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,

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.


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

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.

Snow days melting away for local schools

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora School District has already used up its allotment of snow days for the current school year. Any more cancellations due to weather must be made up by shortening spring vacation, lengthening the school year, or eliminating other holidays that students were scheduled to have off.

Intentional feeding of bears now a violation


By Jay Braman Jr.
Just when you thought that it was bad enough that bears in the region wreak havoc on your property when they raid your garbage and bird feeders, you can now face charges as a result.

Sewer Use Law outlined in Middletown report

Staff report
A report on enforcement actions related to the Town of Middletown / Village of Margaretville Sewer Use Law was presented at the town’s January meeting.

Local jeweler still gem at 95


By Brian Sweeney
As a young man, diamonds — the baseball variety — were the top priority in Tone Locasto’s life. As it has for countless men and women, war changed Tone’s plans.

Ulster County sues DEP over Esopus discharging


By Jay Braman Jr.
Stating that the New York City Department of Envi- ronmental Protection (DEP) is showing a blatant disregard for both the environment and the health, safety and the welfare of local residents, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein has announced a notice of claim to sue the DEP for discharging muddy water from the Ashokan Reservoir into the lower Esopus Creek.

Long Island teen killed in Windham skiing accident


By Brian Sweeney
An 18-year-old Long Island girl was killed in a ski accident on Windham Mountain Sunday morning.
A press release issued by the mountain indicated that Erin Clare Malloy-McArdle was skiing on a trail marked as “more difficult,” when she lost control at high speed and left the trail. Ms. Malloy-McArdle was reportedly a novice skier.

Belleayre Snowball marks Silver Anniversary


By Jay Braman Jr.
The Belleayre Snowball, the region’s biggest and brightest wintertime society bash, will mark its 25th anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m., with a jubilee celebration and at the same time honor Ken Pasternak, Fleischmanns’ favorite son, with a Spirit of the Catskills Award.

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