First Day of School

MIXED FEELINGS — Peyton Cortese gives a reassuring hug to her little sister, Jenna, as she gets set for the first day of school at Roxbury last Thursday. Click on the photo to see more images of Roxbury's first day of school in our image galleries. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Andes to hold 2012 budget, tax cap and fracking hearing


By Pauline Liu
The Town of Andes will hold a series of public hearings at town hall on Thursday, Nov. 10 to address an array of important subjects in five-minute intervals.

Shandaken board to hear presentation on Phoenicia sewer

By Jay Braman Jr.
After months of research and scrutiny, the long-awaited design plan for the Phoenicia Sewer system is at hand.

On Thursday Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. the Shandaken Town Board will convene a special session at town hall in Allaben to give the pubic a chance to see what it is that Lamont Engineering and the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) have come up with.

Officials target DEP rep for Phoenicia flood woes

By Jay Braman Jr.
Some Ulster County Legislators are hopping mad at Willie Janeway.
Janeway, director of Region Three of the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is being singled out by lawmakers as the man responsible for a series of bureaucratic slowdowns that led to delays in the dredging of Stony Clove Creek in Phoenicia.

Those delays, officials said, made the flooding problems during Tropical Storm Irene much worse than they should have been.

Resolution drafted

DEP funds $1 million in flood relief

New York — New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Carter Strickland announced last week that DEP will provide $1 million in funding to help West of Hudson businesses recover from flood damage as a result of Hurricane Irene and the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

Renovation, demolition options presented to Main Street owners

By Pauline Liu
Several Margaretville business owners met with engineers and local officials Friday to discuss three options for their block of upper Main Street buildings that were left flood damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. 

The presentation of the much-anticipated study by Lamont Engineers drew a packed-house crowd to the village boardroom at the Gottfried Municipal Building on Main Street.

Arson charges dropped in village case

By Pauline Lu
There’s been a major new development in the arson arrest of 58-year-old Eugene Gundelach of Margaretville.

In a phone conversation on Monday, Delaware County District Attorney Richard Northrup explained to the News that Gundelach was released on bond last week and, as a result of new evidence, the arson charge against him is being dropped.

“In the face of the conclusion reached by the fire investigator, we would be unable to obtain an indictment at grand jury and certainly not proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Northrup.

ORDA backs off Belleayre acquisition

By Jay Braman Jr.
A plan to turn the management of state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center over to the authority that already runs the state’s two other ski areas appears to have stalled.

It was reported last week in the Press Republican, a newspaper that covers the Adirondack Region, that the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) is taking a wait-and-see attitude about taking over management of Belleayre from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) which has managed the facility since it opened.

Candidate forum planned for October 24

By Brian Sweeney
A Meet the Middletown Supervisory Candidates Forum, sponsored by the Catskill Mountain News, will be held Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Arkville Firehall.

In an unprecedented occurrence, the Town of Middletown has four candidates running for supervisor: Wayd Jaquish of Fleischmanns and Marjorie Miller, Joe Moskowitz and Jake Rosa, all Arkville residents.

Republican Supervisor Len Utter decided not to seek re-election after 12 years in office, but no candidates filed petitions on the Republican or Democratic lines by the July deadline.

Clean Sweep launched to help with post-Irene work

Arkville — In the aftermath of disaster, the impulse to rebuild and re-inhabit our homes and businesses is extremely urgent. In the wake of Irene, however, The MARK Project is spearheading a program to harness the energy of volunteers and the expertise of building and rehab specialists to make sure rebuilding and recovery is done correctly with long-term sustainability in mind.

Displaced families return to Granary Building

By Pauline Liu
The seven families that have called the historic Granary Building in Margaretville their home have moved back into their second story apartments.

With great anticipation, the last family was preparing to return home to the Bridge Street building at press time on Tuesday.  It’s been about one month since the ground floor flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene forced them all to evacuate. The building is owned by Eric Wedemeyer of Andes. “I’m hopeful that things will soon be returning back to normal,” said Wedemeyer.

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