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Fall Foliage Hike planned at Model Forest

Fall foliage enthusiasts are invited on a guided hike through Frost Valley YMCA’s Model Forest in Claryville on Sunday, Oct. 5 starting at 1 p.m. Members of Frost Valley’s Natural Resources Department will lead the free hike, which has been scheduled to coincide with the height of autumn’s splendor.


Hundreds of supporters rally to "Save Belleayre"

By Jay Braman Jr.
Locals residents, business owners and employees of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center came out in droves Saturday morning to a rally put on by the Coalition to Save Belleayre, the organization that blew the whistle on what many consider to be life-threatening budget cuts proposed for the state-run facility.


Fall festival leaving Belleayre; will be hosted at Arkville's D&U

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following an announcement last week that the annual Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Fall Festival was being cancelled, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) quickly followed up with another announcement, saying that the popular event would instead be moved to Arkville.
The 29th annual Belleayre Fall Festival will be held Columbus Day weekend, but at a new location thanks to a partnership announced last week by the DEC and the Delaware and Ulster Railroad. The festival will take place on October 11-12 at the Delaware and Ulster Railroad on Route 28 in Arkville.


Officials debate gas drilling on Catskill Watershed lands

By Matthew J. Perry
A public hearing held last Wednesday in New York City provided a forum for renewed calls of opposition to gas drilling within the city’s watershed system and its filtration avoidance agreement.
“This is an industrial activity that is incompatible with the delicate watershed where nine million New Yorkers get their drinking water,” said City Councilman James Gennaro, a primary organizer of the hearing. He has requested that the state place a year-long moratorium on gas exploration within the watershed.


Supermarket renovations moved to January

By Brian Sweeney
The transformation of the Margaretville A&P into a Freshtown Supermarket has been pushed back to late January, the store owners announced last week. Daniel Katz, a partner in PSK Supermarkets which is planning the new store, said the work to convert the A&P into a Freshtown store is now scheduled to begin on January 22. This work was initially supposed to start this month.
“In order to create a smooth transition, we have agreed to a lease extension with A&P. This will hopefully ensure that the store closes for only a minimal period of time,” Mr. Katz told the News.


Chamber changes name; claims membership will rise

By Julia Green
Despite some confusion that initially indicated that the Greater Margaretville Cham-ber of Commerce would be holding meetings to discuss a proposed name change, the chamber officially adopted its new name – the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce last week, following discussions with an attorney.
The decision to change the name was approved by a majority of the members voting. A total of 41 votes were submitted, with 34 of those falling into the “yes” column. The chamber currently has 124 members.


Artists Aid Autism at Arkville fund-raiser

By Brian Sweeney
An Artists Aid Autism benefit held in Arkville on August 31 raised more than $4,000 to benefit the Delaware County ARC (Delarc). The event, held at Casey Joe’s Coffeehouse, featured live music and a silent auction. Organizers had hoped to net $2,500. The success of this fund-raiser far exceeded what event organizer Jerry Stein had envisioned when he set out on a quest to give back to his community.
“I’ve been a weekender here for four years and I was seeking a way to contribute to the community that has provided so much entertainment and joy for me and my wife,” he explained.


Storytellers bring tales to library

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The Community Storytelling Troupe will host a concert by professional storyteller Jack Maguire this Friday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Andes Public Library’s interim venue at 295 Main Street (directly across the road from The Hunting Tavern and the bank).
Jack Maguire weaves spellbinding tales guaranteed to enchant listeners of all ages.  The author of the books “Creative Storytelling” and “The Power of Personal Storytelling,” Jack enjoys sharing original stories as well as his own wonderful interpretations of traditional tales.


Frost Valley YMCA unveils new Guenther Wellness Center

After touring through the new state-of-the-art health facility, local elected officials, VIPs, and Frost Valley YMCA leadership and staff joined in acknowledging the extraordinary gift of board member Paul Guenther, (Chairman of the New York Philharmonic) whose $1 million contribution helped make the Guenther Family Wellness Center, a reality. The cutting of a giant red ribbon on the stone pillars marked the Official Opening of the Center which took place on Saturday, September 13 on a hillside overlooking the Catskill High Peaks in Claryville.


State to wield budget ax on Belleayre

By Jay Braman Jr.
State-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center might suffer the budget ax this year, experiencing severe cuts to its 2008-2009 ski season operations. Employees, skiers, local business owners and the leadership of the Coalition to Save Belleayre have been scrambling since Friday trying to find out how bad it will be for the mountain come winter.


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