CMRR isn't giving up on "rails"

By Jay Braman Jr.
Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) officials have issued a follow up statement to one made earlier this month about their reaction to news that the City of New York will put up $2.5 million to build an 11 and-a-half mile long rail trail on City property along the Ashokan reservoir.
According to CMRR spokesman Harry Jameson, some published reports gave the impression that CMRR has abandoned plans to have a train running along that section of railway.
He says nothing could be further from the truth.

Kingdon Gould to raze and rehabilitate Main Street eyesore

By Brian Sweeney
The new owner of a former plumbing store in Margaretville plans to raze the building in an effort to clean up a Main Street eyesore.
Kingdon Gould Jr. of Arkville recently purchased the vacant storefront and adjoining apartment from Anthony Strutt and Christin Lau of the United Kingdom.The store, located at 851 Main Street, had been unoccupied since they purchased the property in December 2009. Previous owners Jim and Pam O’Neal had closed the retail business in the spring of 2008.

Sunday matinees at NYPA feature animals in leading roles

Warm up those January weekends with a Sunday matinee series of movies featuring animal cast members at the admission-free visitors center for the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Plant.
The featured films, all beginning at 2 p.m., are as follows:
January 5 – “War Horse,” about a friendship between a horse named Joey and his trainer Albert during WW I.
January 12 – “Life of Pi,” after a cataclysmic shipwreck a young boy finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with only one other survivor – a Bengal tiger.

Beth McKellips, new WAC farm-to-market manager

By Cheryl Petersen
At Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) headquarters in Walton, Beth McKellips works from her desk to promote economic development within all the counties included in the New York City Watershed. With her Irish/German background, comes a healthy persistence.
“The McKellips name is Irish. Dad is 100 percent Irish and mom is German,” said McKellips. “They tease me about being stubborn and I remind them of my heritage, a mix of two determined cultures, Irish and German.”

Margaretville Auxiliary hosts volunteer recognition brunch on Jan. 9

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will hold its General Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Brunch on Thursday, Jan. 9 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Club Med room at Mountainside.
The new slate of auxiliary officers for the 2014-2015 term, who were elected at the organization’s November 14 meeting, will be introduced. Officers for 2014 are: Susan McLean, president; Rita Herbst, first vice president; Karen Kolar, second vice president; Tony Tulumello, treasurer and Nancy Scofield, secretary.

Delaware County ARC's "Shift Happens" training aiding ARCs around the nation

“It has been a life-changing experience and process!” shared Lori Ramirez, CEO of The Arc of Fresno and Madera Counties, CA, when speaking of the training they have received from The Arc of Delaware County.
This training, known as Shift Happens, has helped organizations across the nation shift from traditional reactive approaches to positive, proactive approaches in supporting people with disabilities, and guided them in making comprehensive, culture strengthening improvements.

Humane society reopens its gift shop in Andes

By Cheryl Petersen
Heart of the Catskills Humane Society (HCHS) has re-opened the doors of its gift shop in Andes. The re-opening comes after a temporary closing last fall, due to the financial strain of keeping open the old gift shop. The inventory was packaged and stored while Joanne Callahan and her husband and co-worker, Eddie Callahan, mobilized to find a solution to keep a presence of the HCHS in Andes.

Contest lights up the season

All lit up: Photo by Dick SanfordAll lit up: Photo by Dick Sanford

ALL LIT UP — In conjunction with the Holiday on Main & Shop Local Campaign, a lighting contest for businesses and homes in the Village of Margaretville was held this season.

ACS board reviewing plans for walking bridge

By Cheryl Petersen
Board members reviewed a variety of designs to reconstruct the walkway bridge to the school campus at Andes Central School at their monthly meeting last week. Architect Mike Bellows gave a presentation depicting the many possibilities and costs.

Margaretville Car Wash, closed since last summer, finally set to get cleaning again

By Joe Moskowitz
If you can find a clean car in the Margaretville area, chances are it recently returned from out of the area or it was rained on last weekend.
Local car owners don’t suffer from a lack of pride of ownership, they suffer from not having a place to wash their cars, But hopefully, the Margaretville Car Wash will reopen soon. 
After closing last summer, Margaretville Car Wash owner Frank Busciglio was hoping to have it back up and running in October, but the problems he ran into were far worse than he expected, and he had expected quite a few.

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