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SPA TREATMENT — After a 14-year review, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has ended its environmental review of the Belleayre Resort. Above, an artist’s rendition of the Highmount Spa Resort portion of the resort.

Middletown Comp plan meeting on Oct. 26

By Brian Sweeney
A public hearing on the draft Town of Middletown Comprehensive Plan will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the town hall on Route 28, Margaretville. The Comprehensive Plan has been the subject of numerous public hearings and workshop sessions involving town and county planning officials. The plan was developed by Nan Stolzenburg, a consultant with Planning Better Places.


Shandaken budget tops $5 million

By Jay Braman Jr.
“These figures are not set in stone,” Supervisor/Budget Officer Robert Stanley told a very small audience at the October Shandaken Board Town meeting last week. That evening Stanley released his preliminary budget plan. For the first time in history it will now cost over $5 million a year to run Shandaken; $5,032,447 to be exact. Taxes are set to go up, but by only 5.96 percent.


Belleayre free skiing for seniors may be cut

By Jay Braman Jr.
State Senator John J. Bonacic, who represents much of Delaware and Ulster counties, has joined with the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce to ask the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) not to end free skiing for seniors over the age of 70 at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. 


Phoenicia Times, Olive Press newspapers out of business

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Two western Ulster County newspapers have joined a growing list of print publications that have closed due to tough economic times.


Participants sought for Relay for Life

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Delhi — The American Cancer Society invites anyone interested in forming a team to the Relay For Life Kick-Off Ceremony Oct. 27, 6 p.m. at SUNY Delhi’s Alumni Hall.


Residents chide hospital for Roxbury Health Center closing

By Dick Sanford
Margaretville Hospital officials got a chilly reception from a standing-room-only crowd at Roxbury Town Hall Thursday evening when they came to town to confirm what most already knew; that the hospital-owned Roxbury Family Health Center would close in mid-November and that their favorite physician, Dr. Susan Fiore, would leave the hospital’s staff at the same time.


Binnekill stream lawsuit dismissed

By Brian Sweeney
A lawsuit against current and past Margaretville and county officials stemming from a long-standing controversy over the Binnekill stream has been dismissed.


Residents question CWC motives in proposed Phoenicia sewer project

By Jay Braman Jr.
Catskill Watershed Corp-oration (CWC) officials visited Shandaken Monday night to introduce themselves to the community and ended up getting an earful from Phoenicia residents who fear the agency is acting as an agent for New York City.


Baptist Church sets up new home in Phoenicia

Jay Braman Jr.
There’s a new house of worship in Phoenicia.
The organizers of the Baptist meetinghouse describe this new addition to the religious landscape as “an old fashioned, hymn singin’, independent, fundamental ministry spreading the word.”


Former Margaretville pastor sentenced as a sex offender

By Brian Sweeney
James McDevittJames McDevittA former pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville has been ordered to register as a sex offender and sentenced to six years’ probation supervision.


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