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Belleayre season plans announced by state DEC

By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Mountain will be open for riding and skiing seven days a week for the 2008-2009 season, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced Monday. Weather and conditions permitting, Belleayre will open the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28, and run through March, operating six lifts and 41 trails and glades.


Delaware supervisors plan vote vs. gas drilling ban

By Matthew J. Perry
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors will vote today on a resolution that calls for the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) not to single out the county for stricter regulations concerning natural gas drilling. Resolution 191, which was filed by Middletown Supervisor Len Utter on October 2, is a lengthy document that will be forwarded, if passed, to many state officials, from the governor down to members of New York City’s council.


Delaware County adopts plan to deal with hazard mitigation

The catastrophic impact of flooding in Delaware County has resulted in significant public and private property damage. Delaware County was declared a federal disaster area each year between 2004 and 2007. Each declared event has cost millions of dollars to both public and private infrastructure and has left many residents homeless.


Bronx Opera performs Saturday

The Bronx Opera Company will give its annual Fall Concert in the unique surroundings of Frost Valley YMCA’s Forstmann Castle on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. Both shows are open to the public. The cost for the local community is $10 per person, and it is recommended that visitors arrive early, as seating is limited. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m.


Local banks are sound, despite crisis

By Matthew J. Perry
After a month of watching giant financial companies crumple in a Wall Street train wreck that becomes more brutal by the day, residents of Main Street are nervous. But local, commercial banks are intent on soothing frayed nerves and still looking for business, provided that prospective customers have sound credit and assets.


Gillibrand explains "no" vote for financial bailout proposal

By Matthew J. Perry
On Monday evening, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Congresswoman of New York’s 20th district, voted against a bill that would have approved a bailout package for the nation’s financial sector. The bill failed to pass in the House of Representatives by a vote of 228-205.
Gillibrand released the following statement to explain her vote: “While I am fully aware of the seriousness of the financial problems in the market, I do not believe the bill Congress voted on today was the right approach. The bill has insufficient oversight and protections and does not address the root causes of the crisis or the poor economy."


Regional ski pass gets chilly reception from officials at Greene Cty. resorts

By Jay Braman Jr.
Ulster County Legislature Chairman David Donaldson proposed last week 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 resorts in the Catskill Region.
But so far the idea has received a chilly reception from one of the region’s biggest ski centers and only a curious look from another.


CWC has gas drilling info for landowners and officials

Information on the potential for natural gas drilling in the Catskills is now available from the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC). The CWC, as a public service, is offering a packet of basic information culled from various sources for landowners, municipal officials and Catskills residents interested in or concerned about the possibility for natural gas exploration in the Marcellus shale formation.


Central Catskills Collaborative meets Thursday

The public is invited to participate in a meeting of the Central Catskills Collaborative at the Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. This month’s featured speaker will be Peg Ellsworth, executive director of the MARK Group, Inc.
Ellsworth was a driving force behind the Town of Roxbury’s heritage tourism programs and landscapes, which earned the community the prestigious Preserve America Designation and the NY State Historic Preservation Award. The Roxbury Nine Vintage Base Ball Club and popular “turn-of-the-century” events like “Railride into Yesteryear” have helped stimulate the area’s economy for 10 years.


Open Eye holds casting call for December performances

One more actor is needed to complete the cast for a new stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel “The Cricket on the Hearth,” performing in early December at The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville. Amie Brockway has written the script for this festive holiday play with music, and Monica Wildermuth will direct.


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