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Homeowners, businesses to meet with energy efficiency professionals

Local homeowners and small business owners will meet with energy efficiency professionals in August to begin taking steps to reduce the hardships of soaring fuel costs in the coming winter heating season. The Catskill Center for Conservation & Development will host the 6 p.m., August 18 meeting. The evening will be sponsored by Mid-Hudson Energy $mart Communities, an outreach arm of the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, with its local partner, the Margaretville Energy $mart Partnership and the Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce.


Solar sculptures shine in Delhi

Nearly 20 Main Street, Delhi businesses have delightful additions to their display windows this week: solar spinning sculptures. The sculptures, which use solar energy to power their rotating bases, are novel pieces constructed by area artists. They are for sale by means of a silent auction sheet at each participating business. The silent auction began on July 26 and will end at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9.


Rte. 28 Scenic Byway designation considered

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in Arkville will host an evening with Nancy Alexander, landscape architect with the New York State Department of Transportation, who will speak tonight on the merits of making Route 28 a designated scenic byway.


Who is Marcellus Shale?

Region getting education about natural gas drilling

By Matthew J. Perry
The Central New York Landowners Association will bring a lawyer, a geologist and 55,000 acres of land to a forum at 7 p.m. tomorrow night at Delaware Academy in Delhi to spread awareness of the gas-bearing formation called the Marcellus Shale, which is locked thousands of feet under the Catskills, and the complicated means of getting it out.


Greene Co. resorts feeling blue over "unfair" Belleayre competition

By Jay Braman Jr.
Greene County interests remain relentless in their efforts to put Belleayre Mountain’s finances under a microscope. Last week that county’s legislature adopted a resolution urging Gov. David Paterson to sign a bill establishing an independent commission to examine competition in the state’s outdoor recreation industry.


Judge rules city must pay to protect water

By Jay Braman Jr.
The City of New York must pay for all upgrades to private sewer systems that protect the quality of the Big Apple’s water supply in the region. That’s the decision by the State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, which this month upheld a ruling by Delaware County’s State Supreme Court Justice Michael Coccoma, who last year agreed with the Coalition of Watershed Towns that the city needed to pay for maintenance and upgrades at Worcester Creameries, a dairy processing business in the Town of Roxbury.


WCPA pleased with comments on wind project

By Julia Green
The majority of comments submitted to the Roxbury Planning Board in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Moresville Wind Project support the Western Catskill Preservation Alliance’s (WCPA) assertion that the project is impossible as it is currently outlined, according to Ron Karam, president of the WCPA.


Landowners organizing to prepare for natural gas lease solicitations

By Matthew J. Perry
The pie-in-the-sky stories promise money beyond comprehension. In Texas, the savviest received $20,000 an acre. Royalties on productive wells can bring in thousands more to the luckiest. Land, once too expensive to farm or keep in the family, suddenly becomes the source of salvation.


Bread Alone burglary yields 18K in dough

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a larceny of roughly $18,000 in cash from the Bread Alone Bakery in Boiceville. The burglary occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. Monday.


Anderson pours it on to win county golf tourney

Order was restored in the Delaware County amateur golf world last weekend when DeLancey resident Brad Anderson shot a two-over-par, 54-hole score of 218 at the Delhi College Golf Course to capture the county championship for the seventh time.


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