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Flood advisory in effect for Sullivan and Delaware Counties

The National Weather Service in Binghamton has declared a flood advisory through around 3:45pm today for Sullivan and Delaware Counties. From an alert posted on NY-Alert:

At 945 AM EDT...Doppler Radar Indicated Heavy Rain Was Falling... And Will Result In Minor Flooding. * Locations In The Advisory Include But Are Not Limited To Hancock...Walton...Livingston Manor...Montrose... Harveys Lake...Hazleton...Wilkes-Barre...Meshoppen... Tunkhannock...Carbondale...Scranton...Hawley...Honesdale... Pleasant Mount And Waymart.

Rainfall So Far Has Been 1 To Just Over 2 Inches. Another 1 To 2 Inches Is Possible As Rain And Possibly Some Thunderstorms Continue Over The Area Into The Afternoon. This Rain Has Caused Rises On Streams And Creeks...As Well As Ponding Of Water On Roads And Low Lying Areas.

Readers, do you see flood conditions near you? Leave us a comment here, or email us at editor@watershedpost.com.

Schreibman and Gibson debate tonight

Tonight, the candidates for New York's 19th Congressional District, Julian Schreibman (Democrat) and Chris Gibson (Republican incumbent), will hold their second debate at 8pm at WMHT-TV in Troy. The station will be broadcasting the debate live on television, as will WSKG-TV in Binghamton.

The first debate between Gibson and Schreibman, held last week at the M. Clifford Miller Middle School in Kingston, was videotaped and livestreamed by the Freeman. (Click the link for a video replay of the debate, as well as the Freeman's news account.)

A third debate will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, October 24 at SUNY Oneonta.  Read more

Craft cider rises from the ashes

Above: Tuthilltown's microdistilled gin and vodka made with New York State apples, on display at a recent cider tasting for the media at the Stockade Tavern in Kingston. Photo by Lissa Harris.

The spirit of Johnny Appleseed is alive and well in New York's orchards. (And if you think Johnny Appleseed was all about pie and juice, think again.)

The hard cider industry in the United States has been a shadow of its former self since Prohibition, when apple orchards were razed to put a stop to cidermaking. But with the recent rise of interest in microbreweries and small-batch distilling, hard cider is once again ascendent. And in New York State, where legal reform has helped the wine and spirits industry undergo a dramatic renaissance in recent years, advocates are hoping to put hard cider on the map once more.  Read more

Letter to the Editor: Delaware County supervisors should vote against Constitution Pipeline

Last week, a majority of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a resolution that would support the construction of a natural gas pipeline through a portion of Delaware County. This letter is in response to that vote. -- Julia Reischel

To the Editor,

Pushing ethical limits, fifteen Delaware County Supervisors, without public input, have published a resolution inviting Williams Pipeline Company, of Oklahoma, to run a High Pressure Gas Pipeline through Delaware County. Oddly, this decision was made without knowing what route the pipeline will take!

It’s a grab for revenue wherever and however the Supervisors can get it and without regard for the multiple negative effects a pipeline will bring. It was done without concern for the dominant local opinion… that the majority do not want fracking or pipelines in their backyard, on their farmland, or in their town or county.  Read more

Chronic wasting disease found in Pennsylvania deer

New York and Pennsylvania state environmental agencies are imposing emergency rules on hunters, after a captive deer in New Oxford, Pennsylvania was found to be infected with chronic wasting disease.

Today, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) declared that any deer or elk shot in Pennsylvania must be butchered, and all body parts that could carry the disease must be removed, before it is brought into New York State.

In Pennsylvania, hunters in a newly-designated, 700-square-foot management area around where the infected deer was found must take any deer they kill to a check station to be examined. According to the Hanover Evening Sun, the state Game Commission is currently working on new regulations and a map of the management area.

Below: A press release issued today by the New York State DEC.  Read more

Local activist Noel van Swol dies in car crash

Above: Noel van Swol, in a screenshot from a 2011 YouTube video from Energy In Depth's Northeast Marcellus Initiative. In the video, van Swol cites the Anti-Rent Wars as a precedent for the pro-gas-drilling movement in upstate New York, and tells an interviewer, "We are not an economic colony of the Delaware River Basin Commission, New York City, Philadelphia or Trenton. We own this area. We have property rights."

Noel van Swol, a 70-year-old Long Eddy man who was well-known in the area for championing pro-drilling activism and other causes, died in a car accident Monday. The Times Herald-Record reports:

The Long Eddy resident was retuning from a pro-gas drilling rally in Albany when he apparently went into a diabetic coma while driving and went off the road and crashed not far from his home, said his mother Tuesday morning.

“He was a wonderful son,” said his mother who was too distraught to speak after answering the phone.  Read more

Racers brave 30 hours of cold, wet adventure in national championship

Canoes line up at the Adventure Race National Championship on the Pepacton Reservoir yesterday morning. Photo by Carol O'Beirne. 

For the past two days, the Catskills have played host to a grueling 30-hour trial of physical strength and endurance: the 2012 USARA Adventure Race National Championship

Adventure racing is a team sport that involves an obstacle-course-like route of paddling, hiking, cycling, navigating  by compass, and rappeling down rock faces. The idea is that just by finishing the race in one piece, you win. (There are prizes for the fastest racers as well. But the real prize is survival.) 

Every year, the US Adventure Racing Association picks a new location to host its national championship race. This year, the 100-mile course was in the Catskills, beginning with a canoe-paddle on the Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware County yesterday and ending at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, Ulster County, this afternoon.   Read more

Register to vote by Friday, October 12

Above: Detail of photo by Flickr user Kevin Dooley. Published under Creative Commons license.

Are you registered to vote in New York State? If not, you have until Friday, October 12 to make sure you're registered to vote in the general election on November 6.

Voters can register in person at their county board of elections, at a Department of Motor Vehicles office, or a state agency-based voter registration center (click here for a list of agencies that accept voter registrations).

Or, if you like, you can mail your voter registration form (embedded below) to your county board of elections: Just make sure it's postmarked by October 12. Forms must be received by October 17 in order to be valid.  Read more

The bear photos keep coming

Watershed Post readers sure have seen a lot of bears. We've featured two posts with reader-submitted bear photos so far this month, and more just keep coming in. Here are the latest.

Below, a photo by Brian Albanese, taken by his "stealth cam" on September 26. He writes: "This was taken on Public access land in the Cannonsville Reservoir! I guess you can call them The Cannonsville Cubs!"

Below: A photo by KC Jones, taken on July 13, 2012. "This bear was less than three feet from my front door in Roxbury."

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Saving the Walton Theatre, one dollar at a time

Above: Jim Richardson of the Walton Theatre Preservation Association. All photos courtesy of Jim Richardson.

In June, the Walton Theatre, along with every other small movie theater across the country, received an ultimatum: Convert your 35mm projector to the new digital format by 2013, or the screen goes dark. With most big cinemas already switched to digital, film distributors will no longer ship old-fashioned 35mm reels to theatres.

In an effort to save the silver screen, the Walton Theatre Preservation Association reached out to the community. The task seemed impossible: Raise $70,000 for a new projector in six months. But with a December 31 deadline looming, the effort has already passed the halfway mark. Donations have come from across the country, ranging from hundreds of dollars in checks to a crayon-scrawled envelope with a single dollar in it.  Read more