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

MARK Project heads back to Erpf House

By Brian Sweeney
The MARK Project, a regional economic development agency, has returned to its original home at the Erpf House in Arkville.


Belleayre cutbacks ripped by officials

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By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s been a week since Belleayre Mountain Ski Center management announced that as many as 48 employees at the state-owned facility will lose their full-time employee status and be converted to seasonal employees.


Parade & festivities in Margaretville on Saturday

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Margaretville — A Holiday “Give & Gift” Making Fair, sponsored by The Kids in the Kaatskills in collaboration with the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild, will present a children’s “Holiday Give & Gift Making Fair” on Saturday Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the second floor atrium of the Commons Building on Main Street, Margaretville.


Belleayre staffers cry foul over job cuts

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By Brian Sweeney
All of the workers being laid off at Belleayre Mountain have reportedly been offered seasonal positions, with no salary protection, and a 20 percent reduction in annual hours.
Seasonal employees are limited to 1,750 hours of work in one year. The workers will be allowed to maintain their benefits if they return as seasonal workers.


Arkville man killed on Route 28

By Brian Sweeney
A 28-year-old Arkville man was struck and killed by a motor vehicle near Fleischmanns last Wednesday night.

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies said that Jay P. Todd was walking on the northbound lane of Route 28 near the center of the roadway about 6:15 p.m. when he was hit by a northbound vehicle operated by Sheldon Sife, 84, of Fleischmanns.


Pasternak honored with Spirit of the Catskills award

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Kenneth D. Pasternak, a lifelong presence in Fleischmanns, will receive the Spirit of the Catskills award at the 25th Annual Snowball at Belleayre Mountain in January.  


Jobs to be cut at Belleayre Ski Center

By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Mountain Superintendent Tony Lanza had bad news to deliver to the ski center’s employees this morning. In a mid-morning telephone interview, Lanza said he had just finished addressing the staff, notifying them that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) top brass have directed him to make “substantial cuts” to Belleayre’s workforce, and to do it soon.


Middletown budget has 2.6% tax hike

The Town of Middletown has adopted a 2011 budget that reflects a 2.6 percent increase in the amount to be raised by taxes. The Tentative Budget included a tax increase of 8.4 percent, but the board made several large cuts that reduced that total by nearly six percent.


Big game hunting prospects look good

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By Brian Sweeney
Hunters should expect good prospects for the Southern Zone Big Game Hunting Season that opens Saturday, Nov. 20 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 12. A spokesman from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said that the deer harvest should be comparable to last season.


Officials divided on NYC Watershed plan

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Public officials from throughout the watershed region gathered in Margaretville Saturday to hear the details of a long-awaited agreement between the Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT) and the City of New York.


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