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DEEP STUFF — Firefighters from Grand Gorge and Hobart traveled to the Buffalo area last week to assist local communities with efforts to cope with up to seven feet of snow that buried the area from several lake-effect storms. — Contributed photo

DEC chief and Gov. Cuomo want fracking ban in watershed

By Jay Braman Jr.
The top official in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a statement saying that hydrofracking can be done safely with precautions but that it should not be allowed to occur within the New York City Watershed, or any other watershed in the state.


DEC, DEP continue use of Round-up despite link to birth defects

By Pauline Liu
Both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) plan to continue local spraying of the world’s best selling weed killer, Roundup, despite a report released last month raising questions about its threat to public health.


Business boomed over holiday weekend

By Pauline Liu
Rain is rarely a welcome event in the tourism industry, but according to a number of area businesses, Sunday’s thunderstorms turned out to be a blessing in disguise. As rain fell in sheets and lightening filled the skies, throngs of holiday visitors ran for cover. Many sought refuge in nearby shops and restaurants. 

For some businesses, which were already enjoying a steady turnout of holiday customers, it almost seemed as though Mother Nature was raining liquid gold.


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By Brian Sweeney
Filming of an independent movie titled “Family Tree,” taking place for the past few weeks in Mt. Tremper has wrapped up.

The small, independent film is being primarily shot at a private home that was found after a lengthy search.

The film stars John Slattery (“Mad Men”), Jena Malone (“Sucker Punch”) and Gabrielle Union (“Good Deeds”).

The filmmakers provided the following synopsis of the local production.


Rain creates woes for local farmers

By Pauline Liu
Despite a  steady downpour, the Fleischmanns Farmers’ Market was set up in the parking lot off Main Street on Sunday.  It illustrated just the latest in a series challenges that the region’s farmers have faced courtesy of Mother Nature.


CWT elects new board of directors

By Jay Braman Jr.
Elections were held last month for the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Watershed Towns, a regional advocacy group that represents the residents of the New York City Watershed, a region that covers territory in Delaware, Ulster, Schoharie, Greene and Sullivan counties.
On Monday Board Chairman Dennis Lucas was pleased to make the announcement. “They all took their positions at our last meeting, held on the third Monday of June,” he said.

The number of representatives for each county are determined by the size of the watershed within each.


High school commencements time to reflect and look ahead

By Pauline Liu
Graduation time is an annual rite of summer that’s generally accompanied by warm weather and barbecues. So it was with much anticipation that commencement ceremonies were held last weekend for the classes of 2011 at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools.
Twelve seniors graduated from Andes on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. The graduates were Joshua Bonifacic, Nathan Eagle, Peter Fabrykiewicz, Travis Fairbairn, Thomas Falco, Gabrielle Harp, Isabella Mincarelli, Eric Reed, Cameron Roberts, Gina Tait, Kayla Weaver, and Ian Wright.


Krueger says farewell to Pine Hill Center

By Jay Braman Jr.
He was there at the beginning 10 years ago. He helped mold it, shape it, save it, maintain it, and do everything else that a community center needs in order to thrive.
And now, for Pine Hill resident James Krueger, it is time to move on.
Though a talented singer/songwriter, Krueger is perhaps best known in the region as the Executive Director of the Pine Hill Community Center, a thriving non-profit entity that Krueger has been involved with since it was created a decade ago.
Krueger sent word of his departure to the Catskill Mountain News last week.

Difficult choice


Dr. Humberto Abrahao retires after 34 years at Margaretville

Margaretville – HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s Margaretville Hospital campus has said goodbye to Dr. Humberto Abrahao, who recently retired after 34 years of service as a general surgeon and family practice physician in the area.
Marilyn Donnelly, Margaretville Hospital’s director of nursing services, said Dr. Abrahao is a very special doctor who cannot be replaced.


Firemen's Field Days feature firework fun

The unofficial kick-off of summer takes place this week when the Margaretville Fire Department hosts its annual Field Days from June 28-July 4.
Gigantic fireworks displays will be held twice – on Saturday, July 2 at 10:15 p.m. and on Monday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
The carnival will also feature four periods of money-saving “Pay One Price” offers that provide money-saving, unlimited ride enjoyment. The “Pay One Price” specials will be held on Wednesday, June 29 from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, July 1 from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, July 2 from 1-5 p.m. and on Monday, July 4 from 1-5 p.m.


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