Rep. Chris Gibson won't run for re-election in 2016


By Jay Braman Jr.
The Catskill Region’s Congressional representative announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term, but may run for an unspecified state office in 2018.
Chris Gibson, a three-term Republican who handily defeated Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge just two months ago, sent out a prepared statement citing self imposed term limits as his reason for retiring.
Regardless, mainstream media is already alive with speculation that Gibson will make a run at higher office. United States Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, is up for re-election in 2016.

Margaretville gets green light for 1st Community Rising project


By Joe Moskowitz
The Village of Margaretville got a late holiday gift last week from the State of New York in the form of a financial go-ahead for one of the village’s Rising Community projects.
Mayor Diana Cope said she received an email just at the start of the New Year, but cautioned that it will be some time before the actual construction work can actually begin.

Large scale ginseng operation taking root in the Catskills


By Brian Sweeney
Ginseng, long recognized as one of the world’s most valuable herbal medicines, may soon be having a major impact on the economy of the Catskill Region.
GETTING TO THE ROOT OF IT — Bob Beyfuss is managing what is expected to become a large ginseng growing and exporting business in the Catskill Region. — Contributed photoGETTING TO THE ROOT OF IT — Bob Beyfuss is managing what is expected to become a large ginseng growing and exporting business in the Catskill Region. — Contributed photo
Four affiliated companies — American Ginseng Pharm Regional Center, Bounty Agriculture Pharm, Bounty America Pharm and Golden Roots — have recently been set up in the region. Each company will either grow wild-stimulated ginseng and herbs, or serve as a retail/factory for ginseng-related products.

Business looking up in our region in 2014


By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Business was good in 2014 and, from Boiceville to Bovina, local business owners are generally optimistic that 2015 will be as good or better.

CMN reporter shares personal recollections of Gov. Mario Cuomo

By Joe Moskowitz
On January 1, New York welcomed back Governor Andrew Cuomo, as he took the oath of office to begin his second term as the state’s chief executive. That same day, the world said goodbye to former Governor Mario Cuomo, Andrew’s father, who served three terms as governor and died at the age of 82.
I am thankful for the opportunity to share some of my personal recollections about the governor who always just called me Moskowitz. I had already been in the news business for several years, including working in two state capitals, before I started working at WNYT in Albany.

Lawrence-Bauer rejoins News staff


Publisher Dick Sanford announced this week that Joan Lawrence-Bauer has returned to the staff of the Catskill Mountain News. Lawrence-Bauer will handle a variety of news reporting and business development work for the paper.

Jimmy McGrath will be Snowball honoree


By Jay Braman Jr.
James McGrath, a 34-year veteran of the Shandaken Police Department and the department’s longtime chief, has been chosen to be given the Spirit of the Catskills Award at the 29th Annual Snowball, set for January 24 at 6:30 p.m.
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Stucki Embroidery in Boiceville cuts back


By Jay Braman Jr.
Murray Fenwick, the current owner of the Stucki Embroidery Company in Boiceville, is hoping that becoming a landlord will help keep his business afloat.
One of the region’s few manufacturing operations, Stucki, like many others in the textile industry, has seen a decline as cheap overseas labor continues to take work away.
This week, word spread that the company, which started in New Jersey in the 1920s and moved to Boiceville in the ’70s, was folding.

New Andes courthouse just the ticket for the town


By Cheryl Petersen
From obscurity to prominence, the Andes Town Court will soon be moving into its new home on county Route 1. “It’s a long time coming,” said Town Supervisor Marty Donnelly. “The official courthouse will be at the site of the Andes water treatment plant.”
“In the past, court was held at the home of Judge Joe Grieco,” said Donnelly. “After the new town hall on Route 28 was built, Judge Grieco was able to use the old town hall for court.”
The old town hall, at the end of Main Street, is a former gas station. The building is timeworn.

Hunter Mtn. skier dies after fall from chair lift


By Jay Braman Jr.
Investigators are not certain why a Brooklyn woman fell to her death from a chair lift at Hunter Mountain on Sunday.
According to a statement released by police, Olga Filkin, 44, of Brooklyn, fell out of a chairlift at the resort at about 2 p.m.
She was treated immediately at the scene by members of the Hunter Mountain Ski Patrol and was transported to the resort’s first aid room, where she was later pronounced dead.

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