Assembly OKs moratorium on gas hydrofracking


By Brian Sweeney
A six-month moratorium on the use of “hydrofracking” drilling for the extraction of natural gas was approved Monday by the New York State Assembly.

Route 28 communities finally get 500K grant


By Jay Braman Jr.
The Central Catskills Region got some good news for a change last week when $500,000 in state funding, which many thought would never be seen due to the seemingly endless fiscal crisis, arrived unexpectedly after a three-year wait.

Aladdin Jr. at ACS this weekend


By John Bernhardt
A Walt Disney classic will hit the stage at Andes Central School this weekend when the ACS Drama Club presents “Aladdin Jr.” Disney’s risk-taking, resourceful, and wisecracking hero, Aladdin, will work his magic on the stage in a Broadway Junior adaptation of one of Disney’s favorite animated films of all time.

Shandaken seeks to put teeth in new dog law

By Jay Braman Jr.
A controversial dog law that was squashed last year in Shandaken may be making a second appearance next month.

Town Clerk Laurilyn Frasier said at the November town board meeting that New York State is giving up the chore of issuing dog licenses.
“Now we have to take it over,” she said.

MARK Project heads back to Erpf House

By Brian Sweeney
The MARK Project, a regional economic development agency, has returned to its original home at the Erpf House in Arkville.

100-acre logging project on tap for Oliverea

By Jay Braman Jr.
Several miles up into the Oliverea Valley, at the head of what is known as Little Peck Hollow Road, sits a 100-acre chuck of land owned by the Upper Esopus Fish and Game Club.

This month representatives of that organization appeared before the Shandaken Town Board with plans to log the property, beginning soon.

Annual holiday bazaar Saturday at Roxbury Library

Roxbury — The Roxbury Library Association (RLA) will hold its Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Roxbury Library on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Fund-raising and resource development at CCCD

Arkville — At a time of escalating financial hardship and cutbacks in state and federal funding due to the economic downturn, it is increasingly important that communities come up with creative ways to maintain and expand services for their citizens.

Auxiliary goal: 500 members by year end

Margaretville — The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center is seeking to boost its membership to 500 by year’s end.
Individuals and businesses can join the auxiliary with a minimum contribution of $5. Donations of greater amounts are welcome.

Auditions this Sunday at Open Eye

Margaretville — Actors of all ages are invited to audition for “A Christmas Party” at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville, from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5.
Performances are Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 16-18 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.

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