Charges still pending in fatal Andes accident


Charges are still pending following a fatal accident on Dec. 13 in the Town of Andes.
State police said this week that no tickets have been issued in a Route 28 accident that killed 31-year-old Jon Church of Wells Bridge.

CWC sets new septic rules

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors on December 2 approved rules for a new program that will repair or replace failed septic systems for small businesses in the Catskill-Delaware Watershed.
The CWC will reimburse eligible small business owners, those employing 100 or fewer people, 75 percent of the cost of septic repairs up to a maximum of $40,000. To be eligible, failing commercial septics must be 100 feet from a watercourse, 500 feet from a reservoir of the New York City Water System, or within a specified priority zone (the so-called “60-day travel time” area).

Holiday party set at Pine Hill Community Center

A Winter Wonder Holiday Party will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 2-5 p.m. at the Pine Hill Community Center at 287 Main Street, Pine Hill. Free admission. The event will include food, hot drinks and fun, with some sledding, weather permitting.
Information: 845 254-5469, or e-mail: info@

"Family Staycations" offered at Frost Valley

Claryville — Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville is hosting two great opportunities for families looking to escape within easy driving distance to the Catskill Mountain High Peaks this holiday period. Kids’ Winter Camp staffed by Frost Valley camp counselors will be held for ages 7 through 16 from Saturday, Dec. 27 through Thursday, Jan. 1. Family Winter Camp is offered for 3-day and week-long packages during the same period.

Rotary seeks adults for group study exchange

Vestal — Rotary District #7170, which includes local Rotary clubs, is sending a Group Study Exchange team to Peru from approximately May 1 to June 4, 2009.  Sponsored by the Rotary Foundation, the trip promotes international understanding and goodwill through personal contact.

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.

Town makes new laws, interprets others

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken government is taking a look at its laws. Some are new, another is being reviewed and interpreted to perhaps pave the way for at least one controversial project, and still another is being scrutinized to see if there’s a way to change it that would allow one popular business, whose owner is currently at odds with town officials, to continue.

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.”

Margaretville Rotary Club honors George Levy

By Julia Green
At its annual holiday party at the Binnekill Square Restaurant on Sunday, the Margaretville Rotary Club honored Dr. George Levy with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship award. Levy was presented with a certificate, lapel pin and medallion as emblems of the award.
Dr. Levy, a dentist who practiced locally for many years, joined the Margaretville Rotary Club in 1970 and has been a faithful member for the past 40 years. He served as the organization’s president in 1975.

Andes woman brings holiday spirit to veterans' headstones


By Julia Green
More than holiday 200 wreaths were laid at the headstones of veterans in three Andes cemeteries last weekend as an Andes committee, led by Carol Tubbs, participated in a observance that mirrors a much larger movement.
Tubbs, as well as a number of Andes residents and a community service group from Andes Central School, laid the wreaths by the headstones Saturday morning to honor veterans in a ritual that happens nationwide on a much larger scale.

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