News

Skiers flock to region to enjoy fresh powder

By Jay Braman Jr.
When it comes to skiing and all things related to skiing in the Catskills, it is a sad reality that, after Presidents’ Day weekend, the annual decline of the industry begins. The number of visitors starts to drop off, ski centers begin laying off part-time help, there is less traffic in local eateries and shops, and eventually, in April, it all winds down to nothing.


NBDC to host identity theft forums March 9 and 10

Walton — It doesn’t take much — a momentary lapse, and you bite at the bait that just seems too good to be true. It is. National Bank of Delaware County is hosting two forums, on March 9 and 10, to help you avoid just such a scenario.


Cows escaped serious injury when barn addition roof fell

By Brian Sweeney
The good news from last week’s historic snowstorm was that the predicted high winds never materialized. As a result, the broken trees and power outages that many had feared, were minimal.


Buried! Storms pound area with more than four feet of snow

By Brian Sweeney
When it comes to record snowfalls in the Catskills, last week’s might be at the top of the heap.
Most people the News spoke to said they had never seen more snow in the Catskills than the amounts that arrived in storms on Tuesday and Thursday.
When it was all over, reports from area residents generally cited totals in the four-foot range.


Film series opens Sunday at RAG

The Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) is introducing a series of Sunday film screenings called The Reel Artist Series. The series opens this Sunday, March 7, at 1:30 p.m. at RAG’s Hilton Kelly Hall with “Basquiat,” a Miramax Films made in 1996. It is rated R for drug use and strong language.


Sectional basketball games rescheduled due to inclement weather

Three days of heavy snowfall that has left many local areas with more than three feet of snow has wreaked havoc on the 2010 Section IV Class D basketball tournament schedule – but organizers are working to get games in around the weather.


Belleayre Mountain layoffs earlier, heavier than usual

By Jay Braman Jr.
No fewer than 59 people lost their jobs at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Sunday, the state-owned facility at Highmount in the Ulster County Town of Shandaken. On Monday Belleayre’s Superintendent Tony Lanza attempted to downplay the layoffs, saying they happen every year late in the ski season.


Jewelry art, farm market featured Saturday at Commons

The Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild presents: “Jewelry Artists at Work” on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 3 to 6 p.m. throughout the Commons Building at 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Three fine craft artisans will demonstrate a variety of jewelry techniques and Longyear gallery artist Gerda van Leeuwen will join in with her latest sculptural project. This event is part of “Art in Common,” a series of art, music, and literary events each Saturday afternoon in the Commons Building this winter and spring.


Alliance seeking DEP ban on industrial wind turbines

By Julia Green
The Western Catskill Preservation Alliance (WCPA) this week submitted a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requesting that the agency consider a ban on the construction of industrial wind turbines in the New York City watershed. In it, WCPA President Ronald Karam cited the ban on industrial gas drilling in the watershed requested by the DEP in December.


Auxiliary Wellness Committee hosts heart disease program

Margaretville — The Wellness Committee of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Center sponsored a program titled "Women and Heart Disease" on Feb. 18 at The Purcell Center in Margaretville.


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