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Water rate changes on tap in Fleischmanns

By Jay Braman Jr.
If you are a full-time resident in the Village of Fleischmanns, chances are you are paying too much for water.
On the other side of the coin, if you are a summer resident, you are probably paying too little.
While, in reality, it is a bit more complex than that, the bottom line is that village officials believe the current arrangment is unfair and they are at work now to make changes to the water district’s billing to even costs out.


RCS adds six new staff members

There are six new staff members at Roxbury Central School this year. 
WELCOME ABOARD — Six new staff members have joined the staff at Roxbury Central School for the 2014-15 academic year. In front row, from left, are: Beth McLaughlin, Julia Manetta and Laura Gervais. Back row:  Stefani Albano, Elaine Smith and Maureen Burton — Photo by Dick SanfordWELCOME ABOARD — Six new staff members have joined the staff at Roxbury Central School for the 2014-15 academic year. In front row, from left, are: Beth McLaughlin, Julia Manetta and Laura Gervais. Back row: Stefani Albano, Elaine Smith and Maureen Burton — Photo by Dick Sanford


Tax issues top agenda for County Supervisors

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By Cheryl Petersen
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors held their regular monthly meeting at the county’s Public Safety Building on September 23.
Annual reports were presented by the Sheriff’s Office and Cornell Cooperative Extension. The Delaware County Child Support Program was awarded “Most Improved in the State” and the supervisors resolved to establish an option for towns to seek county participation in town litigations involving real property assessment challenges.


French Alpine goat mauled and another disappears after bear attack

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The owner of the Copperhood Retreat and Spa in Shandaken is sick with worry this week as she continues to search for her pet goat that ran away in a panic after a confrontation with a black bear.
Elizabeth Winograd, owner of the spa, said that on Wednesday evening, September 24, security cameras recorded a black bear at the barn where she keeps farm animals, including two French Alpine goats named Asha and Sasha.
What happened in the barn remains unclear, but the next morning both goats were gone.


Hospital offers Swing Bed program

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Jodi Carson RN is now the hospital's Case Manager in charge of the Swing Bed Program.
Margaretville Hospital, which is a Critical Access Hospital, offers a Swing Bed Program as an alternative to prolonged acute hospitalization or short-term nurs­ing facility placement for post-acute extended care. The Swing Bed program provides skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services. This may include IV therapy as well as physical/ occupational and speech therapy.


Soccer incident prompts investigation of SKS by schools

By Joe Moskowitz
An incident during a girls’ soccer game between South Kortright and Margaretville last Thursday has the administrations from both schools still trying to find out exactly what happened and has also resulted in South Kortright Central School Superintendent Pat Norton-White issuing a letter of apology for the incident to the Margaretville girls’ soccer team and the school community.
The incident began when Margaretville player Cora Bruno collided with a South Kortright player and went to the ground with what was feared to be a head or neck injury.


DEC opens nearly 12,000 more acres to hunting

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced that it will expand a deer management program in the Catskills to include additional areas around Ashokan, Cannonsville and Neversink reservoirs.
By expanding hunting privileges on 11,948 acres of water supply land, DEP is seeking to promote forest regeneration and protect water quality by controlling the size of deer populations in the immediate vicinity of these reservoirs.


Interpretive Center groundbreaking a dream come true for Hinchey

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The friends of the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center chose Tuesday, Sept. 23, the first day of autumn, as the time to hold the official groundbreaking for a $1.3 million state project that has been in the making since the 1980s.
YEARS IN THE MAKING — Retired Congressman Maurice Hinchey proudly displays an artists’ rendering on Tuesday of the long awaited Catskill Interpretive Center, set to be built this fall. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.YEARS IN THE MAKING — Retired Congressman Maurice Hinchey proudly displays an artists’ rendering on Tuesday of the long awaited Catskill Interpretive Center, set to be built this fall. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.


Catskill Heritage Alliance vows to keep fighting the resort

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA) is trying to keep a court battle going over the fate of the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park.
It was announced last week that the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) had completed its review of the resort’s draft Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and gave it a passing grade. But before the department’s commissioner can sign off and allow the process to move to the permitting phase, a court case brought in 2007 against the resort must be settled.

OK with DEC


DEC approves Belleayre Resort; review process is now over

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Though still not official, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has completed its review of the Belleayre Resort application and is expected to issue the necessary permits for the project.
But when those permits will be issued is not yet clear, according to project spokesman Gary Gailes.


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