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

Community Christmas Project still going strong

By Brian Sweeney
A record number of families received donations of food, clothing and toys this year from the Middletown Community Christmas Project. Community volunteers made deliveries on Saturday to 147 families throughout the township. A total of 269 adults and 209 children benefitted from the donations made to the project, according to longtime Co-Chair Teresa Goodchild.

The Middletown Community Christmas Project relies on the public for contributions of money, food, clothing and toys.

Volunteers work long hours at the Purcell Center in Margaretville packing the boxes with appropriate items for families in need of assistance and for those who live alone.
The annual Jimmy DiGiacomo Fund-Raising Auction was held December 5 at LaCabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns and raised more than $7,000 for this year’s fund-raising project.
Monetary donations are still being accepted and may be mailed to: Community Christmas Project, P.O. Box 58, Margaretville, NY 12455. Or call, 845 586-2408.

Roxbury Community Christmas Project: Volunteers turned out in strong numbers Tuesday morning to finish packing boxes for the Roxbury Community Christmas Project. After the packing, boxes were delivered to 68 children, 46 families and 16 senior citizens in the Roxbury Central School District.Roxbury Community Christmas Project: Volunteers turned out in strong numbers Tuesday morning to finish packing boxes for the Roxbury Community Christmas Project. After the packing, boxes were delivered to 68 children, 46 families and 16 senior citizens in the Roxbury Central School District.


'Don't mess with Belleayre' rally planned for Monday

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Congressman Maurice Hinchey will join members of the Coalition to Save Belleayre at a “Don’t Mess With Belleayre” rally on Monday, Dec. 27.  The noon event announced this week by Coalition Chair Joe Kelly will be held at the intersection of Rt. 28 and county Road 47 (also known as the access road to Belleayre) to continue protesting the cut of 48 permanent staff positions at the ski center.  


Roxbury Motel expansion adds unique lodging choice

The Wizard's Emeralds RoomThe Wizard's Emeralds RoomRoxbury —There are getaways, and then there are GETAWAYS!

The Roxbury Motel has just doubled its capacity to blow your mind, rock your soul, wet your whistle, and freak your chic. With the recent opening of its very grand 8,000-square-foot North Wing, the Catskills’ boutique motel crosses the street and expands its bold and luxurious signature style in a burst of glorious new construction encompassing nine new suites, an Executive Conference Room, that deserves a name more like “Psychedelic Power Pow-wow Chamber,” and The Shimmer Spa North, a fraternal twin of the property’s original pamper-zone, The Shimmer Spa South.


Robsons carry on Christmas tree tradition

By Brian Sweeney
In an age where holiday shopping is increasingly dominated by technology and shopping via the Internet continues to gain popularity, there are a handful of businesses that still operate the old-fashioned way. Robsons’ Christmas Tree Farm is included in the latter group.


Anti-flooding measure approved for Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
State and local officials have reached an agreement to expedite emergency anti-flooding measures on the Stony Clove stream in Phoenicia before the end of December.
For the second time in as many months, the Stony Clove stream flooded Main Street in the Shandaken hamlet of Phoenicia on December 1. Last week State Senator John Bonacic toured the area with local officials.


Supervisors back deal with NYC

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By Jay Braman Jr
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors agreed last week to drop its lawsuit against the City of New York and support a controversial deal reached last month between the city and the Coalition of Watershed Towns.

The board of supervisors heard a presentation by watershed officials that outlined the details of a long-awaited arrangement, and while going along with it, the chairman of the board said afterwards that he was not happy with it.


Greene ski areas blast Belleayre

By Jay Braman Jr.
Two private sector ski areas in the region are once again leveling charges of unfair ticket promotions against state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.

Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain, both located in Greene County, and who vie for the same skiers that Belleayre does, researched Belleayre’s records and discovered that for the past two ski seasons Belleayre has given away about 10 percent of its lift tickets for free.
Out of 169,000 skiers last season 16,000 were given free tickets. The season prior 16,700 got free tickets.


Innovative video conferencing puts homebound RCS student in classroom

By Brian Sweeney
A Roxbury Central School kindergarten student, who is homebound due to health issues, is engaging in classroom studies through an innovative videoconferencing arrangement.

The student, Dylan Utter was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy when he was 17 months old. His parents, Erica and Fred Utter Jr., have sought countless treatments for Dylan’s medical problems. While their son’s condition has improved, he remains too medically fragile to attend school, primarily because his immune system is compromised and he’s susceptible to sickness.


MCS students show art at Freshtown

Toni Smith's second grade classToni Smith's second grade classArtwork from first- and second-graders at Margaretville Central School now adorns a section of the Freshtown Supermarket on Bridge Street, Margaretville. The grocery store display is the result of a collaborative effort between the MCS art department and Freshtown management.


Fairview Library offers deliveries

The Fairview Public Library is starting a home delivery and pick-up program for Margaretville residents who love to read but are unable to get to the library due to health or transportation difficulties.


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