OCS auditorium renovation set to begin

By Jay Braman Jr.

County response systems meeting national guidelines

By Matthew J. Perry
Delaware County is now StormReady, according to the National Weather Service (NWS.)

Reps optimistic, cautious over gas leasing in region

By Matthew J. Perry
Three members of the state’s attorney general’s office came to Delhi on Dec. 16 to discuss landowners’ rights and remind local residents that while natural gas speculation is experiencing a lull, the subject is still of vital importance to local communities.

ACS budget figures add up, despite state aid projections


By Matthew J. Perry
When Governor Paterson unveiled an austerity budget last week that would include $9 billion in budget cuts, there was plenty of pain to go around. Education administrators, noting a proposed $700 million reduction in state aid to schools, could be forgiven if they felt singled out for abuse.

Preholiday snowstorms welcomed by ski areas

By Jay Braman Jr.
The economy might be down, but this year’s unexpected bounty of natural snow is doing lots to offset the problems local ski areas face.
At Belleayre, faces were long in the fall when it was announced that New York State, which owns and operates the facility, was tightening its belt and cutting back on Belleayre’s operating budget.

Regional visioning process starts with $90,000 for corridor towns

By Jay Braman Jr.
A $90,000 state grant is being used to help communities along the Route 28 corridor from Andes to Olive get an idea of what they would like the corridor to become.

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.

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