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Governor's budget plan would sock local towns

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s a little known part of Governor Paterson’s budget plan that, if adopted by the legislature, would raise property taxes for private landowners in the Catskills.
The proposed 2009-2010 budget includes a change to the tax law, which would cap town, county and school taxes paid on state-owned land at their current dollar levels. The change is intended to save the state $9 million in increases over last year’s $183 million property tax bill.


Middletown seeks more planning funds to assist with town's development outline

By Julia Green
Peg Ellsworth, executive director of the MARK Group, was on hand at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Middletown Town Board to discuss an application for a comprehensive plan grant that is being sought through the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) as a supplement to a grant obtained by Margaretville resident Carolyn Konheim.


Bald eagles endangered again by high Catskill mercury levels

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Catskills region has some of the worst mercury contamination in the nation, in large part due to smokestack industries located in the Midwest. The naturally occurring element is transformed into the highly toxic methylmercury by a number of environmental factors prevalent in the region.


Bovina studying garage options

By Matthew J. Perry
The Bovina Town Board held its 2009 organizational meeting on January 13 and approved reappointments to most town posts and a new appointment to the town’s assessment review board.


Special events announced at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center

Highmount — Belleayre Mountain Ski Center has announced the launch of the Midweek Local Business BOGO (Buy One, Get One) that will be good from Jan. 20 through the rest of this skiing and riding season.


Longyear Gallery presents Artists at Work Sunday

Longyear Gallery joins the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild to present the initial Artists at Work event in this winter’s Art in Common series being held at the Margaretville Commons on Saturday, Jan. 24, between 4 and 7 p.m.
These events are offered free of charge for community entertainment and enrichment.


Chamber, Public, Plattekill team for Jan. 25 discounts

Roxbury — The Delaware County Chamber members, Plattekill Mountain and the Public Lounge in Roxbury are offering discounts for fellow County Chamber members on Sunday, Jan. 25.


Wood heat boosts local facilities

By Jay Braman Jr.
A long time ago, heating schoolhouses was a big chore. The small buildings, many of which still exist, all had a wood stove and, every day in the colder months, one lucky student was assigned the job of keeping the fire going. The burning wood kept everyone warm enough, just barely, to concentrate on the three Rs.


Roxbury Catholic Church closed by Diocese

By Julia Green
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Roxbury, a mission of the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville, will be closing immediately as the result of a decision by the Albany Catholic Diocese to close 33 churches by 2011. In addition to the closings, a number of sites will be merged with others.


Middletown Comprehensive Plan heading to second phase

By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Middletown Planning Board, working in concert with a consulting planner, is heading towards the second phase of overhauling the town’s comprehensive plan.


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