Open Seat in Margaretville Village Board could be determined by write-in; Fred Miller retiring

By Brian Sweeney
Only one candidate has filed a petition to run for a trustee position on the Margaretville Village Board in the March 18 election.
Incumbent Dave Budin is running for another two-year term on the board, but longtime trustee Fred Miller has decided not to seek re-election. No other village residents submitted petitions to run for office.
The ballots will contain only Mr. Budin’s name and two spaces for write-in candidates. The write-in candidate with the highest vote count would earn the vacant trustee position.

Hardenburgh on track to join the railroad fight

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Hardenburgh has jumped into the ongoing battle of Rails vs. Trails in Ulster County, where the county government has been trying to kick the Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) off the tracks to make room for a walking trail on the property.
But the CMRR has a lease on the rail bed that stretch from Highmount all the way down to Kingston until 2016 and they want to stay. County Executive Mike Hein has begun eviction proceedings and the matter remains in court.

Shandaken will continue to plow the church parking lots

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s a pretty good chance it will snow again this season. Shandaken’s snowplows will sweep through the parking lots of the churches and firehouses in town, just like they have been doing for years and years.
They will do it even though one town resident warned that such actions are unconstitutional and should no longer be allowed because the town could be held responsible for damage.
That’s what town resident Dr. Lance Hoffman said at the February town board meeting where he made the remark after seeing a resolution before the board about the matter.

Pellet stove owners feeling the chill of fuel shortage

By Joe Moskowitz
It may be difficult for some people to pay for heating fuel this winter, but for those who use wood pellets to heat their homes, the problem could be even worse. Local retail outlets that sell wood pellets are running out of them.
Keith O’Brien sells all kinds of stoves at the Tinderbox in Fleischmanns. He also sells wood pellets, when he as any, but he said he has had to turn away his own customers of late. He has ran out of pellets to sell and is hoarding what he has in order to heat his own building.

Martha Graham dancers lead an evening of dance at Roxbury Arts Group March 8

The Roxbury Arts Group and The Byrdcliffe Performing Arts Organization have joined together to present “An Evening of Contemporary Dance,” featuring three principal dancers from the Martha Graham Company on Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Roxbury Arts Center, located at 5025 Vega Mountain Road.
The American people have ferverently renewed their love affair with dance; it’s popularity recently heightened and brought back into vogue through television shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars.”

Maple bake-off set for March 22 in Fleischmanns

As the days get longer and daytime temperature rises above 32 degrees, the age-old tradition of tapping maple trees is about to begin. Whether done with the old fashion metal taps and a metal bucket or the new plastic taps that hook into plastic tubing, the sap will be running and the new maple syrup, once known as liquid gold, will be ready soon.
Everyone loves maple syrup on his or her waffles, pancakes and French toast. On the weekend of March 21, 22 and 23, Fleischmanns First, along with the NY State Maple Syrup Producers, will be celebrating the new season’s maple syrup production with weekend long activities and events.

Learn about the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid at NYPA on March 8

Join Mine Kill State Park staff, regional biologists and the Student Conservation Association on Saturday, March 8, to learn about the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and its terrible effect on New York’s eastern hemlock trees.

Local pair charged in heroin bust after thruway stop


By Joe Moskowitz
A man and a woman from Margaretville and a man from Saugerties are being held in a downstate jail, and if convicted, they could be behind bars for years.
State police say that when they stopped a car driven being by Joshua Levine, 36, of Margaretville on Sunday, they found 695 grams of heroin packaged in glassine bags. The bags were marked “5-Star.”

Extra bear hunting season in Sept. proposed by DEC

By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a draft species management plan for black bears last month that includes a plan to reduce the Catskill bear population by adding an extra hunting season in September, but not everyone likes the idea.
There are about 8,000 black bears in the state, with over half of them living in the Adirondacks and about a third living in the Catskills.

Crowds and large snowfalls create 'good' problems at Belleayre

By Joe Moskowitz
Plenty of fresh snow at just the right time. A long holiday weekend. Some people have the entire week away from work. It sounds like the perfect formula for people in the ski business. And the crowds were huge, but at Highmount’s Belleayre Ski Center on Sunday, some people thought there was too much of a good thing.
An estimated 5,000 people tried to ski or snowboard at Belleayre on Sunday.  That is all the mountain can handle, but it’s not unusual for a  holiday weekend. However on Sunday, the mountain didn’t handle it that well.

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