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DEEP STUFF — Firefighters from Grand Gorge and Hobart traveled to the Buffalo area last week to assist local communities with efforts to cope with up to seven feet of snow that buried the area from several lake-effect storms. — Contributed photo

CWC hears report on grass bioenergy

Margaretville — A pilot project funded by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) to determine whether pelletized grass and hay can be used as an efficient heat source is gaining steam.
The CWC Board of Directors was recently briefed on the status of the project by Paul Cerosaletti of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Delaware County, which was contracted by CWC to conduct the study.


Village elections are March 16

There is only one announced race in village elections in Margaretville and Fleischmanns that will be held on Tuesday, March 16 from noon to 9 p.m. at the respective village offices.


Belleayre Mountain layoffs earlier, heavier than usual

By Jay Braman Jr.
No fewer than 59 people lost their jobs at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Sunday, the state-owned facility at Highmount in the Ulster County Town of Shandaken. On Monday Belleayre’s Superintendent Tony Lanza attempted to downplay the layoffs, saying they happen every year late in the ski season.


Crossroads unveils new resort plans; lodging units and profile are reduced

By Jay Braman Jr.
Dean Gitter, the mastermind behind the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, unveiled last week an architectural rendering of the latest plans for the project. This represents the most recent and perhaps last of several transformations made to the plan, first announced and under review since 1999.


Alliance seeking DEP ban on industrial wind turbines

By Julia Green
The Western Catskill Preservation Alliance (WCPA) this week submitted a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requesting that the agency consider a ban on the construction of industrial wind turbines in the New York City watershed. In it, WCPA President Ronald Karam cited the ban on industrial gas drilling in the watershed requested by the DEP in December.


Ski injuries keep helicopters busy

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Three medical evacuation helicopters landed in Margaretville and one in Pine Hill on Friday to pick up skiers injured at Belleayre and transport them to various hospitals for treatment.


Middletown building permits dip 10%

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By Brian Sweeney
Permit activity in the Town of Middletown Building and Zoning Department declined by about 10 percent in 2009. The town board reviewed the Annual Report from Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) Patrick Davis at its February meeting.


CWC poised to take over Phoenicia’s sewer project

By Jay Braman Jr.
A meeting earlier this month between Town of Shandaken and Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) officials was a success. As a result, the town has prepared the necessary documents to officially get the CWC on board for planning the long suffering, controversial Phoenicia sewer project.


Hinkley begins Afghanistan deployment

USAF MSgt Winfield S. Hinkley, Jr., son of Wink and Karen Hinkley of Grand Gorge, was recently deployed to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.  He is currently on a six-month tour separating him from his family and his home station of Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington. 

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Free flu vaccines offered Feb. 17 at Mountainside

Margaretville — A free H1N1 Flu Vaccine Clinic will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 3-7 p.m. at Mountainside Residential Care, Margaretville.


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