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LUCKY THIRTEEN — Dave Corrado of Monroe in Orange County took this 13-point buck on opening day near Claryville, where he was staying at Frost Valley YMCA. The big buck deer weighed about 150 pounds and had four brow tines. Dave is an avid hunter and NYS hunter safety instructor and considers this to be the deer of a lifetime. —Contributed photo

Arkville residents safe after car plunges over embankment

By Pauline Liu
An Arkville couple survived a harrowing experience late Saturday night after their car skidded over an embankment in bad weather. Robert Hardman, 79, and his wife Mary Jane, 72, were returning home at about 10 p.m., after spending a day in Amsterdam. The snow began to fall as they were headed east on Dry Brook Road in Arkville.

They were about a half-mile past Erpf Road, when their silver 2002 Lexus RX 300 SUV swerved out-of-control, rolled up a snowbank and over a guardrail. The vehicle continued halfway down the Dry Brook embankment. The only thing that stopped it from hitting the water was dense brush.


Lodging places fare well this ski season

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By Jay Braman Jr.
There appears to be a silver lining in a winter that has been plagued with a dark cloud of bad news surrounding Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.

At a meeting of the Belleayre Region Lodging and Tourism Association on Monday, Belleayre Superintendent Tony Lanza said that the 2010-2011 ski season has been the best for business in a long time, according to reports from association members. “Some (members) are reporting their best year ever,” he said.


Wedding ring lost at Plattekill returned after 10 years

By Brian Sweeney
It was similar to finding a needle in a haystack. Only harder. But a Plattekill Mountain skier retrieved a wedding ring from the mountain’s lost and found department on Sunday — a decade after the ring had fallen off his wife’s finger.


'Demon on Wheels' seeks funds to reach finish line

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By Brian Sweeney
The filmmakers behind “Demon On Wheels,” which chronicles the racing exploits of Margaretville’s Mike Ondish, hope to have the documentary at film festivals next fall.

The movie project was started about two years ago and now the filmmakers are making a push on Kickstarter, an online threshold pledge system for funding creative projects. The goal is to raise $25,000 by March 13 to obtain funding necessary for final production work. To date, 78 backers have pledged nearly $4,000 toward the project.


Alta celebrates 40th Anniversary

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The Berkshire ModelThe Berkshire ModelHalcottsville — Alta Log Homes is marking its 40th anniversary in the housing industry with a yearlong celebration. The Catskill Mountain log home manufacturer is a leader in innovative building techniques.


Expanded Thrift Shop opens to rave reviews

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By Pauline Liu
The newly expanded Thrift Shop for the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center has reopened, much to the delight of customers.


NYC gets water permit; funds for more land

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Just two months after Delaware County agreed to drop a lawsuit against the City of New York over the granting of a 15-year-long-water-supply permit to the latter,

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) an-nounced last week that the permit, which DEC administers, has been signed, sealed and delivered to the city.


Winds wreak havoc but no major damage

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By Pauline Liu
The wild and wacky weather experienced here in the Catskills this winter grew even wilder Saturday and wreaked plenty of havoc.

Powerful winds, which at times whipped up to 70 mph, forced Saturday’s shutdown of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and also caused some intermittent power outrages in other parts of Ulster County.


President's Weekend had local communities bustling

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By Pauline Liu
Local lodging establishments and ski centers were brimming with enthusiastic vacationers as Presidents’ Week got underway Saturday. Even the shutdown of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center due to high winds Saturday failed to put a damper on the weekend. Visitors proved to be resourceful. Some fanned out to other ski areas, while others went shopping. Either way, most were willing to make the best of the situation, since they still had the rest of their vacation to ski.


Middletown revaluation nearly complete

Staff report
A four-year property revaluation project in the Town of Middletown is nearing completion.

The goal of the project is to bring property assessments to full value.


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