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More credit available for Ulster County businesses

Kingston — The owners of small businesses in Ulster County could find it easier to get credit to keep their doors open. Ulster County Executive Michael Hein unveiled a “Credit for Success” program designed to provide loans of between $25,000 and $150,000 to qualified small business owners.
“Small businesses provide the backbone of our economy and employ the vast majority of those employed in the private sector,” Hein said.


Jimmy DiGiacomo Auction to benefit Christmas Project scheduled for Dec. 6

Fleischmanns — Plans are underway to make this year’s Jimmy DiGiacomo Auction to benefit the Community Christmas Project a fun evening for everyone. The event will be held Sunday, Dec. 6, beginning at 4 p.m. and include both live and silent auctions and dinner and dancing at LaCabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns.


Local merchants upbeat about Margaretville business

By Julia Green
During World War II, the British government designed a series of “motivational” posters with the intention of distributing them to boost public morale in anticipation of the hardship that would befall the region during the war. The first and second were distributed and used across the region but the third was never released, as it was intended to be used only if the Nazis succeeded in invading Britain.
The slogan? “Keep Calm and Carry On.”


Warm weather stalls ski season opening

By Jay Braman Jr.
The operators of the area’s ski resorts think that Mother Nature and Old Man Winter need to have a talk. Mild temperatures have set the stage for something not seen in years. A Thanksgiving weekend with no skiing in the Catskills.


Hospice provider to receive group's Advocate Award

Oneonta — Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care is the recipient of the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York’s Community Advocate Award for 2009. Over the last four years Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care and the Alzheimer’s Association have partnered in many different ways including the creation of the educational DVD “Making Life Easier….Together” for those newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.


Digital mammography introduced at Margaretville Hospital

Margaretville Hospital is now utilizing state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment.
The new digital mammography system was placed in service on November 12, following a 10-day period for installation and staff training. The equipment has received certification from the American College of Radiology.


Catskill region resorts team for discount skiing

By Jay Braman Jr.
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein has announced that the operators of five ski resorts he convened for a collaboration promoting skiing in the Catskills, have decided to build upon prior success with a new, expanded promotion for the upcoming season.


Trout fishing future is topic

Boiceville — The Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited welcomes Ed and Judy Van Put for an exciting evening exploring the roots and current and future status of “Trout Fishing in the Catskills” on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Boiceville Inn.


Pat Meehan, former CWT leader, dies at 61

By Jay Braman Jr.
Patrick Meehan, 61, the supervisor of the Greene County Town of Windham and an original member of the Coalition of Watershed Towns, died Sunday as a result of complications due to hip replacement surgery.
Meehan made a mark in the region outside his town’s borders as an outspoken co-founder of the Coalition of Watershed Towns. Created in the early 1990s, the coalition was formed to fight a plan by New York City to impose crippling land-use regulations on the five-county watershed region and condemn private property for water protection purposes along the way.


HAHV facilities limit visitors in effort to slow spread of flu

By Jay Braman Jr.
New visitor restrictions have been imposed at Kingston, Benedictine and Margaretville hospitals in an attempt to protect patients from exposure to the seasonal and H1N1 flu viruses. No more than two people will be allowed to visit a patient at one time; no visitors under the age of 12 will be permitted; and no visitors with flu-like symptoms will be allowed.


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