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Too cold to swim at the Blue Hole

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Above: Tim Cox of Olive paid an out-of-season visit to the famous Peekamoose Blue Hole on the Rondout Creek on Thursday, a day when the mercury hovered in the teens to single digits. Anyone care for a swim? 

In summertime, the deep, famously cold waters of the Blue Hole are prime habitat for both tourists and locals in search of a refreshing Catskills dip. The Blue Hole is a bit off the beaten path, but attendance has been up since a 2010 mention by Travel & Leisure magazine in a list of America's best swimming holes -- even though they spelled "Shokan" wrong. (C'mon, guys.)

Visit a Winter Farmers' Market

Local food is available all year round. Regional farmers are holding strong at indoor markets like:

Oneonta (alternate Saturdays),

Rhinebeck (alternate Sundays)

Rosendale (2nd Sundays)  Read more

High-speed chase on Route 28 ends in arrest

A Delhi 16-year-old was arrested Wednesday after leading state police on a high-speed chase on Route 28, eventually ditching his car and fleeing into the woods.

Around 4:40 in the afternoon on Wednesday, Jan. 22, state police responded to a report of an unauthorized vehicle on Route 28 near Gladstone Hollow in Andes. When troopers attempted to stop the car, the driver fled, speeding and driving erratically to avoid being pulled over, according to a police statement

The driver sped eastward on Route 28 and fled all the way from Andes to Olive, over 40 miles away. The car was stopped on Route 28 near Mountain Road in Olive by a "stinger" tire deflation device deployed by police. 

The driver, 16-year-old Wade Armstrong of Delhi, abandoned the car and fled into the woods where he was arrested, police said.   Read more

Poetry Reading and Art Exhibit, Sunday, February 2, 3:00 p.m.

A reading from two recently published books: Hands at Work: A Mother Daughter Creation. Poetry by Valerie Linet integrated with artwork by artist Lois Linet. Artwork from the book will be on exhibit for the reading.

Kasey Jueds will also read poems from her new prize-winning book of poetry titled, Keeper. Published by University of Pittsburgh Press. Her poem Claim from this book was recently featured on The Writer's Almanac and read by Garrison Keillor.

Olive Free Library is located at 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan, NY.

Author/Illustrator Iza Trapani at Olive Free Library

February 11, 2014 - 10:00am

Children's book author and illustrator, Iza Trapani, will come and sing her book, Froggie Went A Courtin' to celebrate Valentines Day. We will also do a craft activity. Free admission!

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Scenes from a Catskills cold snap

Above: Even in subzero weather, Roxbury looks picture-perfect. Photo taken Wednesday at sunset by Greg Henderson of the Roxbury Motel.

Above: It's a nippy 4.1 degrees right now on Belleayre Mountain, but the freshly-groomed corduroy looks pretty inviting. Photo posted today on Belleayre's Facebook page

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Cold enough for ice circles

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Meet the elusive ice circle: An unusual ice formation that occurs on slow-moving water during intense cold weather. In the video above, posted today by the folks at the Woodstock Inn On The Millstream, a broad ice circle rotates slowly in the Millstream's gentle flow.

Another ice circle was spotted recently on the Esopus Creek by John Crews, who shared the photo with Hudson Valley Weather.

A couple of years ago, Gary Lane, a river guide on Idaho's Salmon River, snapped a beautiful photo of an ice circle that went viral on the internet. Since then, he's become something of an expert on the phenomenon. In a news article about his famous photo, Lane explains  Read more

NY doubles down on high-tech weather forecasting

Meteorologist Mitch Gilt of the National Weather Service measures snowfall in Binghamton after a recent storm. Photo from NWS Binghamton's Facebook page.

After three major storms in three years, New Yorkers are investing heavily in high-tech weather forecasting. 

In his proposed budget for 2014-2015, released on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to set aside $15 million of federal aid earmarked for Hurricane Sandy to build a "state-of-the-art weather detection system" that will create scores of new weather stations throughout the state. From the governor's budget proposal:

The system will provide real-time warnings of local extreme weather and flood conditions, and identify threats to communities, roads, bridges and the electric system. Data will be available for use in predictive modeling and early warnings to prevent loss of life and property. The number of weather stations will be increased from the current 27 to over 100, creating a highly sophisticated real-time weather reporting network that will accelerate and improve information sharing, thereby assisting emergency responders in responding to extreme weather events. 

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees the city's upstate reservoirs, has also been investing heavily in weather technology lately. The DEP needs accurate weather data -- especially streamflow data -- to manage more than a billion gallons a day flowing through the city's water system. 

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The commissioner grew carrots

Above: New York State Agricultural Society President Diane Held congratulates Schoharie County farmer Richard Ball, recently appointed as New York State's new Commissioner of Agriculture, at the group's 2014 forum on New York agriculture. Photo from the New York State Agricultural Society's Facebook page.

Look through the roster of New York State's top agricultural officials, and you might notice they've got something in common: Cows.   Read more

Win Valentine’s Dinner for 2

Win Valentine’s Dinner for 2 at Peekamoose Restaurant. LOVE BITES!

...and support quality healthcare in the Catskills

Presented by: Margaretville Health Foundation.

Your donation will help strengthen Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center

Drawing date: February 10th, 2014.  Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Tickets at $5.00 for 1 or $10.00 for 3 Value at $100.00 exclusive of alcohol and gratuities

Tickets sold at various local retailers. Look for the Love Bites posters or check back at the Watershed Post.  Read more

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