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

Wedding ring lost at Plattekill returned after 10 years

By Brian Sweeney
It was similar to finding a needle in a haystack. Only harder. But a Plattekill Mountain skier retrieved a wedding ring from the mountain’s lost and found department on Sunday — a decade after the ring had fallen off his wife’s finger.

'Demon on Wheels' seeks funds to reach finish line


By Brian Sweeney
The filmmakers behind “Demon On Wheels,” which chronicles the racing exploits of Margaretville’s Mike Ondish, hope to have the documentary at film festivals next fall.

The movie project was started about two years ago and now the filmmakers are making a push on Kickstarter, an online threshold pledge system for funding creative projects. The goal is to raise $25,000 by March 13 to obtain funding necessary for final production work. To date, 78 backers have pledged nearly $4,000 toward the project.

Alta celebrates 40th Anniversary


The Berkshire ModelThe Berkshire ModelHalcottsville — Alta Log Homes is marking its 40th anniversary in the housing industry with a yearlong celebration. The Catskill Mountain log home manufacturer is a leader in innovative building techniques.

Expanded Thrift Shop opens to rave reviews


By Pauline Liu
The newly expanded Thrift Shop for the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center has reopened, much to the delight of customers.

NYC gets water permit; funds for more land


By Jay Braman Jr.
Just two months after Delaware County agreed to drop a lawsuit against the City of New York over the granting of a 15-year-long-water-supply permit to the latter,

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) an-nounced last week that the permit, which DEC administers, has been signed, sealed and delivered to the city.

Winds wreak havoc but no major damage


By Pauline Liu
The wild and wacky weather experienced here in the Catskills this winter grew even wilder Saturday and wreaked plenty of havoc.

Powerful winds, which at times whipped up to 70 mph, forced Saturday’s shutdown of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and also caused some intermittent power outrages in other parts of Ulster County.

President's Weekend had local communities bustling


By Pauline Liu
Local lodging establishments and ski centers were brimming with enthusiastic vacationers as Presidents’ Week got underway Saturday. Even the shutdown of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center due to high winds Saturday failed to put a damper on the weekend. Visitors proved to be resourceful. Some fanned out to other ski areas, while others went shopping. Either way, most were willing to make the best of the situation, since they still had the rest of their vacation to ski.

Middletown revaluation nearly complete

Staff report
A four-year property revaluation project in the Town of Middletown is nearing completion.

The goal of the project is to bring property assessments to full value.

New housing starts drop in Middletown

Staff Report
Building activity was down slightly in the Town of Middletown in 2010 compared to a year earlier.
Code Enforcement Officer Patrick Davis presented this information in his Annual Building and Zoning Report to the town board at its February meeting.

Construction in the town’s incorporated villages of Margaretville and Fleisch-manns showed slight activity increases over 2009.

Mountainside earns five stars in U.S. News and World Report

Margaretville — Mountainside Residential Care Center received a five-star rating in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2011 issue. The rating was based on data from “Nursing Home Compare,” a national report prepared by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which helps consumers, families and caregivers assess nursing facilities.

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