Businesses, Officials urge governor to save Belleayre

By Pauline Liu
Desperate. That’s the dreaded word that many business owners and local officials are using to describe the Catskills’ winter economy.

Phoenicia School closing possible

By Jay Braman Jr.
If the Onteora School District decides to close an elementary school it will be Phoenicia Elementary, not Bennett Elementary or Woodstock Elementary, and it could happen this year.
And if it happens, students living in the Pine Hill/Highmount area could be traveling all the way to Woodstock.

That decision was made last week by the District Superintendent Phyllis McGill.

Fracking hearing draws strong views


By Pauline Liu
With the state’s public comment period set to end on Wednesday, area residents were given a last opportunity over the weekend to have their say about the gas drilling regulations which are being proposed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). 

Not only did over 100 people show up Saturday for, “A People’s Hearing on Gas Drilling in New York State” at SUNY Delhi, but about half of them stood up and spoke passionately against the gas drilling process known as hydrofracking.  

Slow-moving insurance bogging down Freshtown work


By Brian Sweeney  
Delayed insurance reimbursements continue to stall the reopening of the Freshtown Supermarket in Margaretville.

The store has remained closed since historic flooding caused extensive damage to the Bridge Street business on August 28.

Vice President Dan Katz told the News this week that work to reopen the store is progressing very slowly as the company continues to wait for insurance payments.

Magaretville Hospital earns placement on Top 100 list

Margaretville — Health -Alliance of the Hudson Valley’s Margaretville Hospital campus has been named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the country.
The announcement was made during the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) 10th annual Critical Access Hospital Conference, which attracted 650 rural hospital leaders to Kansas City, MO.
Sandy Horan, the executive director of Margaretville Hospital, said the hospital is pleased and honored to have been recognized.

Early gift for lottery winner

By Pauline Liu
Lady Luck has smiled on an Arkville resident and provided her with an early holiday present as well as brighter prospects for the New Year. New York Lottery officials announced that Mildred Makara of Arkville has won $50,000 on its Set for Life instant scratch-off game.

“I’ll be 85 in three months,” said Makara, who is sharing the money with her family. “It makes everyone happy, but a lot of it’s gone already. You pay your taxes even before you get the money.”

Eisel defends DEP vs. Ulster criticism


By Jay Braman Jr.
Add this to your list of, “Things you never thought you would see.”

James Eisel, chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and longtime vocal opponent of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), has gone public in defense of that very same agency, an agency that the county board was threatening with a lawsuit just two years ago.

DEC reports Delaware hunting arrests

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a report this week of arrests made in Delaware county during Big Game season.
DEC arrests include:
Nicolino Laterza, 45, of Wayne, NJ was charged with hunting without a big game license, hunting deer over bait and possessing the hunting license/tags of another person while in the field. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in Andes Town Court.

Roxbury Motel owner wins statewide award

By Pauline Liu
According to the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association (NYSH&TA), the owner of the Roxbury Motel is a star of the industry. Greg Henderson beat out numerous giants in the lodging and tourism industries to win the association’s coveted 2012 Outstanding Tourism Executive of the Year Award.

Ulster Exec blast City's DEP

By Jay Braman Jr.
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is tired of dealing with the butler and wants to speak to the Lord of the House.

In a scathing letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg penned Monday, Hein accused the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) of acting like “an occupying nation” that is responsible for pollution and local economic hardship.

In the letter Hein wrote that he has made “countless attempts” to work with DEP, but to no avail.

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