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DRESSING FOR A CAUSE — Margaretville residents Lissa Harris, right, (a jellyfish — winner of the most creative costume) is pictured with Julia Reischel (sailor) at the annual Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday at The Andes Hotel. Proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit the ACS Dollars for Scholars program. In our print edition this week, be sure to take a peek at our full page of Hallowe'en safety tips, sponsored by local businesses.— Photo by Joe Damone

Shandaken budget proposal shows about a 6% hike

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town budget for next year, may bring a tax increase of just a shave under six percent, but according to Supervisor Rob Stanley it could be even less depending on the results of a public hearing on the plan tonight (Wednesday.)

There may even have been a few changes for the better already made.


Route 28 to be called "Catskill Mountain Scenic Byway"

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Central Catskills Collaborative (CCC) met Thursday and picked “Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway” as the new name for the 45-mile stretch of Route 28 from Hurley to Andes that they hope will receive a federal scenic byway designation.

The CCC, which serves as the scenic byway nomination committee, decided on the name through a process of elimination.


MCS School Board sets goals for district

By Brian Sweeney
The Margaretville Central School Board of Education has developed a seven-goal plan for the district to follow as a long-term “road map.”

The strategic planning tool was the result of several workshops attended by the board during the summer.


CCCD awarded contract to fight invasive species

Arkville — The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (CCCD) has been awarded a contract that may be worth more than $500,000 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to administer a partnership for invasive species management in the Catskill Region.


Local government day video on CWC website

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Margaretville— Excerpts from the keynote address at the October 20 Catskills Local Government Day have been posted on the website of the Catskill Watershed Corp- oration (CWC), www.cwc online.org.


Crossroads preparing revised resort plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
After months of silence the team behind the resort project known as the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park has announced a new timeline for what should be the beginning of the end of the proposal’s seemingly endless review process.


DEC commissioner fired for fighting staff cuts

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was unceremoniously fired last week due to his public disagreement with Governor David Paterson’s plan to drastically cut the DEC’s staff and budget.


Polls open Tuesday for mid-term election

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By Brian Sweeney
Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to decide a number of races for statewide office.
In local competition, a hard-fought battle is being waged in the 42nd Senate District where incumbent Republican/Cons-ervative John Bonacic of Mt. Hope is facing a challenge from Democrat David Sager of Jeffersonville.


Hospital, Mountainside employees honored

Margaretville — The 38th annual Employee Recognition Dinner for Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center was held October 23 at Belleayre.


Wilber Corporation sale announced

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Oneonta — Officials with Community Bank System, Inc., headquartered in DeWitt, and The Wilber Corporation, headquartered in Oneonta, announced Monday the signing of a merger agreement in which Community Bank System will acquire The Wilber Corporation, parent company of Wilber National Bank, for $101.8 million in Community Bank System stock and cash, or $9.50 per share.


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