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

Route 23 overpass in Catskill going down to one lane for repairs

The Route 23 bridge above the CSX railroad line between Route 9W and Route 385 in Catskill, Greene County, will be one lane only next week.

The Route 23 bridge in Catskill will be one lane only on Friday and next week as the New York State Department of Transportation resurfaces it, according to a travel advisory issued by the DOT:

Motorists are advised that the New York State Department of Transportation will resurface the Route 23 bridge above the CSX railroad line between Route 9W and Route 385 in Catskill, Greene County, over the next week.

Route 23 will be reduced to a single alternating lane of traffic controlled by flaggers between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday as NYSDOT mills the bridge surface. Paving is scheduled to occur during weekdays of the following week starting Monday, with a similar pattern of traffic controlled by flaggers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tannersville bets big on arts; launches third season of Jazz Factory

Above: Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts at the 2013 Catskill Jazz Factory. Photo courtesy of the 23Arts initiative.

Piers Playfair and his wife Lucy believe that the arts are the key to economic development in the Catskills.

“It’s important we have a strong artistic spine,” Playfair said.

The couple decided to bring renowned jazz musicians to the Catskills two years ago, when they founded the Catskill Jazz Factory -- a series of performances, workshops, and master classes -- in the Greene County hamlet of Tannersville.

The Jazz Factory, which kicks off its 2014 season tomorrow night, was such a success that the Playfairs are making it the highlight of new organization that plans to run year-round arts programming in and around Tannersville.

The new initiative, which launched this summer, is called the 23Arts Initiative (23Ai for short), and is named after Route 23A, which runs through Tannersville.  Read more

Cyclist heading to Tour of the Catskills ends up in high-speed car chase instead

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Above: Tour of the Catskills racers riding the grueling Devil's Kitchen climb in 2010. 

Cyclists from around the world hit the roads in Greene County over the weekend for the Tour of the Catskills, three days of racing that feature some of the steepest mileage in the northeast.

Not all the contestants made it to the race, however. Herb Jiminez, a cyclist from Montclair, New Jersey, missed the Tour of the Catskills entirely when his car was stolen on Friday, the morning he was setting out for Tannersville.

But Jiminez got his endorphin fix anyway when he spotted the car thieves later that day while driving a newly-acquired rental car, according to Baristanet:

Jimenez reacted immediately, making a crazy U-Turn, then calling 911, all while following his stolen car.

“I stayed close to them for about 10 blocks, making turns into different streets in Montclair while giving the police directions as to where they were turning and heading,” says Jimenez[.]  Read more

Ladies Teams Welcomed

Ladies teams welcomed.  Fun day of playing with family and friends.

Register to secure your teams tee off time to the upcoming 2nd Annual Golf Tournament benefiting Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.

$80.00 per person includes a day of golf, cart, lunch and a buffet dinner

$35.00 per person for buffet dinner only

 

 

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