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Gillibrand explains "no" vote for financial bailout proposal

By Matthew J. Perry
On Monday evening, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Congresswoman of New York’s 20th district, voted against a bill that would have approved a bailout package for the nation’s financial sector. The bill failed to pass in the House of Representatives by a vote of 228-205.
Gillibrand released the following statement to explain her vote: “While I am fully aware of the seriousness of the financial problems in the market, I do not believe the bill Congress voted on today was the right approach. The bill has insufficient oversight and protections and does not address the root causes of the crisis or the poor economy."


Regional ski pass gets chilly reception from officials at Greene Cty. resorts

By Jay Braman Jr.
Ulster County Legislature Chairman David Donaldson proposed last week that Ulster, Greene and Delaware counties team up to institute a “Catskill Regional Ski Pass” that would allow skiers to ski at any of the resorts in the Catskill Region.
But so far the idea has received a chilly reception from one of the region’s biggest ski centers and only a curious look from another.


CWC has gas drilling info for landowners and officials

Information on the potential for natural gas drilling in the Catskills is now available from the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC). The CWC, as a public service, is offering a packet of basic information culled from various sources for landowners, municipal officials and Catskills residents interested in or concerned about the possibility for natural gas exploration in the Marcellus shale formation.


Franciscan Reconciliation at Halcottsville church

The Franciscan Community of Reconciliation, a religious community in the Catholic Apostolic Church of North America, will be conducting a Chapter of Mats at Holy Innocents Church in Halcottsville from October 3 through 5. Franciscan Friars from Florida, Virginia, New Jersey and New York will hold both business meetings and liturgical services. Bishop Francisco Betancourt, FCR, co-pastor of Holy Innocents and the Minister General of the community invites the public to join the friars at all the services.


Central Catskills Collaborative meets Thursday

The public is invited to participate in a meeting of the Central Catskills Collaborative at the Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. This month’s featured speaker will be Peg Ellsworth, executive director of the MARK Group, Inc.
Ellsworth was a driving force behind the Town of Roxbury’s heritage tourism programs and landscapes, which earned the community the prestigious Preserve America Designation and the NY State Historic Preservation Award. The Roxbury Nine Vintage Base Ball Club and popular “turn-of-the-century” events like “Railride into Yesteryear” have helped stimulate the area’s economy for 10 years.


Open Eye holds casting call for December performances

One more actor is needed to complete the cast for a new stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel “The Cricket on the Hearth,” performing in early December at The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville. Amie Brockway has written the script for this festive holiday play with music, and Monica Wildermuth will direct.


Three-day festival over holiday period planned in Pine Hill

The Pine Hill Oktoberfest will be held from Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11 through 13 in the hamlet and will feature a number of events. Things get underway on Friday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. when Ernie Williams performs at the Colonial Inn. Saturday and Sunday events begin at noon each day and will include exceptional German food, beer, wine, music and more.


Oct. 11 is last chance for voter registration

Saturday, Oct. 11 is the last chance to register to vote for the November 4 General Election. Local registration will be held in the towns of Colchester, Davenport, Delhi, Hancock, Middletown, Roxbury, Sidney and Walton from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. All other towns will hold registration on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.


Vintage Catskill Mountain News issues online; kick-off program is Thursday at Fairview

The earliest issues of the Catskill Mountain News, which for more than a century has been chronicling the life and times of the greater Margaretville area, may now be viewed on-line and on a dedicated computer at Fairview Public Library.
A tutorial on the use of the new library computer is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at Fairview, 43 Walnut St., Margaretville.


Margaretville Hospital planning Fall Health Fair

Margaretville Hospital will hold its annual Fall Health Fair on Monday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the hospital lobby. Flu shots will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the cost of which will be totally covered for Medicare and Medicaid recipients. The cash price is $30 per shot which may be covered in part by private insurances.


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