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

Catskill Center director sees regional economy at "tipping point"; organization will refocus efforts on eco-friendly development

By Julia Green
Few would argue that a perfect storm of external factors has developed to create a dire economic situation in the Catskills in recent years. Declining population, stringent watershed regulations, an increase in city-owned land, and a stagnant real estate market have left the region reeling and scrambling to find its footing on an ever-changing terrain.


Registration open for 1,000 Books Club

Margaretville — Registration for the 1,000 Books Club is now open at the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville, the Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns or the Margaretville Central School Library.
The 1,000 Books Club is an early childhood literacy program, the goal of which is to make it convenient, easy and free for parents to have access to 1,000 quality children’s books to read aloud to their children.


Area schools name top grads

Staff report
Area schools have announced their top honor graduates from the Class of 2010.


State withholding payments of promised highway funding

By Jay Braman Jr.
It remains unclear whether much paving will occur on Shandaken’s roads this year.
As paving crews blaze westward on the state-owned Route 28 this week, Shandaken Highway Superintendent Eric Hofmeister said that putting pavement on any local roads is on hold.


Catskill Park signs to get design makeover

By Jay Braman Jr.
Driving through the Catskill or Adirondack mountain parks, it’s easy to notice that all the road signs are a different color scheme than anywhere else in the state. But now those fairly new brown and yellow signs must come down and be replaced with brown and white ones. That’s according to the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT), working under marching orders from Washington.


DEP says drug traces don't threaten water

By Brian Sweeney
Trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in the New York City Watershed do not pose a threat to water quality, the Department of Environmental Protection has announced. In a press statement issued last week, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Cas Calloway said that a yearlong study has concluded that the presence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in New York City’s water source do not pose a public health risk.


State funding holdup stalls eCenter work

By Brian Sweeney
A delay in promised funding has stalled the eCenter project underway on Margaretville’s Main Street. The eCenter is being created by Delaware County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). Glenn Nealis, executive director of the IDA, told the News last week that $250,000 in promised funding from New York State has not arrived, halting work.


Community support "amazing" for fire victims

By Brian Sweeney
Prior to last week’s fire, Cherie and Frank Davis had been planning a major summer kick-off party to benefit the Roxbury Fire Department. “No the irony is not lost on us,” commented Cherie.


Cha Cha Hut destroyed in blaze

By Brian Sweeney
A popular Roxbury restaurant was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.
Firefighters were called to the Cha Cha Hut on Bridge Street about 2 a.m. and found the building engulfed in flames. Because of the advanced state of the fire, volunteers dedicated much of their effort to save another restaurant, The Public Lounge, which is located in close proximity.


Benefit for the Cha Cha Hut and Roxbury Fire Department on Sunday, May 30

In the early morning hours this past Tuesday, the Roxbury community suffered a double loss. The Cha Cha Hut burned down, causing Frank and Cherie Davis the loss of their business and Joe and Jane Piasek and their partners the loss of one of their buildings.


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