Above: Democratic supervisor Marge Miller and Republican challenger Nelson Delameter, of the Delaware County town of Middletown. In unofficial results from the county Board of Elections, Delameter bested Miller by just 22 votes.
Most of Tuesday's races in local elections were settled decisively. But around the Catskills, there are still a few close races in which voters will have to wait until all absentee and affidavit ballots are counted to be sure of the victor.
The Watershed Post canvassed the county Boards of Elections on Wednesday to find out how many absentee ballots are still outstanding in the region's closest races. Affidavit ballots, which are cast by voters in cases where it is unclear whether the voter has the right to vote in the district, could also have an impact on some of the closest races.
Not all absentee ballots have been received by the county Boards of Elections yet. To count in the election, absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 4, but they will still be accepted until Nov. 12. After the deadline passes, the county Boards of Elections will begin counting absentee and affidavit ballots. Read more
The results of Tuesday's local elections are in -- some expected, some surprising, and some still hanging in the balance as absentee ballots that could decide close races continue to roll in. We posted highlights from local races live on Twitter Tuesday night as they came in; see the Watershed Post's Twitter feed for many election results and links to more news coverage.
In small-town America, odd years are where the political action is. On Tuesday, November 5, New York State goes to the polls to elect local officials.
Below, you'll find a guide to some of the Catskills' hottest races, with links to local news coverage, how to find your polling place and look up a sample ballot, and more. Remember, your vote counts -- and nowhere does it count more than in local races, which are often decided by a mere handful of votes.
Halloween may not formally arrive until next Thursday, but celebrations of ghoulies and ghosties and all manner of beasties are in full swing this weekend. Gear up as your craziest fantasy (well, maybe your second craziest fantasy) and prepare to pierce the Veil Between The Worlds at any of these shindigs, ranging from rock-on-out to bring-the-toddlers.
The Shire Pub in Delhi is throwing a Halloween costume bash Saturday night, with a wide variety of costume prize categories and dancing to the music of DJ Weazel. Read more
According to the Reporter, the charge stemmed from an F-bomb-laden argument between Groat and Jeannette Moser-Orr, then an official with Delaware County 4-H, after Groat's daughter was disqualified from the event she was competing in. Moser-Orr filed a complaint, and Groat was arrested. Read more
Earlier this month, schoolchildren across the Catskills learned about fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week. Here's Gianna Muellerleile, daughter of Shandaken ambulance captain Rich Muellerleile, suiting up for the cause. Rich, who sometimes writes a safety column for us, advises sagely: "No matter what calamity you deal with, it is much more easily addressed by preventing it altogether than having to deal with its aftermath." As the kids say: True dat. Photo by Jake Millman.
Columbus Day weekend is the traditional end of the high season in the Catskills, and it's the end of our Catskill Fire Towers badge season as well. So get outside, enjoy the glorious weather, and earn your badge. If you need a few ideas for outdoor activities -- including fire tower hikes -- check out our special Lark in the Park section, with its calendar of over 50 guided Catskills activities, many happening this weekend. -- Julia Reischel
Left: Our brand new Catskill Fire Towers badge. The last day to earn yours is October 14, 2013.
Badges: They're not just for Boy Scouts anymore. You, too, can get out, do neat stuff, and earn badges for it. (And bragging rights.)
The Watershed Post is proud to present our 2013 Catskills badge: The Catskill Fire Towers Badge. Read more
Photos courtesy of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.
After a year-long investigation, Delaware County police have made three arrests in the case of a 2012 armed home invasion and robbery in the town of Tompkins.
Arrested on Tuesday, on sealed grand jury indictment warrants, were three Delaware County residents: 27-year-old Andrew Dougherty of Delhi, 27-year-old Amanda Gahan of Walton, and 32-year-old Leon Grizzard of South Kortright, according to a statement from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. The three are accused of breaking into a Tompkins home in June of 2012, and robbing the residents at gunpoint of cash and drugs. All three face charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief.
The first-degree burglary and robbery charges are both class B violent felony offenses. If convicted, the three could face up to 25 years in prison. Read more