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This Weekend: "Walking Towards America" at the Open Eye Theater

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Above: A poster for and video excerpts of "Walking Towards America," playing at the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville today through Sunday.

This Weekend in Margaretville, the Open Eye Theater is featuring "Walking Towards America," its original one-woman show about a Latvian family's flight from the Nazis in World War II.

Written by Sandra Fenischel Asher, the show features live Latvian fiddling and a wide-ranging performance by Patricia Van Tassel, who plays over 30 different characters.

5pm update: The free tickets have been claimed. Thanks! -- Julia Reischel  Read more

Dry ice locations in the Catskills today

Here's a list of dry ice locations in the Catskills today, compiled from Central Hudson's dry ice page, NYSEG's dry ice page, town websites, and our calls to several locations. Call if you can before you drive to make sure dry ice is there. We've provided phone numbers where we can find them. 

Ulster County:

Update: A new dry ice distribution point in Neversink has been added. 

Update: Dry ice will NOT be available at the Big Indian/Oliverea Fire Department as announced earlier, according to a statement from Shandaken police sent around 2pm.  Read more

Delaware County state of emergency lifted; travel advisory in effect; multiple road closings and power outages

In Delaware County, thousands of homes are without power (mainly in Sidney and Roxbury) and there is a travel advisory issued for the roads. The county has lifted the state of emergency, however, and is not operating any shelters, has cut emergency operations staff back to minimum levels, and is predicting that "major flooding is not a concern." No major reports of flooding have occurred in Delaware County at this time. 

Several roads are closed, including:

  • Ben Meeker Road, Searles Road and Swart Road in the Town of  Middletown are all closed due to trees and/or power lines down.  
  • New York State Route 30 from Cat Hollow Road to Holiday Brook Road. 
  • New York State Route 97 from Newman Road to the Sullivan County line. 

Read all the specifics in the press releases below, all of which were issued this morning: 


Delaware County remains under a travel advisory until further notice.   Read more

Fleischmanns lifts state of emergency

Above: NYSEG workers and the Fleischmanns Fire Department working on Wagner Avenue, where a tree fell on a transformer Monday night. Photo taken around 8:30am by village mayor Todd Pascarella.

The village of Fleischmanns has lifted its state of emergency declared during the Sandy storm, effective 10am. The state of emergency was declared Monday night after a tree fell onto a transformer on Wagner Avenue.

From mayor Todd Pascarella:

The tree on the power lines on Wagner Ave is being addressed by NYSEG and is currently the only area of real concern within the Village. Fire Chief Todd Wickham and I concurred that it makes sense to lift the state of emergency at this point being that it is all under control. Please be advised that the State of Emergency for the Village of Fleischmanns will be lifted as of 10:00 am today October 30th, 2012.

A Delaware County-wide state of emergency was lifted earlier Tuesday morning.

Freshtown supermarket takes down "aqua-berm" barriers after warnings about liability

Above: Protective "aqua-berm" barriers being inflated with water at the Margaretville Freshtown this morning. Photo by Joe Moskowitz. Used with permission. The berms were later emptied after a Middletown code enforcement officer warned the store that it could be liable for damage the berms caused to other businesses. 

The barriers that were installed Sunday night to protect the Freshtown supermarket in Margaretville were removed Monday morning after town officials warned that owners of the grocery could be liable if surrounding buildings were damaged by floodwaters.

The disappearance of the “aqua-berm” barriers became the talk of town Monday, as residents and business owners surmised that Town of Middletown officials forced the supermarket owners to remove the barriers because they were not permitted to have them.  Read more

State of emergency declared in Delaware County

From the Delaware County Emergency Services Facebook page:

Delaware County Chairman, James E. Eisel, Sr., has declared a State of Emergency for Delaware County. All roads in the county will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. when conditions will be reassessed.

Updated, 6pm: Delaware County has issued a press release. Although the county is in a state of emergency, there have been no announcements made about emergency shelters. The state of emergency will be reevaluated at 6am Teusday morning.

Read the full press release: 

Delaware County Chairman, James E. Eisel, Sr., has declared a State of Emergency for Delaware County. All roads in the county will be closed effective at 8PM October 29, 2012, continuing until 6AM October 30, 2012, at which time it will be reevaluated.  Read more

Town of Deposit declares state of emergency; Delaware County EOC open

This just in from Delaware County Emergency Services:

The Delaware County Emergency Operations Center opened at 1PM today in preparation for the potential impacts of Hurricane Sandy. The Emergency Operations telephone number is 607-746-9600.

On Tuesday October 30, 2012 the Delaware County Office of the Aging will not be providing the following services: Senior Dining Centers will be closed, no home delivered meals will be served and no bus services will be available.

The Towns of Deposit and Hancock and the Village of Hancock have each declared a State of Emergency. All roads in these municipalities are closed at this time.

Fleischmanns mayor: I will declare state of emergency "once tree limbs start falling or flooding starts"

Todd Pascarella, the mayor of the Village of Fleischmanns, which was devastated in Hurricane Irene a year ago, has issued a statement saying that he is poised to declared a state of emergency for Fleischmanns as soon as "tree limbs start falling or flooding starts." Travel is forbidden during a state of emergency, so he asks that people who are planning to go to shelters please go now.

From Pascarella's email:

As we all make our preparations for the impact of Hurricane Sandy I can not stress enough how important it is that you take every precaution to be as safe as possible. Most of us are thinking back to Irene and the devastating floods that it brought. The reality of this storm is that we do not know how bad the winds and flooding will get in addition to the outside chance of snow. We have to prepare for the worst case scenario which is all of the above including extended power outage which would mean no heat for many houses.  Read more

Margaretville Central School closed Oct. 30

We just got a call from Margaretville Central School District announcing that school will be closed on Tuesday, October 30 because of Hurricane Sandy. Here's the voicemail that reached parents:

Due to the pending wather, we will be closed on Tuesday, October 30 to ensure eveyrone's safety.

Local grocery stores prepare for a siege

Above: Sandbags surrounding the Boiceville IGA Supermarket. Photo by Jen Dragon.

Last year, Irene's floods tore through the heart of the Boiceville commercial district -- and the supermarket at the center of it. The Boiceville IGA Supermarket suffered over a million dollars' worth of flood damage from Irene, and was closed for over a month.

With Sandy on the way, workers were at the store on Sunday sandbagging to protect the building from more flooding. Reader Jen Dragon took some photos at the scene (above and below).

In Margaretville, the Freshtown, whose building forms a natural dam across the East Branch when it's at major flood stage, was even more badly hit by Irene. It took nine months for the supermarket, which opened again in May, to be rebuilt.  Read more