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New dam rules could be costly at Shephard Hills

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By Brian Sweeney
The Shephard Hills Golf Course owner faces a potentially huge expense if the state determines that upgrades are needed to a dam on the property.
WORK NEEDED? — The dam at Shephard Hills Golf Course in Roxbury may not meet the higher standards for such structures that have recently been applied by the federal government. If an engineering assessment determines the standards are not being met, upgrading the dam could prove to a very expensive project. — Photo by Dick SanfordWORK NEEDED? — The dam at Shephard Hills Golf Course in Roxbury may not meet the higher standards for such structures that have recently been applied by the federal government. If an engineering assessment determines the standards are not being met, upgrading the dam could prove to a very expensive project. — Photo by Dick Sanford


Owners seek to boost village business with a BAM

By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
A successful “Holiday on Main” event in Margaretville the Saturday after Thanksgiving has led to the formation of a new group that hopes to replicate the success and bring more people to the village. The Business Association of Margaretville (BAM) held a meeting Tuesday evening to plan a February event, which will be followed by other activities and events throughout the year.


Middletown town board organizes for 2015

Margaretville — The Middletown Town Board met January 6 at 5 p.m. in town hall to organize for 2015.
Appointments were affirmed by the board as follows: Mike Finberg, Deputy Supervisor; Beth Bush as the Supervisor’s Assistant and Bookkeeper as well as Health Benefits Administrator; Dave Goodchild as the Chairman of the Board of Assessors; Patrice Delameter as Town Health Officer; Terry Johnson and Ivan Misner, as, respectively, the Arkville and Halcottsville Water Districts’ Superintendent and Clerk; Bill Birns as Town Historian; Pat Davis as Code Enforcement Officer, Fire Inspector and CRS Coordinator; Cindy Waters as Court Clerk and Supervisor Marge Miller as Budget Director.


Tempers flare at Shandaken session

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken reorganizational meeting last Monday looked like it would come to an end without controversy, but a last minute accusation that one town councilman is harassing the Phoenicia Water Department brought some tension to the otherwise calm proceeding.


Andes seeks grant funds

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By Cheryl Petersen
When the well water in the Village of Andes lowered to a point of concern last summer, a temporary water restriction went into effect and eyes turned to look for a new source. The town is now tapping into the Catskill Smart Growth Grant offer in the hope it receives funds to pay to investigate for a new source of water. The town is also applying for a grant to update the comprehensive plan and add a pavilion to Ballantine Park.


County holds its annual organizational meeting

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By Cheryl Petersen
On January 6 in Delhi, Harpersfield Supervisor Jim Eisel took an oath to serve another year as Chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors. Bovina Supervisor Tina Mole was re-elected vice chair. Wayne Reynolds was re-elected commissioner of public works.
“I’m thrilled Wayne Reynolds is agreeing to serve another four-year term. He is an asset to the county,” said Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller, who seconded Reynolds’ nomination.

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New laws take affect in NY state

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By Joe Moskowitz
It’s a new year and, this being New York, there are several new laws with which to contend.
One of the more popular new laws among workers is likely to be one that increases the minimum wage. Starting January 1, the minimum wage in New York State increased to $8.75 an hour. The old minimum wage was $8 per hour.


Rep. Chris Gibson won't run for re-election in 2016

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Catskill Region’s Congressional representative announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term, but may run for an unspecified state office in 2018.
Chris Gibson, a three-term Republican who handily defeated Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge just two months ago, sent out a prepared statement citing self imposed term limits as his reason for retiring.
Regardless, mainstream media is already alive with speculation that Gibson will make a run at higher office. United States Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, is up for re-election in 2016.


Margaretville gets green light for 1st Community Rising project

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By Joe Moskowitz
The Village of Margaretville got a late holiday gift last week from the State of New York in the form of a financial go-ahead for one of the village’s Rising Community projects.
Mayor Diana Cope said she received an email just at the start of the New Year, but cautioned that it will be some time before the actual construction work can actually begin.


Large scale ginseng operation taking root in the Catskills

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By Brian Sweeney
Ginseng, long recognized as one of the world’s most valuable herbal medicines, may soon be having a major impact on the economy of the Catskill Region.
GETTING TO THE ROOT OF IT — Bob Beyfuss is managing what is expected to become a large ginseng growing and exporting business in the Catskill Region. — Contributed photoGETTING TO THE ROOT OF IT — Bob Beyfuss is managing what is expected to become a large ginseng growing and exporting business in the Catskill Region. — Contributed photo
Four affiliated companies — American Ginseng Pharm Regional Center, Bounty Agriculture Pharm, Bounty America Pharm and Golden Roots — have recently been set up in the region. Each company will either grow wild-stimulated ginseng and herbs, or serve as a retail/factory for ginseng-related products.


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