Community

DEC prods supervisors for additional resort info

By Jay Braman Jr.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials have begun contacting the leaders in towns and organizations that have a stake in the outcome of the Belleayre Resort review.
The description of those exchanges differ between the supervisors of the two towns most affected by the project, but it appears that both were contacted and interviewed by DEC personnel about the project and how it might affect their respective communities.


Going, going, gone! Auction raises funds for Community Christmas Project

By Julia Green
Margaretville’s Community Christmas Project held its annual Jimmy DiGiacomo Auction at the Inn Between on Sunday evening raising over $5,500 to benefit the Christmas project.
“With the economy the way it is and the weather being kind of blustery and cold, I think we did OK,” said Marilyn Pitetti, chair of the auction committee. “I think a lot of people who would have showed up didn’t because of the roads, but we did OK.”


Two Ulster County churches are up for sale by Archdiocese

By Jay Braman Jr.
In the latest chapter of local downsizing, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has put two area churches up for sale in the Saint Francis De Sales Parish, which covers a vast area between Highmount and Woodstock.
In January 2007 the Archdiocese announced plans for a major realignment that called for the closure of some churches, parishes and schools. St. Francis De Sales was listed as a parish that would disappear once the plan was finalized. That would have meant the closure of the main church in Phoenicia and the two mission churches, one in Boiceville and one in Allaben.


Freshtown Supermarket to bring fresh village look

By Brian Sweeney
A public hearing on renovation plans for the A&P plaza will be held by the Margaretville Village Planning Board on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the village offices. The Mount Vernon-based PSK Supermarkets purchased the A&P plaza last year. The company plans to take over the space occupied by the A&P and convert the store to a Freshtown Supermarket.


Hinchey wants EPA gas drilling oversight

By Matthew J. Perry
So far, debate over natural gas drilling in the Catskills has swirled between a fixed set of participants: the gas industry, its proponents and opponents, and state and city regulators. But if a new bill passes through congress, the federal government will also have a seat at the table.


Celebration and tree raffle planned by HCHS

Delhi — Looking to don that Santa’s cap a little early this year? Christmas can’t come soon enough for you? If you want to catch the Holiday Spirit early, the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society (HCHS) invites you to their annual Holiday for the Heart Celebration and Tree Raffle.
Each year, the animal shelter hosts Holiday for the Heart, a collection of holiday trees which are raffled off at the end of a weeklong display. This year’s fund-raiser will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) on Route 10, Delhi.


Calendar sales to benefit ARCs, Foothills PAC

Oneonta — In August the joint efforts of the Foothills Performing Arts Center, Orpheus Theatre and the ARCs of Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties resulted in an exuberant and entertaining production of “Circus in the Wind,” a play by Aurand Harris. The performers were all ARC residents, dressed in dazzling costumes that matched the liveliness of the spirits that swirled around the story.


BOCES names honor roll students

Grand Gorge – The following area ONC BOCES, Northern Catskill Occupational Center students, were named to the Principal’s List and Honor Roll for the first quarter of the 2008-2009 school year.


Planners seek more studies on Roxbury turbine proposal

By Julia Green
The ball is back in Invenergy's court.
Following its October meeting, the Town of Roxbury Planning Board submitted to Invenergy, the company behind the proposed Moresville Wind Farm, requests for additional information and studies needed prior to issuance of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – a key step in the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process.


Land acquisition meeting stirs debate; consultant's information draws criticism

By Matthew J. Perry
County officials and a representative of Downeast Group, which is preparing an economic impact survey of Delaware County, toured four towns last week to discuss preliminary study findings and solicit community input. On Nov. 20, Margaretville became the tour’s last stop.


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