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DEP mum on plans for local gas drilling

By Matthew J. Perry
While natural gas thousands of feet below the surface has residents preparing for land men and dreaming of dollar signs, water still creates a great deal of concern in the Catskills, if not conversation. Natural gas is extracted from shale formations, such as the Marcellus Shale running across the southern tier of New York, by way of hydraulic ‘fracing’: hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, are pumped into the earth and later return to the surface as wastewater.
The reality of such potential demand would seem to be of paramount interest to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which, under agreement mandated by the federal government, is tasked to protect the quality and supply of drinking water for millions of people.


Property owner files lawsuit over Fleischmanns water tower

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following months of battling a proposed 360,000 gallon, 50-foot-tall water tower next door to her home, a Flieschmanns woman and her husband have filed a lawsuit against the village and the Town of Middletown to stop it. Co-plaintiff Anita Rubin, who lives on Paradise Camp Road, directed press inquiries to her attorney on Tuesday.
The village has been mulling the water tower plan for over two years, working with Delaware Engineering, the firm that built the village’s sewer system.


Brookside Hardware is back five months after devastating fire

By Brian Sweeney
Less than five months after a raging fire leveled the business, Brookside Hardware has opened for business in a new building on Route 28, Margaretville.
Company owner Will Finch said the new store opened for business on Saturday. Stock is arriving on a daily basis, but Mr. Finch said the store is already about three-quarters full.
Construction on the 3,500-square-foot building was started in May, with framing getting underway on June 4. Mr. Finch said the new store is larger than the one it replaces and will carry more inventory, particularly hardware and home goods.


Mt. Tremper firemen douse sign project

By Jay Braman Jr.
The guys at the Mount Tremper Fire Company are mad.
Monday night several of them wrestled a large road sign into Shandaken Town Hall and dropped it at the doorway of Town Supervisor Peter DiSclafani, thus telling him in no uncertain terms that the sign, a new one announcing the hamlets of Mount Tremper and Mount Pleasant, was not welcome in their community.


DEP expedites flood repair permits

To assist landowners and local officials, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced Friday that it has authorized an emergency process to expedite flood repair work in Delaware County.


Community Day in Andes August 9

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Strolling Main Street, Andes is a treat any summer weekend. Especially this year, now that the highway project is finally completed and we can all enjoy the beautiful new sidewalks and other streetscape amenities. But Saturday, Aug. 9, for the Annual Community Day celebration is definitely a day not to miss!


Pakatakan Art Colony focus of Erpf show

The public is invited to the opening reception of Margaret Leveson’s paintings featuring some of the buildings in the wonderful and historic Pakatakan Art Colony, on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 3-5 p.m. at the Catskill Center’s Erpf Gallery on Route 28 in Arkville.
The Pakatakan Art Colony was a turn-of-the-century gathering of artists who spent time in the small hamlet of Arkville.  The colony began prior to 1886 when a prominent landscape painter from New York City, J. Francis Murphy, found accommodations in Arkville and urged Peter Hoffman, a local businessman and proprietor of the house where he boarded, to build a hotel, which today is called The Pakatakan Hotel.


Delaware County art tour will be August 16

Delaware County has become a destination area for artists, and as a result, there are a growing number of galleries in every part of the county. On Saturday, Aug. 16, 13 galleries are collaborating in a countywide tour that will feature some of the most exciting and beautiful work in the region. Each gallery will be serving refreshments and creating a setting that will make this summer day of gallery hopping a very special one.


Ramsey Lewis Trio featured at Jazz Series

Renowned jazz piano great Ramsey Lewis headlines the opening weekend of the Catskill Mountain Jazz Series at the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.
New York City-based singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer KJ Denhert has been called a “triple threat force of nature,” and kicks off the series with a show in the Belleayre Jazz Club on Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. Her urban jazz style sells out the midnight show in one of Greenwich Village’s famous jazz clubs every weekend.


Business leaders pledge big gift to SUNY Delhi

Community and business leaders Richard and Marilyn Wickham of Delhi have pledged a major gift of $50,000 to fund new technology at SUNY Delhi’s Resnick Library and Learning Center. They say they were inspired by the library’s namesakes, Louis and Mildred Resnick, to offer their support.


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