Opening is Saturday at Longyear Gallery

Opening this week is a new collective show by the Longyear member artists, featuring a solo exhibition by Ellen Wong. The artists’ reception will take place at Longyear Gallery on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Fall schedule listed by eCenter

The fall schedule of classes at the Delaware County eCenter offers a mix of computer and business learning. New to the schedule are classes that address business uses of the Internet and computer programs.

German-American Club awards scholarships

Two area students who had been awarded $500 scholarships by the German-American Club of the Northern Catskills, Inc. in June were invited to meet the club members at meetings over the summer.
Benjamin Young from Oneonta High School and Justine Dechow from Downsville High School were presented with certificates of merit for their achievements. Both wrote informative essays on three German-Americans who had contributed to American society.

Timberland Properties recognized for building preservations efforts

The Delhi Chamber of Commerce recently presented a Preservation Award to Eric Wedemeyer and Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties for its restoration of the Parker House on Main Street in Delhi.

Camp Jammin's focus is on music

The first annual Camp Jammin’ is a camp for those ages 10-18 who are considering pursuing a career in the music industry, as well as for those who want to expand and support their musical hobbies. The first session runs August 11 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Arts Center located at 1625 Main Street in Fleischmanns. The second session will be held from August 18 to 22 at 76 Main!, the new performing arts center in Stamford run by the Roxbury Arts Group.

City wants ban on gas drilling

By Matthew J. Perry
After months of silence, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) made an opening demand last week for harsh restrictions on natural gas drilling in the city’s vast watershed. The agency is also seeking a central role in the review of leases near its holdings, and has called for public hearings to be held for every proposed drilling site.
DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd circulated a letter to state officials that spoke to grave concerns about the environmental impacts of gas drilling and the threat it poses to the water that fills upstate reservoirs.

Riverkeeper echoes call for drilling ban

Environmental watchdog group Riverkeeper called on Governor Paterson on Friday to designate the New York City Watershed permanently “off-limits” for natural gas drilling. 
“Riverkeeper agrees with the state’s decision to update its outdated environmental review for gas drilling in New York’s portion of the vast Marcellus Shale formation. The state must take the logical next step and enact a ban on gas drilling in the NYC Watershed,” said Phillip Musegaas, Riverkeeper Policy Director.

Business funding available from county

The Delaware County Department of Economic Development announced Friday that it will begin accepting applications from local businesses and entrepreneurs for funding through the Micro Enterprise Start-up and Expansion grant program. Through the start-up and expansion grant, new or expanding micro enterprise businesses are eligible to apply for a working capital grant of up to a maximum of $5,000.

Laura Steiglehner rides for cancer victims

Laura Steiglehner, daughter of Ernie and Janet Steiglehner of Arkville, and granddaughter of the late Francis and Laura Beland, completed her second 192-mile, two-day bike ride across the state of Massachusetts on August 3 to raise money for cancer research. The Pan Mass or PMC is so respected in cycling and fund-raising circles that each year people travel from all over the world to participate.

DEP mum on plans for local gas drilling

By Matthew J. Perry
While natural gas thousands of feet below the surface has residents preparing for land men and dreaming of dollar signs, water still creates a great deal of concern in the Catskills, if not conversation. Natural gas is extracted from shale formations, such as the Marcellus Shale running across the southern tier of New York, by way of hydraulic ‘fracing’: hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, are pumped into the earth and later return to the surface as wastewater.
The reality of such potential demand would seem to be of paramount interest to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which, under agreement mandated by the federal government, is tasked to protect the quality and supply of drinking water for millions of people.

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