The Passing of a Legend

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From providing entertainment at his teenage friends' birthday parties decades ago, to leading square dances well into his 80s, Hilton Kelly (center) — with his wife Stella and his "Sidekicks" — was a Catskills institution who helped generations appreciate and enjoy the music and dance of our culture. Hilt headed for the Tower of Song on Tuesday, March 3. He will be missed, but the legacy of his music, his wit and his commitment to mountain culture will endure. — Contributed photo

OCS adopts 3-hour delay plan to avoid snow days

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By Jay Braman Jr.
With their number of upcoming vacation days dwindling due to using more snow days than were budgeted, the Onteora Central School (OCS) District Superintendent of Schools has come up with a plan that she hopes will prevent the loss of even more vacation days, and, at the same time, get the kids to school safely on days of inclement weather.


Emerald Ash Borer focus of workshop

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Oneonta — Landowners are invited to attend a workshop on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Morris Conference Center at SUNY College at Oneonta located at 1 Ravine Parkway in Oneonta, to learn how to prepare for the eminent threat of the emerald ash borer (EAB); a beetle that has the potential to kill every ash tree in the state.


Governor’s budget knife chops big slice from area schools’ aid

By Brian Sweeney
Area school administrators are anticipating staffing cuts and program elimination as a result of deep State Aid cuts included in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2011-2012 budget.
Margaretville Central School would be among the districts hardest hit by the proposal, losing more than 20 percent of its State Aid under Gov. Cuomo’s proposal.


BOCES students 'going green' with algae project

By Brian Sweeney
Students at the Northern Catskills Occupational Center in Grand Gorge are exploring the use of algae as an alternative fuel source.


Local officials blast DEC over Phoenicia flood plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken officials have found themselves drowning in red tape that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has dumped on them in response to a request to make emergency repairs to Stony Clove Creek in order to prevent more flooding of Main Street, Phoenicia.


Pasternak honored at Snowball

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
You can go home again, as was beautifully demonstrated Saturday night when Ken Pasternak accepted the Spirit of the Catskills Award at the 25th annual Snowball at Belleayre. 


City halting release into Esopus

By Jay Braman Jr.
Federal, state, county and local officials in the watershed region are claming victory after the City of New York not only halted the release of muddy water into the Esopus Creek but also will pay for a complete assessment of the damage caused by the four-month-long release of the muck.


Consistent products, customer service keys to good business

Each year, when the winners of the Catskill Mountain News Best Service Awards are announced, we profile some of the recipients. This year we chose top voter getters who have been in business a long time and whose attention to detail has earned them a loyal following.

First Place -
Insurance Providers
Mang Insurance,
Margaretville


Winners of the 2010 Catskill Mountain News Best Service Awards

Following are the winners chosen in the 2010 Catskill Mountain News Best Service Awards Contest. Congratulations to all those who won and thanks to our readers for taking the time to cast ballots.

HOME SERVICES

Cleaning Services:
Kountry Moon
Maid My Day
Laura O’Connor

Contractor:
Chris Von Hassel
Absolute Construction


Long delayed e-center back on track in Margaretville

By Brian Sweeney
The long-delayed establishment of an eCenter business incubator on Main Street, Margaretville is expected to soon get back on track.

Delaware County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Executive Director Glenn Nealis told the News this week that work to finish the project is expected to begin by late winter.


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