'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.


Cell phone service focus of Middletown ZBA hearing

By Pauline Liu
Visitors and residents, who’ve long complained about the lack of cell phone service in the region, may be getting some relief in the months to come.

On Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. Margaretville businessman Peter Molnar will appear before the Middletown Zoning Board of Appeals to request a zoning variance for land that he owns off county Route 38 on the Arkville-Margaretville border. By all accounts, he appears to be taking initial steps to have a cell-phone tower installed on his property.


State closes deal on Crossroads land

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By Jay Braman Jr.
New York State is now the proud owner of another 1,200 acres of pristine forestland in the Town of Shandaken.

And now, according to the former owner of that property, the time has come for him to get his end of the bargain.

His end of the bargain includes not only the $5.6 million the state paid for the property, but the green light to begin building the long-delayed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park.

Part of resort plans


Shandaken officer killed in Route 28 accident

By Jay Braman Jr.
The sudden death of a Shandaken Police Officer has shocked the community this week.

Today, Wednesday, Shokan resident Travis Nissen, who was only 27 years old, will be laid to rest in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in the Shandaken hamlet of Mount Tremper, five days after he was killed in a car accident on Route 28 in Shokan.


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