Photo: Signs along Route 17 blown down by superstorm Sandy. Photo by Catskills Photography in the Watershed Post Flickr pool.
It's that strange week right before Thanksgiving when no one's celebrating or doing much of anything, preserving energy for the long march to New Year's Eve. There's a lot of negative news out there right now: angry politicians, conflicts overseas, devastating storm damage. Let's get our local dirt out of the way early, and focus on the positives for this weekend.
- FEMA has set up individual assistance centers for people dealing with Sandy damage in Sullivan County. Disasters bring out the scammers, and FEMA wants to help you with that problem, too.
- The Woodstock Times is reporting that hours will be reduced at the Lake Hill post office RIGHT BEFORE YOU SEND OUT YOUR HOLIDAY CARDS.
- And maybe that spirit is catching because the Saugerties library is now closed on Sundays.
- But getting back to the most prevalent topic around here, which is usually food: This week's Diary of a Transplant on Upstater describes, among other things, how great it is to farm, forage and fricassee your homegrown food in the face of a disaster.
- The Catskill Kiwi gets ready for a long, tomato-filled winter ahead by sharing a recipe for puttanesca.
- On Upstater: Ain't no party like a yurt house party 'cause a yurt house party...is round.