Three local residents and a dog were drowned in two separate accidents in Delaware County this week, the New York State Police announced Thursday morning. In both incidents, the victims apparently fell through thin ice and succumbed to hypothermia.
The first victim, 74-year-old Marvin Taub of Oneonta, was reported missing on the evening of Monday, December 30, after he failed to return from walking his neighbor's dogs at the Pine Lake campus of Hartwick College in Davenport. A search was organized, with state troopers, forest rangers, Hartwick College public safety officers, and Davenport fire and EMS personnel.
Taub's body was recovered from a frozen pond on the campus on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 31, after searchers found tracks leading to the pond. Delaware County medical examiner James Cooros examined Taub and declared the cause of death to be accidental drowning and hypothermia. Read more
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
The National Weather Service at Binghamton has issued a flood warning for the West Branch in Walton, effective from the morning of Sunday, Dec. 22 through Monday afternoon.
At 9 p.m. on Saturday, when the warning was issued, the river was at 7.3 feet and rising. The West Branch will continue to rise throughout the day on Sunday, and is expected to crest at 10.5 feet -- minor flood stage -- at around 6 p.m.
The rest of Delaware County is under a flood watch through Monday morning, due to the combination of rain and rapid snowmelt. A warning is more serious than a watch: A watch indicates that flooding is possible, while a warning means flooding is imminent or already underway. Read more
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
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Happy first big storm of the year. We wish you snow forts and hot cocoa.
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.
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.
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
Above: Middleburgh's newest business, Valley Tax and Accounting, which opened at 296 Main Street on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Downtown Middleburgh was devastated by flooding from Irene and Lee, and recovery has been a long process. But with several new businesses on Main Street -- and a new brewery set to open its doors in 2014 -- things are looking up in Middleburgh. In a press release, Valley Tax owner Francis Pipcynski says he's proud to be part of the comeback:
"We are pleased to be here and be part of the rebuilding process after such widespread devastation. What has impressed us so much is that after what seemed like a knock out punch, the residents and business owners did and continue to do whatever is necessary to get back on their feet." Read more
To buy local meat in the Catskills, you've got to know where to look. But the extra effort pays delicious dividends -- like this grass-fed ribeye from Liddle Farm in the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville. Photo from the Facebook page of AgriForaging, Inc., a local farm consulting business.
Buying locally raised meat is more complicated than buying vegetables, partly because sales of pork, beef, lamb, poultry and goat are subject to different sets of regulations. Read more