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Flooding, road closures in Catskills as new rainstorms move south

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Above: A video report from News 10 of flooding in Middleburgh's Main Street on Friday afternoon. 

Just when it was clearing up: Rainstorms moving south through the Hudson Valley prompted a fresh round of flood advisories and a few flash floods on Friday afternoon, a day after an east-moving storm prompted widespread flood watches across the Catskills.  Read more

This weekend: A slew of upstate events for Father's Day

Lady Antebellum, appearing Saturday at the Taste of Country Festival at Hunter Mountain.

Father’s Day is upon us -- an opportunity to honor and enjoy the dad in your life. This weekend, the various venues and organizations of the Catskills region and beyond have a varied batch of opportunities on tap for celebratory good times.

Some of the events listed below aren’t specifically planned with Father’s Day in mind -- but hey, paternal units come in all sorts of flavors. If you and Pater decide something is a Father’s Day outing, we’re sure the organizers won’t mind. 

DELAWARE COUNTY

The Delaware County Fairgrounds in Walton will be taken over for the weekend by the Walton Regional Livestock Show -- more prize pigs, goats, cows and sheep than you can shake a dad at. Special this year: New bull show events, with a $100 prize for the champion. Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16.  Read more

Storm tracking south, but flood watches still in effect

A rainfall prediction issued by the National Weather Service in Binghamton early Thursday morning, calling for 2 to 3 inches of rain in the southwestern Catskills region.

The latest forecasts for a rainstorm sweeping through the area Thursday and into Friday are calling for slightly less rain than originally predicted in some areas, but flood watches remain in effect throughout the Catskills region. 

As the rainstorm has moved into the area from the southwest, it has tracked slightly more south than initially expected, Hudson Valley Weather reported late Wednesday night

Storm looks to be taking a more southerly track and also a bit weaker as well. While the HV is still under the gun for a 1-3 inch rainfall the 4-5 inches looks a bit less likely. While the 2-3 is still enough to cause some issues with flooding it is a better solution. If the storm trends any further south we may see another reduction is projected rainfall.  Read more

Flood watches in effect across Catskills region

Above: 24-hour precipitation forecast for Thursday, June 13, issued Wednesday, June 12. Source: National Weather Service.

Heavy rain is expected to fall across southeastern New York, northeastern Pennsylvania and New England on Thursday, prompting flood watches across the region. 

Flood watches have been declared across all five Catskills counties. A flood watch declared by the National Weather Service in Albany, covering Ulster, Greene and Schoharie counties, is in effect from Thursday morning through Saturday morning. In the western Catskills, Delaware and Sullivan counties are under a flood watch from Thursday morning to Friday morning.  Read more

Cuomo administration pushes tax-free business scheme to skeptical Catskills audience

Above: Dierdre Scozzafava, the Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government, presented the Cuomo administration's proposed "Tax-Free NY" legislation at SUNY Delhi on June 6, 2013. Photo by Julia Reischel.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's rush to pass an ambitious new corporate tax break program met with skepticism from an audience of Delaware County officials and business owners at SUNY Delhi on Thursday. 

With only eight days to go in the current state legislative session, Cuomo hopes to get lawmakers to pass Tax-Free NY, a sweeping tax program that would lift taxes on corporations and their employees if they create new jobs within one mile of any SUNY campus.  Read more

Andrea swings by Catskills; only minor flooding expected

Above: A screenshot from the NWS's river forecast page. Dots indicate USGS streamgauges; the color indicates whether flooding is forecast over the next 48 hours. All gauges in the Catskills region are either green (no flooding forecast) or yellow (near flood stage forecast).

Tropical Storm Andrea is moving northward up the East Coast, bringing heavy rains along with it. But the Catskills region is likely to escape the brunt of the storm's wrath as it passes by to the east of the region.  Read more

Flood watches declared as two storms move toward Catskills

Above: A screenshot of a National Weather Service image showing the projected 5-day track of Tropical Storm Andrea as it moves up the East Coast, as of Thursday afternoon. For a current image, check the NWS's Tropical Storm Andrea page.

Heavy rains and possible flooding are in store for the Catskills region this weekend, starting Friday morning, as the area braces for two storm systems moving into the region.

First on the forecast is a rainstorm moving through the region from the west, beginning Thursday night and continuing into Friday. By Friday afternoon, a tropical storm dubbed "Andrea" will move in from the south, dumping more rain onto an already-saturated landscape. Andrea is not expected to strengthen into a hurricane, but is forecast to bring heavy rains and high winds to a wide swath of the eastern U.S.  Read more

Firemen's Association treasurer charged with grand larceny

The treasurer of the Greene County Volunteer Firemen's Association (GCVMA) is accused of stealing money from the organization and covering up the theft by falsifying records. 

On Friday, May 31, New York State Police at Catskill arrested 52-year-old Mitzi-Su Fremgen of Durham, after an investigation into Fremgen's actions as treasurer of the GCVMA. Fremgen is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifing business records, both Class E felonies.

In a statement released Monday, New York State Police claim that Fremgen used GCVFA funds to pay personal expenses and then submitted fake documents to conceal the theft.  Read more

Letter to the Editor: Please join the conversation on the 29th!

To the editor:

We, the elected municipal officials of the Towns and Villages in Ulster, Greene and Delaware Counties, are writing to our regional media outlets, DEC and New York State officials in support of the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park. We represent our municipalities and understand the powerful positive impact - the needed impact – this Resort, and the build-out of Belleayre Mt. Ski Center, can and will have on our area. We have also seen the long, slow and painful decline of our mountain Main Streets and communities. Hunting and fishing licenses in NYS, along with visits to our area, have dropped over 20% in the last 10 years, our population is shrinking, and lodging units are down 90% since the 50s and 60s, let alone a century ago. Additionally the NYC DEP is aggressively purchasing local properties that will forever be un-developable, further limiting our choices and potential to expand and preserve for the next generations of native dwellers.  Read more

2013 Catskills Great Outdoor Experience Photo Contest

This spring, Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room sponsored our Catskills-wide photo contest, in which over 60 readers from around the region sent us images of their favorite Catskills outdoor experiences.

After much deliberation, our seven-person jury loved these winners.

The grand prize winner: “East Branch Delaware” by Chris Faulkner. Chris wins a dinner for two at the Peekamoose.

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