Hope & Healing: Perspectives on Mental Illness

January 31, 2015 - 9:30am

Roxbury Arts Group, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) chapters of Otsego County and Delaware County, NY Connects and the David Byrd Estate will partner for a community conversation about mental illness. Connect with mental health advocates for an in depth, round table discussion! Keynote speaker Jason Paden will share his inspiring story of recovery – managing a major and chronic mental health condition.

Please join us for this important community day. Together, let’s work to reduce the stigma of mental illness!  Read more


The New York Times jumps on the visit-the-Catskills bandwagon

Above: A double rainbow over the Ashokan Reservoir in July 2014. Photo by Rebecca Balzac, shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool. 

Joining the likes of Travel + Leisure and Fodor's, the New York Times has listed the Catskills as one of "52 Places to Go in 2015."

"Not your Bubbie and Zadie’s getaway," the NYT writes, ranking the Catskills #39 on its list. The paper names a series of Catskills establishments that have been enjoying fantastic press recently, including The Graham & Co. and the Phoenicia Diner in Phoenicia and Cucina and Woodstock Way in Woodstock--all of which were also recently lauded in a feature in Vogue.

There's also the inevitable comparison to Brooklyn:   Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Nature Wars with Author Jim Sterba

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Walton man dies in car crash on his birthday

Above: Travis James Roloson with his son, Jaedyn Roloson, in an obituary photo.

Travis James Roloson was heading home to celebrate his birthday on Monday when his red 1997 Honda CRV drifted off the road and into a tree, killing him instantly, police and his family say.

Roloson, who turned 31 on Jan. 5, was driving north on East River Road from Walton towards Hamden with his girlfriend, 25-year-old Melissa J. Brannock, in the passenger's seat. Police responded to the crash around 7:42 p.m., according New York State Police spokesman Nathan Riegal. Family members say that the crash occurred around 4:42 p.m. 

"He’d just got off work and picked up his girlfriend," said Cathy Roloson, Travis's stepmother. "They were going to cook him a birthday dinner." 

Brannock was injured in the crash, Cathy Roloson said, breaking her leg in 13 places. She is being treated in a hospital in Binghamton, Roloson said. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but road conditions near the crash were clear and dry at the time, police say. Roloson was pronounced dead due to a broken neck at the scene by a Delaware County medical examiner.   Read more

"Arctic Outbreak" prompts some schools to open late

Above: Forecasted windchill temperatures for Thursday, Jan. 8, from the National Weather Service's Binghamton office.

Several Catskills school districts have announced delays for Thursday, Jan. 7 because of frigid temperatures expected on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

In Greene County, the Greene, Catskill and Cairo-Durham schools have all announced two-hour delays, according to CBS 6's StormWatch page.

In Sullivan County, Sullivan County West is also on a two-hour delay, according to the school's website  Read more

Church strips accused priest's name from parish center

Above: Robert Purcell's name was removed from the sign in front of the Purcell Parish Center in Margaretville on Jan. 4, 2015. Photo by Julia Reischel.

For four years, the name of a priest found responsible for sexually abusing minors has adorned the front of his parish's community center in the Delaware County village of Margaretville. Even after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany removed Robert H. Purcell from the ministry and forbade him from using the title “Reverend,” the imposing metal letters that spelled out “Very Rev. Robert H. Purcell” remained set in stone.

Until Sunday, Jan. 4, six months after Purcell’s death, when church officials announced the sign would be removed. Steven Scarmozzino, the current priest, made the announcement at Mass on Sunday morning at the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville. By the end of the day, the letters were pried off, leaving only a rusty shadow on a blank stone behind.

Church officials did not give a specific reason for the sign’s removal, and have not linked it directly with Purcell’s stained legacy.

Six years, two sex abuse scandals  Read more

Checks from business called Dam Broke Farm bounced, police say

You can't say he didn't warn you. A Walton man who allegedly bounced $3,000 in bad checks to local businesses was using checking accounts with names that hinted that payment wouldn't be forthcoming.

Left: Lee S. McDonald. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

Thirty-five-year-old Lee S. McDonald wrote a series of bad checks in Walton from the business accounts of Dam Broke Farm, LLC and Blue Moon Construction & Electric, Inc., according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. 

McDonald was arrested on Friday, Jan. 2 after a series of bad check complaints. He was charged with felony scheme to defraud and two misdemeanor charges of issuing a bad check.

Police say that more charges are pending, and that McDonald was " engaged in a systematic, on-going course of conduct to intentionally defraud a number of area businesses by issuing bad checks."  Read more

Chris Gibson won't run again for Congress in 2016

As Republican Congressman Chris Gibson was sworn into his third term in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, he announced that it would be his last.

In a statement, Gibson said that he will step down from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of his current two-year term:

"As I stated shortly after retiring from the US Army and first pursuing a seat in Congress in 2010, I planned to self-impose term limits. Accordingly, after much reflection and consultation with my family, this will be my third and final time taking the oath of office as a Representative in the US House. I thank the voters of Upstate NY for this privilege to serve and pledge to continue to work tirelessly on their behalf in this final term."  Read more

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Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties is expanding its team of real estate agents in its Delhi, Margaretville, Stamford and Boiceville offices. 


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