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Coalition to Save Belleyare wants stimulus money

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Coalition to Save Belleayre wants federal economic stimulus funds to be used at the state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is expected to provide $24.6 billion in additional funding for Medicaid, education, infrastructure and “shovel-ready” projects throughout New York State. Joe Kelly, chairman of the Coalition to Save Belleayre, says the ski center’s expansion fits the bill.


Fleischmanns candidate has big ideas for village

By Matthew J. Perry
Dave Morell, the single Fleischmanns resident to declare his candidacy for mayor before the February 13 deadline, is quick to state that he would serve at the pleasure of his constituents and will embrace their views.
“I’m willing to talk to anyone and I’m ready to do what the people of Fleischmanns want me to do,” he says.


Margaretville candidates bring varied backgrounds

By Matthew J. Perry
The Village of Margaretville will field two candidates for the board of trustees on March 18. Since there are two seats to fill, the outcome likely will not be a nail-biter, which is regrettable to Iris Mead, who is running for her fourth term.
“I wish there were more candidates,” she says. “But at least there’s a choice to be made about our mayor.”


Gas leak at Phoenicia Country Store leaves gaping hole

By Jay Braman Jr.
Smack in the middle of Phoenicia’s business district, another massive blemish appeared with little notice several weeks ago.
That blemish, a dug up parking lot where Verona Oil Company’s Country Store sits, was supposed to be a two-week event in a community already suffering from blight from the now infamous Phoenicia Hotel site next door. But immediately after an inspection by the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) two weeks ago, all work suddenly stopped, leaving a gaping hole in the ground and a large excavator perched precariously atop a pile of gravel at the site.


Art in Common series to host authors Feb. 28

Margaretville — The Saturday “Art in Common” series continues on Feb. 28 as three authors recently published by Purple Mountain Press of Fleischmanns; Bob Steuding, Michael Kudish and Tim Duerden, sign and discuss their books on regional lore and landscapes. A wine and cheese tasting will add additional local flavor to the event at the Commons building, starting at 4 p.m.


"Keeping Mr. Lincoln" performances begin run Friday at The Open Eye

Margaretville — In celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, and his remarkable life, The Open Eye Theater presents Sandra Fenichel Asher’s new play “Keeping Mr. Lincoln,” directed by Amie Brockway. There will be six performances only from Friday, Feb. 27, through Sunday, March 8, at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville.


Free financial seminars for Chamber members

Delhi — The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce will be holding free to chamber members, “Business Survival in Delaware County.” Chamber members Steve McCarthy and Chris Gaddis will discuss the state of our current economy. “This is a two-part seminar,” stated Mary Beth Silano, executive director of the county chamber. “I’m grateful to have members who are offering their expertise to try and help fellow members during these hard economic times,” Silano continued.
The first part of this series will be held on March 26 at the Delaware County eCenter conference room from 7 to 9 p.m.


Walton gets stormwater grant; Phoenicia CWC loan is OK'ed

Margaretville — The Town of Walton will receive funding for three storm water improvement projects following action by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors on Feb. 3.
A total of $290,742 from the CWC’s Storm Water Retrofit Program will assist the town in stabilizing road banks and ditches, installing culverts, and improving drainage infrastructure on Bob Gould and Walton Mountain roads, and the Oxbow Hollow drainage basin, which includes Oxbow Hollow, Budine Hill and Crawford roads.


New Kingston residents take icy plunge to help raise funds for Polar Bear Jump

By Julia Green
For most people, winter has lost its luster by mid-February. Patience with the cold has worn thin, the beauty of the snow has waned, and people look forward to the pending bloom of spring. Two New Kingston residents, however, opted to immerse themselves in the frigid cold of winter one more time. Literally.


New exhibit shows photographs depicting scenes "Close to Home"

Margaretville — A new exhibition of 20 photographs by Delhi resident Barbara Onasch is now on view at the offices of the Catskill Watershed Corporation, 905 Main St., Margaretville. “Close to Home” may be seen weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through April 30.
The exhibit is a colorful collection of digital images taken near the confluence of Elk Creek and the West Branch of the Delaware River in East Delhi.


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