DEC slows Belleayre decision


By Jay Braman Jr.
News broke last week that the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was poised to take over the operation of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center from the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC.) But this week, a spokesman for DEC said it is too soon to tell if and when that will happen. ORDA operates Whiteface and Gore ski centers in the Adirondacks and manages many of the Olympic facilities in Lake Placid.

First defendant pleads in heroin busts


By Pauline Liu
The first of three Margaretville area defendants charged with heroin possession on April 25 was sentenced in Superior Court in Delhi on Monday, while a second defendant prepared to be prosecuted by a special district attorney. Matthew A. Santiago, 22, of Fleischmanns, accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to two years in state prison along with one year of parole.

Hospital touts achievements

By Pauline Liu
After a multi-million dollar upgrade to its facilities, an effort is now underway to attract more independent physicians to work at Margaretville Hospital. That was a key topic discussed at an informal meeting hosted by the hospital and held in the auditorium of Margaretville Central School last Wednesday. Hospital administrators explained that the session was held to keep a promise they made to the community at a public forum last September, before the clinic in Roxbury was shut down. “You asked us to stay in touch,” said Executive Director Sandra Horan. Her statement was echoed by members of the board of directors as they addressed the 30 people in the audience. “We’ve made a list of things that we’ve been able to accomplish,” Horan explained.

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.

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