Buyers cashing in on high-end properties

By Pauline Liu
While most of the country remains in a housing slump, the recent sale of the Bouton Farm in Roxbury is just one of the latest examples of a growing real estate trend here in the Catskills.

Well-heeled buyers are surfing the Internet for high- end properties with a lot of acreage.
They think the region is beautiful and the investment opportunities equally attractive. So they’re paying cash and cashing in.

TMTP director appears in HBO documentary


New York City — On March 25, 1911 at The Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York City, a fire broke out that took the lives of 146 young immigrant workers, mostly women. It was the worst workplace disaster in New York City history. It galvanized a movement for social justice and legislation that for the first time provided protection for workers.

Andes short on equipment after fire destroys snowplow


Andes snowplow wreaked by fireAndes snowplow wreaked by fire
By Pauline Liu
Officials with the Town of Andes Highway Department are looking for another snowplow after one of theirs burned up on February 2.

“We could use help,” said Deputy Highway Superintendent Brad Darling. “We’re looking for a good, used four-by-four. We need to get the word out.”

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the image of the scorched 1991 Autocar snowplow is worth plenty. Dan Melvin, 37, a town highway department employee and heavy equipment operator reported that he was plowing on Wolf Hollow Road in Andes, when he heard a bang and jumped out of the cab just before it burst into flames. Fortunately, he was not hurt, but he told his bosses that he had to walk a mile before he could find a phone in order to notify them of what occurred.

Mayoral race heating up in Fleischmanns

By Pauline Liu
Residents of the tiny Village of Fleischmanns are being asked to make a big decision. Voters will be turning out to select their mayor, when the village general election is held on March 15.
Incumbent Mayor Dave Morell is being challenged by Trustee Fred Woller. The village has only about 300 residents and more than half of them are registered voters. The contest offers voters an interesting choice. The outgoing, boyish 42-year-old incumbent will be facing a 65-year-old rival with a long record of public service.

Arkville residents safe after car plunges over embankment

By Pauline Liu
An Arkville couple survived a harrowing experience late Saturday night after their car skidded over an embankment in bad weather. Robert Hardman, 79, and his wife Mary Jane, 72, were returning home at about 10 p.m., after spending a day in Amsterdam. The snow began to fall as they were headed east on Dry Brook Road in Arkville.

They were about a half-mile past Erpf Road, when their silver 2002 Lexus RX 300 SUV swerved out-of-control, rolled up a snowbank and over a guardrail. The vehicle continued halfway down the Dry Brook embankment. The only thing that stopped it from hitting the water was dense brush.

Lodging places fare well this ski season


By Jay Braman Jr.
There appears to be a silver lining in a winter that has been plagued with a dark cloud of bad news surrounding Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.

At a meeting of the Belleayre Region Lodging and Tourism Association on Monday, Belleayre Superintendent Tony Lanza said that the 2010-2011 ski season has been the best for business in a long time, according to reports from association members. “Some (members) are reporting their best year ever,” he said.

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.

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