Rich Muellerleile


Oct. 7, 2014
Not only is this week Fire Prevention Week, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo has just declared that today, Oct. 7, is Firefighter Appreciation Day. To mark the occasion, we've asked Rich Muellerleile, a firefighter, paramedic, and longtime Watershed Post columnist... Read more
May. 23, 2013
Photo taken on Cathedral Glen trail at Belleayre by Julia Reischel. The Catskill Mountains provide myriad activities for the avid adventurer, but they can also be risky for the unwary. Two activities notorious for thrusting unsuspecting souls into... Read more
Nov. 8, 2012
Editor's note: This column ran in the Watershed Post on July 8, 2011. It's still good advice, and we're resurrecting it, in light of a spate of carbon monoxide poisonings and deaths around the region. Earlier this week, two Shokan residents were found... Read more
Jul. 26, 2012
Above: A map showing the categorical outlook for today's predicted storms. Source: NOAA.   Welcome to summer weather, folks! As a countless number of sources are screaming for you to stay indoors and batten down the hatches this afternoon and evening, we... Read more
Apr. 9, 2012
Above: Stayin' Alive columnist (and Shandaken Ambulance Service captain) Rich Muellerleile properly geared up for a spin around town with local bike blogger Mike Wentland. I could try to scare you with a diatribe citing national statistics on mortality... Read more
Dec. 7, 2011
If it's zero degrees outside today and it's supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be? As we start to experience the chills of a Catskills winter, questions like that (except maybe a little less tongue in cheek) become more and... Read more
Oct. 11, 2011
In a stark contrast to our last installment of safety news, this month we are urging local residents to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. This month will also bring princesses, witches, ghosts, and more than likely a few werewolves to the region. No... Read more
Sep. 20, 2011
As I stood in my own ambulance bay in Phoenicia on September the 16th -- anxious, profusely sweating, and feeling rather defeated after I denied repeated offers of a tetanus vaccine from the kind and concerned representatives from the Ulster County... Read more
Aug. 8, 2011
Summer is in full swing here in the Catskills, and the flurry of outdoor activities that these hills and dales offer bring droves from near and far to take advantage of what incredible resources Mother Nature offers us. She’s a tough mother in the summer... Read more
Jul. 8, 2011
Image by Flickr user David B. Gleason. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless, and poisonous gas found in the fumes of burning fuel that contains carbon -- fuels such as wood, charcoal, fuels used in a camp stove or lantern, or the gasoline used... Read more
Jun. 6, 2011
With warmer weather prevalent during the daytime hours and cooler nights following them the propensity for thunderstorms to develop is high this time of year. Our topography presents situations where someone could be caught off guard by rapidly changing... Read more
May. 6, 2011
Spring has sprung and with beautiful weather in store please be careful, particularly on the roads. The spring season tends to bring a higher incidence of auto accidents to the area, particularly on Route 28. Take a moment during this busy driving season... Read more