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DEC approves Belleayre Resort; review process is now over

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Though still not official, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has completed its review of the Belleayre Resort application and is expected to issue the necessary permits for the project.
But when those permits will be issued is not yet clear, according to project spokesman Gary Gailes.

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Mayor OKs public vote on Fleischmanns bio fuel plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Mayor of Fleischmanns has put out word that the people of that small village can be the ones to decide if they want a $14 million biofuel project installed for the entire community, a project that will bring an estimated 15 percent saving on heat bills for the next 10 years or so.
Earlier this month, several residents appeared at the village board meeting with a list of over 30 questions about the project, which has been under discussion for a couple of years.
On Monday, Mayor Todd Pascarella released a response to all of those questions.

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Geology professors tell students that more floods are inevitable

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By Joe Moskowitz
Margaretville Central School science teacher Jeffrey Mann’s new course is raising local interest, both in and outside of the classroom. It’s called Environmental Science of the Catskills and the subject matter of the class’s first guest lecturers could become the talk of the town.

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DEP to extend Route 28 sewer lines in Shandaken

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the start of work on a $2 million sewer line extension in the Town of Shandaken that will provide wastewater collection and treatment to 25 additional homes and businesses that currently rely on individual septic systems.

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Andes chugging along with depot renovations

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By Cheryl Petersen
Many seasons have passed over the Andes Depot, built in 1907 as a train stop between the Ontario & Western East Branch near Hancock, and the Ulster & Delaware in Arkville. The quintessential train station served passengers and carried freight on the Delaware & Eastern Railroad D&E RR, later to be called the Delaware & Northern Railroad.

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Fairview Library gets $16K in grant funds

The Fairview Library in Margaretville is the recipient of a $16,000 grant that will be utilized to help fund capital improvements.
State Senator James Seward (R-Oneonta) secured the grant funding. The money will be utilized to help pay for a renovation project that will help bring Fairview Library into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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New bear season began Sept. 6

By Jay Braman Jr.
Despite concerns about mixing hikers and hunters in the wood at the same time, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has created a new black bear hunting season that allows rifle hunters to harvest bears throughout much of this month.
The season opened Saturday, Sept. 6 and runs until Sunday, Sept. 21, the first day of fall. Hunters can use a bow, crossbow, muzzleloader, handgun, shotgun, or rifle,

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Bovina highway garage is sinking, town board ponders repair costs

By Cheryl Petersen
Repairs to a sinking highway garage, tree and limb removal from Brushland Cemetery, and a water-rate increase for the hamlet kept the town board occupied at its monthly meeting on September 10.
The highway garage has been sinking and the council pondered payment options with a sense of urgency. “The garage needs to be fixed this year,” said Supervisor Molé.

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Andes will launch new website; considers equipment purchases

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By Cheryl Petersen
The heat is on at the Town of Andes Board with budget time quickly approaching. Deputy Supervisor Bud Gladstone opened the September 9 regular meeting and the council listened as Highway Superintendent Mike McAdams urgently requested a new, or newer, plow truck. “We have seven operators and seven trucks,” said McAdams. “If one of those trucks goes out of commission, we get behind on the plowing.
McAdams continued, “The shop also really needs a mechanic. I’ve been working too many weekends this summer and can’t keep it up.”

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SHARP's future challenged at Shandaken meeting

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By Jay Braman Jr.
With the chill of fall in the air, the sparsely attended session of the Shandaken Town Board began with a presentation by the engineering firm of Milone and MacBroome during which company spokesman Mark Carabetta announced that they were about to embark on an information gathering effort to hear about flooding problems in the hamlets of Phoenicia and Mount Tremper.
According to Supervisor Rob Stanley, the goal is to prepare a “fundable” project over the next year to mitigate future flood damage in both hamlets.

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