MARK Group celebrates 30 years of service

By Jill Ribich
The MARK Group celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala dinner and party at the upper lodge of the Belleayre Ski Center Saturday evening. The event was attended by over 150 past and present board members, founders, supporters, and recipients of the work of the MARK Group.

Merchants report strong holiday sales despite gas prices

By Matthew J. Perry
Will $4 a gallon gas wreak havoc on tourism in the Catskills this summer?
For many, it’s a premature question. Predicting the strength of a summer tourism season in a region with erratic weather patterns and no beaches is always a dicey proposition. There are good and bad years, and the best any merchant can do is take care of customers and coax them to return.

Four business loans approved by CWC

Low-interest loans approved by the Catskill Watershed Corporation Board of Directors on April 22 will help renovate a wedding and conference center, purchase a fitness facility, start a bike rental shop and acquire property housing a popular catering business.

Father's Day festivities offered at Frost Valley


Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville is the perfect place to bring dad for the Father’s Day weekend. Frost Valley is an ideal setting for family getaways and Father’s Day is a great time to treat dad to a weekend in the mountains. Claryville is only about two-and-a-half hours from the tri-state metropolitan region, making the trip easy on the travel budget.

Belleayre starts construction for adaptive facility

Belleayre Mountain has started construction of a building near Overlook Lodge that will serve as the new home for the fast-growing adaptive snow sports program. Belleayre’s critically acclaimed adaptive snow sports program, that has been generating great reviews from participants, will now have a new handicapped accessible building to house its operation.

Fleischmanns gallery features art by former resident Santos

A long-kept secret is now a famous work of art! For decades, including the years during his residence in Fleischmanns in the 1970s, Alfredo Santos told no one of his major artistic achievement. Recently, however, Santos has been receiving worldwide recognition for the awesome murals he painted in the cafeteria of the San Quentin State Prison in San Francisco.

John Burroughs talk set June 7; Woodchuck Lodge open for tours

“Learning about nature through the words of John Burroughs,” will be the topic of a talk by Tom Alworth on Saturday, June 7 at 11 a.m. at Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury. This is the second of a summer series of family-friendly presentations about Burroughs and nature to be offered at the lodge where the renowned nature writer spent summers during the final 10 years of his life.

Pavilion dedication is June 21 at Village Park in Margaretville

Margaretville residents, friends, neighbors and visitors are invited to a concert and reception to benefit the new Margaretville Park Pavilion on Saturday, June 21.
The reception will begin at the Pavilion at 5 p.m. and the concert will follow at 6 p.m. and will feature Julian Fleischer and his Band as well as Eve Silber and others. Tickets are $35 and can be reserved by calling 845 586-1171. Same-day tickets will also be available at the Pavilion.

Mt. Tremper farm stand flap heats up with lawsuit flap

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owner of a controversial farm stand, which is said to be in violation of the local zoning code, has taken his case out in the open this week, claiming that in the court of public opinion he has been found innocent and should be left alone.
Al Higley, representing his son’s Mount Tremper-based produce stand called Hanford Farms, appeared before the Shandaken Town Board Monday with an attorney and several supporters. The visit comes as Hanford Farms faces a court appearance for allegedly being in violation of the town’s laws.

Shandaken supervisor: "Potholes make Rte. 28 unsafe"

By Jay Braman Jr.
Following the lead of several town residents, the Shandaken Town Supervisor has lodged an official complaint with the Region 8 office of the New York State Department of Transportation, saying that Route 28, the main artery which travels through the entire town, has become so pothole- and crater-ridden that it is unsafe for motorists. In a letter written on May 16, Supervisor Peter DiSclafani notified Region 8 Director Joan DuPont that something needs to be done to the state-owned highway.

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