Middleburgh

During storm, power surge caused smoking electrical outlets in Middleburgh

Above: Photo by Flickr user grendelkhan

A power surge during a large snowstorm caused electical outlets to smoke and pop in six houses in the Schoharie County town of Middleburgh early on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Beginning at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the Middleburgh Fire Department began receiving panicked 911 calls from residents on Huntersland Road, Possum Hill Road, Brooky Hollow Road and East Hill Road, said Middleburgh Fire Chief Michael Devlin.   Read more

Prattsville bridge over Schoharie Creek to be replaced

Above: The Route 23 bridge over the Schoharie Creek in Prattsville. Photo by Doug Kerr.

The steel truss bridge that carries Route 23 over the Schoharie Creek in the Greene County town of Prattsville is slated for replacement in 2016, according to the New York State Department of Transportation, which is holding a public meeting about the bridge on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Prattsville Community Church at 6:30 p.m.

The bridge, which was built in 1949, has been repaired several times in the past decade, most recently in 2012 after workers found a crack in its steel, according to the Mountain Eagle.  Read more

Website goes down, local news publisher says unprintable things

Above: Benton, the kitten that took over the front page of the Chicago Tribune for 16 minutes on July 30, 2013, thanks to a website goof. We feel your pain, Trib.

If you visited the Watershed Post today and got an error message instead of a piece of juicy Catskills news, it's not you, it's us. Thanks to a site update that went awry, most of the links on our site were down throughout the morning and early afternoon.   Read more

Slippery roads and a winter weather advisory

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties today, Friday, Dec. 5, beginning this afternoon and lasting through tomorrow morning.

The high roads in the Catskills will be icy tonight, according to a weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Binghamton:  Read more

This Weekend: Holiday shopping in the Catskills

Above: A festive bovine bust at Lucky Dog Farm Store in Hamden. 

Challenge: Spend every holiday shopping dollar at a Catskills merchant this month. To help you do it, here's the third installment of our holiday shopping guide. (Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar.) 

Here's what's happening over the weekend of Dec. 5 to 7: 

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December is Safe Toy & Gifts Month

Safe toy checklist Too often, accidents involving children and toys occur and may result in eye injuries. Each year, thousands of children age 14 and younger suffered serious eye injuries, even blindness, from toys. There are three important ways you can protect your child's eyes from injuries while playing with toys: 1. Only buy toys meant for their age. 2. Show them how to use their toys safely. 3.  Read more

Green Wolf Brewing Company's Middleburgh tap room celebrates grand opening

Above: Justin Behan, the owner of Green Wolf Brewing Company. Photo used with permission.

Three and a half years ago, Justin Behan was standing in an old house on his property when he had a revelation. “It dawned on me,” he said, “this building has electric, and plumbing, and heating. Oh my God, I could turn it into a small brewery!”

That was the beginning of the “insane idea” that led to Green Wolf Brewing Company, which opens the doors to its new tap room in the Schoharie County village of Middleburgh on Friday, Dec. 12.

Green Wolf isn't Behan’s first experiment with beer. Like many other small brewers, he began by homebrewing. The sensory aspects of the process first drew him in.

Below: Ales from the Green Wolf Brewing Company. Photo courtesy of Green Wolf. 

“The smells of the brew day, working with the wonderful ingredients, the aroma of the hops, the magic of it--it’s pretty magical!” he said. “I still can’t believe that yeast does what it does.”  Read more

Constitution Pipeline receives federal approval, eminent domain power

Above: A natural gas pipeline being constructed. Photo courtesy of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Constitution Pipeline received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build a 124-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania through New York's Delaware, Schoharie, Broome and Chenango counties on Tuesday, Dec. 2. 

FERC's certificate of public convenience and necessity gives the Constitution Pipeline the power of eminent domain, which allows it to force landowners along the route to accept the pipeline's path through their property.

The pipeline's new powers are setting it up for a fight in the Catskills. Over half of the landowners along the route haven't agreed to allow the pipeline across their land. If they continue to resist, the pipeline can take them to court. 

Construction can begin as soon as the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issue permits for the project, which could happen early in 2015.  Read more

Wintry mix will make for hazardous driving

Above: An ice wall in Platte Clove in 2013. Photo by Dave Hebb and shared in the Watershed Post Flickr pool  Read more

Shop Catskills: Post-turkey edition

Above: Sparky the Fire Dog, Santa and Frosty the Snowman will be guests at the Tannersville Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Spirits of the Holidays on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo via the Great Northern Catskills website.

It's holiday shopping season in earnest, now that Thanksgiving is over. You can spend all your gift-giving dollars this year with Catskills merchants and businesses, and maybe see a few Christmas trees and even Santa himself while you're at it. To help you shop local, here's the second installment of our holiday shopping guide

Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar

Here's what's happening over the weekend of Nov. 28 to 30: 

DELAWARE COUNTY

Margaretville hosts its annual holiday celebration on Saturday, Nov. 29. Shops will be decked to the nines, lots of kids’ activities will distract your little ones, and Santa will show up late in the afternoon on a fire truck. Hot cocoa and doughnuts will keep you fortified, and you can grab a hayride when your feet get tired.  Read more


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