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DRESSING FOR A CAUSE — Margaretville residents Lissa Harris, right, (a jellyfish — winner of the most creative costume) is pictured with Julia Reischel (sailor) at the annual Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday at The Andes Hotel. Proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit the ACS Dollars for Scholars program. In our print edition this week, be sure to take a peek at our full page of Hallowe'en safety tips, sponsored by local businesses.— Photo by Joe Damone

Sewer Use Law outlined in Middletown report

Staff report
A report on enforcement actions related to the Town of Middletown / Village of Margaretville Sewer Use Law was presented at the town’s January meeting.


Local jeweler still gem at 95

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By Brian Sweeney
As a young man, diamonds — the baseball variety — were the top priority in Tone Locasto’s life. As it has for countless men and women, war changed Tone’s plans.


Ulster County sues DEP over Esopus discharging

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Stating that the New York City Department of Envi- ronmental Protection (DEP) is showing a blatant disregard for both the environment and the health, safety and the welfare of local residents, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein has announced a notice of claim to sue the DEP for discharging muddy water from the Ashokan Reservoir into the lower Esopus Creek.


Long Island teen killed in Windham skiing accident

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By Brian Sweeney
An 18-year-old Long Island girl was killed in a ski accident on Windham Mountain Sunday morning.
A press release issued by the mountain indicated that Erin Clare Malloy-McArdle was skiing on a trail marked as “more difficult,” when she lost control at high speed and left the trail. Ms. Malloy-McArdle was reportedly a novice skier.


Belleayre Snowball marks Silver Anniversary

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Belleayre Snowball, the region’s biggest and brightest wintertime society bash, will mark its 25th anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m., with a jubilee celebration and at the same time honor Ken Pasternak, Fleischmanns’ favorite son, with a Spirit of the Catskills Award.


Wastewater treatment put into service in Boiceville

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By Jay Braman Jr.


Staten Island brothers killed in Grand Gorge accident

By Brian Sweeney
Two brothers from Staten Island died Thursday night after their car plunged into an icy pond outside of Grand Gorge.

Brothers Paul Campione III, 38, of Port Richmond and Christopher Campione, 33, of Tompkinsville, were pronounced dead at Margaretville Hospital, despite heroic efforts by emergency personnel.


Belleayre options to be explored by attorney

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Representatives from the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC), the Coalition to Save Belleayre, the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, MARK, along with town and county officials are meeting with an attorney who has ties to the region to discuss the recent issues swirling around Belleayre Ski Center.


NYC challenged again on muddying water

By Jay Braman Jr.
Complaints about muddy water from New York City’s Schoharie Reservoir fouling the Esopus Creek are nothing new. Muddy WaterMuddy WaterFor decades environmentalists and fishermen have claimed that years of built-up silt in the Schoharie Reservoir gets sucked in an 18-mile-long underground tunnel and then flushed into the Esopus Creek in the Town of Shandaken.


Middletown makes appointments at reorganizational meeting

Staff report
The Town of Middletown held its 2011 Reorganizational Meeting on January 4.
Supervisor Len Utter made the annual list of appointments, including official publications, depositories and various town board members were named as committee representatives.


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