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Sean Gauntt named Presidential Scholar

Sean M. Gauntt of Arkville, a freshman majoring in engineering studies, was named a Presidential Scholar for the fall 2013 semester at Clarkson University.
Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.
Sean was the valedictorian of the Margaretville Central School Class of 2013 and is the son of Jim and Renee Gauntt, also of Arkville.


Learn about the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid at NYPA on March 8

Join Mine Kill State Park staff, regional biologists and the Student Conservation Association on Saturday, March 8, to learn about the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and its terrible effect on New York’s eastern hemlock trees.


Extra bear hunting season in Sept. proposed by DEC

By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a draft species management plan for black bears last month that includes a plan to reduce the Catskill bear population by adding an extra hunting season in September, but not everyone likes the idea.
There are about 8,000 black bears in the state, with over half of them living in the Adirondacks and about a third living in the Catskills.


Crowds and large snowfalls create 'good' problems at Belleayre

By Joe Moskowitz
Plenty of fresh snow at just the right time. A long holiday weekend. Some people have the entire week away from work. It sounds like the perfect formula for people in the ski business. And the crowds were huge, but at Highmount’s Belleayre Ski Center on Sunday, some people thought there was too much of a good thing.
An estimated 5,000 people tried to ski or snowboard at Belleayre on Sunday.  That is all the mountain can handle, but it’s not unusual for a  holiday weekend. However on Sunday, the mountain didn’t handle it that well.


Few questions over hotel tax breaks for proposed Best Western

By Joe Moskowitz
Nine years ago, an attempt by Margaretville businessman Peter Molnar to get tax breaks in order to construct a 62-unit hotel on Route 28 between Margaretville and Arkville drew dozens of signatures on a petition against his request.
Angry speakers stood up at an Industrial Development Agency (IDA) public hearing to question why he should be extended such a privilege.
But on Tuesday, just 10 people showed up to a similar meeting, only a few questions were asked and the entire hearing lasted just 18 minutes.


Angels of Delaware County organize dinner for Breens

Fire destroyed the Delhi home of the Gerry and Lilly Breen on February 3.  In response, The Angels of Delaware County have partnered with Jonah Shaw, owner of the Quarter Moon Café to sponsor a “pass-a-dish” dinner fund-raiser for the Breens at the restaurant on Friday, February 28 with seatings at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. 


Shandaken Board supports Scenic Byway plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Against a backdrop, once again, of claims that it will not cost the town anything, the Shandaken Town Board endorsed the creation of a new entity in an attempt to get a scenic byway designation for the area.
Plans for a Scenic Byway designation for a 50-mile chunk of the Route 28 corridor have been bogged down in the eastern portion of the region, and one community has already officially opted out of the program.


Colandos celebrate 65th anniversary

Longtime Catskill Mountain area residents Audrey and Joseph Colando celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 13.
They met after Joe had served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, while Audrey was studying to become a nurse. Their happy marriage has giv­en them two sons: Robert of Pine Hill (married to Kathleen) and Joseph III of Florida (married to Holly), as well as four grandchildren, Nic­ole (and husband Sean) of California, Katie (and husband Mike) of Florida, Courtney (and husband John) of Fleischmanns, Casey (and wife Sara) of Texas. They also have eight great grand­children, Tristan, Grace, Quin, James, Callum, Liam, Avery, and Patrick.
Audrey and Joe lived on Kennedy Heights Road in Margaretville for decades. They recently relocated to DeLancey, but still have lots of friends and family in the Margaretville area including Kathleen and Robert Colando who live in Pine Hill, and Courtney and John Fairbairn who live in Fleischmanns.


SUNY Delhi receives $100,000 for Residential Construction program

SUNY Delhi has received a $100,000 grant from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to establish a Residential Construction Management (RCM) concentration as part of its Construction Management program
“This grant, combined with our outstanding faculty, will help us meet the needs of our students and the needs of the residential construction industry, the cornerstone of our economy,” said President Candace S. Vancko.


Pizza Palace of Grand Gorge shuts its doors

By Joe Moskowitz
It’s a bad sign at a bad time. For more than a week, people have driving to the Pizza Palace in Grand Gorge, only to find it dark, closed and a sign in the window apologizing to its customers. The Palace is closed and the sign says it is closed “due to circumstances beyond our control.”  
It is a fact that we cannot control the onset of aging. Owner Nick Malaxos was a bit more specific. He told the News, “I’m tired, my back hurts, and I am old.”


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