Weekend Highs

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LOOKING IT OVER — These young ladies were among the visitors at Belleayre Mountain’s Oktoberfest Fall Festival who enjoyed chair lift rides. A beautiful weekend and gorgeous foliage made for a nicely attended event. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Fracking forum set for Friday in Andes

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By Pauline Liu
In response to requests from several residents, the Town of Andes will hold what Supervisor Marty Donnelly calls “a natural gas drilling forum” on Friday, August 19 at 7 p.m. at Andes Central School.
For those who wish to be heard, there will be a sign-up sheet at the school. Each speaker will be given up to three minutes to either express their views or ask questions.


Middletown agrees to template plan for assessing wastewater plant

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The Town of Middletown has agreed to a template to be utilized in determining tax assessments on the Margaretville Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The agreement signed by the town board at its August 9 meeting effectively ends many years of legal wrangling over the proper assessment of the plant, which is operated by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The city has pending litigation in which it challenges the assessments on the Margaretville plant from the years 2006-2010.


Black bear boom in the Catskills

By Pauline Liu
If it seems as though there are more black bears in the Catskills than ever before, that is the case. Their numbers are soaring in this region. Not only are residents experiencing more close encounters with bears, but some have endured property damage and lost livestock. Matthew Merchant, who is a wildlife biologist for Region 3 of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), explained that his office has received between 200 and 300 calls this year from people asking for help in dealing with bears on their properties. He offered some bare facts to make living with bears more bearable.


Fleischmanns wins control of theater

By Jay Braman Jr.
The last bit of red tape has been cut through and the Village of Fleischmanns is now the owner of the theater building on Main Street.
At least that is what it looks like.

Last week in United States Bankruptcy Court Bankruptcy Judge Diane Davis decided that the village did indeed properly take over the property when it was seized in a foreclosure action that started back in 2008.


Andes Wastewater Treatment Plant woes continue

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By Pauline Liu
With weeks to go before the Town of Andes and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hope to strike a deal to overhaul of the town’s wastewater treatment plant, the facility’s filtration system appears to be on borrowed time.

One of the two microfiltration units at the plant has broken down twice since July. The second breakdown occurred only a week ago.


Shandaken loses power in Monday's storm

By Jay Braman Jr.
Lights in the Town of Shandaken went dark Monday night after a transformer fire caused electrical outages from Big Indian to Boiceville.

This was just one of the problems of the day, which saw heavy rain, the threat of flooding and some confusion about whether or not Route 28 was underwater.
At about 5 p.m. New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) customers in town experienced sporadic outages over a 30-minute period, and a total blackout at approximately 7 p.m.


Roxbury Constable Williamson back on the job

By Pauline Liu
Town of Roxbury Constable Steve Williamson was back on the job on Monday, eight days after he suffered a stroke and was airlifted to Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. It didn’t take long for both his doctors and his family to realize that the 63-year-old constable was well on his way to recovery.


Delaware County Fair continues through Saturday

The 125th annual Delaware County Fair continues through Saturday, Aug. 20 in Walton.
The fair got underway with opening ceremonies on August 14. Highlights for the remainder of the fair include:

Wednesday, Aug. 17:
• Children’s Day with reduced rates on all rides.
• 11 a.m. – Children’s games and contest.
• Noon-5 p.m. – 4-H “hands on” activities for children.
• 5 p.m. – Wildlife Federation children’s drawing.
• 6 p.m. – Old-Time Draft Horse Show.

Thursday, Aug. 18:


Grand Gorge water fix estimated at $1 million

By Pauline Liu
Putting an end to roadway flooding in Grand Gorge, caused by the accumulation of runoff, could cost more than $1 million.

That’s according to a newly released study presented by Lamont Engineers. The study was the focus of Monday night’s regularly scheduled Roxbury Town Board meeting, which  was attended by about 30 people.


Llobet Medical group celebrates and plans expansion

By Pauline Liu
Dr. Paul Llobet and his wife, Dr. Holly Llobet, will be expanding their practice, Llobet Medical Group, by opening an outpatient clinic in Kingston on November 1.

The location of the new facility remains to be finalized. Meanwhile, Dr. Llobet wants to assure his Margaretville patients that he’s “not going anywhere.” His wife and a colleague, Dr. Weyman Hago, will run the Kingston facility. The Llobets made the announcement during last Thursday’s open house, which was held at their Margaretville clinic and at Margaretville Hospital. 


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