Crossroads files DEIS on updated resort plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
Crossroads Ventures, the company proposing to build the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park, has filed its long-awaited Supplemental Draft Environ-mental Impact statement (SDEIS) with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The document, three years in the making, represents the latest milestone for this project that was first announced over a decade ago.

Final assessment figure awaited on Margaretville treatment plant

By Pauline Liu
Now that the reassessment of 4,400 parcels of land in the Town of Middletown has been completed and property owners have been notified, taxpayers are waiting for the other shoe to drop.

What remains unclear is how much less Margaretville’s sewage treatment plant will be reassessed for and what it will mean in lost tax revenue to the school district, county, village and town. The plant is owned and operated by New York City.

School boards set budgets for MCS and RCS


By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School’s proposed budget for 2011-2012 shows an estimated tax levy increase of less than one percent.

The budget presented at a public meeting last Wednesday, totals $10,352,986. The estimated tax levy is $6,675,343, an increase of $65,378 or .99 percent.
The recommended budget keeps in place all programs, athletics, arts-in-education, music, band and support services to students.

Early morning fire destroys Huckleberry Brook home

By Brian Sweeney
A new home on Huckleberry Brook, Margaretville was destroyed by fire early on Saturday morning.
The log home and adjacent garage owned by Tom Donovan were leveled by the blaze that was spotted shortly after midnight. When firefighters arrived at the house on Hill Road, the structure was completely engulfed in flames.

“It was totally involved,” commented Margaretville Fire Chief Gene Rosa. “There was nothing left to save.”

The fire was spotted by a resident of Ben Meeker Road, near Dunraven, who witnessed a huge glow in the sky.

New family business in Arkville

By Pauline Liu
About a year-and-a-half after the Market Basket on state Highway 28 in Arkville closed, the doors to the building reopened on Monday hosting a new venture.

OCS budget has 3.7% tax hike

By Jay Braman Jr.
When Onteora School District voters go to the polls on May 17, they will be asked to approve the district’s first-ever $50 million budget. If approved, the spending plan, which was adopted by the board of education last week, will carry a 3.7 percent school tax hike along with it. The proposed budget includes revenue of $2 million from the school’s reserve funds.

Amber Certain new library director in Pine Hill

Pine Hill — The Morton Memorial Library has announced the appointment of Amber Certain of Margaretville to the position of director effective April 1.

Area map helps visitors find their way


Margaretville — A newly expanded interactive GIS map of the Catskills is now available on a website designed to promote the region.

The website, developed for the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC), can be found at It is built around the concept that this is truly “The Best of Both Worlds,” where outdoor pursuits and cultural treasures share center stage against a backdrop of natural beauty just a couple of hours from New York City.

Honor students listed for third quarter at Andes Central School


Andes Central School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter.

Superintendent’s List

Grade 12—Gina Tait
Grade 11—Matthew Armstrong, Sage Beemer, Ashley Terry.
Grade 10—Tristin Tait.
Grade 8—Torin Bacon, Cassandra Storey.
Grade 7—Allison Long.
Grade 6—Serena Bacon, Noah Dougherty, Winifred Consigny-Richards.

High Honor

Grade 12—Gabrielle Harp, Cameron Roberts, Ian Wright.
Grade 11—Lonny Chin, Marissa Heannings.
Grade 10—Joshua Harp, Kelsey Little, Matsuri Shioya, Olivia Stokes.

Producers report sweet maple season

By Jennifer Kabat
Steam was still billowing from Roxbury Mountain Maple’s sap house last weekend. Income tax day may have come and gone but up there on the mountain they were still boiling sap.
Inside the sap house, the earthy smell of late-season commercial grade maple syrup filled the air. After betting the proverbial farm on going into the maple syrup business, Dave Holscher is thrilled with the results.

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