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SPA TREATMENT — After a 14-year review, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has ended its environmental review of the Belleayre Resort. Above, an artist’s rendition of the Highmount Spa Resort portion of the resort.

Former Margaretville priest pursues case against diocese and accuser

By Brian Sweeney
Father Robert Purcell is continuing efforts to clear his name after being dismissed from the ministry by the Roman Catholic Diocese in Albany last month.

Father Purcell was accused of sexual misconduct in an incident that allegedly occurred more than 53 years ago.

The priest, who served 25 years as the pastor of the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville until retiring in 2001, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing. He is appealing the decision handed down by the diocese and demanding a reversal.


New assessments out in Town of Middletown

By Pauline Liu
The results of a four-year effort to reassess the value of the 4,400 parcels of property in the Town of Middletown hit the mail last week and not everyone’s happy about it.
Some people felt relief after learning that their property taxes are going to remain the same, or may even be reduced but others, who face tax hikes as the result of new assessments, have already begun meeting with town assessors in hopes of gaining some relief.


Late Haywood Buerge named Hall of Famer

By Jay Braman Jr.
For Dori Buerge, Saturday night’s Hall of Fame Dinner at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center was an event that brought both joy and sorrow.

Her husband Haywood, “Buerge” to his friends, was being honored by joining that prestigious group of inductees to the Belleayre Hall of Fame.

Only Buerge was not there to receive it.
You see, Buerge died three years ago, a victim of a vicious and rapid form of cancer. That cancer stopped his career as a snowmaker at Belleayre, a post he had held since the early 1980s.


Study show plenty of room for growth

By Jay Braman Jr.
A new study suggests that there’s plenty of room for development in the Catskills while still protecting the water and other natural resources.
Findings were released this week in a study called “Private Lands, Public Benefits,” by the Open Space Institute that identifies more than 520,000 acres of privately-owned land without physical impediments, restrictions against development or important open space resources.

Preferred growth


Margaretville gets new mayor, budget

By Pauline Liu
The old phrase, “Everything old is new again” couldn’t be more appropriate than in reference to Margaretville’s new government. In a flurry of activity on Monday night, newly elected Mayor Bill
Stanton was sworn in at the village hall.

It was a job he was very familiar with having served six years in the position before deciding not to run again two years ago. “I’d like to thank you all for holding down the fort for the last two years,” said Mayor Stanton.”


RCS Students aid Japan with Paper Crane Project

By Brian Sweeney
Roxbury Central School is pitching in to assist in Japan’s reconstruction efforts following last month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

RCS students, staff and community members are doing their part to aid the devastated country by teaming up with studentsrebuild.com to participate in the “Paper Crane Project.”


John Burroughs focus of Open Eye's "Pepacton"

PepactionPepactionActors, live music, historic photos and cinema will bring key segments of the life of John Burroughs of the Catskills, the celebrated personality of the early naturalist and environmental movement, to The Open Eye Theater stage in Margaretville, opening April 7 with performances through April 17.


Popular reading program goes global at RCS

By Pauline Liu


CVS pharmacist charged with theft of narcotics

By Brian Sweeney
A pharmacist at the Margaretville CVS was arrested last week on felony charges stemming from her alleged theft of a large quantity of narcotics.

NYS Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement investigators said that Teare Korbul, 37, of Grand Gorge is alleged to have stolen approximately 8,760 Hydrocodone tablets from the pharmacy.

Korbul was arrested at the Margaretville store on Friday on charges of third-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both charges are class D felonies.


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