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Pakatakan Art Colony focus of Erpf lecture

The public is invited to a lecture by Alice Zigelis on the Pakatakan Art Colony at The Catskill Center Erpf Gallery on Main Street in Arkville on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m.
Alice Zigelis acquired the cottage of Edward Loyal Field in 1975 and became interested in American art.  E. Loyal Field, born in the 19th century, was a landscape artist in oil and watercolor.  He lived and painted in Arkville during the summer, studied art in France and fell under the influence of the Barbison School of Art.


Gillibrand fund-raiser September 20 at New Kingston residents' home

New Kingston residents Frank Buffone and Alan Dee will host a fund-raiser rally for U.S. Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand at their home on Saturday Sept. 20th from 2 to 4 p.m.
Calling the event “A Farm Country Rally for Gillibrand,” organizers Buffone and Dee said, “Kirsten Gillibrand has represented the people of our district successfully in her first term. She supports local control of alternative energy sources, she has always been available to listen to local concerns, and has been a strong supporter of veterans. There is no question in our minds that she is the better candidate, and that is why we are doing everything we can to support her re-election.”


"Story Circle" starts September 15 at Andes Library

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The Community Storytelling Troupe invites you to join the “Story Circle,” an informal gathering of new and experienced storytellers.  Story Circle starts at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15 at the Andes Public Library’s interim location at 295 Main Street in Andes (directly across the road from The Hunting Tavern and bank).


Margaretville businesses get face-lift thanks to MARK funding program

The  MARK Group, now in its 30th year, continues to serve local communities through the implementation of several programs and activities focused on rehabilitation, development and revitalization in the Catskills. Over the past 12 months MARK, with funding assistance from the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal,  has overseen substantial rehabilitation projects in 42 homes  of low-moderate income  families. These projects include everything from new roofing to interior renovation and upgrades to obsolete heating and electric. MARK also manages an eight-unit senior housing facility, 32 units of mixed senior and family housing at Mountain Laurel Gardens and four additional units at the Golden Seal Building in Roxbury, currently in process of restoration.


Storm water grants highlight funding from watershed corp.

The Catskill Watershed Corporation Board of Directors August 26 approved five grants – three to correct storm water problems and two to address streambank erosion that threatens property and public utilities.


DEC timber theft investigation leads to multiple felony charges

An investigation into numerous timber theft claims in Schoharie and Delaware counties has resulted in multiple felony charges against a Schoharie County man, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Gene Kelly announced.


DNB donation boosts efforts of Food Bank

Delaware Opportunities announced that a donation of $8,246.20 was received from the Delaware National Bank of Delhi (DNB) to support the food bank network.
Bob Armstrong, president and CEO of the DNB said “We asked the employees and our board of directors if they were interested in raising funds to support charitable purposes for Delaware County. Our employees agreed to solicit donations and make contributions of their own and they also agreed that the donations would be provided to support the food bank network. The board of directors agreed to provide a three-for-one matching contribution.”


Delaware River Basin Comm. weighs in on gas drilling issue

By Matthew J. Perry
In one sense, the anticipated natural gas rush is yet another discussion of water rights. Hyrdrofracking, a recent technological advance that has helped to make the Marcellus and other shale formations into viable targets of exploration, requires millions of gallons of potable water.


Mt. Tremper man charged with illegal stream digging

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Mount Tremper man is free on $5,000 bail after being arrested for working in the Esopus Creek with a backhoe.
Algernon Reese was arrested last Wednesday after a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEP) Police Officer responded to a complaint that Reese was working in the stream with equipment and a crew of workers. He was charged with the misdemeanors of obstructing governmental administration, disturbing a protected stream and violating a general prohibition against pollution.


Shandaken mulls major cuts in 2009 town spending plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board met in a special session last Monday to begin work on the 2009 budget. And from the sound of it, everything is on the table when it comes to possible spending cuts.
The informal session, which was sparsely attended, saw the board members seated at a table scrutinizing the current figures in the budget in an attempt to find places to save money.
Right off the bat there was disagreement over how brutal the cutting should be. Supervisor Peter DiSclafani, who recently favored no raises in 2009, said that all non-union salaries should increase four percent next year. He changed his mind, he said, because energy costs have risen so high that it’s going to be tough for workers to make ends meet.


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