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CWT fights DEP on gas drilling rights

By Jay Braman Jr.
Another voice in the region has been heard on the much-discussed subject of gas drilling in the New York City Watershed.This time it’s the Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT), an advocacy group that, for almost 20 years, has fought for the rights of over 50 towns and villages in the Catskills that make up what is known as the West of Hudson Watershed.


DEP expands testing with electronic "snow pillows" to gather data

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced last week that it is expanding the testing of electronic “snow pillows” first installed in 2008. The snow pillow is a device that measures the amount of water in snowpack for a watershed area.


Crossroads to unveil updated resort plans

By Jay Braman Jr.
Since September 2007 the Crossroads team has been retooling their development plans for a resort/spa near Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. Almost two-and-a-half-years later it appears they have something to show the public. On Thursday, Feb. 18 Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park Developer Dean Gitter will be the guest speaker at the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Kingston Holiday Inn.


Andes Food Pantry the latest in community outreach

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By Matthew J. Perry
A new food pantry located in the Presbyterian Church of Andes opened its doors for the first time yesterday. A modest operation at present, open just one day a week, its organizers are preparing to answer to greater community needs.
At present, the pantry will be open on Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Free flu vaccine clinic Feb. 17 at Mountainside

A free H1N1 Flu Vaccine Clinic will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m. at Mountainside Residential Care, Margaretville.


MCS gets grant for 1,000 Books program

By Julia Green
Margaretville Central School announced last week that it received a $4,000 matching grant from The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation to implement an early childhood literacy program called The 1,000 Books Program in cooperation with Fairview Public Library in Margaretville and Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns. According to MCS Head Librarian Pat Moore, the hope is to have the program up and running this spring.


Irma Mae recalled at RLA program

Roxbury —Roxbury Library Association Tuesday Forum attendees will hear and discuss Irma Mae Griffin History Room folk history tape recordings of the late Bertha Cammer’s reminiscences of her lifelong experiences as a resident of Roxbury and Delaware County on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.
The Roxbury Library Association welcomes the public to all RLA Tuesday Forum programs, activities, and gatherings, which are free of charge.


O'Connor Foundation honored at 24th annual Snowball event

Highmount — The A. Lindsey and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation was honored for its long history of charitable work at the 24th annual Snowball held Saturday at Belleayre Mountain. Charlotte Hill, vice chair of The O’Connor Foundation, accepted the Spirit of the Catskills Award from Coalition to Save Belleayre Chairman Joe Kelly.


Sheriff Tom Mills endorsed by GOP for re-election bid

Delhi — Delaware County Sheriff Thomas E. Mills received the endorsement of the Delaware County Republican Party to seek re-election for the office of sheriff during the 2010 elections.


Verna D'Alto exhibit at hospital

Margaretville — The acrylic paintings of Halcottsville abstract artist Verna D’Alto glow with color that vibrates with intense energy, drawing the viewer to the work. Seven of her pieces, painted on canvas or paper are currently on display in the lobby of the Margaretville Hospital.


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