MTC, Scenic Byway & Festival of the Voice among Southern Tier grant recipients

By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) was another winner in last week’s grant awards. General Manager Glen Faulkner said the funding will help support MTC’s broadband expansion.
“The announcement of $320,500 in matching grant funds from the Southern Tier Economic Development Council in support of the MTC Wireless Broadband Initiative marks a significant step forward in MTC’s efforts to extend broadband services to the residents, businesses and anchor institutions in the local communities which currently lack broadband access,” Mr. Faulkner commented.

Delaware County supervisors seek state, fed. social services $

By Cheryl Petersen
Among other business at its meeting last week, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors agreed to increase county revenue through state and federal reimbursements to social services, and they resolved to object to the state using the county logo or seal on the state’s pistol-permit website.

Bovina Road bridge reopened after flood repair

By Cheryl Petersen
There was good news at the Bovina Town Board’s regular meeting last week. The bridge on Bovina Road has been re-opened and water rates for commercial property owners will decrease in 2014. The council also selected new carpet for the stage flooring at the Bovina Community Hall and celebrated retiring Councilman Charles McIntosh’s 16 years of service on the board.

John Auran, Mountainside resident, travels to Kindertransport reunion in Germany

Margaretville — Mountainside Residential Care Center resident John Auran recently traveled to his native Germany for the first time in 75 years to reunite with participants in the Kindertransport program.

Dell & Brown revisit Nancy LaMott Dec. 28 at Open Eye Theater

Margaretville — The Open Eye Theater presents as one of their special events, Patricia Dell and Kent Brown in cabaret, “Revisiting Nancy LaMott” with special guest artist, Mel Bellar.  The performance is Saturday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. 
The Open Eye Theater is located at 960 Main Street.  Reservations are needed so please call 586-1660.  General Admission is $18 and seniors $15.  Please no credit cards.

DEP pledges $2.5 mil for Ashokan rail trail

By Jay Braman Jr.
Ulster County and the Catskill Mountain Railroad have found a rare piece of common ground in the form of an 11.5-mile strip of land that runs along the Ashokan Reservoir on property owned by the City of New York.
Both entities, while fighting one another over the railroad’s lease of the county-owned railway, have given a thumbs up to news last week that the City of New York has committed $2.5 million to the construction of a rail trail along the old Ulster/Delaware rail line that runs on city land from West Hurley to Boiceville.

Flood prevention planning taking shape in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
A couple of ideas for how best to spend $3 million in flood remediation funds are rising to the surface in Shandaken, where a group has been meeting weekly to figure out how to get the best bang for those bucks.
At a recent session to discuss ideas, Town Supervisor Rob Stanley gave specifics to his plan to scour the creek beds in town as a way of preventing flooding.

Foot of snow boosts ski centers

Riding high!: Photo by Dick SanfordRiding high!: Photo by Dick Sanford
By Joe Moskowitz
When life sends you lemons, the opportunist makes lemonade. In the Catskills, when Mother Nature sends snow, ski area operators make money.
That has always been the plan for the Central Catskills’ two ski areas and the other area related businesses that depend on what some may consider just plain bad weather.

Carcass donations sought for golden eagle study project

By Brian Sweeney
Halcott Center residents Michael and Peg DiBenedetto are again soliciting donations of road kill carcasses to attract birds for their Golden Eagle Project.
The project is being undertaken in conjunction with West Virginia University and the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society and the DiBenedettos have again volunteered to assist with the work.

MFD donates to Ambulance Funding

MFD-Ambulance-donation: Contributed photoMFD-Ambulance-donation: Contributed photoFUNDING HELP — Mike Porter, president of the Margaretville Fire Department, presents Pat Delameter, head of the Margaretville Hospital EMS and Sandy Horan, executive director, with a check for $2,500 for the Margaretville Hospital Ambulance Fund. With the check, the MFD wishes to acknowledge the importance of ambulance service to local fire departments.

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