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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.


Ski injuries keep helicopters busy

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Three medical evacuation helicopters landed in Margaretville and one in Pine Hill on Friday to pick up skiers injured at Belleayre and transport them to various hospitals for treatment.


Middletown building permits dip 10%

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By Brian Sweeney
Permit activity in the Town of Middletown Building and Zoning Department declined by about 10 percent in 2009. The town board reviewed the Annual Report from Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) Patrick Davis at its February meeting.


CWC poised to take over Phoenicia’s sewer project

By Jay Braman Jr.
A meeting earlier this month between Town of Shandaken and Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) officials was a success. As a result, the town has prepared the necessary documents to officially get the CWC on board for planning the long suffering, controversial Phoenicia sewer project.


Hinkley begins Afghanistan deployment

USAF MSgt Winfield S. Hinkley, Jr., son of Wink and Karen Hinkley of Grand Gorge, was recently deployed to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.  He is currently on a six-month tour separating him from his family and his home station of Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington. 

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Free flu vaccines offered Feb. 17 at Mountainside

Margaretville — A free H1N1 Flu Vaccine Clinic will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 3-7 p.m. at Mountainside Residential Care, Margaretville.


Heather Brighton named chair of Hospital Foundation

Ed Morache, CEO of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, has announced that Heather Brighton has assumed the role of Chair for the Margaretville Hospital Foundation.


Shandaken’s top cop to get new wheels

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board has decided to buy a new vehicle for Police Officer in Charge James McGrath, who said his old one needs replacing. However, this is not the new police cruiser planned to be purchased this year. That vehicle was budgeted for last fall and will be bought later in the year.


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