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SPA TREATMENT — After a 14-year review, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has ended its environmental review of the Belleayre Resort. Above, an artist’s rendition of the Highmount Spa Resort portion of the resort.

Former Shandaken Code Officer Stokes will not be reappointed

By Jay Braman Jr.
The former code enforcement officer for Shandaken, recently cleared of charges that he forcibly touched a waitress in a local eatery last year, will not be getting his old job back.
That’s according to Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, who said that former code officer Richard Stokes made a public request for reinstatement last week.
“At this time we have no plans to change anything,” Stanley said. “We will not be rehiring Mr. Stokes.”

For Sue Doig, a nightmare ordeal transforms into a miraculous recovery

By Brian Sweeney
For many people, a 60th birthday is a bittersweet milestone. Don’t try telling that to Andes resident Sue Doig — she has never had a better celebration.
Sue’s 60th birthday on Oct. 11 was the day she returned home following a lengthy medical ordeal, the outcome of which many are labeling under the heading of “miraculous.”

Ulster County losing $500K a week due to sales tax rate drop

Jay Braman Jr.
The failure of state and Ulster County officials to reach an agreement over how to pay for local welfare costs has resulted in a reduction in the county’s sales tax from eight percent to seven percent, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
While that might be good news for consumers, however slight, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein said that, starting on December 1, his government started losing $500,000 in revenue each week because of the debacle.

Shandaken code officer not guilty in forcible touching case; hopes to be re-instated

By Jay Braman Jr.

Saugerties Town Justice Samuel Lamp has determined that former Shandaken Code Officer Richard Stokes was not guilty of forcible touching following allegations made last fall by employees at a local restaurant.

Now that he has been cleared of those charges, Stokes expects to be reinstated as Code Officer, a position he voluntarily took an unpaid leave of absence from last fall immediately following his September 18 arrest.

“I’m glad the truth came out and my name is in the clear,” Stokes said Monday. “Now I wish I could get my job back.”

Plattekill opened Dec. 7 with upgraded snowmaking

By Jay Braman Jr.

The owners of Plattekill Ski Resort in Roxbury have set Saturday, Dec. 7 as their opening day, despite the latest warming trend.

Plattekill is last of the four ski areas in the Central Catskill Region to open. Taking advantage of last week’s cold snap, Belleayre at Highmount, and Hunter and Windham mountains in nearby Greene County, all opened up last weekend thanks to massive snowmaking efforts. All three remain open at midweek.

Delaware County budget approved with nearly 4 percent increase

By Cheryl Petersen

Delaware County’s 2014 budget was adopted by the board of supervisors last week, with a split vote of 2,871 to 1,470.
Many of the dissenting votes opposed the new budget because it slotted social service investigators under the District Attorney’s office.

As for placement of the investigators, liability was the concern.

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Margaretville – Lots of Holiday Cheer will be shared when Santa comes to Margaretville on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Belleayre Mountain set to open


By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Mountain Ski center has taken advantage of the chilly temperatures of late and spread enough man-made snow on its slopes to set an opening date of this Friday, Nov. 29.
And, according to General Manager Tom Tar, it will be different than in previous years.
“We’re having the biggest opening we’ve ever had,” said the Belleayre veteran.
Tar said Monday that not only has the recent big freeze been a stroke of luck, but it was compounded by the fact that this year Belleayre has a more effective snow making system.

Roxbury, Margaretville see student population decline


By Joe Moskowitz
Roxbury Central School Superintendent Thomas O’Brien said he was surprised when he took a look his school’s latest enrollment figures. There are about 30 fewer kids attending classes at RCS than there were last year. He said he was a little dismayed because Roxbury’s enrollment had managed to remain fairly stable in the 365 or so range. In a school of this size, that was a huge decline.
At Margaretville, Superintendent Tony Albanese said the drop was 15 or 29 kids as MCS enrollment fell below 400.

Healthcare campus employees honored


Margaretville — Staffs at Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center were presented with Service Awards at reception held November 20.
Awards for service were presented to employees at Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside and the Ambulance Squad members.
Marilyn Donnelly and Trudy Russell topped the awards recipients when they were honored for 35 years of service at the Wednesday afternoon ceremony at Mountainside.
Honored for 30 years of service were: Barry Lewis, Nora Todd, Marjorie Tweedie and Melanie Updyke.

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