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Wilber Corp. reports strong earnings increase

Oneonta – The Wilber Corporation, parent company of Wilber National Bank, last Friday reported net income of $2.001 million and earnings per share of $0.19 for the three-month period ended December 31. By comparison, the company’s net income and earnings per share for the three-month period ended December 31, 2008 were $1.588 million and $0.15, respectively.


Cha Cha Hut BBQ now open in Roxbury

By Julia Green
Summer’s not here quite yet, but taste buds in Roxbury have nearly been fooled in recent weeks, thanks to a new take-out barbeque establishment: Cha Cha Hut BBQ.
“We wanted to open something in Roxbury because this is where we live and this is the community we want to support,” said co-owner Cherie Davis, who runs the business with her husband, Frank. “We opened a barbeque establishment because we love it, and it’s something that everybody seems to like, and we wanted to share that.”


Women and Heart Disease talk rescheduled for Feb. 18

The Wellness Committee of the Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Facility is sponoring an education program on Women and Heart Disease on Thursday, Feb. 18 beginning at 5 p.m. with the location to be determined.


Arkville business owners making plans for hamlet improvements

By Brian Sweeney
More than 20 Arkville business owners and organizational leaders turned out for a public meeting last Thursday to express interest in seeking funds to improve the hamlet’s appearance. The MARK Project, a community economic development agency, organized the meeting at Casey Joe’s Coffeehouse. The focus of the session was to determine if business representatives were interested in MARK seeking grants to make improvements in Arkville.


Roxbury Arts Group's singer/songwriter series kicks off March 20

Roxbury — Contemporary folk events have always been popular with Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) audiences, so this year RAG is presenting a series of four singer / songwriter performers who represent the spectrum of today’s folk-based genre, from the bluesy rock of veteran powerhouse Graham Parker, to the Guthrie inspired socially conscious Mark Erelli through the lyric and romantic Canadian Lynn Miles and the pop noir of Roxbury favorite Erin McKeown.


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.


Watershed drug case leaves unanswered questions

By Jay Braman Jr.
How to safely dispose of pharmaceutical waste from hospitals and nursing homes in the New York City Watershed is not a new issue. As of today there is no approved plan for how to do it that satisfies all of the regulatory masters who rule the watershed. But once a policy is formulated and becomes law, all of the healthcare facilities in the watershed will be forced to comply.


Grand Gorge bank robbery suspect ordered held for grand jury action

By Julia Green
One of the two defendants being held in connection with the Jan. 19 robbery of the NBT Bank in Grand Gorge was present at a felony hearing in Roxbury Justice Court last Tuesday evening.
Following testimony, Town Justice Wayne Pebler ruled that there was sufficient reasonable cause to hold the man for grand jury action.


Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary announces thrift shop changes

Margaretville — The Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Auxiliary has announced changes in the operation of their Thrift Shop. Effective immediately, the Shop is closed one day a week, New York State Sales Tax will be added to all purchases except clothing, and security cameras will be installed at both entrances to the store.


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