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Three arrested in snowmobile and drug burglaries

On Friday, New York State Police troopers announced the arrests of three Greene County residents on burglary charges in several incidents. 

In one incident, which occurred the day before New Year's Eve, someone broke into the Jefferson Heights Pharmacy in the town of Catskill and stole prescription medication. Arrested on Dec. 31 was 30-year-old Christopher Hale, a Catskill resident. Hale was charged with third-degree burglary and remanded to the Greene County Jail without bail. He was due to appear in Catskill town court at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6.

In a separate pair of arrests, two Tannersville teenagers were arrested after an investigation into the theft of a snowmobile from the village of Tannersville on Dec. 27. Arrested on Dec. 30 were 16-year-old Cameron Parquez and 18-year-old Michael Martin. 

During the investigation, police also linked Parquez and Martin to a burglary at the Cortina Mountain Resort in Hunter that occurred earlier in December.  Read more

Storm's over, but baby, it's cold outside

Above: The view from the newly-opened Windfall trail at Windham Mountain, where about a foot of light, powdery snow fell during the recent snowstorm. Belleayre, Hunter and Plattekill are also rejoicing in a bumper crop of fresh powder.

Skies over the Catskills are dazzling blue today, in the wake of a snowstorm that left over a foot of snow in some areas. But watch out -- with temperatures in the single digits, and expected to fall below zero overnight, it's still frostbite weather out there.   Read more

Cuomo closes I-87, I-84 and LIE for snowstorm

In a news conference this afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared that several major roads in New York State would be closed late tonight because of the snowstorm bearing down on the Northeast.

In the Hudson Valley, I-84 will be closed to commercial traffic starting at 5 p.m. At midnight, I-84, the New York State Thruway south of Albany, and the Long Island Expressway will all be closed to all traffic. 

Officials tentatively plan to reopen the roads at 5 a.m., but will make a decision based on road conditions by 4 a.m., according to a report by the Associated Press.

A statewide state of emergency is in effect. In a post on his official Twitter account at 3:47 p.m., Cuomo urged New Yorkers to "stay off the roads if you can."

Winter storm warnings in effect across the Catskills

A snowstorm moving into upstate New York from the southwest is expected to dump heavy snow on the Catskills, starting this afternoon and continuing overnight. 

A combination of heavy snow, blowing winds and subzero temperatures will make travel in the region extremely dangerous during the fiercest part of the storm. Total snow accumulations should reach 6 to 12 inches across most of the Catskills, with up to 15 inches in some areas.  Read more

Eat, shop, gossip: Catskills general stores serve both food and community

Above: Lucky Dog Farm Store in Hamden sells local groceries and serves lunch. Photo by Richard A. Smith. 

In many ways, the Catskills region is the land that time forgot. Too rural to attract droves of big-box stores, and too stubborn to change fast, the little mountain towns are still home to many old traditions that have gone the way of the dodo elsewhere in the world. Among them is the old-fashioned general store, where residents and visitors alike can eat a home-cooked meal, pick up a few necessities and catch up on the latest news with friends and neighbors.  Read more

Ready for a foot of snow, Catskills?

Might want to make sure your front door is shut this weekend. Photo taken in Thompsonville on March 8, 2013 by John of Catskills Photography; shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr group pool

It's official: We're about to get whomped. A storm moving into the area Saturday morning is predicted to dump anywhere from 6 to 12 inches on the Catskills and Hudson Valley over a 24-hour period, with even greater accumulations possible in parts of the eastern Catskills. As of late afternoon on Friday, a winter weather warning has been declared for the Catskills counties of Greene, Schoharie and Ulster, Delaware County is under a winter storm watch, and Sullivan County has a winter weather advisory.

Hudson Valley Weather is following the storm closely, and broadcasting updates on both Facebook and local radio; the volunteer-run social media site recently announced a partnership with Clear Channel of the Hudson Valley to broadcast weather updates on the group's nine radio stations.

Here at the WP, we're tracking the weather in real time, and will share weather updates in the Storify widget below as they come in. The latest updates are at the top. If you have a photo, video or eyewitness account you'd like to share with us, you can email it to us at editor@watershedpost.com or tweet it to us at @watershedpost. Please let us know if you see local road closings, accidents or other dangerous conditions out there. (And send us pix of snowmen/snow women/snow aliens/etc. We want those, too.)

Happy first big storm of the year. We wish you snow forts and hot cocoa.

Hartmann's Kaffeehaus: A Catskills classic

Photo by Clancy Nolan.

Hartmann’s has been turning out German-style baked goods from its hilltop shop in the Bavarian heart of Greene County since 1959, and its repertoire is wide and deep. Cookies, pastries, tarts, cakes and pies beckon from glass refrigerator cases, brimming with fruits, nuts, frostings and jams. Stollen and strudel are sure bets, but it’s worth experimenting with less familiar dishes, especially the bar-style cookies that come in a variety of flavors, including a stand-out coconut version.  Read more

Snow on the way to the lower Hudson Valley

In the forecast for the lower Hudson Valley today: Heavy snow, with the chance of more than six inches accumulating in some spots, according to the folks at Hudson Valley Weather. There's a winter weather advisory on for Orange and Rockland counties west of the Hudson, and also across the river in Putnam and Westchester counties

The Catskills region will see some snow, but not as much as our neighbors to the south and east. An inch or two at most is expected in the region, with the heaviest accumulations forecast for Ulster County. 

Local school districts are taking heed, and quite a few schools in Ulster and Sullivan counties are closed for the day.  Read more

Three arrested for 4-wheeler theft in Cairo

Three young Cairo residents have been charged with breaking into a local home and stealing a four-wheeler, state police announced Monday. 

Arrested on Saturday, Dec. 7 were 19-year-old Michael Greenholtz, 18-year-old Maria Santarelli, and 21-year-old James Sylvester. All three are charged with second-degree burglary, a felony. Police say that in the investigation of a complaint about a stolen Yamaha four-wheeler, they found that the trio had burglarized a Cairo home and stolen the four-wheeler from the attached garage.

All three were arraigned before Cairo town justice Leland Miller and remanded to the Greene County Jail. Greenholtz and Sylvester were remanded in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond; Santarelli was remanded in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

A handmade holiday: Craft fairs around the Catskills

Above: Hand-painted glassware by Lilian Miccio, one of the artisan vendors at the Holiday Extravaganza at the Roxbury Arts Center, Dec. 7-8. Photo from the Roxbury Arts Group's Facebook page

Holiday shoppers: Looking for something you can't find on Amazon? If you want to give something truly unique this season, check out one of the upcoming holiday craft and artisan fairs happening around the Catskills. 

Hudson Valley Hullabaloo
Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
323 Wall Street, Kingston

Billed as "arty meets party," the Hudson Valley Hullabaloo is a smorgasbord of handmade gifts and crafts from over 40 local vendors, from letterpress to leatherwork. This year, the festivities include a DJ, a photo booth, a craft table for kids, and a visit from the Ate.O.Ate food truck.  Read more