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Travel advisory issued for Delaware County

At 2:15 p.m. today, Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills issued a travel advisory via email warning motorists to stay off all roads in Delaware County: 

Per Order of Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills:

Effective immediately, due to the current winter storm warning, a travel advisory has been issued for all of Delaware County until further notice. All unnecessary travel should be avoided.

A visitor driving to the WP HQ in Margaretville along Rte. 30  south at 3pm today passed three cars stranded on the side of the whited-out road. Be careful out there. 

Update: The travel advisory for Delaware County was lifted at 11:51 a.m. Friday, February 14.

 

Five ways to spend Valentine's Day in the Catskills

 

1. We heart art. 
On Valentine's Day, meet and mingle with the artists in permanent residence at the Woodstock Commons, a new affordable-housing center for artists, seniors and working families. "Share The Love," a gallery show featuring the artists' work along with artwork by children who live in the building, will open on Friday, Feb. 14, with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Work by Avigayil Landsman, Sasha Sun, Laura Katz and Mercedes Cecilia will be on display, and the evening will feature a special performance by resident musician Barry Garneau.

 

Above: Catskill Rose's handmade lobster marscapone ravioli. Delish.  Read more

Craft beer industry booming in the Catskills

Beers of the Catskills: There's plenty to choose from. Photo from the Facebook page of Cave Mountain Brewing Co. in Windham, whose proprietors are planning to expand into wholesale.

Craft beer drinkers of the greater Catskills region, rejoice: many new taps will flow this spring.

Between April and June, three new breweries are scheduled to debut, offering small-batch brews from the hands of two industry veterans and one newcomer.

Up first is Hunter Mountain Brewery, a microbrewery and restaurant created by longtime local brewmaster Nat Collins, co-founder of the annual TAP-NY Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival. Hunter Mountain Brewery, slated for late April, is now under construction in the former home of the Fireside Restaurant, along Route 23A between Hunter and Tannersville.  Read more

Trailways service cancelled in the Catskills for Thursday

With a snowstorm approaching the Catskills region, Trailways New York has cancelled all service on several routes that go through the area for Thursday, Feb. 12. Many other routes throughout upstate New York are also cancelled or are operating on a limited schedule. 

All service is suspended for Thursday along the Utica to Kingston line, which stops in Woodstock, Phoenicia, Pine Hill, Margaretville, Delhi, Oneonta and other intermediate stops. 

Also cancelled for Thursday: The line that runs between Kingston and New York City, which stops at New Paltz and Rosendale. 

A full list of the Trailways New York cancellations is posted on the bus company's website.

Snowstorm to hit Catskills on Thursday

Above: Graphic from the National Weather Service showing weather watches, warnings and advisories in upstate New York as of 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The area in pink, stretching across the southern Catskills and Hudson Valley, is under winter storm warning; counties in dark blue are under winter storm watch.

A nor'easter moving up the East Coast is expected to drop anywhere from 6 to 18 inches of snow on the Catskills on Thursday, with the heaviest accumulations in the southeastern part of the region. 

Snow will begin to fall Thursday morning, become heavier in the afternoon, and continue overnight. Forecasters expect travel conditions to be dangerous in the area from Thursday through Friday morning  Read more

How will you spend $3 million in flood money?

Above: A house near Schoharie, NY after Irene in 2011. Photo by fixBuffalo, via the Watershed Post Flickr pool

Communities across the Catskills have a shot at $3 million each to help them rebuild after the ravages of Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. This month, they are all holding public meetings to ask their residents how they should spend it. (See below for dates and times.) 

The funding comes from the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013. The progam earmarks $750 million in state and federal disaster funds for 102 "severely damaged" communities across the state. 

The severely damaged Catskills communities, according to the governor's list, are:  Read more

Not too cold for robins

Barbara Small photographed two robins brightening up Southside Road in Margaretville this week. Share your cold-weather photos with us via Facebook, our Flickr group, or by old-fashioned email

Measles patient at Albany Medical Center may have exposed others

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced Thursday that a young child with measles had been admitted to Albany Medical Center, and that patients who were in certain parts of the hospital on Friday, Jan. 31 or Saturday, Feb. 1 may have been exposed. 

This case is the second confirmed in the Capital Region this week. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the DOH reported that a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute had come down with the highly contagious disease.  Read more

I-84 reopens

On Wednesday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared I-84 in New York State closed to all traffic due to snow and ice conditions

Around 2 p.m., Cuomo's office announced that the road had been reopened throughout New York State:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the reopening of Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders. This morning’s ban on commercial and passenger vehicles will be lifted effective immediately.

“State crews have been working diligently to clear snow and ice from roadways across the State,” Governor Cuomo said. “It is important to note that while the vehicle ban on I-84 has been lifted all motorists should proceed with caution as slippery road conditions may remain in certain areas.”

Motorists can also get real-time traffic information, including road closures and winter road conditions by calling 511 or visiting www.511NY.org. The phone and web services provide travelers with up-to-the-minute traffic conditions and links to information about air, rail and transit services.

The snowbound Catskills

Snow falling on cedars...and hemlocks, oaks, and maples. (Not to mention sidewalks, driveways and interstates.)

Below are few of the stunning photos taken by Watershed Post readers around the Catskills in the last few days. Got one to share? Add it to our Flickr group pool, or send it to us at editor@watershedpost.com, and we'll include it in this post.

Taken before the storm: A gorgeous mountain view from the Ashokan Dreams Bed & Breakfast in West Shokan. Photo by Chester Karwatowski. 

 

Catskills hoop dreams: Not a footprint on this snowed-in basketball court in rural Meredith. Photo by Fred Harris. 

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