Weekend Highs

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LOOKING IT OVER — These young ladies were among the visitors at Belleayre Mountain’s Oktoberfest Fall Festival who enjoyed chair lift rides. A beautiful weekend and gorgeous foliage made for a nicely attended event. — Photo by Dick Sanford

Jimmy DiGiacomo Auction a hit as Christmas Project fund-raiser

By Jill Ribich
A festive crowd of nearly 70 hearty souls braved the cold and wind Sunday evening to attend the annual Jimmy DiGiacomo Auction and Dinner Dance at the La Cabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns.  
Proceeds from the auction benefit the Community Christmas Project, a grass-roots organization that provides food, clothing and holiday cheer to those in need throughout the Town of Middletown.Jennifer Slauson and Dorothy MaffeiJennifer Slauson and Dorothy MaffeiFor many years the Community Christmas Project has brought comfort and cheer to families and senior citizens in Middletown.  It is their goal that not one child in the area goes without warm mittens, brightly wrapped toys and a complete turkey dinner at Christmas.  Volunteers work year-round to raise money, purchase gifts and food, wrap and deliver the items, and seek out the people to whom these items will be distributed.


Christine O’Shaughnessy of Roxbury named to Health Foundation Board

Margaretville — Christine O’Shaughnessy has been appointed to the Margaretville Health Foundation Board of Directors.


Community rallies in support of Belleayre

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By Jay Braman Jr.
More than 200 people stood outside in the cold in the Brookside Hardware parking along Route 28, Margaretville Monday to show support for the 45 to 48 workers who have been given layoff notices from their jobs at nearby Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.


Assembly OKs moratorium on gas hydrofracking

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By Brian Sweeney
A six-month moratorium on the use of “hydrofracking” drilling for the extraction of natural gas was approved Monday by the New York State Assembly.


Route 28 communities finally get 500K grant

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Central Catskills Region got some good news for a change last week when $500,000 in state funding, which many thought would never be seen due to the seemingly endless fiscal crisis, arrived unexpectedly after a three-year wait.


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.


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