Community

CHA asks Governor to take away Belleayre funds

By Jay Braman Jr.
An organization that opposes the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park has asked Governor David Paterson, who is this week seeking $2 billion worth of cuts to the state’s budget, to reconsider the $60 million expenditure currently earmarked for a proposed public/private partnership project at Belleayre Mountain, saying that now is not the time for this type of public spending.
But the developers of the project quickly countered with an announcement that they feel the region needs this type of public spending now more than ever.


DEP land acquisition plans focus of community meetings

By Matthew J. Perry
Delaware County has scheduled four public meetings on New York City’s land acquisition program for the week of Nov. 17 to 21. Watershed commissioner Dean Frazier and representatives from Downeast Development Group, a consulting firm from Nova Scotia, will officiate at each meeting.


Public receives update on Arkville pool project

By Matthew J. Perry
At a Nov. 13 public hearing on the proposed Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville, local residents viewed preliminary drawings, asked questions and politely voiced their concerns.
In turn, they were informed politely that the project’s financing, scope and lifetime are nowhere near finalization, and that it will be months before they even know if the pool will function only in warm weather or year-round.


Greene resorts give thumbs-down to Catskill Regional Ski Pass proposal

By Jay Braman Jr.
The call to develop a Catskills regional ski pass has not only been ignored by Hunter and Windham ski areas, but the two have gone ahead and announced one that excludes Belleayre.
Last month Ulster County Legislature Chairman David Donaldson proposed that Ulster, Greene and Delaware counties team up to institute a “Catskill Regional Ski Pass” that would allow skiers to ski at any of the ski centers in the Catskill Region.


Prospects are strong for Big Game season

By Brian Sweeney
The 2008 Big Game Hunting Season in the Southern Zone, which opens Saturday, Nov. 15, is shaping up to be another strong one, according to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Following several years of low harvests, the 2007 deer take numbers were up sharply across most of the state. DEC officials expect the higher deer take trend to continue this year, but at a slower growth rate.


Several Mountainside residents recall casting ballots for FDR

Seventy years ago, a newly-elected president created a sequence of programs to provide relief for the unemployed, recovery of the economy, and reform of the economic and banking systems. Now, more than half a century later, the country faces many of the same problems with a brand new leader.
A number of residents at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville remember the era of FDR and its challenges that have some parallels to the world we face today.


Grant project will benefit county youths

Hobart — The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, Inc. of Hobart has announced a grant program for 2009 focused on impacting youth in Delaware County.
Proposals should demonstrate a specific impact on youth, leveraging as many other available resources as possible. The level of funding proposed for 2009 should be less than $1,000. All projects should be designed to be completed by Dec. 31, 2009.


The Holiday Treasure Express returns with a parade and more

Margaretville — The Holiday Treasure Express returns after a successful campaign last year and now it includes a Main Street parade, business showcase and shopping adventures for all. The spirit of cooperation led to the creation of a campaign that serves local merchants while creating a diverse set of entertainments for visitors and residents alike.


SK boys fall in state tourney

The South Kortright boys’ soccer season came to an end Saturday when the Rams dropped a tough 5-1 match to Hamilton Central School in the quarterfinal of the Class D state tournament. Despite a 1-1 score with just under 30 minutes left to play, two goals within 10 minutes robbed the Rams of the momentum.


Court grants voter legitimacy to Bovina second homeowners

By Matthew J. Perry
Less than two weeks before Election Day 2008, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court confirmed that eight Bovina homeowners—all whom keep other residences downstate—are within their legal rights to cast their votes as Bovinians.
The “Bovina Eight,” whose right to vote was challenged in 2007 and denied by the county board of elections, sued to retain that right and now have the backing of two state courts.


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