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

MCS School Board sets goals for district

By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville Central School Board of Education has developed a seven-goal plan for the district to follow as a long-term “road map.”

The strategic planning tool was the result of several workshops attended by the board during the summer.


CCCD awarded contract to fight invasive species

Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (CCCD) has been awarded a contract that may be worth more than $500,000 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to administer a partnership for invasive species management in the Catskill Region.


Local government day video on CWC website

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Margaretville— Excerpts from the keynote address at the October 20 Catskills Local Government Day have been posted on the website of the Catskill Watershed Corp- oration (CWC), www.cwc online.org.


Crossroads preparing revised resort plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
After months of silence the team behind the resort project known as the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park has announced a new timeline for what should be the beginning of the end of the proposal’s seemingly endless review process.


DEC commissioner fired for fighting staff cuts

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was unceremoniously fired last week due to his public disagreement with Governor David Paterson’s plan to drastically cut the DEC’s staff and budget.


Polls open Tuesday for mid-term election

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By Brian Sweeney
Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to decide a number of races for statewide office.
In local competition, a hard-fought battle is being waged in the 42nd Senate District where incumbent Republican/Cons-ervative John Bonacic of Mt. Hope is facing a challenge from Democrat David Sager of Jeffersonville.


Hospital, Mountainside employees honored

Margaretville — The 38th annual Employee Recognition Dinner for Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center was held October 23 at Belleayre.


Wilber Corporation sale announced

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Oneonta — Officials with Community Bank System, Inc., headquartered in DeWitt, and The Wilber Corporation, headquartered in Oneonta, announced Monday the signing of a merger agreement in which Community Bank System will acquire The Wilber Corporation, parent company of Wilber National Bank, for $101.8 million in Community Bank System stock and cash, or $9.50 per share.


Employee Recognition Dinner

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Arrests made in crash that killed Margaretville woman

By Brian Sweeney
Two people have been arrested on charges resulting from a March 24 crash that claimed the life of a Margaretville woman.

The investigation by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department revealed that the two people charged in the accident had been “texting” with cell phones when the accident occurred.


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