Police searching for missing 87-year-old Narrowsburg woman

Update: 11:49 a.m. The alert for Louise E. Scheurich was cancelled at 11:49 a.m. 

An 87-year-old Narrowsburg woman is missing after being last seen at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 getting gas in Binghamton, according to the New York State Police in Liberty and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, which has put out an alert in 17 counties in an attempt to find her.

Left: Louise E. Scheurich. Image via the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. 

Louise E. Scheurich is a "vulnerable adult with dementia," according to the alert, and "may be in need of medical attention."

She was driving a beige 2000 Dodge Neon with New York license plates reading AJU-2836, and was last seen last night getting fuel near exit 79 on Route 17 in Binghamton, police say.  Read more

Two Brand-New Apartments For Rent In Fleischmanns

1121 Main St. #1A, Fleischmanns, NY

TWO brand new apartments. 1 unfurnished, 1 furnished very tastefully and all brand new LR,DR,BR, includes all bedding (new) and linens and towels. Unfurnished rental $1000, furnished rental $1200.

Kitchen will be fully equipped. designer kitchen, all stainless energy efficient appliances, granite counters, upscale bathroom with cool glass shower doors. Everything new, including walls, bamboo floors, remote ceiling fans, windows all thru apt. Light, airy, spacious elegant apts. at the foot of Belleayre Mountain, in the Catskill Mountains, in the newest up and coming village.
Skiing, galleries, restaurants, lake, trout fishing, pool, tennis courts, playground all at your fingertips.  Read more

Two vehicles crash into two houses in Delaware County

The Walton Reporter has on-the-scene reporting from the Delaware County town of Colchester, where a tractor trailer apparently smashed into a home around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The driver of the truck has been injured, the paper reports

A medical emergency helicopter was on the scene to transport the driver of the truck to a trauma center. Residents, Paul Siegel and family, inside the home located at 3691 Fuller Hill Road, were not injured in the crash.

The garage, attached to the residence, was torn away from the home in the collision. The collision also forced the vehicles stored inside the garage through the structure and onto the lawn.  Read more

A week of drug busts around the Catskills

Above: Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff, with microphone, speaks about the growing heroin problem in the Catskills at a community forum in Livingston Manor on Aug. 11. Photo by Julia Reischel.

Police around the Catskills made a slew of drug trafficking arrests this past week, finding a secret marijuana grow house in Walton, 98 bags of heroin during a traffic stop in Saugerties, and a dealer who allegedly sold prescription medications from his business on Main Street Cairo.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division and Ozzie, a drug-sniffing dog, raided a house on County Road 23 in the Delaware County town of Walton and reportedly found a secret marijuana grow house hidden behind a false wall in the garage, according to a press release:

During their search of a garage on the premises, Deputies and Investigators noted that the interior dimensions of the garage appeared noticeably smaller than its exterior and subsequently discovered a clandestine room that was being used for the indoor propagation, cultivation and processing of marihuana.

Ten pot plants were seized, and 47-year-old Michael D. Spencer, 39-year-old Toni L. Spencer and 18-year-old Bradley T. Jackson were arrested.   Read more

Walton, a great place to LIVE!

Walton, a great place to LIVE! Built in the early 1900's this 2 story farmhouse features a brand new roof, 3 bedrooms, a generous eat in kitchen and an plenty of quality solid wood kitchen cabinets. There is also a breakfast bar, cozy living room + a formal dining room with beautiful hardwood flooring and a wood burning stove. Enjoy your morning cup of Java sitting on the quaint balcony off the second guest bedroom. Spacious private yard too! This home is perched on 3/4 of an acre, not in the flood zone. Just a few short blocks from the Town Library, Walton Schools and the coveted Town Pool. The seller is HIGHLY MOTIVATED, bring your offers.

Scores protest pipelines at rally in Franklin

Above: Don Hebbard, a leader of the Compressor Free Franklin group and candidate for Franklin Town Council, addressed gas pipeline opponents at a rally on Saturday. Photos by Robert Cairns.

Nearly 80 people gathered on a hillside in the Delaware County town of Franklin on Saturday, Sept. 12 to protest proposed natural gas pipelines and a planned gas compressor station. The site was chosen because it overlooks a field which is on the planned route of the Constitution Pipeline and the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline.

The Constitution Pipeline received federal approval last year and is now awaiting permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The NED pipeline unveiled its plans to build a similar pipeline along a similar route last year, and would require the construction of multiple compressor stations in the Catskills

On Saturday, protestors wore surgical masks, held signs and waved puppets as several speakers took to the microphone during an hour-long event that began and ended with Franklin resident Jason Starr singing an original folk song, “Up on Hebbard's Farm.”  Read more

Bovina's Esquela is country's “best company band”

Above: Bovina-based Esquela wins first prize at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Photo by Wendy Buerge, via Esquela's Facebook page

Esquela, a rock band based in the Delaware County town of Bovina, took home a national title on Saturday: the best company band in the world.

The band won The PlayOff 2015, a battle-of-the-bands contest sponsored by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Inc. Media that pitted company bands from around the country against each other. 

Half of Esquela's members work at Indiepay, a payroll processor for arts companies that has an office in Delhi. Band founder and bassist John Finn is Indiepay's CEO.   Read more

Trip to Fort William Henry and Lake George Cruise

The Delaware County Historical Association is offering a one-day bus trip on Thursday, October 1 to the picturesque Adirondack village of Lake George, NY. Travel with us first to the historic, lakeside Fort William Henry museum and enjoy a guided tour, after which we will have time to explore the fort on our own. Fort William Henry was constructed by the British in 1755 to protect the southern end of the lake from the French to the north. After the museum, we will travel a short distance for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.   Read more

This weekend: Bow Wow Luau in Delhi

Image via the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society's website

If you've always wanted an excuse to dress your dog in a grass skirt, tomorrow you'll have your chance at the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society's "Bow Wow Luau," a combination fundraiser, pet costume contest and dog-and-cat-adoption festival in Delhi.

Dogs and owners are encouraged to dress in their "brightest colorful tropical island shirt or grass skirt," and prizes will be awarded for best costumes. There will be an obstacle course, a limbo contest, an "island fusion dance performance," face painting, a grooming demonstration, a "hula hoop dog maze" and a "coconut bowling fetch" contest. HCHS staff will do their best to introduce you to a dog or cat you'll fall in love with and bring home with you.  Read more

Catskills town and county primary results: Upsets and almosts

Above: Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller and Harpersfield Supervisor Jim Eisel share an umbrella at a rainy event in Fleischmanns this summer. Both Miller and Eisel won primaries against challengers on Thursday, Sept. 10. Photo by Julia Reischel.

There were lots of close political contests across the Catskills in yesterday's primary election. Here are the results in the hottest races. 


In the race for Delaware County Family Court Judge, Conservative voters overwhelmingly chose Porter Kirkwood over Gary Rosa 68 to 30, but Independence voters preferred Gary Rosa to Porter Kirkwood 94 to 70. Heated accusations have been flying between the candidates about ethics violations this past week, as we reported yesterday

In Harpersfield, Jim Eisel, the long-serving chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, won his first-ever primary with 89 Republican votes. That was 23 more votes than Ed “Rusty” Pick, who got 66. Pick also has the Democratic party’s endorsement.  Read more

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