WIM Winter Journal class with Geoff Rogers begins Jan. 7

Margaretville — Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces its Winter Journal class with Geoff Rogers, January 7 to February 11. The class will be held Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon at Fairview Public Library in Margaretville.

Bibliobarn opens new chapter in its Margaretville location

By Joe Moskowitz
We live in the age of the “Kindle,” an electronic gadget that allows people to read books on a computer-like device.

But there are still those people who like the look, feel, and even the smell of a real book that they can buy or forget to bring back to the library on time.

H.L. and Linda Wilson dedicated much of what might had been their retirement years to those people. First they opened the Bibliobarn on Roses Brook Road near South Kortright. About four years ago, they opened Bibliobarn 2 in Margaretville, appropriately in the barn behind the Commons Building.

Catskill Watershed Corporation accepting education grant proposals through Feb. 5

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) is now accepting Watershed Education Grant proposals from schools and non-profit organizations serving students and teachers in the New York City West-of-Hudson (WOH) Watershed and within the five boroughs of New York City.

Applications for Special Watershed Education Grants for adult and general audiences are also available to WOH applicants.

Young Andes girls basketball squad learning the game

By John Bernhardt

Courtney Hoyt, the new Andes girls’ basketball coach, comes from good basketball pedigree. Hoyt’s 2006 Downsville Eagles high school basketball team made it all the way to the New York State finals in her junior year.

"Do Look Back" at Orphic open through Dec. 15

Roxbury — The Orphic Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibit, “Do Look Back” - a group show featuring the work of Jeanne Ellsworth, Robert Cucinotta, Sharon Israel, Greg Frederick, Edward Potokar, Peter Stupar and Allan Tannenbaum, which opened on December 7.
“Do Look Back” opened last Saturday performances by Sharon Israel, Zonder Kennedy and Bruce Martin in a tribute to Lou Reed, and Night Sky - the ethereal sounds of David Rissenberg on piano and on drums the incomparable Michael Suchorsky.

Half-off Thrift Store sale Dec. 13-14

Margaretville — The Auxiliary Thrift Shop will be holding a Donor and Customer Appreciation Days Celebration on Friday Dec. 13 and Saturday Dec. 14 with 50 percent off all items.

Come in and join us for some holiday cheer and refreshments along with our holiday prize drawings on Friday. On both days, everything in the shop will be on sale for 50 percent off.

Becker's Tire future is uncertain; limited operations since Sept. blaze

Becker’s Tire Service continues to operate on a limited basis after a fire destroyed the building that housed the longtime Grand Gorge business.

The tragic fire early on the morning of September 27 gutted the former creamery that housed the business for nearly half-a-century. Several vehicles, assorted equipment and an inventory of several thousand new snow tires also went up in the blaze.

Chamber of Commerce rolls out welcome wagon for newcomers

By Joe Moskowitz

The Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce has never had a welcome wagon, but it is about it roll out a welcome bag of goodies to introduce newcomers to what area businesses have to offer.
The bags, which were designed by chamber member L and J Promo Products will contain brochures, and leaflets, discount coupons, and whatever else local business members care to have stuffed in the bags.

Shandaken code officer not guilty in forcible touching case; hopes to be re-instated

By Jay Braman Jr.

Saugerties Town Justice Samuel Lamp has determined that former Shandaken Code Officer Richard Stokes was not guilty of forcible touching following allegations made last fall by employees at a local restaurant.

Now that he has been cleared of those charges, Stokes expects to be reinstated as Code Officer, a position he voluntarily took an unpaid leave of absence from last fall immediately following his September 18 arrest.

“I’m glad the truth came out and my name is in the clear,” Stokes said Monday. “Now I wish I could get my job back.”

Plattekill opened Dec. 7 with upgraded snowmaking

By Jay Braman Jr.

The owners of Plattekill Ski Resort in Roxbury have set Saturday, Dec. 7 as their opening day, despite the latest warming trend.

Plattekill is last of the four ski areas in the Central Catskill Region to open. Taking advantage of last week’s cold snap, Belleayre at Highmount, and Hunter and Windham mountains in nearby Greene County, all opened up last weekend thanks to massive snowmaking efforts. All three remain open at midweek.

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