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Middletown seeking gift of history

The holidays are upon us and the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown has compiled a wish list for those willing to contribute the gifts of time and information to help document the town’s heritage.


Ski Plattekill slated to open this Saturday

Roxbury — Despite the many obvious variables facing the ski industry for the upcoming winter season, Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury is looking forward to a banner year. Weather permitting, owners of the area plan to open Dec. 6.
With added snowmaking (currently up to 75 percent), and a new winch cat groomer, skiers and snowboarders will experience vastly improved terrain at Plattekill this season. Several renovations have also been made to the lodge.


Largest first-day crowd in 25 years at Belleayre

Highmount – With over 4,000 skiers and riders enjoying 13 inches of natural powder, Belleayre Mountain opened Friday with the largest opening day crowd in 25 years.
Popular programs including Kidscamp, seasonal workshops and the Nursery, designed to enhance the family experiene at the mountain, require advance reservations that can be made online or by contacting the Belleayre Mountain Sales Department directly at 845 254-5600 ext. 2474.


Bazaar is Saturday at Roxbury Library

Roxbury — The Roxbury Library Association (RLA) will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar at the Roxbury Library on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The RLA’s Annual Holiday Bazaar will offer holiday shoppers the opportunity to purchase delicious bake sale items and quality RLA Thrift Shoppe merchandise, Irma Mae Griffin’s History of the Town of Roxbury, and 2008 Boy-and-Girl Crib Quilt raffle tickets while children visit with Roxbury Rotary-sponsored Santa Claus.


Centerpiece Workshop at RAG Dec. 6

Roxbury — We’re all thinking about how to manage our budgets at the same time we’re thinking about how to lower our carbon footprints. Come to a workshop that will address both these concerns and also provide you with a new skill you can use over and over.
On Saturday Dec. 6, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., The Roxbury Arts Group will offer a workshop in Creating a Holiday Centerpiece by professional floral designer Sheila Beemer.


Celebration and tree raffle planned by HCHS

Delhi — Looking to don that Santa’s cap a little early this year? Christmas can’t come soon enough for you? If you want to catch the Holiday Spirit early, the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society (HCHS) invites you to their annual Holiday for the Heart Celebration and Tree Raffle.
Each year, the animal shelter hosts Holiday for the Heart, a collection of holiday trees which are raffled off at the end of a weeklong display. This year’s fund-raiser will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) on Route 10, Delhi.


Calendar sales to benefit ARCs, Foothills PAC

Oneonta — In August the joint efforts of the Foothills Performing Arts Center, Orpheus Theatre and the ARCs of Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties resulted in an exuberant and entertaining production of “Circus in the Wind,” a play by Aurand Harris. The performers were all ARC residents, dressed in dazzling costumes that matched the liveliness of the spirits that swirled around the story.


RCS students get hands-on learning with DNA fingerprinting experiment

By Julia Green
Roxbury Central School welcomed Dr. Mike Yerky, outreach coordinator with the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers on November 25 and he led students in Fred Zerega’s advanced placement biology class and Evette Garofolo’s living environment classes in a DNA fingerprinting experiment.
The experiment entailed using modern equipment, such as micropipetors and gel electrophoresis apparatuses, involved in DNA technology research.


Planners seek more studies on Roxbury turbine proposal

By Julia Green
The ball is back in Invenergy's court.
Following its October meeting, the Town of Roxbury Planning Board submitted to Invenergy, the company behind the proposed Moresville Wind Farm, requests for additional information and studies needed prior to issuance of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – a key step in the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process.


Ski prospects bright at Belleayre; fresh powder in place for opener

By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Ski Center Superintendent Tony Lanza is in awe of the luck the Catskills’s ski industry is having.
“We’ve got 14 inches of new snow at the top already,” he said Tuesday morning during a snowstorm. “We’re so excited because we’ve got feet and feet and feet of snow up here.”


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