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OCS ratifies teachers' deal after 17 months

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Onteora School District Board of Education unanimously ratified a new four-year teachers’ contract last week, officially ending a 17-month stretch during which the teachers went without one.


Primitive Biathlon set for Jan. 17

Shandaken —After 13 previous years of highly successful competition, the Shandaken Primitive Biathlon will be held again on January 17 in Oliverea.


Applications are available for watershed grant funding

Margaretville — Watershed Education Grant applications are now available from the Catskill Watershed Corp. for projects beginning in the fall of 2010. Schools and nonprofit organizations in the New York City Catskill-Delaware Watershed, and in New York City, are invited to apply.


"Top Chef" was cookin' in Roxbury

By Dorothy Jennings
Catskill residents experienced the first snowfall of the season Saturday evening coinciding with the inaugural “Top Chef” event to benefit the MARK Project with a contribution made to Community Christmas projects. For those hearty souls who braved the inclement weather and treacherous driving conditions, they were rewarded with a night to remember.


Belleayre officially opens for 60th season

By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s official. Belleayre Ski Center is open for the season. Mother Nature finally sent the needed cold weather to the Northeast last week, along with five inches of natural snow over the weekend enabling Belleayre to open for its 60th season.


Roxbury teacher charged in arson case

By Brian Sweeney
A Roxbury Central School teacher was arrested on Dec. 1 and charged with arson stemming from his alleged involvement in setting fire to a camping trailer that he co-owned with another RCS teacher. Mike McAfee, 44, was charged with one count of fifth-degree arson, a Class A misdemeanor.


Ulster loans made easier

Kingston — The owners of small businesses in Ulster County could find it easier to get credit to keep their doors open.
Ulster County Executive Michael Hein unveiled a “Credit for Success” program designed to provide loans of between $25,000 and $150,000 to qualified small business owners.


Catamount returns to local culinary style

By Jay Braman Jr.
Emily Fisher was all smiles Sunday afternoon.
Seated at the bar of her Catamount Restaurant, Fisher was brimming with pride, feeling that she and the Catamount team have struck a chord with their new concept for the eatery.


Blood Drive Dec. 3 at Mountainside

A Blood Drive will be held at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville on December 3 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. “We really need blood donors this time of the year. If you are able to donate, please call 845 586-3714,” said chairperson Kathie Herbst.


Belleayre Resort land sale to state deadline missed

By Jay Braman Jr.
The deadline has come and gone.
It was over two months ago when environmental groups that signed onto an agreement with the developers proposing to build the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park warned they would back out of the deal should those developers not transfer 1,200 acres of land in Big Indian to the State of New York for protection within 60 days.


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