Weekend Highs

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LOOKING IT OVER — These young ladies were among the visitors at Belleayre Mountain’s Oktoberfest Fall Festival who enjoyed chair lift rides. A beautiful weekend and gorgeous foliage made for a nicely attended event. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Warm weather stalls ski season opening

By Jay Braman Jr.
The operators of the area’s ski resorts think that Mother Nature and Old Man Winter need to have a talk. Mild temperatures have set the stage for something not seen in years. A Thanksgiving weekend with no skiing in the Catskills.


Bovina dedicates new town highway garage

Approximately 50 guests turned out late Thursday afternoon as Town of Bovina officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open their new highway garage. The new garage was built on the Main Street location of the town’s former garage that had all but fallen down prior to being demolished in the early summer.


HAHV facilities limit visitors in effort to slow spread of flu

By Jay Braman Jr.
New visitor restrictions have been imposed at Kingston, Benedictine and Margaretville hospitals in an attempt to protect patients from exposure to the seasonal and H1N1 flu viruses. No more than two people will be allowed to visit a patient at one time; no visitors under the age of 12 will be permitted; and no visitors with flu-like symptoms will be allowed.


Big game season opens Saturday; DEC sees good hunting prospects

By Brian Sweeney
Big game season for white tail deer and bear in New York’s Southern Zone opens on Saturday, Nov. 21 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 13. The outlook for hunters is a good one, with nice weather predicted and a plentiful deer herd.


Arkville girl lands vampire movie role

By Brian Sweeney
A four-year-old Arkville girl has been selected to perform in a key scene of the vampire movie “Stake Land” that is being filmed locally. Angelique Biasutto, a student at the Arkville Head Start program, was selected for the role after a chance meeting with movie personnel.


Catskill region resorts team for discount skiing

By Jay Braman Jr.
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein has announced that the operators of five ski resorts he convened for a collaboration promoting skiing in the Catskills, have decided to build upon prior success with a new, expanded promotion for the upcoming season.


Time, location set for Saturday's soccer match-up

The Margaretville Blue Devils will take on Hamilton in the first round of the state tournament on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1:15 p.m. at Chittenango High School in Chittenango, N.Y. The game will follow a match-up between Marathon and Cooperstown, which will kick off at 11 a.m.


Andes board ruling stirs hard feelings over signage

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By Matthew J. Perry
Town planning and zoning boards of appeal are not known as hotbeds of drama. They tend go about their business quietly, mostly because that business, no matter how important it may be to a municipality, is rarely exciting.
But last month members of the Andes Zoning Board of Appeals made a decision that still has the community buzzing, often with anger and frustration. What could have touched off a fractious debate?
A sign. Or a mural. It depends on whom you ask.


Champs! Unbeaten Blue Devils win Section IV Class D title

By Julia Green
It was a battle from start to finish, when the second-seeded Margaretville Blue Devils faced top-seeded Cherry Valley-Springfield Saturday in the Section IV Class D championship game at the National Soccer Hall of Fame complex in Oneonta.
The match-up marked the first meeting of the season between the two undefeated teams; the Blue Devils entered the contest with a 16-0-1 overall record after clinching the Delaware League title and posting convincing wins over Hunter-Tannersville and Candor to advance to Saturday’s title game.


Margaretville Hospital offers flu season advice; H1N1 vaccines available at Family Health Centers

Margaretville — With flu season underway, Margaret-ville Hospital has issued some guidelines for procedures to follow if an illness is suspected.


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