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DEC's natural gas draft regs getting drilled by more critics

By Matthew J. Perry
The public comment period on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) draft Supplemental General Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) ended on the last day of 2009. But calls to reopen it, and even to scrap the dSGEIS and begin anew in 2010, are loud and getting louder.


DEP free from EPA oversight

By Jay Braman Jr.
A federal judge has ordered an end to U.S. supervision of New York City’s water and sewage system.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the decision to end the special oversight of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was due to workplace condition improvements and $160 million in capital improvements at agency facilities.


NBDC earns five-star rating for 82nd consecutive year

Walton — Patrick Galloway, president of NBDC, based in Walton, has accepted the bank’s 82nd consecutive five-star rating from Bauer Financial. Bauer is an independent bank rating firm out of Coral Gables, Fla.


Auditions are scheduled for theater's spring show

Margaretville — Auditions for The Open Eye Theatre’s spring production of “A Year Down Yonder,” a new play adopted from the best-selling novel, will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville.


Six renowned Chinese artists make stop in Catskill region

By Jay Braman Jr.
A group of six well-known Chinese artists rang in the New Year at the home of Mathew Frisch in Fleischmanns, visiting one local art gallery and an antique shop before heading off the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) to begin painting copies of some of the finest oil paintings in the Museums collection.


Bonacic wants reservoirs lowered to cut down on flooding chances

By Jay Braman Jr.
State Senator John Bonacic says that water levels in New York City’s upstate reservoirs are too high and should be brought down to reduce the risk of flooding, but the Delaware River Basin Commission says it won’t matter much what the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) does because flooding will still happen even if the reservoirs are empty.


Life on Regal-Hill: December 30, 2009

by Gail Hillriegel
Well, we just finished the last birthday before Christmas here at Regal-Hill. Yes, George just had his birthday. Allegra made his cake, an orange-raisin kind that his mother used to make. Then I just made an ordinary uncooked white frosting for it.


Cross-country & snowshoeing program offered

A program on Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in the Catskills will be held from Sunday-Friday, Jan. 24-29 (also offered February 21-26 and February 28-March 5) at Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville.


Benefit concert Jan. 10 for African service trip

There will be a benefit concert on January 10 to raise funds for area youth and adults who will be traveling to West Africa in July to help some of the neediest children of Ghana. The concert will be at p.m. in the home of Justin and Barbara Mellon Kolb outside of Fleischmanns and will feature performances by Justin Kolb, Patricia Dell and Kent Brown.


Looking back at the top stories of 2009

Following is a summary of the News’ top stories from January through June 16.

Week of Jan. 7-13
• Shoppers found shelves at the Margaretville A & P virtually empty over the holiday weekend as the Bridge Street grocery store prepares to close, making way for a new Freshtown scheduled to open by early February.
• After serving as mayor of Margaretville for six years, Bill Stanton has announced that he will not be seeking a fourth term.
• A proposal to build 34, 410-foot-tall commercial wind turbines on the Moresville Ridge between Roxbury and Stamford has been an ongoing topic of controversy for several years.


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