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LUCKY THIRTEEN — Dave Corrado of Monroe in Orange County took this 13-point buck on opening day near Claryville, where he was staying at Frost Valley YMCA. The big buck deer weighed about 150 pounds and had four brow tines. Dave is an avid hunter and NYS hunter safety instructor and considers this to be the deer of a lifetime. —Contributed photo

Plattekill blasts Chamber

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By Jay Braman Jr.
A well-intentioned business promotion has caused a rift within the ranks of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce.


'Authority' management proposed for Belleayre

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Kassie DePavia: Kassie DePaiva, a Fleischmanns resident who stars as Blair Crammer on One Life to Live, was among those who turned out for Friday’s rally to protest staff cuts at Belleayre MountainKassie DePavia: Kassie DePaiva, a Fleischmanns resident who stars as Blair Crammer on One Life to Live, was among those who turned out for Friday’s rally to protest staff cuts at Belleayre MountainAt a rally Friday afternoon at the foot of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, local officials joined with county, state and federal lawmakers to send a message to Albany that Belleayre Mountain Ski Center should be taken out of the hands of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and turned over to a yet-to-be formed “authority,” similar to the one that operates the state’s two other ski centers in the Adirondacks.

A crowd of more than 200 people stood at the base of Belleayre Mountain as Joe Kelly, chairman of the Coalition to Save Belleayre, led chants of “Don’t mess with Belleayre” and “We are Belleayre” in protest of plans to slash the facility’s full-time work force from 60 employees down to about 15.


Leaders of area organizations recall 2010 and look ahead

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As we begin the new year, the News asked staff at some of the area’s key businesses and organizations to review their accomplishments for 2010 and to provide a glimpse of what’s ahead for 2011.

Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center

By Sylvia Murphy
As we look back at 2010, there have been many great accomplishments at Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.
The board of directors, staff, community and volunteers have contributed to the successful changes to the healthcare in Margaretville. They have expanded the service offerings, invested in new technology and brought new physicians including specialists to the community.

Margaretville Hospital
The emergency department at Margaretville Hospital was just one of the many improvements made to the hospital. The square footage nearly doubled in size adding spacious private rooms including two trauma beds and three individual rooms for emergency cases. The new department also includes the convenience of bedside patient registration through the use of a mobile registration unit.

A brand new CT scanner was delivered to Margaretville Hospital in the fall of 2010. The GE 16-Slice BrightSpeed Elite Select Scanner includes upgraded software that provides images equivalent to those of a 50-slice scanner, among the most sophisticated available. The new scanner features a unique detective system that provides more detail, better quality images and timelier scans. The images are easier for radiologists to read and result in faster, more accurate diagnoses. The scanner provides results that are more intricate than those provided by x-rays. The new technology also improves the ability of healthcare providers at Margaretville Hospital to digitally transport scans to radiologists and physicians at off-site locations.


High taxes and land prices are biggest drawbacks to farming

By Brian Sweeney
High taxes and land prices are the biggest obstacles to local farming, according to a survey conducted by the Delaware County Department of Economic Development. The agricultural survey generated 350 responses via mail and the Internet.

A breakdown of the survey indicates the following:


Phoneicia red hot in 'Cool' voting

By Jay Braman Jr.
Now it’s getting serious.
Word has spread that the Town of Shandaken hamlet of Phoenicia is in the running to be named the coolest small town in America. And now, the town board wants to do everything possible to make that happen.

On Monday Supervisor Rob Stanley put the word out.


Middletown clerk, Russell Schebesta, reaches 30-year milestone

Russell SchebestaMargaretville — Russell Schebesta reached a milestone on December 31, 2010, completing 30 years of service as Middletown Town Clerk. Russell began his employment with the town as bookkeeper and benefits administrator in January 1978. He served in this capacity for three years before becoming town clerk.

He was appointed town clerk in December 1980 and was elected to his first full term the following November. He also continued to work as bookkeeper and benefits administrator through 1989. Looking back on his service, Russell said he has observed numerous changes in town government. He noted that when he began work there was no planning board or any land use regulations; zoning and building permit requirements did not exist in Middletown. He issued the town’s first building permits in 1982, prior to the town hiring a building inspector.


Belleayre rally snowed out

By Jay Braman Jr.
The threat of, and then the appearance of, a major winter storm on Monday put a freeze on plans to hold a support rally for Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and its employees. The rally will now be held at noon on Friday.


Hein commits county funding to stop flooding in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein stood on Phoenicia’s Main Street last Wednesday and told a group of listeners that he has pledged county support for a dredging project to protect the hamlet from future flooding.


Phoenicia nominated as Coolest Small Town

By Jay Braman Jr.
Budget Travel Magazine thinks that Phoenicia is cool.
So cool, in fact, that the magazine’s editors and staff have nominated the hamlet to be named as one of America’s top 10 “Coolest” small towns.

Voting by readers starts now and the results will be announced next September.


DEC sets new outdoor wood boiler regualtions

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By Brian Sweeney
New regulations for Outdoor Wood Boilers were announced by the NYS Department of
Environmental Conservation last week.


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