youth-run newspaper Manor Ink. Photo by Manor Ink.  

How can we make community news in the Catskills better? Come by the first-ever Community News Summit in Livingston Manor this Sunday and tell us in person over a potluck dinner. 

The staff of the Watershed Post will be onhand along with other startup news organizations like the youth-run Livingston Manor newspaper Manor Ink, which is hosting the summit at the Catskill Arts Society on Main Street. 

We'll be sharing ideas about emergency reporting, community engagement, ads vs. fundraising, and how to cover every town in an enormous rural area.

If you're a news junkie or just are just curious about how the news gets made, please attend! It's not community news without the community. 

Left: Watershed Post editor Lissa Harris and Jim Ottaway, Jr., the chairman of the journalism committee of the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation. Photo taken July 22, 2013 by the staff of Manor Ink

The summit is being organized by the Community Reporting Alliance, and features journalism start-ups and outlets that are funded by the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation. Both the CRA and the Ottaway Foundation have funded the Watershed Post, and we can't say enough great stuff about them. 

Community News Summit. Sunday, March 16, 2-5pm. Catskill Arts Society, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor. Potluck dinner -- bring something to share. 845.701.6125 or email manorink@yahoo.com for into and directions. 

Here's the full press release about the summit below:   Read more

A very Catskills St. Patrick's Day

Above: The Edward Maloney Memorial Pipe Band marches in the 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Delhi. Photo courtesy of the Delhi St. Patrick's Day Parade committee.

‘Tis time again to celebrate the Irish, those poetic and tenacious folks who’ve brought so much to the cultural feast. Suffer mightily they may have done, but as Irish fighter Bobby Sands put it, “Our revenge will be the laughter of our children.”

When folks like that party, it’s not to be missed. Here’s our guide to the region’s various St. Paddy's Day festivities.

DELAWARE COUNTY

On Saturday, March 15, come out to Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury for an all-day "St. Platty’s Day" celebration, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They’re cooking corned beef and cabbage to go with the Irish drink specials and live entertainment. Outdoors, there will be a barbecue and a Shamrock Hunt.   Read more

More charges filed against Ellenville paramedic accused of stealing from patients

More charges have been filed against a paramedic with the Ellenville Rescue Squad who was jailed last fall on charges that he stole from his patients.

In October, 48-year-old German Lobaton was arrested after a police investigation into a series of burglaries at houses around Ulster County. Police say Loboton would be called to a house, transport the patient to the hospital, and go back to rob the house of jewelry, guns, cash or electronics, the Times Herald-Record reported in October.

In January, Lobaton was indicted by an Ulster County grand jury on felony charges of burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, and weapons charges, along with several lesser misdemeanor charges.   Read more

Another snowstorm takes aim at the Catskills

Above: Still deep winter at the icy cathedral of Kaaterskill Falls. Photo taken March 5 by Rebecca Balzac; shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr group pool.

The Northeast is bracing for yet another late-season snowstorm, due to hit the Catskills region on Wednesday and continue into Thursday. 

Winter storm watches have already been issued for most of the Catskills region. A watch issued by the National Weather Service in Albany covers Greene, Schoharie and Ulster counties; the NWS's Binghamton office has issued a winter storm watch that covers Delaware County along with much of Central New York.   Read more

This weekend: The Iditarod comes to Livingston Manor

Above: Kim Darst racing in the 2009 Iditarod. Photo contributed by Morgan Outdoors. 

The Iditarod, the 1,000-mile sled dog race that takes place annually in Alaska, kicked off on March 1 this year. Today, dog teams and mushers are about halfway through the course, which stretches from Anchorage to Nome, and will keep running for about another week.

To celebrate the race, Kim Darst and her sled dog Cotton are visiting Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor tomorrow to talk about their harrowing experience in the 2009 Iditarod, which is the basis for a book, "Cotton's Tale.

According to the Star-Ledger in New Jersey, Darst had to choose between finishing the Iditarod and keeping Cotton alive: 

The dog or the dream? Rookie Iditarod musher Kim Darst had a decision to make.  Read more

Crack, heroin and oxy found in Glen Spey drug bust

Three Sullivan County residents are facing felony drug charges after a police raid at a Glen Spey home turned up large quantities of crack cocaine, heroin and oxycodone, police say. 

The search, carried out on Wednesday, March 5, followed an investigation into drug activity at a house on Forestburgh Road in Glen Spey, a hamlet of the rural Sullivan County town of Lumberland. During the search, eight people were arrested, according to a release from the New York State Police.  Read more

This weekend: "Sylvia," a doggy love triangle

What happens when the perfect woman is a dog? A canine-human love triangle. At least, that's what happens in "Sylvia," a play about a childless Manhattan couple and the eponymous dog that comes into their lives, opening at the Shandaken Theatrical Society tomorrow. 

The show's charm comes from the fact that Sylvia is played by a human. Here's a snippet of dialogue, from the New York Times review of the show when it opened in NYC in 1995:

Greg, middle-aged and middle-class, returns to his Upper West Side apartment in the late afternoon accompanied by Sylvia, a beautiful, frisky young blonde he has just picked up in the park ...

Sylvia: "I think you're God."

Greg (trying to maintain order): "Stay, Sylvia. Stay. And sit."

Sylvia: "I want to sit near you."

Greg: "Well all right."

Sylvia moves to his side.

Sylvia (dreamily): "Nearer, my God, to Thee."

Greg (being severe): "O.K. As long as you sit."  Read more