In a routine that has become all too familiar in the region lately, police were called to two Delaware County schools today, after threats to the schools were made on Facebook. The threats at Walton and Downsville schools come during the last few days of school, when high school students are taking Regents exams and end-of-year ceremonies are wrapping up.
Father’s Day is upon us -- an opportunity to honor and enjoy the dad in your life. This weekend, the various venues and organizations of the Catskills region and beyond have a varied batch of opportunities on tap for celebratory good times.
Some of the events listed below aren’t specifically planned with Father’s Day in mind -- but hey, paternal units come in all sorts of flavors. If you and Pater decide something is a Father’s Day outing, we’re sure the organizers won’t mind.
The Delaware County Fairgrounds in Walton will be taken over for the weekend by the Walton Regional Livestock Show -- more prize pigs, goats, cows and sheep than you can shake a dad at. Special this year: New bull show events, with a $100 prize for the champion. Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16. Read more
The latest forecasts for a rainstorm sweeping through the area Thursday and into Friday are calling for slightly less rain than originally predicted in some areas, but flood watches remain in effect throughout the Catskills region.
Storm looks to be taking a more southerly track and also a bit weaker as well. While the HV is still under the gun for a 1-3 inch rainfall the 4-5 inches looks a bit less likely. While the 2-3 is still enough to cause some issues with flooding it is a better solution. If the storm trends any further south we may see another reduction is projected rainfall. Read more
Above: Dierdre Scozzafava, the Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government, presented the Cuomo administration's proposed "Tax-Free NY" legislation at SUNY Delhi on June 6, 2013. Photo by Julia Reischel.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's rush to pass an ambitious new corporate tax break program met with skepticism from an audience of Delaware County officials and business owners at SUNY Delhi on Thursday.
With only eight days to go in the current state legislative session, Cuomo hopes to get lawmakers to pass Tax-Free NY, a sweeping tax program that would lift taxes on corporations and their employees if they create new jobs within one mile of any SUNY campus. Read more
Above: A screenshot from the NWS's river forecast page. Dots indicate USGS streamgauges; the color indicates whether flooding is forecast over the next 48 hours. All gauges in the Catskills region are either green (no flooding forecast) or yellow (near flood stage forecast).
Above: A screenshot of a National Weather Service image showing the projected 5-day track of Tropical Storm Andrea as it moves up the East Coast, as of Thursday afternoon. For a current image, check the NWS's Tropical Storm Andrea page.
Heavy rains and possible flooding are in store for the Catskills region this weekend, starting Friday morning, as the area braces for two storm systems moving into the region.
First on the forecast is a rainstorm moving through the region from the west, beginning Thursday night and continuing into Friday. By Friday afternoon, a tropical storm dubbed "Andrea" will move in from the south, dumping more rain onto an already-saturated landscape. Andrea is not expected to strengthen into a hurricane, but is forecast to bring heavy rains and high winds to a wide swath of the eastern U.S. Read more
For the second time in a year, the Walton Central School District has been besieged with virulent Facebook threats made against children.
On Monday evening, a message was posted on a local Facebook group threatening to shoot elementary school children in Walton, and then quickly deleted. The message, from user "Taylor Elizabeth" (possibly a fake or hacked account) read:
Someone sent me a message and it said this...just wanted ta pass it on not looking for drama plz .......KIDS ARE GOING TO DIE TMO (TUE) AT THE WALTON LITTLE SCHOOL. ;) . BANGBANG THEIR ALL DEAD!!! Kin.. 1st and 2nd. & if I get that far 3rd Haha....(;
Left: A threat directed at children in the Walton Central School District, posted to a local group on Monday, June 3. Read more
A fierce rainstorm that swept through upstate New York on Wednesday night caused flash flooding in several spots in the Western Catskills, as the heavy rains swelled small creeks and ditches.
Parts of Delaware and Schoharie County, where the rainfall was hardest, got over two inches of rain over the course of the two- to three-hour storm. According to data from the National Weather Service, the Schoharie County town of Jefferson had 2.4 inches. In the hamlet of Meridale, just outside of Delhi, rainfall was reportedly 2.25 inches.
The West Branch of the Delaware River also overflowed its banks in some spots. But the flash flooding from smaller creeks as they were overwhelmed with rainfall caused more problems than the rise in larger rivers, according to Richard Bell, director of Delaware County Emergency Services. Read more