Shandaken resolution in support of CMRR pulled to be reworded

By Jay Braman Jr.
A resolution that called for Ulster County to immediately end its legal assault on the Catskill Mountain Railroad has been pulled from to the Shandaken Town Board agenda due to concerns by two board members about the wording of the document.

County businesses receive economic development funds

By Joe Moskowitz
Winter’s a long way from being over but the region’s business climate may finally be warming up. In a very short time, maple sap will be running in the Catskills and one of the area’s largest producers of maple syrup got some sweet news last week. Roxbury Mountain Maple is going to share $107,000 in loan proceeds from the Delaware County Economic Development Agency.

Delay in flood insurance hikes passes the Senate

By Joe Moskowitz
The United States Senate passed a bill last week that would roll back scheduled massive increases in flood insurance premiums and delay some hikes for up to four years. 
It was a lopsided bipartisan 67-32 vote, but because of politics and financial realities, the insurance industry is not advising property owners to start counting their savings right away.
Two years ago, both houses of Congress agreed to increases flood insurance premiums in flood-prone areas because the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) was broke.

County records on display at DCHA

A new exhibit at the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) highlighting the museum’s archives will open on February 14 at 4 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception.
Items from DCHA’s archives on display will include materials pertaining to the War of 1812 and the Civil War, milk strikes, nineteenth-century land records, maps, genealogical information, women’s suffrage, personal diaries, and numerous posters, photos and ephemera. The Power of Archives exhibit will remain on display in the Elijah Thomas Gallery until May 27.
Admission to the opening reception and to the exhibit is free. For more information call DCHA at 607 746-3849, e-mail, or on the web at: DCHA is located two and-a-half miles north of the Village of Delhi on state Route 10.

WIM invites writers to join the Catskills Book Festival

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites authors in the Catskills/Hudson Valley area to its Meet the Authors – The First Annual Catskills Book Festival, which will take place Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Group.
Authors are invited to sell their books, give readings, and promote their work for a $35 participation fee. The fee includes light refreshments, coffee and tea. Participating authors will receive additional exposure through all the marketing materials and media promotions associated with this event.

NYPA offers free family programs for the winter break

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will host a series of programs for children and parents from Tuesday, Feb. 18, through Thursday, Feb. 20, at its admission-free visitors center at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Plant.
The free programs, all from 10 a.m. to approximately noon, will enable participants to display their creative talents. The programs will be presented by representatives from the Studio for Arts and Crafts and Minekill State Park.
The schedule is as follows:

Thrift store has temporary shift in hours

A temporary change in store hours has been announced for the Thrift Shop operated by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.
The Thrift Shop on Main Street, Margaretville will be closed on Mondays from February 3 through March 3. Open hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festival of the Voice hosts Masquerade Gala on February 15

The administration and artistic principals of the Phoenicia Int’l Festival of the Voice will host a masked, black-tie fund-raiser, “Venetian Valentine’s Masquerade Gala,” on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Spillian.
Spillian: A Place to Revel, is an inn and retreat center in the Belle Epoque estate built by the Fleischmann Yeast and spirits family. Black tie and masks are requested. Admission is $250 per person. Call 586-3588 for information and reservations.

Catskill Mountain Club schedules winter outings

Members of the Catskill Mountain Club love winter events. The open views, hushed woods and contrast-sharpening snow make winter in the Catskills unlike all other seasons.
To help celebrate winter, the club has scheduled a number of winter activities. Among them are:

Friday, Feb. 7 8:30 a.m. — Windham High Peak

Snowmobile racing gets motors running

By Cheryl Petersen
Encased in the fog of snowmobile exhaust and the roar of revving engines, a large crowd was hyped. Cabin fever relieved. Outdoors, at the Walton Fair grounds, Curtis Roberts and his grandfather, Sandy Scudder ,came from Margaretville to race in the Hamden Hill Ridge Riders Club snowmobile races.
“I entered in two classes,” said Curtis. “The 500 stock class and the vintage class.” Roberts operates a Polaris TX 440, purchased in the 1980s. Last year the snowmobile took two second places in the state of New Hampshire at the Northeastern races.

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