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Students from Margaretville and Roxbury enjoyed a 12-day worldwind tour of Europe this month, including this stop at the ruins in Pompeii. Read more about their most excellent adventures in our Features or News sections! — Contributed Photo.

Alliance seeking DEP ban on industrial wind turbines

By Julia Green
The Western Catskill Preservation Alliance (WCPA) this week submitted a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requesting that the agency consider a ban on the construction of industrial wind turbines in the New York City watershed. In it, WCPA President Ronald Karam cited the ban on industrial gas drilling in the watershed requested by the DEP in December.


Ski injuries keep helicopters busy

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Three medical evacuation helicopters landed in Margaretville and one in Pine Hill on Friday to pick up skiers injured at Belleayre and transport them to various hospitals for treatment.


Middletown building permits dip 10%

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By Brian Sweeney
Permit activity in the Town of Middletown Building and Zoning Department declined by about 10 percent in 2009. The town board reviewed the Annual Report from Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) Patrick Davis at its February meeting.


CWC poised to take over Phoenicia’s sewer project

By Jay Braman Jr.
A meeting earlier this month between Town of Shandaken and Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) officials was a success. As a result, the town has prepared the necessary documents to officially get the CWC on board for planning the long suffering, controversial Phoenicia sewer project.


Hinkley begins Afghanistan deployment

USAF MSgt Winfield S. Hinkley, Jr., son of Wink and Karen Hinkley of Grand Gorge, was recently deployed to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.  He is currently on a six-month tour separating him from his family and his home station of Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington. 

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Free flu vaccines offered Feb. 17 at Mountainside

Margaretville — A free H1N1 Flu Vaccine Clinic will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 3-7 p.m. at Mountainside Residential Care, Margaretville.


Heather Brighton named chair of Hospital Foundation

Ed Morache, CEO of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, has announced that Heather Brighton has assumed the role of Chair for the Margaretville Hospital Foundation.


Master mechanic Mike Ondish featured in film detailing restoration of a classic Shelby Mustang

Margaretville — Capturing the thrill of a high-speed chase across mountain switchbacks and the long, rough ride toward an incredible dream, a new documentary film resuming production in March focuses on the life and local exploits of one of Margaretville’s favorite sons and fearless speed demons.


CWT fights DEP on gas drilling rights

By Jay Braman Jr.
Another voice in the region has been heard on the much-discussed subject of gas drilling in the New York City Watershed.This time it’s the Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT), an advocacy group that, for almost 20 years, has fought for the rights of over 50 towns and villages in the Catskills that make up what is known as the West of Hudson Watershed.


CWC reviewing loans after AG's complaints

By Jay Braman Jr.
A ripple effect is being felt in the region following word that the New York State Attorney General’s Office has targeted area hospitals, threatening them with prosecution unless they comply with new standards for disposing of pharmaceutical waste.


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