Andes welcomes new officials at year's first meeting


By Pauline Liu
The Andes Town Board wasted no time in getting organized for 2012. Though many businesses were closed on Monday, Jan. 2, the board met at town hall for its organizational meeting and swiftly took care of business in just under half-an-hour.

Andes begins 2012 with new town board members Tom Hall and Wayland “Bud” Gladstone, who ran on the Democratic and Independent lines and were elected to their posts in November.

Region gets millions for communication

By Jay Braman Jr.
The late-August night when Tropical Storm Irene slammed into the region was a scary one for local first responders. Some, traveling alone in their personal cars or trucks or in some fire department vehicle, found themselves way up on some badly damaged back road in search of people that might need help.

All is well, until suddenly there is no longer any form of communication with others. No cell phone service, no emergency radio, nothing.

What if a tree fell on the vehicle? Or worse? Who would help? Who would even know?

OCS Board weighing tough money saving options

By Jay Braman Jr.
As parents in the Onteora School bombard the board of education with concerns over the impacts of school reconfiguration plans, the school board is working hard to show not only parents, but all that live in the district, that they are taking the matter seriously and proceeding with caution.

Following a recent school board meeting where over 75 people attended to hear details about plans, some of which include the closure of one of the three elementary schools, the school board drafted an open letter to the public.

Timberland Properties back in Granary building

By Brian Sweeney
Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties has moved back into its Margaretville office space, after extensive repairs to overcome damage caused by Hurricane Irene.

The Bridge Street real estate company was among the hardest-hit businesses in the village on August 28 as raging floodwaters relentlessly slammed the structure. The flooding resulted from an estimated 10-plus inches of rain that deluged much of the region as Hurricane Irene raced up the east coast and left torrential rains inland.

Mike Triolo stepping down from CWC


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.

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