Hanford Mills Museum Ice Harvest Festival set for this Saturday

Hanford Mills Museum will hold its annual Ice Harvest Festival on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The festival recreates a winter tradition that was essential to rural communities up until the early 20th Century. Using vintage tools, children and adults are invited to walk out on the frozen millpond to cut and maneuver blocks of ice. The ice blocks are pushed up a ramp and then loaded onto sleds, which are then hauled to a traditional icehouse.

Biomass project will be the topic of Feb. 1 meeting in Fleischmanns

Jim Waters, executive director of the Catskill Forest Association, will present the outcome of a feasibility study conducted by a consultant firm, Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC), and funded by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and United States Department of Energy on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m., following the Fleischmanns First monthly meeting at La Cabana Restaurant,

Middletown Historical Society announces program plans for 2014

“Reading the Land”, two programs on prehistoric Middletown, will lead off another busy series of events and activities for the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM).
The 2014 season will include the Third Annual Living History Cemetery Tour, a rousing folksong sing-out, a program on the lost community of Arena, and a slide show on the history of skiing in the Catskills.

Margaretville magic strikes again; Reither beats RCS at the buzzer

By John Bernhardt
Two seconds. Two seconds sometimes makes the difference between victory and defeat. That was the case Thursday night in Roxbury when Cooper Reither’s runner from just inside the foul line bounced one time on the front of the rim and fell through the net, giving Margaretville a tantalizing 38-37 victory over Roxbury.
Buzzer Beater: Teammates surround Cooper Reither (arm raised) after his basket as time expired gave Margaretville a 39-38 win at Roxbury on Friday night.
— Photos by Dick SanfordBuzzer Beater: Teammates surround Cooper Reither (arm raised) after his basket as time expired gave Margaretville a 39-38 win at Roxbury on Friday night.
— Photos by Dick Sanford

DEC releases draft management plan for black bears

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) last Thursday released a draft species management plan for black bears and will be accepting public comments on the management plan through January 31.
“Wildlife management can present challenges in trying to balance populations, hunting opportunities, and environmental impacts,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.  “This plan will guide the management of this species for the next 10 years, and we encourage people to review and submit comments on the draft plans.”

Catskill Center will sponsor a student at Camp DeBruce this summer

The Catskill Center is offering a sponsorship for a student to attend NYSDEC Camp DeBruce for one week this summer. One student between the ages of 11 and 13 will be fully sponsored for one week at the DeBruce Environmental Education Camp in Livingston Manor. This opportunity provides a student with an exceptional outdoor learning experience.

Delancey youth faces numerous charges following high-speed chase on Route 28

A 16-year-old Delancey youth faces a daunting number of charges after he allegedly used a stolen car to lead authorities on a high-speed chase late Wednesday afternoon that began in Andes and ended 40 miles later in the Town of Olive when state troopers placed “stinger sticks” across Route 28 and shredded the vehicle’s tires. Police say the youth then jumped out of the car and tried to run from the scene but was tackled by a trooper and taken into custody.

Mother and son charged in local liquor store robbery

A Margaretville man and his mother have been arrested in connection with a smash and grab burglary that happened at approximately 11:40 p.m. on January 14 at the Margaretville Liquor Store.
State police say they have charged Jason P. Tanzer, 30, and his mother, Lisa Tanzer, 52, both of 672 Main Street.
Police say that the burglary incident was first reported to them by Jason Tanzer, who allegedly told them that he happened across the broken window as he was walking home from Margaretville Hospital and that he had no idea who broke the window of how it happened.

Shandaken board seeks the right consultant for Belleayre project review

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Planning Board is conducting interviews with planning and engineering firms to find one best suited to act as the board’s consultant in the upcoming review of the Belleayre Resort.
Stuart Mesinger, vice president in charge of community planning for the Chazen Companies, made a personal appearance before the planning board last Wednesday to discuss the resort project and how his firm would be able to work with the planners during their review.

Home Goods to close after a fabulous and fabled 18-year run

By Brian Sweeney
Dorothy Maffei, who has operated Home Goods of Margaretville for nearly 18 years, has announced that she is retiring from the business.
Dorothy recently sent the news of the store’s closing to her patron list. She is currently selling out remaining stock and the last day of her operating the store will be Sunday, Feb. 2. The shop owner is planning to relocate to Massachusetts, but said she’s hopeful that arrangements will be finalized to transfer ownership of the store.

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