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A Catskill Catalog: December 30, 2009

by Bill Birns
“Off with the old year, on with the new!” So read the headline in the Catskill Mountain News 100 years ago this week, as the second decade of the 20th Century was about to begin. That exuberant line appeared below a pen and ink drawing featuring the exciting newness of the time – Old Man 1909 driving away in one of those new-fangled automobiles, and Baby 1910 arriving in an even newer-fangled bi-plane flying machine.


Hinchey wants water quality protected from gas drilling

By Jay Braman Jr.
U.S. Representative Mau-rice Hinchey has told the state Department of Environmental Conser-vation (DEC) that he has numerous concerns about drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation in the Catskill Mountains and has issued comments outlining 11 steps that he believes must be taken before any drilling is allowed.


Pine Hill Center hosting census job sessions

The Pine Hill Community Center will be hosting application and testing sessions for work with the U.S. Census Bureau every Wednesday morning through January at 10 a.m. sharp. These jobs are temporary and begin towards the spring of 2010. They pay quite well and also reimburse mileage.
They will take walk-ins but strongly encourage you to reserve a spot by calling 866 861-2010.


RCS grad earns honors scholarship

Jonathan Dykstra, a senior at Roxbury Central School, has been awarded an academic honor scholarship from Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, for the 2010-11 school year.


DEP calls for watershed gas drilling prohibition

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By Brian Sweeney
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has requested a prohibition on any gas drilling in the city’s upstate watershed.
The action by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was made last week in response to its review of the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement released in September by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC is the sole agency responsible for overseeing gas drilling in the state.


School officials fear aid 'delays' may become permanent cutbacks

By Julia Green
Area school officials are maintaining their skepticism that the “delays” in payment of 10 percent of school aid announced by Gov. David Paterson last week won’t ultimately become cuts.
Paterson announced on Dec. 14 that he was ordering that 10 percent of state aid payments to schools and local governments be delayed due to the state’s worsening financial woes.


Delhi Bank Corp. dividend up

Delhi — Delhi Bank Corp. announced that its board of directors, at a regularly scheduled meeting held on Dec. 18, declared a fourth quarter 2009 cash dividend of $0.1367 per share. This quarterly cash dividend represents a 1.2 percent increase over the split adjusted $0.135 per share declared for the quarter ending September 2009.


Watershed Corp. approves funding for church, motel storm water work

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corp. Board of Directors met December 1 and approved reimbursement to an Ulster County church and a Delaware County business for recently installed storm water controls. Both projects are funded under the CWC’s Future Stormwater Program for new construction.


Charity Dinner on Christmas Day donated by Phoenicia restauranteur

By Jay Braman Jr.
Two events, one just passed and the other coming on Christmas Day, really show that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Phoenicia, where two businessmen, showing a sense of appreciation for those facing difficult times, have devised clever and effective ways to offer help directly to those in need.


Judge stalls foreclosure on Fleischmanns Theater

By Jay Braman Jr.
An attempt by the Village of Fleischmanns to foreclose on the long-vacant Fleischmanns Theater building for non-payment of village taxes has been blocked by Delaware County Judge Carl Becker.
The judge determined last week that the owner of the property, or the local bank that holds a mortgage on the property, has a right to pay the delinquent taxes and maintain ownership.


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