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CWT fights DEP on gas drilling rights

By Jay Braman Jr.
Another voice in the region has been heard on the much-discussed subject of gas drilling in the New York City Watershed.This time it’s the Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT), an advocacy group that, for almost 20 years, has fought for the rights of over 50 towns and villages in the Catskills that make up what is known as the West of Hudson Watershed.


DEP expands testing with electronic "snow pillows" to gather data

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced last week that it is expanding the testing of electronic “snow pillows” first installed in 2008. The snow pillow is a device that measures the amount of water in snowpack for a watershed area.


Crossroads to unveil updated resort plans

By Jay Braman Jr.
Since September 2007 the Crossroads team has been retooling their development plans for a resort/spa near Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. Almost two-and-a-half-years later it appears they have something to show the public. On Thursday, Feb. 18 Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park Developer Dean Gitter will be the guest speaker at the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Kingston Holiday Inn.


Andes Food Pantry the latest in community outreach

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By Matthew J. Perry
A new food pantry located in the Presbyterian Church of Andes opened its doors for the first time yesterday. A modest operation at present, open just one day a week, its organizers are preparing to answer to greater community needs.
At present, the pantry will be open on Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Free flu vaccine clinic Feb. 17 at Mountainside

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


Roxbury voters approve roof replacement project

By Brian Sweeney
Voters easily approved expenditure of funds for a roof replacement project at the Roxbury Central School in February 2 balloting. The referendum that allows the RCS District to spend nearly $600,000 on the repair project passed 119-7.
The project, which is expected to get underway immediately after school dismisses for the summer, will include the replacement of approximately 31,000 square feet of roof area.


Hospice appoints full-time medical director

Oneonta — Patrick N. Dwyer, MD, FACP has been appointed as Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care’s first full-time medical director.
Dr. Dwyer will also serve as the agency’s chief medical officer.


CWC reviewing loans after AG's complaints

By Jay Braman Jr.
A ripple effect is being felt in the region following word that the New York State Attorney General’s Office has targeted area hospitals, threatening them with prosecution unless they comply with new standards for disposing of pharmaceutical waste.


Wilber Corp. reports strong earnings increase

Oneonta – The Wilber Corporation, parent company of Wilber National Bank, last Friday reported net income of $2.001 million and earnings per share of $0.19 for the three-month period ended December 31. By comparison, the company’s net income and earnings per share for the three-month period ended December 31, 2008 were $1.588 million and $0.15, respectively.


Cha Cha Hut BBQ now open in Roxbury

By Julia Green
Summer’s not here quite yet, but taste buds in Roxbury have nearly been fooled in recent weeks, thanks to a new take-out barbeque establishment: Cha Cha Hut BBQ.
“We wanted to open something in Roxbury because this is where we live and this is the community we want to support,” said co-owner Cherie Davis, who runs the business with her husband, Frank. “We opened a barbeque establishment because we love it, and it’s something that everybody seems to like, and we wanted to share that.”


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