Community

Governor's budget plan would sock local towns

By Jay Braman Jr.
There’s a little known part of Governor Paterson’s budget plan that, if adopted by the legislature, would raise property taxes for private landowners in the Catskills.
The proposed 2009-2010 budget includes a change to the tax law, which would cap town, county and school taxes paid on state-owned land at their current dollar levels. The change is intended to save the state $9 million in increases over last year’s $183 million property tax bill.


Bald eagles endangered again by high Catskill mercury levels

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Catskills region has some of the worst mercury contamination in the nation, in large part due to smokestack industries located in the Midwest. The naturally occurring element is transformed into the highly toxic methylmercury by a number of environmental factors prevalent in the region.


Chamber, Public, Plattekill team for Jan. 25 discounts

Roxbury — The Delaware County Chamber members, Plattekill Mountain and the Public Lounge in Roxbury are offering discounts for fellow County Chamber members on Sunday, Jan. 25.


Wood heat boosts local facilities

By Jay Braman Jr.
A long time ago, heating schoolhouses was a big chore. The small buildings, many of which still exist, all had a wood stove and, every day in the colder months, one lucky student was assigned the job of keeping the fire going. The burning wood kept everyone warm enough, just barely, to concentrate on the three Rs.


Delaware officials make 2009 appointments

By Matthew J. Perry
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors announced the reappointment of its chief officers at its organizational meeting on Jan. 7. Chairman Jim Eisel, Vice Chairman Tina Mole, Budget Director John Meredith and Clerk of the Board Christa Schaeffer will continue to serve in those positions for 2009.


WIM sets class schedules, new pricing options for 2009

Roxbury — Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is beginning 2009 with an array of new workshops and an experimental new pricing structure that should appeal to experienced and aspiring writers in many genres.


Judge dismisses libel suit filed by resort developer

By Jay Braman Jr.
A New York State Supreme Court judge has rejected a libel suit brought by local businessman Dean Gitter against a Phoenicia-based newspaper.


Drilling questions abound as gas companies' stock falls

By Matthew J. Perry
A year that looked like the first in a boom time is ending on a sour note.


OCS auditorium renovation set to begin

By Jay Braman Jr.


County response systems meeting national guidelines

By Matthew J. Perry
Delaware County is now StormReady, according to the National Weather Service (NWS.)


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