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June 24, 2009: Do the time to earn placement

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To The Editor:
In response to no girls in baseball, I would like to defend my husband Thom’s decision not to place Mrs. Bennett’s girls on the little league team. Out of all the children that tried out for the team, my husband picked 19 kids, quite a large team by most standards, but he does not like to turn away anyone who has the skills to play. When he approached Mrs. Bennett he did so because he had never seen her or her girls in the t-ball or minor league teams of which he has volunteered for the past four years.


June 17, 2009: Public is owner of Belleayre Mountain

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To The Editor:
We are enthusiastically pleased having read the letter to the News from Ann and Mark Lukin. Their letter regarding the importance of maintaining a correct perception of the differences between our ski center operations and our private development issues is indeed welcome. We find nothing in their letter with which we disagree.


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 17, 2009: No girls allowed on baseball diamond

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To The Editor:
We showed up for practice/try-outs and my two daughters were told immediately that the game was dangerous and that while standing in the batter’s box that they could get hit by that hard ball. One of my girls said, “That’s O.K., I’ve been hit by hard things before.” I added that whether male or female, one could get hit by the ball. I don’t see what gender has to do with it. I insisted that my two daughters, one 12 and the other about to be 11, get out there and warm up for the try outs. I even joked, “Someone has to sit on the bench…” I was touched to see that one of the coaches took an interest in teaching my youngest how to throw.


June 17, 2009: Questionable reporting on board story

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To The Editor:
In last week’s News, Jay Braman “reported” on a meeting he didn’t attend. His report is nearly word for word, the same report printed by Brian Powers in the Phoenicia Times, after Mr. Powers did attend the meeting.


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 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.


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