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DEP calls for watershed gas drilling prohibition

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By Brian Sweeney
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has requested a prohibition on any gas drilling in the city’s upstate watershed.
The action by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was made last week in response to its review of the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement released in September by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC is the sole agency responsible for overseeing gas drilling in the state.


Watershed planning grant applications now available

Margaretville — County, town and village governments are invited to apply for funds under the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s (CWC) Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). This is the fifth, and final, round of funding for this program.


Outgoing Auxiliary President Sue Adams recalls organization's achievements

The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center held its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Dec. 10 at the Purcell Parish Center in Margaretville. The event also marked the last official duties for Sue Adams of Arkville, who has served as auxiliary president for two years. Margaretville resident Peter Molnar will take over as president on Jan. 1.


No new ambulance for Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
When Shandaken Ambulance squad members wake up Christmas morning they won’t find a shiny new ambulance parked underneath their Christmas tree.At their December meeting the Shandaken Town Board has decided against buying one, despite the recommendation from the department to do so.


School officials fear aid 'delays' may become permanent cutbacks

By Julia Green
Area school officials are maintaining their skepticism that the “delays” in payment of 10 percent of school aid announced by Gov. David Paterson last week won’t ultimately become cuts.
Paterson announced on Dec. 14 that he was ordering that 10 percent of state aid payments to schools and local governments be delayed due to the state’s worsening financial woes.


Delhi Bank Corp. dividend up

Delhi — Delhi Bank Corp. announced that its board of directors, at a regularly scheduled meeting held on Dec. 18, declared a fourth quarter 2009 cash dividend of $0.1367 per share. This quarterly cash dividend represents a 1.2 percent increase over the split adjusted $0.135 per share declared for the quarter ending September 2009.


Watershed Corp. approves funding for church, motel storm water work

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corp. Board of Directors met December 1 and approved reimbursement to an Ulster County church and a Delaware County business for recently installed storm water controls. Both projects are funded under the CWC’s Future Stormwater Program for new construction.


Charity Dinner on Christmas Day donated by Phoenicia restauranteur

By Jay Braman Jr.
Two events, one just passed and the other coming on Christmas Day, really show that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Phoenicia, where two businessmen, showing a sense of appreciation for those facing difficult times, have devised clever and effective ways to offer help directly to those in need.


Judge stalls foreclosure on Fleischmanns Theater

By Jay Braman Jr.
An attempt by the Village of Fleischmanns to foreclose on the long-vacant Fleischmanns Theater building for non-payment of village taxes has been blocked by Delaware County Judge Carl Becker.
The judge determined last week that the owner of the property, or the local bank that holds a mortgage on the property, has a right to pay the delinquent taxes and maintain ownership.


Dell and Brown bring upbeat classics to Roxbury with gala dinner show

Roxbury — Patricia Dell and Kent Brown will set the “Public” mood on New Year’s Eve with a cabaret-style program of upbeat classics by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Noel Coward and other musical masters of the 1930s. “Happy Days Are Here Again” begins at 6 p.m. at Roxbury’s Public Restaurant & Lounge on Bridge Street on Thursday, Dec. 31.


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