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June 17, 2009: CHA backs Belleayre Mountain funding

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To The Editor:
Recent letters accusing the Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA) of personal attacks on the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and its employees, and accusing us of trying to torpedo stimulus funds for the ski center are factually wrong on all counts. Not only do we support the ski center and applaud the key role it plays in the community, we’re also on record that the ski center should be expanded to its full complement under the 2002 draft Unit Management Plan (UMP).


June 17, 2009: Support continues for Belleayre

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To The Editor:
Let’s be real clear. Stimulus funding to expand facilities at Belleayre Mountain Center (BMSC) has been delayed due to failure of NYS DEC to complete a Unit Management Plan (UMP) in 2002 as required by DEC guidelines. The UMP was delayed so that it could incorporate changes requested by the developer of The Belleayre Resort in Catskill Park. This delay made a “shovel ready” project impossible in 2009 since neither the BMSC UMP or the Environmental Impact Statement from Crossroad Ventures are ready.


June 10, 2009: Reservoir recreation a positive step

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To The Editor:
On May 31 two Catskill Mountain Club directors, Ann Roberti and I, along with three others enjoyed an exhilarating kayak paddle on the recently-opened waters of the Cannonsville Reservoir. This was kind of a test run for the group to see how the required steam cleansing of our watercraft would go and to check out a launch site facility. We must report that the cleaning process went very well.


June 10, 2009: Belleayre gratitude is important

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To The Editor:
The Catskill Heritage Alliance is trying to stop a private resort by unfairly attacking a public facility. Their recent letters try to block stimulus money for Belleayre Mt. Ski Center expansion. These supposedly “concerned citizens,” have lost sight of our region’s desperate economic plight. We resent the attack on the ski center, our most viable economic and community resource.


June 10, 2009: Bridge project is worthy of praise

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To The Editor:
I am one among those Halcottsville residents who were critical of the administrative and planning process which preceded the rebuilding of the Halcottsville bridge.
Although the planning might have been more public, consultative and considerate of those directly involved, and the criticism better informed and more temperate (mine included), the results, a new bridge completed in a remarkable five weeks, are worthy of praise and stand as testimony to the diligence and skill of the construction team.


June 10, 2009: Good drilling agreement necessary

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To The Editor:
The Otsego County Conservation Association commends the Otsego County Board of Representatives for the resolution passed at its June 3 meeting concerning the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s final scope for a draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on oil, gas and solution mining in the Marcellus shale.


June 3, 2009: Still no AIDS cure; prevention is key

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To The Editor:
While HIV/AIDS is a less prominent issue in our local newspapers, we should not operate under the illusion that living with HIV or AIDS is less onerous than ever. Moreover, the epidemic is spreading in the United States faster than predicted. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate of 56,000 new infections for 2006 is much higher than the previous estimates of 40,000.


June 3, 2009: Garbage issue should be corrected

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To The Editor:
In regards to the Middletown Transfer Station, what garbage can you throw out? It is totally ridiculous that you cannot get rid of trash in Middletown.
There is an extensive list of items which are not accepted, and if you should have one item on that list, for example a television, you must drive 50 plus miles and pay a fee to dump it.


June 3, 2009: Parade photos were wonderful

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To The Editor:
There were many lovely pictures taken at last Monday’s Memorial Day Parades. The ones that impressed me the most, were on the front page of your paper. A very moving picture of four gentlemen, standing with heads bowed, with uniform hats in hand over their heart, giving glory and honor to God and to our great country.


June 3, 2009: Coming full circle in Hardenburgh

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To The Editor:
On April 15, 1859, 53,646 acres were taken from the towns of Shandaken and Denning to form the Town of Hardenbergh in Ulster County. This 82nd Session Laws of New York State also included the order to conduct the first town meeting by May 31. This was done on that date. Our current spelling of Hardenburgh was made official by the adoption of Resolution #23 on June 6, 1984.


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