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DRESSING FOR A CAUSE — Margaretville residents Lissa Harris, right, (a jellyfish — winner of the most creative costume) is pictured with Julia Reischel (sailor) at the annual Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday at The Andes Hotel. Proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit the ACS Dollars for Scholars program. In our print edition this week, be sure to take a peek at our full page of Hallowe'en safety tips, sponsored by local businesses.— Photo by Joe Damone

Arkville business owners making plans for hamlet improvements

By Brian Sweeney
More than 20 Arkville business owners and organizational leaders turned out for a public meeting last Thursday to express interest in seeking funds to improve the hamlet’s appearance. The MARK Project, a community economic development agency, organized the meeting at Casey Joe’s Coffeehouse. The focus of the session was to determine if business representatives were interested in MARK seeking grants to make improvements in Arkville.


Roxbury voters approve roof replacement project

By Brian Sweeney
Voters easily approved expenditure of funds for a roof replacement project at the Roxbury Central School in February 2 balloting. The referendum that allows the RCS District to spend nearly $600,000 on the repair project passed 119-7.
The project, which is expected to get underway immediately after school dismisses for the summer, will include the replacement of approximately 31,000 square feet of roof area.


CWT fights DEP on gas drilling rights

By Jay Braman Jr.
Another voice in the region has been heard on the much-discussed subject of gas drilling in the New York City Watershed.This time it’s the Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT), an advocacy group that, for almost 20 years, has fought for the rights of over 50 towns and villages in the Catskills that make up what is known as the West of Hudson Watershed.


CWC reviewing loans after AG's complaints

By Jay Braman Jr.
A ripple effect is being felt in the region following word that the New York State Attorney General’s Office has targeted area hospitals, threatening them with prosecution unless they comply with new standards for disposing of pharmaceutical waste.


Crossroads to unveil updated resort plans

By Jay Braman Jr.
Since September 2007 the Crossroads team has been retooling their development plans for a resort/spa near Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. Almost two-and-a-half-years later it appears they have something to show the public. On Thursday, Feb. 18 Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park Developer Dean Gitter will be the guest speaker at the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Kingston Holiday Inn.


Arkville and Fleischmanns input sought

The MARK Project is seeking input from business people and owners of mixed use buildings in Arkville and Fleischmanns for applications to the NY Main Street Program. An informational meeting is planned for Arkville business people and owners of mixed use and civic buildings on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. at Casey Joe’s Coffeehouse on Route 28.


O'Connor Foundation honored at 24th annual Snowball event

Highmount — The A. Lindsey and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation was honored for its long history of charitable work at the 24th annual Snowball held Saturday at Belleayre Mountain. Charlotte Hill, vice chair of The O’Connor Foundation, accepted the Spirit of the Catskills Award from Coalition to Save Belleayre Chairman Joe Kelly.


Watershed drug case leaves unanswered questions

By Jay Braman Jr.
How to safely dispose of pharmaceutical waste from hospitals and nursing homes in the New York City Watershed is not a new issue. As of today there is no approved plan for how to do it that satisfies all of the regulatory masters who rule the watershed. But once a policy is formulated and becomes law, all of the healthcare facilities in the watershed will be forced to comply.


Sheriff Tom Mills endorsed by GOP for re-election bid

Delhi — Delaware County Sheriff Thomas E. Mills received the endorsement of the Delaware County Republican Party to seek re-election for the office of sheriff during the 2010 elections.


Grand Gorge bank robbery suspect ordered held for grand jury action

By Julia Green
One of the two defendants being held in connection with the Jan. 19 robbery of the NBT Bank in Grand Gorge was present at a felony hearing in Roxbury Justice Court last Tuesday evening.
Following testimony, Town Justice Wayne Pebler ruled that there was sufficient reasonable cause to hold the man for grand jury action.


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