Downed wire cuts power to thousands in Greene County

About 13,250 Central Hudson customers in Greene and Albany counties were left in the dark late Monday night, after a downed wire cut power to a large area. 

The outage occurred around 9:30 pm on Monday night, and was restored by around 1 am Tuesday, according to Central Hudson spokesperson Denise VanBuren. 

The outages are still under investigation, VanBuren said, but the problem was traced to a phase wire that came down on Paul Saxe Road in Catskill, impacting several substations. 

As of 10:30 pm on Monday, according to Central Hudson's outage map, power was out in most of the households in Cairo, Durham, Greenville, New Baltimore and Tannersville, and parts of Athens, Catskill, Coxsackie and Hunter. 

Windham was home to Nazi summer camp in 1937

Above: A screen shot from "Volks-Deutsche Jungen in U.S.A." The flag on the left features a swastika.

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Above: "Volks-Deutsche Jungen in U.S.A.," a film by the Deutsche-Amerikanische Berufsgemeinschaft (DAB) about a DAB Nazi summer camp for boys in Windham in 1937. 

In the summer of 1937, the Greene County town of Windham was home to a Nazi summer camp, according to archival film footage released by the National Archives Motion Picture Preservation Lab in July.

The film, titled "Volks-Deutsche Jungen in U.S.A.," depicts scores of boys from New York City setting up a summer campsite in a bucolic field in Windham. They exercise, play games, and salute flags emblazoned with Nazi swatiskas and Hitler Youth lightning bolts.

The camp was part of a series of summer camps run in the U.S. in the 1930s by the Deutsche-Amerikanische Berufsgemeinschaft (DAB), a U.S.-based group that promoted Germany and the Nazi party in America, according to the National Archives.  Read more

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Amid investigation, Prattsville's father-and-daughter court team resigned

Above: Campaign photos for Robert Blain and Michelle Blain. Source: The Town of Prattsville Republican Party Facebook page.

Robert J. Blain, who had served as a justice of the Town of Prattsville Court since 1987, resigned abruptly in June, as did his daughter, MIchelle Blain, who had been the court's clerk since 2004. The pair had run for re-election and won in November.   Read more

Wildflower Walk

August 17, 2014 - 2:00pm

Location: Agroforestry Resource Center's Siuslaw Model Forest, Acra

Time: 2:00-4:00 PM

Instructor: Chris Scherelli

Cost: $5.00 per person

Registration deadline: August 14

To register: call or register on-line

 

Not all wildflowers bloom in the spring. Hike the Siuslaw Model Forest with wildflower enthusiast Chris Scherelli, to seach for the colorful blooms of late summer such as asters, and other wildflowers, which are abundant in the Siuslaw Model Forest. This program includes a moderate hike. Service dogs only, please.

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Flash flood watch for eastern Catskills

Above: A post from the Albany office of the National Weather Service's Facebook page today. 

Parts of the Catskills could get "torrential" rainfall of as much to 1 to 2 inches per hour tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

The eastern Catskills -- Ulster, Schoharie and Greene counties -- are under a flash flood watch issued by the NWS's Albany office. The rains are expected to begin close to midnight tonight, Tuesday, August 12. The flood watch expires at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13.   Read more

Parole officer kills two in Palenville; high-speed chase ends in his suicide

A New York State Parole Officer killed his estranged wife and her boyfriend in his Palenville house on Sunday, August 10, and then led police on a multi-county car chase before killing himself, according to a New York State Police press release issued today.

Forty-six-year-old Robert Mroczek lived at 844 Pennsylvania Ave. in Palenville, a sleepy Catskills hamlet where a SWAT team and a helicopter descended yesterday afternoon.

Mroczek's wife, 49-year-old Pammi Mroczek, once lived at the address as well. Yesterday, Pammi Mroczek was at the Pennsylvania Ave. house with a boyfriend, 51-year-old Daniel Brennan of Schenectady.

Robert Mroczek encountered Pammi Mroczek and Brennan at the house and shot and killed them both, according to the press release.

A 911 call about gunshots fired was received by Greene County 911 at 12:45 p.m.  Read more

Possible homicide in Palenville

Above: 844 Pennsylvania Ave. in Palenville. Image via Google Maps.

An incident in the Greene County hamlet of Palenville brought helicopters and police to 844 Pennsylvania Avenue on August 10 to investigate a possible shooting and homicide, according to the Daily Mail, Daily Freeman, and the New York State Police.  

State police told reporters that they were on the scene around 5 p.m. on Sunday investigating a shooting and a suspicious death, but offered no more details. 

Kyle Adams, a reporter at the Daily Mail, reports that two people are dead, according to Greene County Coroner Richard Vigilo, and that Greene County 911 received a complaint of a shooting around 12:45 p.m. Adams also reported that witnesses saw a helicopter searching the area around Pennsylvania Ave. throughout Sunday evening.   Read more

This Weekend: 2014 Windham Mountain Bike World Cup Festival

Contestants in the men’s Cross Country Eliminator at Windham Mountain on Friday, August 8. Photo by PHUNKT.COM.

Pro mountain bikers from around the world are competing on the slopes of Windham Mountain this weekend as part of the Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI) Mountain Bike World Cup.

Today, the elite event was the men's and women's Cross Country Eliminator finals. (See above.) 

The mountain is open all weekend to amateurs, too. A pack of volunteers from Windham have organized a slew of races, activities, and games for bikers of all abilities, including "Race the World" amateur cross-country and downhill races. There are also some more unorthodox events, according to a press release:

A Ride the Plank Challenge, where riders attempt to cross a pond on wooden planks supported only by inflatable tubes floating on water and the Red Bull Berm Burners, an individual head-to-head pursuit dirt cycling race that tests the rider’s ability between two fast, steep berms.

And there's a laser show and fireworks. What's not to like? It's free to come and watch, although you will have to pay for parking.   Read more

The Catskills are hot (again)

The cover of August's Hudson Valley Magazine.

Brace yourselves: The Catskills are having their biggest moment since the height of the Borscht Belt resorts in the '50s.

Hudson Valley Magazine has dedicated its entire August issue to the region, declaring that "The Catskills Are Back," and featuring the pool at Phoenicia's The Graham & Co. hotel on its cover.  

[T]he big story of the day is that the Catskills have seemingly overnight transformed from a sleepy, somewhat rundown region to a hip ’n happening hangout for all types of urban culture vultures and — dare we say it — hipsters.

What is this we hear? It seems that every season, at least one new boutique hotel throws open its doors — and more and more city folk flee upstate to the forest. Cultural offerings abound, gastropubs serve up farm-to-table fare, you can even stay in a luxury yurt. Yes, glamping has come to the Catskills.  Read more


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