Healthy Holiday Eating

Over the holiday season, we all tend to slack on our healthy habits. We no longer worry about looking good in that bathing suit, so we trade fresh salads and fruit for holiday cookies and feasts, hiding behind sweaters and baggy clothes. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Following a few simple steps will keep you healthy and happy through the holidays and the winter months ahead!  

1. Get active in the morning.

During the fall and winter, days are shorter, and by the time you get home from work or school, it’s likely dark out. Take advantage of the morning sunlight by getting your workout done early. When nighttime hits, you won’t have to worry about forcing yourself to the gym. Plus the endorphins will keep you going throughout the day.

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$15 million in grants go to Catskills organizations

Above: Americorps team members work on the storefront of Catskill Mountainkeeper in Livingston Manor in June 2014. Mountainkeeper received a $1.8 million grant from the state of New York on Dec. 11, 2014.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo handed out early Christmas presents on Thursday, Dec. 11 in the form of $709.2 million in economic and community development funding to hundreds of organizations across New York state. Several Catskills organizations, including MTC Cable, Catskill Mountainkeeper and the village of Sidney, received over a million dollars each. 

Through the program, called the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, New York State issues grants to businesses, community groups, nonprofits, and municipalities. The Catskills did well this year, picking up over $15 million overall, according to our back-of-the-envelope math.   Read more

Forestburgh highway superintendent charged with driving drunk

The highway superintendent of the Sullivan County town of Forestburgh was arrested on a drunk driving charge by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 28, according to Alex Beam at the Times Herald-Record.

Beam reports that neither the highway superintendent, 48-year-old Daniel Hogue, nor the Sheriff's Office want to discuss the incident. The Sheriff's blotter shows that Hogue allegedly crashed a 2008 Jeep in the town of Thompson before being booked and charged with DWI, Beam writes. 

Time Warner Cable News reports that the supervisor of the town of Thompson will discuss the incident at an upcoming town meeting. 

This Weekend: Catskills holiday shopping guide

Above: A window display at Ragtime Clothing Exchange in Callicoon, which hosts its first Dickens on the Delaware event this weekend. Photo via the Dickens on the Delaware Facebook page. 

The snow is on the ground, just in time for the fourth 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. 13 and 14: 

Delaware County

Santa comes to the town square in Delhi on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., along with horse and wagon rides and hot cocoa. The town's holiday lights contest ends the next day  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

Five tractor trailers and two cars collide on Route 17; 65-year-old woman killed

Above: A 65-year-old New York City woman is dead after five tractor trailers and two passenger vehicles crashed on Route 17 in Sullivan County on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Photo by John of Catskills Photography, via Flickr 

Icy road conditions early on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 9 caused a collision involving five tractor trailers and two passenger vehicles that killed 65-year-old Stella Sapio of New York City, New York State Police say. 

The crash occurred in the westbound lane of Route 17 near exit 110 in the Sullivan County town of Thompson around 3:17 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to a press release issued by the State Police.

Sullivan County Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Martinkovic was on the scene of the crash on Tuesday.

The first 911 call came in at 3:48 a.m., reporting that a passenger vehicle had slid into a guardrail, Martinkovic said. A state trooper was dispatched, and then a series of other 911 calls came in, reporting that tractor trailers had become involved in the crash. 

Below: A video shot by a passing driver and shared in a Sullivan County Facebook group shows the number of trailers involved. 


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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

Police: Livingston Manor man threatened others with knife

Left: Neal McCarthy. Photo via the New York State Police. 

A man with a knife and suboxone, a narcotic, was arrested in Livingston Manor on Friday, Dec. 5 for "threatening others and destroying the interior of a house," according to the New York State Police.

State troopers responding to a 911 call arrested 44-year-old Neal McCarthy of Livingston Manor and charged him with felony criminal possession of a weapon, misdemeanor menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a controlled substance, and a harassment violation.

McCarthy, who was on probation in Sullivan County, was arraigned in the town of Rockland Court and sent to the Sullivan County Jail, where he was held without bail. The Sullivan County Department of Probation has filed a probation violation, the press release states.

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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