The Passing of a Legend

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From providing entertainment at his teenage friends' birthday parties decades ago, to leading square dances well into his 80s, Hilton Kelly (center) — with his wife Stella and his "Sidekicks" — was a Catskills institution who helped generations appreciate and enjoy the music and dance of our culture. Hilt headed for the Tower of Song on Tuesday, March 3. He will be missed, but the legacy of his music, his wit and his commitment to mountain culture will endure. — Contributed photo

Mike Triolo stepping down from CWC

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By Jennifer Kabat
Meeting with Mike Triolo is a bit like stepping into It’s A Wonderful Life. Not because it’s Christmastime, and he certainly doesn’t look like Jimmy Stewart. Instead Triolo is the small-town banker working to help his community.

More than just one town, however, he’s been working for the entire region. Until this week, he’s been the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s (CWC) Economic Development Director, a job he’s held for the past nine years.


Margaretille businesses glad to be open again

By Pauline Liu
Holiday lights have set Margaretville aglow at night. The village is beautifully dressed up for the season. Many businesses that were destroyed by flood four months ago, have come back. Local retailers worked to help residents with their gift giving and recover some of their losses as well.


Rob Rosenblatt & Rocko bounce back from flood

By Pauline Liu
After 17 years of selling crystals and jewelry in the region, Rob “Rocko” Rosenblatt of Margaretville was forced to close up his “Rocko’s Minerals & Jewelry” business on Main Street in Margaretville because of flood damage. His concerned friends and customers stop him on the street to ask him how he’s doing. Rocko wants people to know that he’s all right.


'Canyon' benefits Plattekill

By Jennifer Kabat
“Welcome to the Grand Canyon.” Laszlo Vajtay waves towards the gaping hole at the top of Plattekill Mountain. The cliffs below, with their walls of rock, dwarf the ski area’s owner and even the Komatsu excavator behind him. Sixty feet deep, the “canyon” is not some folly on the top of the mountain. It’s a new pond to hold water for snowmaking.


CWC helps business relocate after flooding

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors, at its monthly meeting on December 6, approved a loan to a Middletown business that was heavily damaged in August 28 flooding.

It also authorized funding for the repair of flood-damaged storm water treatment systems at Margaretville Central School (MCS) and the Margaretville Car Wash.


Middletown finally adopts Comp Plan

By Pauline Liu
The final Middletown Town Board meeting of the year, held at town hall last Tuesday night, was one that attendees won’t soon forget. For one thing, the marathon meeting lasted four hours, something that town officials say is unheard of.

For another, it was Town Supervisor Len Utter’s last meeting, since he’ll be retiring at the end of the year. Utter felt the lengthy session was productive, especially since the board adopted an updated Comprehensive Plan.


Governor's commission says ORDA should take over Belleayre

By Jay Braman Jr.
New York State’s Spending and Government Efficiency Commission (SAGE) announced last week that the operation of Belleayre Ski Center, which is now in the hands of the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), should instead be handled by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA).

ORDA currently operates Whiteface and Gore Mountain ski centers in the Adirondacks as well as several Olympic training facilities in Lake Placid.


Volunteers provide cheer to Margaretville and Roxbury

By Pauline Liu
In the spirit of the holidays, volunteers gathered in both Margaretville and Roxbury to make sure that those in need will have a little bit extra. Organizers believe the numbers are slightly higher than in previous years, because so many residents suffered flood damage from Tropical Storm Irene in August.


Len Utter reflects on 12 years as supervisor

By Pauline Liu
As the year draws to a close, Middletown will be ringing out of the final term of Town Supervisor Len Utter. After serving for six terms, totaling 12 years, he is preparing to retire on December 31. His departure marks the end of an era in Middletown leadership.


CWC loan helps storm-damaged business relocate

Margaretville – The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors, at its monthly meeting on December 6, approved a loan to a Middletown business that was heavily damaged in the August 28 flooding.

It also authorized funding for the repair of flood-damaged storm water treatment systems at Margaretville Central School (MCS) and the Margaretville Car Wash.


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