This Weekend: Pam Tanowitz Dance and FLUX Quartet at Mount Tremper Arts

Above: Pam Tanowitz Dance performers. Photo by Christopher Duggan. 

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This Friday night, the 2014 season at Mount Tremper Arts continues with Pam Tanowitz Dance, accompanied by the string FLUX Quartet, performing a dance piece called "Broken Story (wherein there is no ecstasy)" and other selections from their repertory. 

Tanowitz's choreography is "among the finest being made anywhere today," according to the New York Times, which wrote about her earlier this year and described her style as "eccentric," both like ballet and modern dance. 

Here's what to expect from the show, from an MTA press release:  Read more

Boat the Neversink Reservoir in July, earn a badge

Above: The Neversink Reservoir. Photo courtesy of the Catskill Watershed Corporation.

This summer, the Catskills Outdoor Guide is partnering with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Catskill Watershed Corporation to bring you our new Catskill Reservoir Paddler embroidered badge, which you can only earn by paddling a specific reservoir each month.

In July, the spotlight is on the Neversink Reservoir. Paddle the Neversink anytime between July 1 and 31, send in your proof, and a Catskill Reservoir Paddler badge will be yours. Click here or scroll down for full redemption instructions. 

At five miles long, the Neversink reservoir is the smallest of the Catskills reservoirs supplying water to NYC. It's also the southernmost of the four Catskills reservoirs that are open to recreational boating, making it the most convenient one to drive from NYC -- just head up Route 17 in Sullivan County and turn right.

Beneath the waters of the Neversink are the ghost towns of Bittersweet and Aden, both of which were forced to relocate when the reservoir was built in the 1950s, displacing hundreds of residents. 

There are two boat launches that lead into the Neversink Reservoir: Chandlerss Cove and Kramers Cove, both on the west side of the reservoir off Aden Road.  For a detailed map of the Neversink and its boat launches, click here.

You can get your boat steam-cleaned for the Neversink at Cannie D’s Corner Corp. (845-985-2076, 4 Schumway Road, Neversink) or at the Eureka Market (845-985-5152, 7991 State Route 55, Grahamsville). And you can rent a boat at Bradley Boat Rentals (845-807-1145, 220 Lindholm Road, Hurleyville). 

For our five-step guide to boating NYC's Catskills reservoirs, click here. 

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Accident shuts Route 30 in Blenheim



Above: Photo from the scene of an accident on Route 30 posted to Schoharie Fire Wire and News. For more photos from the scene, see their Facebook page.

A collision between an SUV and a truck hauling a dumpster on Wednesday morning left two men injured and forced the shutdown of Route 30 in Blenheim, police said.  Read more

NWS: Tornado touched down in Parksville on Sunday

Above: Damage to trees and a trailer near a house in Parksville, after a tornado blew through on Sunday, July 13. Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service in Binghamton.

A fierce storm that blew through the tiny Sullivan County hamlet of Parksville on Sunday, July 13 has been determined to be a tornado, National Weather Service meteorologists say.

A team from the NWS's Binghamton office, whose territory includes Sullivan County along with 23 other counties in central New York and northeastern Pennsylvania, visited the site of the storm in Parksville on Tuesday to survey the damage. The team found severe tree damage in a small area around two homes, although the homes themselves had only minor damage from the storm. No one was injured during the storm.

Winds from the Parksville tornado reached 90 miles per hour, making it an "EF-1" storm. The NWS's scale for rating tornadoes runs from EF-0 (winds of 65 to 85 miles per hour) to EF-5 (over 200 miles per hour).   Read more

Mud and chaos mar Hudson Project music fest


Above: A Hudson Project festgoer earns her 15 minutes of Internet fame, as she shrieks at the river of trash and belongings running through her campsite. Source: The Festive Owl's Facebook page.  Read more

Despite "mistakes," New York Safety Track escapes contempt order

A supporter of the New York Safety Track waits outside the Delaware County courthouse on June 13, 2014 to attend a hearing. Photo by Julia Reischel

A Delaware County judge has refused to hold the Harpersfield-based New York Safety Track (NYST) and its manager, Greg Lubinitsky, in contempt for allegedly violating a declaratory judgement that prohibited racing, automobiles, large engines, and large crowds.

Opponents of NYST have argued that throughout May 2014, the track violated the judgement with the presence of automobiles, more than six motorcycles, and more than 25 people at a time.

In a July 8 decision, Judge Brian Burns wrote that his hands are tied in a matter that the town of Harpersfield must enforce.

"A finding of contempt is not authorized for alleged violations of a declaratory judgement under our laws," Burns wrote, adding that the opponents of the track "must rely on their municipality to enforce its local laws."  Read more

Boot-camp drug rehab didn't keep Walton man from reoffending, police say

A month-long investigation by Delaware County police into local drug traffic has led to the arrest of a Walton man on heroin-related charges. The suspect was a recent graduate of a "boot camp" drug treatment program to which he was sentenced after a previous felony conviction, police say.

Walton resident Matthew S. Parker, 36, was arrested last week on several felony charges, after he was allegedly found to be in possession of 293 bags of heroin, according to a Delaware County Sheriff’s Office press release.

On Thursday afternoon, Delaware County investigators and sheriff's deputies arrested Parker on a sealed grand jury indictment warrant charging him with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Read more

Catskills Irish Arts Week kicks off in East Durham

Above: Musicians performing at the Catskills Irish Arts Week. Photo by Timothy H. Raab, from the Catskills Irish Arts week Facebook page.

Fervid followers of traditional Irish music and dance descend on East Durham this week for the twentieth annual Catskills Irish Arts Week.

The week-long event, which started in 1995 with 10 instructors and 70 participants, has grown to include over 70 instructors of music, dance, art and writing who will lead workshops to hundreds of participants. In the evenings, local pubs and music venues host performances and more informal music sessions.

On Saturday, the week winds up with the East Durham Trad Fest, a day-long celebration of Irish music, dancing and storytelling. This year's Trad Fest will honor Felix Dolan, a longtime member of the Catskills Irish Arts Week teaching faculty who died in 2013.   Read more

Guide me a river: The art of Catskills wilderness guiding

Longtime Catskills wilderness guide Charles “Sonny” Somelofski has earned a few more gray hairs since this photo was taken — and caught countless more fish. Photo courtesy of Catskill Outdoor Adventures (

Charles “Sonny” Somelofski of Catskill Outdoor Adventures in Margaretville (, remembers when the licensing process to become an outdoor guide in New York state was a simple paper questionnaire with a $2 fee that asked whether he could swim, handle a boat, and read a map and compass.

“That was it, back then,” Somelofski says. “Bang! I was able to take people out and do it all.”

Today, being a state-licensed outdoor guide requires a bit more: taxable income disclosure forms, a physician’s statement, and certifications in first aid, CPR, and water safety. Those are the just the basics. Guides can be licensed in a number of different categories, ranging from camping and fishing to whitewater rafting and ice climbing, each with different licensing requirements.

The heart of guiding, however, has remained the same: proving to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that you can reliably take paying customers out into the great outdoors and bring them back again in one piece.  Read more

Cairo man charged with assaults with fist and fireworks

A 20-year-old Cairo man has been charged with assault after allegedly punching one person in the face and dropping lit fireworks down the shirt of another.

Cory M. Thompson was arrested by New York State Police at Catskill following an investigation into events occurring on July 5 at a private residence. 

In a press release dated July 10, New York State Police said that last Saturday, Thompson “repeatedly punched an individual in the face,” leaving the victim with facial fractures and a broken eye socket. That same day, police said, Thompson also dropped lit fireworks down another man’s back, leaving him with several burns from the explosion between his shirt and his back. 

Thompson was charged with second-degree assault — a class D felony — and third-degree reckless assault, a class A misdemeanor.  Read more