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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.

Fire damage limited at New Kingston home

By Brian Sweeney
A New Kingston home sustained only minor damage in a fire Sunday evening. The fire on the property of Richard and Pat Connell reportedly started in a woodpile adjacent to the house, according to Margaretville Fire Chief Gene Rosa.


Scenic Byway project is back on track

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The monthly meeting of the Central Catskills Collaborative (CCC) will not take place this coming Thursday, but instead will be convened in September.

Group advisor Peter Manning said that he is in the process of reviewing a compilation of “local assets” collected by representatives from the seven communities participating in the project. The assets, a collection of attractions ranging from geological features to nice shops, are said to be the gems threaded together by 50 miles of Route 28 between The towns of Olive and Andes.


NBDC names photo exposition winners

Amanda Gifford in silhouetteAmanda Gifford in silhouetteWalton —The winning entrants in National Bank of Delaware County’s “Faces of Delaware County” contest were picked in a lively session of judging on August 11.

All winning entries and most, if not all other entries will be on display at the bank’s booth in the commercial tent at the Delaware County Fair, and then start making the rounds of the NBDC offices in Walton, Andes, Franklin, Hamden, Stamford and Roxbury.


Arkville man killed in Route 28 accident

By Brian Sweeney
Jordan SoderbackJordan SoderbackA 19-year-old Arkville man was killed August 10 in an automobile accident on Route 28 near Boiceville.

Justin Soderback was ejected from a vehicle operated by another Arkville resident, Erica M. Miller. Police said the vehicle rolled over and pinned Soderback. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


An agreement is near on NYC land buying

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By Jay Braman Jr.
According to Jeff Baker, the attorney for the Coalition of Watershed Towns, a settlement agreement is near in the ongoing fight over conditions within the City of New York’s water supply permit, a new document that will become part of the city’s Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) and give the city authority to purchase an additional 96,000 acres of land in the Watershed over the next 15 years.


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WDC advisor to attend World Water Conference

Arkville — The Water Discovery Center (WDC), in its efforts to reach out to international experts concerned with water resources, will send a member of its National Advisory Board to the annual session of World Water Week, in Stockholm, Sweden September 5 through 11.


Re-Store Design Challenge work to be unveiled Aug. 21

Roxbury —After a month of teamwork and planning, the Re-Store Design Challenge is coming to Roxbury this weekend. Three intrepid design teams have only two days to install their creative retail ventures in time to open at noon on August 21.


Delaware Opportunities to distribute surplus food Aug. 27

Hamden — Delaware Opportunities will be conducting a distribution of surplus donated food to Delaware County residents on Friday, Aug. 27 starting at 11 a.m. until all food is distributed.


City challenges property assessments in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken was informed this month that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has filed a lawsuit challenging this year’s tax assessments of parts of the wastewater systems in Pine Hill and Chichester.


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