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

Hobart man faces multiple charges after robbery, getaway

A 41-year-old Hobart man was arrested on multiple charges following a robbery car chase involving Village of Delhi Police and State Police on February 21.
Delhi Police arrested Jamel Wilson on counts of Robbery Third, Petit Larceny and Harassment Second, stemming from the alleged burglary at the Country Store in Delhi. State Police additionally charged Wilson with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance Seventh.


Margaretville Hospital's Ambulatory Dept. gets significant upgrades

Margaretville Hospital officials and board members toured the recently completed renovations to the hospital’s Ambulatory Department on February 20.
All Better: Members of the boards of Margaretville Hospital and the Margaretville Health Foundation, along with staff, toured the renovated Ambulatory Department at an open house on Thursday. Among those reviewing the upgrades were, from left: Outpatient Coder Marnie Allen, Hospital Board Members Jenny Liddle and Don Bramley, OR Technician Jim Baker, Director of Nursing Marilyn Donnelly and Hospital Executive Director Sandy Horan.All Better: Members of the boards of Margaretville Hospital and the Margaretville Health Foundation, along with staff, toured the renovated Ambulatory Department at an open house on Thursday. Among those reviewing the upgrades were, from left: Outpatient Coder Marnie Allen, Hospital Board Members Jenny Liddle and Don Bramley, OR Technician Jim Baker, Director of Nursing Marilyn Donnelly and Hospital Executive Director Sandy Horan.

The Ambulatory Department is where outpatient endoscopy procedures are performed by Kevin Dodd, MD, a gastroenterologist who sees patients at the hospital two to three times each month. The Department also cares for wound care patients who need dressing changes and those patients who require outpatient IV infusion treatments.


Local pair charged in heroin bust after thruway stop

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By Joe Moskowitz
A man and a woman from Margaretville and a man from Saugerties are being held in a downstate jail, and if convicted, they could be behind bars for years.
State police say that when they stopped a car driven being by Joshua Levine, 36, of Margaretville on Sunday, they found 695 grams of heroin packaged in glassine bags. The bags were marked “5-Star.”


Extra bear hunting season in Sept. proposed by DEC

By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a draft species management plan for black bears last month that includes a plan to reduce the Catskill bear population by adding an extra hunting season in September, but not everyone likes the idea.
There are about 8,000 black bears in the state, with over half of them living in the Adirondacks and about a third living in the Catskills.


Crowds and large snowfalls create 'good' problems at Belleayre

By Joe Moskowitz
Plenty of fresh snow at just the right time. A long holiday weekend. Some people have the entire week away from work. It sounds like the perfect formula for people in the ski business. And the crowds were huge, but at Highmount’s Belleayre Ski Center on Sunday, some people thought there was too much of a good thing.
An estimated 5,000 people tried to ski or snowboard at Belleayre on Sunday.  That is all the mountain can handle, but it’s not unusual for a  holiday weekend. However on Sunday, the mountain didn’t handle it that well.


Few questions over hotel tax breaks for proposed Best Western

By Joe Moskowitz
Nine years ago, an attempt by Margaretville businessman Peter Molnar to get tax breaks in order to construct a 62-unit hotel on Route 28 between Margaretville and Arkville drew dozens of signatures on a petition against his request.
Angry speakers stood up at an Industrial Development Agency (IDA) public hearing to question why he should be extended such a privilege.
But on Tuesday, just 10 people showed up to a similar meeting, only a few questions were asked and the entire hearing lasted just 18 minutes.


Water District a concern for Andes Town Board

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By Cheryl Petersen
Aside from the 2009 International Truck giving the highway department periodic fits, the operations and projects of the Town of Andes are running smoothly. Supervisor Marty Donnelly was authorized to seek quotes to move forward on the new Andes Town Court facility. And, once a master plan for improvements in Ballentine Park is drawn up they will be presented to the Delaware County Planning Board.


Shandaken Board supports Scenic Byway plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Against a backdrop, once again, of claims that it will not cost the town anything, the Shandaken Town Board endorsed the creation of a new entity in an attempt to get a scenic byway designation for the area.
Plans for a Scenic Byway designation for a 50-mile chunk of the Route 28 corridor have been bogged down in the eastern portion of the region, and one community has already officially opted out of the program.


Charges brought against David Reese in DEP shooting

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The man accused of killing Olivebridge resident Aron Thomas inside New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offices in Kingston last Monday will see his case go before a grand jury soon.
Following a preliminary hearing on Monday, a Kingston City judge determined there is enough evidence against Gilboa resident David Reese to proceed to a grand jury hearing.
Reese is charged with second-degree murder. Reese pled not guilty during an arraignment in Kingston City Court and was sent to the Ulster County Jail without bail.


NY SAFE Act targeted at Delhi forum

By Cheryl Petersen
Along with many other volunteers, Stephen Morganstern handed out voter registrations, petitions, and information on the rights of firearm owners during last Saturday’s well-attended forum.
“I became active last summer,” said Morganstern. “Last August, there was a hostage incident in Bovina Center, right next door to our house. Catskill Mountain News covered the story well. The whole hostage incident was so unbelievable it got me active as a firearm owner.”


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