After the fakeout from last week's snowstorm-that-wasn't, a foot of snow is falling across the Catskills today, Monday, Feb. 2. Many schools and offices around the region are closed. We're tracking the storm below. Share your photos with us on Instagram, Flickr, Facebook or via email and we'll add them.
The lineup includes live music by Becca Frame & Brian Shafer and the Stoddard Hollow String Band. Proceeds will go to a fund set up by Farm Catskills to help the Hymers get back on their feet. So far, $7,500 has already been raised.
Above: Flyers asking residents to vote for Delhi every day until Feb. 25 are appearing in businesses around Delhi. Photo courtesy of Christina Viafore.
Delhi, the small Catskills town that serves as the county seat of Delaware County, has made it to the final round of the America's Coolest Small Towns 2015 contest, which is held every year by Budget Travel Magazine to celebrate towns nationwide with populations of under 10,000 people.
After an initial nomination round last fall, in which Delhi came in fourth, the town of 3,000 people is now one of 15 finalists in the contest.
Christina Viafore, the vice president of the Greater Delhi Chamber of Commerce, nominated Delhi for the contest back in October. Now she's gearing up for a campaign to get as many New Yorkers as possible to vote for Delhi in the finals. Ten winners will be featured in the magazine later in 2015.
"We are the only New York town, so we need New Yorkers to stick together and bring it home," Viafore said in an email to the Watershed Post. Read more
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this morning announced that the travel ban in the Hudson Valley (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester counties), Nassau County, and New York City is lifted effective at 7:30 a.m. I-84 as well as the Thruway have been reopened. Drivers should use extreme caution and prepare properly as driving conditions remain poor and other states still may have travel bans in effect.
7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27: Snow much for that. Overnight, the storm tracked farther east than forecasters expected, and now the National Weather Service, Hudson Valley Weather and other forecasters have lowered their snowfall predictions for the Catskills and New York City. It'll be just another normal winter storm from here on out, with up to 6 inches possible in most parts of the Catskills.
While we are still under advisories and warnings for up to 6-12 inches of snow by the NWS, we fill that if the moisture does actually push west this morning into the afternoon, it will only produce light to possibly moderate snowfall totals. A general 2-6 inch snow fall with maybe a few higher spots seems much more logical at this point. No reason to believe this storm will discontinue its efforts to underperform the forecast.
As a side note, attacks against HVW and forecasters alike will not bring the snow back, it would be much more productive for you to tackle your degree in meteorology. We realize that this was a major blow to the science and to forecasting in general and it will likely open the floodgates of criticism against what forecasters do. Kinda reminds me of the movie "The Weatherman" when Nicholas Cage is walking down the street and he gets hit with a milkshake, with that said, I prefer a chocolate frosty from Wendy's.
For all local and state roads, a travel ban will go into effect at 11 p.m until further notice in the following 13 counties: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester.
County Manger Joshua Potosek has announced that there are no current travel restrictions for Sullivan County ... County Manager Potosek urges all County residents during the storm to remain indoors and off roadways whenever possible. If residents must drive, they are advised to exercise extreme caution when driving through this storm.
It looks like the only Catskills county included in the travel ban is Ulster, where drivers have been ordered to stay off the roads after 11 p.m tonight.
5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26: A travel ban on all roads will be in effect in Ulster and Sullivan counties, as well in more southern New York counties, beginning at 11 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26.
"It is a total travel restriction ban," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a 4:45 p.m. press conference. "If you are in your car, and you are on any road after 11 p.m., you will technically be committing a crime."
"State roads, local roads, city roads, town roads except for emergency personnel," Cuomo said. "If you violate this state order it’s a possible misdemeanor, with fines up to $300."
Left: Lee S. McDonald. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.
A Walton man allegedly bounced checks and stole large sums of money from victims across six counties in two states, police say.
Lee S. McDonald, a 35-year-old man who owns a contracting business called Blue Moon Construction, was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 15 by investigators from the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, according to a press release.
The Delaware County District Attorney's office charged McDonald with one count of grand larceny in the second degree and one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree. The exact amount of money McDonald allegedly stole is hidden inside a sealed grand jury indictment, but it is at least $51,000, and probably much more.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. In Delaware County alone, McDonald has been arrested three more times for passing bad checks from the checking accounts of Blue Moon Construction and Dam Broke Farm, another business he owns. Read more
Above: A bear snacks on birdseed after smashing a bird feeder at a home in Andes in 2006. Photo by Peter Possenti (using a telephoto lens.) Used with permission.
The spot Tim Meservey found at the base of a tree early one Saturday morning in September was a hunter’s dream. On a rise, it faced a gully that is a country lane for wildlife. A few hundred yards away is a farm where bears strip sweet, young corn from the stalk when no one is looking.
Usually, bears are not on Meservey’s big game list. Not as plentiful as deer, they are also elusive, and it was rare to see one in the woods by the time regular hunting season arrived in November in Greene County, where the 39-year-old hunter and middle school art teacher lives.
“They tend to head back up in the mountains in fall,” Meservey said.
But when the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) initiated an early bear season that started on Sept. 6 – the regular season opened Nov. 15 – Meservey said he finally saw an opportunity. Read more
The state commission that disciplines judges found that Judge Richard L. Gumo, the acting judge in the village of Walton, committed misconduct during a case in which he sentenced a Walton woman to 15 days in jail for swearing in public.
Gumo demonstrated “insensitivity to his ethical obligations” during and after the case, according to a determination of admonition issued by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct on Dec. 30, 2014 and released to the public on Jan. 8, 2015.
Carl F. Becker, a Delaware County Court judge who received an “inappropriate” letter from Gumo about the case, filed the complaint with the commission. The letter contained “self-serving advocacy” and “sarcasm" and was written “in a fit of pique,” according to the commission.
Reached by phone, Gumo told the Watershed Post that he was “not permitted by law to make a comment” about the case. Read more
"Not your Bubbie and Zadie’s getaway," the NYT writes, ranking the Catskills #39 on its list. The paper names a series of Catskills establishments that have been enjoying fantastic press recently, including The Graham & Co. and the Phoenicia Diner in Phoenicia and Cucina and Woodstock Way in Woodstock--all of which were also recently lauded in a feature in Vogue.
There's also the inevitable comparison to Brooklyn: Read more