Wurtsboro man assaults girlfriend with fishing rod, police say

A 27-year-old Wurtsboro man beat his girlfriend with a fishing rod, then "knocked her to the ground, held her down and spit on her," according to the New York State Police.

The police press release describing the incident does not give a date or time for the alleged assault.

Edward V. Kalajian allegedly "struck his girlfriend with a fishing rod causing lacerations to her back" during a domestic dispute in his Wurtsboro home, according to a police press release. He also reportedly broke the woman's phone during the altercation by throwing it against the ground.

Kalajian is being charged with felony assault in the second degree and a slew of misdemeanors, including criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, criminal obstructed breathing, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and unlawful imprisonment. He is also being charged with harassment in the second degree, a violation.

Kalajian was arraigned in the town of Mamakating and is being held without bail in the Sullivan County Jail. 

We Are Pure Catskills: Majestic Farm

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Meet Pure Catskills members Sara and Brett Budde, who run Majestic Farm in the Sullivan County Catskills. On their farm, the Buddes raise heritage-breed meats, and also host artists' residencies and farm-to-table dinners.

In the video above, Sara Budde talks about why she and her husband are committed to small-scale, sustainable farming -- and to the local community that makes that way of life possible.

SARA BUDDE: I’m Sara Budde, I’m one of the owners of Majestic Farm. I own the farm with my husband Brett Budde. We produce pork, lamb, poultry, mostly chicken and turkey, and small side things like honey and eggs. We’ve been farming for five years. We moved up to Sullivan County and sort of dug in from nothing.  Read more

Winter's icy grip lingers

Even well into April, ice still lingers on many lakes and reservoirs in the Catskills. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection issued a reminder to fisherman on Thursday, April 16 to stay off the city's Catskills reservoirs until they are ice-free.

This shot of the ice slowly receding on Dixie Lake was taken at Hanofee Park in Liberty by John of Catskills Photography on April 12 and shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr pool. 

Spring Open House

Early season leads to record bear hunt in southern New York

Above: The 580-pound bear Greene County hunter Tim Meservey shot during the early season in September 2014. Photo courtesy of Tim Meservey.

Bear hunters in New York's Southern Zone killed a record 1,110 bears in 2014, according to harvest figures that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released on Monday, April 13. That's 12 percent more than the previous record of 983 bears taken in the Southern Zone in 2011.

The record harvest is likely due to a new early bear hunting season that ran from Sept. 6 to Sept. 21 in portions of the Catskills and the western Hudson Valley, DEC officials say.

Catskills hunters in in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties killed 893 bears in 2014, according to an analysis of the DEC's hunt data by the Watershed Post. In the Catskills, hunters killed 294 bears during the new early season and 599 during the bow hunting, muzzleloading and regular seasons, which occur later in the fall.

The Catskills towns with the highest bear harvests are Hancock, with 34 bears killed; Wawarsing, with 32; Tusten, with 31; Rochester, with 27; and Mamakating, with 24.  Read more

Think green...the green fairways of Golf

Not too soon to Save the Date for the Margaretville Health Foundation 2015 Golf Tournament at College Golf Course in Delhi taking place Thursday, August 6th. 

For a list of Business Sponsorhip Levels please call 845-586-2631 Extension 3181 and speak to Liz Warren or email [email protected]

A Surrealist art project: Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills

Above: An example of an "exquisite corpse" artwork, drawn by three artists completing each others' work.

Calling all Catskills artists: You’re invited to come play a Surrealist parlor game this spring.

Exquisite Corpse was an early 20th century favorite pastime for the likes of André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Tanguy, Joan Miro and Man Ray. It’s the visual equivalent of a freestyle jam session: A folded piece of paper passed between participants, each of whom adds their own contribution. When the paper is unfolded, a hodgepodge of “happenstance art” is revealed.

In collaboration with the Catskill Art Society, Ellie and Akira Ohiso are putting together a round of Exquisite Corpse that will feature Catskills artists. The Ohisos, the duo behind the recently folded (and much missed) Green Door Magazine, are inviting artists to enter a free public lottery to be among the teams working on the art project.  Read more

Northern Farmhouse Pasta: Making pasta on the farm

Above: Some of the pastas made by Northern Farmhouse Pasta. Photo by John Tappen.

The Catskills region has plenty of culinary traditions — maple tapping, cider brewing, cheese making — but one thing the area has never been known for is pasta. Bob and Jen Eckert are out to change all that, using local ingredients to bring the traditionally Italian staple into the Catskills food-making fold.

The husband-and-wife team began Northern Farmhouse Pasta (209 Rockland Road, Roscoe, 607-290-4041, northernfarmhousepasta.com) in 2011, dedicated to creating handmade ravioli and other pasta using local ingredients. To drive the point home, an image of New York state adorns all of Northern Farmhouse’s packaging.

Left: Bob and Jen Eckert. Photo by John Tappen.

“I was tired of seeing the outline of Italy everywhere,” said Bob Eckert, who is of Italian descent himself. “Everyone always talks about a ‘fine Italian tradition’ to sell pasta. We wanted to focus on New York.”

With a mission to produce a truly local product, the Eckerts emphasize seasonal goods. They favor a few fresh ingredients (two to three for pasta; about five for ravioli) and avoid using preservatives. Many of the ingredients, from squash to mushrooms, grow right in their backyard in the Sullivan County town of Roscoe.

“If they’re not ours, we get them from local farmers at the farmers’ markets,” said Jen Eckert.

Or from the wild. Come late April, Bob Eckert ventures into the mountains near his home to forage for ramps, wild leeks with a delicate onion flavor that are difficult to cultivate. He includes them in a ravioli that’s available only in April and May.

“I always want to have my hands in the dirt or in the flour,” he said.

The only ingredient the Eckerts don’t grow, buy or gather in the Catskills is wheat. But even that comes from New York — from a supplier in the Finger Lakes — and someday they hope to reap their own grain on their farmstead.

The pasta selection changes with the seasons. The Eckerts stuff their ravioli with roasted summer corn in the summer; pumpkin and arugula, butternut or acorn squash in the fall; and cherry-wood-smoked mushrooms in the winter.   Read more

Citing "misconduct and abuse of authority," court removes Monticello's mayor from office

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Above: Video footage of Monticello mayor Gordon Jenkins ranting and throwing a clock while in a booking room on a drunk driving arrest in November 2013. (Warning: There's a lot of profanity. Jenkins throws the clock at the 1:21:55 mark.)

Monticello's troubled mayor, Gordon Jenkins, has been removed from office by a three-judge panel of the New York State Supreme Court's Third Appellate Division, according to a decision the court released on Thursday, April 2.

Citing a "serious pattern of abuse of authority and misbehavior," the court wrote that Jenkins is "hereby removed from the public offices of Mayor and Village Manager of the Village of Monticello." The removal appears to take effect immediately.   Read more

Gone fishin': Anglers celebrate on a freezing opening day

Above: Boys Fishing, by Amanda Lee Popp. Submitted to the 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest. 

April Fool’s day is the first day of fishing season in New York state, and it's playing a freezing cold joke on hopeful anglers vying to catch the first trout of the year.

It's a cold and icy beginning to trout season, with a high of only 38 degrees and snow falling over Cairns Pool on the Beaverkill, according to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum’s Facebook page. Nevertheless, trout were reportedly caught there today, the center reports.

Above: The ice-covered Upper Delaware River on Monday, March 30. Photo by Tony Ritter, via Twitter.   Read more

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