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CWC awards grants, plans septic program

The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors on July 22 approved two storm water grants to the Town of Shandaken as well as a grant to the Village of Walton to repair a stream bank retaining wall. The board also heard from Executive Director Alan Rosa that a $26 million contract between CWC and New York City has been executed to continue the residential septic repair program through 2017, and to allow planning for two new septic programs to go forward.


Chamber name proposal spurs member opposition

By Julia Green
An effort to change the name of the Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce to the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce hit a snag lat week when one of the chamber’s members questioned both the need and the process for the change.
“This decision is the result of more than one year of discussions with many businesses in our service area, both members and potential members,” Board President John Riedl wrote in a letter to chamber members dated July 14. He called the proposed name change “a more inclusive name,” and said that the decision was made by a unanimous vote of the chamber’s board of directors.


Middletown adopts Cold War Exemption

The Town of Middletown adopted the NYS Real Property Tax Law 458-b Cold War Veterans Exemption on August 12. The exemption shall be applicable to Town of Middletown taxes. “Cold War Veteran” means a person, male or female, who served on active duty in the United States armed forces, during the time period from September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991, and was discharged or released under honorable conditions.


Woody biomass energy options explored for facilities in region

The Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) is currently seeking applications from public institutions and other facilities exceeding 50,000 square feet interested in exploring biomass-heating options for their building(s). Studies will evaluate the potential for meeting a facility’s energy needs with available by-products of the region’s forest products manufacturing and forest management activities. Selected applicants will receive a detailed assessment of the economic, environmental and technical feasibility of retrofitting or replacing an existing boiler system to accommodate wood as a renewable fuel option.


Delaware to get records management funds

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mount Hope) announced that the New York State Archives, in conjunction with the Local Government Advisory Council, has awarded grants to a variety of Delaware County organizations. The funding will be used for the improvement of records management systems to better serve the public.
“Information is vital to each and everyone of us on a daily basis,” stated Senator Bonacic. “Our local organizations, governments and school districts collect, store and relate a variety of information that we depend on.”


Opening is Saturday at Longyear Gallery

Opening this week is a new collective show by the Longyear member artists, featuring a solo exhibition by Ellen Wong. The artists’ reception will take place at Longyear Gallery on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m.


Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill to play Belleayre Fest in Highmount Saturday

Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill brings his hit-filled show to the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. Vince Gill is a multiple Grammy award-winning artist who has sold more than 26 million albums. He has earned 18 Country Music Association awards, including two for Entertainer of the Year and five Male Vocalist Awards. He has also won more Grammy Awards than any other male country music artist with 19. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.


RAG hosts African Dance Party

The annual African Dance Party at The Roxbury Arts Group promises to be an especially lively one this year, with the Bernard Woma Ensemble, joined by traditional dancers, leading the festivities on Friday, August 22 at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. The group will also offer a free children’s concert and workshop at 2 p.m. Both events will take place in the Hilt Kelly Hall on Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury.


Bill Birns to be honored with MMH citizenship award

Bill Birns, a longtime local educator and public servant, will be honored with the 2008 Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award from the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. The award will be presented to Bill at the auxiliary’s annual Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Hanah Country Resort in Margaretville.


Mountainside Center joins National Quality Campaign

Mountainside Residential Care Center has joined thousands of long-term care facilities across the country in a voluntary national initiative, a campaign titled Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes. The campaign seeks to accelerate the rate of quality improvement in nursing homes by promoting excellence in care-giving for residents, monitoring key indicators of quality and acknowledging the critical role of staff in providing high quality care.


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