John Phillip Tappen


Jun. 24, 2014
Sullivan County legislators passed a resolution protesting the New York Secure Ammunition Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act last week, according to the Times Herald-Record. State departments that oversee enforcement of the SAFE Act had said “they plan[ned... Read more
Jun. 20, 2014
Above: Historians in Fenian uniforms from an event last fall. Photo courtesy of Sam Levitt. For those who have never heard of the Fenian Raids, a piece of little known Irish history, they will be recounted this weekend at the Old Stone Fort Museum... Read more
Jun. 19, 2014
Police have reported the discovery of skeletal human remains found Wednesday morning near Esopus creek in the Town of Ulster. State Police Capt. Robert Nuzzo told the Daily Freeman the remains were found around 7 a.m. by a person cleaning the brush... Read more
Jun. 19, 2014
Above: The Clark House B&B Barn in Palenville, where the tattoo exhibition will be held as a part of the Palenville Hidden Gallery Walk. Photo by Allen Bryan.  The Palenville Hidden Art Gallery Walk will give visitors the opportunity to uncover art... Read more
Jun. 18, 2014
A storm with winds in excess of 60 mph that swept through Delaware County early this morning has left thousands without power, according to New York State Electric and Gas Corporation (NYSEG). The storm was brief, beginning at midnight and lasting... Read more
Jun. 17, 2014
Eric Webler pulled his buddy’s van into the McDonald’s parking lot and began editing what would become an award winning film. “We’re amateurs,” Webler said. “We needed the wifi.” Webler said he was 10 years old when he got his start in filmmaking after... Read more
Jun. 11, 2014
Kenco's Kingston Kayak Festival returns to the Kingston Point Beach on Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to offer opportunities for both seasoned and novice kayakers alike. Kayakers will be able to learn new skills in beginner, intermediate and... Read more
Jun. 6, 2014
Squeezed between the end of spring and the beginning of summer, strawberry season in the Catskills emerges for a brief but illustrious period. For most farms, the season begins in June and lasts about four weeks, sometimes stretching into the first week... Read more
Jun. 5, 2014
A man who was wounded in a Sullivan County shooting on May 23 was arrested Wednesday on gun and drug charges, after he was discharged from Westchester Medical Center. Arrested on Wednesday, June 4 was 33-year-old William Sullivan of Yulan. Sullivan has... Read more
Jun. 5, 2014
For 21 years, the first Saturday in June has been reserved for appreciating the nation’s mountain trails and greenery. This Saturday, June 7, Catskill area parks will observe the 22nd annual National Trails Day by hosting outdoor celebrations — welcoming... Read more
Jun. 3, 2014
A South Cairo man was arrested and jailed last week after police found evidence of an illegal distilling operation, unregistered guns, marijuana and fireworks at his home. On Wednesday, May 28, Robert Litchko Jr. of South Cairo was arrested by officers... Read more
May. 29, 2014
Two Esopus men have been arrested after they allegedly entered a house and attacked people inside, damaging the house and causing minor injuries to the victims. On Sunday, May 25, police responded to a report of an altercation at a residence in Esopus... Read more
May. 29, 2014
A traffic stop on Route 209 in Wawarsing on Wednesday led to the arrest of a Kerhonkson man on multiple drug charges, police say. Members of the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) and Ulster County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team arrested... Read more
May. 29, 2014
Forgotten history is what interests filmmaker Tobe Carey most. His latest film, the documentary Rails to the Catskills, is an attempt to encapsulate the history of the railroad lines that abounded in the Catskills area for much of the late 19th and early... Read more