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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Police: Grahamsville residents charged $3,000 to stolen cards

Above: Anthony Atkins, Wayne Atkins and Angela Disanto. Photos via the New York State Police.

Three twenty-something residents of the Sullivan County hamlet of Grahamsville have been arrested for larceny and fraud after allegedly charging $3,000 to a stolen credit and debit card, according to the New York State Police.

Twenty-two-year-old Angela Disanto, 26-year-old Wayne Atkins and 28-year-old Anthony Atkins were arrested on Thursday, Feb. 5 after an investigation by state police in Liberty, according to a State Police press release.

The investigation linked the three to the Jan. 31 theft of the cards.

"An investigation by the BCI unit at SP Liberty determined that the stolen cards had been used at various locations throughout Sullivan County," the press release said.

The two Atkins brothers were charged with felony grand larceny and forgery and are being held in the Sullivan County jail.  Read more

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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Catskill Park advocates step up their lobbying efforts in Albany

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Above: A promotional video for the Catskill Park, produced by Catskill Mountainkeeper. 

The squeaky wheel gets the grease, at least in Albany. And until recently, the Catskills were pretty quiet when it came to asking New York’s legislature and governor for money.

That changed in 2013, when a group of organizations working together as the Catskill Park Coalition began heading to the Capitol in person for a formal lobbying effort called Catskill Park Awareness Day. The idea is to knock on the doors of legislators and let them know, in person, that the Catskill Park exists, and that it needs support in the state’s budget.

“Our goal is to encourage Catskill stakeholders to become advocates for the resources needed to make the Catskill Park more accessible and to increase NYS's commitment to fund capital improvements and stewardship,” wrote Alan White, the executive director of the Catskill Center, one of the Coalition’s founding members, in an email to the Watershed Post.   Read more

Police: 140 guns recovered in Lumberland drug bust

Above: Investigators seized 134 long guns, four assault rifles, one electronic stun gun and two handguns from a Lumberland residence during a drug raid. Photo via the New York State Police.

Left: William Cropley. Photo via the New York State Police. 

Police seized a large cache of weapons and drugs on Friday, Jan. 30 during a raid on a home in a wooded area in the Sullivan County town of Lumberland, according to a press release from the New York State Police.

Investigators from the State Police and the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office searched a house at 251 Haring Road  during the course of a narcotics investigation, police say. 

Left: Gina Cerciello. Photo via the New York State Police.    Read more

Below zero temperatures moving through on arctic air

Above: "A bitterly cold night is expected across eastern NY and western New England," according to a tweet from the National Weather Service in Albany. 

The National Weather Service is warning that temperatures ranging from negative 5 to negative 10 degrees will blanket parts of the Catskills tonight, Thursday, Feb. 5. A special weather advisory for Delaware and Sullivan counties states:

Widespread Readings Of 5 To 10 Below Are Expected overnight...With The Normally Colder Spots Even Lower.If You Will Be Outside This Evening And Overnight...Be Prepared To face The Cold. Dress In Layers And Leave As Little Exposed Skin As possible. Also...If You Will Be Driving Remember That Road Chemicals are Much Less Effective At These Temperatures So Any Snow Or Ice On roads Is Unlikely To Melt Despite Being Treated. Roads May Be slippery.  Read more

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Groundhog snow day

Above: A sheepdog guards its flock during a Catskills snowstorm on Monday, Jan. 2. Photo by Mark Zilberman, via Flickr

After the fakeout from last week's snowstorm-that-wasn't, a foot of snow is falling across the Catskills today, Monday, Feb. 2. Many schools and offices around the region are closed. We're tracking the storm below. Share your photos with us on Instagram, Flickr, Facebook or via email and we'll add them.

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The Catskills: The "locally cured bacon" vacation destination

Above: Locally cured bacon from Fleisher's, the artisanal Catskills butcher shop that has outposts in Kingston and Park Slope, Brooklyn. Photo via the Fleisher's Facebook page

Another downstate media outlet is tackling our question: Is 2015 the year of the Catskills? According to a thoughtful article in the Daily Beast today, the answer is a great big yes.   Read more

Spinning skaters at the ice carnival

John of Catskills Photography went to the Livingston Manor Ice Carnival on Sunday, Jan. 25 and took some great photos, which he shared with us in the Watershed Post Flickr pool.

Above are figure skaters Valerie Levine (left) and Victoria Calderone (right) spinning in tamden during their performance at the carnival. This is a detail of a larger photo -- to see the whole thing, click here. 


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