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2009 Catskill Mountain News Best Service Award winners announced

The Catskill Mountain News and Columnist Margaret S. Inge are pleased to announce the 12th annual Catskill Best Service Awards. Readers selected those businesses and individuals who consistently deliver extraordinary service via ballots submitted during the months of November and December.
The tally of the over 500 ballots received includes more than 450 different businesses and 520 individual service providers in 78 categories. They are located across the region, giving testimony to the fact that customers will travel far and wide for quality service.


MTC wins approval for Downsville expansion

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) has received Public Service Commission approval for expanding services into Downsville. MTC began the process of replacing the Downsville Community Antenna System Inc., more than a year ago. The Public Service Commission issued its Certificate of Confirmation in mid-December.


Coaches vs. Cancer event set Friday at Margaretville

Margaretville Central School will take part in the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer awareness program on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the MCS Auditorium. MCS will donate all of the admission proceeds from this Friday’s girls’ varsity game to the American Cancer Society to benefit cancer research. This week’s game starts at 7 p.m., when the Blue Devils play host to the visiting Mountaineers of Andes Central School.


Snowmobile Safety Course offered Feb. 13

North Blenheim — The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center will be the site of a New York State-certified Snowmobile Safety Course on Saturday, Feb. 13, beginning at 9 a.m.


Knitting workshop Feb. 20 at DCHA

Delhi — The Delaware County Historical Association will offer a one-day knitting and crocheting workshop on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults and children are encouraged to come learn how to knit and/or crochet, or perhaps refresh their skills.


Visiting Artists Series brings Kolb to Onteora

Boiceville — Onteora Central School District has announced a performance by Fleischmanns pianist, Justin Kolb, with guest appearance by Mikhail Horowitz, on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Harry Simon auditorium, 4166 state Route 28 in Boiceville.


Faulty test tube blamed for OHS science class blast

By Jay Braman Jr.
The blast that occurred at the Onteora High School last Tuesday came as a surprise to everyone, but apparently to no one more than Donald Bucher. Bucher, a Phoenicia resident, is the veteran science teacher who was conducting an experiment with the chemical potassium chlorate when the accident occurred. Although he has safely done the same experiment dozens of times before, on Tuesday something went wrong, causing an explosion that broke a window in the classroom and injured Bucher and six students.


Great services helps you stand out from the crowd

View the complete list of 2009 Catskill Mountain News Best Service Award winners here.

The quality of service can only be judged by those on the receiving end. This simple truth is what drives the Catskill Best Service Awards; it is our attempt to give customers the opportunity to express their thanks to the many who go above and beyond what is expected to deliver excellence.
Each year we receive a number of ballots that are clearly part of an effort to nominate a specific business, person or group; usually there is more than one such campaign.


DEC Big Indian land buy cheered by resort officials

By Jay Braman Jr.
A spokesman for Crossroads Ventures, the company hoping to sell 1,200 acres of land to the state, said Friday that New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) announcement that it will use dedicated funds to make the purchase was a good sign that the long-awaited transfer is still on. Environmental groups that are watching the matter closely, however, are taking a wait-and-see attitude.


Census Bureau seeking workers for local counting

 The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking people who are looking for part-time temporary work.  The pay will be between $11 and $18 per hour. The jobs are easy and training is provided. There’s also mileage reimbursement. The Census Bureau is taking applications and testing at several sites around Delaware County.


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