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DEC releases draft for gas drilling regs

By Matthew J. Perry
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released last Wednesday a long-awaited draft of its Supplemental General Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) regarding natural gas drilling. While the report’s release does not signal the imminent arrival of drilling pads and water trucks in the Catskills, it is a decisive step towards a new industrial future for the region.


History of tractors featured at meeting

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, Delaware County (HSM), at its Annual Meeting Saturday, Oct. 17, will look back at a time when tractors were replacing horsepower of the four-legged variety.


Fall Foliage Hike set for Oct. 11 at Frost Valley YMCA

Claryville — A Fall Foliage Hike to Biscuit Brook will be held on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Frost Valley YMCA. This hike is part of a monthly series of free excursions led by Frost Valley’s staff. The Biscuit Brook hike is a beautiful ramble of about two miles, on mostly level terrain.


Auxiliary's 6th fashion show is Saturday

Margaretville — The Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Auxiliary will host its sixth annual Fashion Show & Buffet Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m. at the Purcell Parish Center, Margaretville.


Fiction writer to teach at WIM fall workshops

Margaretville — Writers in the Mountains will present a new workshop, “Beginning/ Intermediate Fiction” with Helane Levine Keating, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17, 18 and October 31 and November 1 at the Fairview Library, Margaretville from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuition is $75. Register online at writersinthemountains.org or call 607 326-7908.


Local WWII veterans visit war memorial in D.C.

By Julia Green
It was two years ago that Margaretville resident Ronnie Wranovics was listening to CBS’ Albany affiliate, WRGB, and she learned about the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization that transports World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII Memorial. Wranovics, whose fiancé, Marty Hartmann, is a WWII veteran, was immediately interested.


Quilt Hall of Fame welcomes inductee

Hunter — Millbrook resident Peggy Stoll was inducted into the Catskill Mountain Quilters’ Hall of Fame on Sunday, Sept. 20. Peggy is an active member of three local quilting groups, Catskill Mountain Quilters in Arkville, the Sunbonnet Quilters of Denver-Vega and the Wiltwyck Quilt Guild of Kingston.


Right number: Verizon returns pay phone after outcry

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following a page one story in the Catskill Mountain News, Verizon has done an about face on the removal of area payphones.
It was reported last week that Verizon Technicians removed the payphone from out in front of the Big Indian Service Center, a phone used frequently in this noncellular area. Verizon planned to remove the other eight phones in the Town of Shandaken by Sept. 18 and the company hoped to eliminate 90 percent of all pay phones in Ulster County by Sept. 25.


Belleayre backers blast state stalling on expansion work

By Jay Braman Jr.
Supporters of the Belleayre Mt. Ski Center marked the second anniversary of an Agreement in Principle (AIP) by claiming the state is using this proposal to delay the release of the Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the ski center.


OCS teacher picket for new contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
After two years of negotiations there is still no new contract between the Onteora School District and the teachers that work there, prompting an estimated 175 staffers to form a picket line outside a school during the September board meeting.
Corey Cavallaro, president of the Onteora Teachers Association, said Monday the picket was an attempt to convince the board of education to pay more attention to the issue.


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