Large scale ginseng operation taking root in the Catskills

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By Brian Sweeney
Ginseng, long recognized as one of the world’s most valuable herbal medicines, may soon be having a major impact on the economy of the Catskill Region.
GETTING TO THE ROOT OF IT — Bob Beyfuss is managing what is expected to become a large ginseng growing and exporting business in the Catskill Region. — Contributed photoGETTING TO THE ROOT OF IT — Bob Beyfuss is managing what is expected to become a large ginseng growing and exporting business in the Catskill Region. — Contributed photo
Four affiliated companies — American Ginseng Pharm Regional Center, Bounty Agriculture Pharm, Bounty America Pharm and Golden Roots — have recently been set up in the region. Each company will either grow wild-stimulated ginseng and herbs, or serve as a retail/factory for ginseng-related products.


Business looking up in our region in 2014

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Business was good in 2014 and, from Boiceville to Bovina, local business owners are generally optimistic that 2015 will be as good or better.


CMN reporter shares personal recollections of Gov. Mario Cuomo

By Joe Moskowitz
On January 1, New York welcomed back Governor Andrew Cuomo, as he took the oath of office to begin his second term as the state’s chief executive. That same day, the world said goodbye to former Governor Mario Cuomo, Andrew’s father, who served three terms as governor and died at the age of 82.
I am thankful for the opportunity to share some of my personal recollections about the governor who always just called me Moskowitz. I had already been in the news business for several years, including working in two state capitals, before I started working at WNYT in Albany.


Lawrence-Bauer rejoins News staff

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Publisher Dick Sanford announced this week that Joan Lawrence-Bauer has returned to the staff of the Catskill Mountain News. Lawrence-Bauer will handle a variety of news reporting and business development work for the paper.


Jimmy McGrath will be Snowball honoree

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By Jay Braman Jr.
James McGrath, a 34-year veteran of the Shandaken Police Department and the department’s longtime chief, has been chosen to be given the Spirit of the Catskills Award at the 29th Annual Snowball, set for January 24 at 6:30 p.m.
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Stucki Embroidery in Boiceville cuts back

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Murray Fenwick, the current owner of the Stucki Embroidery Company in Boiceville, is hoping that becoming a landlord will help keep his business afloat.
One of the region’s few manufacturing operations, Stucki, like many others in the textile industry, has seen a decline as cheap overseas labor continues to take work away.
This week, word spread that the company, which started in New Jersey in the 1920s and moved to Boiceville in the ’70s, was folding.


New Andes courthouse just the ticket for the town

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By Cheryl Petersen
From obscurity to prominence, the Andes Town Court will soon be moving into its new home on county Route 1. “It’s a long time coming,” said Town Supervisor Marty Donnelly. “The official courthouse will be at the site of the Andes water treatment plant.”
“In the past, court was held at the home of Judge Joe Grieco,” said Donnelly. “After the new town hall on Route 28 was built, Judge Grieco was able to use the old town hall for court.”
The old town hall, at the end of Main Street, is a former gas station. The building is timeworn.


Hunter Mtn. skier dies after fall from chair lift

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Investigators are not certain why a Brooklyn woman fell to her death from a chair lift at Hunter Mountain on Sunday.
According to a statement released by police, Olga Filkin, 44, of Brooklyn, fell out of a chairlift at the resort at about 2 p.m.
She was treated immediately at the scene by members of the Hunter Mountain Ski Patrol and was transported to the resort’s first aid room, where she was later pronounced dead.


NY Rising projects stalled in Shandaken

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The year 2014 has come and gone without so much as a penny coming from the NY Rising fund to the Town of Shandaken, which, like most of the towns in the region, suffered greatly from the flooding that hit in 2011 when Hurricane Irene blew through.
On Monday, as he was pre­paring for the town’s transition to 2015, Shandaken Supervisor Robert Stanley lamented that after all of the highly publicized and well attending public meetings about how best to spend millions of state dollars to make the town better equipped to survive the next weather disaster, nothing has come to fruition.


Most local schools have graduation levels above state average

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch, and New York State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. released this month, the high school graduation rates for students who entered ninth grade in 2010.
Of the area school districts, all but one, Margaretville, scored above the state average.


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