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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

Crossroads to unveil updated resort plans

By Jay Braman Jr.
Since September 2007 the Crossroads team has been retooling their development plans for a resort/spa near Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. Almost two-and-a-half-years later it appears they have something to show the public. On Thursday, Feb. 18 Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park Developer Dean Gitter will be the guest speaker at the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Kingston Holiday Inn.


Arkville and Fleischmanns input sought

The MARK Project is seeking input from business people and owners of mixed use buildings in Arkville and Fleischmanns for applications to the NY Main Street Program. An informational meeting is planned for Arkville business people and owners of mixed use and civic buildings on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. at Casey Joe’s Coffeehouse on Route 28.


O'Connor Foundation honored at 24th annual Snowball event

Highmount — The A. Lindsey and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation was honored for its long history of charitable work at the 24th annual Snowball held Saturday at Belleayre Mountain. Charlotte Hill, vice chair of The O’Connor Foundation, accepted the Spirit of the Catskills Award from Coalition to Save Belleayre Chairman Joe Kelly.


Watershed drug case leaves unanswered questions

By Jay Braman Jr.
How to safely dispose of pharmaceutical waste from hospitals and nursing homes in the New York City Watershed is not a new issue. As of today there is no approved plan for how to do it that satisfies all of the regulatory masters who rule the watershed. But once a policy is formulated and becomes law, all of the healthcare facilities in the watershed will be forced to comply.


Sheriff Tom Mills endorsed by GOP for re-election bid

Delhi — Delaware County Sheriff Thomas E. Mills received the endorsement of the Delaware County Republican Party to seek re-election for the office of sheriff during the 2010 elections.


Grand Gorge bank robbery suspect ordered held for grand jury action

By Julia Green
One of the two defendants being held in connection with the Jan. 19 robbery of the NBT Bank in Grand Gorge was present at a felony hearing in Roxbury Justice Court last Tuesday evening.
Following testimony, Town Justice Wayne Pebler ruled that there was sufficient reasonable cause to hold the man for grand jury action.


Coalition of Watershed Towns mulls more NYC land purchases

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Coalition of Watershed Towns, a regional advocacy group that is charged with protecting the rights of those who live in the region that provides the drinking water for nine million New Yorkers, is taking a close look at the City of New York’s plan to acquire more land in the area.


MCS gets grant for 1,000 Books program

By Julia Green
Margaretville Central School announced last week that it received a $4,000 matching grant from The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation to implement an early childhood literacy program called The 1,000 Books Program in cooperation with Fairview Public Library in Margaretville and Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns. According to MCS Head Librarian Pat Moore, the hope is to have the program up and running this spring.


MTC wins approval for Downsville expansion

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) has received Public Service Commission approval for expanding services into Downsville. MTC began the process of replacing the Downsville Community Antenna System Inc., more than a year ago. The Public Service Commission issued its Certificate of Confirmation in mid-December.


Grand Gorge bank robbery suspects arrested in Atlantic City, N.J.

By Brian Sweeney
Two suspects were arrested in New Jersey on Jan. 20 in a connection with robbery at the Grand Gorge branch of NBT Bank the previous day. Christopher M. Seamans, 31, of Central Square (Oswego County) and Emily E. White, 20, of Oneida (Madison County) were charged with second-degree robbery. They were arrested by the Atlantic City Police Department.


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