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FALL BEAUTY — With spectacular weather predicted right through the end of September, leaf peepers might be well served to visit the Central Catskills this coming weekend. Leaves are changing quickly and the fall color could peak within the next several days. Margaretville’s annual Cauliflower Festival will be held Saturday in the village park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature lots of good food, music, local history, and the always-popular Tractor Parade at 11:30 a.m. —Photo by Dick Sanford

Aladdin Jr. at ACS this weekend

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By John Bernhardt
A Walt Disney classic will hit the stage at Andes Central School this weekend when the ACS Drama Club presents “Aladdin Jr.” Disney’s risk-taking, resourceful, and wisecracking hero, Aladdin, will work his magic on the stage in a Broadway Junior adaptation of one of Disney’s favorite animated films of all time.


Shandaken seeks to put teeth in new dog law

By Jay Braman Jr.
A controversial dog law that was squashed last year in Shandaken may be making a second appearance next month.

Town Clerk Laurilyn Frasier said at the November town board meeting that New York State is giving up the chore of issuing dog licenses.
“Now we have to take it over,” she said.


MARK Project heads back to Erpf House

By Brian Sweeney
The MARK Project, a regional economic development agency, has returned to its original home at the Erpf House in Arkville.


Belleayre cutbacks ripped by officials

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By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s been a week since Belleayre Mountain Ski Center management announced that as many as 48 employees at the state-owned facility will lose their full-time employee status and be converted to seasonal employees.


Parade & festivities in Margaretville on Saturday

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Margaretville — A Holiday “Give & Gift” Making Fair, sponsored by The Kids in the Kaatskills in collaboration with the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild, will present a children’s “Holiday Give & Gift Making Fair” on Saturday Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the second floor atrium of the Commons Building on Main Street, Margaretville.


Belleayre staffers cry foul over job cuts

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By Brian Sweeney
All of the workers being laid off at Belleayre Mountain have reportedly been offered seasonal positions, with no salary protection, and a 20 percent reduction in annual hours.
Seasonal employees are limited to 1,750 hours of work in one year. The workers will be allowed to maintain their benefits if they return as seasonal workers.


Arkville man killed on Route 28

By Brian Sweeney
A 28-year-old Arkville man was struck and killed by a motor vehicle near Fleischmanns last Wednesday night.

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies said that Jay P. Todd was walking on the northbound lane of Route 28 near the center of the roadway about 6:15 p.m. when he was hit by a northbound vehicle operated by Sheldon Sife, 84, of Fleischmanns.


Pasternak honored with Spirit of the Catskills award

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Kenneth D. Pasternak, a lifelong presence in Fleischmanns, will receive the Spirit of the Catskills award at the 25th Annual Snowball at Belleayre Mountain in January.  


Jobs to be cut at Belleayre Ski Center

By Jay Braman Jr.
Belleayre Mountain Superintendent Tony Lanza had bad news to deliver to the ski center’s employees this morning. In a mid-morning telephone interview, Lanza said he had just finished addressing the staff, notifying them that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) top brass have directed him to make “substantial cuts” to Belleayre’s workforce, and to do it soon.


Middletown budget has 2.6% tax hike

The Town of Middletown has adopted a 2011 budget that reflects a 2.6 percent increase in the amount to be raised by taxes. The Tentative Budget included a tax increase of 8.4 percent, but the board made several large cuts that reduced that total by nearly six percent.


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