Downloadable books coming to library system

Vestal — Local public libraries are expanding their collections in 2011 with the addition of downloadable audiobooks and electronic books.

'Just Desserts' on RLA menu

Roxbury — The Roxbury Library Association (RLA) will host a “Just Desserts” RLA Tuesday Forum gathering at the Roxbury Library on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m.

RLA Tuesday Forum Coordinator Julia A. Menne cordially requests that each RLA Tuesday Forum attendee bring a dessert to pass.

Roxbury News: Jan. 5, 2011

Sam Lutz of Palm Springs, FL and Kay Lutz, spent Christmas Day with John and Holly Lutz and family at their home in Delmar. That evening and Christmas week, Sam’s boys, Sean and Kevin and their father, stayed at Grandma Kay’s home in Roxbury. They skiied at Plattekill with their father and the boys also worked at Plattekill.

Middletown clerk, Russell Schebesta, reaches 30-year milestone

Russell SchebestaMargaretville — Russell Schebesta reached a milestone on December 31, 2010, completing 30 years of service as Middletown Town Clerk. Russell began his employment with the town as bookkeeper and benefits administrator in January 1978. He served in this capacity for three years before becoming town clerk.

He was appointed town clerk in December 1980 and was elected to his first full term the following November. He also continued to work as bookkeeper and benefits administrator through 1989. Looking back on his service, Russell said he has observed numerous changes in town government. He noted that when he began work there was no planning board or any land use regulations; zoning and building permit requirements did not exist in Middletown. He issued the town’s first building permits in 1982, prior to the town hiring a building inspector.

Belleayre rally snowed out

By Jay Braman Jr.
The threat of, and then the appearance of, a major winter storm on Monday put a freeze on plans to hold a support rally for Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and its employees. The rally will now be held at noon on Friday.

Hein commits county funding to stop flooding in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein stood on Phoenicia’s Main Street last Wednesday and told a group of listeners that he has pledged county support for a dredging project to protect the hamlet from future flooding.

DEC sets new outdoor wood boiler regualtions


By Brian Sweeney
New regulations for Outdoor Wood Boilers were announced by the NYS Department of
Environmental Conservation last week.

Middletown renews agreement to fund ambulance

The Town of Middletown has renewed its agreement to provide nearly $70,000 annually to assist with operational costs for the Margaretville Hospital Ambulance Squad.

The board approved a resolution supporting this five-year agreement at its December meeting. This is the second time that the Middletown Board has agreed to a five-year obligation to supplement the ambulance squad’s budget.

Aikido comes to Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
Aikido, the most modern and unique style of the martial arts, has come to the Central Catskills.

Yellowed Pages: Dec. 29, 2010


Wed. Dec. 20, 2000
Catskill Hemlocks Are Under Attack—The mighty hemlocks are again under attack in the Catskills. They are now under attack from the teeth of tiny bugs that are literally sucking the life from the evergreens, called woolly adelgids, native to Japan.

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