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


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.

Belleayre, Plattekill ski areas open

By Jay Braman Jr.
It took awhile, and the conditions are not that great, but area ski centers are finally cranking up some chair lifts to begin the 2011/2012 ski season.

State-owned Belleayre opened Saturday with only the upper and lower Onteora Trail open along with the rail park.

On Tuesday Belleayre remained open, having taken advantage of good snowmaking weather, with those same trails, but no more.

Plattekill pleased
At nearby Plattekill in Roxbury, owner Lazlo Vajtay said he was thrilled to finally get going.

Building programs benefit homeowners and businesses

By Brian Sweeney
Numerous home and business renovations in the Town of Middletown are progressing as part of three grant programs funded through the MARK Project.

MARK, an Arkville-based community economic development organization, is overseeing the administration of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG for Middletown) and the Tri Town NY HOME Program (covering Middletown, Andes and Roxbury) and a Main Street Revitalization program for the Village of Fleischmanns.

Roxbury awaits FEMA funds to offset losses

By Pauline Liu
Nearly four months after Tropical Storm Irene caused more than $600,000 in flood damage in the Town of Roxbury, town officials have finally been contacted by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials.

At Monday night’s final regularly scheduled town board meeting of the year, officials met at town hall to discuss what progress has been made.

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