Health and Safety - Post Week of 2/23/15

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Windham Mountain employee arrested for theft and coverup, police say

A 33-year-old employee of Windham Mountain Ski Resort was arrested on Friday, Feb. 20 for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the Greene County ski mountain, according to a New York State Police press release

Jessica L. Greene, who is listed on Windham Mountain's website as the sales manager for season passes, tickets and lockers, is being charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class D felony that applies in thefts of amounts between $3,000 and $50,000.   Read more

As it switches to digital, Coxsackie drive-in movie theater stars in its own film

Top: The sign for the Hi-Way Drive-In. Photo courtesy of “Enjoy Your Intermission.”

Some Catskills families run farms or general stores; for Roger and Sharon Babcock, the family business is the Hi-Way Drive-In Theatre on Route 9W in the Greene County town of Coxsackie.  

Like a family farm, a drive-in is an anachronistic business. There are only 400 or so drive-in theaters left in the United States, and some, like the Hi-Way, are still showing movies on 35 millimeter film, a format that movie studios are abandoning.

But nostalgia for artifacts of the 1950s (the Hi-Way opened in 1951) is strong, especially in the Catskills. The Babcocks told the Daily Freeman last year that their audience is loyal and growing, with regulars coming weekly to park their cars and watch a film outside under the stars.  Read more

Police: Windham supervisor installed eavesdropping software on town hall computer

Stacy Post, the supervisor of the Greene County town of Windham, was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday, Feb. 19 on 30 counts of felony eavesdropping and official misconduct, according to the Windham Journal's Michael Ryan, who was covering the proceedings live.

Left: Stacy Post.

With the indictment finally come details about Post's alleged crimes. She was arrested on Monday, Jan. 12 after a long and mysterious investigation that began with a state police raid on Windham's town offices on March 21, 2014.

Ryan has the details about how police began to suspect Post was spying on town hall activities:

[A] series of events ... began to unfold in early March when a local police officer reported an incident to town councilman Robert Pelham, town officials say.  Read more

The Best of the Wurst: Alpine Cuisine in Greene County

Above: Get your fill of cuckoo clocks and schnitzel in the Greene County Catskills. Photo by Katherine Speller.

German and Swiss immigrants have made their mark on Greene County, which is home to the most Alpine of the Catskill region's peaks. Be sure to grab your beer stein and press your best lederhosen before checking out your own little taste of Deutschland in the Catskills.

At the Bavarian Manor Inn (866 Mountain Ave., Purling, 518-622-3261, bavarianmanor.com) patrons can enjoy award-winning veal schnitzels: classic Viennese Wiener Schnitzel, Hungarian Gypsy Schnitzel made with onions, mushrooms and paprika sauce, and Holsteiner Schnitzel, which is topped with fried egg, anchovies and capers. The German Wurst Platter combines bauernwurst, weisswurst, bratwurst, pork, sauerkraut and (a crowd favorite) potato pancakes.  Read more

Tannersville to tear down ruins of historic Cold Spring House

Above: Cold Spring House in 2008. Photo by Erika Karl via Flickr.  

The Tannersville village board has decided to demolish the mouldering ruins of the historic Cold Spring House, a once opulent 200-room wooden hotel that catered to Jewish guests during the Catskills' golden "mountain house" era in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The hotel, which was built in the 1890s, has been slowly decaying at its location on 55 Spruce Street for decades, according to a 2012 column by Greene County historian David Dorpfield in the Register-Star newspaper. 

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This Weekend: Valentine's Day in the Catskills

Above: Snowmen in love in Roxbury promote Sunday's Hearts in the Hamlet event, via Facebook.

Just when we desperately need a celebration to take the edge off the cabin fever and the late-winter blahs, here it is Valentine’s Day. What could be lovelier? In the Catskills, love is something that’s celebrated year round, but this weekend it’s the star of the show. Come out and create and play and feast and dance. All events are happening on Valentine's Day itself -- Saturday, Feb. 14 -- unless otherwise indicated. 

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DEC plans more trails in Windham's Elm Ridge Wild Forest

Above: A map of multi-use trails at the beginning of the Elm Ridge Trail in the Elm Ridge Wild Forest in Windham in 2011. Photo by Andy Arthur, via Flickr.

Mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are getting so popular in the Greene County town of Windham that the New York State Department of Conservation wants to build more multi-use trails in the Elm Ridge Wild Forest, a wilderness area in the eastern escarpment region of the Catskill Park.

The DEC is taking public comments on a plan to add five new trails in the Elm Ridge Wild Forest, which has seen "considerable growth" in non-motorized recreational use in the past six years, according to a proposed Elm Ridge Wild Forest Unit Management Plan Amendment.

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The winners of the 2015 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest

The 2015 Catskills Food Guide is out. Click here for more info. - Ed.

Each year, we ask readers of the Watershed Post and our Catskills Food Guide to send us their best photos of Catskills food and farms. This year, 32 photographers entered our 2015 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest

Thanks to our contest sponsor, Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian, who generously awarded a $75 gift certificate to our grand prize winner. 

Thanks to everyone who entered. To see all of those great photos, click here

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Snow day, again

Above: Icicles in Andes on Saturday, Feb. 7, by Mark Zilberman. Shared in the Watershed Post Flickr Pool. 

Schools and offices are closed around the Catskills on Monday, Feb. 9 as the National Weather Service predicts 8 to 14 in inches of snow for the region. All five Catskills counties -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster -- are under Winter Storm Warnings throughout the day on Monday. The snowfall is forecast to be heavier in the eastern parts of the Catskills. 

(What is is about snow and Mondays? This is the third Monday in a row we've had a big snowstorm in 2015.) 

We're tracking the storm below. Share your photos with us on InstagramFlickrFacebook or email and we'll add them.

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