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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.


H.O.G. benefit festival Saturday in Halcottsville

By Verna D’Alto
The community members of the Hamlet of Halcottsville invite the public to join them in what they hope will be an historical event. On Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1 to 8 p.m. they are holding a H.O.G. celebration. H.O.G. stands for Halcottsville Old Grange. It will be an arts’ festival with dancing, food and a fund-raiser.


Tours, program set at Woodchuck Lodge

Woodchuck Lodge, the rustic Roxbury farmhouse where naturalist John Burroughs spent summers from 1910 to 1920, will be open for guided tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 6 and 7. On Saturday, Sept. 6 Richard Parisio, an environmental educator with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, will read some nature poetry, along with excerpts from nature-inspired prose and then will lead a workshop to help participants write their own poems, essays and short stories. Meet at the Lodge at 11 a.m.


World music group plays at Denver

Globe Trotting, a world music and improvisational group, will appear in one of the area’s most intimate and acoustically perfect venues, the Denver Valley Old School Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. The concert is part of the Denver Valley Music Festival presented by The Denver Valley Preservation Committee, Inc. The ensemble consists of world class musicians with a wealth of experience with jazz and world music stars, who have individually toured the globe, appear on numerous recordings and have been featured in several films. Their sound is unique, rich and unforgettable.


Scholar and author Carol Berkin is HSM Annual Meeting speaker

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will welcome scholar and author Carol Berkin as the featured speaker at its Fourth Annual Meeting Sunday, Sept. 7 at the New Kingston Valley Grange Hall, Cemetery Road, Margaretville. Prof. Berkin’s topic will be courageous women of the American Revolution. Her talk, “It Was I Who Did It: Spies, Saboteurs, Couriers and Other Heroines of the Revolution,” is made possible by the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Auxiliary's fashion show will be held September 20

The Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Auxiliary will host its fifth annual Fashion Show & Buffet Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 12:30 p.m. at the Purcell Parish Center, Margaretville. Eleanor Barrack will again be the fashion designer utilizing clothing items donated from the auxiliary's Thrift Shop. All the clothing being modeled will be for sale. Many of the items are brand new with original tags.


Lodging & Tourism Association plans party, membership drive

The Belleayre Region Lodging & Tourism Association (BRLTA) will hold its Season Kick-off Party and Membership Drive on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Overlook Lodge at Belleayre Mountain.
All local business owners are invited to attend the pre-season mixer, which will feature a complimentary “Country Barbecue” and a cash bar. The event will provide guests with the opportunity to renew membership, mingle with people in the tourism industry, and learn more about the benefits associated with BRLTA membership.


Workshop focus on developing a board of directors

A nonprofit workshop on “Board 2.0: Recruiting, Developing and Retaining a Motivated Board of Directors in the 21st Century” will be offered by the Council of Community Services of New York State (CCSNYS) on September 13. The presentation will be held from 10 am to noon at The Roxbury Arts Group’s Walter Meade Gallery in Roxbury. Board 2.0: Recruiting, Developing and Retaining a Motivated Board of Directors in the 21st Century will be presented by Valerie Venezia, vice president of membership & marketing, CCSNYS and Andrew Marietta, Central NY Office Manager.


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