Roxbury Business Association mixer planned for March 25

Greater Roxbury Business Association (GRBA) will hold its monthly business mixer and networking event on Tuesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m., at Roxbury Wine and Spirits store, located in the Old Bank Building, next to Queens Mountain Café in Roxbury.
Dare to Share - Roxbury Dream Campaign will continue with new dreamers and new ideas, and will introduce a panel on tourism, local history and the Catskills’ long-time connection to New York City.

CWC Annual Meeting will be April 1


The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) will hold its 17th Annual Meeting of member towns on Tuesday, April 1 at 1 p.m. at CWC offices, 905 Main Street.
Results of the election of three representatives to the CWC Board of Directors, all from Delaware County, will be announced. A slide show of CWC achievements over the past year will be featured.
The floor will then be open for questions and comments from representatives of member towns and villages, and the general public.
The regular monthly meeting of the board of directors will be held immediately following the Annual Meeting.
The public is cordially invited to attend both meetings.

Cold winter has been cruel to younger deer


By Brian Sweeney
A harsh winter could have an adverse effect on the Catskills’ younger whitetail deer population, according to state Department of Environmental Conservation Department officials.
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Wildlife Biologist Larry Bifaro in Stamford said that deer have a reserve of fat designed to carry them through the winter months. Lingering snow and cold puts those reserves to the test.

Water bill relief sought in Andes


By Cheryl Petersen
Last month, Andes officials met with State Senator Seward to try to refinance the loan or loans in the Andes water district.
Supervisor Marty Donnelly said, “The meeting was encouraging, and Senator Seward is assisting the village to reduce the debt service. Marge Merzig, town consultant, played a significant role and with the newly adopted water district budget, the Town of Andes will be able to make possible to basic customers a reduced annual user charge from $480 to $400.”

Governor commits $85,000 to Interpretive Center work


By Jay Braman Jr.
Just as the construction of the long-awaited Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper is about ready to go for bids, Governor Cuomo has announced funding for more trails around the 62-acre site.
Last week the governor released a list of 50 outdoor recreation related projects, totaling about $6 million.

Spinelli earns Coldwell Banker Presidential Circle designation

Carol Spinelli, a real estate salesperson with Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, has been awarded membership into the prestigious Coldwell Banker Real Estate International President’s Circle.
Ms. Spinelli was honored March 12 by Budge Huskey, chief executive officer, for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, at the Coldwell Banker Gen Blue event held at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT.
The International President’s Circle, designation represents membership among the top six percent of all sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

Arkville Recreational Center is 'springing up' rapidly


By Brian Sweeney
Progress on the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville is moving along on schedule with a May target date for the facility’s grand opening.
Shaping Up: Snowbirds returning this spring will be amazed at the progress made on the construction of the Arkville Recreational Center. — Photo by Dick SanfordShaping Up: Snowbirds returning this spring will be amazed at the progress made on the construction of the Arkville Recreational Center. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Hanover Farms is headed back to the planning board

By Jay Braman Jr.
Hanover Farms representatives are expected to return before the Shandaken Planning Board this Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
The farm-stand business, which is currently in violation of town zoning law at its Route 28 location in Mount Tremper, has submitted a site plan and application to the planning board.
The application has been submitted in order for “the farm stand to comply to zoning regulations and fix any standing violations,” according to planning board records.

Flood insurance hikes delayed by Congress


By Joe Moskowitz
These are confusing times for people who own homes in areas that are prone to flooding.
However, there is some good news coming out of Washington. Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill that would remove some of the “sticker shock” associated with implementation of Biggert-Waters, an act Congress passed in an attempt to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) out of the debt.

MCS seeks to close projected budget gap

By Joe Moskowitz
The State of New York is working on a new budget, and for the first time in years, the state may have a budget surplus. Margaretville Central School Superintendent Tony Albanese is also working on a new budget.
He needs to find a way to close a $174,000 gap and is hoping to do it by getting the state to stop making schools pay for the state’s fiscal troubles from previous years.
Since the 2009-10 school year, the state has taken back $2.4 million in state aid that was promised the school. The process is known as Gap Elimination.

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