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French Alpine goat mauled and another disappears after bear attack

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The owner of the Copperhood Retreat and Spa in Shandaken is sick with worry this week as she continues to search for her pet goat that ran away in a panic after a confrontation with a black bear.
Elizabeth Winograd, owner of the spa, said that on Wednesday evening, September 24, security cameras recorded a black bear at the barn where she keeps farm animals, including two French Alpine goats named Asha and Sasha.
What happened in the barn remains unclear, but the next morning both goats were gone.


Hospital offers Swing Bed program

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Jodi Carson RN is now the hospital's Case Manager in charge of the Swing Bed Program.
Margaretville Hospital, which is a Critical Access Hospital, offers a Swing Bed Program as an alternative to prolonged acute hospitalization or short-term nurs­ing facility placement for post-acute extended care. The Swing Bed program provides skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services. This may include IV therapy as well as physical/ occupational and speech therapy.


Soccer incident prompts investigation of SKS by schools

By Joe Moskowitz
An incident during a girls’ soccer game between South Kortright and Margaretville last Thursday has the administrations from both schools still trying to find out exactly what happened and has also resulted in South Kortright Central School Superintendent Pat Norton-White issuing a letter of apology for the incident to the Margaretville girls’ soccer team and the school community.
The incident began when Margaretville player Cora Bruno collided with a South Kortright player and went to the ground with what was feared to be a head or neck injury.


DEC opens nearly 12,000 more acres to hunting

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced that it will expand a deer management program in the Catskills to include additional areas around Ashokan, Cannonsville and Neversink reservoirs.
By expanding hunting privileges on 11,948 acres of water supply land, DEP is seeking to promote forest regeneration and protect water quality by controlling the size of deer populations in the immediate vicinity of these reservoirs.


Interpretive Center groundbreaking a dream come true for Hinchey

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The friends of the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center chose Tuesday, Sept. 23, the first day of autumn, as the time to hold the official groundbreaking for a $1.3 million state project that has been in the making since the 1980s.
YEARS IN THE MAKING — Retired Congressman Maurice Hinchey proudly displays an artists’ rendering on Tuesday of the long awaited Catskill Interpretive Center, set to be built this fall. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.YEARS IN THE MAKING — Retired Congressman Maurice Hinchey proudly displays an artists’ rendering on Tuesday of the long awaited Catskill Interpretive Center, set to be built this fall. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.


Catskill Heritage Alliance vows to keep fighting the resort

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA) is trying to keep a court battle going over the fate of the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park.
It was announced last week that the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) had completed its review of the resort’s draft Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and gave it a passing grade. But before the department’s commissioner can sign off and allow the process to move to the permitting phase, a court case brought in 2007 against the resort must be settled.

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DEC approves Belleayre Resort; review process is now over

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Though still not official, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has completed its review of the Belleayre Resort application and is expected to issue the necessary permits for the project.
But when those permits will be issued is not yet clear, according to project spokesman Gary Gailes.


Mayor OKs public vote on Fleischmanns bio fuel plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Mayor of Fleischmanns has put out word that the people of that small village can be the ones to decide if they want a $14 million biofuel project installed for the entire community, a project that will bring an estimated 15 percent saving on heat bills for the next 10 years or so.
Earlier this month, several residents appeared at the village board meeting with a list of over 30 questions about the project, which has been under discussion for a couple of years.
On Monday, Mayor Todd Pascarella released a response to all of those questions.


Geology professors tell students that more floods are inevitable

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By Joe Moskowitz
Margaretville Central School science teacher Jeffrey Mann’s new course is raising local interest, both in and outside of the classroom. It’s called Environmental Science of the Catskills and the subject matter of the class’s first guest lecturers could become the talk of the town.


DEP to extend Route 28 sewer lines in Shandaken

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the start of work on a $2 million sewer line extension in the Town of Shandaken that will provide wastewater collection and treatment to 25 additional homes and businesses that currently rely on individual septic systems.


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