Rep. Hinchey retiring from congress

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By Jay Braman Jr.
After representing the Catskill Region and beyond for two decades, Congressman Maurice Hinchey is calling it quits.

The career politician, who was first elected in 1974 to the New York State Assembly, announced last week that that he would not seek re-election in November.

Hinchey has been battling colon cancer and following two surgeries, the Congressman has been declared cancer free.

Regardless of his health issues, the Democrat was all smiles at a press conference last Thursday in Kingston at the historic Senate House when he made his announcement.


Belleayre Music will have a home

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By Jay Braman Jr.
As questions swirl up about potential changes in management at Belleayre Ski Center, the Executive Director of the Belleayre Music Conservatory said this week that the Belleayre Music Festival will be unaffected.

Mel Litoff, who runs the festival and serves not only as executive director but also artistic director, is confident that the festival will not be harmed by the change.


MTC working to bring cell service to region

By Pauline Liu
The Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) has taken on a key role in the effort to bring improved cell phone service to the region.

According to General Manager Glen Faulkner, a subsidiary of MTC, which is called MTC North, has lease options on three proposed cell tower sites in hopes of bringing cell service to the greater Margaretville area, Grand Gorge-Roxbury and Andes.


Middletown grapples with flood relief issues

By Pauline Liu
Members of Middletown Town Board made the difficult decision last Tuesday night to not participate in a 2011 property tax break program for flood victims, because they believe the town cannot afford to.

With new Supervisor Marge Miller at the helm, it was one of the toughest issues tackled by the town board at its first meeting of the new year. 


Andes starts 2012 with a 'new' board

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By Pauline Liu
From the way Andes residents crowded into their town board meeting last Tuesday afternoon, you’d think that something sensational was going to happen. In fact, to the community-minded residents of Andes, something really big was underway.

The first town board meeting of the year was in session. The new Town Clerk, Kimberly Tosi, and the two new board members, Wayland “Bud” Gladstone and Tom Hall, were in place. Many of those in the audience, felt they simply needed to see the changes in town government for themselves.


Rental, business funding programs to be launched by MARK

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Arkville — The MARK Project is launching two new funding programs to assist owners of rental properties and commercial locations with property improvements.

Last April MARK applied to the office of NYS Homes and Community Renewal for a rental rehabilitation program and Phase Two of the Roxbury Main Street program. The organization was notified of funding approval for both programs in late December.


County Economic Development Dept. offering flood grants

Delhi — With the assistance of Governor Cuomo and NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), Delaware County Economic Development announced Monday that it has begun accepting grant applications from local businesses and commercial building owners who were impacted by the floods resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.


Slick roads cause multiple accidents

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Extremely slippery road conditions last Thursday morning contributed to two accidents on Route 30 north of Roxbury.

At 9:15 a.m. a northbound car operated by Terence R. Doyle, 46, of Roxbury went out of control on a snow-covered road at the intersection of Polli Road, left the highway and rolled over.
Roxbury Constable Steve Williamson reports that Doyle was not injured in the accident.


Board: Phoenicia school closing looks less likely

By Jay Braman Jr.
As battle lines within the Onteora School District are beginning to be drawn, the Onteora School Board is making it clear that they are not convinced that closing a school will be the financial savior of a plan for the sprawling district.

At a public forum last week, the board heard from many parents and residents about the three options on the table for how to cut spending in the coming school year.


Some discounts restored at Belleayre

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was a dreary, gloomy and foggy morning Tuesday at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, but still, there was cause for at least a little celebration among the membership of the Belleayre Region Tourism and Lodging Association.

Suffering one of the worst winters in recent memory, those in attendance were pleased to hear from Belleayre Superintendent Tony Lanza, that the squeaky wheel got some grease.
Following strong lobbying efforts, discount tickets have been restored at the state-owned and operated facility.


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