James McGrath receives Spirit of the Catskills Award

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LONG SERVICE — James “Jimmy” McGrath, right, was honored with the Spirit of the Catskills Award on Saturday evening at the Belleayre Conservatory’s annual Snowball held Saturday evening at The Emerson in Mt. Tremper. The award is presented annually to someone who has performed extraordinary service to benefit the region. Jimmy was instrumental in growing the Shandaken Police Department and recently retired as police chief. Making the presentation is Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. A packed house enjoyed the dinner-dance. Proceeds benefit the Belleayre Music Festival. — Photo by Franz Edlinger, eOneMedia.com

MTC working to bring cell service to region

By Pauline Liu
The Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) has taken on a key role in the effort to bring improved cell phone service to the region.

According to General Manager Glen Faulkner, a subsidiary of MTC, which is called MTC North, has lease options on three proposed cell tower sites in hopes of bringing cell service to the greater Margaretville area, Grand Gorge-Roxbury and Andes.

Middletown grapples with flood relief issues

By Pauline Liu
Members of Middletown Town Board made the difficult decision last Tuesday night to not participate in a 2011 property tax break program for flood victims, because they believe the town cannot afford to.

With new Supervisor Marge Miller at the helm, it was one of the toughest issues tackled by the town board at its first meeting of the new year. 

Andes starts 2012 with a 'new' board


By Pauline Liu
From the way Andes residents crowded into their town board meeting last Tuesday afternoon, you’d think that something sensational was going to happen. In fact, to the community-minded residents of Andes, something really big was underway.

The first town board meeting of the year was in session. The new Town Clerk, Kimberly Tosi, and the two new board members, Wayland “Bud” Gladstone and Tom Hall, were in place. Many of those in the audience, felt they simply needed to see the changes in town government for themselves.

Rental, business funding programs to be launched by MARK


Arkville — The MARK Project is launching two new funding programs to assist owners of rental properties and commercial locations with property improvements.

Last April MARK applied to the office of NYS Homes and Community Renewal for a rental rehabilitation program and Phase Two of the Roxbury Main Street program. The organization was notified of funding approval for both programs in late December.

County Economic Development Dept. offering flood grants

Delhi — With the assistance of Governor Cuomo and NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), Delaware County Economic Development announced Monday that it has begun accepting grant applications from local businesses and commercial building owners who were impacted by the floods resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Slick roads cause multiple accidents


Extremely slippery road conditions last Thursday morning contributed to two accidents on Route 30 north of Roxbury.

At 9:15 a.m. a northbound car operated by Terence R. Doyle, 46, of Roxbury went out of control on a snow-covered road at the intersection of Polli Road, left the highway and rolled over.
Roxbury Constable Steve Williamson reports that Doyle was not injured in the accident.

Board: Phoenicia school closing looks less likely

By Jay Braman Jr.
As battle lines within the Onteora School District are beginning to be drawn, the Onteora School Board is making it clear that they are not convinced that closing a school will be the financial savior of a plan for the sprawling district.

At a public forum last week, the board heard from many parents and residents about the three options on the table for how to cut spending in the coming school year.

Some discounts restored at Belleayre

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was a dreary, gloomy and foggy morning Tuesday at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, but still, there was cause for at least a little celebration among the membership of the Belleayre Region Tourism and Lodging Association.

Suffering one of the worst winters in recent memory, those in attendance were pleased to hear from Belleayre Superintendent Tony Lanza, that the squeaky wheel got some grease.
Following strong lobbying efforts, discount tickets have been restored at the state-owned and operated facility.

Businesses, Officials urge governor to save Belleayre

By Pauline Liu
Desperate. That’s the dreaded word that many business owners and local officials are using to describe the Catskills’ winter economy.

Phoenicia School closing possible

By Jay Braman Jr.
If the Onteora School District decides to close an elementary school it will be Phoenicia Elementary, not Bennett Elementary or Woodstock Elementary, and it could happen this year.
And if it happens, students living in the Pine Hill/Highmount area could be traveling all the way to Woodstock.

That decision was made last week by the District Superintendent Phyllis McGill.

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