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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

Historic Halcottsville Creamery heavily damaged by snowstorm

By Brian Sweeney
The historic Halcottsville Creamery building was among the victims of record snowfall totals from February 23 and 25 storms that wreaked havoc on the area. Owners Jim and Susan Kelly traveled from New York City to the Catskills two days after the successive snowfalls dumped more than five feet on the hamlet of Halcottsville. As they headed into the hamlet, they immediately realized that the silhouette of the former creamery building had been dramatically altered.


Local officials pledge help to bolster area's economy

By Jay Braman Jr.
The economic summit held at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Tuesday got out the message that local governments want to help the little guy fight to survive the current recession.
And while officials from both Ulster and Delaware county were on hand with similar messages, it was noted that Ulster is outspending Delaware when it comes to tourism promotion, something that at least one official would like to see change.


Area residents had key roles in memorable Oscar highlight

By Julia Green
It was one of the most talked-about moments of this year’s Oscar telecast Sunday night, save “Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow’s upset of ex-husband and “Avatar” director James Cameron in the Best Director category. And, it involved two people with Roxbury connections.
As film director and producer Roger Ross Williams took the stage to deliver his acceptance speech for the Best Documentary Short Oscar for the short film “Music By Prudence,” he found himself in a bit of an awkward moment.


Catskill Center appoints Alan White executive director

Arkville — The Board of Directors of The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (CCCD) announced Monday the appointment of Alan White of Halcott Center as executive director.


Congressman Murphy visits area constituents

By Julia Green
Congressman Scott Murphy, who represents New York’s 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, was once again in Delaware County last week, when he had lunch with a number of area business people at the Quarter Moon Café in Delhi.


Catskill Landowners' Association opposes any gas drilling ban

Margaretville — The Catskill Landowners’ Associa-tion (CLA), a group of landowners dedicated to the protection of landowners’ rights, announced last week that it is opposed to any suggested regulation imposing a broad-scale, general ban on natural gas drilling on private property within the Catskill Region, unless landowners receive just compensation for the loss of this property right.


Sixteen-foot snowman standing tall in Roxbury

By Dick Sanford
When life deals you lemons, you make lemonade. So what do you do when Mother Nature dumps four feet of snow in your front yard on Main Street in Roxbury? If you’re Frank Jankowski, Debbie Bauer and Frank’s seven-year-old daughter Catherine, you take that four feet of snow and make it into a 16-foot-tall snowman, that’s what!


Cows escaped serious injury when barn addition roof fell

By Brian Sweeney
The good news from last week’s historic snowstorm was that the predicted high winds never materialized. As a result, the broken trees and power outages that many had feared, were minimal.


Skiers flock to region to enjoy fresh powder

By Jay Braman Jr.
When it comes to skiing and all things related to skiing in the Catskills, it is a sad reality that, after Presidents’ Day weekend, the annual decline of the industry begins. The number of visitors starts to drop off, ski centers begin laying off part-time help, there is less traffic in local eateries and shops, and eventually, in April, it all winds down to nothing.


Buried! Storms pound area with more than four feet of snow

By Brian Sweeney
When it comes to record snowfalls in the Catskills, last week’s might be at the top of the heap.
Most people the News spoke to said they had never seen more snow in the Catskills than the amounts that arrived in storms on Tuesday and Thursday.
When it was all over, reports from area residents generally cited totals in the four-foot range.


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