James McGrath receives Spirit of the Catskills Award

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LONG SERVICE — James “Jimmy” McGrath, right, was honored with the Spirit of the Catskills Award on Saturday evening at the Belleayre Conservatory’s annual Snowball held Saturday evening at The Emerson in Mt. Tremper. The award is presented annually to someone who has performed extraordinary service to benefit the region. Jimmy was instrumental in growing the Shandaken Police Department and recently retired as police chief. Making the presentation is Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. A packed house enjoyed the dinner-dance. Proceeds benefit the Belleayre Music Festival. — Photo by Franz Edlinger, eOneMedia.com

Ash borer study begins


By Pauline Liu
If you happen to see purple triangular boxes hanging from ash tree limbs, state researchers ask that you please don’t disturb these insect traps. They’re part of a government study to detect whether an ash tree-killing insect known as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is making its way into the Delaware County Catskills.

MCS board fills vacancy

Staff report
A familiar face will be filling the new vacancy on the Margaretville Central School Board of Education in the coming weeks. Vice President Robbie Martin, who was preparing to step down when her five-year term expires at the end of the month, suddenly finds herself back on the board.

Former Super grilled over graft accusation

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Town Board meetings are a little bit like the early days of summer, when it can be bright and beautiful for the most part, and just when you thought it would stay that way thunder claps, lightening flashes and storm clouds roll in.

Northlands in Fleischmanns sold

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owner of the Northland Motel in Fleischmanns has sold the property.
Rocky Kalra owned and operated the Northland, located on Main Street in the heart of the village, for eight years before selling it to the owners of the nearby Flagstone Motel. The sale closed on June 1.

The sale occurred after the Flagstone owners made an offer on the property, which Kalra said had not been listed for sale.
But when he saw the offer, a figure he did not disclose, he took it.

Ballplayers raise more than $10K for Fleischmanns park

By Jay Braman Jr.
Times are tough. Money is scarce. Scare for even the essentials let alone other wishes.
So, what to do when you need some money, thousands of dollars actually, to fulfill a dream of a new playground?

Play Ball!!!!
And play for a long, long time.

That is exactly what the Mountain Athletic Club (MAC) did on Memorial Day weekend.

Story clarification offered by the News


A front-page story in last week’s Catskill Mountain News by Jay Braman Jr. headlined, “New operator key to Belleayre” incorrectly attributes Albany attorney Dan Ruzow as the author of a study commissioned by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) on the future management of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.

Holiday weekend business was brisk

By Pauline Liu 
Crowds and hot weather returned to the Catskills for the Memorial Day Weekend. The weekend traditionally marks the unofficial start of summer here in the mountains.
The owners of many  eateries were all smiles over the boost that visitors gave to the local economy. In some cases, business was at a record high.  Some marveled over the turnout, especially considering the rising cost of food due to hikes in shipping rates. The price of gas at the pumps, while still high, managed to drop slightly just in time for the long holiday weekend.

Area Civil War veterans honored in special tribute

The following Memorial Day tribute to Middletown’s Civil War dead was prepared by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown and delivered by HSM President Diane Galusha, HSM Trustee George Hendricks, and the following community members: Alan Gavette, Roy Todd, Bill Birns, Merilee Todd Asher, Sally Scudder Fairbairn, Willis Marks, Nick Verni, Berna Close VanBenschoten and Sally Elliott Scrimshaw.

Veteran broker offers ideas for area growth

By Pauline Liu
 Local real estate broker Eric Wedemeyer believes that Delaware County is in desperate need of more lodging to attract visitors to the region.

He’s proposing cluster development of four “lynch pins” as the solution to the area’s economic woes. The owner of Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties in Margaretville was invited to speak before the Andes Roundtable on Wednesday night.

Austin powers to MCS board win

By Brian Sweeney
Voters in all area school districts easily passed the budgets for 2011-2012 in voting last Tuesday.
The Margaretville School District budget passed easily, 233-41, and write-in candidate Lee Austin was elected to the board.

The MCS 2011-2012 budget totaled $10,352,986 and had a zero percent increase in the tax levy.

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