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Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Walton

Written By Editor on 7/31/17 | 7/31/17

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, July 30, 2017, Delaware
County Sheriff Deputies and members of the Walton Fire Department and
Emergency Squad responded to a 911 report of a serious personal injury
motor cycle accident on State Highway 206 in the Town of Walton.
Preliminary investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies, Investigators and members
of the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit revealed that 45
year old James R. VerNooy of Walton was driving a farm tractor in a
northerly direction on State Highway 206 and had begun to make a left turn
when a northbound motorcycle operated by 70 year old James G. Cushman
of Norwich struck the tractor’s front end loader bucket while attempting to
overtake and pass the farm tractor in a no passing zone in the southbound

Cushman and his passenger, 67 year old Nancy A. Cushman, were
subsequently thrown from the motorcycle as a result of the collision. Nancy
Cushman was fatally injured and died at the scene. James Cushman
sustained serious physical injuries and was transported to Delaware Valley

Hospital in Walton and was airlifted to UHS Wilson Medical Center in
Johnson City for treatment.
The investigation by members of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office and
New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit remains on-going.
Deputies and Investigators are attempting to identify and interview a female
witness that was driving a full size, white Sport Utility Vehicle, and are
asking anyone that may have witnessed or that has information concerning
this accident to immediately contact the Delaware County Sheriff's Office at
(607) 832-5555.

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Broome Man Arrested for Endangering Welfare of Child

Written By Cicero on 7/26/17 | 7/26/17

The Schoharie County Sheriff's Department announced the following earlier today:

Following the investigation of an incident, Schoharie County Sheriff Deputies on 7/24/17 arrested Richard J. Christian, age 42, of Hauverville Road in the Town of Broome for Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Deputies were contacted when the subject removed the cast from the wrist a 10 years old male subject with a butter knife. The 10 year old had previously suffered a fractured wrist. 

Christian was arraigned in Richmondville Town Court and committed to the custody of the Sheriff's Office in lieu of $500. bail. 

He is to reappear in town court on a later date.

It is unknown why Christian removed the cast from the child's wrist and the incident was reported by the victim's father. 

Flash Flood Watch

Written By Editor on 7/12/17 | 7/12/17

... Flash Flood Watch in effect until 9 PM EDT this evening...

The National Weather Service in Albany has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include portions of western Massachusetts
  and New York, including the following areas, in western
  Massachusetts, northern Berkshire. In New York, eastern
  Albany, eastern Columbia, eastern Dutchess, eastern Greene,
  eastern Rensselaer, eastern Schenectady, eastern Ulster,
  Montgomery, Schoharie, southern Fulton, southern Herkimer,
  southern Saratoga, western Albany, western Columbia, western
  Dutchess, western Greene, western Rensselaer, western
  Schenectady, and western Ulster.

* Until 9 PM EDT this evening.

* Showers and thunderstorms will develop this afternoon into the
  evening. Thunderstorms will be capable of producing torrential
  downpours resulting in rainfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour.

* Heavy rainfall rates could lead to flash flooding, especially in
  urban, poor drainage and low lying areas. Also locations that
  have received heavy rainfall in the past few weeks will be
  susceptible for flash flooding.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued.

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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Written By Editor on 7/10/17 | 7/10/17

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

At 8:58 p.m.  Cobleskill Police arrested Robert Santos, 38, of Cobleskill, NY, for DWI.  He was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on July 25h at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

At 9:00 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Nada H. Mehedan, 21, of Albany, NY, for Harassment 2nd and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.  She was arraigned in Richmondville Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $300 Bail / $600 Bond. She is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on July 11th at 5:00 p.m.

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Fried Chicken Summer Party at Heather Ridge Farm

Written By Editor on 7/4/17 | 7/4/17

Saturday, July 22, 4-7pm

Preston Hollow, NY – Celebrate the middle of summer with fried chicken, live music and beer! Sounds like a party happening Saturday, July 22 at Heather Ridge Farm, starting with an optional farm tour at 3pm, and food and beverages at 4pm.

Heather Ridge Farm is a livestock and poultry farm high in the hills, with panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. In this setting, the Bees Knees Café serves up the best fried chicken at shaded picnic tables as well as tables under a tent! The all-you-can-eat buffet will start at 4 with gluten free fried chicken, seasonal sides, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages included in the price of $24/adult.  Kids under 15 pay their age.  Live music starts at 5 with Jumbo Bungalow, the eclectic sounds of a ukelele band, as fun and comforting as an oversized vintage vacation cottage, led by Carmen Borgia. Helderberg Brewery, of nearby Rensselaerville, NY, will be selling their locally brewed beers to accompany the buffet.

The fried chicken is a culmination of a three day long process that starts with a koji marinade and wraps up with a dusting in chef Rob Handel’s secret blend of spices and gluten free flours. The Fried Chicken Summer Party is by reservation only, so please reserve by Wednesday, July 19 to guarantee a spot. The picnic is served buffet style, with chicken being fried fresh continually until 7pm, accompanied by sides crafted from locally grown items. Full menu to be posted on Please call 518-239-6234 for reservations.

In the farm store, fresh pastured chicken will be available for you to take home for your own barbeques, as well as the full stock of beef, pork, lamb, goat and other products.

The Bees Knees Café and farm store at Heather Ridge Farm is located at 989 Broome Center Road, Preston Hollow, NY.  518-239-6234. The farm raises Animal Welfare Approved Certified Grassfed lamb and goat, pastured pork and eggs, as well as all grassfed beef and pastured poultry. The Café is open Thursday through Sunday in July and August for lunch and brunch from 11am-3pm, and weekends year-round. The farm store opens at 9am Thursday through Sunday. Menus and a calendar of events are updated weekly on its website at

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