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Wind turbine setback rules challenged in Moresville project

By Julia Green
The Western Catskill Preservation Alliance (WCPA) released a statement last week challenging the wind turbine setback requirements in the towns of Roxbury and Stamford, taking official steps to increase setbacks to adequately reflect the 1,300-foot guideline advised by the turbine manufacturer.


Roxbury Community Christmas Project celebrates successful season of support

Roxbury — Bonnie Walker, chair of the Roxbury Community Christmas Project, reported 49 families and 33 senior citizens in the Roxbury area received boxes from the project this year. Items included in the family boxes were a turkey, potatoes, fresh fruits and vegetables, stuffing, gravy, brownie mix, and an assortment of homemade cookies and breads.


DEP free from EPA oversight

By Jay Braman Jr.
A federal judge has ordered an end to U.S. supervision of New York City’s water and sewage system.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the decision to end the special oversight of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was due to workplace condition improvements and $160 million in capital improvements at agency facilities.


"Just Desserts" served by RLA

Roxbury — The Roxbury Library Association (RLA) will host a “Just Desserts” gathering at the Roxbury Library on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. to open the second half of the 2009-2010 RLA Tuesday Forum season. RLA Tuesday Forum Coordinator Julia A. Menne cordially requests that each attendee bring a dessert to pass.


Bonacic wants reservoirs lowered to cut down on flooding chances

By Jay Braman Jr.
State Senator John Bonacic says that water levels in New York City’s upstate reservoirs are too high and should be brought down to reduce the risk of flooding, but the Delaware River Basin Commission says it won’t matter much what the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) does because flooding will still happen even if the reservoirs are empty.


Shandaken weighing Ulster proposal for town to start plowing county roads

By Jay Braman Jr.
There are changes coming in Shandaken.
Monday night was the first night for incoming Supervisor Robert Stanley, the Republican Councilman who defeated former Supervisor Peter DiSclafani at the polls last November. And while the new administration is already shaking things up a bit with a plan to cut back on one town employee’s salary and also make significant changes to the town planning board, it was Stanley’s announcement about the town’s highway department possibly taking over some of the snowplowing chores for Ulster County that seemed to be the biggest change for 2010.


Girl Scout Weekend set at YMCA

A Girl Scout Winter Sports Getaway will be held from Friday-Sunday, February 19-21 at Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville. Junior Girl Scouts will participate in the following: a class on dressing for the cold and how fabrics affect warmth, cross-country skiing equipment overview and a brief lesson, a snowshoe hike with lessons on first aid for cold weather, sledding education, making snow sculptures and trying snow painting, learning all about snow and ice cutting.


Longstanding RCS roof problems lead board to propose replacement

By Brian Sweeney
Ongoing problems with the roof installed as part of the Roxbury Central School’s 1996 expansion project have led school officials to propose a new roof for the addition. RCS District residents will vote on the expenditure of nearly $600,000 for a roof replacement project on Tuesday, Feb. 2.


CWC will fund sand and salt storage facilities for institutions

Margaretville — Applications are available for a Catskill Watershed Corporation program that provides funding to improve storage facilities for road de-icing materials at institutions in the New York City Watershed West of the Hudson River.


Six renowned Chinese artists make stop in Catskill region

By Jay Braman Jr.
A group of six well-known Chinese artists rang in the New Year at the home of Mathew Frisch in Fleischmanns, visiting one local art gallery and an antique shop before heading off the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) to begin painting copies of some of the finest oil paintings in the Museums collection.


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